What is chronic inflammation?

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Martine Bernier

Health journalist, editor-in-chief

March 27, 2021

You can’t see or feel chronic inflammation as it’s silent and invisible. It’s an unhealthy, persistent heightened immune response. What that does is damage our healthy cells, tissues, and even organs. It can even lead to premature aging, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and dementia. This mostly happens by prolonged overproduction of cytokines. The way to avoid it is by using skincare products that minimize the overproduction of cytokines. A healthy anti-inflammatory diet is always a great idea to go alongside exercise and relieving stress. 

To learn more, keep reading our article.

Everyone knows about the harmful effects of UV rays and their link to premature skin ageing, but most have little to say about chronic inflammation and its equally harmful effects.

Chronic inflammation is a silent and invisible enemy that slowly catches up with you. It is not something a person can see or feel. Forget red, painful or itchy skin! That is acute inflammation, a healthy immune response to infection or tissue injury.

Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is a persistent, unhealthy, heightened immune response. Like a faulty thermostat, the inflammatory response is consistently too high, which in turn damages healthy cells, tissues and organs and leads to a whole range of adverse events, including premature ageing, diabetes heart disease, cancer and dementia.

What causes it?

Your “thermostat” / immune system signals when you have an overproduction of cytokines. These little proteins are your body’s regulators. We all need cytokines to counteract infections and injuries, but prolonged overproduction of cytokines can lead to chronic inflammation.

How can we prevent it?

How can we prevent it? Below are four proactive steps you can take to prevent chronic inflammation:

Use skin care products that minimise overproduction of cytokines

Skin care formulas have been developed that contain skin-like ingredients, such as madecassoside – a pharmaceutical-grade extract of the plant Centella asiatica produced in the laboratory, and azelaic acid, also a laboratory-developed substance found in wheat, rye and barley. They minimise the overproduction of cytokines so that the immune system can counteract the triggers of chronic inflammation.

Swissline was the first Swiss brand to introduce madecassoside to the skincare market in its Cell Shock Age Intelligence collection to relieve the feeling of dryness caused by peels, lasers and dermabrasion, a common side effect of these procedures. Most Age Intelligence products are formulated with high concentrations of madecassoside, but the bestseller is the award-winning Recovery Serum.

An anti-inflammatory diet is important

By reducing your intake of animal proteins, simple carbohydrates and trans / saturated fats, adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet and increasing your intake of omega-3 fats (found in fish oils, avocados and walnuts), you are choosing the right path in the fight against chronic inflammation.

Regular exercise to reduce inflammatory parameters in the blood

Moderate exercise for up to 60 minutes can reduce inflammatory parameters in the bloodstream, increase positive neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and endorphins) and improve brain chemistry. Also recommended is a combination of strength training with cardiovascular activity, such as walking, cycling or running. However, too much training can trigger inflammation!

Reduce stress

Constant mental, emotional or physical stress increases cortisol levels, a steroid hormone responsible for tissue inflammation. Women produce more cortisol than men and experience a faster progression of inflammatory disorders. Try yoga. Not only does it help with internal stress, but the mechanics and poses of Iyengar yoga have been shown to stimulate the adrenal glands (the glands above the kidneys responsible for releasing adrenaline and cortisol).

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