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  • Large Pores

    Although we need pores to keep our skin hydrated and soft, we don’t want to see them on our face. Some of our pores can be larger than the rest which might be a little bothersome and makes it hard to put makeup on evenly. Instead of trying to cover them up everyday, certain moisturizers and creams can help reduce their size. You can’t permanently shrink pores, but these creams can help reduce the inflammation or dilation in some of your more prominent pores.

    Before introducing certain pore reducing products, let’s get to the bottom of what makes some pores larger than others. Genetics and age are two important factors that can cause them. As we age, sun damage takes its toll on our pores and we lose elasticity in our skin. This causes the skin to thicken and our pores to dilate. If you naturally have thicker and more oily skin, you have a higher chance of having larger pores, too.

    Moisturizers containing natural extracts, botanicals, and vitamin E can help reduce pore size. The vitamin E tackles inflammation while the extracts and botanicals target the cells within your skin. Try SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture to keep your skin hydrated and your pores minimized.

    Products with retinol help stimulate cell regeneration and work with your cells to rebuild collagen. The retinol helps to regain the elasticity your skin lost which can then reduce the size of your pores. Many Retinol products eliminate the need for other moisturizers because they hydrate your skin while regenerating your cells.

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  • Study finds that Vitamin E may slow Alzheimer’s Disease

    Reuters Health recently posted an article about the effects vitamin E has on Alzheimer’s Disease. When taken in large doses, vitamin E seems to slow the decline of mental and physical abilities in patients with Alzheimer’s. This also counts for drugs that reduce inflammation.

    Dr. Alireza Atri told Reuters Health, “Our results are consistent for a potential benefit of vitamin E on slowing functional decline and a smaller possible benefit of anti-inflammatory medications on slowing cognitive decline in patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.”

    Dr. Atri led the National Institutes of Health research which studied over 540 patients with Alzheimer’s in the Memory Disorders Unit. These patients were given high doses of vitamin E that ranged from 800 units per day to 1000 units twice a day.

    The patients showed a small benefit from taking vitamin E, and a slightly bigger benefit from using vitamin E along with other anti-inflammatory drugs, when doing daily tasks such as dressing themselves and personal care. Although the benefits seem small, they believe it will increase over time.

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  • The Power of Feverfew

    Feverfew, a member of the sunflower family, does not induce fevers as the name might suggest; it is actually known to do the opposite. The name feverfew is adapted from the Latin word febrifugia or “fever reducer.” It’s been used for reducing fevers, headaches, joint pains, and even helping digestive problems. Some believe that the chemicals within feverfew (parthenolide and tanetin) inhibit the release of serotonin and prostaglandin, which both aid in the onset of migraines.

    Feverfew also limits the inflammation of blood vessels in the head which is why it has been used to calm redness and swelling. If your face tends to get flushed or red, try using a soothing, feverfew moisturizer. It calms irritated skin and reduced redness.

    A study on migraine sufferers was conducted in the 1980s. It was shown that ingesting feverfew leaves daily reduced the frequency of migraines. Several different methods were used in this study, some even involving mixing the feverfew leaves with salix alba leaves. Both methods had similar results.

    This does not mean it is safe to eat the feverfew leaves you find outside. Companies that incorporate feverfew into their products use a specific amount that is approved by the FDA. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have migraines to find out which method and treatment is best for you

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  • Sunburn Treatment

    Oops – you did it again. You stayed at the beach too long, hung out by the pool without proper sun-screen, or thought you were ready for that extra minute in the tanning booth. What you thought was going to beautify you actually made you look like a lobster. Your skin is red, burns, and it’s hard to move. You don’t have to suffer for long because there are a few treatments you can try to help assuage these symptoms.

    One of the most important things to do to sunburned skin is to keep it properly hydrated and moisturized. Applying products that contain Aloe vera and/or vitamin E can really help calm the inflammation in your skin. Creams with Hydrocortisone can also help the inflammation.

    Benzocaine and Lidocaine are FDA-approved anesthetic chemicals found in topical creams and gels. You can find them at most drug stores. They numb your skin to help stop the pain associated with sunburns. Be sure to talk to a dermatologist first to know the right amount to apply to your burn.

    Emu Oil is a natural substance derived from the fat of an emu. It has been used for thousands of years to alleviate pain, burns, and dry skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties making it a great topical treatment for sunburns.

    Last, but definitely not least, is the most important tip for avoiding sunburns – wear proper sun-screen!! Use a stronger SPF if you plan on staying out in the sun longer. Reapply every two hours, no matter what the label says, and make sure to reapply more often if you get into the water. The best way to treat a problem is to prevent it.

    Did you know that sunburns don’t only affect humans and animals? Sunburns affect trees and plants, causing a lot of damage to their branches, bark, leaves, and tissue.

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  • The Hype on Hyperpigmentation

    We see this word a lot when browsing through the labels of skin care products. But what exactly is hyperpigmentation?

    Hyperpigmentation is the increase in the natural color of the skin caused by exposure to ultra-violet radiation from the sun. Melanin is the pigment in your skin that gives you your tan and is responsible for skin color. Over time, the skin1skin begins to lose its ability to repair itself after harmful sun exposure, which results in the splotches of melanin around different parts of your face or body. Even people with darker skin tones can be more prone to hyperpigmentation after sun exposure.

    Although the sun is a huge culprit of hyperpigmentation, it’s not the only factor. Inflammation and other skin injuries, even certain types of acne, can cause your skin to appear discolored in certain areas and spots.

    If you notice any darker pigments or splotches on your skin, there are different types of topical treatments you may want to consider. Hydroquinone is a skin brightening treatment used in certain products to lighten areas of the skin that have been affected by sun exposure or age spots. Products containing Retinol are another option because retinol goes deep within the skins surface to promote cell renewal, which can help increase your natural tone and color.

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  • Skin Care Products to Use and Avoid on Rosacea

    Rosacea affects over 13 million Americans today. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Rosacea but there are many products that are safe enough to be used over your face where Rosacea has affected you. Many products can even help reduce the inflammation and redness that occur during outbreaks.

    If you have rosacea, you should avoid using skin care products that contain alcohol, witch hazel, peppermint, menthol, eucalyptus oil, or clove oil. Your products should be fragrance-free and have a non-grainy texture. Mild soaps and cleansers are best for your skin because they do not irritate any problematic area. Using sunscreen and cosmetics with a minimum SPF of 15 will help protect these sensitive areas from sun damage and further redness.

    Retinoids, which are Vitamin A derivatives, are useful in the treatment of rosacea. Several skin care products are formulated with Retinoids and can be safe to use on your skin where a breakout has occurred. An oral retinoid called isotretinoin, used for severe cases of acne, reduces the pustules and papules in severe cases of rosacea as well, especially cases that do not respond to antibiotics. Isotretinoin is known to cause birth defects so do not use any product with this ingredient if you are pregnant or may become pregnant. Talk to your dermatologist first to find out which retinoid containing product is right for you or if you should use other treatments for your Rosacea.

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