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Breast Cancer, Tamoxifen and Hair Loss – "One Woman's Solution!"

On what should have been a beautiful late spring day two years ago, soon turned into tragedy for two women (Helen and Denise) in their early 40's when they both were diagnosed with invasive-
hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer.They were very much alike, these two women. Both were happily married. Both had three children and both held down full time jobs. They were two bright and ambitious women who without realizing it, entered into a bond on that numbing, spring afternoon.

Both underwent several lymph node removals and a lumpectomy. Both endured the effects of 6 weeks of radiation therapy. Neither had to end the grueling effects of chemotherapy. Both were determined to beat this monster that had invaded their bodies. Both bonded as close friends and when the feelings of hopelessness began to creep into their thoughts they had each other as confidants to lift up their spirits. They stand together, without ever having to alarm their families of their inner fears that their cancer would return.

With the conclusion of their treatments they both resumed their everyday routines and tried to reclaim a sense of normalcy back into their lives. They both were prescribed Tamoxifen for the next five years. Tamoxifen is very effective in preventing recurrence in invasive hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Unknown to Denise, she was not yet finished with the challenges that this demon called cancer forced her to face.

Although, Tamoxifen does have some side effects it is reliably safe and thousands of thousands of women take it daily without experiencing any side effects at all. Helen scarcely noticed any changes while taking the drug. She returned to work part-time at first, but quickly resumed her role as wife, mother and full time employee. One would scarcely believe that she had ever undergone cancer treatments and she glowed once again with signs of good health.

Denise on the other hand did not fair quite as well. She noticed immediately that her hair was starting to fall out. Sometimes averaging 200 strands a day. After two weeks of being on Tamoxifen and experiencing this rapid hair loss she was seriously considering discontinuing its use. The radiation therapy that was used to spare her life had left her tired and listless. Tamoxifen that was used to prevent the cancer from returning, was thinning her hair and most of all destroying her self esteem.

She searched the prescription medication Rogaine, but found the chemical name (minoxidil) had side effects as well. Rogaine was also very expensive and time consuming. She had contemplated ovary removal. Her reasoning being, she was positive that her family was complete. She quickly dismissed that thought not wanting to undergo anymore surgeries.

She then looked into Aromasin an FDA approved aromatase inhibitor. Aromasin was given to women with early stage disease, but who had already undergone 2 to 3 years of Tamoxifen. The next inhibitor that she looked into was Femara. Although, FDA approved for early stage breast cancer she needed to have completed 5 years of Tamoxifen. The third inhibitor was called Ariminex. This is given to patients with early stage disease and directly after surgery. After discussing this with her Doctor, she immediately switched from Tamoxifen to Ariminex.

Hair loss was the primary reason Denise switched from Tamoxifen to Ariminex. She had no other side effects with this drug, but as vanity would have it she just did not want to become bald. After taking Ariminex for just under four months she realized that she had traded one cosmetic side effect for another that was physical. Denise was still experiencing slight hair loss, but was now suffering from excruciating joint pain.

Her Doctor explained that by taking Tamoxifen, her continuing hair loss just might have been caused by the drug giving her a nudge into menopause. Women who enter menopause, because of the lower estrogen sometimes experience hair loss. He also explained that everyone's tolerance was different for these drugs and he could prescribe Femara for her instead of Ariminex. By this time Denise was taking extended release Tramadol for joint pain and felt exhausted and defeated. She was still not capable of returning to work, even though she had been almost a year since she had been first diagnosed with breast cancer.

Financially Denise and her family were barely making ends meet. Without her much needed paycheck, the household bills were accumulating. Her once vibrant marriage was suffering and the talk of their separation was only silenced by the tears in their children's eyes. In one year everything she and her family had worked for appeared ready to come crashing down!

Denise was still contemplating whether she should begin taking Femara or stop taking all medicines altogether.

That morning she received a phone call that would change her life. It was Helen. Her confidant through the worst of times had called to find out how she was doing. It was not long before Denise's emotions came spilling out. Through tears and laughter Helen and Denise were once again reunited, and Denise was no longer fighting this battle, seemingly alone.

Helen who did and continues to work in the organic and natural food business, was saddened that Denise had not confided in her earlier on her struggles. She was guided with the thought that she might be able to help her ailing friend.

