The Deeper Issue | Oxidative Stress
by Rodrigo Diaz
A year ago
The skin is a protective envelope that is imperative for homeostasis (the ability of an organism to keep the inside functioning properly for survival). And in doing so, gets targeted by an insane amount of toxins from physical (UVA/UVB rays) and chemical agents that are able to manipulate the function and structure of skin cells. Many physical pollutants are oxidative in nature or produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) which activate self-defense mechanisms. If these mechanisms cannot keep up with ROS impacting the skin, then it becomes Oxidative Stress (the process by which these agents act on our cells faster than our skin can counteract the damages). During this period, many systems in the skin can fail and proteins like collagen (our skin’s foundation) begins to degrade at a faster rate. This ultimately causes rapid-aging (where the natural aging rate has been increased by external influences). Oxidation example below
Oxidative Stress from our Excess Habits Increases Skin Disorders and Issues.
It’s not about putting a halt to all of our lifestyle habits, but to have a deep look at what truly affects us, the how, and then what to cut back (or add on). It’s 2020, and men are understanding more about themselves, not only psychologically, but biologically as well. With superfoods, body hacks for better workouts, mind-improvement chemicals, [been adding MCT oil and CBD to my coffee now], the new-gen of skin hacks are now going to be the norm. Since oxidative stress is now known to be the cause behind rapid-aging, we can target the variables which we can block with topical applications and supplements with antioxidants. In doing so, understand where we can cut back on oxidative exposure.
Example above; hydrocarbon exposure from smoke and consistent sun exposure increases ROS and reduces self-defense systems (antioxidant enzymes) and can negatively alter the function of Langerhans cells (responsible for the production of antigens and skin’s immune defense systems) in the skin.
Helping our Antioxidant Enzymes to Battle with Oxidative Stress
“A good mix of topical and supplement antioxidants seem to show the greatest promise.”
Joshua Zeichner, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist, recommends B complex vitamins including pterostilbene with beta-sitosterol for people with high exposure to oxidative stress. While most doctors support the idea of a healthy diet (yeah right), it is new supplements that are rising in popularity for many reasons.
Check out our next gazette post to discuss specific ingredients like trans-resveratrol, the different vitamin B complexes and other antioxidant nuances that need some clarification.