It’s hard to believe how quickly the summer has come and gone. It seems no sooner than we were gearing up once again to inform and educate about the sun and skin, it is time to shift gears and begin getting ready for school. This month the Skinsight team will be focusing on “back to school” topics both for teens and young adults as well as for younger children. Additionally we’ll be taking some time to talk about how you can help your skin recover from summer. Dr. Lisa Ginn will be blogging about common skin care product ingredients and regimens such as emollients and exfoliants. We will check in with Dr. Bernhard and Dr. Goldsmith about some common skin conditions to be aware of as children return to school.
The most-searched skin condition on Skinsight this year was herpes, a lifelong skin infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV infections are contagious and spread by skin-to-skin contact with the infected area. An estimated 10-60% of the general population is infected with genital herpes, and only 20% of those infected with HSV develop visible blisters or sores.
A multitude of over-the-counter skin care products – from sunscreens and moisturizers to cosmetics – tout vitamins and antioxidants as ingredients. What importance do vitamins play in skin and skin health, and do these products really work?
What is melanin you ask? Well, melanin is the substance that gives color to your hair, eyes, and skin. The summer is a great time to celebrate skin health, especially since we show it off more now than in other months. Although all skin types can be troubled with the same skin health issues, some conditions occur more often and/or are more difficult to diagnose in individuals with darker skin. These conditions include: melasma, vitiligo, keloids, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
We all know that it is best to avoid sunburns by using sunscreens and staying out of the sun during peak hours – important considerations for long-term skin health and skin-cancer prevention. But sometimes things happen. A forgotten hat, thinking you’re protected from the sun’s rays under your beach umbrella, neglecting to reapply sunscreen after a swim – everyday experiences like these can lead to a nasty sunburn and the pain that comes along with the characteristically red skin.
Do you appreciate your skin? If not, you should! We’re here to help you learn more about your skin – the biggest part of you, a vital organ. Skin is an amazing design of breathing armor that literally protects our fragile interior “operating systems” from harsh elements outside the body. Take care of your skin, and it will take care of you – by shielding you and radiating good health. By its very nature, skin is visual. So a picture truly is worth a thousand words. That’s what makes our site different: our images. We bring professional-level medical imagery directly to health care consumers to help them learn more about skin health, conditions, and diseases.
Beauty from inside out. This concept holds true especially when we are talking skin health. Stripping down to the basics, we have the option to direct our path towards healthy, youthful skin by making smart choices in the foods we nourish our bodies with. We are living in an era where focus on wellness, anti-aging and nutrition has provided us access to a wide selection of supplements, vitamin-fortified topical products and treatments to give us that radiant, youthful skin. But which ones do we choose and what should we eat?