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Renewing Skin Beauty – Springing Forward

Renewing Skin Beauty: Springing Forward

 

Technically speaking, spring begins this year on March 20th. Although for some of us in the northeast who are continuing to dig out from the remnants of winter storm Stella; the rest of nature is beginning to awaken from winter’s hibernation. Renewing Skin Beauty – Springing Forward.

Lawrence Jaeger of Advanced Dermatology Associates provides tips to renew your beauty – spring forward to younger, healthier skin.

Spring Forward – Renewing Your Skin Beauty

“Winter’s end is here. The last few month have been cold, dry winter air, which is harsh on the skin. As the temperatures start to rise, removing dead cells can renew and refresh your skin for spring and the summer months ahead” – Lawrence Jaeger, NYC Dermatologist.

Seek out a dermatologist: Advanced Dermatology treatments.

A dermatologist can help you understand how your skin is aging and help guide you to the best ingredients, products and procedures to keep your skin looking and feeling it’s healthiest best for years to come.

Also, if you have any risk factors for skin cancer, or if you have a high degree of sun exposure, you should see your dermatologist regularly. A dermatologist will be able to perform screenings and tests that can diagnose any problems, and the dermatologist can help recommend treatment to maximize your skin health.

Microdermabrasion was developed to treat acne and minimize acne scarring, as well as to minimize pox marks, wrinkles, age spots, or other scarring. During the procedure, a dermatologist uses a small, handheld tool to exfoliate your skin, revealing the newer, smoother layer of skin beneath. It is a safe and painless treatment with minimal side effects.

  • Microdermabrasion can improve the appearance of dull skin, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, blackheads, and even sun damage.

Dermal fillers help to diminish facial lines & restore volume or fullness in the face. Therefore injections and fillers are also highly encouraged during this spring period.

Chemical peels, botox, or laser skin treatments – all additional dermal treatments which can be used help to slow down the effects of aging. These advanced dermatological injections provide long-lasting results and can be administered in your dermatology office, including in one single visit.


Daily use of sunscreen is a priority.

Sunscreen is still your best resource in the next months.

Even in the spring, the sun’s rays can be harmful. In fact, ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight is the greatest in North America during the late spring and early summer, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally all skin has been covered up by clothing or materials which have shielded it from the skin. Therefore, you skin is even more susceptible to sun damage during the warmer and sunnier months.

Remember most moisturizers with sunscreen aren’t water-resistant, so you can’t rely on them to protect your face or body if you swim or sweat. Some aren’t broad spectrum sunscreens either, so they don’t shield you from ultraviolet A rays, the kind that can cause aging and skin damage. The bottom line is that everyone, even those with darker skin, should use sunscreen when they’re out in the sun for any length of time.

  • When you go out, dress appropriately. Sunscreen is just one part of a smart sun protection program. Cover up with a long-sleeved shirt or light jacket to protect your arms and a hat to protect your face and neck.
  • Remember sunscreen on cool and overcast days. Clouds expose a lot of UV rays; up to 80 percent of them reach the earth.
  • Be Prepared. Apply sunscreen to exposed areas—face, ears, back of the neck, and hands—15 to 30 minutes before you go out to give it time to start working. And reapply sunscreen every two hours, if you’ll be outside that long.

Don’t forget to moisturize: Hydration.

During the spring and summer, you need hydration. Higher temperatures result in oilier skin for everyone. Since there’s humidity in the air, a heavy moisturizer isn’t necessary. Therefore, use a lighter moisturizer during spring and summer months.

Lotion Up: While your skin does get a dose of hydration from the warmer climate, sweat and sun exposure actually dehydrate the skin, so lotion is still necessary.

Remember to apply the cream to your hands and nails as well as the rest of your body – these areas are often easily overlooked!

Re-fresh the medicine cabinet: Update old skin care products.

Toss and purge old cosmetics and skin care products. These products have a shelf life. Old, outdated products can harbor bacteria and lose their effectiveness.

Check the dates on your products. You may want to toss the following:

  • Anything past the expiration date
  • Products that appear dry or crusty
  • Anything that has changed consistency, color, or smell
  • Anything with an SPF older than one year (SPF loses its effectiveness over time and it’s just not worth the risk.)
  • Mascara older than three months. (Always toss it after three months, regardless of how much there is remaining.)
  • Old, dirty makeup brushes and sponges

Cleanse your makeup brushes.