Upon hearing Denise's story it was clear to Helen that the only side effect that Helen's brief taking of Tamoxifen had was hair loss. Because of those two simple four letter words (hair loss) the past year for Denise and her family had turned into a roller coaster of spiraling downwards turns.

After a very long in depth discussions with Helen, Denise decided to take her advice and beginning taking Shen Min. Shen Min is an herbal product that has traditionally changed Denise's life. She discontinued Ariminex, and immediately felt a difference with her joints.She was then able to discontinue the use of Tramadol for joint pain, because she no longer suffered pain. She chose not to begin taking Femara, but instead decided to resume taking Tamoxifen, since other then hair loss there were no other side effects.

As Helen explained it to Denise, the Shen Min Advanced Formula for Women was actually extending her hair growth phase, therefore reducing the amount of hairs that were in the resting and fallout phase. This herbal supplement had no side effect and the results were not within a month. It seemed like such a simple solution, yet Denise had suffered miserably for almost a year, by taking medications that lead to side effects without realizing that there are natural products that can be taken with conventional medication.

Helen's introduction Denise to Shen Min literally changed her life. She is doing very well on Tamoxifen with no side effects. Her hair loss is at an acceptable normal rate and she is now back to work full time. She is no longer on any pain medications and her marriage is becoming stronger and back on the right track.

Although, this cancer / hair loss story does get somewhat complicated, it is insightful. If Denise had known about Shen Min when she first started on Tamoxifen she would have spared herself months of suffering with severe joint pain because of the Ariminex. Although aromatase inhibitor Ariminex is side effect free for the majority of its prescribed patients, Denise's body for whatever ever was was unable to tolerate this medication.

The bottom line is that there is help for anyone who has unwanted hair loss. Shen Min has natural products consisting of capsules, topical formula's and even herbal shampoo that that can help hair loss in both men and women. If you or someone you know is suffering from hair loss, even if it is through genetics Shen Min just might be your answer to thinning hair.

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Rosacea – How IPL Gets Rid of Red Face, Blood Vessels and Acne

Rosacea, also called Acne Rosacea is a very common skin condition characterized by a red face. Rosacea causes flushing of the face which historically leaves permanently enlarged visible red blood vessels and capillaries, and a red faced appearance especially on the cheeks, nose and mid face. In time raised red bumps or acne lesions also occur and Rosacea can also affect the eyes, a condition called Ocular Rosacea. In some people, after many years, Rosacea can result in Rhinophyma, a profuse proliferation of excess skin on the nose, a condition immortalized by Jimmy Durante and Wally Fields, both movie actors who were afflicted with Rhinophima.

Recently, the use of a new light therapy called IPL or Intense Pulsed Light has revolutionized the treatment of Rosacea. The IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments are very effective at closing down the enlarged blood vessels which cause the red face appearance that is seen in patients with Rosacea. IPL is gentler than laser treatments with less discomfort and no visible signs of treatment such as bruising which is so common after some laser treatments.

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a common skin illness affecting over 40 million Americans. The cause is unknown, but heredity and fair or light skin color are important pre-disposing factors. The signs of this condition are:

o Facial Flushing- Flushing of the face is usually the first sign. Flushing is particularly likely to happen after eating spicy food, drinking alcohol and coffee, and during emotional stress.
o Persistent Redness- The red faced appearance does not go away. It can look like sunburn that persists.
o Acne Bumps and Pimples- In time red bumps, pustules and acne lesions appear. These bumps can be painful and do not respond to typical acne treatment.
o Visible Blood Vessels on the Face- In time visible small red blood vessels are seen on the facial skin. They are most common on the nose, cheeks, and chin but are also seen on the forehead.

There are common triggers which can precipitate an outbreak and which can be avoided to help control outbreaks. Common triggers are:

-Sun Exposure
-Emotional Stress
-Hot Weather
-Wind
-Heavy Exercise
-Alcohol Consumption
-Hot baths
-Spicy Foods
-Irritating Skin Care Products

How Does IPL or Intense Pulsed Light Get Rid of the Red Face

IPL or intense Pulsed Light uses a bright flash of visible light to close down the blood vessels and capillaries which cause flushing and the red faced appearance. IPl uses a filter which only releases a specific color of light, one that is specifically absorbed or picked up by the blood vessels of the skin, to hit the skin. So the IPL light beams only affect the diluted blood vessels on the skin and do not injure the normal skin. When the IPL light energy is absorbed by the dilated blood vessels, the diluted blood vessels are injured and close down. This removes the blood vessels, capillaries and the red appearance of the face. I use the Starlux IPL LuxGreen which utilizes the 650nm light range which is ideal for removing dilated blood vessels and reducing skin flushing. The results are really remarkable.

