Healthier Skin: What Doctors Wish Patients Knew Part I
Healthier Skin: Article from the American Medical Association 12/2022
Article: by Sara Berg, MS, Senior News Writer:
What Doctors Wish Patients Knew About Maintaining Healthy Skin
Skin is the body’s largest organ, so it is important to take care of it. That’s because when skin is healthy, its layers work hard to protect us. But when it is not, the skin’s ability to work as a protective barrier is impaired. Knowing how to achieve healthy skin from head to toe can help support it in maintaining its protective role.
Our skin has many functions, including protecting us from bacteria, viruses, and pollution and chemical substances. It also regulates body temperature, maintains fluid balance, controls moisture loss, acts as a barrier and shock absorber, recognizes pain sensations and protects us from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Many factors affect your skin, but knowing how to maintain healthy skin is
The AMA’s What Doctors Wish Patients Knew™ series provides physicians with a platform to share what they want patients to understand about today’s health care headlines. In this installment, Lawrence Cheung, MD, a dermatologist and delegate in the AMA House of Delegates for the California Medical Association, took time to discuss what doctors wish patients knew about maintaining healthy skin.
The Simpler the Better
“In terms of starting out for basic skin hygiene, the most important thing to consider is that the simpler the better,” said Dr. Cheung. “People don’t realize that a lot of things that they purchase and are applying to their skin actually can be allergenic.” “What that means is that for all my patients, I always start out with saying that simple is better and I usually recommend only two items that they use daily—a moisturizer and sunscreen,” he said, adding “if patients want to use additional things to be aware because you could be allergic to it and you could develop allergies to it down the road.” Dr. Cheung personally recommends three brands for third-generation moisturizers and wash: Aveeno, Cetaphil and Cerave.
Natural Doesn’t mean better
“One of the most important things that I hear from my patients that is wrong is this preconceived notion that a lot of these natural oils and natural things are good because it is natural,” said Dr. Cheung. “But the fact is that fragrances and preservatives are two of the most common things that people are allergic to".
“And I’m talking about fragrances, which are things that are naturally derived, and preservatives, which are artificial,” he added. “For example, rose hip and chamomile. Yes, it’s all natural, but so is poison oak and poison ivy—are you going to touch that and put that in your lotion?” “So, you have to understand that just because it’s natural doesn’t mean that you’re not going to be allergic to it,” Dr. Cheung said.
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Healthier Skin: What Doctors Wish Patients Knew
Healthier Skin: Article from the American Medical Association 12/2022Article: by Sara Berg, MS, Senior News Writer: What Doctors Wish Patients Knew About Maintaining Healthy Skin Skin is the body’s largest organ, so it is important to take care of it. That’s because when skin is healthy, its layers work hard to protect