Skin inflammation is a positive skin reaction, it shows your skin bringing more blood cells to an infected area to fight bacteria. However the end result causes considerable damage to texture and appearance of the skin.
How can we calm inflammation, fight bacteria, and prevent damage in the skin?
Historically, topical steroids are the first line of defense to fight skin inflammation. Studies show long term use of topical steroids can have negative effects, which include suppressed immune function and thinning the skin.
Certain compounds that occur in nature have anti-inflammatory benefits and can be used topically without the negative side effects of prescription steroids.
Botanically-derived antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties include L-Ascorbic Acid (found in citrus), Quercetin (found in apples), Resveratrol (found in wine), Epigallocatechin Gallate (found in green tea), and Bisabolol (found in Chamomile).
Everyone should use an daily antioxidant regardless of skin type. Two of my favorites are antioxidant therapy and IS Clincal Pro Heal Serum.
Daily antioxidant use protects your skin from environmental damage and controls inflammation.
Layer an antioxidant serum under your SPF during the day. Antioxidant ingredients boost the effectiveness of your SPF and help prevent free radical damage from pollution.