The IPL is gentler than other commonly used lasers. Lasers often cause bruising and sometimes skin burns that can leave white marks on the face. These problems have limited the usefulness of the laser on the face and resolved in the IPL becoming the treatment of choice for this condition.

What Is the IPL Treatment Like?

IPL treatments are very quick, simple and reliably painless. Protective shields, like sunglasses, will be placed to protect your eyes. A soothing Gel will be placed on your skin for your comfort and to improve the effectiveness of the IPL treatment. We do not use a topical anesthetic, because it is not needed and can interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment.

The IPL treatment head will be placed against your skin and a bright flash of light is triggered to treat the red areas. The whole face will be treated with a series of flashes. You will feel a small snap as the flash hits your skin, but it is very tolerable.

After the treatment, cold packs will be placed on the skin for your comfort. Your skin may look pink for an hour or so, but no bruising or very visible skin injury is seen, as often happens with laser treatments.

You will be able to return to work and your skin usually looks quite normal after a few hours.

When Will I See Results?

We look for and see a change or darkening of the flushed areas immediately after treatment. Some very tiny areas are closed during the first treatment.

However, larger areas and skin flushing gradually decrease over about 5 weeks after the IPL treatment. This gradual improvement is a gentler method of laser treatment, and takes time. This gentler approach avoids complications and is why the IPL method has become the preferred method.

For moderate to sever cases 3 treatments scheduled 5 weeks apart are required. This is because it is impossible to evenly cover and close all of the affected areas during each treatment. As treatments progress there are fewer areas to treat and more complete removal is possible.

What Skin Care Products are Best for Rosacea Patients?

Avoidance of sun injury and other forms of skin infection is very important. A good non-comedogenic sun block is important. We avoid irritating creams such as Retin A, Tazorac and strong acid peels. Vitamin C Serum is soothing and it has anti-inflammatory properties that are very useful.

MetroGel is an essential component of any skin care program if you have flushing and dilated capillaries on your face. Obagi Skin Care's new Rosaclear System combines several effective ingredients and is a very effective new skin care system for patients.

Where Can I Find IPL Treatments?

Board Certified Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons are the laser and IPL experts. You will need to search the internet and do your homework to find a board certified physician who offers laser and IPL services and has an interest in treating facial redness and acne.

You need a complete systemic approach which includes the IPL treatments, appropriate skin care, and medical management.

You are much more likely to find complete appropriate treatment in a doctor's office. I advise against seeking these light treatments in Spas and medical Spas that do not have a doctor present. Not all IPL machines are the same, and those used in a board certified doctors office are more likely to be more effective and more expertly used.

Do your homework and find a reliable specialist.

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How to Get Rid of Pimples Now? Immediately and Instant Result!

You've got a date in an hour's time but the ugly pimple on your cheek is not
going to help with a good first impression. The acne cream that you applied
yesterday will take a couple of days to clear the skin …

This calls for an emergency treatment for acne! Here's what you can do:

Prepare a small tub of clean warm water and another with cool water. Soak a face
towel or sponge in each of them. Apply the warm moist towel on the affected area
and compress it gently for a minute, this is followed by applying the cool moist
towel over the area and alternating the two for about five times each.

The warm heat will help to open the pores while the cool water closes them. This
process will help to dislodge much dirt and white heads from beneath the skin.

When done, wash the area with mild soap or facial wash, rinse it off last with
warm water and blot it dry with another towel. You should then apply some toner
Egypt alcohol on the area. Any pimples or acne in that area should be cleared
within the next few hours.

You will be amazed at how effective these simple procedures can help to remove
pimples almost instantly. It'll work even on those who have different cases of
Acne.

