• November 5, 2015 /  Skin Care

    Even people with the most beautiful skin will have some flaws that leave them flustered. Some
    conditions must be treated by a doctor. Some can be removed in a salon setting. Many common
    conditions can be removed or prevented through simple beauty products that we use everyday.

    1. Acne

    Of course acne is common in teenagers, but there are many adult cases as well which can be extremely
    annoying. Breakouts are caused by a concentration of oil in hair follicles underneath the skin. Dirt can
    build up and form pimples. It can be caused by a number of factors including hormones.

    Adult acne can be managed in many ways. In extreme cases, a dermatologist can provide oral
    medication, dermabrasion, light therapy, laser surfacing or chemical peals. There are many over the
    counter products that work to prevent and control acne. Three step systems used on a daily basis are
    often great at preventing acne. The steps include a cleanser, toner and repairing lotion.  Scrubs that
    clear pores and exfoliate the skin are beneficial. Ointments with Benzoyl Peroxide help control acne
    flare ups.

    Following are some popular 3-step treatment regiments to keep skin clear:

    • Proactive- Proactive is a popular 3-step regiment to keep skin clear.
    • Olay’s Acne Fighting Kit – Olay is one of many skin care brands to carry 3-step acne treatment
      systems.

    Following are scrubs that help clean the skin and unclog pores:

    • Bioré Pour Unclogging Scrub
    • Neutrogena Acne and Stress Control Power Scrub
    • Neutrogena Rapid Clean Acne Defense Face Lotion
    • Yes To Tomatoes Acne Daily Scrub
    • Clearasil Ultra Deep Pore Cleansing Scrub

    And these are some effective spot treatments to reduce acne breakouts quickly:

    • Kiss My Face Breakout Botanical Acne Gel
    • Clean and Clear Advantage Mark Treatment
    • Elf Zit Zapper

    2. Eczema

    Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis is chronic patches of itchy, red, dry skin caused by irritation.  It is most
    commonly seen in children who eventually grow out of it, but it occurs in adults as well. The condition
    is caused by inflammation and usually occurs in patches on the elbows, knees, hands, legs, neck and
    face. It can be treated by a dermatologist with oral medication, steroid cream or light therapy.

    The condition is annoying and unsightly, but the worst part about it can be the itching. The itching can
    lead to scratching which can lead to scabbing which can lead to infection. The priority in treating this
    condition is to stop the itch. Skin should be cleansed at least twice a day, followed by products
    containing special ingredients and then thoroughly moisturized. Beauty products with alpha-hydroxyl,
    vitamin C or salicylic acids should be avoided. The following should be looked for in products to control
    eczema.

    Hyaluronic Acid – This product is great for drawing moisture from the air and it reduces flaky skin in
    general.

    Niacinamide – Vitamin B3 in serums or creams moisturize the skin and strengthen the top layer of
    the skin to protect it from the elements that can make eczema worse.

    3. Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is most common in early adulthood. It mostly occurs on the scalp, elbows and knees. It can
    start with small red bumps that get bigger and then form a scale on top. The thickened skin bleeds
    easily when the scales are rubbed off. The patches are itchy and easily irritated. The cause is a
    mystery but may be caused by the immune system causing inflammation that triggers the growth of
    new skin cells more rapidly than normal.

    Psoriasis can be treated by a dermatologist with oral medication or light therapy. Other treatment
    includes steroid creams, retinoid creams, vitamin D creams, coal tar and moisturizer. Keeping the skin
    moisturized and protected from itching will help patches heal. Use of gentle daily care products is
    recommended.

    •  Adovia Dead Sea Mud Soap – It is a gentle cleanser that keeps moisture in.
    •  Aquafor Healing Ointment- With mild ingredients, it can be used throughout the day and should
    be used right after showering to hold in moisture.
    •  CeraVe SA Renewing Lotion – Ceramides lessen scaly skin.
    •  MG217 Medicated Coal Tar Ointment – This heavy salve has a strong odor but applied at night, it
    will help reduce the itch, scales and redness. Using an applicator helps target bad areas.
    •  Sebamed – The product keeps the pH balance of the skin maintained and is soap-free.
    •  Cover Fx Concealer – It is hypoallergenic and covers problem patches.
    •  L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream – It provides tinted coverage as it moisturizes.
    •  Physicians Formula Mineral Wear – The product is talc-free and will cover redness.

    4. Unwanted Hair

    Unwanted hair is unsightly and frustrating for many people, especially women. Hair that grows on the
    upper lip, chin, cheeks, back, legs, feet and toes can be caused by genetics, steroids and some high
    levels of hormones. It can be shaved or plucked but without getting to the root of the hair it will grow
    right back.

    Treating unwanted hair can be done through a doctor or salon with certain treatments. Hot wax,
    threading, electrolysis, laser treatments, and oral medication can help. Depilatory creams can be
    prescribed or purchased over the counter, and a good hair removal cream would contain chemicals
    that dissolve the hair shaft. When using these creams, be sure to test for allergic reactions for
    sensitive skin, follow the directions carefully and be sure to use only those made for a specific part of
    the body on that specific part of the body. There are many great products on the market that contain
    natural ingredients that will dissolve the surface hair, destroy the root and prevent future growth.

    •  Nads – The product uses all natural ingredients and is great for sensitive skin.
    •  Pro Plus Progesterone Cream – The cream can help balance hormones that may cause excessive
    hair growth.
    •  Maca Herb Cream – Maca is an herbal supplement that helps regulate hormones.
    •  Coconut Oil or MCT Oil – The oils work to reduce hair growth on the skin.

