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3 COMMON SKIN CONCERNS AND HOW TO TREAT THEM

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It is very important to understand skin problems, why and how they happen, it is where the journey of treatment starts.

Here are three of the most common skin concerns and few tips of how to fight back

ACNE

Acne is the most common skin concern which does not only affect teens but also those in their 30s, 40s and beyond. This problem starts when a pore in the skin gets clogged, trapping sebum and dead skin cells.

There are 5 main types of spot caused by acne:

  • Blackheads – They aren’t filled with dirt but the inner lining of the hair follicle produces colour.
  • Whiteheads – Have a similar appearance to blackheads, but may be firmer and will not empty when squeezed.
  • Cysts – This is the most severe type of spots caused by acne. They look like boils and carry the greatest risk of causing permanent scarring.
  • Papules – Small red pumps, may feel sore.
  • Pustules – Similar to papules, but have a white tip in the centre, caused by a build-up of pus.

Toning and cleansing your skin are the first important step to clear up your skin. Moistened skin tends to loosen sebum built up inside pores. Finding a moisturizer for your acne-prone or oily skin can be tough, that’s why you need to listen to your skin very well.

FINE LINES AND WRINKLES

With age, skin gets more fragile and thinner, this makes it more susceptible to dehydration and environmental damages, resulting in frown lines. However, not all fine lines are caused by age, these lines could occur due to the same reasons as acne.

4 Different Types of Wrinkles and What Causes Them:

  • Atrophic Crinkling Rhytids – These are the little parallel lines that disappear when your skin is stretched taut. These lines are a result of a loss of collagen and elasticity which leads to skin sagging.
  • Permanent Elastic Creases – These are crease lines that end up becoming permanent wrinkles as we age. Repeated sun exposure can make these lines worse.
  • Dynamic Expression Lines – You get these lines from repeated facial muscle movements that cause creases in the skin that become more permanent.
  • Gravitational Folds – These are those wrinkles that occur naturally with age as our skin loses structure and starts to fold and sag. Researchers found that these lines are more apparent on a lean face with thinner skin and that a plumper face with thicker skin will show less of these types of folds.

Face serum is a top pick of many skin care pros as it is super-efficient in fighting skin aging process. You can even choose a serum instead of a cream for your own at-home regimen. However, you need to make sure that your face serum is full of ingredients that are of good antioxidant effects. 

ECZEMA

Eczema is a rush-like skin condition characterised by dry, rough and scaly patches on the scalp, face or other certain parts of the body. Its exact reasons are still unknown but they are probably a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. Eczema is usually itchy. For many people, the itch can range from mild to moderate. Sometimes the itch gets so bad that people scratch it until it bleeds, which can make your eczema worse. This is called the “itch-scratch cycle.”

What to look for?

  • Itch
  • Dry, sensitive skin
  • Inflamed, discoloured skin
  • Rough, leathery or scaly patches of skin
  • Oozing or crusting
  • Areas of swelling

To prevent the flare-ups, avoid harsh chemicals that could be found in commercial skincare products. You can use balms which are great in alleviating eczema and dry skin. It is very essential to keep your skin moisturised to maintain a healthy skin barrier.

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