How did you not scar???
I do have some shallow indented scars on my chin and icepick scars on my cheeks.
I'm guessing the reason I did not scar too bad is
1) Did not use BP long-term (BP causes free radical damage, slows healing, and can increase scarring). Most of my indented scars are from the time when I was using BP a lot.
2) Tried to keep my face moisturized. Dehydrated skin can't heal. I don't wash my face more than once a day, sometimes less.
3) On-and-off use of retinoids may have helped some.
4) Avoided sugar and refined carbs like the plague. Sugar reduces collagen.
At blame is a natural process that's known as glycation, in which the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products (or, appropriately, AGEs for short). The more sugar you eat, the more AGEs you develop. "As AGEs accumulate, they damage adjacent proteins in a domino-like fashion," explains Fredric Brandt, MD, a dermatologist in private practice in Miami and New York City and author of "10 Minutes 10 Years." Most vulnerable to damage: collagen and elastin, the protein fibers that keep skin firm and elastic. In fact, collagen is the most prevalent protein in the body. Once damaged, springy and resilient collagen and elastin become dry and brittle, leading to wrinkles and sagging. These aging effects start at about age 35 and increase rapidly after that, according to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology.
Besides damaging collagen, a high-sugar diet also affects what type of collagen you have — another factor in how resistant skin is to wrinkling, says Brandt. The most abundant collagens in the skin are types I, II, and III, with type III being the most stable and longest lasting. Glycation transforms type III collagen into type I, which is more fragile. "When that happens, the skin looks and feels less supple," says Brandt. The final blow: AGEs deactivate your body's natural antioxidant enzymes, leaving you more vulnerable to sun damage — still the main cause of skin aging.
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Edited by Green Gables, 31 August 2012 - 12:15 PM.