The Global Burden of Disease project has shown that skin diseases continue to be the 4th leading cause of non-fatal disease burden worldwide. (Source: Research Gate) And it’s no surprise. The world we live in is full of pollution, chemicals, and stress. All these things can cause skin problems such as acne or eczema. Thankfully, there are many skin treatments out there that can help you get your skin back to its healthy state!
Common skin problems
Let’s first learn about common skin problems:
- Acne: Acne is a skin disease that occurs due to the blockage of skin pores.
- Psoriasis: Psoriasis occurs when your immune system affects the growth cycle in skin cells, making them multiply. This causes thick patches that are often raised from their surroundings and may crack or bleed. Skin patches most commonly occur on your elbows, knees, and lower back.
- Eczema: It is a group of chronic inflammatory disorders that affect the upper layer of your skin, which can be itchy and uncomfortable. Some people have just one patch, while others may experience it in widespread areas all over their bodies.
- Hives: Hives are itchy areas that appear on the skin in a blotchy, raised red, or pale bumpy rash. Hives can last for hours to weeks and then may disappear without treatment only to recur repeatedly over time. The most common cause of hive outbreaks is allergies. Other triggers include heat, sunlight, pressure medication, and even stress.
- Vitiligo: This skin disease causes pigment loss in skin patches due to the destruction of melanocytes (cells responsible for producing color in skin). It results in white patches on any part of the skin or mucous membrane.
- Scabies: It is a highly contagious skin disease caused by a parasitic mite that burrows into the upper layer of your skin to lay eggs. It causes intense itching at night when you are in a deep sleep making it difficult for you to get good rest or go about with daily routines until completely healed.
- Contact dermatitis: It is a type of skin inflammation that occurs when your skin gets exposed to an allergen or irritant for an extended period. It results in severe redness and itchiness.
Now let’s talk about the causes of skin problems:
- Skin problems can occur due to allergies to food, medication, or some other allergens.
- Exposure to chemicals in water and soil.
- Change of environment like moving from one place with moderate climate to another very hot or cold plus dry location without taking any precautionary measures.
- Hormonal changes: It is prevalent during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.
- Stress: It can cause skin problems like psoriasis.
- Skin diseases like fungal infection, yeast infections, etc.,
- Lack of sleep, poor diet, or malnutrition also causes terrible skin conditions.
- Genetic disposition: Hereditary disposition to skin diseases like eczema, acne, psoriasis, etc.,
Three steps to keep skin problems at bay are:
- Eat healthily and stay stress-free:
Make sure you eat right by eating healthy foods rich in vitamins and minerals, exercise regularly to keep yourself fit. Drinking plenty of water also helps hydrate the body from within, making it less prone to infections that can lead to severe problems if left untreated for a long time, etc. You can also take up yoga and meditation to manage your stress levels.
- Stay away from pollution and use sunscreen:
Maintain proper hygiene and keep the skin protected against environmental pollutants like smoke, dust, etc. Wear protective gear or avoid direct contact with pollution-causing elements. It can lead to severe skin damage. Wearing masks is an excellent way to protect the skin from air pollutants. For example, mouth masks can protect your lips and face during cold weather or after a day out in the sun. Therefore, use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 when you step out in the sun or if it’s hot, then wear clothes that cover your skin entirely. Also, use an umbrella to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.
- Stay hydrated and keep the skin clean:
The most crucial step to take care of your skin is to keep it moisturized at all times. The body needs water to function correctly, and if you don’t drink enough of it, your skin will show all the signs. For example, dry and flaky patches on your face or any other part of the body indicate that you need to hydrate more often. Also, keep the affected area clean and dry by using gentle soaps or mild cleansers made for sensitive skin, don’t rub aggressively while bathing. Just let your body soak in warm water, taking short showers until completely healed.
Consult a homeopathic doctor for skin problems that aren’t healed with self-care measures and take all medications as advised. Instead of opting for chemical-based treatments, choose homeopathy, which helps improve skin conditions by stimulating the body’s natural defense mechanisms at a cellular level. Homeopathy helps create an immune response against skin problems and reduces the symptoms of these issues in no time.
Role of homeopathy in skin health:
Homeopathic skin treatment is one of the safe and effective ways which takes care of underlying causes without any side-effects. Homeopathic remedies give long-lasting results while treating skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc. The dosage depends on age and gender, among various other relevant factors.
You can visit your nearest skin clinic today for more detailed information!