So I'm sticking to my promise after last week and not posting any disturbing photos. This week we learned about skin diseases and disorders. If you want to see some of the things I saw, google "rare skin diseases".
I will however share one, because it's super interesting. This is called Dermatographic. Basically they have sensitive skin to certain writing utensils, scratches, or things like that. So you can write on them and it will swell up like this photo. It's also called "Skin Writing". A girl in my class has it so we all got to see it in action.
Did you know that the skin of the average adult weighs 8-10 lbs and averages an area of about 22 square feet? Each inch of skin contains approximately:
- Millions of cells
- 15 feet of blood vessels
- 12 feet of nerves
- 650 sweat glands
-100 oil glands
- 65 hairs
- 1300 nerve endings
- 155 pressure receptors
- 12 cold and heat receptors
Crazy right?! An INCH of skin!
I've said this before, and I'll say it again. You can prevent your skins aging by 80-85% JUST by staying out of the sun/ wearing sun screen. Sun damage is the main factor in our skin's aging. When looking for a sunscreen, pick one that has titanium-oxide or zinc-oxide. They are physical sunscreens and the bottles should say "full" or "broad-spectrum". That will let you know they're A-Ok.
Have you ever gotten those little white bumps around your eyes? They're called Milia. Don't just pick them off. You MUST use a lancet to remove them. So lightly poke them with the lancet, and then handle like you would a zit- remove all fluid then clean.
Have acne? Here are some reasons why you might have it:
- Genetics/ Heredity
- Clogged Pores
- Triggers including- hormones, stress, cosmetics and skin care products, foods.
When looking for makeup or skin care products that WON'T clog your pores, go for the non-comedogenic. (non- pore clogging)
Something that I personally think is a WONDERFUL skin care tip and that I'm learning more and more about (only proving my own theories) is antioxidants. Last Summer I couldn't stop eating blueberries. My skin was clear and glowing. Not kidding. Even though I don't eat blueberries as much now (sadly, they're expensive) my skin is still better than it was before.
Anitoxidants are something that EVERYONE needs in their skin care regiment. Sunscreen can only do so much- Antioxidants do the rest. When rays from the sun make it past your sunscreen the antioxidants will prevent or fix the damage. Not only should you be putting antioxidants into your body, you should also put them on your body in conjunction with sunscreen.
Some foods that are rich in antioxidants would be- berries, red grapes, real dark chocolate, beans, and artichokes.
Not sure what type of skin you are? Here is a basic list:
Normal (lucky ducks)- good oil balance, clear of acne, medium to small pores
- Skin Goals: Maintenance and Preventative
Combination- Oily in areas (t-zone usually), Dry in others (cheeks, edges of face), medium to large pore size
- Skin Goals: Balance, treat both oily areas and dry areas
Oily- Excess oil, large pores
- Skin Goals: Balance oil production, do not over cleanse and exfoliate. It can make matters worse
Dry- Little oil, small pores
- Skin Goals: Extra care because it lacks the normal protection of oil
- NOTE: Dehydrated skin lacks WATER, Dry skin lacks OIL; Big difference
Sensitive- (yes, it is now both a skin type and a condition) fragile, thin skin and redness
- Skin Goals: Soothe and calm skin, Treat skin gently with nonirritating, calming products
I hope you learned something this week! Remember, I'm still a student, not a professional. If I have something wrong, you are welcome to kindly tell me. Or if you have any skin concerns or questions you are welcome to ask me. I'll answer the best I can!