Archive for November, 2008

Treatments Of Scars and Acne Scars

 

Scars are the result of the skin’s repair process for wounds caused by accidents, surgery and acne breakout. The more the skin is damaged the longer it takes to heal and the greater the chance of a noticeable scar. Generally a scar will become more prominent at first and then gradually fade. For younger skin, many actively healing scars that seem unsightly at three months may go on to heal quite satisfactorily in time. Scarring can be noticeable and sometimes very unsightly; however it can often be improved with treatment.

The first step in the treatment of scars is the consultation with the dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Each scar is different and will require a different approach. Scars need to be examined for position, type and colour and a medical history will need to be taken. However, it is not possible to remove a scar completely although despite many claim in advertisements and press. But with the correct treatment you can reduce them, although over-treating scars or choosing the wrong treatment can actually cause further damage. 

Prescription creams- Some of the most frequently used methods of scar reduction are prescription creams that contain a variety of vitamin A-related ingredients. With this prescription, it is necessary to protect the scar from the sun with daily sunscreen. SPF 30 or higher will be recommended. Although some treatments such as Retin-A cream may cause skin irritation for some people, it is said to work well on minor scars.

Microdermabrasion and chemical peels - In these treatments superficial particles and acid solutions applied to the skin to remove the top layers, thereby stimulating new tissue growth. These treatments work well for small superficial and discoloured scars to improve the skin surface quality and even out the skin tone. Although light peels have very little effect, deeper peels may cause redness and irritation. Like wise, light microdermabrasion has also little effect, while deeper microdermabrasion can cause bruising and irritation. 

There are treatments like Cooltouch laser and resurfacing laser that can also help to reduce some scars and dermal fillers for sunken scars.

Dermal Fillers

 

Dermal fillers are liquid-like substance made from mostly synthetic substances such as hyaluronic acid that are injected into the dermis, they help to plump up your wrinkles and depressions by replenishing collagen. The other natural filler is collagen.

They treat volume loss, unlike a face-lift which pulls skin tight and reviews a bony skeleton. They’re the most cost-effective treatment for volume loss in the long run, because when is done properly, they guarantee results and can make you look terrific without surgical intervention.

They help to maintain the natural appearance of your face that will look more rounder.

They can fill in wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, nasolabial folds, marionette lines and check lines. They can plump up thin lips and lift up the corners of a drooping mouth. They may also help to create higher cheekbones, a sharper nose, round out a pointed chin and smooth the hollows under the eyes.

It is important to make sure that your doctor is experienced with all the substances available in the market, as different substances create different results, so you can have your treatment customized. Please be extra careful if your doctor tells you there’s only one kind of filler to treat all the different types of wrinkles. My advise is to look for another doctor’s opinion again.

It is important to note that when is the right time to stop. Having too much fillers will result your face looks bigger and swollen. To treat a superficial wrinkles, the injection must be superficial, with a filler made with the tiniest particles. If it is done with a thicker substance, it will cause bumps in the skin. No matter which substances is used, its success is entirely technique-dependent. Hence, my strong advise is, as with all treatments, fillers should be administered by an expert. 

Dermal fillers cannot help to fill large pores, eliminate fat, forehead lines and neck lines.

Always go for the temporary treatments than going for a permanent one. Depending on the substances used, the benefits will last from three to eighteen months.

Cost : $600 to $1000 per session

Sun Damage & Your Skin

It’s no secret that the sun is our skin’s worst enemy when it comes to causing signs of premature aging. Its ultraviolet rays are the most active culprits in triggering free radicals.

Photo aging, a result of sun exposure, is a slow process and it may take several decades before it becomes fully noticeable. In fact, 90% of sun damage occurs by the age of 20s, only becoming visible in your early 30s and onwards.

UV rays and pollution speed up the aging process because they promote the production of free radicals. Sun exposure gives you wrinkles and make you look old. Other effects include uneven texture, brown and white blotches on the skin.

The absolute easiest and least expenisve way to prevent photo aging is to use a good, broad-spectrum sunscreen everyday and apply it properly. So far, broad spectrum sunscreen is the most beneficial sunscreen that offers to protect against UVA and UVB rays, which are both detrimental to skin. It is very important to know that sunscreen is a daily necessity just like brushing your teeth and washing your face and hands.

