Skin Problems and Solutions

The elusive luminous skin. We all want it, flawless skin that glows as if it were lit from within. This page is dedicated to caring for your skin and making it look it's very best, even glowy! 

Scroll and view topics including aging skin, sun care, exfoliation and peels, acne, eczema, dermatofibromas, botox, restylane and other fillers, rosecea, pigmentation spots

grandmom at 19 then 89
This is my Grandmom.  She hated her picture taken so I'm glad I have these photos!  Look how beautifully she aged.  In the first photo she is 19 years old.  In the second photo she is 89 years old.  Notice the even color of the skin and really, there are not many wrinkles.  There are no brown spots either.  Want to know her big beauty secret? She avoided the sun. She told me when she went to the beach, on rare occasions, she spent most of her time hiding in the shade of the umbrella.  I don't think I ever saw her with a tan. 
How & why does the skin age?
There are two types of aging. Intrinsic and Extrinsic.
Intrinsic Aging 
Intrinsic aging is the internal natural aging process and is determined by our genes and hormones.  We cannot control genetic aging, yet.  
Extrinsic Aging
Extrinsic aging is caused by environmental factors.  Sun exposure, gravity, smoking, poor nutrition, exposure to chemicals, stress, inflammation and free radicals. Our daily facial expressions and sleep positions also cause lines on our faces! We can control many of these extrinsic aging factors.
Free Radicals
You hear the term all the time, but what are they?  These are renegade unstable molecules that form in the body as a result of normal metabolic functions, exercise, cigarette smoke, environmental pollutants, UV radiation, certain drugs, pesticides and many other chemicals.  It's oxidation. You know, the way an apple turns brown once it is cut and exposed to air.  

Normal molecules have electrons that pair up.  Free radicals have unpaired electrons and attack normal molecule to steal the electron or electrons they need.  Thereby  turning a healthy molecule into an unstable free radical starting a chain reaction.  The results of this electron stealing is damaged that leads to diseases such as cancer, stress and aging of the skin & body. 

How can the aging process be slowed down?
Antioxidants, sun protection, topical products and topical treatments can help slow down the aging process.
So what can we do about free radicals? Eat antioxidant foods and use antioxidant skin care products. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals by donating electrons to these unstable molecules.  The antioxidant molecule remains stable even though it gave up one electron or more. 

 Our body naturally manufactures lots of antioxidants when we are young, but of course, as we age production slows down leaving us vulnerable to the ravages of free radicals.  Fortunately for us, food provides us with a rich supply of antioxidants and now, topically applied antioxidant products are also available. 

Fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidant nutrients, phytochemicals and vitamins.  Vitamins C, E and Betacarotene (a precursor to Vitamin A, retinol) are powerful antioxidants.  Vitamin C is necessary for the production of collagen which keeps our skin firm and young looking. Selenium and zinc are antioxidant minerals.  Carotenoids and flavonoids are examples of antioxidant phytochemicals. Many skin care products contain these antioxidants phytochemicals to help our skin stay healithier and younger looking.
Visit my Recipes Page for yummy recipes full of antioxidants. Antioxidants like Resveratrol, green tea, tumeric, ginger etc. are also available in supplement form. You can find many varieties at health food stores such as GNC and Whole Foods.   
 Amazon is a great place to find anti aging supplements   
Inflammation is also an aging culprit. The body responds to injury, foreign invaders like viruses or bacteria and heals damaged tissues by producing inflammation. The body rushes immune cells, nutrients and hormones the damaged area causing swelling, heat and redness in order to repair the problem. It is a necessary process. The body heals and the inflammation goes away. This is acute, short term inflammation.

Then, there is chronic inflammation. That's no good. Long term chronic inflammation can be caused by health problems such as auto immune and inflammatory diseases, allergies, arthritis, asthma, diabetes and more. Inflammation can also be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. Stress, excess weight, a poor diet, smoking, too much alcohol consumption, too much sugar consumption, a sedentary lifestyle, medications and poor oral hygiene can all create chronic inflammation.
That constant inflammatory response can begin to attack internal organs and other tissues of the body causing disease and pre mature aging.

