Six Practices to Avoid in Your Skin Care Routine

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We often talk about what you should be doing to maintain healthy skin and a radiant complexion. Let’s look at a few practices that are counterproductive at best and harmful at worst:

1. Over-washing your face

It’s important to remove makeup, sweat, and environmental debris that can clog your pores and cause breakouts and dullness. Unfortunately, some people overdo their cleansing routine and strip the oils and lipids from the skin surface. Skin surface lipid film is a combination of sebum, produced ...

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Plantar Warts – What You Can Do

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Plantar warts are the hard, grainy warts that are typically found on the soles of the feet and toes. Because they are subjected to pressure in these areas, they may grow inward beneath a thick callus. They generally occur more frequently when the weather is warm, because the virus that causes these unsightly lesions, human papilloma virus, is most likely to thrive in warm and moist environments. This can include locker rooms, public showers, and the deck of your swimming ...

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Improving the Appearance of Your Decolletage

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Sun damage causes about 90% of the changes we associate with aging, as a result of harmful ultraviolet rays. The skin of the chest is just as vulnerable as the skin of the face or hands, but many individuals are not as aware of the need to protect the chest and neck with sunscreen. As a result, the chest can have some unsightly signs of sun damage, including dark spots, uneven pigmentation, and creases or wrinkles. With sun damage and ...

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Hair Loss: Alopecia

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Hair loss, also known as alopecia, is a very common complaint, but it can be caused by a number of different disorders. Hair loss disorders can be the result of inflammatory conditions that may damage the hair follicles, or can be caused by an inherited or acquired abnormality of the hair shaft.

Hair growth begins after hair follicles form. A cycle of growth, transformation, and rest recurs throughout life. There are 100,000 to 150,000 hair follicles on the scalp. Human hair ...

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Laser Tattoo Removal

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Tattoos sometimes cause regret, but there are methods for successful removal. If you have a tattoo that no longer inspires delight, there is hope for restoration of your skin. Although tattoos seemed to be a hot trend in the early years of this century, workplace dress codes are becoming more conservative and personal taste may simply have changed. Most people who decide to remove their tattoos do so because of issues with employment. At least one in five Americans with ...

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Eczema

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What is Eczema?

Eczema is the term used to describe a chronic skin disorder characterized by inflammation of the skin. Eczema results in irritation and itchiness, but scratching only prolongs the cycle. In most cases, the skin will begin to itch before a rash appears. Characteristic patches of dry, red, and itchy skin and can occur anywhere on the body and skin may develop scales or crusts over time. Affected areas are more likely to become infected with scratching. Eczema is ...

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Nutritional Considerations for Healthy Skin and Hair

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Skin reflects our general state of health, so it follows that healthy diet, exercise, and good sleep habits will result in an attractive complexion. There are a number of nutrients that are critical to the health, growth, and immunity of skin cells. Hydration is also critical, as dehydration is often reflected by a lifeless or lined complexion. In general, healthy nutrition is balanced and includes avoidance of overindulgence in toxins, including some ingredients found in processed foods and alcohol. Although ...

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Scar Revision

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If you have a troubling scar, there are options available for improving its appearance. Scars occur as the result of an injury, including burns, lacerations, or surgical procedures. Scars can also result from skin conditions like acne or infections like chickenpox. Treatment of acne scars or other facial scars that have resulted from infections like chicken pox are among the most commonly requested reasons for scar revision or treatment.

During the healing process, a scar forms as the body repairs a ...

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The Stigmata of Smoking: Lip Lines

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Although statistics show most Americans have quit smoking, many women find that the habit of past puffing has resulted in unsightly and unmistakable wrinkling around the lips. The wrinkles are the result of repetitive motion, usually from puffing on a cigarette, although any type of repetitive pucker can result in the same problem. With smoking, collagen breakdown and loss of elasticity occurs from mechanical stress and from exposure to the many toxic chemicals in smoke.

If you ...

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Maintaining Healthy Feet

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During the holidays, you may be on your feet a good bit, whether you are rushing to finish your seasonal shopping or dancing at a holiday party. Your feet are most likely already experiencing winter stress, which is accompanied by dry skin and nails. Here are a few ideas to keep your feet healthy and attractive all winter long.

Smooth your skin and moisturize well

Before using a pumice stone or a foot file, you should soak your feet in water for ...

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