Shining the Light on Natural Ingredients to Treat Hyperpigmentation
Although it is one of the most common skin conditions, hyperpigmentation can be difficult to treat and often leads to a negative impact on a person’s psychological well being. Characterized by a darkening of the skin due to an increase in melanin (the natural substance that gives skin its color or pigment), hyperpigmentation is commonly treated with topical treatments with varying degrees of success. While hydroquinone has been the gold standard of treatment for hyperpigmentation for decades, some people would rather use a more natural-based product to try to lighten skin affected by dark patches. Now, new topical ingredients—including some that are plant-based—are offering more treatment alternatives showing promise for this tricky skin condition.
“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s only thing you should be trying to control.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
Nervous habits are often more annoying to the people around you than to yourself, but some types of fidgeting and fussing can do real harm. Here, experts reveal the reasons why nail-biting, fidgety legs, hair-twirling and other seemingly harmless habits can be hazardous to your health.
Instructional Video Improves Skin Cancer Diagnoses in Older Men: Study
Giving older men an instructional video about skin awareness and self-examination might lead to increased detection of skin cancer, according to a new study. Researchers divided more than 900 men, aged 50 and older, into two groups. In one group, men received a video and brochures about looking for possible skin cancers, while those in a control group received only brochures.
Melanoma is the most dangerous kind of skin cancer. In the United States, death rates from melanoma have fallen in women but climbed in men. Early detection is crucial and can be achieved through self-examination or by seeing a health professional, the researchers said.
Research finds correlation between OCD, body dysmorphia and tanning addiction
They keep tanning, even after turning a deep brown and experiencing some of the negative consequences. Skin cancer is among the most common, preventable types of the disease, yet many continue to tan to excess. Research from Drs. Lisham Ashrafioun and Erin Bonar, shows that some who engage in excessive tanning may also be suffering from obsessive-compulsive and body dysmorphic disorders.
"While more research is needed regarding to idea of tanning as an addiction, this study suggests that some people who tan also experience mental health symptoms that warrant further assessment," said Bonar. "Although tanning behavior could be separate and distinct from these concerns, it’s possible that the symptoms of OCD or BDD are contributing to the tanning in some way. For these people, prevention messages and public health campaigns may not be as helpful, but further assessment and treatment could be."
Acne caused or aggravated by cosmetics is called acne cosmetica. Cosmetics that contain oil and excessive use of hair products tend to block pores which leads to breakouts. Older girls and women often want to try various products and procedures to enhance their appearance. Daily use of items like cold creams, moisturizers and certain sun screen lotions can worsen acne. Acne can be triggered or aggravated by make up foundation creams and lotions. Dry mineral make up powder, blush, eye make up, and lip make up are preferable.
If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannon defeat me.’ Then, repeat to yourself the most comforting words of all, ‘This too will pass.’
Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble. There is alwasy a see of good. Find it and prosper.
Hyperhydrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating usually involving the underarms, palms or feet. Often these areas are treated with topical medications. However, when medical grade antiperspirants are not effective Botox is the next step.
Botox reduces or eliminates sweating by blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When effective, sweat is not produced or is greatly reduced in the treated areas. The production of excessive sweat stops only in the areas treated.
In a medical study, 81% achieved a greater than 50% reduction in sweating. Botox is not a cure as the treatment has to be repeated at intervals. In more than half the patients the effectiveness lasted 7 months, however duration of up to 2 years were not uncommon. Sweating returns gradually and usually the patient knows when it is time to return to the doctor.
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The best way to treat acne marks is by preventing them during the healing process. You should ideally target the acne and use a spot treatment that will prevent your skin from breaking out further. Avoid picking and squeezing breakouts and blackheads. You increase the chance of permanent marks when you pick because of the trauma you inflicted on your skin.
Choose the right products: AHAs such as Glycolic Acid is excellent for reducing the appearance of acne scars. Kojic Acid and vitamin-C are also believed to reduce scarring.
