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Skin concerns may be tough to deal with, but it helps to know that you are not alone. (Fact: Even models like Nyakim Gatwech have skin battles to fight.) You know what they say about an ounce of prevention? On top of that, a dash of understanding these skin problems—why and how they happen—is just where the journey to great and healthy skin truly begins. So here are five of the most common skin concerns and a few tips on how to fight back.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting 40 to 50 million women not just in their teens, but also those in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond. Acne occurs when a pore in the skin gets clogged, trapping dead skin cells, sebum (the skin’s natural oil) and bacteria inside the pore.
HOW TO DEAL: Washing your face with essential oils like tea tree and eucalyptus mixed with warm water will decongest your pores and reduce the buildup of dead cells.. Washing the face includes all of the exposed skin from the neck up, and behind ears and hairline.
FINE LINES AND WRINKLES
As our skin becomes more fragile and thin with age, it also becomes more susceptible to dehydration and environmental damage, resulting in creases, frown lines, crow’s-feet and laugh lines. But not all wrinkles are caused by age and gravity. Many of us get them prematurely due to the factors mentioned earlier. Our shea butter blends are excellent for hydrating skin making it full and wrinkle free.
HOW TO DEAL: Shabbazz Smooth and Silky (or any of our skin butters) can be used to dramitically decrease fine lines and wrinkles in the face and neck.
DARK SPOTS OR HYPERPIGMENTATION
Hyperpigmentation occurs when the skin produces too much melanin (the pigment that gives skin its color) in certain spots, which results in flat, dark patches that can vary in size and color. This condition is generally harmless and affects all skin types, genders, ethnicities and ages.
HOW TO DEAL: Shabbazz Coco Butter blend is a perfect solution for dark spots and hyperpigmentation. by naturally bringing the skin back to its original hue as if the discoloration was never there.
Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin disorder that affects 14 million Americans, and some of them don’t even know they have it. Persistent facial redness or flushing, dilated capillaries and skin breakouts typically characterize this skin condition. In more severe cases, the nose may become more oily, bulbous and enlarged.
HOW TO DEAL: As of today, there is no cure for rosacea, but it can be controlled with skin care products designed to soothe easily irritated skin. Keep in mind that rosacea can become even more inflamed with sun exposure, wind, cold weather, alcohol and spicy foods, so it’s important to know your triggers and avoid them. Barrier repair and sun protection are equally crucial.
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a persistent rash-like skin condition characterized by dry, rough and scaly patches on the scalp, face and certain parts of the body. It’s more common in children—between 10 and 20 percent compared to only 1 to 3 percent of adults—but once you have it as a child, it’s possible to keep getting milder symptoms as an adult. While its exact causes are unknown, the most apparent culprits are a combination of hereditary and environmental factors.
HOW TO DEAL: To prevent flare-ups, avoid products that contain harsh chemicals and strip your skin of its natural oils. It’s also crucial to moisturize often to maintain a healthy skin barrier.