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What Is My Skin Trying To Tell Me?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Covering an area of 2 square meters, or about 22 square feet, your skin is the largest organ in your body and plays a crucial role in protecting yourself as well as aiding you in perceiving the world. However, the skin is more than just a cocoon that protects your bones, muscles, and internal organs, it also changes due to your health. It can communicate if you are sick, not feeling well, or if something is wrong. Here is how to pay attention to the signs, and decipher what your body is trying to communicate to you.

What is Your Skin Trying To Tell You

It's telling you that your stress is out of control. If you have relatively stable skin, then suddenly notice a random patch of acne or a breakout in an area of your body that usually doesn't get any sort of breakouts, then that can be a sign that you are stressing yourself out. When you are constantly stressed, your body releases a steroid hormone named cortisol. This cortisol may be an evolutionary response to stress or danger, but it does not do your skin any favors, typically manifesting as an acne breakout. To manage your stress, incorporate some stress-reducing activities like meditation, yoga, or painting. Find your stress reliever and stick to it whenever you find yourself overwhelmed.

Possibility of anemia. Internal issues can affect your skin's pigmentation. Vitiligo, for example, can manifest and be aggressive if you are diabetic, have pernicious anemia, or are suffering from thyroid disease.

Hormones are out of whack. If you notice new lesions across your jawline and chin, then this could be a signal of a hormone imbalance. This sort of acne is particularly common in adult women - even if they had relatively clear skin in their teenage years.

Unusual hair growths can be a sign of polycystic ovarian syndrome. If you are a woman and suddenly are experiencing hair growths in areas that are classically male, like the chin, neck, or right below your belly button, then there might be an issue with your ovaries. Genetics and hormones can also play a part in strange growth patterns Consult a doctor to rule out the onset of PCOS.

Unhealthy lifestyle factors. While dark circles around the areas are largely genetic, there can be more insidious causes. As you age, the fat pads around the areas change and can cause hollows around the eye area. Dark skin in this area can also be caused by nutrient deficiencies or a lack of hydration. Eating healthier and ensuring that you get enough sleep can help alleviate dark circles in some cases.

Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

Monday, April 29, 2019

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is characterized as a disease in which cells in your body grow out of control, with it being one of the more common types of cancer in the United States.

The two most common types of skin cancer are basal and squamous cell carcinomas. Basal cell carcinoma, or BCC, are the most frequent forms of skin cancer. They appear as abnormal, uncontrolled growths and lesions that lift away from the lining between the deepest layer of your skin and the epidermis. Depending on location and melanin, these lesions are often pink, with red patches. BCC rarely spread and seldom does it metastasizes on other parts of the bother. This leads to a diagnosis that isn't dire, with most BCC lesions being surgically removed, with smaller lesions extracted with the help of a curettage.

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most popular, with it appearing in areas that tend to be exposed to UV rays, including the head, neck, upper back, lips, arms, and legs. While it is a slow growing cancer, it can spread to other parts of the body, including lymph nodes and bones. It's evasive, making it hard to treat is not diagnosed early enough.

Preventing Skin Cancer

To know how to prevent the formation of skin cancer, you'll need to be able to recognize factors that contribute to their manifestation. Here are risk factors for skin cancer:

  • Repeated Exposure To UV Rays During Peak Hours. The sun is highest in the sky between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. To protect yourself, try to avoid extended exposure to the sun during this window of time. Take advantage of shade, hats, and sunscreen of at least 20 SPF to protect your skin.
  • Unprotected, fair skin. While any skin color can form cancerous cells, fairer skin groups tend to be at risk due to a lack of melanin, which helps protect against UV radiation. A diligent suncare routine is important with this skin group.
  • Exposure to arsenic matter. Exposure to known arsenic raises the risks of skin cancer. Arsenic is a type of heavy metal that is sometimes used on unregulated products, as well as many insecticides. Workers who work closely to coal, industrial tar, and paraffin are at an increased risk.
  • Carelessness near water, snow, and sand. These surfaces are highly reflective, and can actually intensify exposure to UV radiation. Make it a habit to include sunscreen in your skincare routine, even during the winter months or when partaking in watersports during the summer months. Water resistant formulation will help protect your skin.

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Precancerous conditions can manifest as irregular growths that can eventually develop into skin cancer. If not treated, they can develop into squamous cell carcinoma. If you notice lesions, skin growths, or spots that you haven't noticed before, contact us. We'll be able to remove growths, as well as help you with tips to decrease your exposure to UV radiation.

 

The Benefits of Drinking Water for Your Skin

Monday, April 22, 2019


Do you know that drinking an adequate amount of water improves your skin's texture and complexion? Yes, Water does not only aid digestion and circulation of nutrition but also hydrates the skin. That's why water is considered as one of the leading anti-aging treatment agents because it hydrates the skin, making it soft, hence, keeping wrinkles at bay.

Daily, the body loses large quantities of water through urine, sweat and bowel movements. Therefore, it's imperative to replace the lost amount by drinking more water and consuming foods that contain high levels of water. These foods include milk and juices. The standard recommendation is drinking 8 glasses or 2 liters of water daily. But what are the benefits of water on your skin?

