Common Skin Issues and How to Remedy Them
Everyone has problems with their skin from time to time. For some of us, these problems are so extreme that the only way to fix them, we’re sure, is cosmetic surgery. Sometimes this is true! For extreme issues, extreme measures often must be taken. For many of us, however, our skin problems–even those that seem particularly difficult–can be treated, and even cured, naturally at home. Here are some of the most common skin issues you are likely to face and what you should do about them.
Skin tags are a condition that look alarming but are rarely a big deal. They can become irritated if clothing or jewelry rub against them, but for the most part they’re just cosmetically embarrassing. Skin tags can appear at any age, but you are at increased risk for them if you gain weight quickly or are pregnant. The good news is that getting rid of them is relatively simple. Many times, you can get rid of your skin tags by using an over-the-counter skin tag remover. If the tag is an an especially sensitive area, however, you might want to have it excised by your doctor.
Anybody can contract ringworm or athlete’s foot. It is spread through direct contact and carried by humans and animals alike. Ringworm is characterized by a red, raised, and often itchy patches on the skin. Athlete’s foot is a fungus that typically appears between the toes and on the soles of the feet, though it can also occur in the groin area (where it is known as jock itch). It is wickedly itchy.
Most of the time treating these conditions can be done using over-the-counter products that you can find in any pharmacy or first aid section. Obviously if the issue increases in severity or doesn’t respond to your over-the-counter treatment it should be evaluated by a physician. To prevent these conditions it is imperative that you practice proper personal hygiene. In the case of athlete’s foot, keeping your feet cool and dry is the best way to keep the fungus from blossoming.
There are few things more embarrassing than acne. Nothing makes us feel like an awkward teenager again like finding pimples and whiteheads on our faces. Thankfully, acne is something that–once your hormones even out after puberty–slows down and is almost completely preventable. A good skin care routine designed for your skin type is often all it takes to ward off pimples and other acne issues before they start.
Once a pimple or breakout has occurred, however, there are several important steps you can take to resolve the issue. First: DON’T TOUCH IT. Popping acne is more likely to cause scars and your skin will look even worse while you wait for the popped zit to heal. Treat the issue with tea tree oil to dry it out and encourage drainage. To reduce redness and swelling, apply an ice pack to the pimple or broken out area. Then simply wait. It can take a few days for a breakout to clear up. This is what concealer is for (though it’s better to go makeup free if you’re able).
Don’t worry, we aren’t going to lecture you about going out into the sun without sunscreen (or remembering to reapply it if you were out of the house for a long time). Unless you have a Tardis, there’s nothing you can do to correct that. Instead, let’s focus on how to treat a burn if/when it happens.
Aloe vera is the most common way to treat a sunburn and increase your comfort. You can find aloe vera gel in most drug stores. Use it to moisturize the area a few times a day while you wait for it to heal. Taking a cool oatmeal bath is also a good way to get some relief. Finally, make sure you’re drinking enough water. Remember, sunburns dry out your insides as much as they do your outsides. Proper hydration is important. And, of course, keep your skin out of the sun as much as possible.
These are all issues that can start small but get out of control if not treated properly. Use the tips shared here to make sure that doesn’t happen.