Never forget sun protection: Exposing acne scars to the harmful UV rays of the sun will darken it all the more. The rays of the sun stimulate pigment-producing cells, which make the scars much more noticeable.
Treat hyper-pigmentation by applying Kojic Acid. It encourages skin discoloration to lighten by helping to inhibit the formation of pigment in the skin’s cells.
Don’t over-scrub: Scarring takes place when you use exfoliating agents too often. The rough granules, which are used to get rid of blackheads, irritate acne and lead to scarring.
Fear of "looking older and less attactive" may encourage teens to use sunscreen
Teenagers felt more compelled to apply sunscreen if they saw in a video that it could protect their skin from premature aging than if they saw that it could protect against cancer, a new study shows.
"Vanity is more of a driving force to use sunscreen, as opposed to the fear factor of developing skin cancer," the study’s lead author, William Tuong, told Reuters Health. Tuong is a fourth-year medical student at the University of California, Davis.
In his study, high school students applied sunblock three times as often if they watched a video showing how it could prevent their skin from wrinkling than if they watched a video showing how sun exposure causes melanoma.
“The verb that’s been enforced on girls is the verb TO PLEASE. Girls are trained to please. I want to change the verb. I want us all to change the verb. I want the verb to be EDUCATE or ACTIVATE or ENGAGE or CONFRONT or DEFY or CREATE.”—Eve Ensler (via bornreadygeneration)
Air Pollution ages skin as bad, if not worse, than UV exposure scientist warn
In addition to cigarette smoke air pollution is also a major extrinsic contributing factor to premature skin aging. Research has shown that the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) that are bound to the nanoparticles in the air from pollution are converted to quinones. These quinones are the redox cycle chemicals that in turn produce reactive oxygen species (ROS), which result in the same type of skin aging that is seen with chronic exposure to UV light.
As air pollution will likely remain a major issue, particularly for those who reside in larger cities, Dr. Zoe Draelos says she often recommends that her patients regularly wash their face and consume antioxidants.
“Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are inadvertently delivered to the skin via nanoparticles resultant from different forms of air pollution,” she says. “Washing the skin is one effective way of reducing the nanoparticle content on the skin surface. More information is needed in topical formulation development to combat this newly recognized skin aging mechanism.”
Quinones not only prematurely age the skin by creating ROS, Dr. Draelos says, but they are also thought to be a driving force behind pigmentation, which in and of itself can be considered another form of skin aging.
“Indeed, it has been shown that there is more facial dyspigmentation in individuals who dwell in high PAH environments (i.e. cities) compared to those who live in rural areas,” Dr. Draelos says.
In a recent still to be published study sponsored by L’Oréal, Dr. Draelos says the effects of PAH on the skin of 93 individuals living in a rural area in Mexico was compared to that of 93 individuals living in Mexico City. Researchers analyzed both vitamin E and the squalene content in the facial sebum of all study participants, and found that there was a decreased vitamin E as well as a decreased squalene content in the individuals who lived in the city environment.
“Lipids of all substances in the entire body are the most prone to oxidation. Vitamin E and squalene become oxidized and subsequently, their levels decrease in facial sebum because of contact with environmental pollution,” Dr. Draelos says.
Health experts are warning people that the increasingly popular ‘fish pedicure’ spa treatment, in which customers willingly allow small ravenous tropical fish to feed off of the dead tissue on their feet, may be spreading blood diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis B.
Wang Jiahua, a dermatologist at a Ningbo hospital, said that the treatment creates risk of infection, citing the case of one of his patients whose leg became swollen days after his first fish pedicure.
Wounds may be left on the skin after fish bites, and fish tank water contains micro-organisms, Wang said, adding that problems could arise from bacteria being transmitted by the fish from the spa water itself or from one customer to another if the water is not changed.
Wang suggested a 29-day interval between fish pedicures and daubing antibiotic ointment to protect skin where wounds are found.
Other experts have added that while risks from the treatment “cannot be completely excluded,” they are “extremely low”.
