Dealing with skin disorders like acne and psoriasis

Dealing with skin disorders like acne and psoriasis

Our skin is our body’s largest organ and the first line of defense between our inner physical selves and the outside world. As such, it is subject to environmental stressors, such as exposure to ultraviolet light, pollution, mechanical abrasion and harmful micro-organisms. The skin also plays a major role in our appearance. A good skin care routine and protection from the elements help keep our skin healthy and young-looking. Skin disorders, including acne and psoriasis, are discussed in Life Extension’s protocols, as is the maintenance of skin, hair and nail health, particularly during aging.

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Frequently Asked Skin Care Questions

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What are good practices for my skin?

Skin is an organ like any other, and therefore requires a healthy lifestyle. It is also constantly barraged by external as well as internal stressors, which can make it prone to several disorders. Proper nutrition is essential for skin health: emphasizing fruits and vegetables while minimizing added sugars and saturated fats is associated with healthy skin. Interventions like collagen and hyaluronic acid may help to preserve skin integrity and moisture. Drinking plenty of water can also positively affect skin. And of course, use a sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

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How often should I be checked for skin cancer?

Ideally, you should examine yourself (your entire body!) every few months to ensure that there have not been any notable changes. Any changes in moles, or any skin irregularities you notice, should be examined by a doctor. It is preferable to be screened by a dermatologist annually, as early detection and treatment make the odds of success much higher. Those with a history of skin cancer, or close relatives with skin cancer, may need to be screened more often at the recommendation of their doctor.

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What are the best natural skin care tips for dry skin?

Dry skin can be combatted systemically and topically. Ingredients that may help improve skin’s moisture when taken orally include collagen peptides, solubilized keratin, and ceramides. A balanced, healthy diet and adequate hydration can help systemically as well. Topically, hyaluronic acid and palmitoyl peptides, as well as many other ingredients, can help skin retain moisture. Like many interventions, lotions, serums, and moisturizers work most effectively when used on a regular basis.

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