Dry face is one skin problem that seems to occur at any time of year! I will share with you what you can do to relieve this condition.
Dry face skin, also known as xeroderma, is a common condition in which the upper layer of the skin, the epidermis, turns itchy, tight, and rough. Sometimes a rash can occur along with bumps and at times may develop into rosacea.
I am often asked, "What causes my face to become so dry?"
Very importantly, I strongly recommend learning to recognize your own personal trigger factors.
Listed below are some main trigger factors to dry face skin for a lot of people but be sure to track your responses to see what yours are:
1) weather that is too dry with low humidity, too hot or brashly cold along with the irritating effects of smog and pollution
2) illness, skin diseases, prolonged stress all disturb the balance of our bodily systems
3) bathing too frequently with water that is too hot or even soaking too long in a daily or even weekly bath
4) sensitivity to certain soaps and lotions that contain harmful synthetic ingredients that are harsh and corrosive to your skin
5) over exposure to UV rays to the point of sun burn which damages the skin with long term negative effects including age spots and melanoma - keep in mind that the facial skin is very thin and quickly can result in dry face
6) alcohol, smoking and caffeine can visibly cause dry face skin as well as taking medications such as diuretics, antihistamines and isotretinoin (Accutane) which can disrupt the delicate PH balance of your skin or disturb hormonal balance
7) lack of certain vitamins such as vitamin A, Omega 3, zinc and B Complex which all work together to feed and maintain skin structure
8) severe diarrhea and vomiting, a high fever, profuse sweating during exercise or simply not drinking enough liquids can cause your body to lose more fluid than you take in - one of the first signs of dehydration is dry skin that has lost its elasticity
9) hypothyroidism, a condition that occurs when your thyroid produces too few hormones, reduces the activity of your sweat and oil glands, leading to rough, dry skin
10) age, your skin tends to become drier because your oil-producing glands are less active, cells move more slowly from the basal layer of the epidermis to the stratum corneum, your complexion then appears rough and dull
I know that when problems with facial and neck skin erupts, it is not only uncomfortable but can also be embarrassing with the need to "face the world" everyday.
First, since your lifestyle plays an important role in your external appearance, here are some overall health tips that will benefit not only your dry face but overall skin:
Eat healthy. Your body needs protein, vitamins and minerals to keep your skin healthy. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and drink plenty of water to help keep your skin hydrated.
Exercise. It improves blood circulation, which will improve your skin's tone and elasticity as well as keep your glands and organs stimulated for normal functioning.
Sleep. If you're not getting enough sleep, or the quality of your sleep is poor, your complexion will become puffy, lack lustre and look sallow.
Quit smoking. It causes premature aging and deep creases especially around the eyes and lip area as well as clogs your pores. The amount of skin damage increases with the number of years and cigarettes smoked and rapidly adds to dry face symptoms.
Protect yourself from the sun. No matter what your complexion or skin tone, use sunscreen generously, wear protective clothing, and try to avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. even during the winter months.
Next, I recommend a simple two-fold plan to help relieve dry face symptoms. Establishing a good daily skin care regimen (great for anti aging skin care as well) will help you to eliminate sensitive skin reactions.
Cleanse with warm (not hot) water and use a mild, "non-soap" cleanser that is hypo-allergenic, fragrance free. It is important that it contain only natural ingredients filled with nutrients that will begin moisturizing your skin.
Most soaps (even those listed as gentle or doctor recommended) are extremely drying - this is NOT the result you are looking for. Further, always avoid harsh, grainy scrubs as these can irritate your skin. 2) Next, in caring for dry face syndrome, it is important to couple your skin care with a cream that is specially formulated for the face and neck. It must be a fragrance free, all natural and deep moisturizing face cream. I recommend staying away from is anything that even has a hint of fragrance! I can't tell you how many people I see that use products that are loaded with perfume.
Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics are a key trigger for many persons. A single fragrance may contain 600 or more different synthetic chemicals, many of which have been shown to be allergens, irritants, and sensitizers, and to also possess long-term adverse health effects.
They are a leading cause of allergic sensitization and contact dermatitis among cosmetic users. Reddened skin, acne, stinging eyes and an overall dry face can all be caused by fragrances. Thus, elimination of fragrances goes a long way towards dry face skin care.
