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The Impact Of Inflammation On Your Skin

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All of us are familiar with what inflamed skin looks like. Those red and tender to the touch patches have a way of being memorable thanks to the potential pain. Inflammation of all sorts is something we associate with skin conditions like acne or rosacea. The inflammation is a symptom of the problem rather than the problem itself. It needs to be noted that those skin conditions and others may be the problem at the moment, but chronic inflammation of any sort has a negative impact on your skin. This is unfortunate given inflammation is a necessary part of how your body addresses various problems. To better understand the impact of inflammation on your skin, let’s take a closer look at what exactly it is and what it does to your skin. This should help us all have a clearer picture of how our bodies work as well as giving a few idea on how to get inflammation back under control when it becomes a chronic problem.

The Nature of Inflammation
Simply put, inflammation is a sign that your body is responding to damage or infection. White blood cells arrive at an area and begin to do their best to clean the area. Most of us remember from grade school science that white blood cells function as a key member of our immune system. They arrive at infected or damaged areas to try to clear out unwelcome bacteria. These bacteria are essentially tagged, devoured, and then passed as waste products. The catch is that we often don’t learn that how the cells prepare their food involves secreting particular chemicals. These help them do the white blood cells to do their job and make the cleaning up of an area far easier. Those same chemicals are what trigger inflammation in the body. It provides a signal to the rest of the systems involved that an area needs extra attention to clean it out and repair it. This puts that area of your body under strain though as it tries to funnel the necessary resources to the area to fix things.

Chronic Inflammation and Your Skin
Obviously, inflammation is typically a good sign. It means your body is working properly and trying to address problems. The problem is the strain that it causes means stress hormones are being released at the same time. These end up deeply affecting our body just like any source of stress. For the skin, the chances of inflammatory skin conditions occurring ends up skyrocketing. This is likely partly due to the fact that the skin is sensitized by inflammation and partly due to resources already being tied up elsewhere in the skin. This has to be address or you’ll likely experiences flare ups of conditions such as eczema or rosacea if you already have them. Breakouts aren’t uncommon either. This sensitized state also makes it far easier to build up damage on the skin. Wrinkles become more likely and skin can start to sag thanks to not getting repaired properly. That’s why it is in our best interests to minimize skin inflammation and find a way to curtail any source of chronic inflammation in our skin as quickly as possible.

Managing Inflammation
Taking control of inflammation is a lot easier than you might think. A big part of it is simply prevention. It is worth noting that you technically subject your body to a wide reaching shock of inflammation every time you eat sugary foods thanks to a spike in blood sugar. Avoiding indulging in these foods too much can do your skin a lot of good. Additionally, you’ll want to get plenty of fiber in your diet to help regulate any blood sugar spikes from eating to minimize the amount of inflammation that occurs. Controlling any visible inflammation can end up being a bit trickier. A good step is to make sure to moisturize the area effective and to avoid using any harsh products there as well. This will help make your skin a little less sensitive while avoiding provoking a further reaction. Any resistant and chronic area of inflammation should be discussed with a doctor or dermatologist to assess the area for treatment.

Inflammation is one of the wondrous ways in which our body keeps itself intact, but it does have a cost. The stress it causes to the body ends up degrading the health of any organs touched by the inflammation. With our skin, the degradation becomes visible through an increased chance of experiencing various skin conditions as well as a chance of experiencing more signs of premature aging. Avoiding causes of inflammation and getting appropriate treatment for any inflammation already existing will help move you towards better overall skin health and keep you looking your best.

