Good-looking skin is a sign of vitality and health: two very attractive qualities. Therefore, it is no surprise that everyone wants healthy, clear, glowing skin.
While one’s genes definitely play a role in healthy skin, so do many other factors such as diet, exercise, sleep, skin care, and stress management. Good skin care can actually keep one’s skin healthy and glowing for years to come. Here’s a look at several skin ailments that most people don’t think too much about, and how to deal with them.
Dry skin isn’t just unattractive it is also uncomfortable. So, what causes dry skin? For many individuals, dry skin isn’t caused by some skin disease or condition but is due simply to harsh cleansers, dehydration, dry air, medications, and lifestyle choices. Normal, healthy skin is coated in a thin layer of fatty substances known as lipids, which lock moisture in and keep the skin soft and supple. In their absence, skin can become dry, itchy, and tight. If dry skin is left untreated, it can lead to dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin.
Combat dry skin by drinking plenty of water and using moisturizers properly – applying them while the skin is still damp, not dry. One doesn’t have to spend a lot on lotions, just avoid those with alcohol and fragrances. Also, the thicker the moisturizer, the better!
Though a little acne in adulthood won’t ruin the day as much as it would during one’s teens, it can still be embarrassing and uncomfortable. No one wants to look in the mirror and feel ugly. Remember, the skin reflects one’s health, and when there’s an outbreak, there’s usually something wrong.
Try eating a healthy, balanced diet that is low in greasy and fatty foods. Additionally, a proper skincare regimen is important in fighting acne – wash the face twice every day (in the morning and before bed) with a gentle cleanser followed by a toner and moisturizer. For occasional spots, an over-the-counter topical acne medication is usually effective, but for those with more serious problems, consulting a dermatologist may be appropriate.
When it comes to skin conditions, most people don’t consider herpes a problem; however, the herpes virus can lead to unpleasant, unattractive, and uncomfortable skin conditions in both men and women. Skin-related symptoms of a herpes outbreak typically appear as a blister or rash of blisters around the mouth, genitals, or rectum. These blisters tend to break, leaving tender sores in the affected areas.
Though there is no cure for herpes, there are a number of treatments, including medications and topical creams that can decrease the pain and reduce healing time. Many doctors also recommend warm baths for especially painful outbreaks.
Razor burn is a problem for both men and women, and it is easily avoided with proper precautions. Mild razor burn is usually just a few hours of slight discomfort and redness but severe cases can result in infected blisters and pimples that last for days on end.
Avoid razor burn altogether by starting with clean skin and using sharp, new razors every time. Using a lubricant such as soap or shave gel is essential, as is using deliberate, short strokes during hair removal. If razor burn has already occurred, treating the affected area with vitamin E oil or an aloe-based cortisone cream works well.
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