Dr. Q&A: Taking care of the largest organ of your body – your skin!

Dr. Q&A: Taking care of the largest organ of your body – your skin!

By: Yousuf Qureshi, M.D., Dermatologist

Taking care of the largest organ of your body – your skin!

Your skin is your largest organ and is always exposed. The skin has many important functions including protecting internal organs and systems, regulating your body temperature and removing toxins. So why wouldn’t you want to know how to take care of it properly?

To maximize the amount of time that you keep that soft and supple baby skin, below are some tips to protect it:

  • Use sun block –Always use a sun block when you are out and about and reapply every couple of hours. Always check the sun protection factor (SPF) before you purchase a sun block. IRMC Physician Group Dermatologist, Dr. Qureshi, recommends a minimum 45 SPF sun block.
  • Cover up – Even on a cloudy day, your skin is exposed any time that you are outside. Always cover up by using hats, sunglasses, umbrellas, etc.
  • 10 am to 4 pm – The sun’s UV rays are the strongest during these hours. Try to stay indoors if possible or cover up when you are outside.
  • Drink sufficient fluids – Your skin needs to stay hydrated to maintain optimal function. We need approximately 2 to 2.5 liters of fluid daily, unless you have a certain medical condition. Unfortunately, drinking too much of your all-time-favorite drinks (alcohol and coffee) dehydrates your skin.
  • Eat healthy – Healthy body, healthy skin. Your skin will thank you for having a balanced diet with sufficient vitamins and minerals.
  • Don’t smoke – The list of negative effects of smoking is not exhaustive. Smoking deprives your skin of blood supply and oxygen, reduces elasticity of the skin, and thus accelerates the aging process.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to UV – Although tanning beds in the winter and warm beaches in the summer are tempting, exposing yourself to hours of unnecessary UV can have consequences! Try to stay under a beach umbrella while on vacation and explore the option of spray tans and sunless tanners in place of tanning beds. Also, do not forget the first tip – apply sun block. Reapply every couple of hours and always after a swim.

Love your skin ~ remember to apply sunblock when you are out and about!

Different body parts have different skin types!

While our skin is made up of the same layers, our skin is very different depending on different parts of the body. For example, the skin on your face is different from the skin on your palms. There is no “one-size-fits all” moisturizer. A good skin care regime will go a long way in keeping your skin soft and supple. Talk to Dr. Qureshi to find out which regime suits you best!

Taking care of the skin in older ages

Younger adults who experience minor injury will likely find that their skin recovers fairly quickly. However, as we age, our skin becomes drier and more delicate. This is why older ages are more prone to skin tears and injury. Thus, it is advisable for all ages to apply an appropriate moisturizer daily. Studies have shown that applying moisturizer twice a day can cut the risk of experiencing a skin tear in half. If you experience a skin tear or injury, it is good practice to have it checked by your doctor.

What’s the take-home message?

  • Always protect your skin using sun block and protective clothing
  • Healthy lifestyle = healthy skin
  • Your skin is “in the palm of your hand”
  • Consult Dr. Qureshi if you have any skin injury or concerning skin discoloration or growth. Dr. Qureshi is currently accepting new patients at his Indiana, PA and Blairsville, PA offices. He offers extended evening ours. To schedule an appointment, call 888-452-IRMC (4762) or visit www.IRMCdocs.org/dermatology.

Dr. Yousuf Qureshi

For any questions or concerns, schedule an appointment with our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Yousuf Qureshi by calling 888-452-IRMC or visit www.IRMCdocs.org. Dr. Qureshi is accepting new patients and has same-day access.

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