Understanding Your Skin’s Flora

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What the heck is your skin’s flora? Essentially it’s all those little microorganisms that are living on your skin. Don’t worry, they’re usually good little microorganisms that are beneficial by protecting your skin and body or are just plain harmless. Since the skin is the largest organ of the body and it affects how you look and feel on a daily basis, it’s beneficial to learn as much about it – flora included – as possible. With that said, the following are some ways to learn more about and understand your skin’s flora.

Take a Class
Unfortunately, taking care of the skin and understanding more about it isn’t as simple as putting on a few products and calling it a day. It’s complex, but taking a class can help you understand more about the skin and its flora. There are so many types of classes you can take whether it’s at a cosmetology school, a college or university, or even adult school, but if you’d rather learn from home, there are online classes you can take as well, some of which are self-paced.

Speak to Your Dermatologist
Your dermatologist is obviously one of the most knowledgeable people to speak to when you want to learn more about your skin’s flora. For example, they can explain how the microorganisms vary from the more moist parts of your body (think groin area and under the arms) compared to drier areas (arms and legs).

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Go to the Library or Bookstore
In the age of the Internet, there still is nothing like a library and bookstore. It’s here where you can dig into a whole plethora of books and magazines that can give you more information about your skin’s flora, even up-to-date information. Don’t hesitate to take your time to do a little research and explore; you never know what you’ll find!

Read Reputable Sites
The Internet is a great thing, but it can also be a scary place, especially if you have something going on with your skin that you’re not sure about and you’re trying to figure out what it is. For example, certain skin conditions aren’t contagious while others are, and you don’t want to go to a site that confuses the two. Basically, stick to reading reputable sites rather than ones that could cause a panic.

Ask Questions
If you want to learn more about the skin’s flora, don’t hesitate to ask questions from medical professionals. For example, if you’re pregnant (congratulations!), you may want to know how microbes can affect your baby’s skin after birth and what some of the factors are (such as temperature) that can have an effect. Asking about your own skin can also be advantageous.

Now that you know a little more about how you can get a better understanding of your skin’s flora, there’s no better time to take the next steps and get started. You may be surprised just how beneficial all that extra knowledge can be when it comes to taking care of your own skin and being healthier.

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