What You Need to Know About Your Skin During Pregnancy

Many things change in your body when you are pregnant, and your skin is no different. You will notice your skin going through a number of changes throughout the course of your pregnancy. Here are the changes you can expect and how to treat them.

Stretch Marks

Every pregnant woman’s fear about their body is that they will gain weight and get stretch marks. Both of these things are almost inevitable. Almost 90 percent of pregnant women develop at least a few stretch marks. You can try to avoid stretch marks by applying a lotion that contains vitamin E and alpha-hydroxy acids to your abdomen and breasts daily.

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What You Can Do to Alleviate Dry Skin

Just about everyone has dry skin in the winter and spring. The winter is very dry, and the heat in your home or place of employment can dry the air out even further. Once winter is over, it is easier to get your skin’s moisturization under control. Here are a few springtime tips for alleviating the dry skin you got in winter.

Showering Habits

Taking long hot showers may be soothing, but they are also very bad for your skin. Try taking shorter warm showers instead so that your skin doesn’t dry out as much. You should also be using a mild unscented soap or a soap-free cleanser that will be more likely to leave moisture in the skin. Only use soap when needed, as soap is not necessary on the whole body every day. Another tip is to not dry off completely after showering so that the moisture can be absorbed by the skin.

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Why You Shouldn’t Scratch

There are few things in this world as satisfying as scratching itchy skin. You would think that something that feels so good wouldn’t be damaging to the body. Yet scratching has some potentially serious consequences. 

Scratching feels good because scratching activates the reward centers of the brain, yet it only feels good for as long as you are doing it. Usually the itching only becomes more persistent or more irritating after a good scratch.

This is because scratching is actually very damaging to your skin. Each time you scratch, you are breaking the barrier of the skin. When you persistently scratch or rub the skin nonstop, it wears away the protective barrier of the skin and can cause infection.

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Everything You Need to Know About Dry Skin and Moisturizers

The winter and early spring are the worst times of year for dry skin. You are not alone; it happens to everyone. Luckily, there are moisturizers that can keep your skin hydrated so that it does not become itchy or flaky. 

Skin becomes drier in the winter and early spring because you are spending more time in climate controlled areas. Climate controlled rooms and vehicles naturally have drier air. If you don’t have humidifiers in the areas you occupy both at work and at home, you will find that you have very dry skin by the end of the winter.

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Forms of Sun Poisoning and Their Symptoms

There is a big difference between a sunburn and sun poisoning. Many people do not truly understand what sun poisoning really is. It goes much beyond a bad sunburn, and it needs to be treated differently. Here are the different types of sun poisoning and their symptoms.

Polymorphous Light Eruption

This is the most common type of sun poisoning, and it is caused by both UVA and UVB rays. This is most likely to occur within the first few days of sun exposure after a long draught, such as taking a tropical vacation in the cooler winter months. Symptoms of polymorphous light eruption include itchy rash on the arms, hands, thighs, sides of the face, and the neckline.

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Common Causes and Treatments of Itchy Scalp

Itchiness can be extremely irritating for many reasons. No one wants to feel itchy and not be able to do anything about it, yet scratching comes with its own consequences, such as open sores and dandruff. You also don’t want to be scratching when in important meetings and events.

Often itchy scalp can be remedied with over-the-counter topical treatments and shampoos, yet sometimes it becomes necessary to see a doctor for diagnosis and a prescription treatment. Here are the most common causes of itchy scalp and how they can be treated.

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Causes and Solutions for Itchy Scalp

Having an itchy scalp can be very troublesome. The itch, at times, might seem to be unbearable. There are a lot of different potential reasons for an itchy scalp. It is important to have your itchy scalp diagnosed by a dermatologist or doctor if it persists even with over-the-counter treatments. Here are some of the causes and solutions for itchy scalp.

Causes of Itchy Scalp

There are many different potential causes for itchy scalp. The most common is seborrheic dermatitis. This is a skin condition that can also affect the face and chest. It is a rash, but one that is not always clearly seen. Sometimes it can be a red-orange rash. This condition is usually easily treated with over-the-counter remedies that your dermatologist can recommend.

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Melasma Triggers and Treatment Options

Melasma is a skin condition that affects the pigment of the skin. It usually shows as brown or gray-brown spots on the face, chest, or neck. There are a lot of things that can cause pigmentation changes, so it is important to have any skin condition examined and diagnosed by a dermatologist. Here’s what you need to know about melasma and its treatment.

Melasma Triggers

Melasma most often occurs in women, and it is usually the result of hormonal changes such as pregnancy, hormonal birth control, or hormone replacement therapy. The sun is the main culprit of melasma, but it can also be triggered by heat or even exposure to bright light. Melasma doesn’t affect your overall health, but it can be emotionally trying.

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What You Need to Know About Keratosis Pilaris

Have you noticed bumps on your skin or your child’s skin that look like goose bumps but don’t seem to go away? This is a condition known as keratosis pilaris. It affects children more often than adults, and adults that had it as children often have less of a problem with it in adulthood. Learn here what keratosis pilaris is and how it is treated.

What Is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris is a condition in which raised bumps occur on the skin, usually on the backs of the arms or on the front of the thighs, although some children also get it on their cheeks. It looks like pimples or goose bumps, but it doesn’t itch or have any other symptoms. It is caused by dry skin on or around hair follicles. Keratosis pilaris is not contagious and does not pose any threat to your health. However, if the appearance bothers you, there are some treatments available.

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Three Common Causes of Chronic Itching and Their Treatments

Chronic itching can be extremely irritating, and it can affect every aspect of your life. If you are constantly itching, it can affect your work performance and ability to portray yourself as a professional. You may also find difficulty concentrating and may become unable to follow conversations with your friends and family. There are many potential causes for chronic itching, but here are the three most common and what can be done about it.

Xerosis

Xerosis is the clinical term for chronic dry skin. Dry skin can cause severe itchiness, and it is not always remedied by simply adding a moisturizing lotion. Sometimes lifestyle changes are necessary to relieve dry skin, such as not taking long, very hot showers or baths, using a humidifier, and using a moisturizer right after showering. You may also need to use a cream containing lactic acid. Visiting a doctor will be your best bet in learning more about how dry skin can be treated at home.

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