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When aging cells stop dividing and producing new cells, they build up and promote aging in adjacent cells. However, what happens when the aging, or senescent, cells are efficiently cleared from the body? According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, removing the senescent cells could slow the body’s aging process, resulting in tighter, wrinkle-free skin.

The researchers used two groups of mice and treated one group starting in their youth and treated the other after they aged. The treatment destroyed the senescent cells, which caused them to be discharged from the body. Both groups experienced fewer cataracts, less muscle loss, and less wrinkle-causing fat loss, especially in the group that had been “pre-treated.” According to the researchers, removing the living cells that had stopped dividing allowed for the healthy, reproducing cells to flourish. Additionally, removing senescent cells decreased levels of harmful build-up and inflammation produced by the cells.

All bodies produce senescent cells, but in old age, more are produced and the body does not remove the cells as fast. Many scientists believe that senescent cells are responsible for many aspects of aging. If this is the case, the research could help develop new anti-aging procedures that treat and remove senescent cells.

Though the report is certainly exciting news, Dr. Zimmet advises that his patients only engage in procedures that are approved by the FDA. If you would like to discuss options for smoothing wrinkles or lessening the effects of aging, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.

Though wrinkles are one of the most dreaded side effects of aging, another culprit could be adding years to your appearance. Changes in skin pigmentation can begin to show up as early as your 20s, and left untreated, brown spots can blemish and age otherwise flawless skin.

Using mushrooms to even skin tone?

Luckily, new developments in skin care research and technology have led to new ways of maintaining an even skin tone. A newly-developed agent derived from mushrooms, utilizing lignin peroxidase, works by breaking down melanin, the dark pigment in skin. Lignin peroxidase is the active ingredient in elureTM, carried by Dr. Zimmet. Recent studies show that lignin peroxidase appears to be highly safe and non-irritating, even at doses 17,000 times the recommended amount.

The product used before this development, hydroquinone, works by trying to block melanin development, rather than address the discoloration that already existed. As a result, skin whitening was a slow process and hydroquinone never brought skin back to its previous glow. Furthermore, hydroquinone may cause itching and redness in a significant number of patients, especially those with rosacea and sensitive skin. Further, cases of increased pigmentation have been reported after use of hydroquinone.

Products such as elureTM can be a useful and easy way to bring back that youthful, even glow. Ask your dermatologist about the latest approach to skin lightening that contains lignin peroxidase rather than hydroquinone.

elure™ Advanced Skin Brightening Technology

Benefits of lignin peroxidase:

  • Naturally derived from mushrooms
  • Well tolerated, even by people with skin sensitivities
  • Breaks down existing melanin/pigment

Concerns with hydroquinone:

  • Skin irritation is common
  • Most physicians recommend only short courses of hydroquinone to reduce risk of increased pigmentation as a side effect
  • Unable to destroy existing melanin

Source: karen_neoh

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