LINK: Skin Inc. educates professionals about AGEs and skin

The November issue of Skin Inc. magazine addressed the effects of AGEs with an article titled “Glycation and the Skin.” Skin Inc. claims to be the leading industry publication for day spa, medical spa and wellness professionals, providing information about skin science, spa treatment trends, and more.

Written by Kris Campbell, the article notes that “glycation is a buzzword that is gaining more momentum in the consumer and retail sectors,” adding that it’s being discussed in consumer magazines as well. Campbell stated that it’s in professionals’ best interest to know what their clients are reading so that they aren’t caught off guard. From the article:

If there is too much sugar in the body, protein molecules can cross-link with sugar molecules.1 Once this cross-linking process has occurred, the new sugar proteins are called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). The human body does not recognize AGEs as normal, and will produce antibodies that cause inflammation in the skin. Once formed, AGEs tend to gravitate toward dermal collagen and elastin.

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The article references a variety of health issues connected to AGEs, but focuses on the effects they have on skin: inflammation, wrinkling, loss of elasticity, stiffness, accelerated aging and compromised barrier function. Another effect of AGEs, Campbell wrote, is the loss of volume in the face due to a redistribution of fat.

“Although the development of lines and wrinkles is normal as clients age, it is difficult to see clients in their 20s resemble a person in their 40s, which is more frequently being witnessed in treatment rooms,” Campbell wrote.

Campbell also provided advice for health care professionals on how to fight glycation damage in patients, reviewing the types of products, equipment, techniques and materials to use.

“Understanding the basics of how AGEs are formed and the skin conditions that occur will help professionals make better choices in the course of treatments and home care for clients,” wrote Campbell. “Educating clients in terms of a simple definition, rather than the full scientific chemical reaction that occurs, will leave them with a better sense of what is happening to their skin, how to slow down the process, as well as how to address their resulting skin conditions.”

Published on Skin Inc.’s website as well, the article currently has the second-most online views of all physiology-related articles despite being recently posted.


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