Archive for the ‘Skin Diseases’ Category

Risk factors for skin cancer

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Anyone can develop skin cancer, but people with fair complexions are more susceptible to precancerous conditions and skin cancer than people with darker skin tones. That’s because darker skin has more melanin, which provides some natural protection against the sun’s damaging rays. In addition to fair skin, other risk factors for skin cancer include:

  • a personal history of skin cancer
  • a tendency to freckle or burn easily
  • lots of sun exposure throughout your life
  • many sunburns as a child or adolescent
  • family history of the skin cancer or conditions that are more likely to develop into skin cancer
  • Chronic,  non-healing scarring
  • Radiation Therapy
  • exposure to toxic materials, such as arsenic, coal tar or creosote
  • exposure to certain subtypes of human papillomavirus (genital warts) especially in people with compromised immune systems
  • taking immunosuppressant drugs (after an organ transplant, for instance)

10 Acne Trigger Foods: Avoid These Foods to Prevent Breakouts!

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Below is a list of trigger foods for acne. If you’re experiencing breakouts, try eliminating one or two foods at a time (eliminate dairy for one week, greasy foods the next etc) to see if removing these foods helps to keep your skin clear. If you want to make sure you don’t breakout, avoid all of these foods altogether as much as possible. Here are 13 trigger foods for acne.

1. Chocolate

2. Spicy Foods

3. Cheese

4. Nuts

5. Peanut Butter

6. Sushi

7. Milk

8. Pizza

9. French Fries

10. Potato Chips

Tips for Anti-Aging Skin Care

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

As the skin ages, the collagen and elastin fibres, which give it its elasticity and tone, become fused into an inflexible mix called elastone. The skin becomes thinner too, more rapidly in women than in men (who start with thicker skins in the first place), and the subcutaneous layer of fat is reduced. With the approach of menopause, the sebaceous glands begin to shrink and produce less oil, resulting in dry skin that is prone to flaking.

If that weren’t enough, the rate of cell division and replacement falls off by 50% between the ages of 35 and 80, increasing the tendency for the old cells on the surface of the skin to cling there for a bit longer. All this leads to sagging, wrinkling, loss of skin tone and uneven pigmentation. The degree of wrinkling depends on your genetic makeup, but smoking, dry skin and sun exposure (especially sunburns) make it worse. Dynamic motion – making facial expressions – also causes permanent creases over time.

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You should compensate for the slowdown in cell renewal by using an exfoliant on a weekly basis. And give your skin a moisture boost every time you cleanse it – especially around your eye area. There are many products that help increase cell renewal and elasticity. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), derived from fruit, milk and sugar cane, have anti-inflammatory properties; when applied to the skin, they help remove dead skin cells, giving you a younger appearance. Choose products with AHAs more often as your skin ages.

Cheap and Best Remedies For Sun Burn

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

 

 

How DMAE Cream Helps To Get Rid Of Acne

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Skin tightening is almost a craze nowadays and people say DMAE cream can actually help in getting such as face lift. And this may help in acne treatment as well. So if you are looking for a new acne and skin treatment cream then you should understand what you get with DMAE Cream. DMAE Cream has the nutrients you need to fight the signs of acne and aging and makes your skin look younger. The following info will let you know the use and benefits of DMAE cream in anti-aging and acne treatment.

What’s DMAE and how it helps your Skin?

DMAE stands for Dimethylaminoethanol, a vital nutrient naturally found in sardine and fish. There is also a tiny quantity of DMAE in the brains of human beings. As we already know DMAE Cream is mostly used to slow down the aging of skin. When the skin’s cell membrane gets worn out, acne and wrinkles start showing up on the skin and the skin starts to age too soon; however, with the use of DMAE Cream, it helps to preserve appropriate cell growth and postpones the deterioration of the cell membrane. In this way, the skin’s cells are able to repair and keep up a suitable steadiness in moisture. DMAE can stop the manufacture of arachiondic acid which is the stuff which causes wrinkle and acne to come out on the face.

