Archive for November, 2007

Archive for November, 2007

A skincare routine should be followed regularly for the best results. Daily skin and facial care is much more effective in making us look beautiful than any cosmetics in the world. Also, a healthy balanced diet and an efficient digest-absorb-assimilate cycle inside your body are crucial for vital, healthy skin. Toning is an important step in the daily skincare routine because it removes any lingering impurities or greasy residue and helps balance the pH of the skin. It closes the pores and stimulates circulation, helping to prepare the skin to absorb nutrition from the moisturizer that follows. Wash your face with lukewarm water. Apply the mask with smooth upward strokes with your fingertips or a ball of cotton.

A daily skin care regimen should start as early as infancy and continue throughout one’s life. One of the most valuable steps in the regimen can be protection from the UV rays, sunscreen should be applied as the last step anytime there will be exposure to the sun. Use a foaming gel face wash if you have a combination skin. If your skin is more oily and prone to breakouts, then you will need a facial wash that specifically targets these conditions. For maximum skin care benefits, the basic routine is usually insufficient, especially for people over thirty. Adding a well-selected product or two with wisely chosen, scientifically proven active ingredients can further improve your results.

Four basic rules for proper skin care:

1. Cleansing

2. Exfoliate

3. Tone

4. Moisturize

Daily skin care Tips

1. Each day when you take your bath or shower, try to use luke warm water. Hot water dries out the skin.

2. Avoid using harsh soaps which dry the skin. Deodorant soaps are often very harsh and drying.

3. When toweling dry, do not rub the skin. Blot or pat dry so there is still some moisture left on the skin.

4. Sunlight causes skin cancer, aging and wrinkles of the skin. Nothing is more important for daily skin care than avoiding sunlight.

A wart is generally a small, rough tumor, typically on hands and feet, that can resemble a cauliflower or a solid blister. Warts can grow on all parts of your body. They can grow on your skin, on the inside of your mouth, on your genitals and on your rectal area. Warts on the skin may be passed to another person when that person touches the warts. It is also possible to get warts from using towels or other objects that were used by a person who has wIt is also possible to get warts from using towels or other objects that were used by a person who has warts. Warts on the genitals are very contagious and can be passed to another person during oral, vaginal or anal sex.arts. Warts are usually painless with the exception of the warts on the soles of the feet. Common warts are different from moles, and they aren’t cancerous. In fact, they’re usually harmless and often disappear on their own.

Warts are rarely seen on children under the age of three, but after this age they become more frequent. In women, warts can grow on the cervix (inside the vagina), and a woman may not know she has them. A tiny cut or scratch can make any area of skin more vulnerable to warts. Also, if your child picks at a wart, it can spread to other parts of the body. Warts don’t generally cause any problems, so it’s not always necessary to have them removed, unless you have concerns. Another reason to treat warts is to prevent them from spreading further. Treatment helps prevent common warts from spreading to other parts of your body or to other people. But common warts may recur after treatment, and they may be a persistent problem. The doctor can also freeze warts and verrucas away with liquid nitrogen. Often several freezing treatments will be necessary before the warts are totally removed.

Causes of Warts

Common warts are a type of infection caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus family. Some types of warts - such as genital warts are quite contagious, but the chance of catching common warts from another person is small. There are more than 100 types of human papillomavirus viruses. Some types of human papillomavirus tend to cause warts on the skin, while other human papillomavirus types tend to cause warts on the genitals and rectal area. Some people are more naturally resistant to the human papillomavirus viruses and don’t seem to get warts as easily as other people. Warts usually spread through breaks in your skin, such as a hangnail or scrape. Biting your nails can also cause warts to spread on your fingertips and around your nails.

