Not All Collagen is Created Equal - Why Collagen Induction Therapy Produces Natural Collagen NOT Scar Collagen
In any anti-aging situation , growth factors need to be stimulated by some means. Typically this is accomplished through controlled wounding. Several different types of growth factors are released according to the type of wound incurred. Growth factors are responsible for orchestrating and regulating cellular function and repair after injury. An ideal skin rejuvenation wounding or treatment would both improve the penetration of any active ingredient and wake up the fibroblast.
Unfortunately most rejuvenation treatments rely on dramatically invasive chemical peels, light or radio frequency to burn the skin, which leads to the release of TGF-B1 and TGF-B2 (transforming growth factors), TIMP-1, and Heat Shock Protein 47. These generate a fibrotic response that promotes scar collagen (thick, parallel oriented bundles.)
By contrast collagen induction therapy or dermal needling results in increased TGF-B, FGF-7 (keratinocyte growth factor), and EGF (epidermal growth factor)which promotes natural collagen, with scarless wound healing.
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The introduction of retinoic acid and alpha hydroxy acids to skincare products marks the first time consumers saw immediate gratification in their anti-aging quest. It was a boom for esthetics, who now had clients setting up monthly visits to get their acid fix as part of their facial. The results were impressive-plump, taut skin with a reduced appearance of wrinkles. Who wouldn't be hooked.
The problem, however, is that these results are only temporary, and in the long run they actually damage the skin and cause it to age faster than it would if we didn't use the harsh products and techniques. The reason is that when we apply retinoic acid and alpha hydroxy acids to the skin, we are causing inflammation-and inflammation is bad for the skin. When you apply an acid to your face-and this applies to almost every acid, depending on the concentration-you immediately create trauma. This trauma results in swelling. Swelling makes wrinkles and fine lines look better, but only temporarily.
The other effect of these treatments is that they damage the epidermal barrier. The skin, being the intelligent defense mechanism that it is, sees this damage as an assault and seeks to fix the problem. In what is called an "emergency repair response," the skin rushes to repair the damaged epidermis, which speeds up the epidermal turnover rate. Unfortunately, many skincare experts assume that increased epidermal turnover is a good thing-evidence that the skin is returning to its youthful functioning-yet, this forced exfoliation is actually the skin's equivalent of a four-alarm fire.
Ben Johnson, MD "Transform Your Skin Naturally", 2010, Chapter 2, pp. 21-22.
In the early stages of wound healing the fibroblasts produce hyaluronic acid which helps stimulate cell renewal. In fact, one of the reasons fetal wound healing is scar-less is there is an abundance of hyaluronic acid. Studies have shown that hyaluronic acid applied topically during a wound dressing are associated with quicker healing and reduce scarring. Oral Glucosamine taken in adequate amounts during the first few days of surgery or trauma enhance hyaluronic acid production in the wound thus also promoting swifter healing with fewer complications related to scarring.
Three main factors create the environment in which acne can exist and ALL must be present for acne to occur.
1. Hormone Irregularities
2. Toxic Buildup
3. Genetics Tendencies
Or illustrated by this equation:
(Hormone Irregularities) x (Toxic Buildup) x (Genetic Tendencies) = Acne
Hormone Irregularities and Toxic Buildup
1. Congested liver, clogged and sluggish bowels
2. Nutrition deficiencies and dietary factors
3. Food allergies
5. Acid PH balance
7. Sleep disorders
*Test for Candida Overgrowth: In the morning before you eat or drink anything, make a large spit into a glass of water. Wait an hour. If you see legs or strings of saliva there is a moderate candida overgrowth, if the spit sinks to the bottom there is a more advanced candida overgrowth.
This is the most important factor and unfortunately cannot be controlled or deactivated.
The only genetic difference between acne sufferers and non-sufferers is that sufferers seem to have oil glands that are sensitive to even the slightest elevation in androgen levels. There could be other genetic factors that differentiate non-sufferers from sufferers such as the size of the oil gland, the skin type and other, unknown hereditary factors. At present, the most prominent genetic component in the formation of acne seems to be the over sensitivity of the oil gland receptors.*
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