It is said that DMAE cream makes the skin tighter and makes you look more youthful in a week of using the product. Customary use of DMAE cream can help you to chase away acne and put off the emergence of fresh stretch marks. DMAE’s capacity to tauten and tone skin, and the ability to help reduce the emergence of acne and wrinkles, makes it a priceless resource in the skin care course of various types of people.

Are there any DMAE Cream Side Effects?

We haven’t heard of anything hazardous following the use of DMAE cream for treating acne and wrinkles. It can be used to make your skin look younger, acne-free and healthier. You must talk with your doctor for the precise dose or to check whether it can be used along with another substance.
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Home Remedies For Acne

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Infections within the pores and sebaceous glands of the skin can manifest as abscesses, boils and pimples. In acne, hormone imbalance overstimulates the skin’s oil glands, making it particularly common during infancy, adolescence, menses and menopause. Underlying factors include nutritional deficiencies, hypoglycemia, stressed adrenals, food allergies and environmental toxins. Though these skin infections are caused by bacteria, they indicate a toxic overload in this, the body’s largest detoxification organ.

Eliminating as much waste per day as the kidneys, the skin must take over when other detox organs, such as the colon and liver, are not functioning up to par. Poor liver function also increases the buildup of acne-producing steroids in the body. Suppression with antibiotics or topical treatments have significant side effects and are hardly a cure.

Herbs and home remedies for acne with natural antibacterial effects can be used alongside those that strengthen the immune system and improve various detoxification pathways—especially the liver and intestines. Elimination of dairy, coffee and individual dietary allergens is crucial. Appropriate plants are also needed to restore hormonal balance. Locally, calendula, witch hazel, tea tree oil or Hauschka or Weleda products are beneficial and non-suppressive.

Home Remedies for Acne 1 : For acne on the back take orally and apply directly on the affected area Colloidal silver, it’s used as a natural antibiotic.

Home Remedies for Acne 2 : Kitchen remedies for acne.Take garlic capsules, they boost the immune system and kill the bacteria found in acne.

Home Remedies for acne 3 : To help the liver eliminate toxins from the blood, take Burdock root and dandelion which contain inulin. This helps to kill bacteria thus improving the skin.

Home Remedies for acne 4 : Take the homeopathic remedies Kali bromatum, Sulphur, Antimonium tartaricum, Herpa sulphuris. These help to prevent the formation of pimples or quickly bring them to a head.

Home Remedies for acne 5 : Use Lavender oil to apply directly on the acne area.

Home Remedies for Sunburn

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Home Remedies for Sunburn 1: Take measures to prevent yourself from getting sunburned:

Home Remedies for Sunburn 2: Avoid being outdoors between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, when the UV rays are more intense.

Home Remedies for Sunburn 3: If you have to be outside during this hour, try to wear a hat, sunglasses that protect your eyes from UV rays, and clothing made of light colored, light weight, tightly woven material.

Home Remedies for Sunburn 4: Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor ( SPF ) of 15 or higher. Apply to the skin whenever you go outside or ride in the car, apply it to all exposed areas 30′ before going outside, repeating the procedure as often as possible, specially if you are swimming or perspiring. Make sure you buy a sunscreen that contains protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Home Remedies for Sunburn 5: Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

Home Remedies for Sunburn 6: Eat lots of lean, and high quality protein foods. Also include raw fruits to supply the vitamins and minerals needed.

Home Remedies for Sunburn 7: Drink plenty of fluids to keep your body hydrated, and to replace the lost by the sunburn.

Home Remedies for Sunburn 8: To relief a sunburn pain apply over the affected area cool water compresses or fill a bathtub with cold water and dissolve one pound of baking soda or oatmeal in it. Soak in the bath for 30′ approximately, until you feel relieve.

Home Remedies for Sunburn 9: Wash the affected area with an antibacterial soap to prevent secondary infection.

