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Skin problems: how to get them under control

The skin is the largest organ in the human body and it is not for nothing that it is called the “mirror of the soul”. Because their condition allows us to draw conclusions about our general physical well-being, both internally and externally. Skin problems are one of the most visible times when our body complains about something and is not at peace with itself. We literally feel uncomfortable in our own skin. The reasons for this are varied. Find out here how skin problems arise, what you can do about them and how you can prevent them in the future.

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Our skin communicates with us

And constantly. This fact is also reflected in our everyday language use. For example, we become pale with envy and red with anger or shame. We get goosebumps when we are afraid or disgusted. When something annoys us, we want to jump out of our skin. And sometimes we meet someone whose shoes we really don't want to be in. Our language is full of such metaphors that allude to a connection between skin and our emotions . But of course not all skin problems can be traced back to emotional factors.

What types of skin problems are there?

Before we look at the causes of skin problems, we should first clarify the following: What do we actually mean when we talk about skin problems? The range of possible complaints is wide and ranges from relatively harmless symptoms to serious illnesses. Skin problems very often occur in the form of rashes or become noticeable through impurities, pimples and blackheads.

The most common skin diseases include acne (diseases of the sebaceous glands), neurodermatitis (chronically inflamed skin), perioral dermatitis (inflammatory skin rash mostly around the mouth) and rosacea (chronic inflammatory facial redness). If you are unsure where your skin problems come from, you should get opinions from dermatologists to be on the safe side. Unfortunately, skin diseases are often not easy to diagnose and it can take some time to find the cause.

👆 If you prefer a holistic approach to therapy, you can also consult naturopaths after the conventional medical assessment in order to integrate alternative healing methods into the recovery process.

Get familiar with your skin

The first step to permanently resolving skin problems is to get to know your skin really well . This means: finding out what skin type you are and what condition your skin is currently in. Only with the appropriate knowledge about your own skin can you understand and solve problems.

The four skin types

We generally differentiate between four different skin types with the following characteristics:

  • Normal skin: easy to care for and fine-pored
  • Combination skin: Oily T-zone and dry cheeks
  • Oily skin : Shiny and coarse-pored
  • Dry skin : Tight, red, itchy areas

Finally, there is sensitive and dehydrated skin. These are not separate skin types, but rather skin conditions that occur temporarily as a result of different stimuli. Every skin type requires individual care in order to be optimally cared for. Analyzing your skin for the factors mentioned above and assigning it to one of the four types is half the battle in combating skin problems. By tailoring your daily care routine to the specific needs of your skin type, you can reduce and prevent overreactions.

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A skin consultation provides information

Are you unsure about what your skin is like and which care is best for you? Let's find out together in our free skin consultation ! Write us your questions by email and we will help you find the right remedy for your skin problems.

To do this, we determine your skin type, take a look at your care routine and, if necessary, look for alternatives. In this way you become an expert on your skin and learn to understand when it complains and how you can react to it.

👆A skin consultation does not replace a consultation with a doctor. If skin problems persist, a second medical opinion is advisable.

What causes skin problems?

Our genetic disposition plays an important role, which brings us back to the different skin types. This determines how much sebum the glands produce and how well the skin retains moisture. Every skin type has its quirks (except normal) and brings with it its own problems.

But our skin also complains, just like we do, when it is stressed. On the one hand, triggers for stress can be internal (endogenous) influencing factors such as psychological-emotional overload or hormonal changes (periods, pregnancy, menopause ). Possible external (exogenous) triggers include cold-heat fluctuations, wind, UV radiation, alcohol, smoking, diet, lack of sleep or incorrect skin care.

👆 Constant stress is poison for the skin . It causes dehydration, accelerates skin aging, reduces wound healing and can cause pimples and itching.

Skin problems caused by masks

Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, face masks have found their way into our everyday lives. Whether it's an FFP2 mask, a disposable surgical mask or a fabric mask: Anyone who has to wear a face mask often and for a long time is prone to skin problems.

