Taking care of your breasts on a daily basis
Breasts are part of everyone's life. Whether they are small, large, asymmetrical or long, you must learn to love them as they are.
However, if they are such an integral part of our lives, why is it a topic we don't hear much about? This article aims to enlighten you about the subject of breasts.
Your breasts’ skin
Many women mention that as they age, the skin on their breasts and bust becomes wrinkled and more elastic. It is important to understand what our skin is made of to better limit this effect.
The skin on our body remains hydrated thanks to the sebaceous glands that produce the sebum. Sebum plays an essential role in the skin's suppleness and hydration as it allows it to retain water. The only problem is that the skin on the breasts and chest has few sebaceous glands, making it more prone to dehydration.
The best tip to keep the skin of your breasts healthy and looking good is to apply moisturizer once or twice a day. In addition, it is essential to protect this area of the body from the sun to avoid accelerated skin aging. It is therefore necessary to apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
Breast tenderness and pain
Breast health is an important part of overall wellness, so knowing what to do about the symptoms that arise is important. Here are some causes that can make your breasts tender or become painful.
Menstruation can make the breasts feel tender, heavy, swollen, and even painful. These symptoms are often felt in both breasts and can occur up to 2 weeks before the start of your period. It is a normal cyclical pain that returns with each menstrual cycle and is due to hormonal changes.
Early pregnancy can also cause breast tenderness and pain. During the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, the appearance of your breasts changes due to an increased production of hormones. This increase causes a proliferation of the milk glands, making the breasts more sensitive or causing itching or tingling.
Typically, this sensitivity will decrease as your pregnancy progresses. Eventually, pregnancy increases the volume of the breasts by about 50%. As the weeks progress, your breasts will become heavier and larger.
Breastfeeding can also cause breast tenderness and pain.
Breast infections are pretty rare and often caused by bacteria. These infections can cause tenderness and pain from the inflammation caused by the infection, which is called mastitis. Symptoms include swelling, redness, heat and pain. If you ever experience these symptoms, it is important to see a healthcare professional.
Breast cysts are benign tumours in one or both breasts that can make the breasts tender or painful. Regardless of their size, it is crucial to see a doctor.
Finally, breast cancer is a well-known cause of breast pain, change in appearance or tenderness. Consult your healthcare professional if you ever see an abnormality when examining your breasts.
Other small breast-related injuries
Low back pain
Breasts can be a significant cause of back pain. The heavier and more prominent your breasts are, the more they can cause back pain. How can you prevent it?
First, it is important to wear bras adapted to your breasts. In addition, some women may consider breast reduction surgery if their back pain becomes too severe. Talk to your healthcare professional.
Breast discharge can be worrisome, but it is often harmless. Since the breasts are glands, it is possible that fluid can be excreted. Although minor illnesses usually cause this, it is vital to visit your healthcare professional.
What about men's breasts?
People often talk about women's breasts, but men also have breasts and can develop breast-related disorders.
The two main conditions affecting men are breast cancer and abnormal breast enlargement, called gynecomastia. If you experience tenderness, pain or abnormal growth of your breasts, it is important to book an appointment with your doctor.
Breasts can come in many sizes, shapes and lengths. No matter what size your breasts are, keeping them healthy is essential.
As there are as many humans on Earth as there are different breasts. Don’t be shy about them!