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The common cause of all skin concerns

The common cause of all skin concerns

This is an excerpt of an article written by Dermalist for Professional Beauty, Australia's bible to the beauty industry. To access the full article CLICK HERE.

We all know that there is no magic panacea for all that ails our skin... or is there? In recent years, medical science has begun to switch gears; the cogs have been slow to turn, however focus is beginning to shift away from an exclusively symptomatic treatment approach when addressing dysfunction in the human body. Instead, more time and research is being dedicated to uncovering the underlying causes of disorders and illness, and the evidence that is emerging could potentially revolutionise the way we view and treat myriad maladies, including our skin woes!

In 2019, a ground-breaking clinical trial called CANTOS, which was undertaken with more than 10,000 participants over 39 countries, came to its conclusion. The primary aim was to identify the effects of an anti-inflammatory drug on cardiovascular disease. The secondary purpose was to view its effects on seemingly unrelated illnesses such as arthritis, psoriasis, gout, anemia, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, depression, skin cancer, cancer and age-related pathophysiologic processes. The results were remarkable, with a demonstrated beneficial effect on each disorder, the most pronounced being a 77% reduction in the mortality rate of lung cancer patients.

So, the big question is, how can an anti-inflammatory drug have such a profound effect on so many varied and ostensibly unconnected diseases? The answer which is emerging from a plethora of respected clinical studies is that the common causative factor in almost every non-communicable or age-related disorder of the human body may be chronic, low-grade inflammation.

Gökhan S. Hotamisligil, respected Simmons Professor of genetics and metabolism at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health who has dedicated the past 25 years of his life to research unequivocally states, “Chronic inflammation is uniformly damaging and is absolutely causal to the process, because if you interfere with it, you can reverse the pathology.” This discovery has the potential to not only transform healthcare, but also the world of skincare. Understanding that chronic inflammation is at the heart of almost every dermal disorder will allow skin health professionals to begin to heal the underlying cause of skin dysfunction, rather than merely focusing on the symptoms. Let’s briefly explore inflammation in relation to three common skin laments - ageing, pigmentation and acne.

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