Your dermis gives your skin its structure. It is a living layer of the skin, where we find fibroblast cells, blood vessels, nerves, sweat glands, sebaceous glands (oil-secreting glands), hair follicles & pigmentation deposits. Your dermis is the part of your skin that makes it look plump, shiny & strong.
The fibroblast is probably the most important cell in your dermis, particularly when it comes to structure, strength & volume. From the age of 25 our fibroblasts become lazy, producing less collagen & elastin over time so that we actually lose around 1% of our collagen each year. This leads to thinner, weaker skin, that is prone to dryness, wrinkling and textural problems.
A compromised or weak dermis, with decreased fibroblast activity, will display one or more of the following:
- thin skin
- broken capillaries (telangiectasia)
- deep pigmentation
- fine lines
How can you improve your dermis?
Modern science has found that the most simple way to stimulate & thereby improve your dermis, is to simulate an injury to it. Your body perceives the injury, & this sets off a cascade of responses designed to repair it. What we have discovered is that even the tiniest of injuries will stimulate an inflammatory response & will activate your fibroblasts to produce more collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid!
Dermal Microneedling, Radiofrequency & (some) Lasers work similarly in that they all create controlled micro-injuries to the dermis, stimulating the body to remove damaged tissue & replace it with new collagen, elastin & hyaluronic acid. Your doctor or skin therapist will recommend one of these treatments by assessing the problem your dermis has as well as the tone & condition of your skin.
Since the dermis has a blood supply & nerves in it, these treatments can cause a bit of discomfort & bleeding. Due to the “damage” these treatments intentionally create, your skin will be inflamed after these treatments, & you may experience a little bit of downtime after them. (To read more on what a Dermapen treatment feels like, click here)
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