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There are various skin disorders that one can suffer, some of which can not be prevented. For those that can, here are some ideas on how to prevent skin disorders.

Certain types of acne, eczema, psoriasis, sclerosis and other conditions are caused by serious health problems like Lupus, Diabetes and Crohn’s Disease. These conditions can not easily be treated and “cured”, so the associated skin disorders can not be avoided in a lot of cases.

In other cases, like pregnancy, stretch marks, acne and dermatitis, along with various other skin disorders, can not be prevented because it is unknown that you would suffer from these until the symptoms appear.

Minimizing the time you spend in the sun can also protect you from various skin conditions. While getting a tan is popular, it is not beneficial for your skin if you choose to get a deep tan. It can also lead to cancer if you are not smart about using sunscreen and otherwise making good decisions when it comes to sun exposure. People who get too much sun are at risk for freckles, photosensitivity, sun spots, moles and sunburn, not to mention skin cancer.

Minimizing Stress Can Prevent/Decrease the Severity of Several Skin Conditions

Stress is something we all face at one point or another, and for the less fortunate, high levels of stress cause serious skin disorders. These can include:

– dermatitis

– pruritic folliculitis

– prurigo

– pemphigoid gestationis

– striae gravidarum (stretch marks)

– intrahepatic cholestasis

These conditions can be avoided if you can manage to keep your stress levels to a minimum, as they are caused by the high levels of a hormone called glucocorticoids, which is created when the body deals with high levels of stress.

Tips for Prevention of Skin Disorders

– Avoid contact with others who are infected

– Keep your hands clean at all times

– clean all public spaces, like gym equipment, before use

– rest, stay hydrated and otherwise take good care of your body

– eat a healthy diet

– choose to be vaccinated for chickenpox and other infectious skin conditions

– wear protective clothing and shoes

– keep track of your clothes, blankets, hairbrush and other personal effects. Do not share them or loan them out, even to people you are close to.

– Use moisturizer

– protect skin when exposed to heat, dry conditions, cold and wind

– avoid overexposure to water or contact with harsh chemicals

– avoid breaks in the skin

Remember that while skin cells are constantly dying and being replaced, the skin is a sensitive organ and needs to be treated with care in order to have it looking its best and staying healthy. This can lead to a healthier body and better overall life experience.

There are some viable treatments for skin conditions, like laser therapy, vitamin or steroid injections, antibiotics and creams, as well as antihistamines. However, those require a consultation with a doctor in order to determine the best route for your specific skin condition and to make sure it is not an indication of skin cancer, which can be deadly if left untreated.