Choosing The Best Sunscreen For Your Skin Tone

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Now that the warmer weather has arrived and you will likely be spending much more time in the sun, it is important to ensure that your skin is kept protected from the damaging UV rays. When it comes to choosing a sunscreen, there are a few different factors that you need to keep in mind, from your skin type to your skin tone, as this will ensure that the sunscreen you choose is best suited to your own individual skin.

Fair Skin Tones
Those with a fair skin tone tend to burn much quicker and more easily, making a broad spectrum sunscreen with a higher SPF value essential. SPF 30 is the absolute minimum, so try to find a sunscreen that offers more protection than this, at SPF 50 if possible. Keep in mind that, no matter how high the SPF level of your sunscreen may be, you will still need to keep re-applying it every few hours in order to ensure that your skin continues to be protected.

Dark Skin Tones
While those with darker skin tones may not burn quite as quickly as those with lighter skin tones, the sun will still be causing just as much damage to your skin cells, so a broad spectrum sunscreen every day is still necessary. The main issue that many people with darker skin tones have with sunscreen is that a large number of the products out there can often leave a chalky white residue on the skin, which is much more obvious on darker skin tones. However, there are many new formulas constantly being introduced onto the market, so simply find a high-quality chemical sunscreen that your skin is able to absorb quickly.

Dry Skin
In addition to keeping your skin tone in mind, you should also pay attention to your skin type when choosing any new skin care product. Those with dry skin would be best off opting for a moisturizing sunscreen, as these will contain hydrating and moisturizing ingredients that will help to prevent your skin from drying out even further.

Sensitive Skin
While chemical sunscreens may be the easiest for your skin to absorb, these chemicals, such as oxybenzone or paraben, can exacerbate sensitive skin, leading to redness and rashes. Physical sunscreens are the best option in this case, as they contain ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are much more gentle on the skin and are still able to protect it from UV rays.

Oily Skin
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, then you need to seek out a sunscreen that has been specially designed for your skin type. These will be free of fragrances and extra oils, saving your skin from clogged pores and breakouts.

It is extremely important to spend a bit of time choosing your sunscreen for the season, as this is your main form of defense against everything from skin cancer to premature aging. Whether you have fair and sensitive skin, or dark and oily skin, these tips should help you to choose the very best sunscreen possible.

Lessons for Ladies with Dry and Sensitive Skin

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Dry and sensitive skin can be a challenge to deal with, often requiring quite a high level of care in order for a healthy complexion to be maintained. For those of you who have been battling with dry and sensitive skin for a while now, these are the lessons that you need to learn.

Add in a Second Layer of Moisturizer
If you have long since been fighting dry and sensitive skin, then you are likely already aware of the importance of a moisturizer. In order for your skin to receive maximum benefits from this, your moisturizer should be applied to damp skin, so that it can trap in all of the excess moisture that is sitting on the surface of your skin. Then, give your skin a few minutes to dry, before applying another coat of moisturizer, as this provides your skin with a double layer of protection. While it is absolutely fine to use the same moisturizer both times, you should ensure that the moisturizer you are using contains humectants, such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin, as these help to bind water to the skin.

Heat and Humidity at Home
Indoor heat is extremely drying, so whether you use a fireplace or central heating to warm up your home, be sure to keep yourself well away from the actual source of heat. The same can be said for air conditioning units, which can really dry out the skin quickly. Since it is often difficult, and uncomfortable, to not use heating or air conditioning, the best way to combat the dry air within your home is by investing in a humidifier, as this will add moisture back into the air.

Special Care at Night
Studies have shown that the body loses more water from the skin during the night, while a person is asleep, than during the day, which is why it is important to provide your skin with an extra level of care before going to bed. This means not only using a night cream, but also introducing a gentle toner and a hydrating serum into your routine. In order to add some extra moisture onto your skin before applying your night cream, give it a spritz or two of rose water, as this brings with it a range of benefits, but is gentle enough to not cause any irritation.

Take it Slow After a Reaction
When your skin has reacted to a product or ingredient, it is important to give it some time to calm down, preferably a week. After tis, you can then reintroduce your products one at a time, making sure that you patch test them on your inner forearm before applying them to your face or body. If your skin turns red with a particular product, then you have found the culprit, and can either cut this product out of your skin care routine, or, better still, try to discover exactly which ingredients in the product may be exacerbating your sensitivity.

