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General Skin Care FAQ

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What does your skin do?

Your skin does a lot more than you may give it credit for. It is the first line of defence against various pathogens such as bacteria, fungus, and bacteria, and also plays a role in regulating your body’s temperature. When hot, your body produces sweat in order to release heat. As the sweat evaporates off the surface of the skin, the body cools down. For more information, visit www.sweating.ca.

Why does my face get red after exercise?

This is a sign that your body is functioning properly. Your body is cooling down by bringing warm blood from the body’s center to the surface of your skin.

What are these freckles and moles?

Freckles are more common on people with a lighter skin tone and fair hair. They develop as a result of exposure to sunlight, and are caused by increased pigmentation at the epidermis, or the top surface layer of the skin. Moles are deeper structures that often grow into the dermis layer of the skin, and can be present from birth.

Why do some parts of the skin feel different?

The skin has varied thickness and texture depending on the location. The skin on the eyelids are the thinnest, and are extremely vulnerable while the palms of the hands and feet are thick and quite tough. The skin on the underarm is often a location where it is sensitive, and a common area for rashes and other allergic reactions.

How did I get these wrinkles?

Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, and are not caused by dry skin. As we age, loss of collagen and fat, and the thinning of the skin result in wrinkle formation. Accumulated sun damage also play a large role in speeding up this process, as well as smoking.

What are warts?

Warts are membranes caused by the human papilloma virus. Since warts are caused by virus, keeping fit and healthy and your immune system strong are all critical factors in making your body less susceptible to them.

What about smoking?

You probably don’t need to be told that smoking is a bad habit for your health. Yes, smoking is bad for your skin too. It contributes to and accelerates aging, making them turn pale and yellow. They also accelerate the rate at which your face begins to form facial lines.

Why does my skin change during pregnancy?

Pregnancy changes many things in your body, including your estrogen levels, and your skin is no exception. Many women notice a darkening of the skin, especially on the face. This condition is called melasma, and is often referred to as the mask of pregnancy. Melasma can be mitigated by regular use of sunscreen.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and is your body’s first line of defence against most pathogens including bacteria, virus, and fungus, so take good care of it. For more skin care tips, visit www.dermatologycare.ca.

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