Topical and Oral
There are more than 50 different topical
products in the marketplace
with powerful anti-inflammatory activity. According
to the results of a litera-
and so is spinach!
ture search, Perricone patented many topical anti-inflammatory ingredients in the
early 1990s. Topical vitamin E is also an anti-inflammatory antioxidant. Chamomile
leaves have a well-established anecdotal
reputation for their soothing, anti-inflammatory properties. Other
botanicals including aloe,
licorice, kukui nut, shea
butter and avocado oil
have been studied for
their anti-inflammatory properties with
to treat active redness and to calm skin to prevent flushing and skin sensitivity.
Foods that tame inflammation include
greens such as kale, spinach, brussel
sprouts, dark leafy vegetables, salmon,
flaxseeds, legumes, turmeric and fruits
such as blueberries and strawberries.
Understanding inflammation will permit
development of various therapeutic interventions that would minimize or prevent inflammation and subsequent aging of the
skin. By linking so many illnesses to inflammation, researchers are now rethinking their
assumptions about what makes us sick and
are looking for ways to treat inflammation
and perhaps avoid these outcomes. It is important to avoid irritating the skin. This
means avoiding unprotected skin exposure
to sun and stripping the skin with cosmetic
preparations containing harsh chemicals.•
1. Quan. T et al, Am. J. Pathol. 2004, 165:741-51.
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