Below are evidence-based benefits of water on your skin.

  • Increases the elasticity of your skin

Taking enough amount of water helps in renewing the skin. Also, it maintains optimum skin moisture. The adequate amount of water also ensures essential nutrients are circulated to the skin cells which will improve the skin's quality especially the elasticity factor.

  • Prevents aging

Why do you invest a lot amount of money on anti-aging skin treatments? Let them go and swear your allegiance to water. Water is an effective anti-aging skin treatment. Drinking enough amount of water keeps the skin soft and supple. It also boosts the complexion of the skin.

  • Flushes out toxins

Enough amount of water in your body can combat skin disorders. This is because it keeps the skin hydrated, increases metabolic rate and improves the digestion system. As a result, large amounts of toxins are flushed out of the body, leading to a healthy and glowing skin.

  • Prevents sagging of the skin

When you lose some fat, the skin tends to sag. To reduce the sagging rate of the skin, drink ample amount of water. But what can water do with the sagging skin? Enough amount of water will tighten the skin and give a perfect glow.

  • Keep acne and pimples at bay

Drinking water can keep skin acne, breakouts, and blackheads at bay. Drinking enough water ensures that much of the toxins in the body are flushed out which certainly helps in curing skin breakouts such as acne and pimples. It also makes the skin clear.

  • Maintains the skin's pH balance

The skin's pH means its acidity or alkalinity on a scale of 1-14, 1 means it's very acidic, and 14 says it's very alkaline. You should know that the optimal pH of the skin is 5.5. Enough amount of water in your body maintains the pH balance of the skin meaning your skin is healthy.

  • Get rid of puffy eyes

Consuming enough water reduces puffiness around the eyes and keeps the eyes sparkly. Also, it improves the health of the eyes, hence, increasing their brightness.

  • Take care of brittle nails

If your nails tend to break and peel, it's a sign that your body is under dehydration. Drinking more water boosts not only nail growth but also prevents flaky cuticles.

Wrapping up

Though drinking water will give a better-looking skin, you should know it's not an overnight metamorphosis. You have to commit to drinking a lot of water and changes are gradual. For more details, book an appointment with us today!

 

Five Places to Avoid Getting Ringworms

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Ringworm manifest on the skin as a red or silvery rash. Did you know despite its name, this kind of infection is caused by Fungus and not a worm?

The rash often occurs in a circular pattern (ring-like) and hence the name. According to the CDC, ringworm infection is very common and can affect anyone. Extreme cases occur to people with a weakened immune system since the body has a hard time fighting it.

Ringworms are highly contagious and can be transmitted via skin-to-skin contact, clothing, or coming into contact with surfaces where these fungi live such as locker rooms and public bathrooms. Importantly, athletes who are involved in contact sports are at a higher risk of contracting this infection.

It is important to realize that ringworms can infect different places on the body. Here are some:

1. Scalp 

This is common with children but can also affect adults. Mostly children obtain the fungus from pets. Your pooch might be harboring ringworms on its fur and skin. When children or even adults pet them they leave traces of the fungus on their hands or even bedding. once a person's head touches these surfaces ringworms might find their way to the scalp. Additionally, the sharing of combs and hats can lead to the latter scenario.

2. Groin 

It can be very embarrassing having a fungus in this region. However, it is always advisable to seek medical attention. This kind of ringworm infection is common with men. Tight clothing usually traps a lot of moisture from sweat on the groins creating an ideal environment for fungus to thrive.

Scientifically speaking, fungus prefers warm, moist areas of the body such as groin and feet. They manifest as a jock itch, which is an itchy rash in the groin area. This kind of infection can spread quickly that is why you should seek medical attention early.

Overweight people have higher chances of getting the infection because they sweat a lot on the folds of their skin.

3. Hands 

We use our hands quite a lot in activities that involve contact such as hand-shaking, hugging, holding, and patting just to mention a few. This is one of the most common ways to contract ringworms. Coming into contact with an infected person, animal or object can lead to a fungus infection.

Ringworms manifest on the surface of the hands as a red or silvery circular itchy rash. We can mitigate this problem by properly washing our hands with disinfectants.

4. Feet 

This kind of fungus infection is mostly known as the Athlete's Foot and its caused by the same fungus as the Jock Itch. The most ideal environment for this fungus includes public restrooms and showers. To avoid them you should avoid walking barefooted in these facilities.

5. Nails 

This condition is quite common with toenails rather than the fingernails. Nevertheless, it is vital to note there is a difference between an Athlete's Foot and the ringworm of the toenails. For starters, these ringworms can be caused by wearing shoes that are damp, tight, or both. This is because they create a warm and moist environment, which provide the ideal environment of these fungi.

Final Thought on Getting Rid of Ringworms 

Good news! Ringworms are treatable and you can easily get rid of them. If you are infected do not shy away from contacting a professional medical expert to prescribe a viable anti-fungal medication. Additionally, you should avoid sharing personal belongings such as bedding, towels or clothes to avoid spreading of ringworms. Always keep the folds under the skin, the groin, and armpit dry.


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