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What Causes Skin Inflammation and How You Can Treat It

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Inflammation is most often an immune system reaction to a trauma or foreign substance. This reaction is meant to neutralize illnesses and external agents attacking the body.

And your skin is just as subject to this process as any organ or other tissue throughout the body. Your skin not only displays the signs of inflammation, but it also acts as an entry point for these toxins since it covers the entire body.

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On the skin, inflammation looks about like a skin rash. Redness, minor swelling, warmth, and possibly cracks or blemishes on the affected area. You may also experience itching, burning, or stinging. These are the immune system’s response to what it believes to be a possibly dangerous element entering the body.


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What Causes Skin Inflammation?

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When the immune system detects a potential threat, many of its primary tools for responding result in inflammation. Your immune system includes many different types of cells, most of which affect inflammation.

All of these cells respond by releasing or creating substances that widen blood vessels and enable certain cells to penetrate them. This process enables the immune system to work very quickly but it also causes redness, heat, and swelling. Some of the specific causes include:


1. Immune System Overreaction

Occasionally, by malfunction, the immune system sends defenses and healing activity to parts of the body that are perfectly healthy. This overreaction produces psoriasis among other conditions.


2. Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions are your immune systems’ response to a perceived threat by a foreign substance touching or entering the body. The substance may be harmful or might simply be unfamiliar to your system. This response can be triggered by something you ate or by something that touched your skin. (Think poison ivy, certain laundry detergents, or cheap jewelry.)


3. Infections

Inflammation can be caused by infections affecting the skin including viral, bacterial, or fungal ones. Examples of infection-caused inflammation include impetigo, cellulitis, and ringworm.


4. Photosensitivity

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Sensitivity to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays is known as photosensitivity and can cause severe skin inflammation. If you experience premature, very easy sunburning, you may have heightened photosensitivity.


5. Heat

Heat rash is caused by sweat getting trapped in pores. Heat rash can be recognized by its characteristic tiny bumps surrounded by red skin. Heat rash usually happens underneath clothing so on the back, stomach, armpits, groin, or chest.

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Treating Skin Inflammation

Treatment of skin inflammation depends on the cause diagnosed for the inflammation. If your skin inflammation is caused by an allergy, make it a priority to avoid the substance triggering the reaction.

Your doctor may prescribe medications taken orally as immediate relief for a severe allergic reaction. But your best long-term defense is avoiding the irritant.

Alternatively, if your skin is inflamed by other causes (including poor skincare), your doctor may recommend or prescribe a variety of treatments.

For infections, expect a prescription for antibiotics or antifungals, whichever is indicated. And for long-term care and ongoing prevention of a recurrence, you may also consider a topical gel or cream to treat the condition directly and protect the skin against the next episode.


The Best Topical Treatments

Topical creams and gels are proliferating at a rate that is also climbing. They seem to be everywhere today – each with claims more stupendous than the last. To make sure you’re getting a medically sound, effective skincare regimen in your topical solution, look for these ingredients, most of which we have written about recently.


1. Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a water-soluble, essential vitamin that is not made in the body. Like niacin, it is a form of vitamin B3, but is separate and distinct from niacin.

Niacinimide works by building proteins in the skin and sealing in the skin’s moisture which guards against sunlight, wind, pollen, and other environmental factors.


2. Pentapeptide 18

Pentapeptide 18 is a peptide composed of a string of five amino acids. The peptide is active in reducing the appearance of fine lines in the skin by plumping cells with moisture and keeping them there.

PP-18 partners well with another effective ingredient called Acetyl Hexapeptide 8. The dual peptide treatment brings a synergistic effect, increasing the effectiveness of both ingredients.


3. Acetyl Hexapeptide 8

In combination with Pentapeptide 18, the synthetic peptide acetyl hexapeptide 8 has water-binding properties that enable it to seal moisture into the skin, giving it a fuller, less wrinkled appearance.

Like Botox, acetyl hexapeptide 8 targets facial muscle movements and the wrinkles they leave on the forehead and around the eyes. However, AH-8 works on the problem differently – filling wrinkles with better moisturized, plumper tissues.


4. GHK-cu

GHK-cu is a peptide string made up of the amino acids glycyl-L, histidyl, and L-lysine. It is a naturally occurring peptide that binds with copper. In response to any injury to the skin, GK-cu is released to support the healing process and regeneration of skin tissue.

In addition, GHK serves as a communications vehicle among genes, either activating or deactivating key genes at the cellular level. In this way, GHK makes the skin clearer and smoother, reduces the depth of wrinkles, alleviates hyperpigmentation (skin spots), and promotes wound healing.


5. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring polysaccharide found in humans. It provides a padding and lubricating effect on joints, nerves, eyes, but is best known for its properties for preserving youthful skin.

It acts by drawing moisture from the air and can hold as much as one thousand times its weight in water.

The synthesis of HA increases during tissue injury and wound healing and HA regulates several aspects of tissue repair, including activation of inflammatory cells to enhance immune response and the response to injury of fibroblasts and epithelial cells.


There is a lot to think about – we get it. If you have questions about skin inflammation or any of the ingredients or conditions discussed here, Regen Labs has options for you. All Regen Labs products support the body’s natural systems for a healthy brain, skin, muscle, and sexual health.

Without toxins or synthetic chemicals, Regen Labs products contain research-proven ingredients to boost the body’s natural ability to be healthy.

Let’s talk! If you have questions, we would love to connect. Contact us at [email protected].

Are you having skin inflammation problems? How are you dealing with it? Let us know in the comments section below! 

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