Human skin is often exposed to internal and external conditions that alter its functioning. Continuous processes in the layers of the skin restore its normal function, such as shedding of dead skin cells, reduce the impact of the exposures on skin health. However, human behavior may increase exposure to internal or external factors, contributing to skin diseases.
Individuals who tend to stay long outdoors increases the exposure to UV radiation, which may contribute to skin carcinomas. Smoking, on the other hand, predisposes an individual to skin disease. Carbon monoxide from tobacco smoking displaces oxygen in the skin, and nicotine reduces vascularization of the skin, causing the skin to become dry and discolored (Yazdanparast et al., 2019). However, some routine acts, such as cleaning the skin frequently and using skincare products, may improve skin health (Draelos, 2017). These products clear bacteria from the skin’s surface, dislodge oil from pores, and moisturize the skin, improving overall health.
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Despite comprehension of risks of skin illnesses, addiction, desire to fit in a particular social class, among others, may cause people to continue with poor habits. For instance, addicted injection drug users continue to inflict injuries to the skin. In some instances, risks may arise in routine work. I will improve my skin health through regular cleansing to remove bacteria that may cause skin pathology and wearing sun-screen to reduce UV light damage on my skin (Draelos, 2017). I will also ensure that my skin is well moisturized at all times, to protect it from dryness and wrinkling.
Draelos, Z. (2017). The science behind skin care: Cleansers. Journal Of Cosmetic Dermatology, 17(1), 8-14. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocd.12469
Yazdanparast, T., Hassanzadeh, H., Nasrollahi, S. A., Seyedmehdi, S. M., Jamaati, H., Naimian, A., Karimi, M., Roozbahani, R., & Firooz, A. (2019). Cigarettes Smoking and Skin: A Comparison Study of the Biophysical Properties of Skin in Smokers and Non-Smokers. Tanaffos, 18(2), 163–168.