Monday, July 30, 2012

Sun Allergy

What Is It?
A sun allergy is an immune system reaction to sunlight, most often, an itchy red rash. The most common locations include the "V" of the neck, the back of the hands, the outside surface of the arms and the lower legs. In rare cases, the skin reaction may be more severe, producing hives or small blisters that may even spread to skin in clothed areas.
Sun allergies are triggered by changes that occur in sun-exposed skin. It is not clear why the body develops this reaction. However, the immune system recognizes some components of the sun-altered skin as "foreign," and the body activates its immune defenses against them. This produces an allergic reaction that takes the form of a rash, tiny blisters or, rarely, some other type of skin eruption.
Sun allergies occur only in certain sensitive people, and in some cases, they can be triggered by only a few brief moments of sun exposure. Scientists do not know exactly why some people develop a sun allergy and others do not. There is evidence, however, that some forms of sun allergy are inherited.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Adult Acne

It's more common than you think

Adult acne affects 25% of all adult men and 50% of adult women at some time in their adult lives.

Whether you’ve been dealing with acne since high school or just had your first breakout at age 35, these are some of the common causes:
  • A family history: If your mom or dad had severe scarring acne, you’re more likely to inherit the same problem.
  • Withdrawal from the pill: The birth control pill is an excellent treatment for acne, and going off the pill may trigger breakouts.
  • Stress: The stress response causes the release of cortisol, which can increase oil production and block pores.
  • Rich anti-wrinkle products: Using oily creams can also lead to breakouts.
  • Dairy products: Recent research links dairy intake to acne because many milk products contain hormones.
  • Sugary foods: highly processed carbs and sugary drinks and foods—may boost hormones and insulin—which stimulates oil production and clogs pores.
  • Pregnancy: The hormonal changes of pregnancy may aggravate skin problems.
  • Menstruation: Breakouts are common 2-7 days before their menstrual period starts.
  • Smoking
  • Squeezing or picking at blemishes: Avoid touching your face.

Treatment for Acne at any age is have a good routine. 

Morning: Cleans, toner and moisturize with a sunblock - not more than SPF 35 (it keeps the skin breathing)
Evening: Cleans, toner and moisturize and spot treat with acne cream (benzoyl peroxide)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Holiday News :

Please note:-  I will be going on vacation with the family-

Monday, August 6 back Thursday, August 9th for later afternoon appointments.

Then off to Barbados with Hubby on Monday, August 13th and back Monday August 20th.

Hope to see you before or after - Enjoy your Summer !!