Friday, April 3, 2009

Basic Operating Instructions: Taking Care of Your Skin

Different people and different skin types need to do different things
for their skin. We have an old expression in dermatology that still
rings true: “If it’s dry, wet it; if it’s wet, dry it.” In recent decades,
another truism has been added: “If it’s fair, shield it; if it’s dark,
you’re probably very fortunate.” That’s because your melanin pro-
tects you from skin cancers, wrinkling, and keeps you looking
If your skin is fair, if you burn easily, or if you have a personal or
family history of skin cancer, you should protect yourself from the
sun by wearing hats and caps, using sunscreens, and avoiding
going to tanning parlors. If your skin is dark, you may have other
reasons to protect it from the sun (see Chapter 12 where I talk
about the dark spots that occur in dark skin). People with dark
complexioned or Asian skin may have other reasons to be very
sensitive and prone to irritation and possibly less tolerant of many
of the topical medications that are used to treat acne.
The ultimate operating instruction: Whether you have dry, regular,
or oily skin, a big acne breakout or smooth sailing on the pimple
front, there’s something that’ll keep your face looking its best and
most attractive to the rest of the world and is guaranteed to help
you make friends and influence people. I suggest that you simply
exercise your muscles of facial expression — and smile!
Washing your face
Rocket science? Maybe not. But as a dermatologist, I have a few
reasons for walking you through a little face-washing tutorial. First,
I often begin my instructions for applying medications in later
chapters with phrases like “Wash your skin . . .” or “To a clean, dry
face, apply . . .” so, it seemed to make sense that I fill you in on the
details. The second reason for this bit of Face Washing 101 is even
simpler — many people screw it up. But don’t worry: I’m here to
help. And, if you’re like many folks, my face-washing routine can
simplify your mornings and evenings and save you some cash.
These days, society as a whole is really into soap — the cleaner the
better! As little kids, we’re told to scrub, scrub, scrub with plenty of
soap and water. As teenagers, we use more soap — to fight acne and
oily skin. As adults, we tend to follow the same routines even though
our skin has changed. And the range of different types of soaps
available is mind boggling — super-fatted, deodorant, rejuvenating,
oatmeal, avocado, citrus, aloe vera, sandalwood, wintergreen, pep-
permint, patchouli, and vitamin E to name a few.
Many types of cleansers are also available. Some exfoliate as they
clean, and the medicated ones generally contain benzoyl peroxide
or salicylic acid in various concentrations. Overcleansing with
these products can be irritating. More often than not, these items
will only dry out and irritate your skin, particularly if you’re already
applying a topical anti-acne medication (see Chapters 7 and 9).
Washing excessively — more than twice a day — with any soap
(regular soaps, acne soaps, antibacterial soaps, soaps with abra-
sives, or even gentle soaps) has little positive impact on your acne.
In fact, if you have acne, your skin may be red and inflamed, and
frequent washing only makes it redder.
Washing your face with a mild soap just twice a day is the best tactic,
regardless of your skin type or acne activity. I recommend the follow-
ing soaps and cleansers, depending on your skin type. These tried-
and-true recommendations may not sound as exciting as a Provencal
honey-lavender soap with grape seeds, but they flat out work:
 Oily skin: Ivory soap
 Dry skin: Dove soap
 Extra-sensitive skin or allergic reaction to soaps: Nonsoap
cleanser such as Cetaphil, Aquanil, or Neutrogena Extra
Gentle Cleanser
At the risk of sounding like a parent — with the whole “wash
behind your ears” thing — now that you have your soap, here’s
how to use it:
1. Get the soap wet, using lukewarm water.
2. Using your fingertips or a soft washcloth, apply the soap
to your skin and rub it gently into your skin using a cir-
cular motion. Don’t use loofah sponges, brushes, or sand-
paper please.
3. Splash your face with lukewarm water until the soap is
completely gone. Expect to rinse your face for just a few
seconds — perhaps as long as it would take to sing “Happy
4. Pat — don’t rub — your skin until it’s dry. Use a soft
cotton towel.
And that’s it!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


When you think about , what do you think of first? Which aspects of are important, which are essential, and which ones can you take or leave? You be the judge.

