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Why Your Skin is So Important

  Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it has many important functions. We could not survive without our skin. Skin protects all of our organs and muscles and provides a covering for our muscles, veins and arteries. The skin guards our bodies from harmful materials, chemicals and viruses and it shields […]

How to Best Care for Your Skin – Hydration

  When you meet people for the first time one of the first things they notice will be your skin. Since your skin covers your whole entire body it is obvious to everyone who comes in contact with you. Your skin is such an important part of your health and well-being that it is vital […]

Dealing with Skin Care Issues for Children

  Being a parent is not for the faint of heart and many parents have a lot of things to worry about in regards to their children and their health. One of the most prevalent concerns parents have are skin issues. There are many different types of skin care issues that children might have to […]

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Why Your Skin is So Important

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Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it has many important functions. We could not survive without our skin. Skin protects all of our organs and muscles and provides a covering for our muscles, veins and arteries. The skin guards our bodies from harmful materials, chemicals and viruses and it shields us from the harmful rays of the sun. Imagine how horrible it would be to not have our skin protecting us!

 

Our Amazing Skin

Skin is an amazing organ! Our skin plays a vital role in maintaining our body temperature by utilizing sweat glands to cool our bodies. It’s also responsible for secreting harmful toxins from our bodies. Our layers of skin are constantly changing as old cells die and new cells grow. Healthy skin can feel pain which signals that there is a problem that needs to be taken care of. While not being able to feel pain may sound like a fabulous thing it can be very dangerous. Many people who suffer from debilitating diseases and lose the ability to feel pain in their lower extremities often need to have their legs or feet amputated as a result of not being able to feel the pain that signaled a problem. Years ago leprosy was a devastating skin condition that rendered sufferers unable to feel any pain in their extremities. Because of this their fingers, toes, noses, ears and lips would die and fall right off their bodies. It was a horrible disease that devastated families.

 

Take Care of Your Skin

Because your skin is so important it is imperative that you take good care of it. The skin that we are born with is the only skin we will ever have and it is up to us to make sure it stays healthy enough to do the many jobs that it is intended to do. There are a few ways that you can keep your skin healthy and happy.

  • Avoid long exposures to the sun. The sun is a good thing and while it is important to get some sunshine every day to get vitamin D, overexposure to the sun is very damaging to the skin. This is especially true in the summer when the sun is at its zenith and is the hottest. During the summer months avoid going out into the sun between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM. If you have to be out in the sun at that time, when possible, wear large hats to protect your face from the sun and never ever sun bathe at that time of day.
  • Drink lots of water. Hydration is an important factor in proper skin care. Be sure to drink a lot of water and find a good hydrating lotion or cream for your skin.
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables, especially in their raw form, have a high natural water content that will aid in hydrating your skin and keeping it looking shiny and healthy.

Take a little bit of time each day to consider your skin and how important it is. By following the above steps you can keep your skin healthy, glowing and beautiful.

How to Best Care for Your Skin – Hydration

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When you meet people for the first time one of the first things they notice will be your skin. Since your skin covers your whole entire body it is obvious to everyone who comes in contact with you. Your skin is such an important part of your health and well-being that it is vital that you do everything in your power to take the very best care of it. It is amazing to consider that the skin that you are born with will be with you throughout your entire life. Skincare will have different meanings for different people because as they go through different seasons of life their skin care needs will naturally change. Children have very different skin care needs than mature adults do. Your skin care regime should age with you and be appropriate for your particular season of life.

 

Hydration is Vital for your Skins Health

Not enough value is given to the role that hydration has in the health of the skin. When people are looking at skin care remedies and suggestions, far too many people forget to mention how important proper hydration is. Our bodies are made up primarily of water and our skin needs water to be healthy. To illustrate the importance of proper hydration we will look at the difference between a grape and a raisin. Both begin as the same fruit. But while the grape is full, fat and supple, the raisin is wrinkled and dry. If you had to choose which of these two fruits your face resembled, a raisin or a grape, it is an easy choice. The only thing that separates the raisin from the grape is water content. This shows how important proper hydration is to our skin.