Fight Inflammation!
We can make some simple changes to reduce inflammation in our bodies. If you smoke, you have to stop for many reasons not just inflammation. Eating healthy foods is a great start. Antioxidant foods are also anti inflammatory foods. Reduce alcohol intake. Only one alcoholic beverage is recommended per day. Cut out as much added sugar from your diet as possible. Not only will it reduce inflammation, the pounds will drop off! Exercise more to help reduce stress and get better sleep, 7-9 hours each night.

Your Skin and The Sun
We love the sun!  We get much needed vitamin D from it. Plus, feels good and a beautiful golden tan looks wonderful! But, the sun's ultra violet radiation breaks down elastic fibers in the skin allowing it to sag and wrinkle, creates pigmentation spots and causes skin cancer.  The answer is a magic cream!  You apply it to your skin and it blocks out the sun tanning and burning rays.  Sun Screen! 

It really is like magic when you think about it.  It's the #1 anti aging skin care product.  Use a broad spectrum sun block with an SPF of at least 15 daily on exposed areas of skin the hands, the face, etc. year around. To cover your body, use a shot size amount, 1 ounce.  The sun's UVB rays are important for vitamin D synthesis.  This only requires about 15 minutes of sun exposure without sun block 2-3 times a week depending on the time of year.  Many foods are fortified with vitamin D such as milk, yogurt, orange juice and cereals so you can get your D that way. As for the golden tan, a spray tan will take care of that! 
69 Year Old Truck Drivers Face Shows Sun Damage on Window Side | New England Journal of Medicine
Photo from Jennifer R S Gordon MD

Look at this man. He is 69 years old. Check out the the left side of his face (on our right). It looks so much older than the right side of his face. Notice the deep wrinkles, the thickened sagging skin, the bumps and discoloration. This is sun damage. It is called unilateral dermatoheliosis. But, why is the one side so much more wrinkled? This man was a truck driver for 28 years. The UV rays from the sun would shine in on him from the driver's side window of his truck as he traveled his route. Even if the window is up, the UVA rays come through the glass damaging and aging the skin. UVA rays are also still present on cloudy days.  This is just a reminder for us to wear a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection every day!

Summer Skin Care Solutions
girl with sunglasses

Summer's sun, heat and humidity can cause the skin to react in a variety of ways creating skin problems. Here are some summer skin problem, solutions and tips to help keep your skin looking beautiful!
skin injectable
Collagen and Elastin are proteins in our skin that give the skin firmness and fullness.  As we age, our skin produces less collagen and elastin. The skin sags, wrinkles and the face appears more sunken in.

Injectable treatments can reduce wrinkles, fill in lines and sunken areas to create a more youthful look. Some fillers actually stimulate collagen production. These treatments temporary and must be repeated to maintain the more youthful appearance. Injectable wrinkle treatments, including Botox, Xeomin, Restylane, Juvederm, Selphyl can only be done by a doctor. 

Botox vs Restalayne

Some salons and spas have a doctor who will come in and do treatments. There are many different kinds of doctors who do injectable wrinkle treatments, even dentists.

To find a doctor, ask around. I like to talk to people to find out which doctor they used and what they thought about the treatment. Ask friends, ask at your salon, ask at the gym, etc. People are eager to recommend someone they like.
You can always check the websites to find a doctor in your area and read reviews.

Botox and other cosmetic injections can cause bruising. To avoid excessive bruising, stop taking aspirin or blood thinners 2 weeks before having cosmetic injections.

Injectables aren't the only way to stimulate collagen. We can help stimulate collagen production with skin care products and electronic devices to make the skin look younger

   Eye Creams
We are all searching for the magic eye cream that will take away our line, wrinkles and bags. I haven't found it yet but I have found some that help a little bit!

 Sleep Well for Better Skin

Acne & Breakouts

facial mask
Pimples and blackheads will still happen even though you clean your face. The problem begins with the oil glands in the skin and dead skin cells.

Scalp and Hair Solutions

dark purple bruise
Bruises are ugly and they hurt! There are some things you can do to reduce the pain and help them heal faster.

How to heal a bruise faster

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