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What is dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a technique for controlled exfoliation of the skin and removal of fine hair. The term comes for combining two words, epidermis and planing. The epidermis is the top layer of skin. It provides the skin with protection, and it is waterproof. Planing is a term that comes from woodworking. It is a technique that removes the top layer of wood making it smooth by shaving it. It prepares the wood to be primed with chemicals to enhance its look. Dermaplaning shaves the top layer of skin in order remove impurities and “peach fuzz” type hair on the body.
How may dermaplaning help you?
Some people use dermaplaning to remove excess hair on the body such an unwanted beard or mustache. For example, if you are a woman with dense hair on the upper lip or extra long sideburns you are tired of wearing, dermaplaning will safely and painlessly remove the hair. The hair will grow back eventually, and the treatment usually lasts about 60 to 90 days. Once the hair has returned, the treatment can be performed again.
It is a simple treatment and it takes about 30 minutes to complete a whole face. The procedure is performed with special blades, unlike the over-the-counter types that you can pick up at the store. These are sterilized surgical blades that are used to exfoliate the skin. This totally eliminates the need for typical razors and harsh, abrasive creams on the face or body.
What are the benefits?
In addition to the obvious benefit of hair removal, dermaplaning leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft. The primed skin is then ready for treatment by skin creams to prolong the effect of the procedure. Combining dermaplaning with a gentle chemical peel may provide more even skin, and acne scar relief, while also reducing premature wrinkling and pore size.
Who needs it?
Dermaplaning is ideal for people with unwanted hair and sensitive skin. It is also a good alternative to microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion uses fine crystals to achieve the same effect, but the crystals can get into the eye and cause irritation. Microdermabrasion can also be performed by a person that is not certified skin professional, and the tools must be sterilized, or there could be a risk of infection.
Why do you need it?
People want to look and feel their best. Investing in the health of your skin is smart medicine and helps boost self esteem. We may be self conscious and believe others are staring at our imperfections. Or maybe you are simply tired of looking at certain inherited aspects of yourself and want to make a change.
Dermaplaning can safely remove dead, flaky skin as well as unsightly hair that is constantly a problem. It is much better than using a razor and has a longer effect so you don’t have to shave every other day to maintain your desired look.
If you are considering dermaplaning, you should consult a dermatologist or a licensed Aesthetician to make sure this process is right for you and your skin.
It’s an awful feeling. You go to change your baby’s diaper, and you notice her skin is bright red in the genital area. It looks extremely painful, and you are sure your baby is uncomfortable. You believe it is diaper rash. Not sure of what to do, you head to the emergency room. Finally, you get to see the doctor, and after waiting almost three hours, he confirms it is diaper rash and kindly informs you it could have been treated at home.
How could you have avoided this unnecessary trip to the emergency room? First of all, do not panic. Begin to educate yourself about diaper rash, its causes and its cures.
Most babies will get diaper rash at least once by the age of 3-years old. Typically children between 4-15 months will develop it because of the change of eating habits from liquid to solid food. Babies are usually doing more sitting during this time as well. There are several causes of diaper rash including diapers being too tight or wet diapers staying on too long.
What Causes Diaper Rash?
1. Wet Diapers Rubbing the Skin
This is the most common cause, and it comes from wet diapers continually rubbing the baby’s sensitive skin. You will notice a bright, red rash in the affected area.
2. External Irritants
Sometimes exposure to feces, urine or soaps can irritate the baby’s skin under the diaper. The acid in the baby’s bowel movements or urine can trigger the irritation.
Diaper rash caused by Candida usually happens after the baby has been given antibiotics. Candida is a fungus or yeast that thrives is warm, moist places.
4. Allergic Episode
A baby’s sensitive skin can have an allergic reaction to soaps, lotions or detergents. Some babies may even be allergic to diaper wipes.
5. Seborrheic Dermatitis
Seborrheic dermatitis can affect the diaper area but is sometimes difficult to diagnose. This form of dermatitis appears as cradle cap or dandruff on the scalp but can also affect the chest and body folds. Within the body folds it is red with few if any scales.
Things You Can Do Before Calling Your Doctor
Once you have diagnosed the problem as diaper rash, there are simple things you can do to treat it.
- Make sure to keep the diaper area clean and dry by changing the diaper as soon as the baby has a bowel movement or urinates.
- You may need to avoid using diaper wipes with fragrances or even discontinue using them altogether until the rash heals.
- Pat the diaper area dry with a soft cloth or allow it to air dry to avoid irritating the area any further.
- You may use petroleum jelly or over-the-counter diaper rash medications (zinc oxide pastes) to create a barrier between the diaper and the skin as well as between the skin and stool/urine.
- Do not make the diaper too tight and make sure to wash your hands once you have finished.