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Think that having a bad pimple is painful? Ever considered that you could possible become infected by a deadly form of a staph infection known as MRSA as a result of your make-overs, particularly dirty brushes.

Therefore, washing your makeup brushes is extremely important and sanitary for your cosmetic & beauty health. Because oil and bacteria can get caught in the bristles and cause clogged pores, breakouts, general skin irritations and other disorders. It’s necessary to wash your brushes.

So, stop procrastinating and give them a good clean soaking.

Natural wash: Fill a glass with warm water and add one tablespoon of a gentle, clarifying shampoo or gel cleanser, then swish brushes in the glass to create a lather. Rinse well and use a comb to detangle the bristles and get them back in their original shape. Let brushes dry in an upright glass out in the sun — this can/will help destroy bacteria and cuts dry time.

Renewing Skin Beauty – Springing Forward

Again these are just some general skin care tips on how to maintain salon-quality skin, hair & nails for the spring and summer months. In order to achieve your optimum skin health – schedule an appointment with your local dermatologist office to develop a personal regimen based on your needs. Renewing Skin Beauty – Springing Forward

 

Toxic Fragrances Cause Contact Dermatitis

FRAGRANCE CAUSES –  SKIN BURNS OR BROWN AGE SPOTS

Have you ever noticed that some ladies have distinct brown discoloration on areas such as the neck, décolletage and even on and behind their ears! This condition is a direct result of daily application of perfume to these areas.

Some perfumes even contain bergamot, a fragrant fruit that is photosensitive, meaning that it can cause aging spots or brown spots on your skin when it combines with the sun on your skin. The solution: spray perfume on your clothes instead of directly on your skin. Age spots are flat, brown, gray, or black spots on the skin.

Your favorite perfume or cologne is likely to contain alcohol, which when applied to your exposed skin during daylight hours, causes it to become photosensitive to sunlight. This means your skin is more likely to suffer from sunburn, leading to wrinkles, pigmentation and possibly even skin cancer.

So basically, applying perfume directly to the skin will accelerate burning; which in turn, sunburn causes wrinkles and pigmentation.

Contact dermatitis is a fairly common effect of perfume on the skin. This can cause your skin to develop a red, itchy rash that can be quite painful and even blister and become infected, depending on the severity of your reaction to the product. Those who use certain products regularly increase their risk of a severe reaction and even chronic skin disorders, such as eczema.

 

Safe Skin Perfume Tips:

  • – Spray your perfume onto your wrists. (Just don’t rub them together – this bruises the notes, altering the scent.)
  • – Squirt your delicious smelling smell onto the skin under your clothes. (Avoid spraying it onto your actual clothes – fragrance can stain fabrics!)
  • – Heat helps emit the perfume from your body, so any body parts like your inner elbows and knees are also wonderful places to spray.
  • – Oh, and spritzing your fragrance on your hair does leave a lovely lingering scent, but the alcohol can also dry out your strands so be careful when doing this. (Try spritzing your hair brush instead.)

 

 

Differences Between Anal Warts, Hemorrhoids & Anal Fissures

One of the most typical health conditions confused with hemorrhoids is anal warts. They are sorta the same… yet they stem from entirely different causes and therefore are treated in very different methods. Anal warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). This virus is highly contagious and often transmitted through sexual intercourse or skin-to-skin contact. An anal fissure is a small tear in the thin, moist tissue (mucosa) that lines the anus.

The major distinction of course is the occurrence of pain.

ANAL PAINS & CONDITIONS: ANAL WARTS, HEMORRHOIDS OR FISSURE

What are Anal Warts?

Anal warts (also called “condyloma acuminata”) are a condition that affects the area around and inside the anus. They may also affect the skin of the genital area. They first appear as tiny spots or growths, perhaps as small as the head of a pin, and may grow quite large and cover the entire anal area. They usually appear as a flesh or brownish color. Usually, they do not cause pain or discomfort and patients may be unaware that the warts are present. Some patients will experience symptoms such as itching, bleeding, mucus discharge and/or a feeling of a lump or mass in the anal area. Anal warts are caused by HPV and can be transmitted by direct contact ie. basically any contact exposure to the anal area (hand contact, secretions from a sexual partner) can result in HPV infection .

HPV infection does not lead to hemorrhoids.

What are Anal Fissures?

