Our skin is our largest organ. So it’s understandable that it deserves our constant attention. The problem is that most of take our skin for granted. We don’t always lotion it when we need to, and when we do, we tend to use lacklustre moisturizers. Okay, maybe not all of us do that. But the majority of us often forget that our skin requires regular care in order to protect it from the elements.
We forget that there are many types of skin conditions that we can work to avoid if we just treated our skin better. Then again, in some cases, our skin will react in ways that we can’t control. When these skin conditions pop up, it’s important that we take action to correct them. But it’s also important to know what these conditions are and how they may come about.
Sun Damage. Most of us are aware that we need to wear sunscreen when out in the sun, but how many of us do so during the winter? The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests that we wear sunscreen with an SPF of no lower than 15. During the winter, we may be mostly covered up, but the sun’s harmful UV rays bounce off of the white snow and directly into our faces more often than you think.
Rosacea. According to WebMD.com, rosacea is actually a very common skin disease that often affects people who are 30 years old or over. It appears as a redness that can be found on your nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. Sometimes the appearance of red bumps indicates the presence of rosacea. The website also notes that there is no known cause for this skin condition.
Facial Veins. SkinCareCentre.ca reveals that facial veins are caused by prolonged sun exposure, aging and trauma along with other hereditary factors. These elements cause blood vessels in the face to become more dilated and therefore more visible. The areas of the face that are most commonly affected are the nose, forehead and cheeks. The site also cites the consumption of alcohol as a possible trigger for facial veins.
Large Pores. Discovery Fit & Health reminds us that our pores are nothing more than small openings that exist for a positive reason – to flush out toxins from your body, regulate its temperature and moisturize your dry skin. Without pores, we wouldn’t be able to sweat and we’d all overheat. However, the bigger your pores are, the more noticeable the obviously become. And not everyone is comfortable with that.
Skin Pigmentation. The colour of our skin is created from special cells that make up what is known as melanin. The more melanin our bodies produce, the darker our skin gets. As Medline Plus explains it, when the cells that create melanin become damaged or unhealthy, melanin production is affected. This, in turn, creates a patchiness of the skin that could affect your entire body.
So how do we do battle with sun damage, rosacea, facial veins, large pores and skin pigmentation? At Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, Intense Pulsed Light Photo Rejuvenation (IPL) is used to treat such imperfections. This fascinating treatment uses a broad spectrum of light – not a laser – to smooth out these skin conditions. Treatments are quick, effective and cause very little downtime!
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