Women's health: COMMON SKIN PROBLEMS
Post by on Friday, August 27, 2021
Some of the most common skin conditions women experience include:
• Hives (urticaria)
• Cold sores (caused by herpes simplex virus)
• Contact dermatitis
• Skin cancer
Protecting Your Skin
•Don’t smoke. Smoking damages collagen and elastin, contributing to wrinkles; it also narrows the blood vessels near the surface of the skin, making the skin look paler.
•Protect your skin from the sun. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30; reapply every two hours. If you have a vitamin D deficiency, expose only part of the body (such as the legs) to direct sunlight for 10 minutes a day.
•Eat a healthy diet and stay hydrated. Aim for a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and healthy proteins.
•Treat skin gently. Moisturize skin regularly, pat skin dry after washing or bathing, avoid soaps with heavy fragrances and detergents, and limit bath or shower time (using warm NOT hot water).
When to See a Doctor:
Skin conditions can range from mildly irritating (mild acne) to life threatening (e.g. malignant melanoma) and should not be ignored. If you experience signs or symptoms of a skin problem, such as itching, redness, swelling, rash, flaky/scaly skin, bumps, growths, or oozing blisters, see your doctor right away.