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When you hear the word “organ” in a health context, you probably think of your heart, stomach, or liver. Even if you do know that the skin is the body’s largest organ, you probably almost never think about the crucial role it plays in your health.
Sun, wind, dirt, allergens, and irritants — human skin is exposed to many potential harms, and it can be surprisingly resilient. It’s only when something goes wrong, such as when you develop a rash that resists healing, that we realize the only skin we have is the skin we’re in. Good thing so many bloggers are lining up to offer up the best remedies, tips, and information!
Blessed by Brenna
Blessed by Brenna blogger Courtney Westlake is the mother of Brenna, who has harlequin ichthyosis. Babies born with harlequin ichthyosis have a thick outer layer of skin in contiguous, diamond-shaped patches separated by fissures. This red, inflamed skin tears and peels, encouraging infection that can even be fatal. The condition limits the body’s temperature and hydration regulation, which can also be life-threatening. While she covers many practical topics, her posts go way beyond the surface. Get a box of tissues handy and visit this blog to be reminded that beauty is far more than skin deep, and that blessings come in unexpected packages.
Dr. Bailey Skincare
Dr. Cynthia Bailey has operated her dermatology clinic in Sebastopol, California since 1991. She’s frequently quoted in national news stories about skin topics from rosacea to melanoma. On her website, many patients write that they come from out of state to see Dr. Bailey, but you can also just access her blog for reader-friendly skin info and treatment recommendations.
Read up on everything from managing vertical wrinkles on the chest to beating cystic acne. Dr. Bailey helpfully answers reader questions in the comments, and also sometimes devotes full posts to reader inquiries.
Connect on Twitter: @CBaileyMD
The Healthy Skin Blog
The Healthy Skin Blog is an effort to combat the fads, pseudoscience, and generally bad information that are replete in cyberspace. These bloggers are science journalists, dermatologists, and chemists with an interest in skin care. This is an excellent resource to assess popular skin treatments like caffeine and diamonds (spoiler alert: they’re not worth the money). You can also learn the latest hard science on health topics like diabetes and how they affect the skin.
I Have Eczema
Eczema is uncomfortable and incurable, but it is also is very common — at least 30 million people in the United States suffer from this itchy skin disease. And what confounds many of them is that it is often impossible to understand what exactly is triggering their flare-ups. That’s why having a good place to search for possible triggers and treatments is critically important. Published by Jenny Stradling since 2013, it now caters to hundreds of thousands of readers. Stradling examines a number of issues surrounding eczema, like whether or not topical steroids are helpful or harmful, and details her experience with topical steroid withdrawal.
It’s an Itchy Little World
Jennifer is a mom of two kids who have eczema, and her blog is devoted to helping people understand what the condition is, and to helping kids and families deal with the condition. In search of treatments for her kids, she has studied many alternatives to Western medicine, including herbs like calendula, and dietary changes. Check out the results she records and see if the options seem like something that might work for you. Jennifer also produces a line of scratch-free clothing for people with skin sensitivities.
Connect on Twitter: @TheEczemaCompany
Pai Skincare creates a line of skincare and cosmetic products for people with sensitive skin. The products are vegan and cruelty-free. Sarah Brown started the company when her skin developed sensitivity to a variety of product ingredients. On her blog, she offers up tips on how to reduce stress, improve your sleep, and keep your skin healthy in the winter months, and discusses whether minerals like zinc can be of help for certain skin conditions.
Connect on Twitter: @PaiSkincare
Rosacea Support Group
Rosacea is more than a pink blush to the skin. It’s a common skin disorder that causes flare-ups of red, bumpy skin on the cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead. It can also affect your eyes and occasionally appear on your chest and back. Rosacea can affect anyone, but it’s more likely to occur in people with paler skin. This blog will help you tell the difference between rosacea and common acne, and guide you to possible treatments. Blog founder David Pascoe began Rosacea Support in 1998 as an email group and has seen it grow into a reliable resource for news, as well as book and product reviews.
Speaking of Vitiligo
Vitiligo is a condition that alters the skin’s color, exposing areas that are noticeably lighter than the surrounding skin. It occurs when the skin cells that make melanin, which provides skin pigment, die. It can also make the hair lose color and affect the eyes, which could affect vision. This blog, from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is written by Dr. John E. Harris, M.D., a nationally recognized vitiligo specialist, and is a great place to learn about the basics of vitiligo, along with the latest news on treatments and causes.
Connect on Twitter: @HarrisVitiligo
Topical Steroid Withdrawal
Topical steroids (TCS) have been used for half a century to fight skin conditions like eczema. According to the National Eczema Association, they are generally considered to be safe and effective when used as directed. However, when topical steroids are overused, the skin could react with further flare-ups of red, itchy, burning skin, especially after stopping them. This is referred to as topical steroid withdrawal (TSW). Louise Jones started this blog to write about her reaction to different steroid creams and assess their effectiveness, focusing on the difficulties associated with topical steroid withdrawal. She also shares the latest news and research on eczema, including treatment options, making this a great resource for anyone who wants to know more about what they’re using to fight eczema.
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