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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 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.

How Stress Can Affect Your Skin

shutterstock_228991438Stress plays a huge part in our daily lives and it can cause havoc on our bodies, including our skin. What effects does stress have on the skin? Stress can create many problems for our skin and it’s important to understand how and why in order to care for our skin in the best way possible.

What are the results of stress on the skin?

Stress causes your body to release a chemical called cortisol which makes your skin produce more oil, leading to blemishes. The body can also become more reactive which results in more skin problems, such as rosacea and eczema. Other rashes may also occur as well as your body becoming more susceptible to illness and allergies. When your body is ill, it generally causes your skin to look dull, dry or sore.

You may find that you suffer from itchy skin when you’re stressed. This is due to the outer, protective layer of the skin becoming impaired which results in harmful bacteria reaching deeper layers of the skin. This bacteria produces a protein that can lead to eczema and psoriasis.

Severe dermatitis can occur due to stress making the body susceptible to allergies. You may also find that you suffer with more cold sores when you’re stressed as your immune levels become weaker.

The main effects you may notice on your skin due to stress are frown lines and fine lines as the skin becomes dryer and weaker due to evaporating fluids on the lipid barrier of the skin. It can also take longer for skin cells to renew themselves which means dead skin cells build up on the surface of the skin, resulting in a dull and uneven skin tone.

What can I do to reduce the effects of stress on the skin?

Due to our daily busy lifestyles, it’s impossible to avoid stress completely but knowing how to handle it can improve the effects of stress on your skin and body.

  1. 1. Use skincare. Make sure you cleanse, tone and moisturize every day. If your skin is oily then use a deep cleansing facial cleanser or clay mask to help absorb excess sebum and clear any blemishes. Follow with an exfoliating toner which contains glycolic acid to help remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Use a good moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated, soft and smooth.
  2. Exercise. You don’t need to partake in rigorous exercise to beat stress. Taking a walk, gentle running or swimming are all good ways to help you relax and maintain a healthy lifestyle. You could also try yoga or pilates too.
  3. Take a bath, listen to music or read a book. Taking some time out of your busy schedule will help you to keep calm and relaxed.
  4. Sleep well. Try to get at least eight hours sleep per night. Not getting enough sleep can cause low concentration, low energy levels and headaches, so it’s really important to get as much sleep as possible.
  5. Try breathing exercises or meditation. Both are great for helping you to stay calm.

Easy Ways to Rid Your Skin of Oil

 

Oily skin can be a very big problem for people of all ages. Not only is it feel irritating and greasy when your skin is excessively oily but it also does not look very good. And disproportionate amounts of oil on the skin can lead to acne outbreaks and other skin problems. So lots of oil is not a good thing. People typically want to have shining personalities on their faces, not oil. Thankfully there are a few things that can be done to get rid of oily skin.

 

Methods for Getting Rid of Oily Skin

One of the best ways to avoid an overly oily face is to make sure that you keep your face fresh and clean as much as possible. Be careful about the methods you use to wash your face, as you don’t want to dry your skin out in your quest to reduce the amount of oil on your face.

There are two schools of thought on the best methods available for getting rid of oily skin. One school of thought employs using natural techniques and methods while the other utilizes over the counter products. Both methods can be very effective so it is simply a matter of determining which method will work best for your skin.

 

Natural Ways to Reduce Oily Skin

Some people prefer to try to get rid of oily skin naturally. Here are some good methods to try if this is the route you want to take.

  • Gently rub your face with milk or natural yogurt and leave it on for 15 minutes then wash it off with clear water.
  • Spread raw homey on the face and leave it on for 15 minutes then wash with water.
  • Mix ice water with lime juice and apply to the oily areas on your face.
  • Mix egg whites with alum powder and leave on the face for 30 minutes then wash with clear water.
  • Coconut milk and coconut oil applied at nighttime will help minimize the amount of oil on the skin.

 

Other Ways to Reduce Oily Skin

If you do not want to use natural methods to get rid of the oil on your face or find that they are just not working for you here are a few other things that you can try.

  • Use a gel cleaner instead of cream to reduce the amount of residue left on your face and minimize the oil.
  • Avoid soap because it will dry your skin out too much causing your skin to produce even more oil to counterbalance the drying effects of the soap.
  • Use an alcohol free toner.
  • Try a clay based face mask.
  • Buy some special blotting paper to absorb extra oil throughout the day.

 

Benefits of Oily Skin

It might sound crazy but there actually are some advantages to having oily skin. Imagine the difference between a raisin and a grape. A grape has a lot of moisture while a raisin is dried and wrinkled. Excess oil may not be ideal but the positive side of having skin that is full of moisture is that you may avoid wrinkles and pre-mature aging.


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