Following are some do's and don'ts during this emergency pimple treatment:

  1. Do not pick or pinch your pimple under any circumstances. This will cause it to inflame and grow into a big red spot. Further more, doing so may spread bacteria over other parts of your face especially if your skin has other open pores or wound. At worst, you will risk long term severre scarring too!
  2. If it's swelling and causing you some pain, apply an ice pack to the affected area for a while and repeat this every 30 minutes. Alternately, you can also use a clean cloth to wrap around an ice cube. Smearing some toothpaste on the affected area can help soothe irritation and reduce redness. Alternately, pressing a dampened teabag against the spot will also reduce inflation.
  3. It's fine to use a skin colored medicated cream to conceal the spots but it's very important to remove it as soon as you can. Never leave the cream on your face over-night!
  4. Where possible, do not use any cosmetics which contain harsh chemicals. Wash and scrub your face a few times during the day with gentle facial soap. Avoid wearing make up until you have to go out.
  5. Avoid using those over-the-counter acne products over long period of time as they dry your skin. Those that contain salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide works better. Applying some lemon juice to the spot and leaving it to dry will help too.

Remember that in an attempt to improve your acne problem immediately, there
will be a temptation to use harsh skin preparations and scrubs on the skin. This
will only worsen the condition.

The above tips will help you to get rid of pimples immediately and instantly,
but for a long repeating clear skin, a gentle skin care regime is preferable. It's
important to be educated on how to achieve permanent acne control. Details are
compiled into an easy to read book which can be found on my website.

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Don’t Give Up on Hair Loss Treatments Yet – Here Are 6 of the Best Natural Hair Growth Remedies

Natural hair restoration remedies are in abundance for those of you who would prefer to achieve regrowth of hair naturally, and heal your body from the inside out. All of the ingredients are healthy, natural and cheap, readily available from your local market, health food stores. Cut out the expense of surgical procedures and try these herbal remedies for hair regrowth.

Aloe Vera

We all know that Aloe Vera contains properties that are great for healing our skin from cuts and burns. But did you know it contains enzymes that also promote hair growth? It is probably one of the best herbal remedies for hair regrowth and you can use it many different ways:

  • Aloe Vera Gel or Lotion – this is easily available from your local health-food store. Make sure its purity is no less than 99.9%. You can apply it directly to your scalp daily. Leave on for between 30-45mins and rinse out
  • Aloe Vera Shampoo – You can make your own shampoo, combining Aloe Vera gel with a small amount of wheat germ oil and coconut milk. This can be used daily as your staple shampoo
  • In its natural state – you can also buy the plant for your home, which is relatively cheap! Instead of the gel, you can take a few leaves off, cut them open and massage the pulp and juice onto your scalp. Rinse off after 30 mins

Wild Yam Root

This one is just for you ladies! Wild Yam Root promotes hair growth in women…and women only. The root produces Progesterone in your body, which not only balances the production of hormones, but also treats several menopausal symptoms, including hair loss. It makes a great natural hair restoration remedy and fortunately, it is available in many forms:

  • Orally – via liquid extract, tablets or capsules. Normal doses of wild yam are 2 capsules three times a day or as a tincture, 40 – 120 drops, three times daily
  • As a herbal tea – steep 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried root in 8 oz of boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes

Onions

For those of you that don’t know already, onions are an excellent source for its cleansing, antibacterial and stimulation effects on the scalp. Containing a high number of important vitamins and minerals, onions are extremely effective in regenerating hair follicles, scalp circulation and stimulating hair growth. Here’s how best to experience this herbal remedy for hair growth:

  • Peel the skin off one large onion and place into a juicer. If you don’t own a juicer, you can try a blender
  • Massage the juice into the scalp and onto the roots of your hair, specifically in the thinning and balding area
  • Leave there to sit for at least 1 hour
  • Follow this with your regular shampoo and conditioner
  • Repeat this twice a day and you should see the start of hair growth within two weeks

Garlic

Not only is it perfect for adding that bit of extra flavour to your spicy meals, but garlic is also brilliant in its ability to remove harmful toxins stimulate blood circulation, essential for hair growth and preventing hair from shedding. So how best to take it:

  • Garlic Extract – odourless garlic extract supplements are available form any health-food store. It’s advised to take 1-6 daily, preferably with meals
  • In natural form – adding 1 garlic clove for added flavor in meals

Emu Oil

Emu oil is obtained from Emu fat and has been proven to regenerate inactive hair follicles. Studies have reported that Emu oil revitalizes skin cells on the scalp and produce up to 80% hair regrowth naturally. Emu oil can be applied topically to the balding/thinning area and deeply massaged into the scalp. Leave it on for 10-20mins and immediately follow up with your regular shampoo. You don’t need to rinse the oil off first.

