Shaving can be a challenge for both men and women. Whether getting razor bumps or a rash, the process can be tough. Yet getting a smooth shave with minimal irritation is possible.
Follow these tips:
If you have any further questions about shaving, especially with acne-prone skin, contact our office. Treating a skin condition, such as acne, can go a long way in reducing irritation caused by shaving.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology
You may have heard that letting a cut breathe can help it heal faster. This is however not the case, as leaving a cut uncovered creates a dry environment actually leading to a slower healing process.
Cuts or wounds of any kind, need moisture to heal, and covering them with a bandage provides great benefits. Let’s say, for instance, you grate your knuckles instead of the cheese while preparing dinner. By the time you get to the medicine cabinet the blood will have started to coagulate. The resulting scab helps shut out dirt, but it also can get in the way of cells responsible for repair work. A bandage prevents the wound from drying, helping cells move freely in and around the cut. As a bonus, the bandage also soaks up wound fluid which contains growth factors that stimulate the repair process. Of course, bacteria-like moisture too.
So now to prevent infection, hospitals use bandages made of plastic wrap-like material that’s less porous than familiar bandages. This is better able to keep bacteria out. You can achieve some of the same results by smearing an antibiotic ointment on a cut and topping it off with a drugstore bandage. Read the label to make sure you’re using an antibiotic, which kills only bacteria and not an antiseptic like hydrogen peroxide, which can kill healthy cells too.
Studies have shown patients whose cuts are bandaged, heal twice as fast as those left exposed. Although removing a bandage may not be the most pleasant experience, remember that wearing one will help your cut heal that much faster.
As described in a previous blog post, “Don’t Stress about Acne,” acne is a common skin condition that effects millions of people. Although it is unclear as to what exactly causes it, there are some things you can do to improve the condition and get on the path to clearer skin.
• Cut down on processed foods, especially ones with a high salt content. Too much salt can dehydrate the skin, which in turn, can make it tougher to get rid of acne.
• Avoid drinking or eating too much alcohol, cheeses, or other dairy products.
• Drink more water. Drinking water hydrates the skin by flushing out toxins, bodily waste, and germs that are trapped within it.
• Cut down on your caffeine intake. Caffeine can increase a stress hormone which in turn can cause glands to over produce oil. This can then lead to clogged pores which means more acne.
If you follow all the tips listed above and are still having acne concerns, contact our office.
Acne is a common skin condition that effects people of all ages. It is characterized by pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads that usually reside on the face, chest, or back.
Aside from the appearance of the condition, it can actually have just as much of an impact psychologically. Some who experience acne develop low self-esteem and even depression.
Although it is unclear exactly what may cause acne; stress, diet, and hormones can all be contributors. Currently there is no cure for acne, but there are many different treatment options available. Be aware that as with many treatment plans for acne, it may actually get worse before it gets better.
If you are experiencing acne contact our office today, so our providers can get you on the right treatment program. Control your acne, don’t let it control you!
Thank goodness for tattoo removal! At least that’s probably how actress/producer Eva Longoria felt after her split from Tony Parker a few years back. According to TMZ.com, the ‘Grand Hotel’ producer underwent laser treatments to remove a trio of tattoos relating to her ex.
Back in 2010, amid infidelity rumors on Tony’s end, the two went their separate ways after three years of marriage. Eva was so devastated that she desperately wanted to rid herself of all memories of their broken relationship. So shortly after, she began the process of laser tattoo removal.
The tattoos that were treated included a “nine” on the back of her neck (Tony’s jersey number for the San Antonio Spurs), their wedding date in roman numerals on her wrist, and Tony’s initials which were located in an undisclosed location.
With laser tattoo removal, the number of treatments depends on the quality and composition of ink used. Multiple treatments are necessary and must be spaced about 6-8 weeks apart, so the process can take a few years. By judging the way Eva’s tattoos (or lack thereof) have looked recently, she not only erased her tattoos but also rid herself of the last remains of a broken marriage.