It may sound too good to be true, but could the secret to healthier, more youthful skin lie in how we heal? All signs point to yes! Treatments that put skin on the path to healthy healing are new wave of anti-ageing. Here’s how they work and what you need to know. Anytime skin is injured in some capacity, be it controlled and intentional, as with something such as Elos Laser or micro needling, the body recognises that it has been wounded and goes into repair mode. Injured skin ramps up the production of collagen and healthy vascularisation of blood vessels, which promotes better blood supply to the skin, whilst healing the skin, creates a rejuvenation process and therefore erases the signs of ageing. Also, when the skin is impaired in a controlled setting and its natural defence system kicks in to heal the treated area, the skin releases signals to the stem cells to start growing. Besides encouraging the skin stem cells to reproduce, the fibroblasts (cells of connective tissue) are kicked into gear to release grow factors. The fibroblasts play an important role because they are responsible for collagen production. With age, collagen in the skin starts to deplete and skin begins to thin. Targeting specific growth factors in the dermis stimulates even more proliferation of the fibroblasts to help build out wrinkles and soften the skin. So, it seems to achieve results we have to create micro trauma to the skin in a controlled way, where a little down time is required so the skin’s healing mechanisms can go to work. The skin is a vast, unique organ. More and more, both women and men are now seeing the importance of taking care of such a remarkable part of the human body.
Treatments that set off the healing mechanism are:
- Elos IPL Laser (Rejuv)
- Elos Sublative
- Peels both natural and chemical
- Medical Microdermabrasion