11 Ways You Can Damage Your Skin


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The skin one of the very sensitive organs of the body. It is also the largest and fastest growing organ in the body. It is a protective barrier for our body, but it takes a lot of abuse from the outside elements. These elements if not taken care of can cause permanent skin damage. Here is a look at some of the ways you can cause damage to your skin.
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1. Over Exposure:
It used to be fashionable to get a tan but now we know better. Sun worshipping causes a host of skin problems, from premature skin ageing to cancers. The Ultaviolet rays from the sun can also cause sunburn, allergic reations in some people, and signs of skin damage such as liver spots, actinic keratosis and solar elasrosis.

2. Head To The Tanning Bed:

Indoor tanning delivers high doses of UV radiation in a short time, which can lead to skin cancers such as melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer), basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. It also causes premature skin aging including wrinkles, age spots, and skin texture changes. Indoor tanning Is also considered particularly dangerous for younger people – those who begin tanning indoors as teens or young adults have a higher risk of developing melanoma. Avoid indoor tanning and all the risks it carries.

3. Smoking:
As much as smoking leads to lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease, and stroke, it can also damage the skin and age it prematurely. Smoking decreases blood flow, which contributes to skin wrinkling. Gray, pale, and wrinkled facial skin is often referred to as "cigarette skin." Smoking also slows wound healing and increases the risk for developing psoriasis or worsening psoriasis symptoms.
If you don't smoke, don't start, and if you do smoke, quit. Your skin – and the rest of your body – will reap the benefits.

4. Using the Wrong Cleanser

Don't use the wrong cleanser for your face. Your facial skin is much more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body and it needs a milder cleanser. Choose a gentle, non-abrasive cleaner without alcohol for your face, and avoid scrubbing, which can irritate delicate facial skin. Rinse and gently pat dry. If you have oily skin and are prone to acne, use an oil-free and noncomedogenic cleaner. If you have dry or itchy skin apply moisturizer after washing. Limit washing your face to twice daily and after sweating heavily to avoid additional irritation.

5. Scrubbing Your Skin

Scrubbing can be very irritating to the delicate skin on your face and can make your skin look worse. In addition, if you have acne, scrubbing can actually make it worse. When you wash your face, use your fingers and apply cleanser in a gentle, circular motion – even using a wash cloth or sponge can be irritating. Rinse with lukewarm water, and pat dry. Be gentle to your skin – avoid scrubbing.

6. Bursting Your Pimples
It can be so tempting to want to burst a pimple, but don't. Picking, popping, and squeezing can make your acne worse, and even lead to scarring. Cleanse your skin with an appropriate cleanser, and use over-the-counter remedies that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and try to let your skin heal on its own. If the products you are using are not working, consult a dermatologist.


7. Stress Out
Don't stress out. When you are stressed, you might notice you break out more, or your existing skin conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea may flare up. This is because stress can make your skin more sensitive and reactive. Stress may also interfere with proper skin care, which can lead to worsening of skin conditions.

If you do feel stressed, don't neglect your skin – remember to wear sunblock and cleanse your skin properly. Try stress reduction techniques: get a massage, meditate, get enough sleep, eat right, exercise, and talk to someone if you need help.


8. Excessive Peels
Chemical peels can often help people reduce the look of lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, brighten the complexion, and smooth the skin. However, the results of a chemical peel are often dependent on the expertise of the person performing it, and should be done under the supervision of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon trained in the procedure or the peel could result in infection or permanent scarring.

At-home peels or microdermabrasion treatments tend to be gentler on the skin than those performed by a physician, however, they can still leave your skin red and irritated. The skin – especially the top layer (epidermis) – acts as a protective barrier to the elements and helps retain moisture. Doing home peels or microdermabrasion too frequently can lead to inflammation, a blotchy skin tone, and can worsen acne. Ask a dermatologist how often you should perform these home treatments.

9. Overeating:
Avoid overeating. Weight gain does more than just increase your girth. It stretches your skin. If you gain a lot of weight your skin will stretch, often resulting in stretch marks. Then when you lose the weight if your skin isn't elastic enough to bounce back you could be left with flabby, saggy skin that can only be fixed with plastic surgery. In people who are obese, yeast infections of the skin can occur in the folds of the skin, and wound healing may be slower. Eat a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight for healthy looking skin.

10. Inadequate Sleep/Rest:
Don't restrict your sleep. It's called "beauty rest" for a reason. Skin rejuvenates while we sleep, and our skin gets a break from the stress of environment including sunlight, pollution, and hot or cold temperatures. When we don't get enough shut-eye we can get bags under our eyes and dull and listless looking skin. We may even take longer to recover from skin stressors such as sunburn without enough sleep. It is recommended adults get seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

11. Ignoring Warning Signs of Cancer:
Don't ignore warning signs of skin cancer. A mole can be an early warning sign of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests examining your skin from head-to-toe once a month. If you have a personal or family history of skin cancer, see a dermatologist.

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PS: Culled from health-related articles, videos.
 
