Maintaining Optimal Skin Health
To maintain optimal skin health, eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins is very important. In addition, certain skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and certain skin rashes may also respond favorably to a well-balance diet. Consuming healthy foods that are enriched with vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrates can hasten the healing process and maintain effective circulation. Smoking constricts blood vessels and prevents nutrients, blood and oxygen from gaining access to body tissues, causing the skin to look dull, dry and wrinkled, and therefore, should be avoided.
Acne typically occurs when the pores get clogged with oil, bacteria and debris. Although acne is more common among teenagers, it can affect people of all ages. It may also be hereditary and might be triggered by certain medications, cosmetics, hormonal changes and sweating. Treatment for acne includes keeping the skin clean by washing with a non-drying, mild soap, shampooing oily hair every day, applying prescribed topical medications and in certain cases, taking oral antibiotics. Squeezing or picking skin lesions caused by acne can result in permanent scarring, and may even result in infection.
Atopic dermatitis, is a type of skin condition that causes a scaly rash and itching. It may be caused by an allergic reaction or the lack of specific skin proteins. Furthermore, it is more common in babies, and they typically outgrow the condition by the time they reach adulthood. Keeping the child’s fingernails short will help prevent scratching, and applying a topical hydrocortisone cream or moisturizer can help reduce itching.
Systemic illness can also cause skin conditions. Lupus is an autoimmune condition that can cause a butterfly rash to appear on the cheeks and across the bridge of the nose. The effective management of lupus may help reduce the appearance of the butterfly rash and minimize its severity. Rosacea is a chronic condition that causes the face to swell, turn red and develop acne-like sores. Although it is considered a harmless condition, it may cause the person to be embarrassed or self-conscious. Rosacea may also cause a burning sensation on the facial skin, a red nose, easy flushing and eye irritation. Treatment for rosacea includes the avoidance of sun exposure, limiting the consumption of alcohol, hot beverages and spicy foods and taking antibiotics or other prescription medications. Many skin conditions are chronic, and although some cannot be cured, they can be well-controlled with appropriate treatments.