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Treating Sunburns on the Face and Body

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Sunburn is an incredibly common skin problem. Most of us have spent just a little too much time outside and encountered it before. Typically this is because our sunscreen wore off without us remembering to touch it up every two hours or so. This creates the unfortunate and painful situation that is sunburn. It is a relatively easily treated condition even if it is painful. Learning to treat it properly will go a long way towards helping one’s skin heal quickly and minimize the potential problems one experiences. We do need to stress that there is more to treating sunburn than aloe vera. With that in mind, we’ve got a quick guide on the best things you can do to help treat sunburn on your face and body. We’re going to favor simple, easy tricks that anyone can use to help their skin heal. These should be doable almost everywhere and help you be better equipped to handle the sun every summer going forward.

Protect Your Skin
This may seem like a given, but you’d be surprised how many people fail to remember this when trying to care for sunburn. The key to letting your skin heal is to stop damaging it again in the same way. Apply sunscreen or other SPF-including products to the affected areas to provide a shield against further sun damage. This will let your skin actually get the chance to repair itself. We strongly encourage you to look for a product that uses zinc oxide, a physical blocker, to use when sunburned. Physical blockers will reflect UV rays and provide the overall best protection. Outside of that, you’ll want to favor the generalized sunscreen rules of ensuring you’re using a product with an SPF of at least 30 that provides broad spectrum protection. We also advise keeping around the right clothes to shield sunburned areas. Look for clothes treated to provide sun protection for an even more thorough defense. Making these efforts will make all your other efforts that much more effective.

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Stay Cool
The burning sensation we associate with sunburn is unpleasant, but you can do something about it. A common and easy-to-use remedy involves taking cool baths and showers to keep the skin soothed. You’re actually helping yourself in two ways: the cool water helps to soothe the skin and it helps hydrate it. Sunburned skin is exceedingly dry by comparison to the rest of your skin and this is part of what leads to its inflamed state. Controlling that inflammation goes a long way towards making the sunburn tolerable again. So soaking in a tub of cool water isn’t that bad of any idea if you can stand it. We do recommend doing more than just soaking though. Your body is going to need extra hydration to help keep up with the problem too. Make sure that you’re mainly drinking water when you’re thirsty to help give it the edge it needs to fix the damage. Significant sun damage like sunburn takes a long time to fully heal even after it seems to have gone away. Doing yourself all the favors you can make the lingering damage far lesser.

Moisturize
Sunburnt skin, as highlighted above, is dry and needs a lot of moisture. Soaking alone won’t do the job and isn’t necessarily viable for the face. Moisturizing regularly after a quick, cold rinse can go a long way towards helping the problem too. A good moisturizer will help seal moisture in your skin even when it has been damaged. This will help soothe your skin over time. Additionally, all that moisture helps to improve your skin’s overall health and prevent it from being as susceptible to sun damage. Many people will likely want to swap to a slightly thicker moisturizer to treat sunburnt areas given you’ll want all the defense that you can get. Aloe vera can be particularly helpful here thanks to it being an excellent moisturizer on its own. The soothing effect it has when applied topically is a bonus that makes it even better. We also recommend taking painkillers to further help calm your skin alongside this step. It should help make sunburn a bit more bearable while the worst of it passes.

Nothing prevents sunburn from being a frustrating experience. Many of us feel a bit hampered after an incident of sunburn as we know we need to stay out of the sun for a while. The best thing any of us can do is use these times to remind ourselves to take better care of our skin. It will hopefully help us minimize any issues with sunburn in the future and be better prepared to help any friends or family that run afoul of the sun as well.

The Secrets To A Radiant Looking Complexion

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Looking our best takes effort. There’s no denying that many of us get frustrated with the constant demands that good skincare places on us. The simple fact is that the world is constantly causing wear and tear on our skin. That’s why it needs us to give our skin all the help it can get to help it keep itself repaired. This help takes many forms. Many of us favor finding and using the best products we can while others integrate positive lifestyle changes that support better skin. Good skincare blends lifestyle, product, and habit choices that all build towards the same goal though. This gives your skin the best chance it can to build and maintain its natural radiance with minimal problems impairing it. Not everyone knows how to go about this though. We’ve got a quick look into some of the major ways you can help support your skin’s health for anyone unsure of where to begin.

