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The sale of alleged anti-aging skin care products generates approximately 30 billion dollars in revenue each year in the US alone.

However experts generally agree that the majority of these products are not effective in practice or theory.

Prime reasons why anti-aging products aren't effective include low concentrations of active ingredients and production based on theoretically flawed assumptions about how skin works.

The latter seems deliberate for the most part as these products are usually marketed for lifestyle rather than professional medical audiences.

For the time being, the most important anti-aging products a patient with rosacea can use are sunscreens and topical antioxidants.

Sunscreens and antioxidants allow skin to expend maximal resources on repairing itself by preventing additional sun-induced injury (photoaging) from taking place.

Small amounts of sun-induced injury accrue on a daily basis, irrespective of season, cloud coverage or temperature, therefore daily use is necessary to derive worthwhile benefits.

Antioxidants such as silymarin are found in all of The Clinic's products and once absorbed do not wash or wear off for a period of time (up to four days), however daily use is still optimal in maintaining the best reservoir of protection.

The two sunscreens available (the SPF 20 and the SPF 50) are fortified with antioxidants.

One caveat worth noting is that the presence of paraben preservatives in sunscreens or skin care can increase photodamage.

Patients can review additional information at Antioxidant Sunscreens, What Is The Best Sunscreen for Rosacea, Flawed Sunscreen Use and Lost Anti-Aging Effects and Sunscreen Use Protects Rosacea Patient Autonomy.

Author: Peter Wilson.

Reviewed: Thursday, 1 May 2014.

Further Information: Standard Treatment/Revised Treatment : Anti-Aging :


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