If you didn’t already know, inflammation can take a serious toll on your health, with negative impacts ranging from a weakened immune system to the development of chronic disorders. And that damage can also affect the health of your skin. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Anna H. Chacon, MD FAAD explains to PureWow that since it can raise the body’s cortisol levels, chronic low-grade inflammation (which is called inflammaging) can accelerate the skin’s natural aging process. Oof.
While inflammaging can be influenced by several factors (more on that later!), the good news is that it is preventable—if proper health, diet, stress levels and skin hygiene are properly maintained. To stop the side effects of inflammaging from getting out of control, we quizzed Dr. Chacon and other dermatologists on the root of its many causes, in addition to any details they could share on effective treatments.