    5. Skin Tags

    Skin tags, those unwanted soft skin growths, are benign but can be frustrating. The small soft growths
    dangle under eyelids, on the neck, in arm pits, groin folds and under breasts. These skin flaws can
    erupt at any time, usually around middle age. There are various skin tag removal options including
    freezing and tying or cutting them off. Those techniques could leave scarring in the place and can be
    painful. For safe, non scarring and painless treatment skin tags, over the counter beauty care products
    can be very effective.

    The following topical products contain natural oils that absorb quickly into the skin. Placed on the tag,
    the tag should become flaky and brush off. Some products work with use in just a few days while some
    can take a few weeks. All are safe to use and painless. Used properly they will not leave any scarring
    or cause damage to surrounding skin. However, when applying, they should not be too close to the
    eye.

    •  H-Skin Tag Formula – This ointment contains all homeopathic ingredients.
    •  Natural Oil Topical Treatment – This product is also made with natural ingredients including
    essential oils that are 100% made from plant extracts.
    •  Tag Away – Tag Away contains Thuja-occidentals which are homeopathic.
    •  Amolis Natural Healing Oil – All ingredients including herbal oils are natural.
    •  Tags No More – This product contains Cedar Leaf Thuja.
    •  Masons Vitamin Tea Tree Oil- Tea Tree Oil is a strong natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent.
    •  Bioxin Skin Tag Removal Serum – Bioxin contains natural ingredients.

    6. Rosacea

    Rosacea is a discoloration of skin that occurs on the nose, chin, cheeks or forehead. It may be caused
    by a blood vessel disorder or malfunction of the connective tissue underneath the skin. It is a
    persistent redness sometimes with bumps and pimples or sometimes with small blood vessels visible
    on the skin.

    The condition can be treated by medical procedures, but consistent, gentle skin care is beneficial. Use
    of fragrance-free skin products helps relieve symptoms. Some products that help reduce the flare ups
    of red spots include the following.

    • Dermaced Redness Redux Serum
    • Medicell Redness Relief Cream
    • Prosacea Rosacea Treatment
    • Eucerin Redness Relief
    • Paula’s Choice Redness Relief

    7.  Freckles and Brown Spots

    Freckles look cute when you are young, but freckles and browns spots as you age may be from too
    much sun. Patches of freckles and brown spots appearing on the cheeks, upper lip, forehead and chin
    can be prevented through limited sun exposure, but they can also be treated with skin care products.
    Vitamin C-based serum and products containing Kajic acid can be effective on removing these skin
    abnormalities. Some products that work well include:

    • La Roche Posay Mela-D Pigment Control – The correcting serum works on concentrated dark
      spots.
    • Skin Medica’s Lytera- The product shrinks brown spots.
    • Elure Advanced Brightening Lotion – This specialized treatment is only available through a doctor.
      It contains a patented natural enzyme formulation called melanozyme. It also contains botanical
      mushroom extract that brightens the skin.

    Even the most frustrating skin flaws can be corrected through the use of skin care products. As we age
    we are bound to have some distasteful abnormalities show up. If skin is cleansed and kept moisturized
    most skin problems can be kept at a minimum, but they are still bound to show up. Skin care products can do wonders to prevent and reduce the effects of these irritating blemishes.

  • April 18, 2015 /  Skin Care

    scars on faceSkin is the largest organ of the body. It is more prone to injuries that leave it with scars. The scars left makes it to appear bad and one can never feel exactly the same as before it was damaged. Scars are a result of various damages to the skin such as cuts, burns and surgical incisions. Even though some may never go away, there are several topical treatments that can be used to treat scars. Below are some of the remedies that can work out effectively for you.

    Apply onion extract

    This extract is a well known natural scar removal product and is found in most of the scar removal gels. You can find this extract from a local pharmacy. Three studies were done and all of them found onion extract to be very effective in treating scars.

    Use of lemon juice and aloe Vera

    This works best for the dark scars. This is because lemon juice can be used as a natural bleaching agent. You simply need to cut the lemon in pieces and rub them into your scars. Massage the scar as the juice soaks for about 5 to 10 minutes. Once you have allowed it to soak and massaged it, wash it off. Aloe Vera is used as a preventive agent instead of a scar removal agent. It is applied in fresh wounds as well as in newer scars. Make sure that you apply it gently and massage it into the skin for around 5 to 1o minutes. Do this for about 3 times daily.

    Eat foods with vitamin E

    This vitamin has a good reputation for penetrating into the skin easily thereby helping the healing process. It also enables the body to produce collagen that is responsible for the elasticity of the skin. A study was carried out and showed that vitamin E is effective in curing scars.

    Use topical honey

    Honey is well known in addressing wounds positively. This is because honey contains the anti-inflammatory as well as antibacterial properties that promote the growth of the body tissues. Studies have also been carried out and found that honey is good during the healing process and hence the need to use it for better results.

    Apply cocoa butter

    Cocoa butter is simply a pale yellow vegetable fat that is extracted from the cocoa beans. Cocoa butter has been used over the past years in both toiletries and pharmaceuticals. It helps in softening the scar and keeps it from getting dry and itchy. This is due to the fact that cocoa butter is a great moisturizer and a natural preservative.

    Shea butter

    This butter leaves the skin feeling really smooth and soft after applying it into the scar. It is very crucial that you buy Shea butter that has a seal of the ASBI on the container. Buy the one without added ingredients, fragrances and preservatives.

    Other ways of treating scars medically include:

    • Dermabrasion
    • Laser surgery
    • Topical treatments
    • Injections
    • Scar surgery and many others

    In conclusion, the above are some of the scar treatment and remedies that can work out fine for you. You can just try them out to find out which one will work the best for you.

     

    RESOURCES:

    https://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/a—d/acne-scars/treatment-and-outcome