Back in 2011, reality star Kim Kardashian announced that she suffers from psoriasis. Since that time, she has been influential in raising awareness about the condition. Recently, she shared a shocking photo on her Instagram that brought attention back to it.
As you can see, the photo shows textbook psoriasis flareups all over her face. A lot of people found the photo quite shocking and can’t believe how she is regularly able to conceal it.
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that affects more than 8 million Americans. Typically developing between the ages of 15-25, symptoms consist of skin redness and irritation with silver colored scales. Usually occurring on the scalp, face, hands, elbows, knees, and feet, it is believed to occur when the body’s immune system mistakes healthy cells for dangerous or harmful substances.
A common misconception is that psoriasis is contagious, this is not the case. Some things that can contribute to worsening the condition though include, too much exposure to sunlight, consumption of alcohol, and even stress. It can be treated many different ways, with the most common options being topical ointments or creams, lotions, and shampoos.
Taking care of your skin by regularly moisturizing and cleaning the affected area can also help in maintaining and reducing flare-ups. Although there is no way to prevent psoriasis, there are many ways to manage and treat the condition.
Source: National Psoriasis Foundation
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.
Effecting nearly 50 million Americans, acne is the most common skin condition. With June being Acne Awareness Month, there was no better time for us to offer our popular Acne Facial for a discounted rate of only $59.
The treatment is a deep, thorough cleansing and extraction to break down impurities, sebum, dead skin cells, and blackheads. An ideal treatment for teens or anybody with stubborn active acne.
If you would like to learn more about the Acne Facial or would like to schedule an appointment contact our office today!