Essential Oils

There are many essential oils that promote natural hair regrowth by stimulating the hair follicles. The following recipe contains the most effective herbal oils for hair growth

Hair Oil Recipe

  • 3 drops of essential oil of thyme, lavender, rosemary, cedarwood, 20ml of grapeseed oil and 20ml of jojoba oil
  • Mix the ingredients together and massage 6-15 drops into your scalp and hair for 3-5 minutes every night, paying particular attention to the balding/thinning area
  • Cover your hair in either a warm towel or plastic shower cap for at least 45mins for your scalp to generate heat and absorb the oils. If applying at night, you can sleep with the oils on overnight
  • Wash out with your regular shampoo

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Acne Scarring – How You Can Prevent and Get Rid of Boxcar Scars

Acne is one of the most common and most talked skin conditions without a real cure. Acne can however be controlled, but most spend almost all their life trying to find the accurate treatment. All that time searching has most likely caused some consequences, including the actual breakouts; the most probable this that can have happened to you is that you have ended up with ugly reminders, acne scars.

First of all, let's understand what acne really is. Acne is the result of an inflammatory response to sebum outbreaks within hair follicles or pores. Sebum is trapped and becomes therefore, an ideal place for bacteria growth, which is when acne breakouts occurs.

For the lucky ones that have found a treatment that controls their acne, it has most likely preceded the appearance or the consequences of the different types of acne scars that can affect your complexion. For others, the result of not treating your acne is probably resolved in a variety of acne scars; ice-pick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars, pitted scars or even raised hypertrophic scars. All acne scars fall under either of those caused by loss of tissue (ice-pick scars, pitted scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars) or those caused by an excess of tissue (hypertrophic scars, keloid scars). Within these categories you can find any one of the previously mentioned types of scars, but in this article we'll concentrate solely on one type – boxcar scars.

Boxcar scars happened when an inflamed acne lesion destroys tissue; it leaves the area of ​​the skin sunken and tissue is lost because this type of acne lesion destroys collagen. This type of scar is often confused with other sunken or deep scarring, such as an ice-pick scar. Boxcar scars can appear on the temples and prompts of the face in various sizes and shapes.

Boxcar Scars – What are they and Can They be Treated?

Which type of acne scar removal you decide to use will depend on the severity of the scar and its depth. Skin resurfacing techniques, dermabrasion or laser resurfacing may be used to treat this type of scar. However, you can also consider more natural types of treatments.

Natural Treatment for Boxcar Scars

Not everyone wants to undergo an invasive treatment. If you're one of these people then natural acne scar removal treatments are the thing for you. This type of product is created using revolutionary natural compounds that contain a regenerating compound and natural antibiotic that has proven effective for acne scar treatment. Its regenerative capacities are also effective in treating keloid scars and reducing ice-pick scars while preventing further scar formation. Because of its composition; This treatment can be used in conjuction with Accutane or other oral antibiotics that are used in treating severe nodular cystic acne.

It is no easy task to eliminate scars, however if you need to treat pitted scars, rolling scars, ice-pick scars or any other type of acne scar you first need to be informed. Find out the pros and cons of the different types of acne treatment available to you.

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Acne Vulgaries

Acne vulgaries is a skin disease and found in men and women equally. Acne includes whiteheads, blackheads, zits, pimples, outbreaks of lesions and deeper lumps. It appears on face, shoulders, back, upper arms and chest.

Types of acne vulgaries

Inflammatory

  • Pustules
  • Cysts papules
  • Scars

Non-inflammatory

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads

Secondary lesions

  • Scratched spots
  • Pigmented macules
  • Erythematous macules
  • Scars
  • Nodules

Causes of acne vulgaris

Levels of hormones increase and skin glands produce more oil during puberty. These oils help to keep the skin moist. When oil mixes with dead skin cells, acne vulgaris gets start. The mixture becomes infected with bacteria and result is redness, pus-acne and swelling. Sometimes, it can be developed by specific medicines. In some cases, hormones pass by mother to newborn baby, and baby gets acne.

