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October 27, 2017

The different types of eczema

Eczema is a skin condition which affects adults and children, and it often gets worse when you start scratching the affected area. The term eczema is a general term which applies to symptoms of a recurring skin rash, which are often accompanied by: redness, swelling, dryness, itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding. The 3 main types of eczema Atopic Dermatitis This is the most common form of eczema, and triggers include environmental factors, food or skin irritants like soaps and lotions. General symptoms include dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows, behind the knees,…
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Skin
October 27, 2017

What you need to know about treating cellulite

You don’t have to be overweight to have cellulite, and it happens to men too, which makes it the bane of most people’s existence! But what causes the dreaded ‘orange peel’ effect, and is there a way to fix it? Let’s start at the beginning. Basically, cellulite is fat.  Everyone has fat cells under their skin, and cellulite occurs as these fat cells swell and the surrounding fibrous tissue changes in texture. This causes a pulling effect and gives the skin a dimpled look.  Dr. Albert Viljoen from Hello Doctor recommends pinching the skin around your upper thigh to check if…
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Skin
September 6, 2017

The best home remedies to cure boils

Could it be a bad pimple or a boil? Well both start out similarly. The difference is that a pimple may appear as a raised reddish spot and a boil grows bigger and may become more painful. You can blame a bacteria called Staphylococcus aureusis also known as “staph” for this irksome condition. Red, painful, swollen, pus-filled and tender; a boil is certainly not what you want. The good thing is you can get rid of it naturally. The ew factor A boil is an infection of the skin caused by bacteria. It begins in the oil gland or hair…
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Skin
September 1, 2017

What to do to prevent the worst kind of scars

If you were a normal kid, you probably have scars and scrapes from your times running around outside with your friends; falling off trees, slipping off skateboards. Think of these as friendly childhood stripes, marks of your adventures! Scars in fact, are a necessary formation of the process your skin goes through to heal after an injury. How scars are formed Scars form from injuries, accidents, surgical procedures or skin conditions. The appearance of a scar depends on the type of the wound, where on your body you were injured, and other genetic factors. Scarring is an important part of…
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Skin
August 30, 2017

Clear these deadly chemicals from your vanity case

Do you know what’s in your make-up case? The average woman uses at least 12 personal care products a day, all of which contain at least 168 different chemicals, says a report by the Environmental Working Group in the US. That’s a lot of chemicals on your skin, and contrary to what we may believe – anything that’s applied to the skin can be just as harmful as ingesting. The skin is the largest living organ of the body and just as you’re mindful about what you eat and drink, you also need to consider what your skin is absorbing.…
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Skin
August 28, 2017

Collagen: the natural way to youthful skin

Collagen is a complex protein, in charge of giving strength and flexibility to the skin, joints, nails, and hair. It acts as a glue substance that holds your body together. Your body produces collagen all by itself, thanks to taking in foods that are rich in gelatin. Gelatin comes from collagen, is largely made of amino acid and proline, and can be found in bones, fibrous tissues and animal organs. As we age though, the body starts to produce less collagen, which leads to wrinkles, saggy skin and weakened joint cartilage. By the age of 60 a decline of collagen…
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Skin
August 20, 2017

How to prevent and treat cellulitis

Not to be confused with cellulite, cellulitis is a bacterial infection that can appear anywhere on your skin. It often affects the legs and usually begins after there’s trauma to the skin, which causes an opening and leads to an infection. This condition starts to spread to other parts of the skin and the soft tissues underneath, leaving you with a hot and tender sensation. The infection may cause swelling, pain, redness, warmth and pus. Risk factors Cellulitis is most commonly found in middle-aged and elderly people. A tear or break in the skin makes it easy for bacteria to…
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Skin
August 6, 2017

Get radiant skin this glorious spring

With the changing season, tidying up is a must. This goes for your skincare routine as well. Here’s how to get your skin smooth, supple and ready for spring. Scrub it up Your winter skin needs a good scrub before it can face the new season. Winter can cause seasonal build-up of dead skin cells, leftover product, and environmental toxins. You’ve also been exposing your skin to harsh artificial light through heaters and closed doors, so it needs an efficient exfoliation. Exfoliation works well to slough off dry, rough layers and unblock pores, uncovering your skin’s natural radiance. It also helps topical treatments…
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Skin
July 29, 2017

Still going through puberty in your 20s?

Going through puberty and getting older is a completely natural process, but your hormones can do some weird things when you least expect it! Your hormones are your body’s special chemical messengers that control most of your major bodily functions. They can affect reproduction, emotions, mood, and even your skin. 1. Skin issues Your start a new job, move, get married, and have kids. Each of these milestones comes with its own levels of stress. These changes affect your mental health and wellbeing, and your skin. Here’s how: Stress levels influence your hormone levels, which may induce acne and trigger…
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Skin
July 24, 2017

Keep young with collagen

Press into your cheek. Does it feel soft, firm and cushion-like under your fingers? You can thank collagen for that. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, making up 30% of your whole-body protein content. It’s found throughout the body, especially in your skin. Collagen gives your skin strength and elasticity, and plays an important role in replacing and restoring dead skin cells, making it essential to healthy, firm and supple skin. This good stuff however, starts to naturally decline as you age. After the age of 20, your body produces less collagen each year. Skin becomes thinner, drier…
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