Menopause is a major transition that women have to go through; often bringing about unwanted changes that including changes in the skin.

When a woman’s menstrual cycle stops; the amount of estrogen in her body decreases. That is why women who go through menopause often suffer from acne, unwanted facial hair, wrinkling and dry skin. Fortunately, a proper skin care regime, prescribed by a board-certified dermatologist, can help treat some of those problems.

It is very important for women to use a good moisturizer. Moisturizers help keep the skin elastic, which can help prevent wrinkles. Women should also make sure that they limit the amount of time that they spend in the sun. The sun can cause the skin to age much quicker. If a woman knows that she will be spending a lot of time in the sun, she should make sure that she applies sunscreen.

The importance of eating a healthy diet and exercising cannot be emphasized enough when it comes to fighting the aging process. Fruits and vegetables contain the antioxidants that are needed to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Exercising helps increase blood circulation, which increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients that flows to the skin. Additionally, women who are concerned about abnormal hair growth should set up an appointment with our practice.

Menopause is a natural part of life, but women do not have to deal with the skin changes it brings. Developing a skin care regime and seeking the help of a professional at our practice are the keys to keeping the skin beautiful and healthy.

Reducing skin discoloration does not always require a trip to a dermatologist. In many cases, natural home remedies are effective as well. While they may not remove all types of discoloration, they are worth a try.

Whether caused by a health problem, a medication, psoriasis, acne scarring or an injury, blemishes may respond to one or more of the following five home remedies for skin discolorations.

1. Olive oil. This luxurious oil feels great on the skin and has long been a staple in both the kitchens and the medicine cabinets of women in the Mediterranean. Because olive oil softens dead skin cells, it helps damaged and discolored skin slough away.

2. Lemon juice. Along with other acid juices, lemon juice dissolves old, discolored skin. For maximum effect, spray it on and allow it stay a few minutes, then wipe it vigorously with a cloth also soaked in the juice.

3. Baking soda. This common item in many kitchens is naturally abrasive. Moistening an area of skin and then rubbing it with baking soda leaves the area feeling silky smooth. With repeated treatment, some kinds of discolorations will scrub away.

4. Tea tree oil. Reddish discolorations respond well to tea tree oil because it kills bacteria. It also helps heal any scarring that the bacteria leaves behind.

5. Calamine lotion. Not just for poison ivy or chickenpox, calamine lotion lightens some discolorations and reduces redness from a variety of skin conditions. It also has a soothing and calming effect.

Some skin spots and discolorations do not respond to these natural home remedies, but many do, especially if they have appeared recently. Before spending hundreds on creams or thousands on laser treatments, trying these simple home remedies is a safe, smart and inexpensive first step that could solve the problem completely.

If you are concerned about the vibrancy and health of your skin, then you may have wondered whether a shower each day is a really a good thing. It has been said that taking too many showers each week leaves the skin in a dry state, but there are also claims that it helps in some ways. It is very likely that the true answer is somewhere in between. Yes showers can negatively impact the health of your skin, but in moderation they are essential.


It is certainly not necessary to take more than one shower per day, but even this can be too much for someone with skin sensitive to dryness. This is why it is important to listen to your body, and know the limits of what your skin can take. Pay attention to signs that your back may be drying out too much after showering, determine if there is any flaking or itching. These things can help you decide whether or not you should continue such a regular showering routine.

There are products on the market which help to add hydration to your skin after bouts in the sun or a hot shower, so finding the one that is best for your skin is a task suited for the individual. Once you have used several of these products you will be able to make a decision about which ones work best with your skin and how frequently you should apply them. These are not all of the considerations when it comes to showering and your skins health, but the more you pay attention to how your skin is reacting the better off you will be.

Acne is not solely problematic for teens. Half of all women in their twenties face sporadic bouts of acne, and a quarter of forty-somethings still fight acne while keeping up with their Botox treatments, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Topical drugstore preparations may help shorten the lifespan of an isolated blemish, but such tools are limited. Benzoyl peroxide and alcohol are the chief active ingredients in most over-the-counter creams. For some troubled skin, these two ingredients cause as many skin problems as they solve. An oil-reducing skin treatment may work for a teen with overactive sebum glands, but drying agents are a poor fit for more mature skin. It’s counterproductive to seek age-defying skin treatments while parching the skin to reduce the severity of breakouts. Desiccated skin reveals all its fine lines, aging even younger skin beyond its time.

Just as a mechanic with only two tools cannot hope to restore a car to perfect condition, over-the-counter acne products cannot restore healthy skin. Dermatologists have a wealth of tools at their disposal. They combat acne with topical preparations, prescription medications and even injections of anti-inflammatory cortisone to end a painful pimple’s life quickly. Taking a multi-faceted approach to fighting acne pays off in the form of shorter, less severe breakouts.

A doctor can prescribe topical acne products containing antibiotics to kill the bacteria that cause acne. Prescription creams such as tretinoin and adapalene are more effective against acne than their drugstore counterparts. Oral medications help clear acne systemically instead of topically. Painful cystic acne succumbs quickly to cortisone injections or draining to relieve the pressure. Laser treatments and dermabrasion may help some cases of acne as well as restoring a smoother surface to previously troubled skin once the acne disappears. Dermatologists can also work with other doctors to adjust medications that might worsen acne such as birth control pills or steroids.

