Blog - Medical Aesthetic Center
05 15 2020
Glycation: What is it and How to Fight it
What is Glycation?
Glycation is a process that is triggered by a surplus of glucose in the skin fibers which causes sugar molecules to attach to the elastin and college proteins that help keep skin firm and nimble. This process creates advanced glycation end-products(AGEs), a harmful molecule that overtime weakens and discolors our collagen and elastin. This weakening shows up on our skin as sagginess, wrinkles, and discoloration, giving the effects of rapid aging.
How Sugar Affects Aging
While aging is a natural part of life, too much sugar can accelerate the symptoms, making one appear older than they actually are. At the end of each DNA strand is telomere, a little cap that protects our DNA from damage. Telomeres are shortened each time our DNA is duplicated or read. When we are young and healthy our bodies are capable of replacing telomeres quickly but, too much sugar makes the telomeres shorten faster which in turn quickens our skin's aging process. Thus, the more sugar we have, the quicker our skin's quality deteriorates and begins to show dark spots, wrinkles, and sagging.
How to Fight Glycation
The first thing you should do if you are worried about glycation is schedule an appointment at the Medical Aesthetic Center in New Jersey to get advice on which parts of your daily routine to change or which procedures to consider. You can fight the process of glycation by reducing sugar intake and boosting vitamin B and antioxidant intake. A proper skincare routine that includes anti-glycation ingredients like carnosine is a great way to stop glycation before it starts. However, one way that provides instant, long-lasting results is to get collagen induction therapy (CIT). This minimally invasive procedure done at the Medical Aesthetic Center in New Jersey stimulates existing elastin and collagen to reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and fine lines. Another procedure done at the Medical Aesthetic Center in New Jersey is Fractora, a fractional bipolar radiofrequency skin resurfacing treatment that increases complexion clarity and decreases wrinkles and blemishes caused by aging and glycation. Don't let glycation takeover, fight it! Contact us today to schedule an appointment and discuss possible treatment options!