September 11, 2017

It’s a Skin Thing

Our skin, the largest organ of our body, and one of the most precious too, for many reasons, but mostly to prevent the invasion of bacteria into us.  It may not be perfect, it may be flawed, hold unwanted characteristics or simply start to age through the years or from the elements, but it is important that in order to conduct any regime for your skin type, that you first of all understand how your skin works.


 

Our bodies are made up of millions of cells which all have a function and vary in size and shape.  With every cell in our body, there are organelles (known as, small organs) and each of these cells have a  very important job to do. The cells which have the same shape, size, structure and function are  known as ‘tissues’.  These may group together  to make larger units that are structural and functional, known as organs.

Although all cells may be different, they all have the ability to do the same thing, and within the nucleus is where most of the genetic information of a cell is contained.

 

THE THREE MAIN LAYERS OF THE SKIN ARE:

Epidermis

Dermis

Hypodermis

 

THE FUNCTIONS OF THE SKIN ALSO INCLUDE:

Sensory organ

Heat regulation

Absorption

Protection

Excretions

Secretion of sebum

Formation of vitamin D

 

Acne is a concerning and sometimes embarrassing and annoying disorder for many, but comes in different forms and for different reasons.

• Acne Vulgaris
Often quite severe; enlarged pores, papules, pustules and normally very oily and shiny skin.

 

• Acne Rosacea
Affects the cheeks and nose normally, and can take on a butterfly shape. Lumpy in appearance with redness.

Oily skin has a thicker epidermis, shiny appearance due to overactive sebaceous glands and larger pores are found in the centre panel of the face.  Often there are papules or pustules present and comedones (blackheads) are normally present in the oily areas. Comedones are caused by the hair follicle being blocked by excess sebum and dead skin cells
which turn black on exposure to the air. As our hormones change, so does our skin.  Sometimes this is a natural process to the elements, puberty,
stress, what we eat. Take regular precautions to help protect your skin by cleaning thoroughly
and effectively.

 

Natural Facial remedies you might like to try, are:

• Green Tea Face Wash

Green tea has great anti-oxidant compounds.  Use cold green tea as a face wash as a part of your normal daily routine.

• Honey & Oatmeal Mask

Half a cut of honey and a cup of oatmeal. Simple as that!  Gently pat on to skin and leave for 30 minutes.  Wash off with tepid water.

 



Words: Donna Malneek

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