Symptoms of acne vulgaris

It can be associated mild to severe. Mild acne may cause blackheads and whiteheads, but severe acne may cause various pimples on the skin. These lesions can leave scars after the treatment and this acne are painful. Acne can lead to depression and low self-esteem.

Diagnosis

Physical examination will be performed by the doctor to diagnose the acne vulgaris. Health care provider will ask some questions about medical history from patients to determine the type of acne. There is no need of any special tests to diagnose acne.

Treatment

The types of treatment depend on form of acne such as mild, moderate or severe. Treatment can include gels or specific lotions to remove the acne from the skin. Sometimes, oral medications or topical medications are prescribed by the doctor.

Mild acne

The treatment for mild acne such as blackheads, pimples or whiteheads may include benzoyl peroxide such as Benzac, Clearsil or Benoxyl or salicylic acid such as Stri-Dex, Clearsil or Propa pH or gentle cleansing with a mild soap such as Neutrogena or Dove.

Sometimes, topical lotions containing antibiotics or another medication for killing bacteria will be prescribed by the doctor to get better result.

Moderate to severe acne

Combinations of medications or therapies will be needed to treat acne vulgaris. Oral antibiotics can be given by the doctor to begin the healing process. There is a need for a combination of various therapies for inflammatory acne. Treatment may include:

  • Draining of cysts and pimples by a trained health professional.
  • Applying prescription retinoids.
  • Taking prescription oral retinoids.
  • Applying benzoyl peroxide.
  • Laser treatment.
  • High-intensity light wave therapy.
  • Applying azelaic acid.

Home treatment

Wash the affected skin twice a day.

Do not squeeze acne and touch it.

Avoid products such as cold creams, lip glosses, milky cleansers, that contain oils.

Use always nonprescription medicated soaps, gels, creams and lotions to remove the acne.

Use only water-based skin care products.

Nonprescription products include the following to treat acne:

  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Salicylic acid
  • Alpha-hydroxy acid
  • Tea tree oil

Prevention

  • Avoid heavy sweating.
  • Wash the face regularly with mild soap and water.
  • Avoid hair care products such as mousses, gels and cream.
  • Avoid touching the affected skin.
  • Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals and oils.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to sun rays.

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Hair Growth And Meditation: Can Meditation Actually Help Your Hair Grow?

Recently there has been a serious emphasis on organic or alternative solutions because of the not so pleasant side effects of pharmaceutical prescription drugs. It’s well known that meditation can have positive effects on our overall well-being, however can this type of therapy assist in the treatment hair loss?

Some state it definitely can, but how?

Meditation has been around for hundreds of years and has evolved into a structured practice that men and women use every day. It is well documented that meditation is effective in reducing high blood pressure and strengthens the heart as well as reducing stress and quite possibly cholesterol levels. But how can this at the same time aid in hair growth?

Though there have not been any direct scientific studies to date on the effect of meditation and hair growth we can still take a look at various scientific studies and see just how it might possibly be a benefit to one’s locks.

In research conducted by R. Jevning, AF, Wilson and JM Davidson in 1978 it was demonstrated that Plasma cortisol decreased substantially for long term practitioners of meditation and it even showed a slight decline of plasma cortisol in beginning practitioners.

Cortisol is a hormone created by the adrenal gland. Cortisol aids in a range of metabolic functions. Levels of cortisol are able to fluctuate over the course of the day, with afternoon quantities typically being about half those in found in the morning. High levels of cortisol can be triggered by an ailment such as Cushing’s disease, or Addison’s disease. Increased levels may also be a barometer of stress. Stress filled incidents can elevate cortisol levels in the blood for extended periods.

Stress has long been considered to be a factor in hair loss. One telling report that can be found is in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2004) tiled Burden of Hair Loss: Stress and the Underestimated Psychosocial Impact of Telogen Effluvium and Androgenetic Alopecia. This article shows many studies that reveal that stress does in fact possess a negative impact on hair growth.

Furthermore, stress can also cause insomnia, poor eating habits, and disorders as well as contributing to a tendency to partake in not so healthy habits such as cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption, all of which tend to be not only harmful to your general well being but, also can affect the health of your hair, skin and nails.

The impact of meditation on hair health doesn’t stop at stress.

In a study published in the Journal of the Israeli Medical Association, researchers documented a sizable drop in total cholesterol in individuals who practice Meditation.