Never use anything with formaldehyde-based preservatives which are also leading causes of sensitive skin reactions. Sadly, most face creams are not very different from commercial, cheaply made hand and body lotions all over the world. It’s dismaying to see just what goes into the bottle. Along with semi-synthetic fatty acids and waxes, many of which do not have full safety data, they contain the full complement of oestrogenic parabens, contact allergens and penetration enhancers, perfume, and potential carcinogens – chemicals that, with repeated exposure, can trigger allergic reactions. Once a person is sensitized even the smallest exposure can trigger a response.
Instead, use formulations with gentle, yet effective, preservatives such as antioxidants (vitamins C and E) that will promote better skin health for mild to severe dry face symptoms. A natural and effective cream should unpack dry cells and restore and repair your dry face skin. 7 layers deep to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin!
You see, if your cream does not penetrate these layers, the
slowed sloughing or exfoliating of dead cells causes cells to clump
together in flakes or scales. Eventually, as the epidermis becomes
thinner and more fragile and the subcutaneous layer of fat diminishes,
your skin loses its strong protective function along with its youthful
contours and results in noticeable dry face skin.
A quality face cream should also be formulated with vitamins, herbal botanicals to have the capability to begin hydrating and soothing problem dry face skin. Also important is that it stops the itching associated with dry face skin while it's working.
Learn to read labels because most creams contain irritating chemicals and mineral oil which simply sits "on top" of the skin, suffocating your pores and adds to dry face.
Stay Away From These Ingredients That Cause Side Effects And Complications!:
Parafinnum liquidum: Lubricant emollient. Also known as mineral oil. A cheap ingredient that produces a temporary moisturising effect. Penetration enhancer. Prolonged contact destroys the natural oily barrier of the skin, leading to dryness. Can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Some PAHs are potential human carcinogens.
PEG-150: Acts as a thickener, solvent, emulsifier and surfactant: Penetration enhancer; skin irritation. May be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, impurities linked to breast cancer
Methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, propylparaben: Preservatives. Skin irritation; contact dermatitis; contact allergies. Parabens are oestrogen mimics: butylparaben and isobutylparaben have the strongest effect, followed by propylparaben, ethylparaben and methylparaben. Excess oestrogen is a trigger for cancers of the breast, ovary, uterus and testicles and may have effects on foetal development. Recently, scientists conducted an analysis of breast cancer tissue and found accumulated parabens in every sample.
Simethicone: Synthetic silicone-based moisturiser; film former. Skin irritation; film formers trap other substances (including other ingredients in the product) beneath them, and because they do not allow the skin to breathe they may exacerbate skin irritation caused by sweat or other substances.
BHT: Antioxidant. Contact allergies/dermatitis; potential carcinogen; may cause birth defects
Parfum: Fragrance. Allergenic; triggers asthmatic reactions; skin irritation; central nervous system disruption; artificial musks and phthalates (common fragrance ingredients) are hormone-disrupting and potential carcinogens.
Limonene: Synthetic fragrance. A common pesticide in fl ea-control products, causes skin and eye irritation; powerful sensitiser; may trigger asthma attacks; produces tumours, reproductive abnormalities and delayed growth in some animals.
Geraniol: Synthetic fragrance. Irritating to skin and eyes; a sensitiser.
Linalool: Synthetic fragrance. Skin, eye and respiratory irritation; in animals causes CNS disorders affecting muscle control.
Hydroxycitronellal: Synthetic fragrance. A contact allergen and skin, eye and lung irritant.
Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexane carboxaldehyde: Synthetic fragrance. A contact allergen and sensitiser; worsens eczema in two to three per cent of sufferers.
Citronellol: Synthetic fragrance. Also used as a pesticide, a severe skin irritant. Butylphenyl methylpropional Synthetic fragrance Skin irritant. Use is restricted in both leave-on and wash-off products due to powerful sensitisation potential. In animals, skin applications at high concentrations caused sperm damage and CNS effects.
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I have been to many dermatologists, all of who could not help me with the circle of itchy rash and pustules around my mouth. Most of the steroid creams they prescribed to me, made my skin worse. Then, when I stopped using them, my condition would worsen for days! I began using your FACE & BODY WASH with the FACE & NECK THERACREAM and I was amazed and grateful at how well my skin responded. I am sending you pictures to show you how far along I have come in such a short time. Much gratitude goes out to you. Mrs. Hollander, MI
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