07 Nov How to Get Healthy Skin and Improve Skin Health
November is National Healthy Skin Month. The American Academy of Dermatology established Healthy Skin Month to help bring awareness to skin wellness and its link to overall health. Your skin is your largest organ, so it’s important to know how to take care of it. We’ve compiled some of our best tips to ensure you have healthy skin all year.
Keep reading to learn more about how to get healthy skin and improve skin health.
Sunscreen is one of the most important steps in any skincare routine. While most people think sunscreen is only for summer, it’s important to protect from the sun year-round. Anytime you are outdoors, you are exposed to harmful sun damage—no matter the temperature. Wearing at least SPF 30 broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen helps reduce your risk of skin cancer. For more tips on sunscreen and how to prevent skin cancer, read our skin cancer faq.
Hydrating your skin is one of the most important steps in any skincare regimen. Drinking water and using a daily moisturizer help keep skin hydrated. While it may seem like moisturizer is only for dry skin, it’s vitally important for all skin types. Moisturizer helps balance the skin and control oil production. Moisturizer can also help reduce premature aging, fight against acne and keep skin texture stable.
Perform regular self-skin exams
Checking your skin for changes is important to gauge your skin health. Make notice of any spots that bleed, itch excessively or do not heal. Be sure to check moles regularly for any changes in size, shape or color. Use a mirror to check hard-to-see places and ask a partner for help. If you notice any changes, contact your doctor.
Don’t pick, poke or prod your skin
We know it’s tempting, but please don’t pick at your skin! Contrary to some popular belief, you do not have to pop zits or dig out blackheads. In fact, picking at your face can cause scarring that is difficult to get rid of and affects skin texture. In addition, uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation can also occur from picking at acne or other skin spots.
Understand your skin type
Everyone’s skin is different. That’s why it’s important to understand your skin’s needs and create a routine that works for you. Understanding your skin type is a great first step in crafting a skincare regimen. Observe your skin and the types of products you use to help discover your complexion. The most common skin types include:
- Dry: skin that feels dry may be characterized by flaky or scaly patches and itchiness and is most common in colder climates
- Oily: excessive oil production occurs when the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum and is more common in warmer climates and humidity
- Combination: dry and oily skin often occur in tandem, with oily skin most commonly occurring in the t-zone and cheeks
- Sensitive: skin that reacts badly to skincare products or becomes red easily may be sensitive, due to allergies or excessive dryness
See a board-certified dermatologist
If you have skin concerns, the best thing to do is see a board-certified dermatologist. A dermatologist and dermatological nurse or physician’s assistant can diagnose and treat a variety of skin, hair and nail conditions. A dermatologist has specialized training and practice with conditions like psoriasis, skin cancer and more. Plan to see your dermatologist once a year to ensure your skin is healthy all year round!
How to get healthy skin
Learning how to get healthy skin isn’t always easy, and keeping healthy skin can sometimes be challenging, too. Skin changes with seasons and other health factors that aren’t always controllable. Knowing your skin and understanding what products to use is important to improve your skin health. However, finding a board-certified dermatologist who can help you maintain healthy skin with a personalized care plan is essential to achieve healthy and beautiful skin.
Please call us at 615.859.7546 for more information or to schedule your appointment. You can also schedule your complimentary skin consultation online.
At Loven Dermatology and Aesthetics, we are passionate about providing patients in Middle Tennessee with the best dermatological care and service possible. We want to help you look and feel your best. That’s why we proudly offer highly advanced and individualized treatment for a range of skin concerns and needs.