An anal fissure is a small tear or crack in the lining of the anus. It may occur when passing large or hard stools, straining during childbirth, or experiencing bouts of diarrhea. An anal fissure is usually a minor condition that goes away within six weeks. Home treatments can help ease pain and promote healing.

Causes of Anal Fissure

Anal fissure can occur as a result of any circumstance that puts excessive pressure on the lining of the anus. Thus there are a variety of causes, which may include:

  • Constipation with large or impacted stools
  • Chronic or persistent diarrhea
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn’s disease)
  • Childbirth
  • Infections such as syphilis, herpes, HIV or tuberculosis
  • Cancer

What are Hemorrhoids?

On the other hand, are a very painful condition. Symptoms of hemorrhoids are anal itching, pain (especially while sitting), blood on stool, and lumps near the anus. Increased pressure in the veins of the anus causes hemorrhoids. This is why hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy and after childbirth.

Hemorrhoid symptoms may include finding bright red blood on your toilet paper or seeing blood in the toilet after a bowel movement. Other common symptoms include rectal pain, pressure, burning, and itching. You may also be able to feel a lump in your anal area.

Hemorrhoids are common and usually not too serious. They can often be treated with home remedies, and you may not even need to be seen by a doctor.

But some symptoms of hemorrhoids, especially rectal bleeding, may also be caused by other diseases, some of them serious, like colon cancer.

Treatment of Anal Conditions:

 

Anal Warts Screenings, Tests & Checks:

Anal warts and hemorrhoids can both seem like lumps or masses of tissue round the anal area. However, there are difference scan result in a proper identification upon near inspection of the area.

Anal warts testing demands that your doctor may inquire as to the presence or absence of risk factors to include a history of anal intercourse, a positive HIV test or a chronically weakened immune system (medications for organ transplant patients, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, etc).

Anal warts’ physical examination should focus primarily on the anorectal examination and evaluation of the perineum (pelvic region) that includes the penile or vaginal area to look for warts.  Digital rectal examination should be performed to rule out any mass.  Anoscopy is typically performed to look within the anal canal for additional warts.  This involves inserting a small instrument about the size of a finger into your anus to help visualize the area.  Speculum examination may also be performed to aid in vaginal examination in women.

Hemorrhoids Treatment & Care:

Hemorrhoids are usually best treated in your own home through a high-fiber diet, a proper amount of exercise, and easily obtained over-the-counter relief. Home remedies often work nicely on hemorrhoids and surgery is just rarely needed.

Hemorrhoids are often kept away by keeping the lifestyle changes that were made to assist cure them.

You should seek treatment for hemorrhoid symptoms if:

  • You have rectal bleeding for the first time.
  • You have heavy rectal bleeding.
  • You have rectal bleeding that is not responding to home care.
  • You have other hemorrhoid symptoms, such as pain, pressure, itching, and burning, that do not respond to home care after a few days.
  • You have hemorrhoid symptoms along with other symptoms such as fever, weight loss, abdominal pain, or a change in bowel habits.

Anal Warts Treatment:

Anal warts, however, always have to be handled surgically, usually on an outpatient foundation. The warts will not go away by themselves. Instead, a physician has to make use of liquid nitrogen to freeze all of them off.

If warts are not removed, they can grow larger and multiply. Left untreated, warts may lead to an increased risk of anal cancer in the affected area. Internal anal warts may not respond to topical medications, so surgery may be required.

Anal warts will frequently come back for no cause under your control, because the virus can reside dormant in your skin cells for a long period. Post-treatment care and doctor’s supervision are often stressed to minimize chances of future outbreaks. When warts come back, they can usually be treated at your surgeon’s office. If a large number of new warts develop quickly, surgery may be needed again.

Treatment options for anal warts include:

  • Topical medication: These creams usually work best if the warts are very small and located only on the skin around the anus.
  • Topical medications that will freeze the warts (liquid nitrogen)
  • Topical medications that will burn the warts (Trichlorocetic acid, podophyllin)
  • Surgery: When the warts are either too large for the above mentioned treatments or are internal, surgery is considered. During surgery, the warts are surgically removed. The patient will be anesthetized for the procedure. The type of anesthetic depends on the number and exact location of the warts being removed. When there are many warts, your surgeon may perform the surgery in stages.
  • An internal examination will also be performed so that any lesions on the inside can also be found and treated.

Differences Between Anal Warts and Hemorrhoids