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Acne affects our skin but also our self esteem. It is most prevalent during adolescence because hormonal changes stimulate the sebaceous glands (oil glands) into producing more sebum (oil), increasing the chance of acne. Breakouts have a lifespan of two to four weeks.
Aging skin droops and develops wrinkles, lines, and furrows. The severity of these changes in an individual depends on genetic tendency, skin phototype, and exposure to environmental factors. Facial lines and wrinkles form because of the following factors: aging process, sun damage, muscle movement, smoking, and gravity. The main culprits are damage due to sun and environmental toxin exposure.
Age, sun exposure, and DNA can cause deep frown lines to form permanently on your forehead between your eyebrows, making you appear continuously stern. Known as glabellar lines, these vertical folds of skin only deepen as your skin loses more and more of its collagen and elasticity with the passage of the years.
Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that affects adults. It causes redness in your face and produces small, red, pus-filled bumps or pustules. Left untreated, rosacea tends to be progressive, worsening over time. Rosacea symptoms and signs may flare up for a period of weeks to months and then lessen for a while before flaring up again.
Fat is one of the basic components of the structure of your body. The other components include muscle, water, bone, and your organs. Body fat can be divided into two categories: Essential fat and storage fat. Essential fat is necessary for normal, healthy functioning. It is stored in small amounts in your bone marrow, organs, central nervous system and muscles. Storage fat is the other type of body fat. This is the fat you accumulate beneath your skin, in certain specific areas inside your body, and in your muscles. It also includes the deep fat that protects your internal organs from injury. Men and women have similar amounts of storage fat.
Dry skin becomes more common as we age. About 85% of people develop "winter itch," because overheated indoor air is dry. The loss of oil glands as we age may also worsen dry skin. Anything that further dries the skin (such as overuse of soaps or hot baths) will make the problem worse.
The sun has a profound effect on the skin during years of sun exposure. It causes damage and premature skin aging. Almost all major adult skin problems such as fine lines, age spots, dry skin and wrinkles can be attributed more to sun exposure than to natural aging alone. Skin changes that are commonly due to sun exposure include cancer, age spots, sun-induced freckles, actinic keratosis, and moles. Skin texture changes caused by the sun’s ultraviolet radiation include thickening/thinning of skin leading to course/fine wrinkles, easy bruising, and skin tearing. The sun can also cause other conditions such as permanent stretching of small blood vessels, giving your skin a mottled appearance.
The normal amount of body hair varies from person to person. Most of the time, a woman only has fine hair, or peach fuzz, above the lips and on the chin, chest, abdomen, or back. If you have coarse, dark hairs in these areas, the condition is called hirsutism. Such hair growth is more typical of men. The exact cause is rarely identified. It tends to run in families. In general, hirsutism is a harmless condition. But many people find it bothersome, or even embarrassing.
A common cause of skin laxity (loose or sagging skin) is aging. As you age, your skin loses the collagen and elastin, the skin's supportive connective tissue, that make it look youthful. Facial muscles also weaken with age which adds to the problem. Getting older means more exposure to the pull of gravity which causes the skin to sag a little further down with each day. Sun exposure is another reason for skin losing its elasticity. The sun's rays damage skin cells which, over time, increase the effects of aging.