Good & Bad Skin Care
The skin is the body's largest organ in weight and surface area. Your skin protects you from infection-causing viruses and bacteria and regulates the temperature of your body. Through your senses, your skin helps you detect warm and cold weather, dangerous heat and fire or feelings of wetness or itchiness. How you care for your skin determines its appearance and its ability to carry out its functions.
Caring for your skin helps it to protect you. Unclean skin can make it easier for germs to enter your body. Dry skin can cause cuts and scratches that can cause discomfort and infections. Failure to protect you skin from the elements can result in serious diseases such as cancer. Neglecting to protect your skin from harsh chemicals can cause problems ranging from irritation to burns. Caring for you skin also helps it stay looking attractive.
There are several things you should do every day to care for your skin. Wash your hands several times a day. Use warm water and gentle soap for bathing. A mild face cleanser used twice daily is helpful for oily skin, especially after puberty. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, you should apply a treatment or product to your skin every 12 hours or as needed to clean your skin, treat skin conditions such as acne or prevent damage from the sun. The Academy recommends that you use sunscreen every day of the year and apply moisturizer to damp skin for best moisture retention.
Care for Problem Skin
Acne breakouts can be painful and embarrassing. Some people have serious skin diseases like eczema or psoriasis. You might experience an allergic reaction to poison ivy or insect bites. All of these conditions require special care to protect your skin. Scratching can allow germs to enter your body or infect the problem area. Ignoring some conditions only makes them worse. Talk to your doctor about a diagnosis and treatment of skin problems.
Bad Skin Care
Bad skin care includes the failure to practice daily cleansing and protection rituals, but it also includes harmful practices. For example, washing your face with a rough cloth can damage your skin. Oil from unwashed hair can worsen acne. You can dry your skin by bathing in very hot water or using harsh soaps, detergents and deodorants.
Take care of your skin at all times, even when traveling. Buy and use skin-care products such as soaps, moisturizers, shampoos and medicated ointments that work best for your skin. Keep the products handy so you remember to use them as recommended.
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