Always apply sunscreen at least 20 to 30 minutes before going outside. Sunscreen must be reapplied every two to three hours when you’re outside. It degrades in sunshine and heat and stops working. You need at least an SPF of 30, whether you’re playing golf or walking to the store. Doubling the dose of a product with an SPF of 15 will not give you the protection of a 30. But if you’re prone to breakout, stick to SPF 20 or lower or try a gel formula.

Always remember that sunscreen is an absolute must after any dermatologist treatments, such as lasers, IPL and microdermabrasion, when skin is usually more sensitive. This is also applies if you take prescription retinoids, as the sun can intensify their side effect, leading to intense dryness, redness and flaking.

Repeated sun tanning will also age skin. There is no such thing as a safe suntan. Sunlight or UVA-induced tans will increase skin ageing, sunspots and skin cancer risks.

It is known that exposing the skin to ultraviolet or sunlight will help to form vitamin D, which is important for some diseases. All you require is a very small amount (less than 20 minutes) of sun exposure to produce vitamin D. However, all sunscreens filter and do not completely block sunlight, hence even the most protective sunscreens allow small amounts of ultraviolet through to give you adequate vitamin D synthesis.

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Knowing Your Skin Type

 

Before you decide on a daily skin-care regimen, it is important to identify your own skin type in order to choose the right products that work best for you. Your skin will respond differently to varies stimuli and cleansers. If you have eczema, psoriasis, acne or any condition, it is likely your skin will increase the response to products. The descriptions below are meant to help you confirm your own self-assessment. Or, if you’re on the borderline of one type or another, these profiles should help you decide. You may also get your dermatologist to help you to identify your skin type. Keep in mind that your skin type may change with different life situations – such as pregnancy and menopause – or if you move to a more dry or humid climate, and you may need to make changes in the way you care for it. With aging, your skin will get drier than before.

 

Sensitive Skin

Your skin will react to a variety of creams (some sunscreens, renewal creams, glycolic acid creams) by stinging or burning. You may have a personal or family history of eczema or other skin irritations. You need to use skin products that are tested and labelled specifically for sensitive skin. Your skin may even react to cold temperatures or wind by becoming red and irritated. You may also notice tiny cracks in your skin, and that makeup becomes flaky. Although the irritation – redness, stinging, itching, and burning – that you sometimes experience is not the same as a truly allergic reaction, you are more prone to true allergies, and you can break out in a rash all over if you are allergic to a fragrance or some other ingredient or drug.

 

Dry Skin

Your skin will often feel tight and ‘stretched’ within a half hour after you wash your face. You usually do not have any oily areas on your face. You need to use non-soap, moisturising washes. Your skin may often also be sensitive and you may not be able to tolerate renewal creams, at least not frequently. Your pores are small and fine, even across your nose and chin. You may have flaky areas where there are fewer pores, and your skin is thin over your cheeks. It may be so transparent and delicate that you can see small blood vessels beneath it, especially on your cheeks. Your skin looks smooth, but it feels rough when you run your fingertips across it. You may notice very fine superficial lines etched on your cheeks. That’s because the normal creases in the skin are more obvious when there isn’t enough moisture to soften them. Moisturizing creams and lotions disappear quickly into your skin after you apply them.

 

Normal Skin

You skin feels neither greasy nor dry, which means you are fortunate to have a whole range of skin-care products available to you. The pores of your skin are medium-size. Although you may have more pores along your nose and chin, and these areas may be oiler than your cheeks and around your eyes, you are not troubled with blackheads and pimples. Your complexion is bright and it feels smooth to the touch. Your skin is usually free of blemishes and tolerates extremes in temperatures well. Your cheeks may redden in the cold, but they don’t become irritated and chapped. Makeup stays where you put it and doesn’t flake. Weather conditions may change your skin; it’s a bit oilier when it’s warm and drier when it’s cool.

 

Oily Skin

Your skin feels greasy or oily and often looks shiny, particularly on the forehead and chin. You may be prone to oil bumps as you age. You need to use degreasing cleansers and toners and sometimes oil-absorbing face masks. The good news is that your skin is unlikely to be sensitive and can tolerate many creams, including renewal creams. Your overall skin tone is likely to be sallow. When it comes to ageing, you are lucky. You have far fewer lines than your friends with dry or even normal skin. Your skin tolerates cold and wind very well, but hot, humid weather may make it glisten with oil. Foundation disappears after about an hour or two, moisturizing lotions and creams absorb slowly.

