Although you can’t stop them from forming, there are some basic steps that can be taken to minimize the likelihood of their development. Although the removal of skin tags is curative, individuals with the tendency to develop them are likely to develop more over time. It may become necessary to undergo additional procedures to remove […]
Just two months after Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras banned glitter from its annual parade, CIDESCO, the World Standard for Beauty and Spa Therapy, is calling on its to stop using makeup that contains glitter made from non-plastic alternatives. CIDESCO president Anna-Cari Gund says it is important that everyone in the beauty industry, including […]
While typically harmless, current research suggests that there is a strong association between skin tags and prediabetes, also called insulin resistance, and Type-2 diabetes. In those with insulin resistance, insulin becomes ineffective at pushing sugar into cells and, as such, the blood sugar builds up and the body keeps producing more insulin in an attempt to normalize blood sugar. Eventually, the pancreas becomes exhausted and diabetes results. Early detection can prevent the development of this deadly disease. Diabetics, on average, live 10 to 15 years less than non-diabetics.
Also known as fibroma pendulum, a skin tag is a benign (non-cancerous) soft area of skin that hangs off the body. Technically a tumor, skin tags are made up of collagen fibers, capillaries, lymphatic vessels, a core of ducts, fat cells, nerve cells and are covered by the epidermis. Caused by bunches of trapped blood vessels and collagen inside thicker parts of the skin, they are usually flesh colored, about the size of a grain of rice or bigger, and look like a little flap of skin connected to the body by a small stalk of tissue called a peduncle. Known to doctors as acrochordons, the most common areas where they occur are in the folds of your skin, such as the eyelids, neck, groin under arms and upper chest, but can also be found elsewhere on the body. While it can be alarming to see any kind of growth on your skin, these growths are typically harmless.
Acne is often described as a disease involving the sebaceous follicles and hair follicles of the skin. It occurs in people who have a genetic predisposition; if acne runs in the families of both parents, three out of four children may suffer from it.
Acne is a common skin condition that can affect both teenagers and adults. In men and women alike it is typically triggered by excess sebum. Testosterone enters the sebaceous glands and stimulates sebum production. In men testosterone originates in the male sexual organs, while in women it is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands.
Skin is our largest organ with three main functions: protection, regulation, and sensation. Adults carry some 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) and 22 square feet (2 square meters) of it. The human skin produces about one million skin cells every 40 minutes, which equates to over 36 million skin cells per day. as our skin cells renew from the deeper layer of the epidermis, the more surface cells harden and lose moisture. Eventually these cells detach from skin and are replaced by younger cells moving up from deeper layers. Desquamation (detaching) also eliminates damaged and contaminated cells that carry pollutants and micro-organisms from the environment. These superficial skin cells don’t always effectively fall from skin and may cause clogging and congestion while leaving the skin’s surface dry and dull looking. As we age, desquamation and cell turnover slow down, making professional exfoliation or chemical pell critical to removing the accumulation of cells that give a dry, dull appearance to the skin.
The 1064nm Nd: YAG laser has proved to be one of the most useful light sources for the treatment of deep vascular lesions and spider veins. A deeper penetration and a lower absorption by haemoglobin make this wavelength highly effective for thick vascular lesions, more so traditionally used shorter wavelengths (KTP, pulsed dye, IPL, diode). Adequate absorption of this wavelength is achieved by haemoglobin, a system able to control the depth of penetration through appropriate spot selection. With variable pulse duration to adjust to different vessel diameters, high fluences, and optimal cooling systems to avoid pain or burning, Nd YAG lasers can theoretically treat any vascular lesion, superficial, deep or thick. Additionally, variable spot sizes, highly-variable pulse duration and high fluences (CoolGlide Vantage, Cutera) have been evaluated for the treatment of a wide spectrum of vascular lesions. Results are especially noticeable on rosacea, leg veins, facial spider veins, cherry angioma (ruby point), and thick hemangiomas venus lake. Moderate pain was reported on deeper or thicker lesions, but was decreased with longer or additional cooling with ice packs.
The human skin produces about one million skin cells every 40 minutes, which equates to over 36 million skin cells per day. As our skin cells renew from the deeper layer of the epidermis, the more surface cells harden and lose moisture. Eventually these cells detach from skin and are replaced by younger cells moving up from deeper layers. Desquamation (detaching) also eliminates damaged and contaminated cells that carry pollutants and micro-organisms from the environment. These superficial skin cells don’t always effectively fall from skin and may cause clogging and congestion while leaving and the skin’s surface dry and dull looking. As we age, desquamation and cell turnover slow down, from approximately 20 days in younger and middle-aged adults up to over 30 days in older adults; making professional peeling and exfoliation critical to removing the accumulation of cells that give a dry, dull, hyperpigmented appearance to the skin. Chemical peels are one of the most effective ways to address these changes. But they’re not a one-size-fits-all treatment: for optimal results, a peel should be strong enough to accelerate cell turnover but not so powerful as to induce severe skin inflammation. Through professional peels, these dulling skin cells effectively removed, and newer cells are revealed for fresher, healthier appearance.