The research workers selected 23 patients, all with elevated cholesterol; all participants were of comparable age, body weight, diet choices, and physical exercise routines. Twelve of the patients were trained in Meditation, and performed it for 11 months; the other eleven were control subjects that did not meditate. The meditating group exhibited a marked decrease in cholesterol levels, from an average of 255 to 225; there was no significant decrease observed in the control group.

An independent analysis done by the same research workers showed comparable reductions, and in addition revealed that a boosted cholesterol reading inside of the average range can be reduced

But exactly how does this help in hair loss?

Recent research discovered that excessive cholesterol and androgenetic hair loss could be correlated, although the exact causes remains unclear.

Clinical conclusions implied that the majority of males who are affected with high cholesterol also suffer from androgenetic alopecia. Studies conducted on nearly twenty-two thousand volunteers spanning over 11 years starting from 1982 noticeably illustrated that men with hair loss also have a higher threat of experiencing heart attacks. Further research only made this finding more powerful in both men and women but additional research is still in progress to authenticate this particular hypothesis.

Another way to comprehend this finding is that people who currently possess a genetic predisposition to hair loss can find that a rise in cholesterol will result in producing an increase in production of ‘androgen’ which is a hormone. This in turn will increase the production of a hormone called DHT which causes loss of hair.

Another school of thought is that DHT causes an increase in cholesterol. This also may be the reason for why women are less afflicted with hair loss or heart conditions in spite of producing androgen hormone almost 20 times lesser than men.

Cholesterol is also believed to mix with sebum and causes its solidification thus obstructing the hair follicles and impacting hair growth by causing the shaft of hair to reduce in dimension in every successive growth phase.

Even though much more research is needed, meditation may help in hair loss. So, why not take some time out of your busy, stressful day to maybe lower your cholesterol and your stress.

This will not only enhance your overall health, but your hair as well.

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Mimic Acne – Which Skin Conditions Are Like Acne?

It is important to know if your skin condition is acne or not. There are other skin conditions that mimic acne and you want to make sure that you know which you have so you can employ the right treatment.

The skin conditions that mimic acne are:

Rosacea
This skin condition is very similar to acne as prescribed by pimples in the middle of the face with redness, flushing and even superficial blood vessels. This condition mainly affects those in their 30's to 40's, even older in some cases. There are times when telling Rosacea from acne is near impossible. There will not be whiteheaded pimples or blackheads when someone has Rosacea.

Pseudofolliculitis
This condition is caused by shaving as it is also called "razor bumps or razor rash" As the razor blade slides across the skin cutting the hair close to the skin, curly hairs bend under the skin and cause pimples. Since this condition is not caused by bacteria so making it a mechanical problem this calls for shaving less and looking for alternative ways to trimming facial and neck hair. People with acne can also have Pseudofolliculitis.

Folliculitis
Pimples occurs not only on the face but on your chest, back, legs, even the buttocks. These are inflamed follicles and are not signs of acne. To solve this skin condition "if the inflated follicles do not go away on their own" see a dermatologist where antibiotics can be prescribed, usually different antibiotics than prescribed for acne.

Gram-Negative Folliculitis
This condition is found within those patients who have been on antibiotics for long periods of time. What takes place is that pustules filled with bacteria have become resistant to the antibiotics used for treatment in the past. A dermatologist can run a culture test and figure out which antibiotics will kill these resistant germs.

Pyoderma Faciale
This skin disorder is also called rosacea fulmimians. This is acute with insect and usually affects younger to middle aged women with or without prior skin disorders. The depiction for this condition is large erythemayous papules and pustules with nodules. Comedones (blackheads) are absent. The tranquil skin is uninvolved and there are no systemic symptoms.

Condition Treatment: A dermatologist will start you on a systemic corticosteroid regimen for a month before taking the next step which is using Isotretinoin. The average dose is between 120-150mg / kg. When beginning the use of Isotretinoin, the continuous use of corticosteroids should be slowly tapered as you continue through the course of treatment.

Pityrosporum Folliculitis (Malassezia Folliculitis)
Traditionally found up the chest and back also mimics truncal vulgaris. Inflamed pustules are present as there are no comedones or nodules present, however the lesions may give a sensation to itch. Through KOH examinations; the presences of yeast and hyphal structures of Malassezzia furfur are found. To properly identify the contents of yeast in the follicle.