 

Combination Skin

Your skin is a combination of oily (usually on the forehead and nose – the T-zone, where there are more sebaceous glands) and normal or dry (more often the cheeks and around the mouth and neck). Different cleansing routines are needed for the different areas, or products aimed specifically at combination skin types. You tend to have enlarged pores especially on T-zone area and dehydration on other areas. Up to 50 per cent of women have combination skin.

November 08
To believe or not to believe

 

The more expensive a product, the better it will work.

What does the high price tag on that designer skin cream buy you? Not the ingredients in the bottle. Instead, most often you are footing the bill for the marketing and bottling of that product.

 

Fragrance-free products contain no perfume or fragrance.

People with sensitive skin often buy products with this misleading labeling, hoping to avoid ingredients that react to. ‘Fragrance-free’ is no guarantee that the product does not contain perfumes or fragrances. It means that no fragrance is detectable by the average person’s sense of smell. 

 

The Skin Type Solution — Leslie Baumann, M.D.

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November 08
Beauty tip of the month

 

Wrinkles and other sun related signs of premature ageing begin to form up to 10 years before they actually appear.

 

Dr. Dennis Gross                                                                               Your Future Face

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Teenage And Adult Acne

 

Teenage acne is caused by normal hormone changes, which increase the production of the oil sebum that is produced by the oil or sebaceous glands. The sebum flows from the sebaceous glands and the hormones also act to block the opening of the oil ducts, thus producing blackheads and whiteheads. In your teens, the acne bacteria grow more rapidly within the sebaceous glands and produce the inflammation and redness that characterize the condition. It can, however, continue into adult life or return after an absence of many years, often precipitated by triggers such as stress or irritated skin. 

Acne isn’t just a condition that happens to teenagers during puberty. Adult acne, like rosacea, is credibly common in the twenties and thirties. It is caused by the declining feminizing hormones and increased masculinizing hormones during menopause. It’s not usually caused by stress. Sometimes, too, certain medications or cosmetics can trigger acne, although it should clear right up once the trigger is eliminated. 

Though it may look the same, adult acne needs to be treated differently from the teenage acne. This is to prevent dryness and irritation on the skin. As most of the acne treatments available OTC are formulated for teens, who tend to have very oily skin along with acne.

To treat acne most effectively yet gently, start by using OTC anti-acne remedies, which ingredients should be gentle enough to use everyday without drying or irritating your skin. Gentle home exfoliation is also an excellent idea. You may also try switching to a milder cleanser and/or start using oil-free moisturizer. If after four to six weeks, you are still not pleased with the results, you should consult a dermatologist for prescription treatment.

Always remember never to pick on it, you’ll just make them worse. Scubbing skin doesn’t help too, it may cause further irritation.

How To Choose The Right Moisturizers For Your Skin Type

 

A moisturizer can be a cream, lotion, serum or ointment, and it’s mainly designed to help bringing moisture to your skin. By hydrating the skin and coating its outer layers, you will plump it up and make some of the lines look less visible.

When choosing a moisturizer, first you will need to determine your skin type. Do a test on your skin – if you have switched using a milder cleanser and your skin is still dry and flaky, or irritated and red, it’s a sign that your skin needs intensive moisture. Moisturizing will help to reduce dryness by preventing further water loss from your skin and your skin will look smoother and feel softer. If your skin is dry or normal, you should moisturize in the morning and at night. Those with dry skin will benefit using a heavier night cream.

And if you have oily skin, you still need to protect the skin’s outer layers from daily irritants and hydrate it with the most lightweight moisturizer you like, at least at night. As for combination skin, it is alright to use different products on different areas. Choose a lightweight, or none at all, on the oily areas, and a richer one on the dry areas.

As you age, your skin will start to change. As it gradually loses moisture, it is crucial to change the needs to hydrate your skin too.

Remember, moisturizer is not designed to treat wrinkles and do not believe the claims that it will eliminate wrinkles or fine lines. It will only help reduce the appearance of fine lines by plumping it up when you hydrate your skin.