There’s one thing we all do from the moment we are born to our last second on earth: breathe. We all know how important exercise to our overall health, but breathing properly is just as important.
The air we breathe contains oxygen, and when that oxygen enters our lungs, it’s transported to every cell in our bodies. The key here is to breathe long breaths, thus filling our lungs with this crucial nutrient.
The problem is many of us don’t do that. We tend to overbreathe. Overbreathing is when we take shallow breaths, drawing minimal air into the lungs.
This can be quite dangerous to long-term health. If we overbreathe, oxygen flow to the tissues and cells will decrease over time. In addition, the brain might not receive enough oxygen, and the heart must work harder (more beats per minute.)
In simple terms, the heart pumps blood, oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body. Your cells take what they need, in exchange for waste and toxins as a trade-off. These waste products are then sent to the kidneys and liver to be eliminated from the body. Breathing is the catalyst to keep this system running smoothly.
Deep breathing makes the heart more efficient, allowing it to pump blood and oxygen through the body in a more effective manner. At the same time, the toxins in our body are removed more efficiently.
According to some studies, overbreathing is a major contributor to many illnesses, including cancer, pneumonia, high blood pressure, heart attacks, hyperventilating, panic attacks and strokes.
Deep breathing also has a calming effect. When a person is about to give a big speech, he or she is told to take a deep breath. Why? Because it slows the heart rate down, relaxes you and calms your nerves.
Deep breathing is important in exercise as well because muscles require more oxygen when being used. If your muscles don’t get oxygen, they’ll become fatigued and force you to stop.
Think of a football game. After a big play, the player goes to the sideline and grabs an oxygen mask. Why does he do this? To get as much oxygen into his body/muscles as he can.
So, how does deep breathing work?
Take a long, slow breath through your nose and allow it to fill up your stomach like a balloon
Slowly release the air through your mouth, allowing your stomach to “deflate.”
Repeat over and over
Putting your hand on your stomach is a great way to feel the deep breathing work inside you. Practice it whenever you can, any time it crosses your mind. Eventually, it will become second nature. Practicing when going to bed at night will also help you fall asleep.
Breathing is something we all do, but not very well. Start deep breathing today. Your body will thank you.
We are what we eat, and the skin is not a separate entity from your body. At Dermalogica, we like to think of the skin as a mirror for everything that’s going on inside. Just by looking at your skin, I can tell if you are ovulating, a smoker, a runner, or get occasional bouts of constipation (but we’ll save that for another post). The same way a healthy, nutritious diet and lifestyle positively impacts your overall health, it show on your gorgeous face, too. Nutritionists, Chinese medicine subscribers, and skin pros alike have long appreciated this fact for centuries. And, now thanks to a few conclusive studies, the medical community no longer thinks it’s all rubbish.
More than 100 million Americans watch the Super Bowl. For many, risky behavior, such as serious gambling and drinking, comes along with it. And the safety of playing the sport is still being debated. What is the doctor’s role in this? Check out our top story, “Super Bowl Casts Spotlight on Gambling Disorder.” – Leslie Kane, Executive Editor, Medscape Family Medicine
Skin Rashes in Children Linked to Preservative in Wet Wipes
A preservative used in some popular wet wipes may be leading to significant eczematous dermatitis in children, according to a case report published online January 13 in Pediatrics. Physicians may be misdiagnosing these cases as other skin disorders.
New Year’s usually means one big thing: Resolutions!! Okay, so we all hate New Year’s resolutions, and we usually don’t stick to them…but that shouldn’t stop us from trying! Just think, Resolutions help to make strides in the right direction so they’re worth it.
I figure as long as it helps me to make strides in the right direction, it’s worth it. In the spirit of New Year’s, I’ve come up with a list of New Year’s Resolutions that your skin will love. Most people have at least one terrible skin care habit, and hopefully 2010 is the year in which that bad skin care habit gets kicked!