 

Lotions and Water for Proper Hydration

Skin hydration comes in two important ways, what you put on your skin and what you put in your body. In order to hydrate your skin from the outside find a good quality moisturizer. Look for a product that has natural ingredients and no added fragrances, dyes or colors and do not use soap to wash your face. Soap is very harsh and it will dry your skin out causing premature aging and damage.

The other important way to keep your skin hydrated is to drink the recommended amount of water daily. Some studies suggest drinking eight 8 oz glasses of water a day for a total of 64 oz a day. Other reports indicate that drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water daily. So a person who weighs 200 pounds would drink 100 ounces of water a day. No matter which method you choose to follow the important thing is to drink more water. You can not over consume water. It may take some time for your bladder to adjust to the increase in water volume and you may feel like you are running to the bathroom for a couple weeks but your body will eventually compensate and adjust and your skin will look healthier than it ever has before.

Why You Should Never Pop a Zit

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Struggling with acne flair ups and zits can be one of the most difficult things people have to deal with. All too often it seems like the worst cases of pimple and zit flair ups come at the most inopportune times. Like right before the first day of school, just before a first date or a job interview, or before an important dance. Possibly the worst time to have a bad case of pimples or zits is right before school pictures when your acne outbreak and skin issues will be memorialized for all future generations to behold. It is very tempting during such times to just pop those pesky zits and be done with them. But that is the last thing you should do when you have a zit.

 

It Is So Tempting But Don’t Do It

When you are facing down that irritating zit it is so tempting to squeeze it, pinch it, poke it or pop it but don’t do it! In order to understand why it is so important not to pop a zit we have to describe some things that might not be very appealing to read about. These are the rather disturbing facts. That zit on your face is a nasty little sack that holds a bunch of oil, dirt, and bacteria. They might not look very nice but they are holding everything inside of them contained nicely in a small little package. When you pop a zit all of the rather disturbing things inside of the zit are no longer contained and they come gushing out all over your face getting into other nearby pores that are wide open and ready to be infected. This will lead to more pimples and a wider outbreak of zits.

 

Other Risks from Popping Zits

In addition to the chance that popping a zit can create more pimples and acne outbreaks there is another reason why you should not pick at them. When you pop your zits it can often push all of that nasty zit juice, bacteria and gunk further back into your pores causing an infection and, again, an even worse outbreak of acne. In addition to that you could transfer dirt or bacteria from your finger directly into your open and angry pores and cause inflammation and infection which can lead to scarring.

 

Leave it Alone and it will Eventually Go Away

I know it is hard to leave those zits alone and not try to help them along by popping them but that really is the best course of action when dealing with an outbreak. A zit left alone will run its course and go away in about a week. But if you pop it and interfere with the zit it could takes weeks before it finally heals. And then you may find that your interference has left behind an unwanted scar. It really is not worth the risk of infection, irritation, increased acne breakout and possible scarring to pop that zit. The best advice is to leave it alone, keep it clean, use topical creams as needed and wait it out.

Dealing with Skin Care Issues for Children

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Being a parent is not for the faint of heart and many parents have a lot of things to worry about in regards to their children and their health. One of the most prevalent concerns parents have are skin issues. There are many different types of skin care issues that children might have to deal with as they grow. Most of them are fairly common. Here are a few skin issues to be on the look-out for and what you can do about them.

 

Dermatitis

Dermatitis is a broad name for skin conditions that manifests itself in several different ways.

  • Diaper Dermatitis or diaper rash – Diaper rash occurs when a young child has a reaction that comes from wearing a diaper. Diaper rash most often occurs when baby’s diapers are not changed often enough or if they are left in wet or soiled diapers for long periods of time. Some babies may develop a diaper rash just from wearing a diaper, even if it is clean. These babies may benefit from wearing cloth diapers. Diaper rash is typically treated with creams containing zinc oxide to reduce the redness and clear up the area. It is also a good idea to let the area with the diaper rash be exposed to fresh air as much as possible.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis or cradle cap – cradle cap manifests itself as scaly, flaky skin on top of the head. Sometimes babies who suffer from cradle cap will develop dandruff as they grow. The eyebrows and the area around the nose can also be effected by this type of condition. Relief for cradle cap can be found by using antifungal creams or very mild topical steroid creams.
  • Atopic dermatitis or eczema – eczema is a condition which results in areas of the skin developing a rash that is red, irritated, bumpy and itchy. It is imperative that people who suffer from eczema do not scratch the spots as it will make them much worse .There is no known cure for eczema but it can be controlled with medicine and by being aware of the environment and avoiding triggers that cause flare ups. Treatments include steroid creams and oral antihistamines.

