Exfoliating allows your freshest, most radiant skin to shine through. But how often should you scrub, and which method is right for you? Health editors ask the experts and weigh the options.
With so many great exfoliating products on the market now, you can have fun choosing. But you want to avoid overdoing it. Great results come when you find a method and schedule that suit your skin.
“The number one benefit is that skin seems smoother and silkier,” confirms Harold Lancer, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, California. “It also allows products to penetrate better.” That’s because exfoliating removes the surface layer of dead cells that can limit how much of your lotion gets through.
Acne light therapy
For as long as teenagers have started sprouting spots that make them think they are ugly and less attractive to the opposite sex, scientists, soothsayers and teenagers alike have been attempting to come up with a cure for acne. Pimples, zits, spots, bumps, whatever you want to call them, acne is the scourge of every teenager, and in some less common cases, people on into their adult lives. While there are a whole range of treatments for acne on the market these days, it is unclear whether any of these treatments actually cure or prevent acne, whether they soften acne’s effects until the teen can grow out of the acne phase, or whether they do nothing at all except make the acne sufferer feel like they are taking proactive steps. Holistic medicine practitioners have even gotten in on the acne fix bandwagon. One of the treatments they suggest is called acne light therapy.
Acne light therapy is just what it sounds like – the exposure of acne sufferers to daylight, or lasers, light-emitting diodes, fluorescent lamps, dichroic lamps or very bright lights of certain wavelengths in order to abolish the red bumps known as acne. Acne light therapy, as you can see, has no firm proven method, but proponents have pointed to the success of acne light therapy when using different types of lights. Proponents of acne light therapy also point to the fact that sunlight has long been known in old wives’ tales to be a cure for acne.
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Acne, as we know, is caused by excessive secretion of sebum by the sebaceous glands, which results in clogging of the skin pores. Bacteria, dead skin cells and dirt can get easily trapped inside such clogged skin pores, which can cause infection and the development of acne and pimples. Acne can be treated by herbal remedies as well as with over the counter and prescription medications. But with so many acne products, ranging from creams, lotions, cleansers to masks and strips, it is quite easy to get confused and wonder, what's the best over the counter acne treatment?
Best Over the Counter Acne Treatment To find out the best over the counter acne treatment products, first of all one has to understand his or her skin, its requirement and the type of acne. The best acne treatment can vary depending on whether the skin is sensitive, dry or oily. Again, the treatment for mild or moderate acne can vary significantly from the treatment for a severe acne breakout. Some acne treatment products contain ingredients that can destroy the acne causing bacteria, while others address the issues like presence of excessive oil or sebum on the skin and clogged skin pores. The first step to find out the best over the counter acne treatment is to know the ingredients of the acne products, and what types of acne these ingredients can cure. The most important ingredients in over the counter acne treatment products are benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur and resorcinol.
ScienceDaily (Nov. 15, 2007) — The old adage “you are what you eat” not only applies to our overall health and nutrition, but how our skin looks and feels as well. As the largest organ in the body, our skin can benefit from the same nutrition we get from foods that have a positive effect on our heart and other major organs. In fact, new research suggests that eating foods rich in protein and certain vitamins and minerals might provide valuable anti-aging effects.
Speaking November 8 at the American Academy of Dermatology’s SKIN academy (Academy), dermatologist Susan C. Taylor, MD, FAAD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York, N.Y., and clinical assistant professor of dermatology and associate faculty of the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa., discussed the importance of eating nutritious foods for optimal skin health and how foods can aggravate common medical skin conditions.
“While there’s no mistaking how our diet affects our overall health, we’re just beginning to understand how certain foods – or lack thereof – can impact our skin’s health,” said Dr. Taylor. “In addition, studies show that some food and beverages can even worsen common skin conditions and cause allergic reactions that manifest on the skin.”
Rhinophyma has been observed from ancient times in Greece but first named by Hebrea in 1845.
- Rhis (Greek for nose)
- phyyma (Greek for growth)
It is a more severe form of acne rosacea. The cause is not really known. Rhinophyma has been associated with any causes such as the over-consumption of alcohol. No consistent causative factor has been identified to date. Men are 12 times more likely to have this problem than women.
Symptoms include overgrowth of the sebaceous (oil making) skin glands, vessel and tissue growth in the deeper layers of the skin, and a thickening of the outer layer of the skin. This can make for a very obvious and prominent nose.
What happens if I have eczema? If the diagnosis is eczema, the dermatologist will explain what type of eczema you have and prescribe an appropriate treatment plan.
Before prescribing a treatment plan, a dermatologist considers the type of eczema, extent and severity of the eczema, patients medical history, and a number of other factors. Medication and other therapies will be prescribed as needed to:
Those falling leaves aren't the only things getting dry this fall. Just take a look at your skin. To help prevent that alligator look this winter, take steps this fall to get your skin into shape after the summer sun and water exposure have depleted precious moisture and nutrients. Realtors have a favorite line “location, location, location”. Dermatologists have their standard fall and winter mantra “moisturize, moisturize, moisturize”. Here are helpful tips to keep in mind to make the most of your moisturizing experience:
- Don't Over Bathe
Time was when dermatologists used to tell those prone to horribly dry skin to bathe just once a week. Can you imagine? This myth continues to surface periodically. Nothing could be farther from the truth. What you do need to understand is that whenever you take a bath or shower, as the wash water evaporates from the skin, it takes valuable moisture from the epidermis with it leaving skin vulnerable. What you can do is cut down on the frequency of daily bathing (yes, there are people who through either personal hygiene habits or their jobs bathe more than once a day) and make sure you follow some of the other rules below. Towel dry very well, consider a product like Aquis Body Towel so that you get this bath water off your skin before evaporation has the opportunity to leave your skin dehydrated.
- Add Bath Oil
If you like taking a bath, one way to help hydrate your skin is to add bath oil into your water. It's luxurious, helps leave the skin feeling quite smooth and some contain aromatherapy ingredients to create a relaxing mood, something we just can never get enough of. Robathol Bath Oil and L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil are great options. Bath oils also come in therapeutic formulations. For anyone prone to psoriasis, Balnetar Therapeutic Tar Bath is one of those can't live without items from September through May. The tar helps alleviate much of the itching and flaking while the oil base helps hydrate dry cracking skin. A note of practicality when using any bath oilthey make your tub slippery! For those of you who would rather not bathe than get into the tub, nothing says you cannot apply splash some oil onto your skin while you shower.
- Carry Extra Hand Cream With You
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Chances are if you have acne, you really, really want to know how to clear skin fast. Acne is an awful experience to deal with and unfortunately, there are millions of people across the world that suffer from it every day. What's worse is that so many people see just the physical effects of acne and completely ignore its mental ramifications. Sometimes acne get's so bad that sufferers can't make eye contact with the people around them and some can't even leave their homes for fear of judgement.
For these reasons alone, it's very important to discover how to clear skin fast. There are tons of over the counter treatments that you can get in stores or order online. There are also prescriptions that you can get from dermatologists and doctors. You can even use items from around the house to help with your acne problems.