Home Remedies for Sunburn 10: Do not burst any blister. They form a natural protection to help the skin sunburned to heal faster.

Remedies For Acne

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Infections within the pores and sebaceous glands of the skin can manifest as abscesses, boils and pimples. In acne, hormone imbalance overstimulates the skin’s oil glands, making it particularly common during infancy, adolescence, menses and menopause. Underlying factors include nutritional deficiencies, hypoglycemia, stressed adrenals, food allergies and environmental toxins. Though these skin infections are caused by bacteria, they indicate a toxic overload in this, the body’s largest detoxification organ.

Eliminating as much waste per day as the kidneys, the skin must take over when other detox organs, such as the colon and liver, are not functioning up to par. Poor liver function also increases the buildup of acne-producing steroids in the body. Suppression with antibiotics or topical treatments have significant side effects and are hardly a cure.
Herbs and home remedies for acne with natural antibacterial effects can be used alongside those that strengthen the immune system and improve various detoxification pathways—especially the liver and intestines. Elimination of dairy, coffee and individual dietary allergens is crucial. Appropriate plants are also needed to restore hormonal balance. Locally, calendula, witch hazel, tea tree oil or Hauschka or Weleda products are beneficial and non-suppressive.

We recommend home remedies for acne.

Home Remedies for Acne 1: For acne on the back take orally and apply directly on the affected area Colloidal silver, it’s used as a natural antibiotic.

Home Remedies for Acne 2: Kitchen remedies for acne.Take garlic capsules, they boost the immune system and kill the bacteria found in acne.

Home Remedies for acne 3: To help the liver eliminate toxins from the blood, take Burdock root and dandelion which contain inulin. This helps to kill bacteria thus improving the skin.

Home Remedies for acne 4: Take the homeopathic remedies Kali bromatum, Sulphur, Antimonium tartaricum, Herpa sulphuris. These help to prevent the formation of pimples or quickly bring them to a head.

Home Remedies for acne 5: Use Lavender oil to apply directly on the acne area.

Home Remedies for acne 6: Severe acne remedies. Put Tea tree oil on the acne affected skin. This is a natural antibiotic. It will destroy a broad range of invading microorganisms, as effectively as benzol peroxide, but without side effects. It reduces redness, itchiness and stinging.

Home Remedies for acne 7: Eat foods high in fiber. This will keep the colon clean.

Home Remedies for acne 8: Eat Shellfish, soybeans, sunflower seeds, and nuts, these are all rich in zinc which is and antibacterial.

MUMPS–Unusual

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Mumps is a disease caused by a virus that usually spreads through saliva and can infect many parts of the body, especially the parotid salivary glands. These glands, which produce saliva for the mouth, are found toward the back of each cheek, in the area between the ear and jaw. In cases of mumps, these glands typically swell and become painful.

The disease has been recognized for several centuries, and medical historians argue over whether the name “mumps” comes from an old word for “lump” or an old word for “mumble.”

Mumps was common until the mumps vaccine was licensed in 1967. Before the vaccine, more than 200,000 cases occurred each year in the United States. Since then the number of cases has dropped to fewer than 1,000 a year, and epidemics have become fairly rare. As in the pre-vaccine era, most cases of mumps are still in kids ages 5 to 14, but the proportion of young adults who become infected has been rising slowly over the last two decades. Mumps infections are uncommon in kids younger than 1 year old.

After a case of mumps it is very unusual to have a second bout because one attack of mumps almost always gives lifelong protection against another. However, other infections can also cause swelling in the salivary glands, which might lead a parent to mistakenly think a child has had mumps more than once.

Photosensitivity

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Ultraviolet radiation (UVR, ‘sunlight’) may improve some skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema but confusingly may also exacerbate the same diseases and induce a number of specific dermatological conditions. This is usually attributable to ultraviolet-B (UVB) and untraviolet-A (UVA). UVB palys a major role in the induction of skin cancers while UVA majorly causes skin ageing. Determination of the waveband or wavebands that contribute to sensitivity may be clinically important. For instance, UVB does not pass through window glass whereas UVA does. The practical corolarry of this is that patients who are markedly UVA sensitive need to wear sunblock and be protected even when inside a car or inside a building where there is strong natural light.