Know The Dangers Associated With Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea, a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty breathing during sleep, is a surprisingly common disorder that many people don’t know that they have. It is technically defined as pauses in breathing when sleeping or periods of excessively shallow breathing during sleep and by this definition doesn’t necessarily seem like the most dangerous thing in the world. A brief pause, after all, is only a pause. We all know that breathing is automatic and trying to hold our breaths results in it only being a matter of time before our bodies are forced to breathe. The truth is that sleep apnea can actually be a good deal more dangerous than it seems on the surface. Sleep apnea can both directly cause or be a sign of particular issues with the body that needs to be addressed to ensure one’s continued health. While loud snoring, a common symptom, is certainly going to be troublesome to any partner you’re sleeping with, we’re going to focus on the dangers the condition represents specifically to the person with sleep apnea to keep thing simple.

Excessive Fatigue
Perhaps one of the most obvious dangers of sleep apnea is that the brief pauses in breathing end up regularly disturbing sleep. It may not wake the person with the condition fully, but it will wake them enough to disturb their sleep cycle. These continual interruptions to sleep tend to result in one only get rest in fits and bursts. A pattern of disturbed sleep like this results in a lack of proper rest that in turn translates to a distinct level of fatigue all day long even after what one might think was a full night’s rest. The dangers of excessive fatigue during the day can’t be overstated. Most of us spend at least some of the day driving and even a brief lapse in attention during a drive can result in disaster. Fatigue degrades our ability to work at our full capacity as well. Affecting our performance in this way can have negative consequences at work. Lastly, our ability to actually interact with others will be reduced as we become irritable and our physical health declines.

Weight and Other Issues
Interestingly enough, sleep apnea can actually trigger the release of particular hormones in the body that make you crave higher calorie foods. Sugary foods and other carbohydrate rich options become more attractive and it can be easy to put on weight before we realize what is happening. In turn, this extra weight can actually make sleep apnea more intense as fat in particular areas begins to make it yet harder to breathe. This vicious cycle doesn’t help anyone. It may also increase one’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes if one isn’t careful. Trying to control your weight through exercise is also more difficult thanks to the excessive fatigue we’ve already discussed. It doesn’t help that your body will also already be under stress from that lack of sleep. Overall, sleep apnea ends up creating a situation where our bodies begin to decay out from under us due to fatigue and motivating poor lifestyle choices without us noticing.

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Heart Disease
As we’ve highlighted above, sleep apnea puts a strain on your entire body. That strain doesn’t evaporate as long as the condition goes unmanaged. Your body pays for it more and more with time. For instance, constant stress creates a situation where your chances for high blood pressure begin to go up. Your body will be doing all it can to solve a situation it doesn’t know how to and works harder and harder at it each night. Your heart and circulatory systems have to struggle every time you stop breathing and that struggle will eventually amount to more than high blood pressure. Heart arrhythmia isn’t unheard of in people with sleep apnea and that only increases the chances of experiencing a heart attack as time goes on. The higher blood pressure won’t help with one’s chances either. Sleep apnea is not a harmless condition. The potentially lethal consequences of leaving moderate to severe cases untreated for too long are all too real.

These are some of the major consequences of sleep apnea. There are others still that will work against anyone with sleep apnea having a healthy and enjoyable life. It takes our rest and then it works on our bodies and minds. If your partner or a friend who shares space with you tells you that you’ve been snoring loudly and you notice excessive fatigue, that may be worth discussing with your doctor to ensure you’re not one of the many people suffering from sleep apnea.

Should Your Skin Care Routine Coincide with Your (PMS) Cycle?

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We juggle a lot of factors in our skincare routine. It makes perfect sense given how complex of an organ skin is at any given time. The various self-maintenance options that your skin has are constantly going on and generating different effects on your skin. We counterbalance any excess while doing our best to help fix any mistakes that those systems make. That our skin changes over time and makes us reassess it doesn’t make it any easier. Most of the time we tend to think of this in terms of our age, but those of us who deal with PMS have to deal with our skin shifting a little more regularly. Hormones in the body control a lot about our skin’s health at any given time. It makes sense that regular hormonal cycles or major events can all affect our skin. The real question is whether or not the monthly cycle demands a change to our skin care routine.