When To Visit See Your Doctor
- If treatment has been unsuccessful after 2 to 3 days or symptoms continue to get worse.
- If the rash spreads to other parts of the body such as the abdomen, neck, face or arms.
- If you notice other skin eruptions like blisters, pimples, bumps or sores.
- If the baby develops a fever.
- If the rash occurs within the first few weeks after birth.
These are all cause for extra concern, and you should definitely have the baby examined by your doctor.
Seeing red under your baby’s diaper may be uncomfortable for the baby and disturb for you as a parent. Fortunately, most cases of diaper rash can easily be treated at home and even prevented.
Let’s face it guys: it is no longer just the ladies that have to concentrate on looking after their skin. Men want to look just as good and as young as their female counterparts, but unfortunately that means a little bit more care will need to be taken from now on. But don’t panic – it’s not complicated, and it’s not expensive. Just follow our seven skincare tips for men, and you can’t go wrong.
1. Wash your face every day.
Your skin is one of the most incredible things ever seen, because it absorbs everything that it comes into contact with. Sadly, this means all of the dirt you accumulate through the day is going to be absorbed into your body unless you get rid of it. Washing your face properly (not with a bar of soap…) will prevent any toxins from entering your blood stream.
2. Invest in a quality razor.
Nothing says young and fresh than a clean shave, but men often don’t have a good enough razor to do them justice. Don’t just use the same old one that you have been since your teenager days. Razor technology has dramatically altered the game. Spend a bit of time and money, and get one that has more electronics than the first Moon mission. You won’t regret it.
Our skin can be quite absorbent and gets ‘thirsty’ quickly. When the skin is dry and dehydrated fine lines and wrinkles become more apparent and also raises the possibility of razor burn/skin irritation. To combat this, quickly brush over your skin with a moisturizer every evening. If you have oily skin, ask about glycolic washes and moisturizers. If you have very dry skin, look into a moisturizing cleanser plus emollient.
4. Slap on that sunscreen.
Yes, you may want a tan, but do you also want age spots and sagging skin? Thought not. It is completely possible to get a tan whilst wearing sunscreen, so slap on factor 30, and sit in the shade during the hottest part of the day.
5. Wise up about skin cancer.
Know the warning signs and make an appointment with a dermatologist for routine skin checks. If you don’t take sun protection and skin care seriously then you accept the risk of growing a skin cancer. Who wants to get cut on every 4 to 6 months?
6. Indulge in a monthly facial.
If this sounds too feminine for you, you may want to think again. Washing your face and moisturizing are both excellent ways of looking after your skin – but a professional facial will be able to cleanse your skin far better than you ever can. With monthly facials, you will see that your skin will thank you with improved radiance.
7. Rinse and repeat.
Don’t make changes one week then forget about them the next. The heart of a truly great skincare regime is consistency – it’s a regimen! Train yourself to follow a regime and you will be complimented for the rest of your life.
You are probably already aware of the dangers of overexposing your skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays, as well as the measures you can take to protect yourself from harm.
However, you might not be aware of the consequences of exposing your eyes to UV radiation. Although the eyelid is designed to protect the eye for various purposes, its skin is exceedingly thin and contains many fragile tissues that may be injured by UV light. Inside the eye, the crystaline lens – a transparent structure used to focus light onto the retina – also filters harmful UV radiation. But after doing so for many years, and without proper protection, the lens may become damaged and form a cataract, a progressive clouding and / or yellowing of the crystalline lens. According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are the most common cause of treatable blindness worldwide.
The eyes, unlike the skin, are maximally exposed when the sun is lower in the sky – anytime the sun is at or below an angle of about 45 degrees above the horizon. This means maximum UV radiation exposure to the eye can occur all day during winter, spring, and fall, and early and late in the day during the summer months.
While it’s important for all of us to protect our eyes, it’s critical that kids start protecting themselves early. They tend to spend more time outside, often without hats or sunglasses, and those under age 20 have less natural protection from UV radiation affecting the lens inside the eye. The American Academy of Pediatrics published a paper in 1999 that recommended the prevention of UV exposure in kids due to the potential damage it may have on the retina later in life.
As is the case with skin, UV exposure is associated with aging and can also lead to loss of clarity, redness and yellowing of the eye. While short-term damage to the eyes may be hard to notice, over the long term the sun can cause irreversible harm to the eye and surrounding tissue that is left unprotected or under-protected. These conditions may not be noticeable for years, by which time the damage is already done for some people, and it is too late to reverse the effects of the sun.
