Skin Inc. highlights the relationship between AGEs and skin quality

Skin Inc. describes itself as the leading industry publication for the professional skin care industry, and of course, one cannot be the leader in skin care without knowing all about advanced glycation end-products.

shutterstock_111283052Thus, Skin Inc. recently discussed AGEs in multiple articles. The company publishes a magazine for skin care facility owners and managers, and also features a weekly e-newsletter and a comprehensive website. Skin Inc. previously featured an AGE-related article in the November issue of its magazine last year.

As for its most recent AGE articles, the first was titled, “Clients With Tired, Puffy Eyes? Top Tips to More Youthful Eye Contours!

Author Katherine Tomasso wrote:

“Diets containing high amounts of refined sugars may predispose skin to premature aging through the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Consuming refined sugar and other foods with high glycemic values jacks up insulin levels and put the immune system on high alert, so in order to limit inflammation and control skin aging, it’s important to avoid refined sugars in the diet. Be realistic with clients. Dietary changes shouldn’t happen overnight; instead, advise clients to clean their diets steadily throughout time.”

The next article, written by Rhonda Allison, was titled “What Does ‘Antiglycation’ Mean?

Allison wrote:

“Lately, there has been a lot of buzz about glycation and antiglycation products, and how they impact the skin. Having a working knowledge about glycation will shed some light on the subject; however, it begins with proper diagnosis, understanding the root cause, and knowing which treatments and ingredients to turn to.”

After discussing a list of different skin disorders that people may face – including acne, eczema, hyperpigmentation, psoriasis, rosacea and skin cancer – Allison explained what glycation is:

“Glycation is the result of a sugar molecule—fructose or glucose—bonding to a protein or lipid molecule, a haphazard process that impairs the function of biomolecules. In other words, when sugar molecules are present, they grasp onto fats and proteins in a process known as glycation, forming advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which cause protein fibers, or collagen, to become stiff and malformed.

What’s most interesting about glycation, however, is its correlation with the aforementioned skin disorders. AGEs often make the skin and body more vulnerable to the assailants that contribute to skin diseases and disorders.”

Allison stated that there are a variety of causes for different skin conditions, and that it’s important for skin care professionals to find out about their clients’ lifestyle. Among the causes she mentioned were high stress levels and poor nutrition, which both also happen to contribute to high AGE levels.

She concluded by saying:

“When treating skin challenges, it’s often a matter of whole-body wellness. Be sure to talk with clients about healthy habits, daily care and the importance of prevention—from eliminating potential triggers to wearing sunscreen. Prevention and whole-body health is essential.”

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