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Skin Care

The skin is the largest organ in the body and it has a lot to do. We can take care of our skin so that it can look smooth and beautiful.

Our skin has a more important role than making us look good:

  • It acts as a barrier between us and our environment.
  • It protects us from the harmful rays of the sun.   
  • It keeps us hydrated by stops us losing fluid from our body.
  • It produces vitamin D (with the help of the sun) to maintain strong bones.
  • It plays an important role in maintaining our body temperature.

Healthy skin goes hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle. Skin is complicated, no wonder it is difficult to keep it working perfectly all the time.

Lots of people have trouble with their skin but it can be really difficult to deal with because other people can see what is going on and sometimes it does not look nice. Sometimes, people find it hard when they cannot keep things private, sometimes you get judged on how you look. When you have a skin problem, you have to deal with the problem and also your feelings because the way you feel often affects your skin.

The good news is that there are some things that you can do to keep your skin healthy.

There is treatment for when your skin doesn't work as well as you would like. Usually skin problems will not make you really ill. Remember, it is possible to have healthy skin and we can advise you how.

Healthy Skin

Skin cells and body cells need some of the same things to keep them healthy:

  • Good food
  • Exercise
  • Plenty of water
  • A little bit of happiness

Certain things can damage the skin:

  • Smoking for a long time makes it wrinkly and yellow
  • Too much sun can make the skin look old and lead to diseases of the skin, but we need the sun too, as it helps us make vitamin D and often makes us happy.

You can do everything right to make sure you have healthy skin and still get skin problems like:

If you want to know how to keep your skin in top shape check out our TopTips for Ditching Zits

Related Questions

  • Age: 15
    Gender: Female

    Question:

    I suffer from really bad ingrown hairs on my legs a pubic area they leave really bad scars and just make my skin look ugly with lots of dark scars is they any way to solve this problem as its making me very self conscious

    Answer:

    Thank you for your question. From your description it sounds as if you may have folliculitis. This is an infection of the base of the hairs in the skin. It is a common problem that is not usually serious. Tiny pus-filled spots develop at the base of a hairs, often in groups and when they get better they can leave scars. Mild cases often resolve without treatment. Sometimes antibiotic creams or tablets are needed. In recurrent cases, antiseptic skin washes can be used. Do come into a CHYPS plus clinic or go to you GP for further advice.

  • Age: 25
    Gender: Female

    Question:

    I have very bad facial breakouts...I have not had sex in years, but I decided to shave myself down there...now I'm scared because I have horrible tiny spreading itchy bumps down there....Could shaving have given me a disease or just a pimple irritation?

    Answer:

    Thank you for your question. It is difficult to tell what the problem is without seeing you but it does sound as if you have two very common problems. The first is possibly some degree of facial acne and the second may be folliculitis in the area you have shaved. Folliculitis is an infection of the base of the hairs (hair follicle) and usually occurs after shaving body hair. It often clears up on its own but if it is causing problems it can be treated by washing with an antiseptic product, antibiotic creams or if very severe antibiotic tablets. I suggest you go to your GP to check this is the problem.

    Also see zone 2 on the CHYPS Plus website for more about skin problems.

    Thanks

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