In a perfect world we’d all love to have flawless skin.
The colour, texture and folds in our skin help distinguish us as individuals.
Anything that interferes with our skin function, or causes changes in our appearance becomes a skin disorder or skin condition.
For those dealing with troublesome skin, I know first hand how this can really affect your confidence.
Because of my own problems with psoriasis, I made it my mission to successfully solve many of my clients skin problems, which you can read about here.
Over the years, the most valuable lesson I have learnt when treating skin conditions, is that if you start early enough with preventative measures, many skin disorders can be totally avoided.
I also find the old adage prevention is better then cure, is very true when dealing with many skin conditions.
A really good skin care regime is going to be key, you can save yourself a lot of problems in the future. especially when it comes to protecting your skin from damaging UV rays,
Check out my 101 tips on premature ageing to find out more.
THE LOW DOWN ON SKIN DISORDERS
The definition of a disorder is a skin condition that irritates, blocks or causes inflammation within the skin, this may include swelling, redness, itching or burning.
There are many things that can set them off, from irritants, allergies and genetics, to diseases and problems with your immune system.
SKIN TYPE VS SKIN DISORDER
Many of my clients get confused between skin types and skin disorders, especially when it comes to ageing and sensitivity.
But contrary to popular belief there are ONLY four skin types, but they often have characteristic conditions associated with them.
Normal: This is a perfect skin type that has no obvious skin conditions, the type we are all very jealous of. It is extremely RARE to find someone with a normal skin type, think babies skin.
Oily: An oily skin type is usually a result of an over production of sebum, in some cases an excessively oily skin can cause acne. This type of skin condition can be very difficult to treat, simply because there are so many conditions going on within the skin
Dry: A dry skin type can also be dehydrated, there may be underlying sensitivity also apparent, which presents itself as redness and inflammation
Combination: A combination skin is characteristic of an oily T zone, blackheads, papules or even pustules around the nose, chin or forehead.
Skin disorders are imperfections that occur for any number of reasons.
CAUSES OF SKIN DISORDERS
There are obvious causes such as genetics, hyperpigmentation and ageing factors, but there are also a number of other things can impact the health of your skin.
Nicotine: This is a toxic chemical that interferes with cell respiration and your oxygen intake.
- It is extremely damaging for the skin.
- It slows down circulation
- It is linked to heart attacks
- It makes it harder for cells to absorb oxygen and nutrients
- It destroys vitamin C which is required by the body to help form collagen fibres.
Smoking also makes skin appear dull and lifeless, literally starving the skin of oxygen.
Alcohol: This is a toxin that deprives the body of essential nutrients and weakens capillary walls.
Causing broken capillaries, flushing and in some cases rosacea.
Alcohol also impairs the function of many other of our bodies systems.
Caffeine: This is a toxin that interferes with digestion and absorption of vitamins and nutrients.
Caffeine causes dehydration of the cells, drying out the skin making it look depleted.
Stress: Chronic un-relentless stress can cause sluggish circulation, because the blood and lymph can not circulate properly.
- It causes facial muscles to tighten
- Disturbs sleep patterns
- Triggers skin disorders such as exzema and psoriasis
- The digestive system is unable to process nutrients correctly.
Diet and Exercise: Poor diet equals poor skin, what you put inside shows in your skin, it is after all the biggest organ on the the body.
A lack of exercise creates poor blood flow and causes our metabolism to slow down.
Drugs and medication: These can cause the skin to dehydrate, causing things such as irregular pigmentation, skin sensitivity and swelling of skin tissue, for instance aspirin depletes the skin of vitamin C.
Incorrect skin care: Strong alcohols and astringent products can dehydrate the skin, disrupting the acid mantle and causing premature ageing.
Head over to my article cleansing 101, to find out how to implement a good skin care regime.
The climate: This can effect the skin much more then you would imagine.
- Oil production slows down in winter and in the summer months skin loses water through sweating, but it produces more in the winter.
- UV can create broken capillaries
- Humidity causes moisture loss and dehydration
- Over exposure to sunlight will destroy collagen and elastin, thicken the epidermis and cause uneven pigmentation which can cause malignant melanomas,
- It upsets the acid mantle your skin’s protection, by damaging langerhan cells and creating free radicals.
Creating this article, has really put into perspective the number of lifestyle choices we make, that can wreak havoc on the skin.