 

Warts

Warts are another skin issue that often affects children. Warts are caused by a virus and most often appear on children’s hands, feet and fingers and typically present themselves as small hard bumps. This type of wart is caused by the human papilloma virus. Warts are highly contagious and can be easily passed from child to child. Over the counter wart treatments are not always effective at getting rid of warts and many children need to see a dermatologist to help get rid of them. The dermatologist may try various methods such as burning the wart off or freezing it with liquid nitrogen. These treatments are often effective but may lead to permanent scarring where the wart was.

 

Acne

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that children suffer from. Most children do not begin to get acne until they hit puberty and their hormones begin changing. There are many ways to deal with acne, such as using over the counter medications or trying home remedies and nutritional methods to manage it. If a child suffers from serious acne a dermatologist may prescribe prescription creams as well as oral and topical antibiotics to help clear it up.

The Problem with Eczema and How to Solve It

Many people suffer from a painful skin condition called eczema. There is no test that you can take to determine if your skin condition is eczema but your doctor will take a medical history, explore your symptoms and look at your skin to make a diagnosis. While there is no cure for eczema, the disease can be managed with treatments.

 

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition that causes rough patches and blisters to appear on the skin which often become inflamed and may bleed or be itchy. Eczema is a non-transmittable disease, meaning that it is not contagious. If you have eczema you can not pass it to a friend or family member.

 

Options for the Treatment of Eczema

There are many different treatment options available to people who are suffering with eczema. Some people prefer to use natural home remedies to ease the symptoms of their eczema and other people choose to rely upon conventional medicine. It may take some time to determine which treatment works the best for you.

 

Natural Eczema Treatment Options

Some people have found relief for their eczema flair ups by taking an oatmeal bath. The oatmeal soothes the skin and helps reduce the itchiness. Here are a few other things that can be done naturally to help with eczema.

  • Use mild soaps without harsh chemicals or perfumes.
  • For severe eczema use a soap substitute, called syndets
  • Find a good moisturizer and apply it immediately after a shower or bath
  • Avoid hot showers or baths which can dry out the skin
  • Use a good thick emulsifier that contains petroleum jelly after taking a shower or bath and apply it to the skin while it is still wet. This should leave the skin feeling slighty greasy.

 

Medical Treatments for Eczema

Many medical treatments are highly effective in relieving the symptoms of eczema. Some medications can be purchased over the counter at your local pharmacy such as

  • Hydrocortisone ointment or cream
  • Antihistamines taken orally, such as Benadryl

Many people who suffer from mild eczema find that the above treatments offer respite for their symptoms. But those who have a more severe case of eczema or need more relief may need to see a specialist to get stronger medicine. A dermatologist can prescribe more powerful topical prescription steroid creams for people who have extreme and painful eczema. Some other options for severe treatments include

  • Corticosteroids taken orally
  • Utraviolet light therapy
  • Immunosupressant drugs such as cyclosporine, azathioprine or methotrexate
  • Prescription moisturizers like Hylatopic Plus, Mimyx and Epiceram

 

Others Ways to Help With Eczema

Regardless of which method of treatment is preferred there are a few things that need to be avoided to prevent flair ups of eczema.

  • Do not wear tight fitting clothing.
  • Do not wear rough or scratchy fabrics.
  • Avoid harsh detergents.
  • Do not scratch the infected areas.

Eczema symptoms can also become worse as a result of environmental conditions so people who suffer with it should avoid dry conditions and areas with low humidity when possible.


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