The skin one of the very sensitive organs of the body. It is also the largest and fastest growing organ in the body. It is a protective barrier for our body, but it takes a lot of abuse from the outside elements. These elements if not taken care of can cause permanent skin damage. Here is a look at some of the ways you can cause damage to your skin.
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1. Over Exposure:
It used to be fashionable to get a tan but now we know better. Sun worshipping causes a host of skin problems, from premature skin ageing to cancers. The Ultaviolet rays from the sun can also cause sunburn, allergic reations in some people, and signs of skin damage such as liver spots, actinic keratosis and solar elasrosis.

2. Head To The Tanning Bed:

Indoor tanning delivers high doses of UV radiation in a short time, which can lead to skin cancers such as melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer), basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. It also causes premature skin aging including wrinkles, age spots, and skin texture changes. Indoor tanning Is also considered particularly dangerous for younger people – those who begin tanning indoors as teens or young adults have a higher risk of developing melanoma. Avoid indoor tanning and all the risks it carries.

3. Smoking:
As much as smoking leads to lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease, and stroke, it can also damage the skin and age it prematurely. Smoking decreases blood flow, which contributes to skin wrinkling. Gray, pale, and wrinkled facial skin is often referred to as "cigarette skin." Smoking also slows wound healing and increases the risk for developing psoriasis or worsening psoriasis symptoms.
If you don't smoke, don't start, and if you do smoke, quit. Your skin – and the rest of your body – will reap the benefits.

4. Using the Wrong Cleanser

Don't use the wrong cleanser for your face. Your facial skin is much more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body and it needs a milder cleanser. Choose a gentle, non-abrasive cleaner without alcohol for your face, and avoid scrubbing, which can irritate delicate facial skin. Rinse and gently pat dry. If you have oily skin and are prone to acne, use an oil-free and noncomedogenic cleaner. If you have dry or itchy skin apply moisturizer after washing. Limit washing your face to twice daily and after sweating heavily to avoid additional irritation.

5. Scrubbing Your Skin

Scrubbing can be very irritating to the delicate skin on your face and can make your skin look worse. In addition, if you have acne, scrubbing can actually make it worse. When you wash your face, use your fingers and apply cleanser in a gentle, circular motion – even using a wash cloth or sponge can be irritating. Rinse with lukewarm water, and pat dry. Be gentle to your skin – avoid scrubbing.

6. Bursting Your Pimples
It can be so tempting to want to burst a pimple, but don't. Picking, popping, and squeezing can make your acne worse, and even lead to scarring. Cleanse your skin with an appropriate cleanser, and use over-the-counter remedies that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and try to let your skin heal on its own. If the products you are using are not working, consult a dermatologist.


7. Stress Out
Don't stress out. When you are stressed, you might notice you break out more, or your existing skin conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea may flare up. This is because stress can make your skin more sensitive and reactive. Stress may also interfere with proper skin care, which can lead to worsening of skin conditions.

If you do feel stressed, don't neglect your skin – remember to wear sunblock and cleanse your skin properly. Try stress reduction techniques: get a massage, meditate, get enough sleep, eat right, exercise, and talk to someone if you need help.


8. Excessive Peels
Chemical peels can often help people reduce the look of lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, brighten the complexion, and smooth the skin. However, the results of a chemical peel are often dependent on the expertise of the person performing it, and should be done under the supervision of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon trained in the procedure or the peel could result in infection or permanent scarring.

At-home peels or microdermabrasion treatments tend to be gentler on the skin than those performed by a physician, however, they can still leave your skin red and irritated. The skin – especially the top layer (epidermis) – acts as a protective barrier to the elements and helps retain moisture. Doing home peels or microdermabrasion too frequently can lead to inflammation, a blotchy skin tone, and can worsen acne. Ask a dermatologist how often you should perform these home treatments.

9. Overeating:
Avoid overeating. Weight gain does more than just increase your girth. It stretches your skin. If you gain a lot of weight your skin will stretch, often resulting in stretch marks. Then when you lose the weight if your skin isn't elastic enough to bounce back you could be left with flabby, saggy skin that can only be fixed with plastic surgery. In people who are obese, yeast infections of the skin can occur in the folds of the skin, and wound healing may be slower. Eat a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight for healthy looking skin.

10. Inadequate Sleep/Rest:
Don't restrict your sleep. It's called "beauty rest" for a reason. Skin rejuvenates while we sleep, and our skin gets a break from the stress of environment including sunlight, pollution, and hot or cold temperatures. When we don't get enough shut-eye we can get bags under our eyes and dull and listless looking skin. We may even take longer to recover from skin stressors such as sunburn without enough sleep. It is recommended adults get seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

11. Ignoring Warning Signs of Cancer:
Don't ignore warning signs of skin cancer. A mole can be an early warning sign of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests examining your skin from head-to-toe once a month. If you have a personal or family history of skin cancer, see a dermatologist.

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PS: Culled from health-related articles, videos.
 