Lifestyle
These changes can be some of the most difficult to make as they involve changing major parts of our life and sticking with those changes. The one you’re probably already anticipating is needing to eat a healthy diet. This is an incredibly good way to help build up your skin’s natural beauty. Your skin needs various nutrients regularly if it is going to keep itself intact. This is a biological fact. Making sure you give your skin what it needs is helpful while failing to give it what it needs will just diminish its appearance. There are plenty of guides available to help you eat a healthy diet without sacrificing taste. We recommend finding one that suits you and wish to remind you that a healthy diet favorite fruits and vegetables heavily with meat playing a minor role. You’re also going to want to cultivate good exercise habits. The increase in circulation helps to properly distribute the nutrients from your diet and overall boosts your skin’s health. These two lifestyle commitments go a long way towards making sure your skin looks its best.

Product Choice
Picking out the best products is one of those things that fans of skincare are frequently criticized for as much as they are consulted about it. This duality doesn’t make putting in the effort any less trying though. We all need to be aware that our skin is changing over time and what meets its needs one day may not meet it later in our lives. Staying aware of our skin type is key to making sure we don’t make this mistake. The general rule is to remember that each decade, starting at 30, brings a gradual decline in how well our skin retains moisture and its natural repair processes. Maintaining the regular use of anti-aging products can go a long way towards countering this problem. Products with retinol in them are particularly good as they help increase cell turnover rate. Don’t neglect nourishing products like serums though. These can give your skin’s production of collagen and elastin, important structural proteins, a boost that will help keep your skin looking comparatively youthful and health. Products are best paired with good habits in addition to large-scale lifestyle changes.

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Habits
Most of us get less sleep than we should and it ends up showing in our skin. Sleep is when our body gets to put the most effort into repairing damage. Without enough sleep, our skin dulls and natural color tends to suffer. Good sleep hygiene like going to bed at the same time every day can go a long way towards helping with this problem. Additionally, we all need to make sure that we are always protecting our skin. This means remembering to wear sunscreen. So many of us are bad at this and yet it is the key to helping ensure that we age gracefully. Remember that any sunscreen used to protect the skin should be at least SPF 30 and provide broad spectrum protection to guard against both UVA and UVB rays. You’ll be able to minimize potential damage from sun exposure in this way and thereby minimize some of the signs of aging over time.

Learning to shift all you can in your life towards making your skin healthy and beautiful can take time. Broad lifestyle changes are particularly hard to do given they involve working against what our impulses tell us to do. Making the effort to change things, cultivate good habits, and finding the right products will help to provide a naturally healthy glow and color to your skin. That sort of natural radiance can only help to ensure that you look your best.

Restore Your Skin’s Natural Radiance

 

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Healthy skin has a distinct natural beauty. We all recognize it. There’s this certain pang of acknowledgment and a bit of jealousy many people get when we see someone whose skin is clearly healthy. Good skin, after all, is at least partly genetics. Anyone can do this that pulls their skin away from being healthy though. Life seems to conspire to get us to take up habits that end up hurting our skin and taking away its natural radiance. We’re left wishing that our skin could look as good as the people whose skin seems naturally resilient and beautiful. The good news is that anyone can work towards restoring their skin’s natural radiance. It involves taking a few steps to take better care of one’s skin, yes, but none of them are particularly hard. All we have to do is commit to taking the necessary time to provide this care and wait for the results to show.

