Written by Devin Flanigan
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The skin is the body's largest organ. Given that, it's rather astounding how few Americans take the time to engage in proper skin maintenance. That said, it's true that there are plenty of ointments, creams, and moisturizers available for every conceivable skin malady. Of course, topical treatments can only accomplish so much in terms of fixing skin problems.

Great skincare starts with a healthy diet and a good grooming regimen. Foods high in vitamin E and vitamin D tend to support healthy skin. In addition, if you eat foods rich in the so-called phytonutrients, such as spirulina or any one of the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, etc.), you should see results in terms of smoother and less flaky skin.

Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin

Skin maladies can crop up seemingly at random. If you notice a problem, see a dermatologist to get a diagnosis and treatment regimen. Some of the more common skin maladies include eczema, moles, dry skin, and acne. Given how these disorders can affect self-esteem--not to mention general health and welfare--it's no surprise that Americans spend billions of dollars a year on skincare products and treatments.

One controversial treatment for acne is the drug Accutane, which is a harsh, but effective clinical blockade against unsightly skin blemishes. Unfortunately, Accutane can cause rather severe side effects. Some studies even suggest that residual Accutane in the bloodstream may contribute to a higher potential for birth defects. The point is that it's always smart to check with your dermatologist before embarking on any course of treatment.

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