Top 10 Ways to Prevent or Treat Acne

Posted on August 16, 2011 under acne, Skin Care General | Be the First to Comment

Here are 10 ways to prevent or treat acne:

  1. Desire habitual lifestyle changes, not just results
  2. Sleep on a brand new towel or cloth each night
  3. Wash face twice daily
  4. Avoid touching your face
  5. Rotate between benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid over the counter
  6. Exercise, specifically cardio
  7. Seek professional treatment early
  8. Avoid fat and grease in food, makeup, and other hygiene products
  9. Exfoliate
  10. Use paper towels to dry your face Read more of this article »

Is There a Genetic Link Between Melanoma and Parkinson’s Disease?

Posted on March 30, 2011 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

A recent study at Harvard University found that people with a family history of melanoma are twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, suggesting a genetic link. Initially, they found that patients taking levodopa, a drug for Parkinson’s disease, were more suseptible to melanoma, and thought that the risk was associated with the medication itself. However, they then discovered that people with melanoma were at higher risk for developing Parkinson’s.

The cause of this association is still unclear, and a genetic link has yet to be discovered.  If you or a family member have Parkinson’s disease, remember to get a yearly skin screening from your doctor, as well as self examinations.

Acupuncture and Its Many Uses

Posted on February 26, 2010 under atopic dermatitis, eczema, itch | Be the First to Comment

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy used to treat many problems. It is considered to be holistic medicine, not the traditional medicine that is practiced today in the United States It is based on the theory that there is an energy flowing through the body. By strategically placing very thin needles into the skin at certain points along which the qi (energy) flows, it is believed that the energy flow is restored, making the person feel better.

People use acupuncture to relieve various kinds of pain, arthritis, to help weight loss, to stop smoking, and more. I know someone who smoked 1-2 packs a day. Went for accupuncture, and hasn’t smoked for 20 years.

New studies in the Journal of Allergy have shown that acupuncture may help treat the itching in patients with atopic dermatitis. The study had 30 patients undergoing acupuncture minutes after their skin was exposed to an irritant (allergan). The patients felt that there was less itching. When the patients were exposed to the allergen a second time, the patients had a milder reaction.

For patients with allergies and eczema, the rashes and itchy skin severely affect the quality of life. The person might have difficulty sleeping and be irritable the next day, might have trouble focusing at work, and even be depressed. Although traditional medicine does not advocate acupuncture, for those patients suffering from atopic dermatitis and eczema, acupuncture might just be what the doctor ordered.

Skin Conditions in Obese Children: Should You worry?

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The first lady Michelle Obama has taken on the issue of fighting childhood obesity. She has already launched the nationwide “Let’s Move” campaign to target educating parents on nutrition and exercise, improving the quality of food in the schools, increasing physical activity, and making healthier foods more affordable. Obesity in American children is a serious problem and on the rise.

Some children and adults who are overweight, develop a condition called acanthosis nigricans on their skin. It appears like a thickened dark velvety patch around the neck and between the breasts. It is now well known that acanthosis nigricans is associated with obesity and insulin resistance. Insulin resistance has been found in up to 90% of youth with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Youth with type 2 diabetes are also at risk for heart disease, hyertension and abnormal blood lipid levels. You can safely draw the conclusion that an obese adolescent with acanthosis nigricans needs aggressive screening and intervention to prevent diabetes, hypertension, and abnormal cholesterol levels.

Some reports reveal that 1 in every 5 (20%) of african american and latino youths are overweight. Many of them have acanthosis nigricans on the neck and between the breasts. That means that a large portion of this population will eventually develop serious and complicated medical issues. Diabetes can lead to vision impairment, amputation of limbs, dialysis. Hypertension and cardiovascular disease can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and leg ulcers.

As Mrs. Obama proposes, aggressive education and intervention at an early age is critical for keeping our children healthy for the future.