It’s almost impossible to research a health- or skin-related topic these days without coming across inflammation as a possible cause or key contributor. But as this term gets tossed around more and more, it seems to have lost some of its meaning and application for the general population. This isn’t to say, however, that inflammation doesn’t play a major role in our health and appearance, because it does. Many people just may be unfamiliar with what inflammation is exactly, and how it could be contributing to their pain, discomfort, and even chronic skin conditions.
While it often has a negative connotation, inflammation is actually a necessary part of your body’s immune system response to potentially harmful stimuli of all sorts. It is inflammation that causes the redness, pus, heat, and discomfort when your body or skin is injured in some way, because cells have been damaged or bacteria have been introduced and need to be cleared away so healing can begin.
In a perfect world, your body would trigger this acute inflammation to remove damaged cells or harmful pathogens, and then that inflammation would diminish and your body would continue to heal and repair. The problem, however, is that acute inflammation can turn into chronic inflammation, which is when it can become detrimental to your body and skin.
In the case of a chronic inflammatory disease, your body’s immune system begins to attack its own cells, which results in constant inflammation and the negative side effects that can come along with it (U.S. National Library of Medicine). Arthritis, for instance, is one example of a chronic inflammatory condition that results in joint pain and stiffness due to the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacking the lining that protects your joints (Mayo Clinic).
Similarly, many chronic skin conditions are centered around inflammation, including eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. While these conditions are very complex and can affect other aspects of your health outside of the symptoms visible on your skin, their comprehensive treatment often involves targeting and calming underlying inflammation.
In short, inflammation is at the heart of a large variety of health concerns and is often responsible for chronic pain and discomfort, although many people don’t realize that by reducing inflammation, they may be able to minimize or even get rid of these symptoms.
Tips for Soothing Inflammation and Reducing Pain
While the cause and location of your inflammation and pain will partially influence the way you go about reducing them, there are a few general guidelines you can follow to finally get relief from chronic discomfort caused by inflammation. These include:
- Swapping out refined sugars and highly-processed foods for fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and complete proteins
- Improving your gut health. You might consider trying a supplement like Acacia Purified Bovine Lactoferrin to help calm chronic inflammatory responses within the digestive system, which have been linked with a variety of chronic health issues, including irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.
- Using moisturizing and nourishing skincare products such as Epiphany Therapeutic Body Cream, which contains natural extracts along with essential micronutrients to help calm and soothe dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. Equally important is what Epiphany does not contain–fragrances, petrolatum, steroids, or parabens.
- For chronic back, joint, knee, or other pain, try Enduras Recovery Cream, a light, non-greasy formula designed to absorb quickly and provide lasting relief right where you need it.
The Bottom Line
If you’re struggling with an inflammatory condition and just can’t seem to find relief from your pain and discomfort, it’s well worth giving some of the products mentioned above a try. In fact, many people seem to be learning about our products through word-of-mouth referrals from their friends and family–a true testament to just how effective they are.
But don’t just take our word for it. Head over to our testimonials page and view videos of real Epiphany Therapeutics users who have finally found relief from pain and discomfort, even when nothing else had worked.
About the Authors
William Goolsbee has spent his career in Life Sciences including leading roles in drug development in immunology and genetic medicine. Recent senior positions include Chairman of the Board at Sarepta Therapeutics and Founder and CEO at Metrodora Therapeutics.
Dr. Gil Price
Gil Price M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer at the Propharma Group, where he provides medical supervision for all clinical trials. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Drug Safety Solutions, where he oversaw safety monitoring for drugs in clinical development. Dr. Price also served as the Director of Clinical Development at Medimmune Oncology and Director of Medical Affairs at Glaxo.