Stay hydrated. Water is a great thing, and your skin needs a lot of it. Drink as much as you need throughout the course of the day. Try keeping a bottle of water with you at all times.
Exercise! Regular cardiovascular exercise is absolutely crucial to keep blood circulating to all of the skin on your body. Hop on that treadmill!
Diet! A poor diet can cause breakouts and sullen-looking skin, whereas a good diet can provide your body with all the nutrients you need for great skin. It’s worth it to watch what you eat.
Sleep! Some people might scoff at the idea of making a New Year’s resolution to sleep for at least 8 hours a day, but it is a very valid resolution, especially for your skin. Not only can sleep help you keep those dark circles under your eyes at bay, but it also reduces stress, which is one of the primary causes of acne!
Wash your face before bed. Regardless of the circumstances, resolve to make it to the sink every night and wash your face and moisturize before bedtime. It will pay dividends. For girls, makeup removal is especially important. A well-hydrated, clean face before you go to bed will give your skin a chance to renew.
Clean out your closet. Set aside an hour or two and clean house. Dump open that makeup bag. Empty out that medicine cabinet. How many old skin care products do you have? You know they’re there. You know you’re never going to touch them again. Just throw them out. It’ll be okay, I promise. If you’re going to turn over a new leaf when it comes to skin care, this is as good a place to start as any.
Re-evaluate your skin care needs. Have you updated your skin care regimen lately? Perhaps your skin has changed. Maybe you need to focus on a different problem area. Maybe you just need to adapt it to the current season. Either way, from time to time, take a look at the different parts of your regimen and ask yourself what each product is bringing to the table.
See Charlie! Your skin will thank you for it. Everybody is busy. The economy is tough. I get it. But in order to keep your skin looking its absolute best, try to make it to Skin Care Charlie once a month for a facial. Just think of it as regular necessary maintenance, like bringing your car in every 10,000 miles.
Don’t pick at your skin! This might be the most difficult of all the skin care resolutions there are. Not only does picking at blemishes make them last longer, but it can also result in scarring and increased breakouts. Leave your blemishes alone, treat them properly, and be patient. It’s worth it!
Try! More important than trying to correct any of your bad habits is trying in the first place. While many of you probably can’t imagine what it would be like to not have a very specific skin care regimen, I’m sure there are those out there who can’t even begin to imagine having a regimen, much less sticking to it. The most important part to good skin care, however, is trying in the first place. Every little bit helps. Every step in the right direction is going to pay off in the long run. It’s never too late to start treating your skin right!
Wear an antioxidant rich moisturizer with sunscreen daily. Ask anybody in the industry for their #1 beauty or anti-aging tip, and you’ll always get the same answer. Protecting your skin from oxidation and UV exposure are the key to keeping your skin looking young and feeling healthy!
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Here’s to great skin care and good health in 2014. Happy New Year’s everybody! Have a safe and fun evening, and a wonderful year!
I look forward to seeing you soon!
Charlie Ward Skincare
1002 East South Temple, Suite 308, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Dermalogica's Dr. Howard to Talk About Fact, Fiction in Skin Care
Dedicated to raising the bar in professional education as well as consumer intelligence in every area of skin care, Diana Howard, Ph.D., Vice President of Global Education and Research and Development for The International Dermal Institute (IDI) and Dermalogica will offer a multi-media presentation on Monday, February 3, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm titled, “New Fact, More Fiction, Latest Fantasy – Part 2”.
The event is a Guest Speaker Evening (GSE), part of the year-long series of GSEs hosted across the USA by IDI. Dr. Howard will speak at IDI’s world-headquarters located in Carson, CA, and the message will be transmitted globally via a live webcast on IDI’s Facebook page. Viewing parties with refreshments are also being hosted at all 17 IDI locations, topped off by a live Q+A following the event.
