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Can a Dermatologist Really Help with Hair Loss Problems?

July 26, 2015By 0 Comments


While many women often see bald men as sexy, masculine and even virile they don’t see their own hair loss in the same light. In fact, losing hair especially when a bald spot begins to appear is devastating to most women. It makes them feel unattractive and in many cases unfeminine. While many men accept their hair loss gracefully, women will fight tooth and nail to help stop from occurring. In many cases they seek medical help from their general practitioner only to be told to call a dermatology office for an appointment.

The question is can dermatology really help prevent hair loss in women? The honest answer is that sometimes dermatologists can help prevent hair loss and sometimes they can’t. It all depends on the cause of the hair loss and the treatment available.

The first thing your dermatologists will do is take a medical history. During the taking of this history he or she may ask you questions about whether or not you are taking birth control and what type. Changes in diet and routine, types of hair care products and even medical conditions. They will also thoroughly exam your scalp and take a hair sample.

Based on their results they will determine whether or not there is a treatment option that may help you with your hair loss issues. As surprising as it may seem preventing it may be as simple as changing your hair care products or making simple changes in diet. If this is the case then your dermatologist will discuss those changes with you and if necessary work with you to help you make those changes.

In some cases, a scalp disease or condition may be the underlying cause for your hair loss. In these cases your dermatologist is best suited to treat this condition through medications or other types of treatments. In other cases, your dermatologist may recommend that you see another specialist if the underlying cause of your condition lies in a different area.

However, there are cases where there simply seems to be no cause for your hair loss or there seems to be no treatment available to prevent your losing your hair. In these cases, your dermatologist will discuss your various options with you and may recommend other professionals who can help you deal with your hair loss issues.

Like any other medical profession dermatology is not an exact science and there is still much that is not known about treating various conditions. Through research and study more and more treatment options become available every year but, research takes time and even the best dermatologist does not have all the answers. However, when it comes to hair loss issues, your dermatologist’s office is the best place to start searching for answers and in many cases, this highly trained professional will have the answers you seek.

Written by: John Kirzno

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Homemade Face Mask Treatments for Acne that Work Overnight

July 25, 2015By 0 Comments


Honey has many beneficial properties for skin. Honey face masks are soothing for inflamed skin, antibacterial for acne breakout prone complexions and hydrating for dry or environmentally damaged skin. It’s even good for reducing scarring when added to rosehip, almond, argan or borage oils.

Honey is such an easy ingredient to work with. You can add it to mask bases like yogurt, mashed banana or avocado, or mix it with almond oil and lemon juice to make a cleanser. It is a natural humectant, meaning it draws water and humidity from the air to it – and your skin.

Here are some easy recipes to make using honey as a base:

Normal to dry skin honey face mask:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • for very dry skin add ½ teaspoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon of almond, olive, soybean or any other oil
  • 1 egg OR mashed banana OR ½ an avocado

Mix well together until the blend forms a puree. Apply to skin and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off.

Lightening honey face mask:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon of almond oil
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cucumber juice or pulp

Mix well together well. Apply to skin and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off.

Acne honey face mask:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 drops tea tree or lavender oil (can use neem or rosemary oil also)
  • 1 tablespoon of almond, olive, soybean or any other oil
  • Squeeze of lemon juice

Mix well together well. Apply to skin and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off.

Aloe honey sunburn treatment:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice or gel
  • 1 teaspoon cucumber juice or pulp
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened plain yogurt

Mix together well and leave in fridge or freezer until cooled sufficiently (10 minutes is enough). Apply to red burned areas and leave on for ten minutes then wash off. You can also apply aloe juice direct to soothe burned skin.

As you can see, it’s easy to make and apply simple recipes for skin using honey with other ingredients.

For acneic skin the addition of antibacterial and antimicrobial oils like extra virgin coconut oil, lavender, neem or tea tree oil to a honey base makes a powerful acne mask treatment.

Honey is truly a wonder ingredient for masks, cleansers and as an addition to even moisturizers. You can experiment with all kinds of ingredients to make specific face masks and serums to nourish and rejuvenate your skin.

Author: Mia Gordon

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Wisdom Teeth Removal: Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Out

June 28, 2015By 1 Comment

wisdom-teeth-extractionWisdom teeth are the molars growing at the very far end of the gums. Most of your other teeth will grow during your childhood years and some will appear in as early as your first year in life. However, these teeth will not show up until your adolescent or adult years (between 12 to 25 years old). This is why these molars are called ‘wisdom teeth’. The word ‘wisdom’ here refers to the fact that you are already old enough to be wise when these teeth show up.

For some reason though, a lot of people have come to fear the idea of wisdom teeth removal. There are old stories saying that this removal is a dreaded experience to go through. There are also old stories saying that your wisdom teeth will give you a lot of toothache troubles. Is there any truth to these stories?

Well, the answer is both a ‘yes’ and a ‘no’. Yes, because your wisdom teeth can really give you a lot of toothache troubles and the removal can really be quite painful. No, because you can avoid all of these things if you take correct measures. But what makes these teeth painful anyway?

The answer lies in the location of wisdom teeth. As mentioned earlier, they are located at the very far end of the gums. This means that they are often hard to reach with toothbrush. As result, they often do not get proper cleaning. This is why these teeth are prone to tooth decay. And when tooth decay is present, toothache will soon follow.

In some instances however, symptoms of wisdom teeth decay such as toothache do not manifest right away. This is why a lot of people discover late that their teeth are already damaged. So what do you do?

It is important that you schedule a regular checkup with your dentist. This way, your dentist can closely monitor the condition of your teeth using proper tools. Also, your dentist may perform cleaning procedures to keep your teeth intact and free of decay.

To save you from future troubles however, your dentist may suggest extracting a healthy wisdom tooth. This is an option you can take if you do not want to wait for your teeth to show signs of decay until having them removed. Besides, it is almost imminent that these type of teeth will suffer from decay at some time in the future.

If wisdom tooth decay is discovered late, the extraction procedure may become a little painful. This is because the gums beneath the tooth may already be inflamed. Also, pus may already be present. The presence of pus will make anesthesia ineffective.

To prevent pain however, your dentist may postpone the extraction of the affected wisdom tooth. Instead, he will give you antibiotics to treat the inflammation and pus. When the inflammation and pus are already gone, your dentist may proceed to the extraction procedure.

Take note that wisdom teeth removal is a generally more sensitive procedure than regular teeth extraction. This is why it is important that you go to a dentist that you trust.

Author: Joanna Stevens

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