Tips to Address Inflammaging in the Treatment Room

Choose your acids wisely. Avoid acids of small molecular size, such as glycolic acid, that can penetrate the dermis. Instead, choose acids of larger molecular size that work in the epidermal layer, such as lactic, malic, pyruvic and tartaric acids.

Support the skin’s barrier function. After exfoliation, reinforce the barrier function by protecting the natural moisturizing factor (NMF) to guard against transepidermal water loss (TEWL). This can be achieved through the use of certain ingredients, including ceramides, squalane, fatty acids, phospholipids, amino acids, lactates and pyroglutamic acid (PCA).

Use anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients. Soothe and replenish the skin with ingredients that counteract irritation and inflammation. And, since oxidation is an age-accelerating side effect of inflammaging, make sure you pack the skin with protective antioxidants. See Popular Ingredients to Combat Inflammaging for a list of recommended ingredients.

Protect your results. Inflammaging can worsen with prolonged sun exposure, so be sure to end every treatment with a sunscreen application of SPF 30 or higher.