Diana Howard, Ph.D., Vice President of Global Education and Research and Development for The International Dermal Institute (IDI) and Dermalogica
Dr. Howard comments, “It’s human nature to be attracted to the next, newest, shiny thing, and professional skin therapists are no exception. Everyone in the business is looking for the Holy Grail, the silver bullet, especially when it comes to anti-aging. As a result, there are a lot of seductive promises, pseudo-science and misinformation that consumers find. As the leading world authority on ingredient formulation and technology, here at IDI we feel that it is our responsibility to offer skin therapists our latest assessment of what’s real and what’s just a manufacturer’s marketing ploy. Knowing the facts is the only way that professionals can manage the expectations of their customers, provide effective treatments, and correctly prescribe products for at-home use.”
Dr. Howard points out that virtually every week, “…a new mystery-fruit from the Amazon or some laboratory synthesized active ingredient is being touted all over the internet as the guarantee to reverse aging. Too often buzzwords that have legitimate science behind them are taken out of context and used to promote high tech skin care. Unless you are a scientist it may be difficult to decipher what is real science or marketing hype. ”
The thought of a long, hot bath on a cold winter day can be appealing but overexposure to hot water can dry skin out even more.The intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin which can lead to a loss of moisture. You’re better off with just warm water.
After bath, apply a moisturising lotion on the entire body on a slightly moist skin. Use a heavy moisturising cream (one with heavy lipids such as cocoa or shea butter) for your hands, elbows, knees and feet paying special attention to the exposed parts.
6 Common Skincare Ingredients Everyone Should Avoid
Did you know that your skin absorbs up to 60% of whatever you put on it? And the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists many ingredients found in skincare products as toxic? Though the names can be hard to pronounce, it’s worth it to become familiar with some of these unwanted skincare additives that have been tested to be precursors to cancer, infertility, birth defects and skin allergies. Why this is allowed is an article for another day, and perhaps worth a letter to your congressperson. In the meantime, jot down these skincare no-no ingredients to make sure you’re keep your body healthy and happy!
Parabens Parabens have become the most recent hot-button bad ingredient. As a result, you’ll see a lot of products that are listed as paraben free. Stick to those because plenty of products still carry them. Used as a preservative, studies have shown these guys can cause hormonal imbalances in women as well as early puberty and infertility in men. Parabens have also been found inside female breast cancer tumors!
Benzoyl Peroxide If this sounds familiar, it might be because you’ve seen it listed in many acne-fighting creams. It may clear blemishes but unfortunately the side effects aren’t worth it! It causes DNA damage in both humans and animals, and it’s considered a “mutagen.” That’s an agent that promotes the growth of tumors.
Triclosan This is a well known synthetic anti-bacterial ingredient, so be sure to check all products that have anti-bacterial on the label. What does it do? Well, it’s officially registered with the EPA as a pesticide and causes harm to humans and the environment. It’s one of those chemicals that has a high potential to be cancer-causing. Tufts University has said Triclosan is capable of creating “super bugs” that we can’t control. Scary stuff. Check out hand soap and toothpaste labels carefully.
Isopropyl Alcohol Also called SD-40, this stuff is in a wide range of products from hair and skincare ingredients to fragrances. It’s even in shellac and antifreeze. This ultra drying agent will remove the natural immune barrier of your skin, making it more vulnerable to things like mold, bacteria and viruses. It can also cause premature aging. It can accelerate the absorption of other harmful skin agents, too. It’s fatal if one ounce or less is ingested. That should tell you to stay far, far away from it.
MEA (Monoethanolamine), DEA (diethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine) All of these ingredients are banned in Europe as known carcinogens (cancer causers). Not so, in the United States. You’ll find these three lovelies in shampoos, shaving creams and bubble baths. These are so common that speculations predict the average American can be exposed to them up to 20 times per day. Ouch.
Mineral Oil If you’ve got a bottle of baby oil in your home, you’ve also got a bottle of mineral oil, which is 100% what baby oil is made from. This is a petroleum byproduct that coats skin like plastic and clogs pores. It also slows down cell development and can speed up skin aging. What should you use instead? Vegetable oils (such as jojoba and olive) are much healthier.