Perfectly Sensible
On the surface it all makes perfect sense. After all, our bodies are going to change the hormone levels in our bodies and it is going to affect our skin. Why shouldn’t we adjust our routines accordingly? The rather difficult problem here is the general rule of skincare that you should stick with any given product for at least a month to ensure it is effective. Changing out your products too often leads to us putting strain on our skin as it tries to adapt to new products constantly. This in turn makes it easier to inflame our skin and makes it harder to tell what product may be responsible for the problem when it happens. That doesn’t take away the potential utility of adjusting one’s routine in accordance with one’s cycle though. The best solution here is to find the middle road. Your routine should be largely unchanged during your cycle, but as you get closer to your period you will want to start looking for acne products.

Hormonal Acne And Other Problems
Not everyone experiences this problem, but plenty of people experience breakouts in accordance with their cycles. These are frustrating and sometimes feel humiliating because they seem resistant to our efforts to counter them. Don’t feel ashamed of hormonal acne. There isn’t much one can do beyond try to manage it. It will go away soon enough. It happens because the hormones of our body shift in such a way that the skin secretes more of its natural oils. Pores are less constricted at the same time. Both of these are thanks to the influence of testosterone. The best solution is simply to get ahead of the problem before it becomes pronounced. Oil control and cleansing through acne products will go a long way towards helping you get through things with minimal difficulty. The products will help neutralize a lot of the oils while clearing out your pores and preventing the environment that acne and other conditions can flourish in.

Product Choice
As we’ve highlighted, product choice can go a long way towards helping make the most of the minimal changes to your routine necessary to keep ahead of the temporary shifts in one’s skin. The best options are typically going to be acne control products, but you can find other products that can help as well. These are going to include some of what you’d find in said acne products though. Alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic and citric acid are good inclusions in a light cleanser. These are gentle enough to avoid aggravating your skin while potent enough to properly clean the area. We recommend looking for an astringent like witch hazel or a similar product to help keep your skin clean as well. However, both of these options have a chance for drying out your skin. That’s why we urge you not to forget to moisturize after using any of the products we’ve suggested. A proper moisture seal will reduce the chances of rebound overproduction of oil and inflammation from dry skin leading to other skin problems.

There is a degree of common sense in adjusting one routine in accordance with one’s cycle. Adjusting too much will end up hurting your skin in the long run though. Try to stick with the small adjustments you’d make to help prevent an acne outbreak from getting worse instead. This will generally provide the oil control and cleanliness that your skin needs to minimize the effects of your cycle. Don’t feel bad if your skin still has trouble. There is only so much any one person can do and sometimes the skin is just a bit more stubborn than even the best routine.

How Menopause Affects Your Skin

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Menopause drastically affects the body. It makes sense given it entirely changes the balance of hormones in one’s body. Hormones are incredibly important when it comes to determining how your skin looks, feels, and how well it can take care of itself. Affecting these levels changes a lot. That’s why we end up seeing so many changes during menopause. These are important to understand if you want to have a hope of countering them and helping your skin age gracefully. We’re going to touch on the major ways that skin changes during and after menopause so that you can plan accordingly. There will also be suggestions on how best to counteract the specific changes that happen to the skin. Don’t expect them to permanently fix things as there is very little that can stop of the skin changes after menopause apart from hormone therapy. However, our few tips will at least keep the worst effects at bay and let changes happen more gradually than they would otherwise.

Pore Health
The ability to keep your pores healthy and relatively indistinguishable becomes a bit harder thanks to menopause. Estrogen is incredibly important to the skin and actually helps to keep your pores constricted. This makes them visually smaller as it is harder for things to get caught in them and also minimizes the amount of natural oils that your skin is able to secrete. Menopause means these benefits are going away as testosterone levels rise. Skin gets a little bit rougher looking overall and you may have issues with oily patches on your skin. Both of these end up making the chance of experiencing various shorter term skin conditions a little more likely. The circumstances that allow them to happen will simply be more readily able to happen. Good skincare can help offset this though. Remember that oil control and regularly cleansing your face are important for countering these problems.