Removing age spots seem fairly popular theme skin treatment. Age spot removal, especially for functions such as the face is something that people will pay so much money, let's face, the most obvious place where they can.

Other areas where it seems age is very prominent on the back of the hand and one of the places where they seem to appear first. In addition to viewing the various forms of treatment available for them let's see why we call them in the first place.

Liver spots that appear as part of our skin is exposed to the Sunday They are the natural skin protection against UVA and UVB rays. They consist of cell-cell melanin that gives our skin with pigmentation, but because our old cells are balanced blotchy.

This process occurs less melanin produced by cells and larger, so they appear as a departure from the brown spots of light and as more clear about their skin.

There are several forms of treatment that can be used for many and this should be a skin specialist doctor. One of the types of treatments to remove age spots is that they are frozen with dry ice.

So far, we've uncovered some interesting facts about . You may decide that the following information is even more interesting.

This is then left for a few weeks for new skin to the surface, where it exists on the skin of old place just peeled off.

Other age-spot removal techniques involve using chemical creams with varying levels of success.

By far the best age spot removal and safe treatment that I have come is the use of natural plant extracts that are found in Germany as a way to treat inflamed skin.

Almost by accident it should be noted that this extract can soften the skin by reducing the number of melanocytes to give even a natural color.

A friend introduced me to various anti-aging skin care products that extract and many other special natural extracts that have the possibility to work in harmony with the aging body in the hours to turn back.

I think its use, so they cream silky smooth and leaves the skin look great and feel nourished. And effectively removes stains that age skin care remove wrinkles by getting the cells to produce more than the loss of structural cells in the process of aging, the skin a more youthful, healthy glow.

There's no doubt that the topic of can be fascinating. If you still have unanswered questions about , you may find what you're looking for in the next article.

Monday, March 30, 2009

3 Step Guide to Remove Age Spots

What if I told you it’s easy to remove age spots? A large segment of our adult population suffers from these dreaded spots, yet people are unaware of the basic steps they need to take for curing them effectively. In this article I’ll discuss three steps for effectively combating age spots.

1. Prevent age spots from forming in the first place
Instead of trying to remove age spots, it’s much easier to prevent them from forming in the first place itself.

Ultraviolet rays present in sun light are the biggest cause for age spot formation. The UV rays cause increased melanin production in the body, and when melanin gets concentrated at any place in the skin, brown spots appear – which we call age spots or liver spots.

To effectively protect your skin against the sun, apply a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15. Apply it at least 30 min before going out in the sun so that it can be absorbed by the skin properly. Wear protective clothing like hats and sunglasses which can shade you from the sun light.

Not only will this prevent age spots from forming, it will also lighten existing ones by regulating the melanin content in the skin.

2. Try a home made remedy
Using chemical peels or laser surgery for age spot removal can cause damage to your skin. These processes are destructive by nature and though they can remove spots, they can leave behind unwanted marks on the skin.

Instead, you can try using pure lemon juice or onion juice on the skin area affected with spots. These juices contain natural acids in a very mild concentration, and would not cause any harm to the skin.

3. Use a natural cream
For safe and effective results, you can use a good cream with natural ingredients to remove age spots. A good cream will contain the extract of many natural substances which help in cleaning the skin.

Extrapone nutgrass is most effective at dealing with age spots. It reduces the production of melanin in the skin up to 40%.

Burdock, red clover, and milk thistle are other natural ingredients which help lighten existing age spot by cleansing the blood stream.

You don’t need any elaborate and expensive procedures to remove age spots. Just stick to the basics and find a good natural cream, and you can have that spot-free skin of your youth back in no time at all.