Protecting precious, multifunctional skin comes down to care, treatment approaches

The skin is the largest organ of the body, weighing in at 9 pounds and spanning 21 square feet on the average adult. The skin protects the rest of the body from disease-causing bacteria and from the everyday stresses you may encounter in the environment. This protective shell also regulates body temperature, helps your brain respond appropriately to hot or cold, and permits the sense of touch. With so many functions critical to the health of the rest of the body’s organs and tissues, it is important to keep skin healthy.

Partnering with Arta Dermatology can be the first step toward attaining or restoring skin health. As a specialist trained in the diagnoses and treatment of skin conditions, Dr. Arta Farshidi can evaluate the condition of your skin and recommend effective and safe ways to maintain or get your skin looking and feeling its best.

A foundation of good skin care is a UVA-UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen. The skin can only do so much on its own to protect the body from the ravages of Ultraviolet rays from the sun and manmade sources, such as tanning beds. Dr. Farshidi can also recommend other skin care products to meet your specific skin care needs and goals.

Effective sun protection should be worn by all, not only the pale and freckled. Sun protection should be applied even on overcast days, and avoidance may need to be practiced mid-day when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. Dr. Farshidi also recommends at-home skin examinations to complement annual skin cancer screenings performed in our Newport Beach office.

Since your skin reflects and supports overall health, consider how “lifestyle factors” have the power to either benefit or damage the skin, including:
  • Smoking — Smoking inhibits the blood vessels, which deplete the oxygen and nutrients needed for skin health.
  • Gentle cleansing — Very hot or long showers and baths, as well as strong soaps strip your skin of beneficial oils.
  • Eat healthy — Researchers have found diets abundant in Vitamin C and low in saturated fats and processed or refined products promote younger-looking skin.
  • Get a handle on stress — The “fight or flight” response associated with stressful situations is damaging to your insides and what others see on the outside: your skin. Stress has been found to worsen acne, and also to heighten sensitivity and the likelihood of developing eczema and other conditions.
In addition to customized skin care planning, Dr. Farshidi offers comprehensive services for the treatment of eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, acne, and other conditions. Skin care treatment may include topical or oral medications or therapies that are laser- or light-based or which use safe chemical solutions and abrading techniques to improve your skin with the added benefit of cosmetic improvement.

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