After carrying out all of these changes, you should begin to notice improvements in your skin quite quickly. However, if you are still not getting any relief, or your dryness and sensitivity is worsening, it may be time to visit a dermatologist, as this could be a sign of a skin condition that requires professional treatment.

Secrets for Balanced and Shine-Free Skin For Oily Skin Types

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Oily skin can be a right pain to deal with. As if it’s not bad enough that you break out more easily than most and have to deal with getting icky grease all over your hand if you touch your face when you haven’t taken proper care of it, you also have to contend with the fact that properly caring for oily skin can be quite a balancing act, and that a lot of the advice is counterintuitive and might not make sense. Luckily, today we’re taking a look at handy methods for balancing oily skin, so don’t despair!

Never Over-Dry
It’s really easy to think “I’ve got oily skin, let me get rid of all this extra oil that’s mucking everything up. Makes intuitive sense, right? Unfortunately, intuition is your enemy here. While it’s true you do want to get rid of some excess oil, a rookie mistake many oily-skinned people make is to overcompensate for their abundance of natural oils and wash it all away. This is bad news for two reasons. For one, dry skin isn’t exactly ideal in and of itself’; it gets irritated, reddened, and damaged much more easily. Secondly; when you over-dry naturally oily skin, your skin has a habit of detecting when it’s too dry, and your pores will spew out oil even more than usual to compensate. As a result, over-drying can actually make your skin more oily than it was to begin with.

So don’t throw out your cleanser, but do select one specially balanced for oily skin that will balance rather than dry (and if you don’t have a cleanser at all, go buy one. Now.)

Go for Chemical Exfoliants Over Physical
This is a good tip for all skin types, but it applies doubly if your skin is oily. While grainy, physical exfoliants aren’t the worst thing in the world you could do to your skin, there are better alternatives. Physical exfoliants can rip and tear at your skin, break capillaries, and even spread bacteria from one enlarged pore to another—which is an even greater risk if your skin is naturally oily.

Instead, go for a gentle chemical exfoliant, like something with glycolic acid, for instance. This will allow you to simply rub in, wait, rinse off, no grainy scraping and scratching necessary. Chemical exfoliants are also more effective at removing your dead skin cells uniformly, while physical exfoliants can have a patchy effect where some bits of skin are exfoliated and others aren’t.

You Still Have to Moisturize Like Everyone Else
On the topic of balancing, not drying, do note that even relatively gentle cleansers and exfoliants can still strip away just a tiny bit more oil than would be ideal. This is why moisturizers exist—to replenish the natural oils that your skin either doesn’t have, or that you’ve stripped away in the process of cleaning your skin. Moisturizers also often contain compounds designed to protect skin from the elements—like sun, wind, pollution, dust, etc—which could cause nasty blockages and/or damage if allowed to affect your skin directly.

So, bottom line here? You oily skinned folk aren’t actually that different from the rest of us in terms of how you should care for your skin, just be sure to select products carefully and adjust as necessary, but don’t overcompensate or skip out on important skincare steps.

You Need An Anti-Aging Routine For The Skin Below Your Jawline

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Anti-aging skincare routines are something that we all end up being a little interested in eventually. After all, it seems like all our efforts before the problem starts did nothing since the problem actually started. This isn’t a healthy way to look at it. All the skincare that we do before it drifts towards focusing on anti-aging techniques serves the purpose of delaying when we have to become truly concerned about them and likewise helps to minimize the overall effects by comparison to others who didn’t take such steps. None of this stops it from being a little disheartening to see signs of aging where you didn’t want them. Most of us concentrate on our face to help minimize the signs, but they are prevalent in various places and not just above your jawline. Taking care of areas below it can be particularly beneficial to maintaining a youthful look. This is particularly true when it comes to the neck and decolletage.

The Importance of Care
We feel the need to stress that this routine needs to be average for all of us. This is because focusing just on your face ends up ignoring so much. The neck and decolletage tend to show age very clearly if they are not tended to and when paired with a comparatively well-cared for face it leads to clear visual dissonance. It makes it harder to maintain the look that you desire if your appearance is telling two separate stories. This is the same reason that you’re told to take care of your hands as well. Maintaining a healthy appearance that ages gracefully involves caring enough to put in the effort to target these problem areas to help minimize issues. Your face isn’t the only part of your skin that is sensitive. Remember that any area that enjoys routine exposure to the sun is going to need that extra bit of care to help minimize the effects of sun damage over time. With that in mind, let’s return to the topic at hand and look at the kind of habits you want to cultivate.

