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Skin is the largest organ in the body, and arguably the most important one. It's your first line of defense against infection and it's one of the first things people see when they look at you. Skin irritation is so common as to be practically ubiquitous, but how does one take care of this superficial but incredibly important organ.

Possible Causes

First of all, try to identify the cause of your skin irritation. You can apply all the CBD cream in the world, but if you don't know what's causing your itchy rashes and dry patches, the problem will keep reoccurring. Some skin conditions, like keratosis pilaris (sometimes called chicken skin) are purely superficial and genetic. A condition like that may be incurable but it may also be manageable. On the other hand, some skin conditions are indicative of deeper health problems or allergies. It's important to determine the cause of your skin irritation before you begin treatment.

Environment

If your skin problems are related to allergies, there might be an environmental factor. Allergens in the air, the clothes you wear, or the soaps you use may be causing your skin irritation. If your skin problems seem to get worse or better at certain times of the year, that may be because of airborne allergens in the environment around you. It might also have to do with the air itself. Very dry air can cause certain skin conditions while very humid air can lead to different problems.

Hygiene

Cleanliness is, as the cliche goes, next to godliness. Hygiene is a key component of skincare, but it is also not a one-size-fits-all solution. Too much washing with the wrong kind of hygiene products can cause irritation for some while not enough washing can leave oily or ashy buildup on other skin types. You may find that certain parts of your skin need more attention than others. For example, washing twice a day might dry out some parts of your skin, but some people do need to wash their faces gently in the morning and in the evening to help stop the buildup of oil and dead skin. It isn't just about how often you wash: it's also about how you wash. Pay attention to possible allergens in particular when you're choosing hygiene products and skincare products.

Skincare

Your skincare regimen, which includes hygiene, will largely be determined by your skin type. Are you someone who burns easily or not? Do you have very sensitive skin? Do you have very oily skin or very dry skin? Ask for advice from people with skin like yours; they will know what works and what doesn't. That said, don't fall into the trap of thinking that everyone who has the same skin color as you will necessarily have the same skin type as you.

Diet

While we're at it, don't underestimate the importance of diet to your skin's health. Like the rest of your body, your skin is nourished by the food you eat. Vitamins C, E, and K are very important for skin health. You can get them from a variety of foods, like citrus fruits, certain nuts, and seeds as well as leafy greens like kale and spinach. You can also find supplements to help you get your full daily values, but be aware that not all vitamins are best taken in pill form. Vitamin D, for example, can best be acquired through careful sun exposure and certain foods where it is naturally occurring.

Hydration

Last but not least, stay hydrated. Your skin needs moisture, and you can't get all the moisture it needs from lotions and creams. Drink plenty of water to help keep your skin soft, smooth, and hydrated.

Skincare is more than skin deep. It's about more than appearances and irritation. As we've said: your skin is a huge and vitally important organ. You deserve to have healthy, beautiful skin. Take care of your skin and your skin will take care of you.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

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