Get Enough Sleep
One of the worse things we do to our skin is not getting enough sleep. This is because sleep is because our body goes into “repair mode” when we sleep as it can finally direct the majority of its energy towards fixing any damage that has been done to our body. It is the primary time that our skin fixes the various things that have been done to it over the course of the day. Without this time, your skin will gradually begin to look less and less healthy while various signs of aging or ill health become more apparent. This is thanks to your body not being able to repair the damaged collagen, one of the body’s primary structural proteins, that provides structure to your skin. Failing to repair the problem results in situations where the skin beneath the eyes can end up becoming thinner and making you look more tired while wrinkles begin to form more readily. The natural firmness and springiness of your skin begin to suffer too. Getting enough sleep is vital to ensuring your skin is naturally healthy and beautiful.

Exercise And Get a Massage
Blood flow plays an important part in creating the healthy, natural glow that so many of us have wished we had in the past. There is a really short list of what we can do to actually get the look. It honestly means that we all need to be exercising more. Regular exercise helps to increase overall blood flow that in turn keeps our skin healthy and gives it that subtle, healthy flush. That little bit of redness that helps us to look our best tends to fade some when our blood flow isn’t as good as it could be and is part of why we tend to look so pale when we get sick. All you really need to do is remember to take a brisk walk for half an hour to an hour a few times each week and that should be enough exercise. You can also do your circulation a favor by getting a massage. We especially recommend a facial massage for a bit of concentrated aid.

Get A Facial
The natural glow of your skin also becomes diminished over time thanks to skincare routines not always keeping up with the skin’s needs. Our skin’s needs change over time and we all hit a point where we only realize we haven’t been doing all we could just a little too late to help. Fortunately, a facial can be a really good option for a quick “reset” to your skin’s health and cleanliness. The combination of cleansing, exfoliating, and nourishing goes a long way towards restoring a natural luster. It is particularly good if you already have a known skincare issues that you’re trying to control that has gotten out of hand. Regular facials are a good option if you can budget the time for them. Regardless of whether you can or not, a good facial should do its part to help restore a healthy glow. This is especially true when combined with a healthy lifestyle and proper skin protection.

Keeping and maintaining a natural radiance goes a long way towards ensuring we look like our best selves. Makeup is always there to help, but we should never forget makeup’s purpose is to help enhance. Looking our best naturally before we apply makeup will only make the effect more striking. It may take some effort to maintain a natural radiance, but it is worth it for the sense of confidence and beauty that it provides.

Four Causes of Dry, Itchy Skin

Four Causes of Dry, Itchy Skin

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Nobody wants dry, itchy skin, but this is an extremely common issue that many have to deal with. While there are many products available that can help you to combat this, it is always advisable to also identify the root cause of any skin problems, so that you can protect against, and prevent, this as much as possible.

Hot Showers
As soothing as a hot, steamy shower after a long, hard day may seem, high temperatures will quickly lead to dry and itchy skin. Your skin produces natural oils that are necessary for moisturizing and hydrating the skin, but hot water strips these away, causing your skin to dry out. Opt for lukewarm temperatures instead, and try to limit your showers and baths to no longer than ten minutes.

Harsh Ingredients
There are many skin care products out there that seem exceptional, but are actually filled with a plethora of harsh ingredients. Many of these can be solely responsible for dry and itchy skin, so it would be worthwhile doing some reading up on harsh ingredients to avoid. Common ones include benzoyl peroxide, which is usually used to tackle acne, high levels of alcohol, fragrances and preservatives.

Low Quality Moisturizers
While you may think that a moisturizer should be able to nourish your skin, no matter what may be in it, this is not at all true, as the ingredients used have a huge effect on the way in which a moisturizer works. Make sure that you are using one that contains ceramides and humectants, as both of these trap water to the skin and help to restore its natural protective barrier. You should also be sure to moisturize your skin while it is still damp, such as immediately after stepping out of the shower. Moisturizers are designed to form a thin film over the surface of the skin, so if your skin already has water on it, then this extra moisture will be trapped in, and absorbed, thanks to the moisturizer applied over it.

