How Inflammation Affects the Skin

Written by Jeanette Drew, Licensed Esthetician & CIE, Inc. Esthetic Instructor

Inflammation is a good thing and bad thing. You might be wondering how something can be both good and bad, so I’m going to tell you why.

There are two classifications of Inflammation: Acute and Chronic.
Acute is the body’s initial response to start the healing process, where as
Chronic refers to prolonged inflammation that can lead to a ton of different diseases.
Acute inflammation is the body’s natural response to trauma, and it’s the way to alert the body to start to heal. Inflammation is the body’s way of giving internal support to a wound, by increasing the flow of plasma and leukocytes to get rid of pathogens, or disease causing microorganism. Swelling shows that the wound is full of plasma and leukocytes; this swelling is the good inflammation that is starting to heal the wound. There are five signs of inflammation. These include: function loss, redness, swelling, heat and pain. All of these signs are very important and are the keys to skin regeneration. Esthetic treatments trigger an acute inflammation response. Take a chemical peel for example, the first sign of trauma (wounding) is inflammation. It is a controlled short term response that starts the rejuvenation process and can help improve overall skin health. It is very important to give skin the nutrients and antioxidants post wounding, in order to help replenish and feed the skin. By creating a wound, you can help treat and prevent skin conditions, thus concluding why inflammation can be both a negative and positive necessity to skin care and the body in general.