The skin, which is the largest organ of the body, plays a major role in a person’s wellbeing as it protects against bacteria and viruses. In order for your skin to keep you healthy, however, you need to keep it healthy, too.
This is easier said than done. Skin diseases, many of which can be serious or even deadly, affect one in four people in the United States every year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. There are more Americans with skin disease than heart disease or diabetes.
“Often the most common mistake is people doing too much for their skin,” according to Dr. Jason Miller of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New Jersey. Complicated regimens can be time consuming, expensive, and irritating, he noted.
Skin care regimens vary from person to person, based on type of skin and needs. “It is essential to work with your dermatologist to help create a safe, simple, and affordable skin care regimen that you will actually use (and hopefully enjoy using),” Miller said.
But keep in mind that there is no miracle solution to any skin problem, he added. “Skin care regimens are marathons rather than sprints — results are seen gradually with time.” As is the case with all resolutions, you have to stick to them. And some are more effective than others.
To create a list of important skin care resolutions people should stick to, 24/7 Wall St. consulted board certified dermatologists with more than 20 years of combined experience.