Skin Care

UV Index Fact Sheet: National UV Index and Health Effects of Excessive UV Exposure

Health Effects of Excessive UV Exposure Background Increasing concern is being expressed by healthcare professionals, public health leaders and voluntary health organizations worldwide about the rapid increase in skin cancers and potential eye and immune system damage as a result of excessive ultraviolet (UV) exposure from the sun and other sources. The ozone layer shields the Earth from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Ozone...

An Ancient Herb for Acne

Two heads bumped. Clear gray eyes peered into crystal blue ones. A slow, lazy smile spread across Cole's face as he stared at the clear skinned beauty before him. Getting a grip on himself, he began picking up the mangos that had scattered when they had crashed into each other. "Here," he said, "let me help," and as he placed the exotic fruit in her basket, his eyes once again rested on her...

Adolescents and Acne

Most adolescents today get acne. This appears mostly on their face, but can spread to the back and upper torso. Foods rich in fat and preservatives are contributing factors. Some children, when trying to tackle the many responsibilities of schoolwork and part-time jobs, are finding stress is also playing a role. Try yoga or meditation to relax. Changing the way look at food, and diet, will...

Acne

Chances are you know someone with acne and you may have even had it when you were a teen. Did you know that eight in ten teens have acne? It can be a miserable situation but today's treatments are having great results. In teens as well as adults acne is usually caused by a hormonal imbalance. If an adult has high levels of male hormones it can stimulate the production of sebum. What is acne? Acne...

What’s in Your Sunscreen?

If you haven't read the back of your sunscreen bottle recently, maybe you should! A chemical called octyl methoxycinnamate, or OMC, is found in more than 90 percent of sunscreen products and filters out damaging ultraviolet rays. But Norwegian scientists found that when they combined OMC in the lab with simulated sunlight, it killed animal cells, prompting suspicion on what it may do to humans....

Skin Problems in the Elderly

As a person grows older, their skin will change dramatically. Most people are very familiar with the first sign of aging: wrinkles. The skin will become dry because oil and sweat glands slow down, and the skin will have less elasticity. But just like other parts of the body, various factors influence the rate at which your skin will age. Sunlight takes a huge toll on the skin. It's important to...

Creating Cosmetics With Essential Oils

Creating Cosmetics With Essential Oils Essential oils are a popular addition to cosmetics; check out any cosmetic counter and you will see countless examples. You can easily create your own personal blends, formulated just for your and at a fraction of the price. Skin care Fragrant waters are one of the easiest formulations for home preparation. These can be used as a facial toner and as a cosmetic face and body mist. These waters are...

New Help for Sensitive Skin

Eczema affects millions of people and is a condition characterized by itchy, inflamed skin. Doctors say if the condition does not resolve itself by adulthood, it will most likely be present for life. There's new hope though for adult and adolescent sufferers. The FDA has approved a new drug therapy now available by prescription called Derma-Smoothe/FS Atopic Pak. This treatment can be used on...

Is Beauty Only Skin Deep? Here’s How to Keep It That Way!

Physical beauty may only be skin deep, but what exactly does it take to keep those many deep layers of skin looking healthy and smooth? A healthy glowing complexion exudes a sense of radiance, confidence, and happiness. If this doesn't describe the face you see in the mirror, or if keeping that face up to par is becoming a struggle, give some thought to how you treat the rest of your body, and...

Grab Your Sunscreen

The weather is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter. So, who needs to worry about using sunblock? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-- Everyone. If you're like most people, even the fairest of the fair, it's less likely that you are concerned with wearing sunscreen on an average day as compared to spending a day at the beach. But guess what? Everyone should be...

Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer

Approximately one million people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. About 90% of these cases are basal cell cancer. The two most common types of skin cancer are basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer (also called nonmelanoma skin cancer). Basal cell cancer is slow growing and usually does not spread to other parts of the body. Squamous cell cancer will spread to...

What Is Dry Skin?

The winter always seems to bring on dry skin. Technically known as xeroderma, it is the lack of moisture. It causes skin to become less smooth, soft and pliable. Some dryness occurs with aging, but the moisture-sapping effects of the elements, particularly cold air, usually cause it. Moisture and healthy skin go hand in hand. When skin is supplied with fluids, it tends to be more pliable and...

Cause of Baby's Red Cheek and Suggestion

Cause of Baby's Red Cheek and Suggestion Milia: Milia are pearly white bumps on a baby's nose, chin or cheeks. These complexion problems are known as milia and baby acne. They're not pretty, but they're common - and temporary. Sometimes milia affect a baby's gums or roof of the mouth as well. Baby acne is more pronounced. You may notice small red or white bumps on your baby's forehead or cheeks. Many babies are born with milia. Simply...

Contact Dermatitis By Jewelry, Perfume and Others

Contact Dermatitis By Jewelry, Perfume and Others Contact dermatitis is an eczematous reaction due to an external agent. This agent can affect the skin by direct contact, by airborne contamination, or by ingestion. Skin changes that occur as a result to exposure to allergenic or irritant substances. Phototoxic dermatitis results when either an allergen or an irritant is activated by sunlight. In all types of contact dermatitis, only the...

Napkin (Nappy) or Diaper Rash: Cause and Treatment

Napkin (Nappy) or Diaper Rash: Cause and Treatment In the neonatal period and early infancy the skin's defenses are not yet fully developed, and it is much more vulnerable to chemical, physical and microbial attack. Apart from the depressed skin defenses, the surface area to weight ratio is higher than at other times and there is a greater hazard from increased absorption of topically applied medicaments. The vascular network in the skin seems...