What You Need to Know About Collagen Production

middle-aged-woman-beautiful-skinWhat is collagen? 

Some people refer to collagen as the glue that holds the body together. Think of collagen fibers as a chain-link fence. Now imagine those links rusting and falling apart; and as the links break, the fence falls. As we age our collagen production decreases resulting in sagging, crepe-like skin. In addition, fibroblasts (collagen producing cells) decrease their production of new collagen.

Once the importance of collagen in the skin is understood it is easier to understand why stimulating collagen production is the key to any good skin care and anti-aging regimen.

What can I do to stimulate collagen production in my skin?

Almost any treatment that signals a disruption in the skin cells of the body triggers an increase in collagen production; the more disruption, the greater the increase in collagen production. Heat-inducing treatments such as lasers and Pellevé top the list, but even milder treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion and IPL increase collagen production. In fact, in 2007 researchers reported that wrinkle-fillers such as Restylane promoted new collagen growth.

Can products help increase collagen?

Yes! Many products are up to the task. Retinols (Retin-A) are great at increasing cell turnover, thereby stimulating collagen production. Growth factors such as TNS Recovery Complex by SkinMedica significantly increase collagen by their reparative nature. Most importantly is the daily use of sunscreen to help prevent further skin damage and the decrease in collagen.  A great skin care regimen is very important in stimulating new collagen production.

We offer a variety of services that will help stimulate collagen production. Let us help you determine the best skin care regimen for you! Contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Enhanced Skin Care Center is located at:
 24825 Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI 48180

Winter is the Perfect Time for a Chemical Peel

beautiful_SkinAlthough many of us are get tired of the cold, winter is actually the best time of the year to treat some of our most annoying skin-related issues. Chemical peels are no exception and are very effective when done on skin that is not tanned or recently been exposed to the sun.

The hallmark to great looking skin is a regimen that promotes the exfoliation (shedding) of dead skin cells and the regeneration (growth) of collagen and new skin cells. Think about it…if you do nothing to get rid of old dead skin cells they simply lie on your face and give your skin a dull or ashy appearance. Your body has no encouragement to manufacture fresh new skin cells to replace the old ones. And because your skin is not being stimulated, the production of collagen under the skin slows down.

Chemical peels have both cosmetic and medical benefits. They optimize skin health by encouraging new cell growth and are beneficial for all skin types, colors, and ages.

Cosmetically, the exfoliation from the peel improves pore size, hyperpigmentation from sun, old acne lesions, and melasma, as well as fine lines. Medically, a chemical peel can improve acne, benign keratoses and actinic keratoses (pre-cancerous lesions). Peels achieve these results by removing damaged outer layers of the skin allowing a fresh, new layer of skin to naturally emerge.

How do chemical peels achieve these amazing results?

Chemical peels use a combination of acids of varying degrees of strength to chemically shed dead skin cells.  Not all peels involve actual “peeling” of the skin or downtime from work or activities. Because of the nature of the chemicals, peels are especially helpful for acne prone skin and skin that is discolored due to sun damage or old acne lesions.

Because the epidermis heals in just a few days you will notice improved appearance of the skin, more even skin color, smoother texture and a healthier glow. In addition there will be decreased fine lines, especially around the eyes and mouth, improvement of mild scarring and acne, and a reduction of skin discoloration such as sun spots and melasma.

Incorporating a peel into a good skin care regimen will boost the effectiveness of the products and prolong the results of the peel.

Your skin will look and feel much better after you begin an exfoliation and product regimen.  For optimal results we recommend chemical peels being done in a series of three treatments spaced about 3-4 weeks apart. After completion of the series, a periodic maintenance program can be established. Maintaining the regimen is important so as not to return to dull, ashy skin. We also recommend a peel be followed by TNS Recovery Complex (a potent solution containing human growth factors that help enhance skin tone and texture), as well as a good moisturizer and sunscreen.

