As your first layer of protection, your skin puts up with a lot. From chemicals and pollutants to sunshine and sweat, your skin works hard to maintain a healthy look, but staying blemish- free while fighting off signs of aging is tough. You’re better prepared to handle the most common skin problems when you understand how they originate.
If only acne stopped following the awkward teenage years. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. According to the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, 54% of women older than age 25 have some facial acne. Even with pristine skin care and a nutritious diet, blemishes can still flare up (thanks, hormones). Acne is caused by excess oil production, hair follicles becoming clogged by dead skin cells, bacteria and hyper-hormone activity.
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin disease that affects women three times more often than men. If the red patches go untreated, the rosacea may worsen over time. The disease often affects the cheeks and nose and occurs most frequently in those ages 30 to 60. If you suffer from rosacea, take note of what causes major flare ups – certain foods, stress, cosmetics – and avoid using skincare products that contain alcohol.
Skincare with natural, good-for-your-skin ingredients are gentle and often help avoid and even decrease rosacea breakouts.
More than 31 million Americans suffer from eczema. For those who have the skin disorder, dermatologists urge you to avoid scratching. Scratching eczema exposes skin to infections and can cause discomfort through inflammation, cracking or scaling. Eczema flare ups are often caused by stress and dry climates. Using a hydrating, all natural oil can help keep skin moisturized and prevent unnecessary breakage. Topical steroid creams are also available for the skin disorder, but it’s a good idea to consider practices that keep you calm to help avoid stress and increased eczema breakouts. Getting a massage, acupuncture and acupressure treatments or increasing your Vitamin D can help minimize the spreading of eczema.
Dark Under-Eye Circles
Even when you get plenty of rest and drink water by the gallon, if you still have dark circles under your eyes, they may be a gift from your mom or dad and are caused by oxygenated blood pooled beneath the under-eye skin. Using a natural eye serum with soothing ingredients like olive oil and cucumber oil will provide nutrients to rejuvenate the most delicate part of your skin – preventing signs of aging and helping reduce the dark circles.
As we age, skin becomes thinner, drier and less elastic. Since there’s no way to stop time, it’s a good idea to develop an alternative plan when it comes to preventing and treating wrinkles. Always wear sunscreen, minimum SPF 30, to protect your skin from the sun, even in the winter. Use an oil-based moisturizer each night and a light moisturizer or serum in the morning to prevent dry skin from creating wrinkles.
It’s not impossible to create the skin you love when you understand what causes some of the most common skin problems. Use quality, natural products you can trust on your skin to ward off acne and wrinkles.