Whether you suffer from chronic acne, hormonal breakouts, rashes, dry skin, eczema, or sensitive skin, skin problems can be frustrating, uncomfortable, and have a negative effect on a person’s self-esteem. If you find yourself struggling with skin concerns, consider the following tips to promote clear and healthy skin.
5 Tips for Clear and Healthy Skin
1. Eat a Healthy Diet
Eat a nutritious diet filled with antioxidant-rich foods (fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, and green and black tea). Avoid high-glycemic foods such as simple sugars and starch (bread, white rice, sweets, pasta, skim milk, and potatoes).
2. Stop Touching Your Face
Don’t touch your face with your hands or with your cellphone. Unless they’ve just been sanitized, your hands and your phone are likely covered with bacteria that can invade pores and lead to zits.
3. Wash Your Face and Moisturize
To help keep bacteria, pollution, dead skin cells, and oil from building up and clogging pores, wash your face in the morning and before bed. Typically a mild cleanser followed by an oil-free, sensitive-skin moisturizer works best.
4. Use Sunscreen
Sunscreen not only helps your skin stay free from freckles, sun damage, and skin cancer, but it also keeps your skin cooler which helps to calm oil glands and prevent breakouts.
5. Choose Sensitive Skin Products
Sometimes, skin problems arise as a result of allergies and irritation. Choose products formulated for sensitive skin that have no fragrance, dyes, or other harsh ingredients that might irritate your skin.
Dermatology Appointments at Gulf Coast Health Center
If you feel like you have read all of the advice and tried absolutely everything, but you still struggle to keep your skin clear and healthy, then we strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with your family doctor or a dermatologist (a skin specialist). Sometimes, medical issues such as hormonal imbalances can result in frequent breakouts, and your doctor might be able to help you manage the underlying condition causing your trouble.
Whether you are a teenager or an adult and you find yourself frequently frustrated with blemishes, rashes, or other recurring skin problems, we strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with a doctor at Gulf Coast Health Center. We can talk with you about your concerns, perform an examination, run any necessary diagnostic tests, and help you determine the most appropriate course of action to get healthy, clear, and comfortable skin.
Gulf Coast Health Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit community based organization. We are partially funded through grants, including funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration. A sliding fee scale is available to all patients regardless of insurance.