Perioral dermatitis, a complex facial rash that is often mistaken for acne, is becoming more common, some experts say. Here’s how to spot, treat and prevent this irritating condition.

I feel like I’ve aged six years in six months. These days, it’s a statement often repeated among friends and heard by dermatologists. Can we chalk it up to quarantine exhaustion, or has lockdown actually done something to speed up the aging process on our skin? “I’m hearing more complaints about accelerated aging in my practice than ever before,” says Whitney Bowe, a New York City–based dermatologist and author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin. “It’s very similar to what I used to see when there was a death in the family or a divorce and patients would come in and say, ‘I feel like I aged five years overnight.’ Now we’re seeing that with Covid.”

Happy New Year! It’s the perfect time to refresh, renew and treat yourself to some “me” time.

Whether it’s upgrading your skin care routine or finding ways to get quality sleep, there are a number of self-care solutions that can easily be added to your 2021 routine.

Dr. Whitney Bowe and ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton shared their best advice for finding ways to show yourself a little extra TLC this season.

Dr. Whitney Bowe, Dr. Jen Ashton and Maya Feller share their top tips for self-care this year so you can rock your resolutions.

Psychological strain can show up as “stress skin.” Treating it is easier (and more affordable) than you think.

Quick recap: When you have “leaky gut,” the walls of your intestines are injured, which allows irritants, microbes, and undigested food particles to “leak” into the bloodstream. From there, the immune system often marks them as foreign invaders and attacks (which can lead to painful digestive conditions). This we know, and while it’s not yet a widely recognized medical condition, the term has been used a lot more lately by integrative and functional nutrition experts alike.

But did you know you can face “leaky skin” as well? According to board-certified dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D., the process happens in a similar fashion to a leaky gut—when your skin barrier becomes compromised, the skin is less able to trap moisture and keep allergens, pollutants, and irritants from seeping in. “When they penetrate through the skin, they trigger inflammation, and they make things like acne, eczema, rosacea, psoriasi worse,” she shares on this episode of the mindbodygreen podcast.

Not a fun situation in the slightest, but there are ways to help manage your leaky skin and strengthen the barrier. Below, Bowe weighs in.

The dermatologist and Pore House physician advisor speaks about her holistic approach to skincare, why she champions clean beauty, and the impact of the gut-brain-skin connection.

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