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Coping with common skin afflictions

We all have skin problems. Those nasty bumps and bruises that cause us to cringe when we look in the mirror. You may think you’re alone in dealing with them, but everyone has something. It could be dry skin, acne, keratosis pilaris or more serious such as psoriasis.

Most people deal with dry skin in the winter time or in dry climates. Dry skin can cause unsightly patches of dead skin, itching, redness and a generally undesirable appearance of your skin. This is made worse by those hot showers you love in cold weather months. Your best bet is to dial down the temperature in the shower or bath, buy a heavy duty moisturizing lotion and use at least twice daily, drink lots of water to hydrate your skin and try a humidifier. A humidifier will make your home more humid and in turn, prevent your skin from drying out in the first place.

It is said that 40% of adults have keratosis pilaris. Keratosis pilaris, commonly known as “chicken skin” consists of small, rough red bumps, often on the back of your arms or legs. However, they can appear anywhere on your skin except places such as the soles of your feet. This condition will not hurt you in any way and getting rid of it using treatments is considered cosmetic. The best way to reduce these bumps is to exfoliate and moisturize daily. Scrubbing your skin down will smooth the bumps and make them less noticeable. They also sell special exfoliating scrubs and lotions designed to help treat keratosis pilaris like DermaDoctor KP Duty available at Ulta.  Hydroxatone also makes a great serum to help reduce the look of this embarrassing affliction, Keracalm Smoothing Spray.

Another common skin malady to hit teens and adults alike is, you guessed it, acne. Acne can strike at any time and is especially likely in times of stress, PMS for women and puberty. There are countless treatments out there including medicine, creams, lotions, face washes and laser treatments. How do you know which ones are right for you? The best option is to see a dermatologist if you suffer from persistent and copious amounts of acne.  They will be able to find the best treatment for you based on your gender, skin type and severity of the acne. However, whether you get acne all the time or only during times of stress, here are some ways you can keep zits at bay:

Wash your face daily and nightly. This may seem like a no-brainer, but don’t forget to scrub your makeup off at the end of the night. Sleeping with makeup on won’t just wreck your pillow; it wrecks your skin by festering on your face all night long.

Keep your hands away. Don’t touch your face and bacteria won’t have a chance to spread, causing those nasty pimples.

If you do get zits, don’t pop them. Use some topical cream and leave them be to heal on their own. Popping them may cause acne scars that will live on your face long after the acne clears.

Lastly, you may be suffering from skin maladies that require some attention from a doctor, such as psoriasis. Psoriasis is an immune disorder that causes skin redness, irritation and itchy white scales on your skin. If you have these symptoms, you will need to see a doctor for a proper treatment. They may prescribe a lotion, topical treatment or pill, depending on severity of the condition.

Whether you have a common and mostly harmless condition such as dry skin or suffer from a larger and slightly more embarrassing malady such as psoriasis, know that you’re not alone. Millions of people around the world suffer from skin conditions and all you need is a little help and TLC to get through it.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.