Research making new gains in treatment of facial wrinkles

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Facial Wrinkle
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As we enter 2012, science is making new gains in the effort to fight off dreaded facial wrinkles. In order to begin to treat wrinkle formations, which are technically scars, it is important to know why they begin in the first place. This analysis discusses the latest achievements in facial wrinkle treatment.

Wrinkles Explained

As we age, our body’s ability to regenerate and make new tissue diminishes. The fibroblast, or skin cell responsible for making the skin supple and moist, slows down by the age of 25 and loses the ability to keep the skin youthful looking. Once this cell type becomes dormant it is very difficult to maintain the skin matrix you were born with. Therefore, we always advise it is best to prevent wrinkles if possible. Avoiding direct sun, limiting environmental pollution exposure, and not smoking is a promising start. Eating right and drinking plenty of water helps ensure you have a way of maintaining youthful skin.

Next, we need to make sure to enhance our body’s ability to prevent wrinkles by enhancing the body’s skin cells to create an extra skin matrix. Hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin are the building blocks of skin and there are a number of products on the market that contain this materials and help the skin reverse the damage caused by aging.

There is another new product on the market called orthosilicic acid. It acts as a support for human body's production of collagen, elastin and keratin, which are skin components. It has been shown to prevent the loss of hair tensile strength and has positive effects on skin surface and skin mechanical properties. The product has been studied clinically and has shown to decrease the formation of wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.

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The latest breakthrough found to help wrinkles is ferulic acid, derived from apples and oranges; it has shown dramatic improvement to the skin when applied topically. Ferulic acid is an antioxidant and is very important in the deactivation of dangerous free radicals such as reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS and free radicals begin the process of DNA damage that can lead to break down of the skin and wrinkle formation.

There are a variety of different modalities to try to prevent aging of the skin and wrinkle formation. It is rare when we find the science that substantiates the reversal of the aging process. Fortunately, as we all are getting older, the more scientific options seem to become available.

Image source of Facial Wrinkles: Flickr. Used with permission, under Creative Commons License.

By Dr. Michael Hall, MD

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