Thinning Skin
This change is at once easy yet hard to see thanks to how it changes your skin. You’ll generally notice the visual changes this brings more than the actual thinning itself first. Veins become more visible, under eye bags will get darker, and anywhere that blood might potentially be visible under the skin just gets that much easier to see. That’s part of why we bruise easier when we’re older. It is partly because it is simply easier to see the full extent of the damage beneath the outer layers of skin. The only way to really counter this thinning is to help boost collagen production in your skin. Skin nourishing and anti-aging products are ideal for this. We recommend topical vitamin C in particular as a good way to give collagen production a boost. This won’t fully counter the effects of menopause, but it will help minimize the problem. A good full body massage now and again will also help.

Drying Out
Interestingly enough, you can have issues with oily patches at the same time that your skin as a whole becomes more susceptible to drying out. This is because the layers of collagen that help to keep your skin thick and firm also act as a moisture seal for your skin. Your skin will simply get drier the more collagen you lose. This in turn makes the skin even more easy to damage as dry skin is inherently more sensitive. There’s no real escaping this problem beyond remembering to regularly moisturize. You’ll want to target your face, your hands, and anything else regularly exposed with moisturizing each day to keep them happy and healthy. This will help to prevent damage from dry skin aggravating things and making them worse. Additionally, properly moisturizing your skin will help it to be more resistant to damage and retain a little more of a healthy plumpness to it despite the loss of collagen.

Menopause may cause plenty of changes in your skin, but you can work against these changes. Making the effort will help minimize the worst of the effects, but the permanent changes to your hormone levels are going to change your skin unless you alter those changes. This isn’t always the best approach and is something to discuss honestly with your doctor and accept if it isn’t a good fit for treatment. Good skincare will still help us look like the best you each year even if we have to accept the changes that each year brings.

The Connection Between Hormone Therapy and Your Skin

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Your skin is one of the largest organs of your body. It serves are, in many ways, one of the first lines of defense for your general health. By serving as the outermost barrier, it helps prevent countless collection of bacteria, debris, and other things from ever reaching your more sensitive insides. That’s why it has such a sophisticated series of systems that help it to support and maintain itself. Our skin is also the first thing many will notice about us. All of these reasons are why we try to take good care of it. Most of us have an idea of the conventional ways in which to do this and maintain at least a passable skincare routine. Not everyone is aware that there are more advanced ways to care for your skin to make up for some skin issues we begin to experience as we age. Shifting hormone balances throw our skin off from what it was and hormone therapy can sometimes be just the thing to help deal with these problems.

Hormones and Your Skin
Most of us generally don’t think about hormones in relation to our skin. They are this nebulous concept that we tend to use to handwave teenage behavior or any particular desires we feel when looking at someone we deem attractive. Hormones are a lot more than that though. They are responsible for helping to regulate the complex interplay between the various systems of the body. Your body receives cues from its hormone levels and what specialized ones get released due to various circumstances. Skin is far from immune to this and in fact many of the things we see as different between broad categories of people, such as men and women, are caused by varying levels of hormone balances. Estrogen and testosterone each play a major role in how the skin behaves as much as they regulate other functions. How oily or how dry your skin is, apparent pore size, softness to the touch, and other factors are all related to the balance of hormones in your body.

Estrogen And Skin
Most of the time you’ll find that estrogen tends to have the most profound impact on the skin. This is for a number of reasons. A major one is the simple fact that estrogen actually helps to constrict your pores. People with high estrogen levels tend to look like that have smoother skin because the overall appearance of their pores is diminished. This actually helps and hurts at the same time too. Constricted pores reduce the overall amount of natural oils that your skin can secrete to protect itself. This helps make it easier to resist some conditions, but at the same time increases the susceptibility such skin has to drying out. Estrogen is also important for helping to motivate the production of collagen within the skin. People with higher estrogen tend to maintain firmer and younger looking appearances longer because estrogen keeps motivating a higher production of collagen and thereby allowing the skin to repair itself more effectively. This is why menopause tends to have such a dramatic impact on the skin of many people and why some seek out hormone therapy.

