How many bottles of moisturizer, concealer and bronzer do you own? These beauty products all have one thing in common: enhancing your natural beauty. But your looks shouldn’t be the only thing you’re concerned about. Your skin has numerous responsibilities from protecting your organs, blood vessels and nerves to regulating your body temperature. It needs to be in top condition to perform these duties, so it means you need to keep it has healthy as possible. And while slathering on sunscreen is commendable, there are four warning signs you should never ignore.

Discoloration

Whether it’s in one isolated patch or all over, it’s in your best interest touch base with your dermatologist. Certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis, an inflammatory disease, or vitiligo, a disease that halts pigment production, are known for causing skin discoloration.

Bumps

Everyone gets occasional harmless bumps on their body, especially in the summer, but if your bumps become painful or start oozing, you need to get in touch with your physician as soon as possible. Professionals, such as those at Midwest Medical Specialists, realize that although most bumps disappear on their own, if they continue to spread and cause pain, this could be indicative of a more serious condition such as a staph infection.

Hives

All you ate was watermelon, and now you’re covered from head to foot in red bumps. Hives, itchy welts that appear on the skin in varying sizes usually are the result of an allergic reaction. Thankfully, most cases of hives resolve on their own within 24 hours, but if they occur under the skin, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Moles

Do you know the ABCDE rule? Moles have the tendency to make us worry more than we should, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. There are clear signs you should look for when performing skin checks. Specifically be on the lookout for changes in the following.

-Asymmetry

-Borders

-Coloration

-Diameter

-Changing

If diagnosed early, melanoma is curable. So, if you have a mole that you think has changed, head over to your dermatologist immediately. Preventive medicine is the key, so be sure to perform routine skin examinations.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so if it’s acting up, your body might be trying to tell you something. Whether it’s an allergy or a stress response, listen up when your skin talks to you. Take the time to pamper your skin now and you will reap the rewards for a lifetime.

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