Frequent breaking of your eyelashes may be due to an underlying medical condition. Fungal or staph infections may cause your eyelashes to become thin or break. Hormonal disturbances such as thyroid disease can effect your eyelashes.
Finally, your overall nutritional health is another factor to consider. Deficiencies in biotin and folic acid will affect your hair growth. Your next best step is to consult with your internist and obtain a complete blood panel and cultures if you suspect an infectious process.
Your nail health can be directly affected by your overall nutritional status. It is imperative that you are combining the right amount of essential nutrients (zinc, magnesium, biotin, and folic acid) within your diet. The majority of these elements can be obtained from a diet that incorporates servings of grains, protein and green leafy vegetables. If you suspect nutritional deficiencies, I recommend a through evaluation by your internist or gastroenterologist.
Severe itching can be quite challenging. Your first step is to exclude any clothing, detergents, lotions, or perfumes that may be contributing to your discomfort.
With active acne lesions there is an inflammatory component that can lead to itching. Consider incorporating an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream which will function as mild anti-inflammatory agent in your regimen.
Sensitive skin on the tip of your nose (especially in sun-exposed areas) may be attributed to several causes including contact dermatitis, acne, or skin cancer. The majority of lesions may be treated with topical compounds or antibiotics.
If you notice progressive changes on you nose such as in the area border or color of the lesion, you should contact your dermatologist for an evaluation.
Are you suffering from dry winter skin? With a few simple steps you can try to alleviate this problem. During the fall and winter seasons, there is a decrease of humidity in the atmosphere. This decrease in humidity is usually what causes the skin on our bodies to become dry and rough. The first step you can take toward healthy skin is to look at the body wash or bar you use in the shower. Avoid shower gels in the winter, as they can be drying to your skin. A body wash or bar that contains shea butter or jojoba oil will help to hydrate and nourish your skin while you are in the shower. Shea butter is extracted from the nuts found on the Shea-Karite tree. This tree can only be found growing in the tropics of Africa . Shea butter nourishes the skin with Vitamins A and E; and it also penetrates and moisturizes the skin without clogging pores. Jojoba oil comes from the seed of the jojoba tree (simmondsia chinensis). The Jojoba tree is a perennial shrub that can be found in northwestern Mexico , and parts of Arizona and California . This oil is actually a wax ester that is very similar to the oil or sebum our skin produces naturally. Jojoba oil can help to balance the oil in your skin and can also provide moisture all day. Taking lukewarm showers instead of hot showers can also ward off dry skin. If you do not want to give up taking a hot shower, try to cut your shower time down. Long hot showers tend to draw out the natural moisturizers in your skin. Avoiding long soaks in the hot tub is also a good idea because the chemicals and the hot water can dry out your skin. After you shower, you should apply a moisturizer to replenish your skin. You can apply baby oil to your skin before drying off; this is one of the best ways for moisture to penetrate your skin. After you dry off, try using jojoba oil, shea butter, or cocoa butter; they work even better if they contain Vitamin A and E. Exfoliate the skin on your body once a week. Try to find a salt or sugar based scrub. While you are in the shower, apply the scrub all over your body. Next rinse the scrub off. This should help slough away any dry skin you have. Always follow up with a moisturizer after exfoliating your skin. If you live in an area that has a dry atmosphere, such as the desert, a humidifier is a good investment for your home. The heat from the furnace can draw out the natural moisture and humidity in the air. A humidifier can help to add moisture back into the air in your home and also assist in warding off dry skin. A well balanced diet is also an important step for healthy skin. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially green vegetables. These foods will help to naturally nourish your skin. Including fish in your diet is also great for your skin because it is a natural source of omega fatty acids. The Fatty acids can help to moisturize dry and scaly skin from the inside out. One last tip: limit your caffeine intake because it can also dehydrate the skin.
Your first goal is to determine if there underlying reasons for your habit. Potential issues can range from an obsessive compulsive disorder to stress. Severe nail biting can lead to serious health risks. Bacteria can be transferred from your hands to your mouth.
I would suggest that you consider an evaluation with a qualified psycho-therapist, and if there are secondary medical problems from the biting (such as an infection) your dermatologist can treat them. Often a team approach can be effective for complex issues.
Melasma is acquired hyperpigmentation of sun exposed areas. Common locations are the face, cheeks, upper lip, and chin. The exact cause if melasma is unknown; it thought to be a combination female hormonal activity and solar photosensitization which leads to the increase in the production of melanin.
Therefore, your first approach to control melasma should be to avoid direct sunlight especially during peak sunlight hours. Your next steps should include a skin care regimen that includes sun block, and a combination of chemical peels with natural fruit acids along with skin brightening agents.
Yes, some anti-wrinkle products sold over the counter are effective. The ingredients that make your skin look more beautiful can be expensive, but they don't have to be. Look for products that contain antioxidant vitamins A (retinol), C, and E; scientifically and clinically; these antioxidants help stop free radical damage that leads to fine lines and wrinkles.
Also, ingredients such as Matrixyl 3000, a peptide, contribute to the production of collagen and elastin. They can plump up the skin matrix and actually make the skin visibly look younger. Other ingredients, such as licorice extract and niacin, can help fight age spots that lead to uneven skin tone.
The problem is finding the products that have the above ingredients in the right concentration to produce results. The longstanding results are definitely noticeable. It typically takes at least two to four weeks before you begin to see results, so remember to wear sunscreen and start now! You're worth it.