Medications and Drugs May Age Your Skin

Medications and Drugs May Age Your Skin

Debra Murray

 

Medications and Drugs

Many medicines have a side effect of drying out and aging of the skin. These include drugs for:

 

  • High blood pressure, like diuretics
  • Allergies, like antihistamines
  • Acne and other skin conditions, like retinoids

 

If you experience dry skin and you believe your medicine may be the cause, talk to your doctor about alternatives. It may be that changing the dose is all you need.

 

Medical Conditions

Dry and aging skin is usually caused by external factors; however, it can be a sign of either a natural physiologic change or an illness.

 

Aging is a natural change that leads to dry skin. Most people develop dry skin as they get older, especially women. Changes in hormones can lead to dry skin and for many it is genetic. Some people are just prone to it.

 

Medical conditions can also lead to dry skin. A few common causes are:

 

  • Skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema. In some instances specific skin therapy treatment may be needed, but the use of moisturizers may be enough remedies for skin problems.
  • Diabetes. Fluctuations in one’s glucose levels may lead to dehydration, and dehydration will dry the skin out. Diabetes can lead to slow healing which increases the risk of infections. If you suffer from diabetes, it’s very important to keep your skin healthy and a high quality emu oil skin lotion should be applied.
  • Malnutrition. Not getting the necessary nutrients the body needs can leave the skin dehydrated and needing water and electrolytes.

 

Eat well

Did you know you could improve your complexion by consuming certain foods that contain inflammation-reducing niacin, like avocados? Apricots, carrots, and cantaloupes are packed full of vitamin A and healthy antioxidants that fight skin-aging free radicals.

 

Essential fatty acids like the omega-3s found in salmon, walnuts, emu oil, flaxseed and eggs help produce your skin's natural oil layer that is essential in maintaining skin hydration.

 

Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. If ever you have a craving for nuts, it may be due to an iron deficiency. Even if you do eat a well-balanced diet take a multivitamin daily.

 

Use skin treatment products containing 100% pure Emu oil to help keep skin moisturized and penetrate deeply into the tissues of the skin, muscles, and joints. Avoid diuretics such as alcohol and caffeine because they can cause the body and skin cells to lose important minerals and fluids.

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