Your skin is the latest organ in your body, so there's a lot to know about it! Here are some interesting facts and tips about your skin and how to look after it. For more tips, go to www.DermatologyCare.ca
Your skin and your temperature
Your skin plays an important role in regulating your temperature. When you're hot, your body produces sweat to release heat. When the sweat evaporates off the surface of your skin, you cool down. Read more on www.Sweating.ca
Freckle or mole?
Freckles are caused by increased pigmentation in the top layer of the skin (epidermis). They usually develop in childhood as a result of exposure to the sun, and are most common on people with light skin and fair hair. Moles also emerge from the top layer of skin and frequently grow down into the dermis, Moles can be present at birth.
Do you get a red face from exercising?
This is a sign that your body is working hard to cool you down, by bringing warm blood from your body core to the surface of your skin. If this is a problem for you, do your exercise in shorter bursts in a cool environment.
What causes wrinkles?
Wrinkles are not actually caused by dry skin. They are most often caused by years of unprotected exposure to the sun, combined with your genetic makeup. The loss of subcutaneous fat and thinning of the skin as a result of aging also contribute to wrinkle formation.
Your skin is different in different places
Underarm skin is naturally more delicate, sensitive, curvy and bumpy. In turn, it is more vulnerable to outside conditions and processes. Because of its delicate nature, underarm skin needs constant attention and maintenance to keep it functioning normally.
What exactly are warts?
Warts are benign thickenings in the skin or mucous membranes caused by the human papilloma virus. Because warts are caused by a virus and are therefore easily spread, staying healthy and doing what you can to keep your immune system strong can make you less susceptible.
Your skin and smoking
We all know of the many negative health effects of smoking. But smoking is bad for your skin, too. Smoking ages your skin, making it turn yellowish and contributing to the formation of facial lines.
Your skin while pregnant
Pregnancy is a time of great change - including changes to your skin. Many women notice increased skin pigmentation, particularly on the face. Called melasma (or 'the mask of pregnancy'), the condition can be minimized through the frequent use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen.For more tips on healthy and beautiful skin, visit www.dermatologycare.ca/signup/signup.html.
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