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October 21, 2020
We welcome fall with the breathtaking sight of leaves changing their color from green to red, orange, yellow, and brown. Your skin also experiences changes as the season transitions to colder temperatures and lower humidity.
The changing of weather can trigger some skin concerns. It may provoke allergies or make existing skin conditions worse.
Here are some common skin concerns that you might encounter this fall season.
After three months of sunny weather, you may observe some changes in your skin. It may become dry and dull. Some freckles may become more noticeable and the texture may become rougher.
Hot, sunny days may be over, but it doesn’t mean that you are safe from the harmful rays of the sun. The American Academy of Dermatology says that 80% of the sun's UV rays can still damage your skin on cloudy and cold days. Don’t neglect wearing your SPF just because summer is over. Focus on the face but also remember to protect your neck, hands, forearms, and other body parts that are exposed to the sun.
Antioxidant serums can also be your best friend at fighting the free radicals and sun damaged skin. Serums with Vitamin C may help diminish discoloration and help make your skin tone more even.
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The transition from summer to fall can take a toll on your skin. Humidity has a huge impact on your skin. As the temperature drops and humidity decreases, our skin becomes drier.
Dry indoor air caused by the heating system in your home or workplace can also strip moisture from your skin. Using a humidifier to add moisture back into your indoor living and working spaces may help minimize dry and flaky skin. Add a relaxing aroma to the humidifier with a few drops of a calming essential oil.
Additionally, long hot showers can make you feel relaxed but can be harmful to your skin. Hot water damages the keratin cells in the outermost layer of your skin. When these cells are damaged, the skin is unable to lock in moisture, making it dry and flaky.
Turn the dial down and take a quick shower with lukewarm water and a mild, fragrance-free, and sulfate-free cleanser. Right after your shower, lock in the moisture on your skin by slathering on a moisturizer.
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Dandruff is a condition of the scalp wherein flaky skin appears. It is often accompanied by itchiness and discomfort. It is a skin condition, not a hair condition, but many people treat it by using medicated shampoo.
Many people think that dandruff is due to a dry scalp, but in reality, it is because of an oily scalp. The human scalp has a natural yeast of fungus called Malassezia.
Aside from Malassezia, there are a few other causes of dandruff, such as seborrheic dermatitis and sensitivity to certain hair products. You can buy over the counter products formulated to treat dandruff.
According to a study, tea tree oil can effectively alleviate seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff.
Another study found that tea tree oil decreased the symptoms of dandruff by as much as 41% when treated with shampoo containing 5% tea tree oil.
However, tea tree oil should be used with caution by those with sensitive skin as it may irritate. The best way to use it is to put a few drops of tea tree oil into a carrier oil before massaging it on your scalp. Let it sit on the scalp for fifteen minutes before rinsing. You can also add approximately ten drops of your tea tree oil for every eight ounces of shampoo and conditioner.
Keratosis Pilaris, or more commonly known as chicken skin, is a genetic skin condition that becomes worse during the cold months. This skin condition causes bumps to appear on the skin, which are actually dead skin cells that are clogging the hair follicles. They commonly appear as red or brown bumps on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, and even the butt.
There is no known exact cure for this condition. There are only treatments that can alleviate the appearance of bumps, but it may take months to see some improvements.
Some doctors may recommend moisturizers to relieve dry and itchy skin caused by Keratosis Pilaris. There are also many prescription and over the counter creams that can help shed off dead skin cells and prevent them from blocking the hair follicles.
Dermatologists may recommend intense exfoliating treatments, chemical peels, and retinol creams.
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Here are some home remedies that may help reduce itchiness and irritation caused by chicken skin.
Warm shower or baths
Having a warm shower or bath can help loosen the pores and get rid of oil and toxins.
Gently exfoliate every day to remove dead skin cells by using a soft washcloth or loofah.
Use a hydrating lotion or cream
Hydrating lotions or creams can help relieve dry skin and soften the bumps.
Wear comfortable clothes
Avoid wearing tight clothes, instead, opt for more comfortable clothes made of skin-friendly fabrics such as cotton and silk to avoid friction that can irritate.
Turn on your humidifier
Adding moisture to your indoor living spaces can help alleviate dry skin and itchy flare-ups.
Chapped, dry, or cracked lips may be due to factors such as excessive licking of the lips, certain medications, and cold weather. Your lips contain very thin skin compared to the skin on the rest of your body.
Your lips are more prone to dryness as they do not contain sebaceous glands like the other parts of the skin. Frequent exposure to the sun during the summer season, as well as too little humidity in the air during colder months, can cause dry lips.
Here are several simple and easy ways to treat chapped lips.
Apply a lip balm
Lip balms with at least SPF 15 can protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. They often contain moisturizing ingredients that will help soften and moisturize the lips.
Drink sufficient amounts of water, ideally eight to ten glasses of water a day help hydrate your skin and your lips.
Protect your lips
When going outdoors during cold days, you can wrap a scarf around your mouth to protect your lips from the cold air and prevent dryness.
Use a humidifier
Adding moisture back into the air is beneficial for your skin, especially your lips.
When dry, cracked lips do not get better with self-care remedies, consult your doctor to avoid developing Cheilitis, a condition wherein you develop several cracks on your lips and in the corners of your mouth.
Eczema could start to flare up during the fall season and may even become more severe in the winter. Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis and is a condition wherein itchy and inflamed patches appear on the skin. They usually appear on the arms, inner elbows, back of knees cheeks, or scalp.
Other symptoms of eczema include severe itchiness, thick and scaly skin and the appearance of red patches.
Here are some easy tips to minimize the problems caused by eczema.
Skip hot baths or showers
Ideally, you should use lukewarm water and take quick baths or showers. Pat yourself dry instead of rubbing the towel on your skin.
Use a gentle soap
Choose a soap that is mild and free of fragrances, dyes, and alcohol. Also, avoid harsh soaps when cleaning or doing the laundry.
Use a thick moisturizer
Apply a thick moisturizer right after bathing when the skin is still damp to lock in moisture. Reapply your moisturizer more than once a day.
Avoid contact with irritating fabrics
Rough and synthetic fabrics such as wool or nylon may cause skin irritation or trigger eczema. Instead opt for soft, skin-friendly fabrics such as cottons.
Add moisture to the dry air by using a humidifier. It is best to use distilled water to be sure that the moisture it blows into the air is clean. Your skin will love more humidity in the air.
Drink enough water
Keep your body and skin hydrated with eight to ten glasses of water a day. You can slice some citrus fruits to infuse your water with some vitamin C and give it a mild flavor.
Take Vitamin D supplements
A study conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital found that children who were treated with Vitamin D supplements daily displayed less symptoms of eczema during the colder months. Vitamin D helps strengthen the immune system.
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HAVE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED SKIN PROBLEMS DURING THE FALL SEASON? WHAT YEOUTH SKIN CARE PRODUCTS HAVE YOU TRIED USING TO RELIEVE YOUR SKIN PROBLEMS? LET’S TALK IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.
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