The cause is a moist microclimate that develops inside the mask and promotes the growth of bacteria while weakening the protective skin barrier. The result: pimples just sprout. Therefore, you should first start by using care products very sparingly under the mask or, in the best case, avoid them altogether, because they are less effective and also increase skin moisture.

After taking off the mask, you can thoroughly cleanse and care for your facial skin. In addition, your skin is happy about a few extra caresses:

  • For oily and impure skin: Drizzle a washable cotton pad with (facial) water and a few drops of Kamillosan and gently dab your face.
  • For dry and impure skin: Take a tea bag with organic black tea, pour a little warm water over it and gently dab your facial skin with it.

What to do if you have skin problems?

One thing should be said straight away: There is no panacea for skin problems . Because every person is different and that also applies to their skin. This makes the topic so complex because we cannot automatically draw conclusions from one person to another. What helps one person does not necessarily have to be good for everyone, but in case of doubt it can even have the opposite effect.

But now the good news: Most skin problems can be corrected or at least alleviated . Individually and in different ways from case to case, of course. This takes a little time and patience, as some of the stressors mentioned are easier to avoid than others, but it's worth it!

DOS

Address skin problems holistically

As we already know, skin and psyche are closely linked. And we also know that in this case the “mirror of the soul” cannot simply be polished to a high shine again with a little glass cleaner. This means: Skin care can only have a supportive effect , but it will not be able to eliminate the causes of your skin problems. Our approach so that you can finally feel comfortable in your skin again is: tackle the problem at the root . Listen to yourself, identify sources of stress and think about how you can reduce them.

Keep a skin diary

If you examine your skin over a longer period of time, it makes sense to record your observations in writing. This will help you recognize repeating patterns and help you develop a better feel for your skin and understand what makes it tick. In this way, you can find out over time which stressors your skin reacts to and avoid them as best as possible in the future.

To do this, write down key points on the following questions every day :

  • What is the current condition of my skin? (e.g. greasy, dry, unclean, red, etc.)
  • When and with what did I care for my skin?
  • What external or internal factors could have affected my skin? (e.g. sun, cold, diet, lack of sleep, periods, stress, etc.)

Don'ts

Don't overwhelm your skin

As is often the case in life, when it comes to tackling skin problems, the motto “ less is more ” applies. Too much care can quickly overwhelm your skin and even cause skin problems. Over-care can manifest itself in restless and irritated skin, redness and occasional impurities. It feels like you can't please her anymore. In this case, a so-called zero therapy – we also like to call it Rosskur – is recommended. This means: Stay away from all creams, oils, make-up etc. for at least three days if you have minor skin problems.

However, in the case of perioral dermatitis , which is also caused by excessive care, the zero therapy must be maintained significantly longer, namely until it heals completely, which can take a few weeks. In this way, over-cared skin regains its balance and learns to repair itself.

Don't constantly change products

But time alone doesn't heal all wounds. It is important to provide optimal care, tailored to the specific needs of your skin. The following applies: Do not change from one care product to another too quickly if the desired effect does not immediately occur. Your skin first has to get used to the new conditions. With natural cosmetics, a slight aggravation can even occur, as the natural ingredients are initially more demanding on the skin than synthetic substances.

In the long term, however, they help your skin to regenerate itself. A regeneration cycle lasts around six weeks and you should give your skin that long to get used to the new care. However, if your skin shows signs of an allergic reaction such as redness, irritation, itching and pustules, caution is advised and you should discontinue the product.

📖 Reading tip : You can read about exactly which processes take place during skin renewal and what that has to do with getting used to new care products here: Skin renewal: How quickly does your skin get used to new care products?

Don't put pressure on yourself

It's clear: you want to get your skin problems under control as quickly as possible. And that is more than understandable. Still, try not to be too harsh on yourself and your skin (yes, we know, that's easier said than done!). Every healing process takes time. Excessive expectations and impatience only cause more stress for your skin and delay regeneration. The magic word is therefore “patience”. Give yourself and your skin the time it needs to recover .

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