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Maintaining healthy skin: Tips that are more than skin deep
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Published: Mar 16, 7:03am GMT+0
Tips for healthy skin
Your skin is amazing. It’s waterproof, protects you from the outside world, insulates you, and even prevents infection. It stretches and contracts and is packed with nerves so you know what’s going on around you. Your skin is brand new every 28 days as it constantly sheds and refreshes, and perhaps most importantly, it keeps us from quite literally falling apart. Skin is our body’s largest organ and it’s crucial to keep it healthy.
Common skin conditions
Because your skin covers every inch of you, there are chances for things to go wrong. Here are some of the most common skin conditions and how to spot them:
Acneis a pretty common and easily identified skin condition. While most closely tied to adolescence, people can get acne at any age. Acne occurs when your pores get blocked by oil and dead skin cells. There are many ways to treat acne, from cleanliness habits to a variety of medications.
Cold sores,also called fever blisters, usually appear on the lip as a group of tiny blisters, are often painful, and can last a few weeks. There is no cure for cold sores, and once you have a cold sore you can have more in the future, usually triggered by hormones or stress. Cold sores can also be caused by a virus called herpes. Treat cold sores with over-the-counter medications, AntiVirals or prescriptions like Acyclovir.
Eczemasymptoms include dry, red, and irritated skin that can get scaly or even crack from the dryness.
Rashes can be caused by any number of things, from fungus to an allergy from something simple like laundry detergent. Rashes are usually red and can sometimes itch, making them irritating and potentially embarrassing. Treating a rash depends on the cause, but there are several topical medications that help control the itch.
Hives are a type of rash with raised, swollen bumps on the skin that turn white when pressed. Hives are always itchy and can also be treated with topical medications, although treatment may depend on the cause of the hives.
Rosacea is a common skin condition of redness and occasionally small bumps on the face. Rosacea can be mistaken for a rash or acne. While there is no cure, rosacea flare ups can be treated by prescription medications.
Keeping skin healthy
Keeping your skin healthy is crucial. Thankfully, there are a few easy tips you can use to keep your healthy glow all year long:
Check your skin monthly for changing moles and freckles or any new bumps and discolorations. Changes to your skin can be signs of skin cancer, so it’s important to know your skin and monitor any changes.
It sounds silly, but the best thing you can do for your skin is to stay well hydrated. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day (or more!) helps keep your skin moisturized from the inside out. And moisturized skin is healthy, happy skin!
Speaking of moisturizing, or cream after a shower can help lock in extra moisture to keep your skin as hydrated as possible.
Wash your face. It might sound simple but washing your face every day and after exercising is the first step towards clearer, healthier skin.
Get some sleep! When you sleep, your skin can repair damage from the day. That’s why your skin might look its best in the morning.
Wear SPF every day, especially on your face. Even if it’s cloudy. Even if you’re staying inside. SPF protects your skin from damaging UV rays, which can keep you looking younger longer and can prevent skin cancer.
Authored by: Katie Tweedy Clinically reviewed by: Lani Smith MPharm, Clinical Pharmacist, Optum Rx and Jason Jaszemski PharmD, Clinical Pharmacists, Optum Rx
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