Chronic skin conditions like Eczema, Psoriasis and Acne typically aren’t curable, but they can be managed. For some drugs may be necessary, but others it may be a matter of knowing some of your triggers. Some things to consider are:
Stress – as you probably know you are probably more prone to breakouts during times of stress. You may not be able to eliminate the stress, but reducing your stress can help. Make time to relax, meditate, take a walk, do something you enjoy. Anything that can improve your mental state, can also improve your hormones and immune system, which have a huge role in the health of our skin.
Your lifestyle – do you smoke or drink alcohol? Do you take a number of medications or nutrient supplements? Remember some of these activities can have an adverse effect on your skin. Smoking should be avoided, while alcohol consumption should be kept to a minimum. Always consult your doctor about the medications you are using, even the over the counter medications and supplements as they can interfere with each other and trigger a skin condition.
The time of the year – do ever notice your skin getting drier in winter? The cold outdoors and then the central heating of our homes puts a bit of stress on our skin. Protecting our skin from the harsh elements is important by wearing hats, scarfs and gloves, but also moisturising our skin. A good protective moisturiser is very important.
Infections – when you are not well, your skin is not well. Your immune system is fighting an infection which means your skin is more likely to be prompted to have a breakout. If the infection is on the skin, the ointments and medications can be harsh and exacerbate the skin condition. Using balms and creams that not only work in sync with your skin, but work to remove the infection is important.
Medications - If seeing a new health professional or doctor, always make sure they know you have pre-existing skin condition and ask if the medicine is safe for you. As said above, make sure your doctor knows about everything you take, including over-the-counter medicines.