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Scar Removal

There is always a possibility that an individual may suffer from scathing of their skin. Injuries such as cuts, burns and even bruises at times may lead to the development of a scar that will take a bit of time to heal, going as far as months.

As a matter of fact, there will be some scars that will forever stay with the individual. While some people may be fine with this, the majority of today’s society dread having to be afflicted with scar tissue, since they might feel a bit embarrassed knowing their skin isn’t really all that flawless or attractive to look at.

Some areas of their bodies can totally be ignored with regard to scar tissue, but when the face suffers from such, it can be a hugely negative impact on the way they perceive themselves.

This is why so many companies nowadays have made it a point to provide scar removal options courtesy of their creams, ointments and lotions.

A lot of the products sold on the market to address this concern would usually be medicinal in nature, although they would also contain some natural ingredients instead of synthetic compounds which may not be suitable with every skin type.

Yet, the ratio of natural ingredients to chemical-based ones is pretty huge, and more products utilize synthetic compounds because they are a lot cheaper to avail of.

If this is the case, it can be pretty harmful to the overall healing process, as scars just might end up getting a lot worse. On a lesser note, some of these treatments may only provide temporary healing.

Therefore, it is much more important for people to look into natural methods of removing scars.

Below are some additional points to ponder on regarding this matter.

  1. lemon juiceThere are a lot of natural products which prove efficient in treating scars and eliminating them from the skin, including aloe vera, avocado oil, cucumber, honey and lemon juice. When one applies these products, however, they will have to take a few things into consideration. One such matter is their skin type, since some people may have more sensitive skin compared to others. There’s also the matter of how old the scar tissue is, and the possible effects these solutions may have, good or bad. This is why it becomes important for people to research further in ingredients use for scar treatment.
  2. There are some safer and guaranteed methods, such as drinking water frequently. One should drink up to 8 full glasses of water every day, as this can help eliminate the toxins which may prevent proper blood circulation. When blood flow is affected, there’s a chance that the nutrients distributed to the blood stream won’t even make it to the tissues which are in need of healing and rejuvenation. Water also keeps the skin properly hydrated to promote faster healing. Vitamin E is a nutrient which can ensure fast recovery of the skin from cuts and burns. This can be availed of in certain foods as well as supplements.

Scar removal works a lot better when done naturally, since there are less to no side effects to be expected.

However, one should still consult with a dermatologist or a physician to acquire the proper methods to improving their skin’s complexion and ensuring effective elimination of scars.

Acne Treatment done at Clinics

Acne is probably the most common skin hitch that you encounter on a regular basis. From pimples to blackheads, whiteheads and incredibly annoying boils, acne can severely damage both self-esteem and self-confidence.

For all these, consumers scout the market for the perfect acne treatment to work with.

Principally, acne is a skin disorder affecting the hair follicles. It is characterized by inflammation of clogged pores (pimples, boils and cysts) or obvious impaction of the supposedly-open follicles (whiteheads and blackheads).

When mistreated, acne can form scars. So if you think you’re not up for a gamble, you’d better seek medical consult if you can. Because probably what you need are more advanced or in-office treatments.

Acne Treatments

Many consumers are looking into the cosmetic services that are offered in the market these days.

Here’s a brief list of some of the services your dermatologist can offer.

  • Chemical Peels. This procedure is a minimally invasive treatment that makes use of a controlled amount of acidic substances (in the form of Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Trichloretic Acid and Phenol) which aims to get rid of the superficial layer of the skin. Just imagine yourself getting really bad sunburn, and then the skin peels off on its own. That’s how chemical peels work. This treatment smoothens both the skin’s texture and tone.

GOOD TO KNOW: As of 2011, there are about 1, 110, 464 clients who underwent chemical peels. This is according to the data bank of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.

  • Dermabrasion. This treatment has already been in the cosmetic field since 1905. Also called as non-chemical peel, it still involves removal of the superficial layer of the skin. This intentional removal of the outer layer of the skin stimulates growth of the healthy new skin tissues. It is also used to treat scars which are deep seated such as stretch marks and wrinkles.
  • MicrodermabrasionMicrodermabrasion. This is dermabrasion which makes use of a closed loop vacuum system. It can remedy acne without the need of any anesthesia, incisions or long hours in the clinic. The procedure typically takes about half an hour to one. It is also a recommended treatment for hyperpigmentation and stretch marks.

GOOD TO KNOW: Each session would cost you about $150. The number of sessions would depend on how the first few treatments went.

  • Laser Skin Resurfacing. This treatment works well with deep scars that result from moderate to severe forms of acne. The procedure makes use of carbon dioxide ultra pulse lasers which cut the skin by layers. This is a non-invasive procedure that does not damage the nearby blood vessels.

GOOD TO KNOW: According to the stats from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were about 466, 238 laser skin resurfacing procedures done last 2011.

You can resort to a lot of options in treating acne. The best of what is offered, though, remains to be under your judgment. Just remember to take caution in whatever step you might take in the market.

All About Natural Treatments for Rosacea

Rosy cheeksRosy cheeks – the primary goal women would want to attain. It is the primary reason why you put on varying colors of blush-on on your cheeks. Rosacea, though, is another story.

You may be flaunting extremely red cheeks, but there’s another side of the coin that needs to be flipped.

Rosacea is a common skin disorder affecting more than 45 million clients worldwide. It is chronic. It is progressive. And it is characterized by periods of remission and relapse.

The primary symptoms of rosacea involve reddening of the cheeks which may be accompanied by skin flushing and pus-filled pustules. It is often under-treated, as it is commonly misdiagnosed for an acne exacerbation.

This type of disorder is common among fair-skinned women between 30 to 60 years old. For those who have family history of rosacea, they are highly prone to develop the same disorder.

Medical consult is the only way that you can resort to for proper evaluation and rosacea treatment. The thing is, it isn’t curable. However, you can allay symptoms (with proper lifestyle modifications and religious taking in of medications).

And here are some alternative remedies that might help you keep rosacea off your radar for quite some time.

  • Chrysanthemum Indicum. This herb is commonly found in many commercially produced creams in the market. According to studies conducted, these compounds strengthen the capillaries of the body. This might prevent skin flushing and undue redness.

PROOF: A clinical trial of 246 respondents diagnosed with the disorder showed relief upon 12-week usage of these herbs.

  • Green Tea. More than weight loss, green tea extracts are found to be very helpful in relieving rosacea symptoms. According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology involving 60 women aged 25 to 50 years old suffering from either skin redness of dilation of the blood vessels, there was a significant decrease in pustules and redness after a 4-week treatment with creams containing green tea.
  • Azelaic Acid. Found mainly in grains (rye, barley and wheat), azelaic acid is a popular compound among many cosmetic products (especially those targeting acne). This acid is highly renowned for its antimicrobial abilities – stalls bacterial growth and decreases redness and papule formation.
  • Licorice. Use of licorice on rosacea-diagnosed clients is supported by a study conducted on 62 clients experiencing severe facial redness or flushing. After a 4- to 8- week treatment period, respondents reported a significant decrease in facial flushing.
  • Niacinamide. A derivative of Vitamin B3, it widely used by many clients to improve skin integrity by boosting the skin’s barrier and keeping the skin moisturized. Additionally, it is an effective anti-inflammatory treatment which can do away with facial redness and undue inflammation.

PROOF: A study conducted for a period of 4 weeks with respondents applying niacin-based creams showed significant improvement in skin integrity after the given time frame.

There is no single or best treatment to cure rosacea as a disorder. But there are more than enough treatments to help you keep the exacerbation at bay.