Coconut oil is as unique a food as it is beautifying to our health. The saturated fatty acids or saturated fats, in coconut oil were for a long time thought to contribute to heart disease and fat deposits in our arteries. Recent studies have proven this to be untrue. Studies have shown that total and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels of cholesterol are actually reduced while the levels of HDL (good cholesterol) are increased resulting in a lower risk for heart disease.
Other important health benefits we get from the saturated fatty acids in coconuts (accounting for 90% of the total fatty acids) are weight-loss and curative properties for certain brain disorders. The fats in coconut oil are special because they are MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides) so they require more energy to burn in our body than the longer fat chains. Some of this metabolic enhancement is also utilized when some of the fat is sent directly to the liver from the digestive tract for immediate energy use. There it may be converted to a ketone which helps in reducing the risk for epilepsy (seizures) and alzheimers.
It is a natural appetite suppressant which is wonderful for keeping your heart healthy and your skin looking younger longer.
One of the most interesting medicinal uses for coconut oil is that it helps kill off pathogens such as fungi, viruses and bacteria. The lauric acid (contained in 50% of fatty acids) in coconut oil turns into monolaurin (a monoglyceride); both help in killing the previously mentioned pathogens and keep our bodies away from harmful organisms.
For the hair and skin, topical application of coconut oil is great for refining our appearance. Not only is coconut oil a natural sunscreen, blocking about 20% of UV rays. It also helps the skin retain moisture and lipids. When applied to the hair, the oil protects hair from damage by strengthening it; maybe even protected it from falling out.
You now have your fresh new tattoo, now it’s time to take care of it! Proper after care treatment is important not only for your new ink, but your skin as well. To promote healing and avoid any infections follow these tips:
• Keep covered. Leave the bandage on your tattoo for a minimum of two hours after treatment. This prevents bacteria from entering the area.
• Keep clean. Wash the tattoo gently with a mild, fragrance free soap.
• Moisturize. Should be done 3-6 times a day for the first two weeks.
• Use a dye and fragrance free lotion or ointment. This will help keep the skin at the tattoo site soft and smooth.
• Avoid the sun. The first few months after you get a tattoo you should avoid the sun altogether, but if you do anticipate exposure cover the area with a physical block or a sun block with a zinc titanium base.
• Protect from the sun. The harmful UV rays can fade and damage a tattoo quite fast. A minimum 30 SPF sun block will help maintain the color of the tattoo and prevent it from fading.
Without proper care and caution a tattoo can have adverse effects to your skin and a really beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster. If you have any questions about your tattoo or the healing process, contact the artist who performed your work.
The other day I was having lunch with my cousin who is a baseball player at a local college in the area, and he mentioned that he avoids wearing his baseball hat as much as possible because he heard that wearing it often can cause hair loss. Although it is a common belief that wearing a baseball hat can cause hair loss, it in fact can not. The only way that it can possibly cause hair loss is in the form of traction alopecia (constant tight pulling on the scalp, usually occurs with braided hairstyles). This discussion though, did bring up an interesting topic about the many myths in relation to the field of dermatology.
Below are just some of the many dermatology myths.
Myth #1 – Foods can cause acne.
As discussed in a previous article, what you eat does have an influence on the health of your skin, but in regards to acne that is typically related to genetics. Foods cannot cause you to contract acne, but it is possible though for them to contribute to it.
Myth #2 – Genetics determine how your skin will age.
Another common myth is that genetics play a large role in how your skin ages. Although genetics can play a role, a larger role is played by lifestyle and health choices.
Myth #3 – If I get a base tan at a salon, I won’t sunburn outdoors.
This one couldn’t be further from the truth. A tan is actually a sign of damage to the skin and in no way prevents further damage to future sun exposure. The best way to prevent sunburn is to avoid tanning and use a sunscreen.
Myth #4 – Any sunscreen will adequately protect my skin from the sun.
A sunscreen must have an SPF of at least 30, combined with ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. This will help to block both UVA (long-wave radiation which can lead to wrinkling and aging) and UVB (short-wave radiation which can cause sunburn) rays, both of which can lead to skin cancer.
Myth #5 – Once I apply sunscreen it is not necessary to do it again that day.
Sunscreen must be reapplied every two hours or after exposure to water (which can wash it off).
Myth #6 – If I shave my hair it will grow back thicker.
Unfortunately for people with thinning hair this is not true. Hair may indeed appear thicker after shaving but this is just an optical illusion. The hair is the thickness it was before shaving.
As you can see there are a lot of myths in relation to dermatology, but hopefully being aware of some of them now will help you have healthier skin and hair in the future.
It is a common misconception that a tan is a sign of good skin health, this is not the case. A tan is actually a sign of damage to the skin and can be just as dangerous as a sun burn. It can cause skin to age prematurely as well as contribute to skin cell damage. Indoor tanning salon booths and beds in particular pose an even greater threat, delivering up to 15 times more UV radiation than the sun.
On average, more than 1 million people tan in tanning salons each day in the US alone. These statistics are alarming considering the serious health risks involved. Not only can tanning lead to unsightly brown spots and wrinkles, but it can also significantly increase the possibility of developing skin cancer. Many tanning salons avoid those facts though, and instead promote the idea that tanning is a great source of vitamin D. Adequate vitamin D however can be obtained in a number of healthier ways, whether through the consumption of fish, milk, orange juice or supplements.
Though a tan may look good now it can have harmful effects on the health of your skin later. Simply put, there is no such thing as a safe tan especially when it comes to indoor salons.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
The cold air, wind, and indoor heat can all leave your skin feeling quite dry and irritated this winter. Due to this, you shouldn’t just change how you dress, but how you treat your skin as well. Here are some tips to keep your skin hydrated and healthy this season:
• Limit your time in the shower.
• Bathe in warm water rather than hot.
• Avoid liquid pump soaps which can be very drying.
• After showering or bathing pat yourself dry, don’t rub.
• Apply a moisturizer when your skin is still moist
• Apply sunscreen to exposed areas of skin because even if it’s not sunny out, harmful UVA rays are still prevalent.
• Drink lots of water and other fluids because the cold weather can strip necessary moisture from the skin.
If the winter weather is still giving your skin trouble, Neiman Dermatology can help. Call our office at 716-688-0020 today and let us help your skin stay healthy this winter.