Vitiligo : Treatment

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

Unfortunately, there is no cure for vitiligo disorders. Vitiligo treatment is only used to slow down the depigmentation symptoms or stop it from further spreading. Vitiligo treatment cannot completely return pigment to skin areas that have already lost its melanin.

Over the years, various vitiligo treatments have been developed as a way of trying to find a cure for this skin disorder. Even though these vitiligo treatments cannot return pigment it is still a good goal to stop vitiligo from spreading throughout the body. Vitiligo treatments usually take from between six to 18 months.

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Causes of Vitiligo

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

The cause of vitiligo is not known, but doctors and researchers have several different theories. There is strong evidence that people with vitiligo inherit a group of there genes that make them susceptible to depigmentation. The most widely accepted view is that the depigmentation occurs because vitiligo is an autoimmune disease—a disease in which a person’s immune system reacts against the body’s own organs or tissues. As such, people’s bodies produce proteins called cytokines that alter their pigment-producing cells and cause these cells to die. Another theory is that melanocytes destroy themselves. Finally, some people have reported that a single event such as sunburn or emotional distress triggered vitiligo; however, these events have not been scientifically proven as causes of vitiligo.

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Symptoms of Vitiligo

Monday, March 5th, 2007

The main sign of vitiligo is pigment loss that produces milky-white patches (depigmentation) on your skin. Other less common signs may include:

  • Premature whitening or graying of the hair on your scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard
  • Loss of color in the tissues that line the inside of your mouth (mucous membranes)
  • Loss or change in color of the inner layer of your eye (retina)
  • Most people have slow progression of their disease. In some people the problem will disappear by itself.

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Vitiligo : Overview

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

vitiligo1.jpgVitiligo is more commonly known as leucoderma, which simply means white (leuco) skin (derma), i.e. a disorder where the skin loses its normal coloration. It is also medically known as achromia, which means loss of color.

Vitiligo is a skin disorder stemming from a lack of normal melanin pigment. Vitiligo occurs when pigment-producing melanocyte cells are destroyed or fail to function properly resulting in irregular white spots or patches.  The skin has normal texture. Vitiligo may appear at any age. Although it is a progressive condition, many people experience years or decades without developing new spots. Vitiligo is not contagious in any way.

Eczema: Overview

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

eczema.jpgEczema is an itchy inflammation of the skin associated to a varying degree with other features such as redness of affected areas of skin, generally dry skin, which is often thickened in the areas that have been scratched, lumps or blisters in affected areas and signs of superficial infection such as weeping or crusty deposits. The red, itchy, and flaky skin that appears in eczema is a result of the skin’s inflammatory response to physical or environmental irritants. Anybody can get eczema, although those with a family history will have a greater predisposition of developing the disease. There is currently no cure for this condition, although there are treatments that may help to alleviate the itchy symptoms.

Types of Eczema

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Following are the various types of Eczema…

Atopic eczema : Atopic eczema is closely linked with asthma and hayfever. It can affect both children and adults. One of the most common symptoms of atopic eczema is its itchiness (or pruritis), which can be almost unbearable. Other symptoms include overall dryness of the skin, redness and inflammation. Constant scratching can also cause the skin to split, leaving it prone to infection. In infected eczema the skin may crack and weep. Treatments include emollients to maintain skin hydration and steroids to reduce inflammation.

Allergic contact dermatitis : Develops when the body’s immune system reacts against a substance in contact with the skin. The allergic reaction often develops over a period of time through repeated contact with the substance. For example, an allergic reaction may occur to nickel, which is often found in earrings, belt buckles and jeans buttons. Reactions can also occur after contact with other substances such as perfumes and rubber. In order to prevent repeated reactions it is best to prevent contact with anything that you know causes a rash.

