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Battling the Blackheads!

Added November 8, 2019, Under: Natural remedies, Skin Conditions

Blackheads are extremely common and they affect all skin types. They are a type of acne known as a comedo, basically a clogged hair folicle in the skin. When oil, dead skin cells or bacteria block our pores, a small comedone can be the result.  And if that blocked pore stays open, oxygen in the air then oxidizes the oils, turning them dark brown or black -  yes, blackheads.    The process is similar to that when a peeled apple can turn brown ...

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To Shave or Not To Shave, That is the Quandary!

Added July 9, 2019, Under: How To, Men's Health, Skin Conditions

Many men switch between being clean shaven and then growing a beard once more, not being able to make up their minds about which they prefer! It does not really matter because both styles are popular today. If you decide on being clean shaven, we share some tips on how to help you have a clean shave. How to have a clean shave 1. Making sure the skin is wet.  Shaving on dry skin can easily lead to razor burn.  Wetting the skin helps to ...

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The Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis in the Hands and Feet

Added July 3, 2019, Under: Diseases, Natural remedies, Skin Conditions

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic and progressive form of inflammatory arthritis, causing joint pain, stiffness and swelling. These symptoms can come and go - depending on how severe the condition is in a particular case. Once you have psoriasis, you are at risk of psoriatic arthritis with an estimated 30% of those with psoriasis developing the condition. The good news is that an early diagnosis helps reduce the risk of any permanent bone or joint damage. What are the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis ...

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What is Granuloma Annulare and How Can This Condition Be Helped?

Added June 11, 2019, Under: Drugs, Inflammation, Natural remedies, Skin Conditions, Vitamin D

  Granuloma annulare is a chronic skin condition that causes raised reddish or skin-colored bumps in a ring pattern, usually on the hands and feet. The condition is not contagious. What are the symptoms of Granuloma Annulare? These depend of the type of this condition: The localized variant is the most common form. It occurs most commonly on the hands, feet, wrist and ankles of young adults. Skin colored bumps generally occur on the joints. The generalized variant is predominantly found in adults. The rashes ...

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Hyperpigmentation & How to Help this Condition

Added May 4, 2019, Under: How To, Inflammation, Skin Conditions

You might be asking "What is hyperpigmentation?" It is when darker or lighter areas of skin occur. These patches can vary in size and appear anywhere on the body. What causes hyperpigmentation? This condition can be caused by sun damage, inflammation or other skin injuries including those related to acne.  People with darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation, especially with excessive sun exposure. Many forms of hyperpigmentation are caused by an excess production of melanin - the  pigment that gives skin its color. Certain ...

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Why You Need to Raise and Maintain Your Vitamin D Levels

Added April 30, 2019, Under: Diseases, Health, Skin Conditions, Vitamin D

We may well need to be reminded about how many of us are Vitamin D deficient. And such a common deficiency is association with many health issues - including osteoporosis, depression, Alzheimer's and more. We have written about several of these health issues in the past. A reminder includes these points The best way to raise your vitamin D levels is through sunlight with just 15 minutes of sun in the middle of the day (to as much bare skin as possible) in ...

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Tea Tree Oil Is Great For Your Hair

Added March 26, 2019, Under: How To, Skin Conditions

One of the most popular of essential oils, the Australian Tea Tree Oil has many benefits and uses. The oil is is extracted from Melaleuca alternifolia of the Myrtaceae family. It should never be taken internally. Here are some ways to use Tea Tree Oil for your hair 1. Deep clean Use tea tree oil as a massage oil on the scalp.  Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a carrier oil such as almond, olive or coconut oil in its liquid form, and ...

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How Natural Sunlight Can Help Those With Psoriasis

Added March 4, 2019, Under: Diseases, Inflammation, Skin Conditions, Vitamin D

Psoriasis can be a very uncomfortable skin condition, involving lots of itching and the appearance of unwanted scabs on the skin. This autoimmune disease is one where your immune system produces too many skin cells which accumulate on the surface of the skin.  As these skin cells shed, they form red and painful welts that are thick and raised, sometimes having silvery scales. The goal for treating the condition is to stop the skin cells from growing rapidly; to reduce inflammation and ...

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Psoriatic Arthritis, The Early Signs & Treatment Options

Added February 16, 2019, Under: Arthritis, Skin Conditions

If you have been diagnosed with the skin condition known as psoriasis (where itchy and inflamed red patches of skin appear on small or large areas of the body), you have a ten to thirty percent chance of developing psoriatic arthritis. PsA is more likely to affect men and women equally between the ages of twenty and fifty years of age. Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis occur when your body’s immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues. While it is not known exactly what ...

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Fordyce Spots is the Name Given to this Common Skin Condition

Added January 29, 2019, Under: Health, Natural remedies, Skin Conditions

Fordyce spots are whitish-yellow bumps that can occur on the edge of your lips or inside your cheeks.  Sometimes they are pale red or skin-colored. Although not as frequently, they can also appear on the genitals. These spots (also known as Fordycegranules or Fordyce glands) are enlarged oil glands. Fordyce spots are harmless Although they may cause concern because of their appearance, the spots are harmless: They are not a sexually transmitted disease. They are not infectious. They only need to be checked by your doctor if they ...

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