Symptoms of Warts

Common warts appear most often on the tops of the fingers and hands, usually along the cuticles, as rough, thick, cauliflowerlike papules that develop solitarily or in large numbers. They often contain one or more tiny black dots, which are sometimes called wart seeds but are actually small, clotted blood vessels. Flat warts are small, slightly elevated, flat-topped, pink or tan papules, are smoother than the common wart, and have minimal scale. They occur primarily on the face, arms, and legs, and a person can have several, even hundreds of them. Ano-genital warts are flesh to gray in color, grow in mucous membranes, and vary in size from small, shiny papules, to large cauliflowerlike lesions. They can extend internally into the vagina and cervix, the rectal area, and inside the urethra.

Treatment of Warts

Often warts disappear on their own, although it may take many months, or even years, for the warts to go away. But some warts won’t go away on their own. There are several over-the-counter options. The most common ones involve salicylic acid. These products are readily available at drugstores and supermarkets. Removing a wart with salicylic acid requires a strict regimen of cleaning the area, applying the acid, and removing the dead skin with a pumice stone or emery board. Salicylic acid preparations are available as drops, gels, pads, and plasters. They are designed to apply to all kinds of warts, from tiny ones to great, big lumpy ones.

A stye or hordeolum is an infection of the sebaceous glands at the base of the eyelashes. It is a small boil or abscess caused by an infection of one of the tiny oil-producing glands located at the base of each eyelash. A person who develops one stye may have frequent recurrences. Patients who have multiple styes, or who have frequent recurrences of styes, should be seen by a general physician to rule out diabetes mellitus, which is recognized as predisposing individuals to multiple and recurrent infections of the eyelids. A stye can be secondary, caused by blepharitis. A blocked oil gland near the eye, a chalazion, is often mistaken for a stye. Styes are not harmful to vision, and they can occur at any age. A stye initially brings pain, redness, tenderness and swelling in the area, then a small pimple appears. Sometimes just the immediate area is swollen; other times the entire eyelid swells.

Typically, a stye begins with a sensitivity to light, excessive flowing of tears, and the sensation of a foreign body in the eye. Most styes will drain on their own though this may be accelerated with a hot or warm compress. Styes typically resolve within one week with treatment. Styes that appear on the eyelid are usually deeper, more painful and last longer than those appearing on the eyelash. Generally, the stye enlarges over several days as the infected follicle fills with pus; then it usually subsides within three to seven days. In the early stages, chalazia may be treated at home with the repeated use of warm compresses for 15 - 20 minutes followed by several minutes of light lid massage. This helps to reduce the swelling and makes the lid more comfortable. In some cases, the eye doctor may cut into the swollen area to promote drainage of pus.

Causes of Stye

Styes are generally caused by a staphylococcus aureus bacteria infection and are particularly common in infants, though people of any age may experience them. This bacterium is often found in the nose, and it’s easily transferred to the eye by rubbing first your nose, then your eye. A stye can be secondary, caused by blepharitis. A blocked oil gland near the eye, a chalazion, is often mistaken for a stye. Adults are affected more often than children. The condition may occur at an increased frequency within certain families and in children with Down’s syndrome.

Symptoms of Stye

A stye usually starts as a sensitive, red, swollen area on the edge of the eyelid at the base of an eyelash. An internal hordeolum has the same symptoms as a stye, but it grows deeper inside the eyelid.A chalazion grows more slowly, deeper inside the eyelid than a stye. Though it usually does not cause pain, a chalazion may last for several months. It may form a firm lump under the skin of the eyelid, and the inflammation and swelling may spread to the area surrounding the eye.

Treatment of Stye

In the early stages, chalazia may be treated at home. Most styes will drain on their own though this may be accelerated with a hot or warm compress. Styes typically resolve within one week with treatment. Chalazions may be treated with any one or a combination of antibiotic or steroid drops or injections; warm compresses for 5 to 10 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day; gentle massage to express the glandular secretions; or surgical drainage. Treatment for an internal hordeolum or chalazion is usually the same. However, if a chalazion becomes big enough that it interferes with vision, additional treatment may be needed.