Oh, for a perfect world where we all have flawless skin.
The color, 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 client’s skin problems, which you can read about here.
The most valuable lesson I have learnt when treating skin conditions, is that if you start early enough, many skin disorders can be totally avoided.
I also find the old adage, “Prevention is better than cure“, is true when dealing with many skin conditions.
Sun damaged skin
Skin disorders are tricky to treat, and many of my readers will know that I believe our skin is always changing and that we really need to listen to our skin.
For this reason, I have created a number of specific topical treatments that can be customised with your moisturiser, depending on your daily skin requirements.
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.
There are so many skin disorders, it is impossible to discuss them all in one article; below is a useful resource of the most common.
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. 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 baby’s 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, and 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 that can impact the health of your skin.
Nicotine: This is a toxic chemical that interferes with cellular respiration and your oxygen intake.
- 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 body’s 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, relentless stress can cause sluggish circulation, because the blood and lymph cannot circulate properly.
- It causes facial muscles to tighten
- Disturbs sleep patterns
- Triggers skin disorders, such as eczema 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.
The climate: This can affect the skin much more than 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 rays 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 melanoma
- It upsets the acid mantle, your skin’s protection, by damaging langerhan cells and creating free radicals.
Pollution residue can steal your glow, something you can read about here.