Extending Things Downward
You can actually get a lot out of simply remembering to extend the routine you use for your face downward. Rinsing, cleansing, and moisturizing the area will go a long way towards helping to keep the area healthy. You are going to want to pay particular attention to extending exfoliation into this area. This is thanks to the fact that the neck and decolletage tend to gain a heavily degree of sun exposure and as a result the extra exfoliation will help remove any dead skin and keep the area clean for nourishing products. Moisturizing regularly will also provide a great deal of help. The sensitive skin of your neck and decolletage is thinner than the rest of your skin just like your face. Adding that extra moisture back helps to protect against the inherent moisture loss from the skin being thinner and helps it remain more youthful and plump. All of these are things you can do for the area to help heal and maintain, but you need to do one more thing to keep the area below your jawline happy: protect.

Sunscreen Is Always Necessary
There is no escaping the fact that the best thing you can do is to remember to regularly apply sunscreen to your neck and decolletage. A lot of outfits exposure this area and the sun damage will add up over time. Sun spots, fine lines, and other issues all tend to appear readily in this area thanks to this fact. When all you need to do is remember to apply a sunscreen following the basic rules, there really isn’t much of an excuse not to make the effort to care for the area properly. This involves make sure you’re using a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30. We should all probably escalate this rating some as we age, but it is important to note that you get diminishing returns from numbers higher than 30. So don’t end up going too high unless advised by a doctor. Additionally, you’ll want to consider looking for one a sunscreen that utilizes zinc oxide. It is a physical blocker that will reflect the UV rays instead of absorbing them instead of your skin. Reflecting them provides better protection.

Anti-aging routines are key for many sections of your skin. After all, there are plenty of places that can show the tell-tale signs of age beyond our face. The hands are a prominent one, but even more prominent is your neck and decolletage. Without proper care, they’ll give an idea of your age even if you take perfect care of your face. Aging gracefully takes its share of work and we must all accept that if we wish to age well.

Common Causes of Eye Inflammation and Irritation

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There are plenty of common health problems that can bother us all. The cold is one of the most famous ones simply because it seems like there’s no way to truly escape it. After all, all our efforts just seem to delay when we start coughing and sneezing and that’s if we’re lucky. Similarly, sunburn, the sniffles, and all these little problems are just part of the human experience. The little annoyances are things that we can all share with one another. Our eyes getting irritated or inflamed are another one of these shared experiences. It can also end up being one of the most annoying and frustrating ones as well. After all, it tends to be a little painful thanks to the sensitivity of the eye and fixing the problem can end up being troublesome for those of us fond of makeup. It does help to be aware of some of the common causes of this sort of thing though as you can then take steps to protect your eyes. Let’s take a quick look at some of them.

Debris
This is the only most of us end up leaping to whenever we see our eyes looking a little red or feeling one in pain. The idea that something must be in one’s eye makes intuitive sense and is a good first step to address. “Debris” encompasses a lot of potential culprits though. Stray eyelashes, particulate matter, and anything else you can think of that might blow into and affect the eye tends to fall into this category. The general idea is simply foreign matter touching the sensitive surface of the eye. You can generally figure this one out relatively easily with large debris. It tends to be visible and able to be removed if you’re careful. You can also flush your eyes with water to help clear them our as well. This is typically your best option when you’re dealing with finer dust and particles that you can’t actually “pick” out of your eyes. Irritation in this case tends to radiate out from the spot where the debris got caught too. As a result, this problem is easy to solve.

Allergies
Pollen can technically fall under debris, in some cases, but most of the time it is going to be a less direct effect. Allergies a problem for almost everyone. If there’s a sufficient concentration of pollen in the air, it doesn’t matter if you “don’t have any allergies” as you’ll likely still be feeling it. Allergies affect us in varying ways with various kinds of irritation and inflammation to the eyes being relatively common. The level of irritation and inflammation is going to vary depending on the severity of the allergy though. Most of the time you’ll likely just experience a little redness and itchiness, but sometimes it can become a full reaction. You can end up with swollen and watery eyes on top of all that. The good news is, as with debris, this problem is relatively easily solved by taking an antihistamine or using antihistamine eye drops. These will generally soothe the problem away and let you return to going about your business.

