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What is skin care?

It is important to maintain a regular skin care routine to keep your skin from becoming too irritated or too dried during acne treatments. When people complain of oily skin, they are most often referring to the skin on their face. Oily skin is also the largest contributor towards acne. This page will give a little information on the causes and treatments of skin and acne.

Caring for your skin

Remember, there is no way to completely prevent oily skin from occurring, but hopefully these tips will help keep the oil and acne under control:

  • Although dirt and oil on the surface of the skin do not cause acne, excessive oil on your skin may exacerbate the clogging of pore openings, so proper washing is often a good way to keep the situation from becoming worse. Washing with very hot water, harsh soaps or cleansers will not improve existing acne or prevent future flare-ups. In fact, these methods can dry and irritate your skin so badly that you will not be able to use effective acne medications in cream or gel form. Most topical acne medications have a drying effect on oily skin.
  • Try a mild cleanser that cleanses without drying.
  • Do not use any oil-based cosmetics, which will only aggravate oily skin and create further blemishes.
  • Use water-based, non-comedogenic cosmetics.
  • Always remove your makeup before going to bed, but avoid cold creams and lotions, which may leave a greasy film on your skin.
  • Watch your diet. However, it is not chocolate or sweets that you need to watch, some doctors believe that an increased consumption of iodine aggravates acne, and they suggest reduction or elimination of fish and iodized salt.
    Relax! Doctors have seen a connection between stress and acne for a long time. Studies have shown that the body produces more androgens when a person is under stress. The increase may trigger acne flare-ups by stimulating the sebaceous glands to pump out more sebum. Even physical stresses, such as colds, allergies, surgery, or menstruation, can trigger break-outs.

Skin Care and Topical Treatments for Acne

First of all, there are the topical acne medications that most people with oily sin or acne have tried. Here is a brief description of those:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide This medication works in two ways. First, it goes after bacteria, which are crucial in the development of acne. Without bacteria, the sebum trapped under the skin would not become the fatty acids that cause all the swelling and inflammation in and around acne blemishes. Second, some studies show that benzoyl peroxide may also peel the dead skin cells from inside your hair follicles, to keep plugs from forming.
  • Sulfur, resorcinol, and salicylic acids These older medications tend to work mostly on the surface of your skin to help heal existing blemishes by unclogging pores. Salicylic acid is particularly effective on blackheads.
  • Topical antibiotics These medicines are used by doctors to treat certain kinds of acne, such as pustules and papules, but they may not be strong enough to have an effect on larger cysts. Topical antibiotics work by attacking the bacteria that are strongly linked with acne problems. Like other topical treatments, these tend to dry and irritate the skin, so be sure to use proper cleansing and moisturizing.
  • Retinoic acid Also known as Retin-A. This is another topical medicine used by doctors to treat acne. Like benzoyl peroxide, retinoic acid works by peeling skin cells from the hair follicles so that plugs do not form. Be warned that at first it may aggravate your acne, and that it can take two to three months for any real improvement.

Secrets for Younger Looking Skin

  • Skin Care: Consistent skin care is important in maintaining younger looking skin. In recent years, several products appear to cause an improvement in aged skin. Although skin care products have received a lot of publicity and do seem to improve the appearance of skin over a period of time, sometimes, they can cause skin irritation, sun sensitivity, peeling, and requires a medical prescription. Alpha hydroxy acids, also appear to achieve remarkable results, in giving the skin a younger look, and lack most of the irritating side effects, seen with prescription products.
  • Fitness: With age, extra weight can accumulate in areas under the chin, the neck or cheeks, giving the skin an older look. Other areas of skin such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks and calves look older if they are carrying excess fat. A combination of balanced nutrition and exercise can greatly improve the appearance of the skin. Drinking enough water is also important. Improved muscle tone and improved circulation also help to keep that younger looking skin we would all like to maintain.
  • Smile: Your face tends to conform to the position or expression that you carry most of the time. If you often frown or scowl you skin is more likely to develop lines or wrinkles between the eyes, down turning lines at the corners of the mouth, or other lines or furrows that conform to the frowning facial expression. A smiling, pleasant, relaxed expression is good for your face and will help keep you looking younger.
  • Sleeping Positions: Sleeping on your face can cause sleep wrinkles. Sleeping in the same position most of the night for years can permanently crease your skin. With a small pillow under the lumbar (lower) spine, it is possible to sleep on your back comfortably without causing wrinkles on your face.
  • Sun Protection: More than anything else, sun protection will help to prevent the aging of your skin, The sun is largely responsible for wrinkling, blotchy pigmentation (Lentigines, also called "liver spots"), thinning of the skin, broken blood vessels (telangectasias), dryness, texture changes, uneven color and some sun related skin diseases that make the skin look older. Daily use of sunscreen products with at least an SPF of 15 along with protective clothing such as full-brimmed hats, long sleeved blouses and shirts, and slacks instead of shorts will greatly reduce the aging of the skin and the possibility of skin cancer.
  • Moles: As young children, most people have few, if any moles. Most moles appear as we grow older. We may look older than we are if we have numerous or unsightly moles, especially on the face. Moles can be easily removed by a skilled dermatologist or plastic surgeon. This can greatly improve the appearance of the skin and give it a younger, smoother look.
  • Brown Blotches: Brown blotches occur on the skin with age. These include freckles, liver spots (Lentigines), and uneven pigmentation (melasma) which usually occurs in women because of a combination of sun exposure and estrogen type hormones either naturally or in birth control pills. Laser treatment, dermabrasion (skin sanding), chemical peels, and liquid nitrogen freezing can also improve these pigmented blotches. These procedures are performed by dermatologists and plastic surgeons.
  • Other Skin Blemishes Show Your Age: Waxy scaling yellow, brown bumps (seborrheic keratoses) and fleshy tags (skin tags) occur with age and make the skin look older. Enlarged oil glands and small cysts commonly appear on the face with age. These small skin lesions are easily removed by a dermatologist using simple office surgical procedures, liquid nitrogen freezing or lasers. A clear complexion without all of these little distractions, gives a much younger look to the skin.
  • Wrinkles and Lines: Wrinkles and lines that appear gradually are caused by sun damage, gravity, and repeated folding of the skin, as well as by many other genetic and environmental factors. Protection from the sun can greatly reduce the wrinkling process. Use of skin care products with alpha hydroxy acids can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles within a matter of weeks.

Also available are injectable substances such as collagen and Retin-A. These are fillers that help plump up certain deeper wrinkles and scars. Botox is an injectable that will help relax certain muscles and prevent them from wrinkling. This is particularly effective for the scowling lines. However, these treatments are only temporary, lasting usually 6 to 12 months after each treatment.

Summary

Preserving youthful skin is easier than trying to repair skin that has been abused for decades. Skin care products are an elegant way to restore and maintain that younger look, gently and naturally over many years.

 

 
   
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