For many, skin conditions such as eczema, acne, and dermatitis seem like a life-long sentence of overwhelmingly bad luck. Learning how to keep your skin looking smooth and healthy will boost your self-confidence and also help to relieve these worrisome conditions. In many cases, you may even be able to clear up the problem altogether.
Step 1: Find Out What Skin Type You Have
One of the biggest misconceptions among skin condition suffers is that they actually have some sort of “bad skin”.
There is no such thing as bad skin, only different skin types.
Knowing what skin type you have will allow you to correctly treat any existing aliments and understand where any potential problems can arise. Book an appointment with a reputable dermatologist who will be able to give you a through diagnosis if you do not know your skin type.
The main skin types consist of:
- Dry skin – This is typically diagnosed as flaky or rough skin that can be easily cured with moisturisers.
- Normal skin – Free from most complications, this is what we all aim to have day-to-day.
- Oily skin – This skin type is prone to acne and breakouts due to extra oils on the skin surface. It may seem shiny or greasy to the touch.
- Combination skin – This skin type can seem frustrating difficult to manage due to its rapid changing cycles of dry and oily patterns. Once you manage one condition, it seems the other can arise at any moment.
- Acne – This is not really a skin type per say, but many people will diagnose themselves as having acne skin if they have suffered with pimples and acne over a long-time.
How to Keep Your Skin Looking Smooth and Healthy
A daily skin regime that consists of cleansing, toning, and moisturising can help reduce these conditions significantly in many cases. Be sure to check any products for information on which skin type they have been created for to prevent further complications. Almost all products will determine the skin type and frequency on use on the packaging, so be sure to read carefully.
Choosing a daily skin routine that fits your skins requirements can be one of the most rewarding treatments on the market, and doesn’t rely on expensive or complex medications and prescriptions. Once you understand your current skin type, you will find many products at department or grocery stores that will help reduce or remove your specific symptoms with your skin type in mind.
The basic underlying key to healthy, smooth looking skin is to eat healthy, drink lots of water, and rest plenty.
While this may not seem all that important right now, our skin sheds frequently and requires all these factors in order to renew regularly over the long-term. This is especially important as we get older, as our skin become tired and takes longer to regenerate.
Note: There are also certain foods that cause eczema and other skin conditions.
If you find that a skin care routine has not been successful, consider cutting out acidic foods, dairy products, grains that are high in glycemic value, breads that contain yeast, hydrogenated oils, non-foods (such as tea and coffee), and soy products as these have all been directly linked to eczema when consumed.