Benefits of Hormone Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy is a larger category that defines several forms of treatment. There are forms for men, transgender people (which is further subdivided into smaller categories), and women undergoing menopause. The last one is the one we’re going to highlight here. True to its name, this form of hormone therapy focuses on maintaining estrogen levels in many cases or maintaining them at a lower level that will have a less pronounced impact on the body overall. In this case, you won’t be looking at improvement of the skin so much as it maintaining itself without getting worse. If you wanted to start, you might notice a minor improvement to the skin in response to returned estrogen levels as the skin reacts to a more familiar balance of hormones. This is the same reason that transgender people who desire estrogen experience their skin changing. The human body knows what to do with any healthy balance of hormones and adjusts its systems accordingly.

Hormone therapy is an option to help maintain or boost skin after levels of estrogen have fallen due to either a medical procedure or menopause. It is important to note that it will note that there are risks associated with such therapy, but they can be mitigated by talking to your doctor about healthy practices during hormone therapy. Most of them will focus on staying healthy and potentially taking your medication in a specific way. In the long run, it can help your skin remain healthier, but it is up to you to determine if you wish to start a therapy you may need to maintain for a long time to maintain its benefits.

Acne Solutions for Men

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Knowing how to care for your skin is an important skillset for everyone. After all, ignorance of the skills isn’t going to do anyone any favors. Your skin isn’t going to be magically okay just because you never looked into appropriate techniques. It leads to frustrating and sometimes painful issues where we do our best to counteract lingering skin conditions that are doing their best work to hurt us on various levels. Acne is a particularly good example of this. Men tend to deal with it in a lingering fashion due to not always being invested in good skincare. This leads to permanent damage to the face in the form of acne scars and similar issues that just make you look less professional and collected. Fortunately, we’ve got some acne solutions for men that can help you venture into skincare in a meaningful way and get this frustrating condition back under control.

Oil Control
There’s no getting around the fact that the skin’s natural oils tend to play a clear role in how much we have to deal with the effects of acne. Many men and others with higher testosterone levels end up dealing with acne in a protracted sort of way where it seems like it refuses to go away. That’s because testosterone allows pores to be less constricted and thereby secrete more sebum, your skin’s natural oils. This protects your skin a bit better on one level, but on several others it makes it easier for your pores to get clogged as there is more oil to trap dead skin cells, dirt, and other debris each day. Oil control products are a good first step towards counteracting this. These are often clearly marked, but a good shorthand for them is to simply look for acne fighting products. The end result should help reduce the amount of oil on your skin healthier.

Learn Standard Skincare
It seems obvious, but unfortunately this solution doesn’t end up occurring to many men. The cultural bias of regarding good skincare as feminine instead of a normal part of hygiene isn’t helpful here. One of the best things you can do to help contain, minimize, and control acne outbreaks is simply to engage is a basic skincare routine. This mean rinsing your skin in lukewarm water once or twice a day, cleansing, and moisturizing. Each of these components is important. The water needs to be lukewarm as cold water won’t be terribly effective and hot water will potentially lead to the reactive release of more oil after it dries out the skin. A good cleanser will continue the cleanup process after the water has rinsed away most of the surface level issues. Look for a gentler cleanser though to avoid a similar reactive release of more oils. Lastly, the moisturizer is there to help counteract any dryness from the last two steps and provide an additional moisture seal for your skin that will help it stay healthy.