The skin one of the very sensitive organs of the body. It is also the largest and fastest growing organ in the body. It is a protective barrier for our body, but it takes a lot of abuse from the outside elements. These elements if not taken care of can cause permanent skin damage. Here is a look at some of the ways you can cause damage to your skin.
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View attachment 91535

1. Over Exposure:
It used to be fashionable to get a tan but now we know better. Sun worshipping causes a host of skin problems, from premature skin ageing to cancers. The Ultaviolet rays from the sun can also cause sunburn, allergic reations in some people, and signs of skin damage such as liver spots, actinic keratosis and solar elasrosis.

2. Head To The Tanning Bed:

Indoor tanning delivers high doses of UV radiation in a short time, which can lead to skin cancers such as melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer), basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. It also causes premature skin aging including wrinkles, age spots, and skin texture changes. Indoor tanning Is also considered particularly dangerous for younger people – those who begin tanning indoors as teens or young adults have a higher risk of developing melanoma. Avoid indoor tanning and all the risks it carries.

3. Smoking:
As much as smoking leads to lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease, and stroke, it can also damage the skin and age it prematurely. Smoking decreases blood flow, which contributes to skin wrinkling. Gray, pale, and wrinkled facial skin is often referred to as "cigarette skin." Smoking also slows wound healing and increases the risk for developing psoriasis or worsening psoriasis symptoms.
If you don't smoke, don't start, and if you do smoke, quit. Your skin – and the rest of your body – will reap the benefits.

4. Using the Wrong Cleanser

Don't use the wrong cleanser for your face. Your facial skin is much more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body and it needs a milder cleanser. Choose a gentle, non-abrasive cleaner without alcohol for your face, and avoid scrubbing, which can irritate delicate facial skin. Rinse and gently pat dry. If you have oily skin and are prone to acne, use an oil-free and noncomedogenic cleaner. If you have dry or itchy skin apply moisturizer after washing. Limit washing your face to twice daily and after sweating heavily to avoid additional irritation.

5. Scrubbing Your Skin

Scrubbing can be very irritating to the delicate skin on your face and can make your skin look worse. In addition, if you have acne, scrubbing can actually make it worse. When you wash your face, use your fingers and apply cleanser in a gentle, circular motion – even using a wash cloth or sponge can be irritating. Rinse with lukewarm water, and pat dry. Be gentle to your skin – avoid scrubbing.

6. Bursting Your Pimples
It can be so tempting to want to burst a pimple, but don't. Picking, popping, and squeezing can make your acne worse, and even lead to scarring. Cleanse your skin with an appropriate cleanser, and use over-the-counter remedies that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and try to let your skin heal on its own. If the products you are using are not working, consult a dermatologist.


7. Stress Out
Don't stress out. When you are stressed, you might notice you break out more, or your existing skin conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea may flare up. This is because stress can make your skin more sensitive and reactive. Stress may also interfere with proper skin care, which can lead to worsening of skin conditions.

If you do feel stressed, don't neglect your skin – remember to wear sunblock and cleanse your skin properly. Try stress reduction techniques: get a massage, meditate, get enough sleep, eat right, exercise, and talk to someone if you need help.


8. Excessive Peels
Chemical peels can often help people reduce the look of lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, brighten the complexion, and smooth the skin. However, the results of a chemical peel are often dependent on the expertise of the person performing it, and should be done under the supervision of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon trained in the procedure or the peel could result in infection or permanent scarring.

At-home peels or microdermabrasion treatments tend to be gentler on the skin than those performed by a physician, however, they can still leave your skin red and irritated. The skin – especially the top layer (epidermis) – acts as a protective barrier to the elements and helps retain moisture. Doing home peels or microdermabrasion too frequently can lead to inflammation, a blotchy skin tone, and can worsen acne. Ask a dermatologist how often you should perform these home treatments.

9. Overeating:
Avoid overeating. Weight gain does more than just increase your girth. It stretches your skin. If you gain a lot of weight your skin will stretch, often resulting in stretch marks. Then when you lose the weight if your skin isn't elastic enough to bounce back you could be left with flabby, saggy skin that can only be fixed with plastic surgery. In people who are obese, yeast infections of the skin can occur in the folds of the skin, and wound healing may be slower. Eat a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight for healthy looking skin.

10. Inadequate Sleep/Rest:
Don't restrict your sleep. It's called "beauty rest" for a reason. Skin rejuvenates while we sleep, and our skin gets a break from the stress of environment including sunlight, pollution, and hot or cold temperatures. When we don't get enough shut-eye we can get bags under our eyes and dull and listless looking skin. We may even take longer to recover from skin stressors such as sunburn without enough sleep. It is recommended adults get seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

11. Ignoring Warning Signs of Cancer:
Don't ignore warning signs of skin cancer. A mole can be an early warning sign of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests examining your skin from head-to-toe once a month. If you have a personal or family history of skin cancer, see a dermatologist.

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PS: Culled from health-related articles, videos.
 
I just hope people who read this article will learn from it.
Skin cancer is not something that reacts immediately but gradually builds and later explodes.
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