Healthy skin: The big picture
Friday, September 13, 2019
Healthy, beautiful skin is about more than creams and medications. A regular skin care regimen, good habits and a healthy diet play a role.
“Everyone’s skin is different,” says Nick Grimm PA-C, dermatology services provider at Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic. “Diet, exercise, stress levels, hormones and sun exposure all play a role in the condition of our skin.”
Despite the difference, there are several things everyone can do to help achieve healthy, beautiful skin.
Protect yourself from the sun.
“Excess sun exposure is one of the greatest cause of wrinkles, age spots and other, potentially more serious, skin conditions,” Grimm says.
Use an SPF sunscreen daily and reapply regularly if you’re outdoors for long periods of time, swimming or perspiring.
Be gentle with your skin
Harsh chemicals can sometimes be damaging to our skin, but traditional cleansers and hot water can do damage as well.
“Strong soaps and even detergents can strip our skin of necessary oils and moisture,” Grimm says. “I tell patients to use mild cleansers, limit the amount of time they spend in the shower or bath and always use warm – not hot, water.”
Smoking can cause a myriad of health concerns, including cancer. It also has devastating effects on a person’s skin. Increased exposure to smoking can damage collagen and elastin in our skin and can create wrinkles. Excess smoking can even narrow blood vessels in our skin, making the skin appear paler and less supple.
Healthy skin starts from within. A diet rich with fruits, vegetables and lean proteins can help you look and feel great.
“Poor nutrition can affect everything from our skin, our hair, nails, gut and our energy levels,” says Dr. Lynn Wagner, integrative medicine physician with Integrative Lifestyle Medicine BayCare Clinic. “In addition to being connected to diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and depression, inflammatory foods can interfere with the way your body produces collagen, a key component to firm, healthy-looking skin.”
Stress can play a major role in your skin health. Existing skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, acne or rosacea will often flare up or worsen in stressful situations. Managing your stress can help lessen the severity of its effects on your skin, Wagner says.
“We all experience stress,” Wagner says. “It’s often how we handle that stress that can mean the difference in the way our skin reacts.”
Wagner suggests taking time for yourself.
“Maintain your skin care regimen even if you’re exhausted and try to find time for light exercise like yoga, lunchtime walks or even just some deep breathing,” she says.
Aesthetic treatments can be relaxing and a great way to not only de-stress but also reset your skin care routine.
“Facial treatments from our team can help reset some of our bad habits and reverse some of the early signs of aging that accompany them,” says Janelle Klubertanz, a certified plastic surgery nurse at Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic. “Our team is trained to specifically guide you on the right services and products for all your skin care needs.”
In addition to a full range of dermatology services, Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic offers skin resurfacing treatments, laser treatments, injections, facials, and rejuvenation treatments appropriate for all skin types and concerns.
Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic providers work collaboratively with each other and with Integrative Lifestyle Medicine BayCare Clinic.
If you’re experiencing issues with your skin, contact one our providers. Together, we will work with you to identify and treat the root cause of your skin concerns whether internal or external.
Nick Grimm, PA-C, sees patients at Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic in Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay and Marinette. To request an appointment with him or a member of our aesthetics team, call 920-288-8240 or request an appointment online.
Dr. Lynn Wagner is a fellowship-trained integrative lifestyle medicine physician. She sees patients in De Pere. To request an appointment, call 920-327-7056 or request an appointment online.