Infection
We generally don’t think much about eye infections until the words “pink eye” come in up conversation. Those words alone are enough to strike fear into the hearts of parents and office workers alike. There are plenty of other kinds of eye infection though. Most of these come from accidental exposure to an unwelcome bacteria. The exact symptoms tend to vary, but they tend to result in redness and irritation as with most things that bother your eyes. Infections are resistant to most other treatments though and end up requiring you to go to your doctor. You can also expect symptoms to progress. That’s why we strongly urge you to always take the time to make sure to make the appointment with your doctor if irritation in an eye is not going away as it could lead to permanent damage of the eye if you’re not careful. Fortunately, these infections tend to be difficult to spread if they aren’t pink eye. Following whatever treatment your doctor prescribes and doing you best not to touch your eyes will help you recover from this sort of problem.

Inflamed and irritated eyes are pain, yes, but the most common issues are relatively easy to treat. They simply require you to address them appropriately. Medication, antihistamines, or even just washing out your eyes can be all it takes to ease irritation and inflammation. Just try to figure out what’s causing the problem and approach it properly. You should be able to get back to seeing just fine without any nagging irritations easily enough.

Consider These Hair Removal Risks Before You Tweeze

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Tweezing is a useful way to get rid of unwanted hairs. It removes them, makes them take longer to return, and entirely clears the area without there being any tell-tale sign the hair is there. It isn’t that different from any other form of plucking ultimately. Most of us end up tweezing at one point in our lives if not another. After all, keeping eyebrows perfectly shaped takes work. However, many of us also end up plucking stray hairs as we age. This is particularly common for many people past menopause. As useful as tweezing is in general, it does come with the same potential problems as all of its siblings. That means you’ll likely want to be aware of the potential problems before you start. We would like to stress that only some of these are particularly likely as long as you’re taking good care of your skin, but they do need to be listed for the sake of completeness. Let’s start with the most common problem.

Facing the Pain
No matter whether you call it tweezing, plucking, or threading, the process of physically removing hairs from your skin is a bit painful. The initial pulling gets easier over time as you adapt to the burst of pain associated with it, but that pain is still aggravating your skin. You should expect at least a degree of irritation from tweezing. This is generally going to be highly localized around the area where you pull the hair out as you’re ripping it out root and all. That necessarily causes a little damage. Most of the time the irritation will fade in a relatively short amount of time afterward. Sometimes it doesn’t though. This can be due to one having sensitive skin or an underlying condition continuing the inflammation even after the initial burst from the tweezing itself is done. This potential to trigger an underlying condition from the pain is one of the other issues, but most people will know if that is a potential problem for them or not.

A Chance of Infection
Remember that part about how tweezing involves ripping hairs out by the root? That can cause you other problems depending on the extent of the damage done by the process. Most of the time you’ll largely be dealing with superficial pain and inflammation that will vanish quickly, but sometimes you’ll get a drop of blood in the area as well. This is a sign that you’ve caused a deeper amount of damage and opened up the potential for infection as you’ll have given things a free pass into your skin. In essence, the area around the damaged follicle become infected by outside bacteria that begin to trigger a deeper form of inflammation in the skin. This is known a folliculitis and can result in visible skin issues sometimes mistaken for acne as well as the potential for tenderness to the touch. Bad cases of folliculitis can even lead to scarring of the skin. Don’t panic if you see a bit of blood while tweezing though! Just remember to wash your skin each day and you should be fine.

Ingrown Problems
One of the other risks involved in tweezing is that, in damaging the root, you risk causing a permanent change in how the hair grows. It may no longer grow smoothly as it should and too much variation can lead to ingrown hairs. These can be a literal and metaphorical pain depending on how deep they are when they become evident. Localized pain, tenderness to the touch, and obvious inflammation can all result from an ingrown hair. You can also end up with a visible discoloration beneath the skin as well. These are all problems that can cascade into further problems over time too. Ingrown hairs can get infected. The inflammation can, like with just like with tweezing, potentially cause problems with triggering inflammatory skin conditions. You can counteract ingrown hairs relatively easily though. All it takes is remembering to exfoliate your skin regularly. This will minimize the problem and help heal any ingrown hairs already existing. You will need to stay aware of the problem though as once it happens once it will likely keep happening.

Tweezing is a useful way to maintain the appearance you desire. It does still have potential problems despite this. Ingrown hairs, inflammation, and infection are all potential outcomes if tweezing doesn’t work out quite right. The good news is that a healthy skincare routine minimizes the chances for all of these by keeping your skin clean and exfoliated. In the end, the combination of the routine and tweezing will keep you looking and feeling your best in spite of any troubles.

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.

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.