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Tackling Annoying, but Common, Skin Issues

We all have issues. Skin situations crop up from season to season and in different times of life. Maybe you had relatively clear skin as a teen only to end up battling adult acne. Perhaps you experienced some lasting discoloration due to pregnancy or your skin seems to have dried out once you turned 40.

Life happens and it happens to skin too. There are ways to combat the effects of skin issues that crop up, whether ongoing, like allergies and skin conditions, or temporary, like seasonal upset.

Rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes persistent redness and usually affects the areas of the face that normally blush: forehead, cheeks, chin, and lower nose. The small blood vessels in these areas enlarge and become more visible through the skin, looking like small red, veiny-looking lines.

Rosacea and the look of dilated capillaries, or couperose, a component of rosacea, are basically a more acute form of inflamed, sensitive skin. This condition can be controlled by dietary habits. Refined sugars, alcohol, spicy foods, and high temperatures, whether in environment or food – and stress – can trigger Rosacea.

By alternately sedating and gently stimulating the skin, toxic material will flush from the tissue and capillaries. Overtime, this will strengthen the skin, causing the redness to be alleviated.

Psoriasis & Eczema

Eczema is a recurring skin condition characterized by a dry, flaky, itchy rash. It can appear anywhere on the body and can be difficult to distinguish eczema from psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a disorder, where angry red eruptions appear on the surface of the skin & begin to itch. You will want to look for products that will bring topical relief and soothe the affected area.

It is believed that eczema and psoriasis may be completely controlled by diet alone. Avoiding dairy and gluten-containing products (often wheat and corn) normally alleviates these two dermal issues. Stress can also be a factor that will exacerbate the symptoms.

Many protocols for these skin conditions are very similar to those for sensitive skin.

Rough Texture

Rough and uneven skin texture is a common condition. Sand paper skin may be more prevalent in dry climates and cold times of year, but it can happen to anyone, any time.

You may even experience certain areas of the face that are rougher than others. Dry, dead skin cells build up on the skin’s surface, leading to a rough feel and dull appearance. Overdoing the sun can also cause uneven skin texture.

Regular exfoliation evens skin’s texture, creates a smooth surface, and enhances your glow.

Hyperpigmentation

Excess melanin production is what causes hyperpigmentation, areas of dark discoloration on skin. Melasma is a condition brought on by the hormonal changes during pregnancy, most often affecting the abdomen and face.

Damage from UV rays is another common cause of discoloration and dark spots. And post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is sometimes seen with scarring.

Proper sun protection is effective in lessening the severity of hyperpigmentation and preventing further damage. Other natural ingredients, like vitamin E and rosehip oils, are also good for lightening dark spots.

Truth About Pores

You’ve likely noticed many products claiming to shrink pores. The truth is, pore size is based on heredity and can’t shrink.

The good news? You can make pores appear smaller by keeping them clear.

The reason pores look large is mostly due to built up dead skin cells, excess oil, and makeup. Regular cleansing and exfoliation goes a long way toward improving the appearance of pores.

 

NOTE: This article is part of our "Creating Your Own Skin Care Routine" Downloadable eBook. Enjoy the free download today! 

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Paul Colgin is the CEO of Source Vitál Apothecary. Paul will bring you topics that include sales & promotions, company updates, new product launches, trends in the natural beauty & skin care industry, and "at-home" use for men's products.

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