Skin Conditions

Skin conditions develop over time and can apply to all three skin types. The most common skin combinations are dehydration, couperose, sensitivity, pigmentation, aging, and acne.


One of the most common skin conditions; it means a lack of sufficient moisture. Dehydrated skin looks dry, scaly, and flaky. It feels tight. When gently pulled the skin “crinkles”. Dehydration is caused by excessive perspiration, lack of sufficient sebum, and/or insufficient water intake. Dehydration is aggravated by atmospheric conditions, including too much sun and wind; as well as improper skincare, such as, not using sunscreens and/or daytime protective moisturizers, using inappropriate skin care products, cleansing with harsh soaps and water, drinking tea, coffee, or soda, and not drinking enough water. Both dry and oily skin types may be dehydrated. Dry skin may be dehydrated because thin skin has difficulty retaining inner moisture. Oily skin can be dehydrated through the use of harsh soaps and excessive use of astringents. Care for dehydrated skin requires the use of protective as well as hydrating moisturizers.


Couperose is temporary or chronic redness appearing on the face. It appears as small, dilated, winding, bright red blood vessels on cheeks, around the nose, and sometimes on the chin. Couperose is aggravated by atmospheric agents such as hot climates, by the use of excessively cold or hot water, drinking very hot liquids, or eating spicy foods.


Sensitivity manifests itself as redness, itching burning, and in the worst of cases, as small pustules sometimes filled with a watery liquid.


Pigmentation problems result from an uneven distribution of melanin over the skin surface.


Aging skin can be recognized by its poor elasticity, lack of normal firmness, and sagging. Skin aging can be grouped into two categories. The first is intrinsic or chronological aging, about which little can be done. The second category is extrinsic aging. It is often referred to as photoaging since it’s primarily due to the sun exposure. Other factors that can cause or accelerate photoaging are exposure to outdoor elements, stress, and lifestyle choices.

Acne Vulgaris

An acne condition which is recognized by infection spots and pustules. They could be numerous or sparse, but they will be small. Those with acne should emphasize cleansing at home, by a skin care professional, and skin hydration.


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Your skin can appear dull and dry after a summer spent in the sun, exfoliation can remove the dull outer layer of skin, and unclog pores plugged by regular sunscreen use. But be gentle with exfoliation: A mild scrub, baby washcloth, or exfoliating cleansing towelette will do a fine job. Exfoliate only once or twice a week, and don't get over-aggressive, too-vigorous scrubbing can scratch, tear, and damage skin, compromising the glow that gentle exfoliation gives. Another exfoliation option: Microdermabrasion or glycolic acid peels. These procedures are more effective and quicker at removing the superficial dead layer of skin.
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