For more information about healthy skin, please contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net

Enhanced Skin Care Center is located at:
 24825 Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI 48180

The Key to Firm, Healthy-looking Skin

What is collagen? 

Collagen is a type of protein that is fibrous in nature, connecting and supporting other bodily tissues.  Some people refer to collagen as the glue that holds the body together.  Collagen works with keratin to provide skin with strength, flexibility and resistance.  As we age, cell degradation occurs, leading to wrinkles.  Think of collagen fibers as a chain-link fence.  Now imagine those links rusting and falling apart; and as the links break, the fence falls.  As our collagen production decreases this is what happens to skin fibers resulting in sagging, crepe-like skin. In addition, fibroblasts (collagen producing cells) decrease their production of new collagen as we age.

Once the importance of collagen in the skin is understood it is easier to understand why stimulating collagen production is the key to any good skin care and anti-aging regimen.  Numerous studies explain why certain products and skin care treatments are effective at rejuvenating the skin.  These treatments & products (discussed below) improve skin appearance and its ability to resist injury, wrinkling, and sagging by stimulating new collagen production.

Collagen enhancing treatments

IPL treatments stimulate collagen production adding firmness to the skin through the introduction of light waves into the skin.  The heat generated by the light signals the body to produce more collagen in effort to repair itself.  Even though no harmful damage occurs during this treatment,  the body is triggered to produce more collagen.  Other treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels work in the same way.  These treatments signal to the body that disruption of skin cells has occurred thus triggering an increase in collagen production.  In fact, in 2007 researchers reported that the wrinkle-filler Restylane promoted new collagen growth and limited collagen breakdown, helping the body to retain firmness and elasticity as a result of the treatment.

Collagen enhancing products

While many skin care product lines claim to increase or stimulate collagen production, not all products are equal to the task.  Cosmoceuticals, or medical grade skin care products, contain higher amounts of the active ingredients necessary to increase collagen production.  Therefore, they are more effective at doing the task they claim to do – provide anti-aging benefits for the skin.  Products sold at drugstores contain much lower levels of the ingredients, and as a result, often much more of the product is needed and a much longer time is necessary to use these products while still resulting in less than noticeable change in the skin.  SkinMedica has developed a product, TNS Recovery Complex, that is very effective at increasing collagen production.  Learn more about this product at www.TNSRecoverycomplex.com. When used daily, positive results can be seen in 2 – 3 months.

Antioxidants also help stimulate fibroblasts to produce collagen fibers.  These antioxidants include Vitamin C, Green Tea, and Vitamins A & E.  Vitamin C is a very potent antioxidant necessary in the synthesis of collagen.  Vitamin C’s acidity helps it penetrate the skin and maintain its effectiveness.  Many people experience tingling upon application (using it just once a day in the morning.)  Because this product is fairly unstable, packaging is important – look for it in a pump dispenser.  Vitamin A, in the form of retinols or Retin A, is probably the hallmark of an anti-aging routine.  Research has shown that using retinols consistently significantly reduced wrinkles and skin roughness by promoting new collagen.  When left on the skin retinols can cause sensitivity to the sun.  Because of this it is recommended that this product be used each night after cleansing and washed off in the morning before leaving the house.

Routine, routine, routine

Now that you understand how important collagen production is to our skin’s health you can also understand the importance of getting on a daily regimen that is easy to maintain.  It does little good to follow a great skin care routine for a few months only to quit using the products after improvement is noticed.  After time, collagen production will slow down again and essentially you will be back to square-one.  Like anything else in life, if you want good results you have to stick with it.  Make sure you treat yourself to microdermabrasions, chemical peels, facials etc. on a regular basis to keep your skin on alert that it needs to continue to produce collagen.  Use your products daily and protect your skin from further damage by using a good sunscreen 365 days per year.

 

For more information about healthy skin, please contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net

Enhanced Skin Care Center is located at:
 24825 Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI 48180