WHAT’S THAT GROWING ON YOUR SKIN?

Lumps and bumps can appear on your skin – seemingly out of nowhere. Before you hit the panic button, take a deep breath and remember that not all skin lesions are dangerous. Trinidad-based dermatologist Rachael Eckel, MD, the principal trainer for ZO® Skin Health in Europe, sheds some new light on a few of the more common benign skin lumps and bumps. Sebaceous Cysts are noncancerous, closed pockets of oil on the skin.  They usually feel like large peas and can develop as a result of infection or clogging of sebaceous (oil) glands. Sebaceous cysts typically…

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CARING FOR YOUR DRY SKIN

Dry, flaky, itchy skin and cold weather go hand in hand. Winter winds and cold weather leaves skin flaky, red and rough. Severely dry skin (xerosis) can show up on your arms, hands, lower legs, ankles and even your scalp. Dry skin needs more moisture and barrier protection so that your skin’s natural moisture does not escape. Reverse dry skin and restore moisture by: Taking shorter showers Limit yourself to a single 5- or 10-minute shower or bath each day. Spending more time in the water often leaves your skin less hydrated than before you started,…

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NEW YEAR, NEW SKINCARE

I will lose weight … I will join a gym …I will get a clearer complexion. A coming New Year often heralds a laundry list of resolutions about things we will do more of or less of in the future. Many are set ups to fail. In fact, fully 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions every year, and just 8 percent of us keep them, according to Statisticsbrain.com. The key to sticking with your New Year’s resolutions is to create an actionable plan that is not too overwhelming yet provides clear and visible benefits….

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IS YOUR SCALP HEALTHY?

We spend hours styling and caring for our hair, but most of us don’t give our scalp the time of day. That’s unfortunate as healthy hair and a healthy scalp typically travel together. If your scalp isn’t in prime condition, odds are your hair is isn’t ready for prime time either. Here’s how to care for your scalp (and your hair!) Go on a shampoo diet As the weather grows cooler and the humidity drops, your scalp and hair will retain less moisture.  Over shampooing will further strip away this needed moisture. During your daily shower,…

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KEEP CALM AND REVERSE ROSACEA

More than 16 million Americans have rosacea, according to the National Rosacea Society. The first signs can include redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. With time, the redness often becomes more persistent and visible blood vessels can appear. Left untreated, bumps and pimples can develop and the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue, a condition called rhinophyma (think Santa Claus, W.C. Fields, Bill Clinton). The laundry list of rosacea triggers ranges from sun exposure, emotional stress to wind, exercise, alcohol, fragrances and spicy foods. Changes in…

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THE NON-SUGAR-COATED GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR SKIN

A recent New York Times article alleged that the sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and instead, throw shade on fat. With the sugar-heart disease connection in the spotlight today, sugar’s effects on the skin is also getting some much-needed attention and fat is getting a bit of a reprieve. Sugar has always been on the “most-wanted” list when it comes to skin saboteurs. Sugar contributes to chronic inflammation, and that can age our skin more rapidly. Put another way, sugar equals wrinkles. Here’s the…

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LOVE YOUR PORES AGAIN

Are you obsessed with your pores? If the answer is a resounding yes, you are not alone. Many of us would do just about anything to shrink our pores. Pores actually slack off with age as they get lazy. Therefore, they look larger or more open. Sun damage also contributes to the shape your pores are in and how visible they are. Chronic oil production and clogging from daily debris and dead skin is also a major culprit. You may find that the pores that bother you most tend to be in the oilier areas of…

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GET TO KNOW YOUR HEV’S FROM YOUR UVA’S AND B’S

Blocking HEV light has been found to be as important as blocking UVA and UVB. There’s a new buzzword in the sunscreen world – it’s called high-energy visible light (HEV). And if you haven’t heard about HEV yet, it’s time to get with the program as what you don’t know may hurt your skin and your eyes. Here’s the 411 on HEV and why blocking it really matters to your skin. What it is: The sun’s HEV, also called blue light, may actually be as harmful as UVA and UVB light combined. It may not cause redness…

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EAT YOUR OMEGA-3 FATS

Healthy skin needs the basics like plenty of H20, key vitamins and minerals, and specific nutrients like essential fatty acids that keep skin supple. Your body’s organs, including the skin, which is the largest organ, need these fatty acids to function optimally. Omega-3 is called an essential fatty acid because it is essential to your health.  Because the human body doesn’t produce it, it is also essential in your diet. Fatty acids are the building blocks of fats, which are vital nutrients. Omega-3 is used to regulate blood clotting, build cell membranes and support cell health….

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TEEN ACNE VS. ADULT ACNE  

You survived high school. You sailed through college. Your breakouts were still showing up in your twenties. But you hit your thirties and your acne is still flaring up, and you thought you would be done by now… You’re not alone. Adult acne is more common than you think. But it is different than the acne you had during your teens in several ways. The key difference is that teenage age is caused by active oil glands and excess oil production, whereas adult acne is caused by hormonal activity. As we age, cell turnover slows down,…

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