Taking care of your skin is one of the most important aspects of your health. Not only is your skin your body’s largest organ, but it also acts as a protective shield from outside harmful objects and diseases. You’ll want to take good care of your skin to ensure that you look your best as you age, but the main reason you should focus on proper skin care is to prevent serious health problems.
There are roughly 1,500 different skin disorders, from common rashes and acne to fatal cancers. You should do everything you can to protect your skin, keep your skin healthy and strong, and consult with dermatology specialists if you are experiencing any skin issues.
Here are a few ways for you to protect your skin.
Enough With the Bad Habits
Smoking and eating unhealthy foods aren’t doing you any favors. Smoking obviously causes serious health problems, but can also ruin your skin as well. Smoking actually decreases blood flow throughout your body and depletes your body of oxygen and nutrients, which are essential for healthy skin. Unhealthy foods can lead to unattractive skin as well and, mixed with a lack of sleep, will make you have baggy skin and will impact your energy levels throughout the day.
Avoid Overexposure to the Sun
The sun can seriously damage your skin if you aren’t careful. In the beginning of sun-related skin issues, you’ll notice an increase in wrinkles, age spots, and other physical problems with your skin. As those issues progress, however, if you’re still being exposed to too much sunlight, you will severely increase your risk of getting skin cancer. Use powerful sunscreen and apply repeatedly if you spend a lot of time outside. Especially if you’re in the water or working hard outside causing you to sweat, you should apply even more sunscreen to protect from the sun.
Although protecting your skin and staying relatively healthy are your responsibility, some serious skin issues can still occur even if you are being careful. Severe skin conditions should be looked at by dermatologists as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your skin and/or health.
Dermatology experts can treat bad cases of acne, assist with skin cancer issues, and provide professional dermatology services to those in need. Contact Cockerell Dermatopathology today if you need assistance.