skin health

Did you know that the condition and appearance of your skin is a lucid reflection of your health and overall well being? While an attractive and youthful appearance may signify good health, a blemished and dull skin, on the other hand, could signify an underlying health problem. It therefore stands to reason that you should pay close attention to the condition of your skin and your overall well being as well if you are to maintain a healthy glowing skin. The following read therefore offers comprehensive information on the 5 most common skin conditions and 10 expert-proven tips for beautiful and healthy skin.

5 Most Common Skin Conditions

1. Acne

Although considered the least severe of all, acne is one of the most common skin conditions with over 80% of Americans reported to have had acne at some point in their lives. So what is acne? This is simply a condition that occurs when the passageway that connects the skin’s pores to the oil glands become clogged resulting in pimples.

2. Skin Cancer

This is the most common type of cancer in the U.S with more than a million people diagnosed with it annually.

3. Eczema

Although no one really knows what causes eczema, it is one of the most common skin conditions in the U.S and is referred to as chronic because no cure exists and the symptoms can appear or ‘flare up’ anytime.

4. Psoriasis

Also a chronic skin condition, psoriasis can be described as a buildup of excess skin tissues that look red and are covered with silvery scales. This is a genetic skin condition that is associated with the body’s immune system and affects 3% of the world’s population.

5. Skin Tags

These are basically fleshy growths on the skin that tend to occur on the neck, eyelids, armpits and groin folds. Almost everyone will develop a skin tag at some point of their life. Still, how are skin tags formed? Although you can blame them on your parents- skin tags are genetic- they are also thought to be caused by friction; reason why obese individuals have a higher chance of having them.

And while the above mentioned skin problems may be a cause of irritation and low self esteem, treatments options for skin conditions like eczema, acne and skin tags have improved remarkably over the years. So if you have any of these conditions, please consider seeing a dermatologist immediately to evaluate your treatment options.



Taking Care of Your Skin; The 10 Commandments

It is no secret that having a healthy skin takes discipline. If you have a daily regimen that involves very little sleep and lots of sugar in your diet, you should consider these expert-proven tips to improve the health of your skin.

1. Always Use Sunscreen

2. Always Keep your skin clean

3. Moisturize your skin daily

4. Get enough rest/sleep to help under eye wrinkles

5. Hit the gym to improve blood circulation in your skin

6. Include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet

7. Attend to your skin in the morning and at night

8. Don’t pop your zits to avoid scarring and blemishes

9. Exfoliate on the regular to reduce build-up of dead skin

10. Take off your make-up every night

Sure, following these commandments strictly won’t be an easy feat, but that’s what new year resolutuons are for, right?