Dry Air
Dry air is especially common in the winter months, due to the drop in temperature and humidity. In addition to this, indoor heat sources, whether this may be an electric heater or a fireplace, also have a drying effect on your skin, and, when all of this is combined, it is easy to see why skin ends up dry, itchy and flaky. If this is the case for you, try to increase the frequency at which you moisturize your skin, and consider investing in a humidifier, as these are great for adding moisture back into the air.

While there are a number of different factors that can contribute to dry and itchy skin, these are four of the most common. However, they are also causes that you can have quite a bit of control over, meaning that, once you have identified what is causing your dry skin, you will be able to take the necessary steps to prevent this from occurring in the future.

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.

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.

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.

Skincare Advisory: Protect Your Skin From Sun Exposure

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We all need a reminder now and again about how to properly take care of our skin. After all, it is easy to get caught up in the month-to-month adjustments or product trials that we begin to forget elements that we ought not to forget. Most of the time we forget little details like how a serum should go on before any other product after finishing cleaning our skin. Other times we end up forgetting whole products and entirely setting aside things like a retinol cream or forgetting to do our regular mask. Each of these have their own effect on our skin’s overall health and that’s why we often spend so much time trying to correct our mistakes. One thing we need to try not to forget is sunscreen. It is vital to ensuring both current and long term skincare. Your sunscreen or SPF-including moisturizer or similar product is what will help reduce the overall signs of aging over time.

Anatomy of A Sun Ray
There are two kinds of ultraviolet (UV) ray that we’re concerned with when it comes to sun exposure. UVA and UVB rays each play their own part when it comes to our skin’s potentially for illness and its overall health. The fact that the sun can contribute to our health is why we have such an awkward relationship with sun exposure. Ultimately, any exposure needs to be short, controlled, and when wearing appropriate sun protection. UVA rays bring some of the more worrying effects for those of us concerned with avoiding the signs of aging for as long as possible. These are capable of penetrating deep into the skin and doing damage to each layer as they go. They’re typically responsible for introducing free radicals into your skin and being what causes the majority of photoaging. However, UVB rays don’t get off easily either. They’re responsible for both sunburn and potential damage that can lead to skin cancer. Both UVA and UVB rays need to be protected against.

Inspecting the Damage
Telling you to just avoid sun exposure isn’t necessarily as helpful as explaining the kind of damage that you can expect. As we said before, UVA rays bring free radicals and penetrate deeply into the skin. This is a problem because free radicals continually bond with and break the structure of various compounds in your body. They are especially good at breaking down collagen, an important structural protein in your body. Collagen is highly prevalent in the skin and is actually what makes youthful skin so firm. We need it and yet it decreases in amount as we age. Contributing to this decline with unprotected sun exposure will just make it happen all the faster. Both UVA and UVB rays can potentially cause direct damage to the DNA in your skin cells as well. This damage is what leads to replication issues in the skin that eventually cause cancer. As a result, we must strongly recommend never forgetting to wear sunscreen.

Protecting Your Skin
Wearing sunscreen or another product offering SPF is the only reliable way to truly protect your skin. Yes, your skin is technically protecting your body while your natural oils are trying to protect your skin, but they aren’t quite up to the job. Neither offers your skin the broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays that is necessary to minimize sun damage. Without that, your skin is simply sitting there soaking up the UV rays. We recommend favoring products with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin properly. You can keep going as high as 80 or more, but SPF begins to give diminishing returns past around 30 most of the time. Truly high numbers don’t end up giving you as much protection as they lead you to believe. Additionally, you’ll likely want to take a close look at the active ingredients of any product that you buy. Try to find ones that include zinc oxide in their active ingredients list. These sunscreens are physical blockers that reflect UV rays rather than absorbing them instead of your skin. That makes them even more effective.

Providing your skin with appropriate sun protection is necessary for long term care. Your skin can handle some sun exposure, but the more that you subject your skin to without protection the more damage that will slowly build up in it until it becomes highly evident past a certain age. Protecting your skin from sun exposure by wearing sunscreen, minimizing the time you spend outdoors, and not sitting in the sunlight by large windows will pay off eventually. You’ll thank yourself for the effort later.