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Cystic acne is the most severe form of acne. It generally affects men more than women and most people develop it in their teens. However, it can start as young as eight years old or can even show up when you’re in your 50s. Cystic acne is more prevalent on the face, but it can occur on the chest, back, upper arms and shoulders. It is generally combatted with blue and red light therapy. What is cystic acne? When you have a breakout and a pimple forms it is due to your pores getting clogged with debris, dirt and dead skin cells. The pores can also trap in bacteria, which is what causes the area to become red and swollen. For most people, pimples are the worst of it and simple over-the-counter acne medication is enough to treat breakouts. However,…


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Sweat is how our body cools down. When we exercise, eat spicy food or go outside on a hot day, it’s normal to sweat. However, some people find themselves perspiring all the time. Excessive sweating treatment does exist but first let’s explore the major causes of extreme perspiration. Hyperhidrosis This is a condition in which the nerves in charge of triggering the sweat glands become overactive, causing excessive sweating. When you suffer from hyperhidrosis you will sweat through your clothing and perspire so much that it even drips off your hands. Besides inordinate amounts of perspiration people who are plagued by hyperhidrosis sometimes have chills, chest pain, nausea and lightheadedness. Hyperthyroidism When there are too many thyroid hormones moving throughout the body it causes a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Because of the excess of thyroid hormones, the body tries to…


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Everyone will get a skin tag over the course of their life. If you notice one, do not worry. Skin tags are nothing to fret over. Below, you’ll get everything you need to know about skin tags and skin tag removal. What are skin tags? Acrochordons, a.k.a., skin tags, are small bits of hanging skin about two millimetres to one centimetre in diameter (about the size of a grain of rice). It is rare that a skin tag exceeds that range; however, there are some reported that reach up to five centimetres. Skin tags are caused when the skin rubs against itself in areas like the eyelids, armpits, groin folds, neck and under the breasts. You can have one or many skin tags at a time. Who can get skin tags? Skin tags affect men and women equally and as…


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If you suffer from migraines, you will often find yourself in debilitating pain that affects your quality of life. Although some prescription medications can provide temporary relief, migraines won’t disappear. Most people who suffer from migraines find themselves with an enfeebling headache at least every seven to eight days. That means that you’ll be using prescription medication about four times per month to simply mask the symptoms that are bound to return anyway. Botox injections are now being used to give migraine sufferers a reprieve from these crippling headaches. What are Botox injections? Clostridium botulinum is a bacteria that, when turned into Botox and injected directly into your body, can treat everything from wrinkles to overactive bladders, neck and eye spasms and headaches. Botox blocks certain chemical signals from your nerves that lead to temporary muscle paralysis. When your muscles…


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Chemical peel treatments are done to resurface the skin by removing the superficial layers resulting in the promotion and growth of new, healthy skin. Chemical peels improve the skin’s appearance by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, sun damage and uneven texture. If you’re about to undergo a chemical peel treatment, your doctor will provide a list of what not to do, which you must follow because your skin will be incredibly red and sensitive. If you avoid any of the aftercare instructions provided by your doctor you run the risk of reversing the affects of your treatment. Here’s what your doctor will tell you not to do after a chemical peel: Don’t pick at your skin Because of the techniques used in chemical peel treatments, your skin will be left red and raw immediately afterwards. Do not pick…


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Blue and red light therapy (also known simply as light therapy), is a technique used to treat and remove bacteria from the skin. Because light therapy can penetrate deep beneath the skin’s surface it can reduce inflammation, improve healing and cure certain skin conditions, like the 12 listed below: Cystic Acne This is one of the most common skin conditions in the world. Light therapy is able to treat cystic acne by destroying the bacteria that causes it. However, blue and red light therapy are not used to treat hormonal acne, only cystic acne. Studies are currently being conducted to see if light therapy can also destroy acne caused by hormonal imbalances. Blackheads These small unsightly bumps are caused by blocked hair follicles. Blue and red light therapy can help unclog our hair follicles and reduce the appearance of blackheads.…


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We wear our age on our faces. If we don’t take care of our skin it will become dull and make us look much older than we are. To give your skin a boost, here are six nightly routines that can help rejuvenate your face: Remove your makeup Before you wash your face, use a high-quality makeup remover to clear away your makeup. Any residue that the makeup remover misses, your face wash will take care of. There are different products available that remove makeup such as toners, micellar water and special scrubs. You may have to try different brands to see which one works best for your skin. Wash your face Wet your face with warm water, then, with a cleanser that is specifically designed for the face and neck, gently massage the product into your skin. When you’re…


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A chemical peel can improve the appearance of the skin, face, neck and even hands. It’s one of the best exfoliating techniques available and will leave you with fresher, more youthful looking skin. A chemical peel is comprised of a safe chemical solution that when applied to the skin allows old skin to peel off and new regenerated skin to emerge. If you’re thinking of getting a chemical peel, there are six things you need to know: How do they help? Chemical peels are incredibly effective at treating everything from acne scars to aging skin that needs a boost. If you have crow’s feet, wrinkles or sun damaged skin, a chemical peel can prove helpful by deeply exfoliating your skin, allowing new skin to emerge. Additionally, chemical peels can also treat sagging skin by promoting skin elasticity. How many types…


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For many people, the signs of aging are the most prominent on our faces. Besides cosmetic surgery, getting rid of wrinkles, fine lines and restoring that youthful glow can be done with Radiesse treatment. What is Radiesse? Radiesse is an injectable filler used to plump and smooth out the skin. It is injected with a small needle and placed under your skin to create smoother contours and add volume, making you look younger. Radiesse helps stimulate your body’s natural collagen production. Collagen is a naturally-occurring protein that holds our bodies together. As we age, collagen production slows down but treatments such as Radiesse can give it a boost. What are the benefits of Radiesse treatment? A long-lasting solution: Radiesse treatment boasts many benefits but its ability to last for up to a year, and in some cases longer, is truly…


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Botox is an injectable cosmetic procedure that is used to treat wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles. When our muscles are numbed, nerve impulses are blocked. In order to wrinkle, our skin needs the underlying muscles to contract. When our muscles can’t contract, we are left with wrinkle-free skin. The effects of Botox can last anywhere from three to six months, making it an ideal procedure to combat the signs of aging. Most cosmetic surgeons will not treat anyone who is younger than 18 but, in terms of age limitations, if you are in good health, you can undergo Botox injections well into your 80s. Botox for preventative purposes When Botox first became available for cosmetic purposes, it was generally reserved for older people. Nowadays, many people in their 20s are using Botox as a preventative measure to stop (or…


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