November 22, 2018

Dry Skin and Acne

dry skin and acne

It is a common belief that people with oily skin are more prone to acne breakouts than those with dry skin. But in reality, acne has no considerations as such for the skin types.

Dry skin:
Dry skin results in tightness and flaking thus making it look dull specifically on the cheeks and around the eyes. It may even lead to itching and redness of the skin. In some cases, the skin may even crack and bleed. Overexposure to the sun or cold dry air also results in dehydration of the skin.

The following tips can help you stay hydrated and avoid acne:

  • Prefer moisturizer that suits your skin type helping you to seal your skin’s moisture.
  • Drink plenty of water even in winter. Keeping the skin hydrated is essential irrespective of seasons. Foods such as Salmon, Walnuts, Flaxseed, Soybeans and Broccoli help in keeping your skin supple.
  • Avoid over washing your face as it makes the skin even drier thus resulting in excess acne proliferation.
  • Have your dermatologist prescribe you a soap/body wash that especially suits your skin type. It helps you keep your skin clean and clear.
  • Sometimes acne breakouts can be a result of irritants. Thus keep a distance from substances that provoke acne on your skin.
skin signal

Skin, the largest organ in the human body, can tell more about a person’s health. The changes, ranging from discoloration to new growth, give you a clue that some transformation is taking place inside your body. Some such changes which demand your immediate attention are:

Rashes and Patches:
Rash along with fever, joint pain and muscle aches can indicate an internal problem or infection. A velvety rash on the back of the neck or around the arms, with a colour slightly darker than the person’s normal skin tone, is an indication that the patient might have an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

In some cases, the velvety rash, also called acanthosisnigricans, could be a warning sign of cancer in an internal organ, such as the stomach or liver. A purple rash on the lower legs that does not react to topical medication can be a sign of hepatitis C infection.

Bronzing of the skin and other discolorations:
In people with diabetes, bronzing of the skin can indicate an issue with iron metabolism. A yellowing of the skin along with the yellowing of the whites of the eyes may signal liver failure. A darkening of the skin in scars and skin folds, as well as on joints, such as elbows and knees can be a sign of hormonal diseases, such as Addison’s disease, which affects the adrenal glands.

New growths:
New growths on the skin can be a symptom of skin cancer and may sometimes indicate internal disease or a genetic syndrome. For instance, yellow bumps on the arms, legs or rear, can be a result of high triglyceride levels, indicating uncontrolled diabetes and can result in a condition called eruptive exanthemas.
In women, acne that appears along the lower face or jaw line can indicate polycystic ovarian syndrome. This condition may lead to other symptoms like weight gain, thinning of hair and increased hair growth on the face.

Changes in the Nail:
Changes in nail colour or shape can be an indication of deficiency or organ system issues. Nails looking like they are fungally infected can be a result of psoriasis which typically affects the skin. Also, there are chances for people with joint pain to develop a form of a arthritis called psoriatic arthritis. Sometimes liver and kidney problems can also cause changes in the nail colour.

Hardness and dryness:
The thickening of the skin on the shin can be a sign of high blood pressure and kidney problems. Very dry, itchy skin can indicate hormonal problems, such as an underactive thyroid. An autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis causes the swelling and hardening of the skin. In severe cases, this might even lead to hardening of internal organs, such as the lungs or heart.

On the contrary, very loose and silky skin is a symptom of a rare connective tissue disease, called acquired cutis laxa, which might indicate blood cancers such as lymphoma or multiple myeloma, and could even affect internal organs.

So, never miss any signal your skin sends you. It might want to convey something about your health. Visit your dermatologist and make sure you understand your issue.

common skin conditions in newborn

A newborn’s skin is still in the development stage and needs special care. At this stage, it is common for the newborns to experience skin conditions such as skin rash, diaper rash, skin peeling, acne, and pimples. These conditions are mainly because of the exposure of the newborn’s skin from the water-like environment of the womb to the dry environment after birth. Let’s have a look at how these conditions impact your newborn’s skin.