Other conditions such as rosacea or folliculitis mimic acne’s appearance, but require different treatment. Only a qualified dermatologist can diagnose a skin condition correctly and provide appropriate treatment, so it is vital to seek dermatological advice for any sudden rash or breakout. Trying an over-the-counter acne regimen to heal a skin problem other than acne could exacerbate the irritation and discomfort of the condtion.

Healthy skin means more than simply being acne-free; a doctor’s care ensures that once the blemishes disappear, the skin beneath is vibrantly healthy. Injections of Botox or cosmetic fillers reduce the appearance of deep acne scars, while laser resurfacing smooths away shallower imperfections left by previous bouts of acne.

Acne may not be dangerous, but it merits a doctor’s attention. Seek a specialist in healthy skin and end the cycle of dry skin and breakouts that over-the-counter creams perpetuate.

The most common comment I get asked during a consultation about liposuction is “My friend says that she gained weight after liposuction, but in different places than she did before…”

Well, as long as you maintain your weight clost to your pre-liposuction weight, then you won’t gain fat in new areas… But liposuction is not a “get out of jail free” card. if you fail to maintain your weight, fat will get deposited.

If you had your hips and abdomen treated with liposuction and then proceed to gain 20 pounds, that fat will deposit disproportionately to another area (breasts, buttocks, thighs)

Apparently a new study has shown that an increase in intra-abdominal fat can also occur with weight gain. But with minimal levels of activity, this is easily eliminated as a problem.

Thinning hair is a problem many women don’t want to think about, let alone address. After all, the general perception is that only men lose their hair. Unfortunately, thinning hair affects women as well, and treatment options do exist.

Female hair loss can happen for a variety of reasons. including old age and illness. Those suffering from hairloss can treat it with medications, hair growth stimulants and hair transplant surgery.

Medications are useful when hair loss is caused by a specific illness or disease. Note that it may take some time for your physician to find the appropriate blend of medications to correctly address your specific illness. Hair loss can also be caused by stress or hormonal issues, which the physician will also need to consider.

Hair growth stimulants have been popular with men for years. Luckily, they can also treat hair loss in women. These stimulants encourage new hair growth. They tend to be effective as long as hair growth is natural and not hindered by illness or disease.

Hair transplantation is a viable option as well. A surgeon will relocate hair from other locations on the scalp to the problem areas during this procedure. He or she will either use your own hair or donor hair depending on the situation.

Hair loss is not something you have to endure alone. There are treatment options available that will let you take back control of your head and hair!

Cosmetic surgery trends lean more toward filling tissue rather than removing it. Filled tissue retains a vivacious, youthful appearance, whereas simply tightening and stretching the skin can make people appear artificial and overdone. This newest trend involves injectables that target everything from deep wrinkles to thin lips. Dermal fillers not only make the face look softer and more natural, but produce immediate results with very few side effects and little to no recovery time.

While there are many fillers out there today, your own fat cells may actually be the best solution. A fat injection occurs when the surgeon removes fat from another place on your body and injects it into the desired area. Fat injections are rarely rejected by the body because they’re composed of your own tissue. Artificial fillers, while still safe, have a slight chance of being rejected by the body and may cause an allergic reaction, though this is rare.

Fat injections and artificial fillers will be absorbed into the body over time. Therefore, a surgeon will need to repeat the procedure down the road. Fat injections do have a tendency to last longer than artificial fillers, however fat is more challenging to use when targeting fine lines or small areas. There is also a slight chance of unfavorable reactivity with the surrounding tissue, creating a bumpy or unnatural appearance.

Overall, both fat injections and artificial fillers are safe. A quick chat with your doctor can determine which injectable is right for you.

Radiant, glowing skin does not necessarily arrive in an expensive container. Homemade moisturizer recipes require only one or two natural ingredients to provide the same healthy glow offered by manufactured beauty products.

Avocados contain natural oils, proteins and plant steroids that have powerful moisturizing properties. The fruit is soothing, which makes a mask wonderful for dry, mature and sensitive skin. To make the mask, mash the pulp of one ripe avocado until it is creamy. Massage the mashed pulp onto the face and neck. Relax for 15 minutes before gently rinsing the avocado off and patting skin dry.

Bananas, which contain high amounts of vitamins A, C and D, give the skin moisture and nourishment. Make an intense moisturizer by mashing one ripe banana with one tablespoon of olive oil and applying the paste to the face. Let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Making the banana paste with one tablespoon of granulated sugar in place of the olive oil will make a less intense moisturizer, but the paste will exfoliate gently to give skin a beautiful glow.

Potatoes are part of an easy homemade moisturizer recipe that gives skin youthful radiance. Grate a raw potato very finely and mix it with one tablespoon of applesauce. Rub the mixture onto the face, and relax for 20 minutes. Wash the mixture off with lukewarm water, and let the face air dry.

These three homemade moisturizer recipes are inexpensive, easy to make and easy to use. In addition to drinking water to moisturize skin from the inside out, use one of these recipes twice each week for skin with a beautiful glow.

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