How Inflammaging Affects the Aging Process
For normal skin, inflammation is just your body’s natural way of protecting itself against injury and infection. However, for skin that’s easily irritated and reactive, this consistent inflammation works to speed up aging by breaking down collagen, elastin, ceramides, and other parts of your skin's structure. And because we don't see the immediate effects, we may not feel the same urgency to deal with it. But nevertheless, those visible signs will eventually start showing as wrinkles, fatigued skin, sagging, redness, and dullness.
So why can’t reactive skin manage this process of inflammaging? Unfortunately, your skin can only take on so much. During this ongoing process, your skin is already working overtime to fight and combat those stressors — leaving it no time to turn over dead skin cells and build new collagen and elastin to maintain healthy and youthful-looking skin.