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What Does “Antiglycation” Mean?

By: Rhonda Allison
Posted: July 31, 2014, from the August 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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What’s most interesting about glycation, however, is its correlation with the aforementioned skin disorders. AGEs often make the skin and body more vulnerable to the assailants that contribute to skin diseases and disorders.

Although there is much evidence out there to validate the theory, no studies have yet been conducted to determine if there is glycation within the dermis. There is simply too much that remains unknown at this point to make any hard-and-fast claims. However, through the use of ingredients that promote skin health, and prevent degradation and inflammation, the skin will be supported against any potential glycation damage and other skin disorders.

The root of the problem

With any skin condition, there are intrinsic and extrinsic causes. Intrinsic causes are internal and may include genetic factors, medications, illness, stress and the natural aging process. Extrinsic causes are external and may include sun exposure, air pollution, smoking, cosmetics and allergens, among others.

When analyzing clients’ skin, the goal is to find out as much about their lifestyle as possible. This may feel a bit probing initially, but it is the only way to truly understand what the source of the problem may be. Explain to clients the purpose of these questions so that they understand that honesty will result in a better treatment outcome. Look for:

  • Possible hormonal imbalances;
  • High stress levels;
  • Poor nutrition—including excessive caffeine or alcohol consumption;
  • Genetics;
  • Medication use;
  • Skin irritants—ask about skin care products, detergents, hair care products or fragrances used;
  • UV exposure and SPF use; and
  • Current skin care routine.

If it’s possible to remove the root cause, the rebounding process will be much quicker, especially when combined with a healthy skin care program. If it’s not possible to remove the triggers, certain ingredients and treatments may be used to support bringing the skin back to a healthy state.

Correcting and balancing the skin