Therefore, it’s important for all ages to seek multiple layers of protection at all times when outdoors – all year long. This means wearing well-fitting UV-blocking sunglasses – preferably a wrap style – a hat for blocking midday sun, sunscreen for the skin and UV-blocking contact lenses, if contact lenses are appropriate for you. Although UV-blocking contact lenses provide important added protection for wearers, they should not be viewed as a stand-alone solution. Contact lenses should always be worn in conjunction with high-quality UV-blocking sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. You should ask your eye-care practitioner about his.
Remember these three basic principles in regard to UV protection for your eyes:
- You can never start too early – kids are especially vulnerable.
- You can never do too much – as with skin, multiple layers of protection are recommended.
- Don’t wait to start – UV damage to the eye is cumulative and often irreversible.
This article first appeared in the May issue of The Costco Connection. It is written by Dr. Cristina M. Schnider. She is senior director of professional programs at VISTAKON, a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care.
Most of us have heard a women say they won’t leave home without their makeup applied. Women wear makeup for a variety of reasons. In their teens, makeup constitutes a sort of “rite of passage” into womanhood. For many, makeup can reduce or hide flaws like acne, rosacea, and pigmentation. As a woman grows older, makeup can help aging skin looking younger and fresher. With makeup being used by so many, does medical grade makeup make any difference to your skin?
Typically, over the counter cosmetics contain parabens, dyes and fragrance. These ingredients can result in skin irritation and redness. Often the look from over the counter makeup is more of an unnatural face mask: thick, chalky, or pancake-like in texture (think “stage make-up). Women may desire to cover flaws, but a more natural result creates a more youthful image with less skin irritation.
Medical grade mineral cosmetics were developed to help HEAL and PROTECT the skin’s natural barrier. They also offer other benefits:
- Light-weight & Water Resistant
- Requires only small quantities for effective coverage
- Act as a sunscreen
- Can reduce facial redness
- Free of sensitizing chemicals
- Appear more natural on skin
- Ideal coverage with optimal protection from UVA/UVB
- Soothe skin
- Tested for allergies, bacteria, and sensitivity
- Doesn’t promote acne (Non-comedogenic)
Healing and protecting the skin are important uses for medical grade makeup. For example, the Oxygenetix brand of medical grade makeup was invented by a physician for immediate use after laser treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and cosmetic surgery. Oxygenetix reduces redness or irritation, aids in cell repair, in addition to minimizing wrinkles and spots on the skin.
The choice to use medical grade makeup brands such as Oxygenetix or Colorscience should be easy. Medical grade mineral makeup provides barrier protection and natural coverage at a reasonable cost. For about the same investment, your skin can be healthier and better protected with medical grade makeup!
Ask your Aesthetician to recommend the best products and color selections to keep your skin young and vibrant all Spring and Summer long.
Rosacea is a skin condition experienced by many people, but understood by very few. On a very basic level, it is when a person’s face is red and blotchy continuously, regardless of whether they are hot, angry, or even awake! It commonly covers the cheeks, nose, and forehead of the person suffering from it. For many people, this condition can be incredibly embarrassing, but it can also be very sore, especially if it develops on the eyes.
But what causes rosacea? Although the skin condition is three times more common in women, men suffer from it, too. Rosacea typically strikes people between the ages of thirty and sixty. Unfortunately, there is such a wide variety of causes that no one can possibly avoid them all. Possible causes have been identified by scientists as:
- sun exposure,
- extreme heat,
- alcohol consumption,
- hot baths,
- certain cosmetics that cause a reaction, and
- even dairy products!
For some people, developing rosacea is a natural part of their life. A 2008 survey by the National Rosacea Society found more than 50% of the 600 rosacea respondents had a relative who suffered from the condition. Many even recalled a grandparent afflicted with some form of the facial disorder.
Keeping rosacea, on the other hand, is a choice. There is something that can be done to treat it, but the embarrassment of having the condition often prevents people from asking for help. In fact, leaving rosacea untreated actually means it could get worse, and potentially lead to permanent scarring. The sooner you consider you may have rosacea, the sooner you will go to your dermatologist for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
There is no cure for rosacea, but it can be kept under control and suppressed by avoiding triggers, certain medications, and laser therapy. Some of the most popular treatment of rosacea are creams and ointments. Although this may help in many cases, creams will not cure rosacea and often just temporarily cover it up. The three most popular and medically sound treatments for rosacea are behavior therapy, medications, or laser treatment. The behavior therapy aims to remove any trigger factors that may be exacerbating the condition. The medications will be carefully formulated for your skin, and so will not damage the delicate cells. Laser treatment is fast becoming the most popular treatment, as it has a very high success rate.
Don’t be frightened about the idea of having rosacea. Bill Clinton and Princess Diana both lived with and conquered it, and so can you. If you have symptoms of rosacea, be sure to schedule a visit to your Newport News dermatologist today.