Baby acne:
Baby acne takes the form of pimples, whiteheads or minor skin rash on baby’s face. It occurs in approximately 20% of all newborns. Small white pimples called milia appearing on the face, especially nose and chin, are the result of immature sweat glands and hormones from pregnancy. They don’t bother your baby and go away on their own. Regular wash of the baby’s face with a baby syndet instead of a soap is more than enough to treat baby acne.

Skin peeling:
In the initial few days, it is common for the baby’s skin to peel slightly, mainly in the palms of the hand, the soles of the feet and the ankles.The skin peeling will go away on its own. Baby ointment and moisturizer can help in these conditions.

Eczema:
Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a condition characterized by dry, flaky, bumpy and itchy red skin. It is more common in newborns having a family history of the condition and in some cases, it is due to the allergies. Gently oil massage your baby’s skin and avoid prolonged baths. Prevent your baby from coming in contact with irritants to get rid of this condition.

Cradle cap:
Cradle cap or seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition causing scaly patches on the scalp or eyebrows of the baby. It starts in the first few days and usually lasts for weeks or months. It usually resolves when the baby attains eight to twelve months of age. To soothe the crusty patches, massage it gently with a moisturizer or oil and comb after few minutes to remove the flakes.

Diaper rash:
Diaper rash is another skin condition in newborns which demands proper care. Effective cleaning and making use of baby wipes can protect the baby’s skin against diaper rash.

Most of these skin conditions resolve on its own, once the baby’s skin matures. If the condition persists, feel free to visit the doctor anytime. Happy parenting!

syndets

A healthy skin can bounce back after any damage but it is not the same when the skin grows old. Older skin tends to lose water faster leading to dryness of the skin. Dry skin causes itching, making people uncomfortable. People think itchy skin is normal as they age and it has nothing to do with the products they regularly use, however that is not true. Soap is alkaline whereas our skin is acidic, so having an alkaline clean the skin can naturally damage it, leading to faster water loss. When the water loss occurs, the skin dries quicker, further aggravating the need to cleanse the skin. The instant remedy from all these problems is syndets.

Syndet is derived by combining the words “synthetic” and “detergent”.Syndets are made by combining various detergents also known as surfactants. These surfactants make syndet bars the mildest personal cleaning bars in the market.

Syndets are recommended for cleansing sensitive skin and even baby skin, as they are far more skin-friendly than traditional soaps. Since these syndet bars are pH neutral they help the skin to stay hydrated and clean.

So, the next time you visit your dermatologist, make sure to get the right syndet suggested for your skin type.

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tips to get rid of winter acne

As the winter hits, most people don’t feel the urge to drink water making it difficult for the skin to stay hydrated for the entire season. Thus making it easy for acne breakouts to take the lead. Don’t let it spoil your mood, follow these simple tips to beat off the winter acne.

Stay hydrated:
Never make the season a reason to lower your water intake pattern. Drink the same amount of water you consume in other seasons. Except for the frequent bathroom trips, having more water in winter is not a bad choice.

Get some fresh air:
Winter is not meant for curling up in your bed for the entire day. Get out and let yourself surrounded with fresh air.

Regular hair care:
Don’t make winter an excuse to skip that regular hair wash. It leads to dandruff and builds up dirt and oil on your scalp. It further dirties your face leading to acne proliferation.

Nourishment:
Provide your face with the essential nutrients it demands. Fruit face masks and massaging can help you to have an acne free face.

Regular skin care:
Do not avoid cleansing, toning, and moisturizing of your skin at any cause. Don’t go for over-scrubbing in winter season as it can make your skin suffer from a lot of wear and tear.

Avoid hot water:
Do not use hot water often for baths and face wash. It removes the natural oils from your skin leaving it patchy, dry and flaky.

Acne moisturizer:
Carry a moisturizer along with you at all times. Get your dermatologist’s help to get you the moisturizer that suits your skin type.