You’ve gotta love the skin you’re in no matter what! Your skin is the largest organ on your body and it serves many purposes. It helps protect your body from various external factors like bacteria, and chemicals but it also regulates your temperature. So the next time you decide to skip out on skin screen protection for the summer or putting on lotion to get rid of the ashiness, remember this is the organ everyone sees and not protecting or treating your lovely melanin with care can cause you to age faster or create other health conditions over time.
Often times we take the skin for granted because when you think about your organs most people would name organs such as the kidneys, lungs, the brain or the heart but forget about the skin. Yes, your skin is the largest organ that covers 16 percent of your overall body mass and it also stores your water, fat and vitamin D.
Now if you are doing the right things to protect your skin but notice that suddenly it becomes red, itchy and inflamed like a rash you may have eczema. Sometimes many people get baby eczema mixed up with acne but there is a difference. Baby eczema is a common skin condition that affects up to 25% of children and nearly 60% of them develop this skin condition within the first year of their lives. People who have eczema usually have sensitive skin that is easily irritated by certain fabrics, foods, weather conditions, chemicals found in beauty products and soaps.
Eczema symptoms can vary but here are the most common conditions you may see on the skin:
- Dry flaky skin
- Red or inflamed patches of skin containing yellow crust or pus.
- Severe bumpy/pimple-like skin accompanied by itchiness
Baby eczema usually appears on the cheeks, the outer sides of the arms and legs, it can also appear on your scalp, hands, and feet. Baby eczema can look similar to acne because the red little pimples can break out on the face, chest, neck and back and can be triggered by the oils produced in your skin, your hormones or by being exposed to bacteria on the skin. Excessive heat and sweating, allergens, saliva from drooling, pollen, dust, and pet dander can also trigger eczema or cause your condition to get worse.
Acne is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects 50 million Americans yearly and usually occurs during the puberty stage of your life but can also appear at any time during your life. Acne occurs when your oil glands underneath your skin get blocked with your dead skin cells causing build-up to occur and when this happens a pimple develops.
On the other hand, when it comes to acne, this skin condition affects three out of four people ages 11 to 30 years. Acne impacts the oil glands at the base of your hair follicles and when your follicles get blocked the oil glands build up underneath the skin forming a pimple. The good news is acne isn’t contagious but can leave nasty scars on your skin if you have the tendency to pick, squeeze, and pop the pimples that appear on your body.
Researchers say that hormonal changes within your body, such as starting your menstrual cycle, having emotional distress, your genetics, using greasy cosmetics, and your diet can trigger acne breakouts to appear on various parts of your skin.
After you identify what causes your outbreaks then you can