Talk To Your Doctor
We need to stress here that oil control combined with the most basic form of a skincare routine will generally help control most kinds of acne outbreak. This isn’t always the case though. Resistant and painful acne require a stronger approach. That’s when you need to talk to your doctor or dermatologist about pursuing more aggressive treatments to help counteract the problem. This can involve a prescription of antibiotics to help neutralize the bacteria caused in the problem, anti-inflammatory drugs to help your skin calm, and other drugs that help to boost the skin in such a way that it can help itself. Do not let a case of acne like this sit unanswered or it is likely to only get worse and cause more potential damage to the skin that will remain harder to repair. Despite this, we would like to remind everyone that any acne treatment should be conduct for roughly two weeks to see if there is an affect. If the acne seems unchanged or is actively painful whether touched or not, make an appointment with your doctor.

Basic acne solutions shouldn’t be something that men feel prohibited from trying. Everyone benefits from being able to take good care of their skin. You look healthy and professional with properly cared for skin in addition to it simply looking better. Basic hygiene shouldn’t be a gendered activity. We recommend any men or anyone else with higher testosterone levels to take the appropriate skincare steps to help their skin. It will pay off in the long run.

How Estrogen Levels Impact Skin Health

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Your skin’s health is influenced by a variety of factors. The ones we tend to most common think about are environmental factors that we can control for through good habits. For instance, we put on sunscreen to avoid sun damage and remember to moisturize daily to prevent dry skin. These are common habits that indicate good skincare. Many of us also work to control various aspects of our health that can end up impacting our skin as well. We eat right while making sure to enjoy a healthy exercise routine. These work to maintain the health of our body and skin by ensuring enough nutrients are available and circulating in the body to keep it well stocked on what it needs. One thing that we can’t really control for are fluctuations in our hormone levels. Estrogen in particular is directly tied to our skin’s health in a number of ways and without a sufficient amount it tends to suffer.

A Different Balance
Before we get into exacting detail, let’s take a larger scale look at the effect of varying hormone levels between men and women and what it does to the skin superficially. Every human has a mixture of both testosterone and estrogen in their body that allows the body to function properly. You genuinely need both if you expect to live a healthy life. Their purposes are what help define some of the easily noticed differences. Skin differences can be particularly pronounced. Men are prone to ruddier, rougher skin that is oilier and has far more noticeable pores than women. That’s because their balance of hormones favors testosterone over estrogen. Women, by contrast, are credited with smaller pores, smoother skin, and an overall more even complexion thanks to being estrogen dominant. Shifting these balances at all will affect the skin and flipping the balances, as is done in hormone replacement therapy for transgender people, likewise flips how skin looks, feels, and behaves. Let’s take a closer look at why.

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Oil and Company
Ruddier skin is generally a hallmark for most men. This is because estrogen levels are lower. Testosterone tends to promote a fairly consistent release of your skin’s natural oils. The constant drip helps to protect the skin, yes, but it also creates some of the clear signs of ruddy skin: larger pores and oily skin. Higher estrogen levels actually constrict pores and as a result not as much oil can get out of them. In turn, pores are visually smaller as they don’t allow as much oil out and as a result don’t end up picking up as many dead skin cells or as much debris from exposure. Estrogen is also tied deeply into the production of collagen and fat distribution in the skin. This helps it to support a youthful look for a longer amount of time than does testosterone. One of the most important takeaways from this for those of us fond of anti-aging products is that estrogen is a natural collagen booster that helps minimize wrinkles. That’s part of why menopause can be so hard on the skin.

Tweaking The Levels
Unfortunately for all of us, hormone levels are hardly consistent across our lifetimes. Illness, pregnancy, menopause, and other life changes can all cause the expected levels of hormones in our bodies to shift around. Menopause is one of the more lasting changes though and tends to have the most dramatic impact due to falling estrogen levels. This causes a lot of problems for many women who aren’t used to figuring out how to do skincare with less estrogen supporting their skin’s health. This is one of the other instances where hormone replacement therapy is often used. It helps to take the edge off of menopause, but hormone levels will never really return to the ones that were had in youth. As a result, we all need to make an effort to moisturize and nourish our skin to support collagen and elastin production. Anti-aging products are your friend as they can make up for the shortfall of natural help to a degree and help ease the overall impact falling estrogen levels have on the skin.

