Skin discolorations, such as age spots, blemishes and acne scars can be frustrating, making us add filter to all of our selfies. (Butterfly crowns, anyone?)
The skin goes through many changes throughout a person’s life, from the acne-riddled teen years to the middle aged with age spots dotting skin everywhere. There are many elements that affect our skin and can stem from both genetics and external factors, such as sun exposure, while scars, spots or discolorations can appear over time.
Most skin discolorations, freckles and age spots are not harmful, even though they can be maddening. But even though most skin discolorations may be harmless, it is important to contact a dermatologist if you notice any new, irregularly shaped or rapidly growing moles or other discolorations.
Pimples are the bane of most young adults’ existence. They are painful when they are beginning, and they look and feel repulsive once they have arrived. But that's not all. After that pimple has departed, it leaves you with a farewell gift in the form of a scar. The ghastly mark is deliberate proof that you had a pimple, and it is unsightly.
When acne breakouts penetrate the skin, they damage both the skin and the tissue beneath it. As the acne disappears, the body attempts to repair the damage. During the healing process, the body produces collagen which is an essential substance that gives your skin support. If the body produces too little collagen, you will develop a scar.
For age spots
, the easiest way to maintain your skin's youthful appearance is to prevent them in the first place by avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreen on a regular basis. For the rest of us that have already been damaged by too much fun in the sun, or are already pocked with a faceful of acne scars, there is a vast array of options ranging from laser treatments costing $400-$1500 per treatment to bleaching creams that can possibly irritate the skin and leave a halo effect around the spots.
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Aging is kind of a bummer, am I right?
Even though our mothers gave us the heads-up that things are going to change, we then wake up one morning (approx. age 35 for me) and realize that 1) Things HAVE changed, along with 2) Mom was right…AGAIN . And unfortunately, our skin is usually where we see the effects of aging in our bodies first. From dryness, to volume loss and fine lines, to perhaps even the oh-so-unfair adult onset acne, time has a way of wreaking havoc on our once pristine skin.
But the great news is, we can reduce these effects by nourishing our skin from the inside, out. And as a registered dietitian, I’m here to provide a few proven nutrition tips and real-life tricks, to nourish your skin to help keep it glowing and healthy for years to come.
Protecting your skin from the sun is important, no matter what time of year it is, but it’s especially vital in the summertime. While you might want to bare your skin in the summer to achieve a beautiful, sun-kissed complexion, UVA and UVB radiation from the sun can wreak havoc on your skin and cause premature aging if you aren’t careful.
UVA rays, which account for 90 to 95 percent of the UV radiation that reaches the earth, penetrate deep layers of the skin and cause tanning. UVB radiation accounts for only 5 to 10 percent of solar radiation, but it damages the epidermis, or surface layer of the skin, causing sunburn.
UVA rays cause the collagen in your skin to break down at a higher rate than normal aging . They do this by penetrating the dermis, or middle layer of the skin, and lead to the abnormal buildup of elastin. This elastin accumulates and results in the production of enzymes that break down collagen.
The more sun exposure you get, the worse the damage becomes. UV radiation also creates free radicals, which are unstable oxygen molecules that increase the number of enzymes that break down collagen. An excessive amount of free radicals in your body can also weaken your vascular system, cause poor circulation, and lead to deteriorated eye health.