Common Skincare Concerns
Sunburns, sensitive skin, scars, wrinkles, acne, skin cancer. When should you get concerned about your skin?
• Sunburn – get concerned when your sunburn is severe enough to cause blisters, or you experience flu like symptoms.
• Sensitive skin – get concerned when your skin becomes overly irritated or you have redness or itchiness. Check with a dermatologist for a correct diagnosis on the possible cause of your sensitive skin.
• Scars – not a concern, but you can treat scars with over-the-counter or prescription creams and lotions to help camouflage affected areas.
• Wrinkles – not a concern, we all know that wrinkles are proof of a life well lived, but if you’d prefer a more youthful appearance, there are things you can do. A fun and relaxing way to minimize the look of aging is with facials. Visit a spa in your area.
• Acne – get concerned when acne is stubborn or chronic. Otherwise, wash your face daily and use an over the counter cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Some spas have facial treatments specifically designed to help with breakouts.
The biggest skin concern is the risk of skin cancer . People with the greatest risk of skin cancer are those who:
Have fair skin — Have freckled skin
Have skin that burns easily — Have light eyes
Have blonde or red hair — Had one or more blistering sunburns as a child
It is very important for everyone – not just fair folks – to get their skin checked annually. See a doctor immediately if you notice irregular or large moles, or other growths in the skin. When caught early, skin cancer can generally be treated and cured.
Take care of your health by being watchful. Always use sunscreen! You’ve heard it a thousand and one times, but prevention is the best medicine.