California Researchers Discover How to Eliminate Scars?
Dr. Anil Bajnath here with your Monday roundup.
Longevity knows no boundaries. From your heart, to your brain, blood, skin, mental health, and spiritual health… no topic is left behind.
I’m certain I’ve drilled this concept into your head by now: “Healthspan is more important than life span.”
I want to make sure you look good and feel good for as long as possible.
And I’ve made it my life’s mission to find the most effective tools to share with you along your longevity journey.
Today, I’m focused on your skin.
If you’re in the 50+ age bracket, you’ve probably had some injury or surgery that left you with a scar.
Depending on how visible their scars are, some women may cover them up with makeup. Men, on the other hand, may wear them as a “badge of honor.”
Regardless of where you fall in the range of comfortability, most people would prefer to have clear, smooth, tight skin for as long as possible.
And that’s why this latest research got my attention...
Did you know that in the United States, nearly 50 to 80 million new scars are produced each year? Whether it be due to accidents or surgeries, they seem unending. And thanks to Stanford University researchers, we now have a better understanding of why we scar and what could possibly be done to eliminate scars in the future.
I know I said I wanted to focus on “skin” today, but I also want to make clear that scarring isn’t just a cosmetic issue… Did you know that scar tissue has zero hair follicles and no sweat glands? It is both inflexible and weaker than skin. Scar tissue has also been proven to limit our bodies’ ability to move and adapt to changing temperatures.
Michael Longaker, MD, a Stanford Medicine surgeon, makes very clear: “There is currently no strategy for preventing or reversing the fibrotic process of scar formation.”
But he and his colleagues believe they’ve found something game changing for scars, though. You see, scars operate as a “quick sealant” for wounds. And according to Dr. Longaker, “If you heal slowly, you might get an infection or bleed to death. A scar is a spot weld – it covers the wound but it compromises form and function.”
Unlike skin which has “breathing room” to allow for hair and sweat glands, there is a tension in the skin that happens during scar formation. And Longaker’s team pinpointed the cause of this tension or tightness. Meet the engrailed gene, which is responsible for this tightness. To your longevity, Anil Bajnath MD
After testing the suppression of this gene with a drug called verteporfin, Longaker and his team were shocked by “all the hair in the healed wound.” They were also “able to see normal glands and showed that the skin was just as strong as unwounded skin.”
Here are fascinating details with major implications for future skin care health.
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P.S. I always get compliments on my smooth, clear skin. I’m not surprised! I am intentional about getting as much vitamin C as possible. Vitamin C is responsible for helping your body produce more collagen cells. And collagen is known for contributing to great hair and skin. Every single day, I take this plant. It has 7 times more vitamin C than oranges!
To your longevity,
Anil Bajnath MD