Irritant contact dermatitis : This is a type of eczema caused by frequent contact with everyday substances, such as detergents and chemicals, which are irritating to the skin. It most commonly occurs on the hands of adults and can be prevented by avoiding the irritants and keeping the skin moisturised.

Infantile seborrhoeic eczema : A common condition affecting babies under one year old, the exact cause of which is unknown. Also referred to as cradle cap, it usually starts on the scalp or the nappy area and quickly spreads. Although this type of eczema looks unpleasant, it is not sore or itchy and does not cause the baby to feel uncomfortable or unwell. Normally this type of eczema will clear in just a few months, though the use of moisturising creams and bath oils can help to speed this along.

Adult seborrhoeic eczema : Characteristically affects adults between the ages of 20 and 40. It is usually seen on the scalp as mild dandruff, but can spread to the face, ears and chest. The skin becomes red, inflamed and starts to flake. The condition is believed to be caused by a yeast growth. If the condition becomes infected, treatment with an anti-fungal cream may be necessary.

Varicose eczema : Varicose eczema affects the lower legs of those in their middle to late years, being caused by poor circulation. Commonly the skin around the ankles is affected, becoming speckled, itchy and inflamed. Treatment is with emollients and steroid creams. If left untreated, the skin can break down, resulting in an ulcer.

Discoid eczema : Is usually found in adults and appears suddenly as a few coin shaped areas of red skin, normally on the trunk or lower legs. They become itchy and can weep fluid. Usually discoid eczema is treated with emollients (and steroid creams if necessary).

Symptoms of Eczema

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

eczema-symptoms.jpgSymptoms typically begin during infancy. They include cracks behind the ears and a dry, itchy, scaly rash on the inside of the elbows, backs of the knees, cheeks and sometimes other body areas, or they can be small bumps or blisters. Weeping, oozing and crusting may suggest the presence of secondary infectionThe itch can be so intense that sufferers feel compelled to scratch until the skin bleeds. Infants often find relief by aggressively rubbing their faces against the cot mattress or any other hard surface.

Causes of Eczema

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Many things cause eczema. The commonest is a general allergic over sensitivity (atopy). This sort of eczema is known as atopic eczema, and it is linked with asthma and hayfever. That is, these conditions often run together in a family.

The other possible causes include:

 * Infantile eczema which often affects young babies. This may lead to a patch below their chins, which gets wettest from dribbling, and may be associated with cradle cap.

 * Contact with substances which irritate the skin chemically. This is caused by direct contact between the skin and the substance, which might be such things as detergents, soaps, diesel or engine oils, strong chemicals, cleaners etc.

 * Contact with substances which the body has become allergic to. Commonly this involves nickel, rubbers etc. If a woman was sensitive to nickel in the past it would cause a reaction where the bra hooks and suspenders came near her skin, as these typically contained nickel. Plastics have helped to overcome this risk, but jewellery and watches are still a common cause. Suddenly people need to spend a bit more on their presents to you!

 * Varicose veins can lead to a form of eczema affecting the lower legs. This is known as varicose or gravitational eczema. As well as treatment of the skin, it is important to improve the blood circulation in the legs, and for most people this includes wearing support stockings and staying active on your feet. Your doctor will discuss the options.

How to Prevent Eczema

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Eczema outbreaks can usually be avoided with some simple precautions. The following suggestions may help to reduce the severity and frequency of flare-ups:

  • Moisturize frequently
  • Avoid sudden changes in temperature or humidity
  • Avoid sweating or overheating
  • Reduce stress
  • Avoid scratchy materials (e.g., wool or other irritants)
  • Avoid harsh soaps, detergents, and solvents
  • Avoid environmental factors that trigger allergies (e.g., pollens, molds, mites, and animal dander)
  • Be aware of any foods that may cause an outbreak and avoid those foods