A recent study published in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology shows that oxygen infusions to the skin may help reduce the formation of wrinkles and also reduce the risk of tissue damage from UVB rays. Many people who exhibit the visible signs of aging, including wrinkles and lines around the eyes, nose and mouth, and a thickening of the outer layer of the skin, have been overexposed to UVB rays.
In this study, mice who were exposed to UVB radiation and then placed in an oxygen chamber showed fewer signs of tissue damage and wrinkles than those who were exposed to UVB radiation without time in the oxygen chamber. The researchers assigned 24 hairless mice into three groups for testing, and those that were exposed to UVB radiation were placed under a special fluorescent lamp three times per week, for five weeks. Some were then placed in an oxygen chamber or two hours after each session under the lamp.
Researchers found that all of the mice exposed to UVB rays did develop wrinkles over the five week period, but those who did not spend time in the oxygen chamber showed more pronounced wrinkles and an increase in epidermal thickness. Researchers note that additional studies are required to form any conclusions, but in the meantime, it is still a good idea to avoid excessive UVB exposure by wearing sunscreen.
While many people who spend a lot of time in the sun do develop wrinkles more readily, there are several ways to protect the skin, and even reverse the wrinkle formation process. Dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen and staying out of direct sunlight or tanning bed. Skin tightening treatments such as Thermage or Titan, and skin rejuvenation procedures such as Fraxel laser skin resurfacing can effectively get rid of wrinkles for good.