Learn How Oxidative Stress Impacts Skin Care

Can Managing Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS) Improve Skin Care?

The Western lifestyle is bad for your skin.  The environmental, hygiene, and diet may all impact the health of your skin.  Numerous skin care products may provide protection or health benefit, but the science is complicated.  Oxidative stress is a new concern with regards to skin cancer and more.  Let’s learn how to modify your Western lifestyle to reduce oxidative stress for healthier skin.

Skin Problems in the USA

Adult Americans suffer from many different skin problems including skin cancer, dermatitis, eczema, acne, and more.  Oxidative stress is the cause of skin cancer from overexposure to sunlight.  Ultraviolet light generates oxidative stress in the exposed skin, which causes DNA damage.  The accumulation of DNA damage eventually causes skin cancer.  However, low levels of sunlight generates Vitamin D as a health benefit.  Non-cancerous skin problems are caused by or linked to oxidative stress and inflammation.

Skin Microbiome is Sensitive to Oxidative Stress

Elevated Oxidative Stress shifts the microbial ecology of your skin by selecting for bacteria that flourish under these conditions.  Cutibacterium acnes is a major skin bacteria that flourishes under elevated oxidative stress causing skin problems like acne (surprise!).  Reducing oxidative stress in the skin may reduce the levels of this bacteria and acne.

Oxidative Stress and Inflammation of the Skin

Environmental insults to skin can cause inflammation, which produces local oxidative stress.  This process is reversible with excessive oxidative stress  inducing inflammation.  Smoking and alcohol consumption are the most harmful environmental insults to your skin.  Smoking results in short-term inflammation and oxidative stress.  Excessive alcohol consumption dehydrates the skin and also generates short-term oxidative and subsequent inflammation.

Hard Water Bathing and Inflammation

Many Americans still suffer from the impact of hard water bathing.  Many municipalities produce safe drinking water from a ground water source.  However, ground water is hard compared to surface water (ex. River or Lake).  Hard water causes problems for cleaning with scale building up on on surfaces.  These calcium and magnesium compounds irritate the skin causing inflammation and oxidative stress.

Western Diet and Blood Oxidative Stress

The Western Diet may cause Blood Oxidative Stress or BLOS, which are blood cells generating high levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS).  This ROS is generated by the blood and impacts skin health.  BLOS may cause inflammation in the skin and elsewhere in the body.  A change in diet or the use of antioxidant supplements may reduce the impact of BLOS on the skin.

Recent Advances in Skin Care Products

New skin care products counter oxidative stress and inflammation.  Vitamin C enriched skin care products deliver this potent antioxidant to the skin.  A probiotic skin care product uses ammonia oxidizing bacteria to generate nitric oxide from ammonia in your sweat.  The nitric oxide generate from this probiotic may increase levels of nitric oxide in the blood for health benefit.


More recently, a skin care product with an anti-inflammatory compound showed promise in lowering inflammation biomarkers and reversing “inflammaging.”  Inflammaging is thought to be the cause of multiple health problems including Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.  It wouldn’t surprise me if BLOS is the true underlying cause of inflammaging.  Remember, Oxidative Stress can cause inflammation and BLOS is a major source of oxidative stress in the body including the skin.  Keep an eye out for new skin care products touting this benefit.  If you’re worried about inflammaging, then you could try this Inflammation Test.

Western Lifestyle Impact on Skin Health
Western Lifestyle Impacts Skin Care. Inflammation in the Skin causes Oxidative Stress and vice versa. Skin and bacteria are sensitive to external and internal sources of inflammation and oxidative stress.

Checklist for Modifying Your Western Lifestyle for Healthier Skin

Here’s a checklist of ways to modify your Western lifestyle for healthier skin and more.

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Learn How Oxidative Stress Impacts Senior Care Choices

Does Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS) Impact Senior Care Choices?

Mick Jagger taught Baby Boomers an important lesson this week.  Fitness activity is not enough to prevent Heart Disease.  Of all of the Stones, Mick was the last one that anyone would predict heart surgery.  Mick’s father was a Physical Education instructor and Mick learned his fitness lessons well.  According to news reports, he maintained a healthy lifestyle for decades. Yet, he still went under the knife to replace a heart valve.

Was it genetics, poor diet at an early age, or something else?  Of course, we will never know if he stuck to a healthy diet.  I suspect that Mr. Jagger suffered from long-term elevated blood oxidative stress (BLOS), which promotes atherosclerosis and heart disease.  Over time, BLOS results in multiple chronic conditions including heart disease, which leads to expensive medical and Senior care.

Demographics and Multiple Chronic Health Conditions

A 2010 survey revealed that 80% of adults over age 65 have multiple chronic health conditions.  The top 4 chronic health conditions for Seniors are Hypertension (58%), High Cholesterol (45%), Ischemic Heart Disease (31%) and Diabetes (28%).  Many of these chronic health conditions may be due to long-term blood oxidative stress (BLOS) from a poor diet.  As expected, the cost of Medical Care for Seniors with multiple chronic health conditions increases with more physician visits and prescriptions.  A recent report suggests that the number of adults with Alzheimer’s Disease may be double.  These chronic health conditions also limit lifestyle, which results in more expensive Senior Care Choices.  A lifetime of poor lifestyle choices will deplete savings for Seniors and their loved ones.  Let’s review the cost of the current options for Senior Care.

Senior Care Choices

The choices available for Senior Care are a function of Senior Health State.  As expected, healthier Seniors have more affordable Senior Care.  Living at home with local family support is the ideal Senior Care option with both lowest expense and highest quality of life.

Next, Independent Senior Communities offer limited services for active Seniors with minor health conditions for an additional monthly cost of $400-$2,000.  For most Seniors, this option would be ideal for their remaining years.  However, as Seniors develop multiple chronic health conditions, this option will not be available.  Friends and family are replaced by trained Senior caregivers and on-site nurses  and physicians.  As expected, the cost of medical care and Senior Care rise with the remaining options.

Assisted Senior Living Communities provide regulated assistance to Seniors and range in cost from $2,500-$6,000 per month. This assistance increases the monthly costs by $2,000-$4,000 compared to Independent Senior Communities.

Nursing Homes provide intense assistance with a hefty price tag of $4,500-$12,000 per month.  24/7 care for your Senior has a high cost.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities are the most expensive Senior Care option due to the first-rate care.  No cost estimate was available, but you should expect costs in the range of Nursing Homes.

Memory Care Communities are a more recent Senior Care option that provides assistance for Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia have an average monthly cost of $5,000.

How Will You Pay for Your Senior Care?

These expensive Senior Care Options do not include the high cost of prescription medications.  Do you have enough savings to pay for your Senior years?  As a Senior, your best strategy for extending your limited savings and retirement funds is to delay or prevent the onset of multiple chronic health conditions.  Are there lifestyle choices that you can make today that could help you and your family in planning your Senior Care?

Family Plan for Sustainable Senior Care

The Senior’s family needs to prepare a sustainable plan for Senior Care.  Although it is an uncomfortable topic, it is in everyone’s best interest to have that conversation earlier.  First, review the financial status.  Second, review health status.  Third, review lifestyle choices.  Fourth, prepare a plan for Sustainable Senior Care.  You will not complete this 4-step process in one afternoon.  It may take several conversations with your Senior to get the complete truth about finances and health.  Be patient and take careful notes.

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