The largest and fastest growing organ in the body is your skin. Your skin is a protective barrier for your body, but it requires a lot of abuse from outside influences.
Fortunately, you can keep your skin healthy and looking good by avoiding the following 15 methods to damage your skin. Avoid these habits that damage the skin.
It used to be fashionable to get a tan, but now we know better. Sun worship causes a variety of skin problems, from premature aging to cancer. The sun's UV rays can also cause sunburn and allergic reactions in some people, and signs of skin damage such as liver spots and actinic keratosis.
The best way to repair sun-damaged skin is to avoid UV damage to the skin.
Skimp on sunscreen
Sunburn damages the skin. So don't save with sunscreen. We need about 1 ounce (about the size of a shot glass) sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher to protect us from the harmful rays of the sun. Even with cloudy weather, UV rays (UV rays) from the sun can damage the skin.
To avoid sun-damaged skin on the face, sun-damaged arms and sun damage on other exposed parts of the body, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sunbathing. Don't wait until you're at the beach or pool to start applying – the damage to your unprotected skin has already started! Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming, sweating, or drying to avoid damage from UV rays. If you spend a full day on the beach, the Skin Cancer Foundation says everyone should take about ½ to ¼ of an 8-ounce bottle of sunscreen.
Off to the solarium
Skin damage from the solarium does not only result from excessive sun exposure. Indoor tanning – solariums, cabins or sun lamps – is just as dangerous as outdoor tanning. Indoor tanning supplies high doses of UV radiation in a short period of time, which can lead to skin cancer such as melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer), basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. It also causes premature aging, including wrinkles, age spots, and changes in skin texture. Indoor tanning is also considered to be particularly dangerous for younger people – anyone who starts indoor tanning as a teenager or young adult has a higher risk of melanoma.
Avoid indoor tanning and all associated risks.
Everyone knows that smoking leads to lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease, and stroke. But did you know that smoking also damages the skin and ages prematurely?
Smoking reduces blood circulation, which leads to skin folds. Gray, pale and wrinkled facial skin is often referred to as "cigarette skin". Smoking also slows wound healing and increases the risk of developing psoriasis or worsening of psoriasis symptoms. Smoking increases the wrinkles around the nose and mouth.
If you don't smoke, don't start and if you smoke, stop. Your skin – and the rest of your body – will benefit from the benefits.
Use the wrong cleaner
Don't use the wrong cleanser on your face. Your facial skin is much more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body and needs a milder cleanser. Choose a mild, non-abrasive, alcohol-free cleanser for your face and avoid scrubbing that can irritate sensitive facial skin. Massage the detergent gently into your skin with your fingertips. Rinse with lukewarm water and carefully pat dry. If you have oily skin and are prone to acne, use an oil-free and non-comedogenic cleanser. If the skin is dry or itchy, apply moisturizer after washing. Limit your face wash to twice a day and after heavy sweating to avoid additional irritation.
Scrub Your Skin
As indicated in the previous slide, scrubbing can severely irritate the sensitive skin on your face and make your skin look worse. If you have acne, scrubbing can also make acne lesions worse. When washing your face, use your fingers and apply the cleanser in a gentle, circular motion – even using a washcloth or sponge can be irritating. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Scrubbing skin that has been damaged by tanning, acne, and sunburn can be particularly painful. Avoid chafing – be gentle on your skin.
Pop Your Pimples
It may be so tempting to "pop" a pimple, but not. Picking, popping, and bruising can make your acne worse and even cause scars.
Cleanse your skin with a suitable cleanser recommended by a dermatologist and use over-the-counter medicines that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and try to let your skin heal on its own. If the products you are using do not work, contact a dermatologist.
Chemical peels, lasers and other treatments can be used to repair skin damaged by acne. It is best to minimize the possibility of skin damage and resist the urge to get pimples.
Stress does not end. If you are stressed, you may notice that you break out more often, or your existing skin conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea may flare up. This is because stress can make your skin more sensitive and can respond to environmental conditions. Stress can also affect skin care, which can worsen skin conditions.
If you feel stressed, don't neglect your skin – remember to wear sunscreen and cleanse your skin properly. Try out stress reduction techniques: massage, meditate, sleep well, eat properly, exercise, and talk to someone when you need help.
It's true, you can get too much of a good thing. Chemical peels can often help people reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, balance or blend the skin tone, lighten the complexion and smooth the skin. However, the results of a chemical peel often depend on the expertise of the person performing it, and should be done under the supervision of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who is trained in the procedure, otherwise the peel can lead to infections or permanent scars.
Peels or microdermabrasion treatments at home are generally more gentle on the skin than those performed by doctors. However, you can still leave your skin red and irritated. The skin – especially the top layer (epidermis) – acts as a protective barrier for the elements and helps to retain moisture. Excessive peeling or microdermabrasion at home can lead to inflammation, a blotchy skin tone and worsening of acne. Ask a dermatologist how often you should do these home treatments.
Ask your doctor about repairing damaged skin and treating sun-damaged skin.
Avoid overeating. Weight gain not only increases your girth. It stretches your skin. If you gain a lot of weight, your skin will stretch, which often leads to stretch marks. If you lose weight when your skin is not elastic enough to recover, you can leave sagging, sagging skin that can only be repaired by plastic surgery.
In overweight people, skin yeast infections can occur in the skin folds and wound healing can be slower.
Eat a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight for healthy-looking skin.
Lack of sleep
Don't save on your sleep. It's called "Beauty Rest" for a reason! The skin rejuvenates while we sleep and our skin is relieved of environmental stress, including sunlight, pollution, and hot or cold temperatures. If we don't get enough eyes, we can get pockets under our eyes and dull and listless looking skin. It can even take longer for us to recover from skin stressors like sunburn without having enough sleep.
The National Sleep Foundation recommended that adults sleep seven to nine hours a night.
Excessive alcohol consumption damages you and your skin. Alcohol abuse can increase the risk of psoriasis, infections, neurodermatitis, delayed wound healing and cellulite. Why is alcohol bad for the skin? Nobody knows exactly, but decreased immunity, liver disease, malnutrition, or changes in the way the body processes lipids (fats) can play a role. Do your skin and body a favor and don't drink excessive alcohol.
Eat highly glycemic foods
Eating high-glycemic foods that increase blood sugar quickly can increase the risk of acne breakouts. Highly glycemic foods include white bread, white potatoes, pastries, cornflakes, white rice, milkshakes and puffed rice. These foods increase inflammation and the production of sebum (oil), both of which can trigger acne. Switch to a low blood sugar diet that includes fresh vegetables, beans, steel oats, and some fruit, and it can help your skin improve.
Hold your smartphone in front of your face
There are many types of bacteria in smartphones that can cause acne if you hold them directly to your ear. If you get acne along your jaw, direct skin contact with a contaminated phone surface may be the reason. Use the speakerphone instead of holding the phone next to your face. Clean and disinfect your phone regularly to remove dirt and bacteria that can contribute to acne.
Ignore warning signs
Do not ignore warning signs of skin cancer. A mole can be an early warning sign of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests examining your skin from head to toe once a month.
Know your skin. Know what the moles you have look like. If you spot a mole, use the Skin Cancer Foundation's ABCDEs: check for asymmetry, uneven edges, different colors, larger diameters, and evolving sizes, shapes, colors, or other aspects. If you find something that affects you, or if you have a personal or family history of skin cancer, contact a dermatologist.