Archive for May, 2012

Acne and Rosacea, Part 2

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Some people give rosacea cute tags like “The Curse of the Celts” because it is thought to be more predominant in folks with fair skin. Others call it “The Blight of the Baby Boomers” because the average age of onset is mid-40s. By any name, this chronic inflammatory skin disorder is definitely not cute.

About 13 million Americans — mostly women between the ages of 30 and 50 — suffer from rosacea. It develops gradually over time, worsens in stages and doesn’t go away on its own.

Early on, rosacea is characterized by frequent flushing or reddening of the skin, which is caused by inflamed blood vessels and hair follicles.

This flushing sensation feels hot, uncomfortable and tingly — much like a flush from anger or embarrassment.

As rosacea develops, the flushing is accompanied by painful red bumps called “papules” and whitish pus bumps called “pustules,” as well as web-like formations of enlarged blood vessels. Untreated, rosacea can eventually cause raised masses of skin called “nodules,” and in its last stage it can cause the nose to take on a bulbous appearance — like the late comedian and actor W.C. Fields.

“Rosacea is somewhat of a mystery to us because we don’t know exactly what causes it,” says Gurevitch. “To the average person, it can look a lot like acne. But there are real differences. For example rosacea doesn’t produce blackheads and whiteheads. Also, controlled sun exposure can be beneficial for folks with acne but it’s not good for anyone with rosacea because the heat can cause the skin to flush.”

In fact, some say exposure to the sun may be at the root of this skin disorder. “We think this is a sun-related disorder because we almost never see it in patients without sun-damage to their skin,” says Dr. David J. Leffell, a dermatologist, professor of dermatology and plastic surgery, and researcher at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Hyperion will publish his new book, “Total Skin,” in spring 2011.

“It makes sense that fair skin is more susceptible to this disorder,” says Leffell. “The fairer your skin, the less pigment it has and the more damaging the sun’s rays. We’re probably seeing an increase in the number of rosacea cases because there’s more sun hitting the earth than ever before.”

Another contributing factor may be skin mites, which naturally live in face hair follicles, says Leffell. When the mites clog up the follicles, they can cause inflammation, which can, in turn, trigger a flare up.

Folks at the National Rosacea Society in Barrington, Ill., say environment can play a big role in triggering flare-ups as well. On their Web site, they post an extensive list of factors, such as extreme weather, exercise and lift-and-load jobs, chronic coughing, caffeine withdrawal, hot baths and saunas, alcoholic or hot beverages, and high emotions, like stress, anger and embarrassment.

In addition, they say diet and certain foods also may trigger flare-ups — yet another factor that makes rosacea different from acne. These foods include yogurt, sour cream, cheese (except cottage cheese), soy sauce, liver, yeast extract (bread is OK), broad leaf beans and pods (like lima and navy beans, and peas), eggplant, avocados, spinach, citrus fruits, tomatoes, bananas, red plums, raisins, figs, chocolate, vanilla, vinegar, spicy and hot foods.

Rosacea, while not yet curable, is controllable with oral prescription medications and topical creams. And when it comes to washing this delicate skin, the key, too, is to use gentle products.

“Bland is good,” says Leffell. “Wash with warm water and a gentle, nonsoap product. Avoid using hair and skin care products containing alcohol because it dilates the blood vessels. Only use products that are hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic, which means they don’t cause blackheads.”

Remember, rosacea can often be mistaken for acne. It is very important to have this condition diagnosed and treated by a physician because many forms of acne treatment won’t work for rosacea — and in some cases can actually make it worse.

Acne and Rosacea, Part 1

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Oh, sometimes life can be so unfair. Just when you’ve made peace with the laugh lines and wrinkles of your aging skin — it’s turned on you. Now your face is breaking out! (more…)

How to Recognize That You Need HGH. Part 2

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

How do you know if HGH is right for you? How old you are and your general health level are the primary influences. There is no requirement for HGH if you are still growing and are young. However, by the time you reach 40 and start to experience memory problems and fatigue issues, or you notice the onset of wrinkles and gray hairs, you may want to consider supplementing those HGH levels. (more…)

How to Recognize That You Need HGH. Part 1

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

For a lot people, aging is without a doubt, a scary word, particularly for those entering their middle age. As you approach 40, there are indications that your body is not as capable as it was years ago. Even if you are in the best of health, take care to exercise regularly, and eat right, you will still notice the signs of aging as you mature. How can this situation be addressed? Is there anything that can seriously be done as to aging? (more…)

Early Development in Pregnancy

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

From the mother, the egg carries 23 chromosomes, the tiny structures carrying genes that guide development. The sperm contributes 23 chromosomes from the father. When these chromosomes unite, the new cell contains 46 chromosomes which hold the information that makes the baby a unique individual. Physical features, such as eye or hair color, are encoded within the chromosomes. The gender of the baby is determined by two specific chromosomes, referred to as the “sex chromosomes.” Two “X” chromosomes make a girl, an “X” and a “Y” make a boy. Because a woman can only give an “X” chromosome, it is the sperm that determines the sex of the baby. (more…)

Tests Detect Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Monday, May 7th, 2012

People who are at high risk of pancreatic cancer because of a family history of the disease can benefit from a combination of tests that determine if they too are developing the disease, results of a new study suggest. (more…)

What Causes Tinnitus

Friday, May 4th, 2012

The older you are, the more likely it is that you could have tinnitus. It has a variety of causes, including:
long exposure to loud noise (more…)