Estrogen is important for skin health. It helps to maintain an overall more youthful appearance even if it makes skin a bit thinner overall. Without expected levels, skin begins to shift towards a new normal that reflects how the balance as changed. Many women will experience their skin getting a bit ruddier after menopause for this very reason. Good skincare will help decrease how much of an impact this has, but ultimately cannot stop the effects of shifting hormone levels.

Hormones and “Pregnancy Glow”

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Pregnancy is frequently considered to be a wonderful time in the life of many people. Not everyone agrees with that idea and those that don’t typically have a long list of reasons it doesn’t appeal to them. Somewhere on that list are all the changes that the body goes through over the course of pregnancy. Some of these changes are permanent while others are comparatively temporary. Hormonal changes are the change that many people feel the most strongly. It impacts both one’s emotions and one’s body in countless ways. Anyone pregnant that has tried to take care of their skin can vouch for the fact that skincare becomes particularly annoying during pregnancy. This is due to all the hormonal shifts playing havoc with one’s body and leading to various reactions. It is possible to treat and manage skin problems during pregnancy though and maybe attain that almost mythic healthy, pregnant glow.

Acne
This is one of the most frequent complaints during pregnancy. We’re used to thinking of acne as primarily a teenage problem. Anyone with acne prone skin is likely scoffing at this, but equally aware of the biases in skincare. In truth, the susceptibility to acne is due to their changing hormones. This is the same reason acne can become a distinct problem due to the inability to use some standard acne fighting ingredients. Ideally, you can manage the acne through basic lifestyle changes such as reducing the amount of times you wash your skin and avoiding situations where you sweat heavily. Gentle cleansers are advised as well as changing out pillowcases regularly to avoid a buildup of oil. If these don’t work, start by talking to your doctor. Some alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) products are still viable to use, but proper discussion is best to decide on a safe and effective course of treatment.

Eczema
Eczema is as frustrating as it is vague in cause. The myriad of options make it hard to pin down what causes the condition, but once you have it you can expect to be fighting it for a long time. Anyone intending to become pregnant that has used medication to manage the symptoms of eczema should stop and discuss pregnancy safe options for continued treatment. Hormonal shifts are fairly likely to cause a reaction from the condition that lead to increased overall redness for a while. However, some people will experience their first (and perhaps only) bout with eczema due to pregnancy. This increase in overall redness and sensitivity should be taken to a doctor to discuss appropriate treatment options that won’t do any harm. Avoid overly hot water and try to keep your skin hydrated. Combine this with trying to minimize sweating will make the condition easier to treat.

Psoriasis
In a weird twist of fate, some pregnant people experience a reduction in the severity of any psoriasis they have over the course of pregnancy. The body’s changes actually act to help for at least a little while. Unfortunately, this isn’t true for everyone and the patches can spread some over the course of pregnancy just as readily as they might heal away. Treatments, as before, should only be used after consultation with a doctor to ensure the overall health of all involved. Psoriasis can typically still be managed through conventional means providing certain precautions are taken. Additionally, some forms of light therapy can prove beneficial to managing the condition over the course of a pregnancy as well. All this does come with a word of warning though: psoriasis frequently flares up immediately after pregnancy and highly focused care may be required to properly treat it.

Skin conditions don’t just go away because of pregnancy. Some of them happen specifically because of it. As with most skin conditions, proper management of symptoms is the key to keeping your skin health. Managing skin conditions during pregnancy does require extra considerations to make sure no medications circulate through the body that could cause harm. Always talk to a doctor before trying to treat a condition during pregnancy and everything should be fine.