Healthy looking skin is a sign of good health. But for some, it is difficult to achieve. Even those who practice the best hygiene habits may experience acne breakouts, oily skin, or dry skin. Unfortunately, some people are genetically predispositioned to have problem skin. Hormonal changes are also a factor. An important first step in achieving clean, clear, healthy looking skin is identifying the cause or causes of skin problems. Once causes have been identified, an appropriate skin care regimen can be mapped out.
Four of the most common skin problems are: acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. Acne is medically defined as the presence of blackheads, whiteheads, or other types of pimples on the skin (often associated with clogged oil glands). Eczema is a medical condition that causes the skin to become imflamed or irritated. Psoriasis is an immune system disorder that causes thick, bumpy rashes, covered with scaly skin. Rosacea is a skin disorder that causes redness and also bumps and pimples (most often on the face). While these four skin problems do not have definite cures, the following are a few products that can be used to treat them.
Clogged pores are at the root of several of the most common skin problems. Those with clogged pores, hyper-pigmentation, minor scars, sun damage, or skin texture problems are most likely to benefit from microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion gently removes unwanted, uneven outer layers of damaged or discolored skin. The Neutrogena® Microdermabrasion System is a convenient at-home system. It features single-use puffs and a microdermabrasion applicator. Each single use puff is pre-dosed with ultra-fine crystals and mild purifiers for gentle exfoliation. The massaging micro-vibrations encourages surface cell turnover for healthier skin.
Bioré® Skincare products target clogged pores. The line includes cleansing bars, scrubs, and strips that help to unclog pores. One of the main acne fighting ingredients in a Bioré® Skincare regime is salicylic acid, one of the best treatments for acne. It helps to corrects the abnormal shedding of cells. It also helps unclog pores to heal and prevent lesions when dealing with milder acne breakouts.
Miracle Skin Relief is a 100% natural, herbal, multi-purpose ointment. It is recommended for the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, skin eruptions, bug bites, minor cuts, burns, and more. It can also be used as a facial moisturizer. (It can even be used on pets.) The natural ingredients in Miracle Skin Relief include: sweet almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax, calendula flowers, chamomile flowers, echinacea, olive leaf, lemongrass, lavender flowers, St. John’s Wort, marshmallow root, vitamin E and lavender essential oil.
Aquaphor® Healing Ointment is free of the fragrances, preservatives, and dyes that could cause irritation. It is clinically proven non-acnegenic, meaning it is not likely to cause acne. The minimal ingredients in the product make it effective for conditioning, protecting, and soothing skin without causing irritation. Aquaphor® Healing Ointment provides relief from dry skin. It can be used to treat minor cuts and scrapes, dry hands and cuticles, chapped lips, diaper rash, and more.
When the subject of healthy skin is addressed, hands are sometimes neglected. However, the hands can be very telling. Soft, well-maintained hands imply youthfulness, while poorly maintained hands do not. Ultra Palmolive® Original dish washing liquid uses the slogan, “Tough on grease, soft on hands™.” The product seems to deliver on its promise. It does not dry out skin as much as similar products. Hands may also feel noticeably softer after switching to Ultra Palmolive® Original “gentle-on-your-hands cleaner“.
Skin Care Basics
Keep hands away from the face. Always remove makeup completely. Clean the skin with a cleanser appropriate for the skin type. Do not squeeze or irriate pimples. Use skin protection whenever spending time in the sun. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays.
The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.