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Keeping Your Skin Care in Check

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While you may have a trusted skin care routine that you follow each and every day, your skin will experience so many changes on a regular basis, due to everything from illness to stress to changing seasons. In order to prevent your skin health from declining, you need to know how to keep your skin care in check during these times.

Seasonal Changes
Each season brings with it many changes in the environment around you, and your skin will naturally react to these. While winter is full of harsh, drying air and biting winds that exacerbate sensitivity, summer leads to an increase in oil production, and, therefore, more chances of clogged pores and breakouts. This means that your skin care routine needs to reflect the seasons in order to maintain your skin’s health. The summer months should be all about light lotions and oil-controlling cleansers, while the winter requires rich, thick moisturizers and increased exfoliation, so make sure that you are taking all of this into account.

High Stress
Completely avoiding all stress is impossible, but periods of prolonged stress can really be detrimental to your skin, as well as your overall health. Stress causes the body to release a hormone called cortisol, which can then lead to acne, psoriasis, hives, and a whole host of other skin issues. While each of these symptoms can be treated individually, your best bet is to work on the root cause, which is the stress itself. When you find that it is getting too overwhelming, learn how to take some time out and relax your mind, whether this may be by spending time on a hobby that you love, working out for 20 minutes, or trying out a few breathing exercises, as this can almost instantly lower stress levels.

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Illnesses
Falling ill can really take its toll on your body, including your skin. When this happens, you should try to take more of an overall holistic approach to skin care, meaning that you care for your body and health as a whole, and allow your skin to reflect this. This means consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, as these will contain the antioxidants that your body, and your skin, need to recover. Fatty fish is also great, thanks to their omega-3 fatty acids, while nuts contain vital vitamins that are important for skin health.

Hormonal Changes
Whether due to age, pregnancy or a medication that you are taking, the body’s hormone levels can often fluctuate, and your skin will tend to be one of the first areas to reflect this. Each hormonal change will bring about different results in your skin, meaning that the treatment you opt for needs to be tailored to this. While you may need to do some research with each hormonal change, it is important that you take the time to do so, so that you can understand what is going on with your skin and adjust your skin care routine to cater for this.

Your skin is going to experience so many different changes throughout the months, meaning that even if you have a fail-proof skin care routine, you will still need to adjust this regularly. From adding in extra antioxidants if you have been ill, to switching up your products as the seasons change, keeping your skin care in check is the best way to stay on top of all of your skin’s needs.

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.

Skin Problems that Cause Body Odor

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Body odor is one of those things that can prove to be embarrassing at best at the worst of times. We’ve all had to deal with it at one point or another and sworn “never again”. To that end, we’ve often done our best to help ensure we didn’t get put in that situation again through good hygiene. The catch is that that isn’t the only skin problem that can lead to body odor. You can end up having to fight body odor for a number of reasons and not all of them are at all intuitive. Doing your best to help keep body odor under control means trying to figure out the actual cause of it in your case and taking the steps to counteract it. You can’t do this if you’re stuck on it being the cause of a single issue. With that in mind, we’re going to do a quick review of the potential skin issues or close to skin issues that can potentially lead to you experiencing body odor.

The Classic
Yes, sweat is often a problem. It is important to be specific and stress that we’re talking about stale sweat though. This is sweat that has been allowed to rest on your body and dry. That’s how it ends up contributing to unfavorable body odor. All that sweat serves a proper function when it is coming out, but if you don’t get rid of it, it rapidly becomes a source of problems. Sweat catches your skin’s natural oils and can end up plugging your pores with those oils and any debris it picks up along the way. Worse yet, this begins to create an environment that is perfect for certain kinds of bacteria. That’s actually where the smell tends to come from ultimately. All the bacteria that begin to colonize your skin begin to emit that less than pleasant smell at the same time that they’re beginning to get concentrated in particular areas of your skin. This in turn can lead to another reason why you might be experiencing body odor.

Skin Infection
A skin infection can end up happening for a lot of reasons, but stale sweat can end up cultivating the perfect environment for it. This is especially true if an area of skin has a cut or other breach in the skin that is prone to infection. Skin infections take a lot of forms, but the key features remain the same. They are an outright infection and inflammation of an area of skin that causes various negative effects. Particular conditions that cause body odor, more often than not, are also causing other problems with the skin at the same time. This leads to a situation where you need to talk to your doctor about the appropriate steps to take to help neutralize the infection and heal the skin. Your best bet is to entirely avoid this situation by remembering to bathe after exercise or any other situation where your body builds up a lot of sweat. This will help prevent the negative bacteria supporting environment from ever forming.

Bad Reaction
Sometimes it can actually be a product or medication that is causing a problem. This is particularly true when it comes to topical medications. A bad reaction to the product can lead to an allergic or inflammatory response that triggers body odor. This tends to vary depending on the individual though as ultimately the issue is the product being used and the damage done to the skin. If your body odor starts shortly after beginning a new medication, that may very well be the root cause. You can typically confirm suspicions by checking the area you’ve applied a topical medication to and seeing if there are any other signs of a reaction. Talk to your doctor if it is prescribed medication and they should be able to help you locate an alternate drug that will provide treatment without causing such a reaction. If it is another product, you’ll want to immediately discontinue use and find another. We recommend giving the skin time to heal from the reaction before moving on to a new product though.

Body odor isn’t something we need to feel shame about. It is a natural result of how our body works most of the time, but particular circumstances can make it worse than it needs to be and we need to address those. Staying consistently clean will go a long way towards minimizing most issues that aren’t related to an internal condition. Do your best to stay aware of your skin and you should have overall fewer issues as you’ll be able to catch when something isn’t going well and stop the problem before it truly starts.