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YOUR SKIN PROBLEMS SORTED

Irritating and painful, skin conditions can also put a big dent in your self-confidence. Dermatologist Dr Stefanie Williams on how to beat some of the most common complaints

It may be the body’s largest organ, but many of us take our skin for granted and don’t look after it as well as we should – until a problem flares up and then we realise just how important it is.

To keep skin healthy, protected and looking its best, it’s important to maintain a good skincare regime, with products tailored to your skin type and an SPF. However, most skin conditions – acne and psoriasis, for example – are actually diseases that need specialist treatment from a dermatologist.

The good news is, these days, even serious cases of acne, psoriasis and eczema can be dramatically improved with the right combination of treatments.

THE PROBLEM 

Adult acne

Several factors contribute to acne, but the main one is a genetic predisposition. The wrong skincare and hormonal fluctuations (due to menstruation, coming off the Pill and stress) can cause flare-ups, but only if you already have a genetic susceptibility. Food can affect it, but for most people it’s not as strong as often thought. Too much sugar or processed starchy foods can make existing acne worse, but someone without that genetic link could have a sinful diet and be OK.

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This issue, healthy is packed with expert know-how and inspirational ideas to keep your wellness on track throughout late summer. Meet the winner of our nationwide Face of healthy competition: we’ve picked a real-life beauty to be our cover star. We’ve also explored what it means to #Loveorganic in the real world, including how and when to buy organic produce. Plus, we’ve hunted far and wide for 33 tempting eat-well ideas for you to experiment with. Restore your balance and wellbeing with your digital issue of healthy.

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