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Skin Health: Taking Care Of Your Skin

You may suspect that you have dry, oily, or sensitive skin, but are you really familiar with your type of skin? The next time you're in the cosmetic aisle, knowing your true skin type will help. Using the wrong products for your skin type, or even popularized Internet hacks, might potentially exacerbate acne, dryness, or other skin problems.

Daily Skin Care Routine

A daily skin care routine will help you maintain overall skin health, no matter what your skin type is and improve specific issues such as acne, scarring, and dark spots. There are four simple steps to a daily skin care routine that you can do once in the morning and once before bedtime.


Cleansing: Choose a cleanser which after washing, does not leave your skin tight. If you have dry skin and don't wear makeup, clean your face no more than twice a day or just once. For that squeaky-clean feeling, stop washing because that implies that your skin's natural oils are gone.

Serums: In the morning, under sunscreen, a serum with vitamin C or growth factors or peptides will be healthier. At night, it works better with retinol or prescription retinoids.

Moisturizer: Even oily skin needs moisturizer, just choose one that is lightweight, non-comedogenic, gel-based, or does not obstruct your pores.

Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF 15 minutes before going outside, as it takes a while to activate the sunscreen. Darker skin tones actually require more sun protection because it is harder to correct hyperpigmentation.


Select items that match the form and sensitivity of your skin, and remember to read the labels. Other drugs should be taken only at night, such as retinol or prescription retinoids.

To see how your skin responds, begin with a fundamental and basic routine. When you're relaxed, to improve the protection of your skin, you can then add additional items such as exfoliants, masks, and spot treatments.

And don't forget to test new products with patches, particularly if you think your skin is sensitive. This will assist you in detecting possible allergic reactions.

Allergic reactions can include pain, redness, tiny bumps, or itchiness. Wash the area you've checked with water and a gentle cleanser if you notice these symptoms. Then return the product and try another one that fits your type of skin better.


How to treat skin problems

Without harming the skin, there are ways to tackle skin issues. Just note the number one skin care rule: Don't choose! Picking on acne, blackheads, scabs, or other skin issues can cause hyperpigmentation known as open wounds or darker skin spots. Infections, more acne, or scars may result from open wounds. The deeper the cut, the more likely that it will scar your skin.

Some scientifically validated approaches to deal with problem areas are listed here.


Acne

Treating acne depends on how deep or serious the acne is. The most significant step in treating acne is general skin care, but you can use non-prescription items from your local drugstore for mild acne, such as:

  • adapalene

  • alpha hydroxy acids

  • benzoyl peroxide

  • salicylic acid

  • tea tree oil

After using these items in the morning, always apply sunscreen as they can cause extra skin sensitivity.

Sebaceous filaments

Sebaceous filaments are tiny, cylinder-like tubes in your white-yellow pores. These are frequently mistaken for blackheads, but blackheads are simply an oxidized form of acne. Sebaceous filaments can make your pores look larger, and by pinching your skin or using pore strips, you might be tempted to remove them. But these techniques may have more side effects than skin benefits, especially if you're not doing them properly.

Overtime, you can also cause:

  • irritation

  • open pores and infection

  • dryness

  • redness

  • peeling

Topical retinol or retinoid-containing preparations can help maintain clear and clean pores. You can also find benefits from one minute of massaging your face with mineral or castor oil.


Blemishes, scars, and hyperpigmentation

It can take anywhere from a few weeks to six months for Blemishes, Cuts, and Dark Spots to heal and disappear. To prevent more sun exposure and hyperpigmentation, prompt treatment for scars and blemishes includes the use of cosmetics and sunscreen.

Other ingredients known to help scars fade include:

  • Silicone

  • Honey

  • Vitamin C

  • Niacinamide

  • Retinoic acid

Look for items with these ingredients and after washing your face, add them to your routine. Don't forget to still wear sunscreen to prevent sun damage and hyperpigmentation after application.

If your skin conditions don't go away with over-the-counter treatments, you should see a dermatologist. A prescription medication such as oral antibiotics, birth control, or topical prescription retinoids may be appropriate for more serious acne, scarring, or other problems. For deeper cysts or acne spots that are trapped underneath your skin, your dermatologist may perform an extraction.

Note that the type of your skin will influence how products work. Using the wrong product can cause breakouts, exacerbate blemishes or cause redness, even when natural. It's best to figure out what kind of skin you have and build your routine for skin care around that. You should also take notes of product ingredients to see whether unexpected skin reactions are triggered by particular ingredients.

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