Inflammation is the immune system’s response to stimulus. Although inflammation can be attributed to things like cuts and/or other minor wounds or injuries, it may manifest itself in certain skin diseases, including dermatitis, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Inflammation is also the cause of other chronic diseases that affect the body, such as rheumatoid arthritis, active hepatitis, and Crohn’s disease, among others.
This article presents information on the causes inflammation, the disorders associated with skin inflammation, and how to treat inflammation when it attacks the skin. Fortunately, there are treatments for various skin disorders associated with inflammation. One of them is Sciadonic’s serum, Delta-5TM. Delta-5’s main ingredient is sciadonic acid, an all-natural, organic, GMO-free, sustainable pressed oil that is derived from conifer plants. Delta-5 has been scientifically tested over the course of many years and has a profound anti-inflammatory and healing effect on the skin.
Causes of Inflammation
What happens in the body when chronic inflammation hits? This summary of the process of inflammation gone awry is from realsimple.com, where Christine McDonald, a member of the pathobiology department at the Cleveland Clinic, explained:
Ideally we want inflammation to come in, hit hard, and go away…But when those inflammatory chemicals are released on a continuous basis, without any injury or infection to confront, they go from healing damaged cells to harming healthy ones. When it doesn’t turn off, you get chronic, smoldering inflammation that can eventually cause tissue and cell damage.”
In other words, the inflammatory response in the body is a desirable, normal reaction to stress or infection or injury. It becomes damaging and dangerous when the inflammatory response happens with no real impetus, and damages healthy cells because there are no unhealthy ones present. Some of the things said to cause this type of chronic inflammation are as follows:
- Excess weight
- Anxiety and stress
- Poor gut health
In order to avoid potentially high levels of inflammation in the body, eat a properly balanced diet, exercise regularly, keep your stress levels low by engaging in a mindfulness practice like guided meditation or gentle yoga, and maintain a positive attitude and outlook on life. These things will keep you — and your body — more balanced.
Types and Symptoms of Skin Inflammation
Rosacea – Rosacea is an inflammatory response in the skin of the face. It tends to manifest itself in recurring outbreaks, and is linked to genetics (fair skin), reactions to particular foods or alcohol, or responses to medications or cosmetics. Rosacea is fairly difficult to treat, however it can be addressed with topical treatments, such as Delta-5, and with dietary and lifestyle changes (i.e., avoiding spicy foods and alcohol).
Dermatitis (Seborrhoeic) – This type of dermatitis occurs when the sebaceous (oil) glands become overstimulated, leading to scaly and oily patches of skin on the face and scalp.
Psoriasis – Psoriasis is a skin disorder caused by inflammation that results in red patches on the skin that are covered by gray or silver scales. Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body, including in the nail beds and inside the mouth.
Acne – Many believe acne to be solely related to overproduction by the oil glands, however acne is a form of skin inflammation. Acne can be cystic (deep within the skin layers), or more mild. There are various topical treatments for acne, but a ‘gentle’ warning: Be careful in your treatment of this skin disorder, as too stringent treatment methods can dry out the skin, leading the oil glands to overproduce sebum, therefore continuing the acne cycle.
Eczema, or Atopic Dermatitis – In the instance of eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, the skin on the face becomes severely dry and itchy. Scratching or rubbing to alleviate the itching often leads to scaly, crusting skin that can crack, peel, or leak a clear fluid. Eczema is not contagious.
How to Treat Skin Inflammation
When treating inflammation of the skin, whether it be acne, dermatitis or rosacea, it is important to use an approach that will not irritate the skin further, as most skin inflammation is manifested in irritated, itchy skin. Delta-5 is a patented, effective yet gentle approach to reducing inflammation. Not only does it soothe inflammation, it has anti-aging properties, and can begin working within 24 hours of initial application. You might think that Delta-5 would be greasy, but in actuality, it is a lightweight, non-greasy formula that doesn’t clog pores or cause acne — rather, it can be used as a topical supplement for acne relief. In addition to a clearer complexion, Delta-5 can heal and soothe sunburned skin, give dry or dull skin a healthy glow, help aging and wrinkled skin become hydrated and plump again, and protect the skin against free radical damage that can lead to photoaging. Delta-5 can be used alone or as a supplemental part of your regular skin care routine.