Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Its health reflects both the internal and ever more hazardous, external environment.

It has been noted that 44% of the general population have sensitive skin. This includes both men and women! Men are not as concerned and will tolerate this more. It is okay to have rough skin. However, studies have shown this is an early form of eczema. Skin sensitivity to touch, lotions, and sun block, as well as the sun or wind, have become more common.

Here are a few steps to ensure your health:

Eat a balanced diet high in omega 3 fats. Examples: Olive, Coconut, Avocado and Canola oils.

Clean: Wash your skin with cleanser or soap that is moisturizing. Oily skin can dry out and cause more oil production; your goal is to clean and neutralize.

Hydrate! Drink plenty of fluids without artificial sweaters.

Protect: Provide a moisture barrier to maintain hydration in the skin and prevent sun damage by blocking harmful UVA/UVB rays. Combined moisturizing and sun screen is the easy way to go on this one.

To enhance your skin try adding an anti aging cosmeceutical.

To treat, see your health care provider for an exam and recommendation.

A NOTE ABOUT SHAVING:

Avoid products that contain alcohol. This is too drying and stings when used. If you’re concerned about inflammation or infection,follow with a salicylate toner; these products contain an anti-inflammatory product derived from aspirin. Whether acne, folliculitis or razor abrasion, the salicylate will target the area and promote healing.

I often hear the complaint that, “… sunblocks are too sticky and smell funny”. There are a wide variety of products that don’t. EltaMD sunscreen is tailored to these needs.