Deeper than the Surface: Studies Show Correlations Between Skin Care and Overall Health
Increasingly more research shows that reducing skin inflammation could help protect the body against certain types of diseases.
A recent study, as reported on the Wall Street Journal, showed that, when it is attacked, the skin can produce enough of an inflammatory substance called cytokines to affect both the skin and body.
Skin, the body’s largest organ, keeps moisture in and infections out. When it is in danger, a skin cell called a keratinocyte produces cytokines to repair itself. However, sometimes high keratinocyte cytokine production and activation of the immune system further damages the skin, leading to a cycle of continuous inflammation and skin damage. This chronic inflammation could weaken the body overall and may be correlated with various health conditions.
Therefore, reducing age-related inflammation could help slow the progression of disorders such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
In other words, if the skin is inflamed, there could be a higher chance of developing some internal health conditions.
Studies show that applying ceramide cream to the skin serves as a barrier, although the cream would have to be used consistently. The type of moisturizer that is used is significant as well, as some types of moisturizers had the opposite effect.
Moisturizers that contain ceramide include CeraVe daily moisturizing lotion and Cetaphil Pro.
This study is nothing new, as connections between psoriasis, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes were discovered in the middle of the 20th century.
Skin begins to lose its defenses around middle age. While many other factors are involved in the prevention and treatment of diseases, protecting the skin may be one small step toward slowing the progression of disease.
All of this only reinforces the importance of protecting your skin by applying adequate moisturizers, using sun protection, and regularly seeing a dermatologist for individualized care.