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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It was difficult to spot the difference because you look at your face every morning. You stumble upon an old picture from college or even just five years ago. “My skin used to be so smooth and firm!” “Where did that saggy, extra skin come from underneath my chin?”
Skin issues can be emotionally difficult to deal with. We feel self-conscious when there is a giant, red pimple on our nose or when there are more dark spots and less firmness in our skin. It is the first thing people see and generally, we cannot hide it.
As a teenager, I struggled with acne and later in my twenties, I remember waking up one morning with dry, scaly patches on the bridge of my nose and on my neck. Seemingly overnight, I found myself dealing with moderately severe eczema.
People would ask, “What’s wrong with your neck? Did you get a really bad sunburn.” As much as I tried to convince myself that I was not self-conscious about my skin, these innocent comments from friends and family started to wear down on me.
I would hesitate to wear t-shirts because they exposed my neck, and I did not want to deal with the “innocent” comments or have to explain that I was not contagious. I tried different eczema creams and lotions but this was more than just dry skin.
As much as I disliked going to the doctor, my mom, who is a pharmacist, convinced me to make an appointment with my family physician. My doctor examined my skin and came back after 5 minutes with two tubes of medication—two different forms of topical steroid creams. He said, “Just apply these until the patches go away.”
“How long will I have to use these?”
“Probably off and on for the rest of your life.”
That just did not make any sense to me. This was one of those turning points in my life that started me down the path of looking for answers about what these symptoms mean and how to get to the root cause of the issue rather than just covering up the issue with medications.
Little did I realize, or did my family physician, that my form of eczema (also commonly called atopic dermatitis) was not primarily a skin disease, but rather a sign that my body’s internal environment was out of balance.
My mom was always the one encouraging myself and her customers at the pharmacy to use as few medications as possible. She promoted healthy lifestyle and nutrition because she understood that medications were not the answer to all health problems. You might see why I was inspired to look to a different approach to medicine. My holistic medical education at Bastyr University, an accredited naturopathic medical school, taught me to look at symptoms in the context of whole-body health.
Even if you do not have a skin condition, taking care of your internal environment will keep your skin healthy, radiant, and smooth.
Let me explain.
Produced by fibroblasts, elastin is an important protein that enables our skin to return to its original shape after it stretches or contracts. Elastin fibers are like little rubber bands in the connective tissue throughout our bodies. Eventually, the fibers lose their ability to snap back.
Through the years, there are many things that can take a toll on your skin, including the sun, bad habits, and pollution. Exposure to these elements can damage the elastin fibers in your skin, which causes the skin to sag and stretch.
Loose skin and tissue under the upper arm area due to damaged elastin is a common issue. Flabby upper arm skin may make you feel reluctant to wear sleeveless shirts and swimsuits. Factors that contribute to sagging underarm skin include aging, smoking, genetics, and weight loss.
When your weight fluctuates, it can break or weaken the elastin fibers in the dermis, which results in the loss of tensile strength. Therefore, the skin is unable to bounce back and regain its original shape, similarly to when a rubber brand is stretched beyond its limit. If you lose weight and simultaneously lose muscle mass, this leads to a loss of tone that causes the skin in the underarm area to appear flaccid.
Here are some tips for avoiding
and treating sagging underarm skin.
Nearly everyone has heard of collagen and its importance for skin health, but few people know how to tell the difference between the many truths and falsehoods that abound regarding collagen supplements. Most people’s skin care knowledge lies somewhere between science and pure hype, and many misconceptions about collagen supplements are spread through word-of-mouth.
Let’s expose the top 5 myths about collagen supplements, so you can ensure that you’re using proven treatments in a correct way while saving yourself time, money, and effort.