It’s National Healthy Skin Month!
You may not realize it, but your skin reveals a lot about your overall health. Changes in your skin can indicate a change in your overall health. This month we’d like to remind you of what it takes to keep your skin healthy, while also preventing common skin problems from happening.
At some point we all have problems with our skin. For example, eight out of 10 Americans suffer with acne at some point in their lives. Acne is a skin disorder that causes pimples to form blackheads or whiteheads from clogged passageways between your oil glands and your skin’s pores. Other common skin conditions include eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.
Skin cancer, the most common form of cancer, affects almost 20 percent of the population. For this reason, all of us here at Mitchell Dermatology are 100% committed to educating our patients and readers about the danger skin cancer presents. The two most common forms of skin cancer are squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. However, the majority of skin cancer-related deaths are due to melanoma.
One of the most powerful weapons against skin cancer is sunscreen. Without sunscreen, ultraviolet rays can do irreparable damage to your skin. Apply your sunscreen (SPF 30) all year long, even in the winter months. An added benefit of wearing sunscreen regularly is that it will also protect your skin against the signs of premature aging.
TIPS TO ACHIEVE + MAINTAIN HEALTHY SKIN
Stress makes your skin break out and can make skin conditions like psoriasis much worse. Find fun ways to manage your stress. Laugh more. Get consistent sleep — between seven and nine hours a night is ideal. Exercise daily, try meditation, and take some time to just breathe.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Sometimes the simplest actions give you the greatest benefits. Hydrating your entire body by drinking eight glasses of water daily helps to moisturize your skin. Get creative with your water by adding lemons or cucumbers to make it even more refreshing. Water is a wonderful purifier and clears out the dangerous toxins that can hurt your skin, so drink up! Did you know our skin renews itself every 28 days like clockwork?
Since November is National Healthy Skin Month, winter is an especially good time to check yourself carefully for spots with unusual shapes or colors that might indicate skin cancer. Look for new moles that seem to appear out of nowhere. People with darker complexions aren’t exempt from skin cancer. Although skin irregularities are not often apparent on darker skin, people of ethnic backgrounds tend to die more often from skin cancer.
Have Your Skin Examined Yearly
An annual skin exam conducted by board-certified dermatologist or physician assistant can save your life.
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