7 Of The Most Common Skin Problems and Solutions
Fight 7 of the Most Common Skin Problems
Hormones, the sun, your makeup and even your diet can create real problems for your skin. Learn how to battle the most common skin issues:
Hormones are the cause of dry skin in both men and women. As we age, our declining hormones
negatively affect the hydration in the skin. There is less moisture and an increase in water loss. It is more abrupt with women as they reach menopause.
- Take shorter, faster showers using the coolest water you can tolerate
- Use mild, creamy cleansers, and apply moisturizer to still-damp skin after a morning shower and at night before going to bed
- Your best choices are moisturizers that contain alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or urea
You can also try wearing cotton gloves over well-moisturized hands at nighttime. When dryness is accompanied by redness, cracking, and itchiness, use a heavy moisturizer and hydrocortisone cream.
Dull and Rough
When your complexion lacks luster, it may be suffering from a accumulation of dead cells on the skin surface, sun damage, or smoking.
Use night creams with glycolic acid or retinols to brighten skin by removing dead skin cells. Also effective are mild facial scrubs once a week. Twice a month, use a masque containing vitamin C to brighten and moisturize.
Note: Do not use a facial scrub and masque on the same day as the combination of the two will be too harsh on your skin.
A skin condition that can affect anyone, but especially fair-skinned people. You will usually see flushing on the face, nose, and cheeks, sometimes accompanied by visible capillaries that appear to be broken or look like pustules. It isn’t acne, but can be mistaken for it.
- Avoid sun exposure and use zinc-based sunblocks
- Avoid harsh cleansers, soaps, and chemical exfoliants (retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids, and glycolic acids)
- Stay away from spicy foods, alcohol, and extreme heat
- Over-the-counter products containing sulfur and benzoyl peroxide can treat the condition
Hereditary predisposition, hormonal fluctuations, medications (such as steroids or antidepressants), stress, and week three of your menstrual cycle can contribute to flare-ups.
Use a salicylic acid-based cleanser to treat breakout zones
Brown spots, freckles, and liver spots are not, as many people think, a result of natural aging, but rather sun damage.
Be faithful with sunscreen. A topical lightening agent, hydroquinone, is the gold standard for treatment but may require continued use.
As we age, skin can lose its elasticity and begin to sag. Very often it’s genetic and beyond your control but you should certainly avoid sun exposure and smoking.
Try firming creams that contain special plant extracts and micro-polymers to help create a temporary support network for the skin.
Over time (usually between the ages of 25 & 30), skin begins to lose collagen and the elastin fibers that support the structure of skin. Again, to slow this process, use sunscreen and avoid smoking.
- Treat wrinkles at home with antioxidant creams and light chemical peels
- Sleep is also very important for the skin because this is when the skin repairs itself