by Dale Miller
There is a visible way to distinguish between a healthy skin and a problematic skin. While healthy skin is smooth, the problematic skin look dull, and sallow. Recognition of the distinction is not enough though. Taking the following guidelines to get rid of unhealthy skin is more important.
Problem skin can have many causes but in general doesn’t have the look of healthy skin. Healthy skin has clearness about it, a healthy glow with a smooth, unblemished look. Problem skin can look dull, tired and sallow either too greasy and possibly with blemishes or too dry and prematurely wrinkled. Pigmentation does not necessarily mean the skin is unhealthy but can be a problem in how the person feels about it. There is a lot we can do to improve the health and therefore look of our skin and need to look at some of the causes and see what we can identify what could be causing our own unhealthy skin.
What are some of the causes of unhealthy skin?
Although the causes are many, the main culprits are a diet that doesn’t support the heath of the skin, lifestyle factors and a skincare regime that we do not adhere to or the products are not effective. The skin is the largest organ of our body and needs the same things our body needs to perform its best – adequate sleep, hydration and good nutrition. Excessive lifestyle habits such as overindulgence in alcohol, smoking, late nights and a poor diet will show up on our skin – sooner or later. The good news is our skin will respond to changes we make to support it and while specific skin problems will have specific solutions; these general suggestions below will help improve all skin problems to some degree.
Look at the list below and see how many of the causes of problem skin you can see in your own life:
– Late nights, lack of sleep in general
– Excessive alcohol
– Use of sun beds or tanning
– Lack of fresh fruit and vegetables in the diet
– Fried and greasy foods high in fat
– Dehydration, not drinking adequate water
– Excessive tea and coffee
– Heavy makeup
– Not cleansing the face morning and night
– Not using an effective moisturizer
– Use of harsh cleansers with soap or sulfates, not a gentle but effective cleanser
Can we help problem skin?
There is a lot we can do to help our skin look and feel its best. The good news is all we do to help our skin will also improve our general health as well, so we look and feel better in ourselves. Some changes can have an immediate effect. However, we may have not been supporting our skin for some time so the changes we make can take a while to show on our skins. If the problem you have with your skin is of a more serious nature such as acne, dry skin that has cracked or bled or eczema or psoriasis, even moles or skin discoloration you may be unsure about it is best to seek professional advice.
What to do to help?
By reading the guidelines below and working out a plan for how you could improve your health and therefore the health of your skin. If there are a number of changes to be made, start off slowly and make small steps towards changing your lifestyle. Making too big a promises to yourself and taking on too much change at once can set yourself up to fail. For example, if you think alcohol consumption is a problem – rather than saying you’ll never drink again – try having alcohol free days or having a glass of water for every glass of alcohol you drink. Choose mocktails over cocktails, experiment with drinks at the bar that look the part but have no alcohol. Enlist the support of a friend that wants to improve their skin too.
Every small step in the list below will help you on the way to having skin that is less of a problem.
– A well balanced diet with fresh, unrefined foods, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
– Avoid greasy, fried and fatty foods
– Avoid overly processed and refined foods including sugar
– Choose water over fizzy drinks and keep well hydrated
– Avoid excessive alcohol, smoking and drugs
– Get plenty of sleep at night
– Avoid sun tanning and use sunscreen to avoid skin damage
– Avoid heavy makeup
– Exercise regularly, walking is fine to increase blood circulation
– Use effective skin care products with a gentle but effective cleanser both morning and night to remove daily grime build up that clogs pores