A dermatologist would suggest a topical treatment with the use of selenium sulfide and or azole agents could be affective as well. In such a case where the topical regiment fails, a systemic itraconazole or ketoconazole could be used.

Demodex Folliculitis
With this skin condition, mites are present in an average skin biopsy and could cause an inflammatory reaction with folliculitis in some cases. This is a skin situation that the elderly in particular have to content with like acne vulgaris. You will find follicular papules and pustules around the face close to the hair line as they may be itchy. Comedones (blackheads) will not be present.

You now realize the importance of confirming a skin condition because there are multiple skin conditions that mimic acne. It is important to know so the proper treatment can be followed.

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How to Negotiate Hair Transplant Costs

Over 60% of men will have some sort of hair loss in their life time which they will seek medical attention for. In over nine out of ten of these cases the most prominent factor contributing to the loss of hair is a genetic condition known as male pattern baldness. This problem, with the medical name Androgenic Alopecia, can affect both men and women and is passed down through the generations from either the mother’s side of the family, the father’s, or both.

When a man suffers balding due to this problem his hair follicles (the roots) are attacked by a naturally occurring hormonal substance called DHT. This DHT actually renders the hair follicles incapable of producing keratin, the hair shaft material. At this point the only hope for hair in the balding area is have a hair transplantation procedure performed at a hair restoration clinic. This is fairly expensive but the price can be negotiated down. With the current economic conditions most clinic are operating below capacity and are willing to give discounts to get new patients. If you have been considering hair transplant as the solution to your baldness then this is a great time to get it done.

The first key to negotiating a good price is to let the other party know it is too much. When they give you the cost look shaken and say that is more than you expected. This sets up the stage for the tactics to come. Most people are reluctant to do this part and thus they start off with a week hand when it comes down to the end of the negotiating game.

Next, ask if there is anything that can be done to make it more affordable. Maybe they can cut down on the number of grafts and give you about the same coverage. After this you can ask if they offer free financing. If you are going to borrow the money the fact that they will offer to give you an interest free loan can be worth a lot.

By this time you have often times received discounts but don’t stop there. Offer 15% less than their bottom offer. If they say no then thank the clinic representative and stand up from the table. Say it just doesn’t seem doable. You will be surprised at how many people find one more offer when you are walking out the door.

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To Pop, or Not to Pop – Penis Pimples and Papules

At the first sight of bumps or sores on the penis, it is natural for all kinds of unpleasant thoughts to come to mind, as guys think back to their last sexual partner and wonder if they’ve picked up some kind of contagious social disease. The good news is that in many cases, there is a less worrying reason and the bad news is that if a guy has to worry about an STD it’s definitely time to start using protection.

Penis pimples (yes, acne affects the penis, too), bumps and pustules, which can be mistaken for genital warts and other more serious issues, have a benign cause in many cases and can be treated easily using over-the-counter lotions, cleansers and penis vitamins and minerals.

What causes blemishes and bumps on the penis skin?

· Penis Pimples – Just when guys think they’ve got a handle on the acne thing and have neutralized the blemishes that tend to appear on the face, chest and back, it turns out that pimples can occur on the penis, too. Penis acne generally consists of small, red or white bumps and most often appear around the base of the penis, although they can also show up on the head or shaft.

Like other types of acne, penis pimples are the result of bacteria in the follicles of the skin, causing inflammation and filling the follicles with a pus-like substance. Aside from being an unattractive feature, penis pimples are not actually dangerous and cannot be transmitted to a partner.

· Pearly Penile Papules – Penis bumps on the crown or under the foreskin. For uncircumcised men in particular it is not unusual to encounter small, firm, flesh-colored bumps on or around the glans and under the foreskin that may resemble a string of bubbles. These are naturally occurring and are generally nothing to worry about although they can be mistaken for genital warts. Men who are worried about a skin condition of the penis should seek medical advice without delay.

How to get rid of penis pimples

Like acne on other parts of the body, penis pimples can be stubborn but in general, over-the-counter remedies such as salicylic acid will eventually do the trick. In addition, because pimples are caused by bacteria, keeping the skin clean and dry is important. Nourishing the skin of the penis and genital area with skin-friendly vitamins and minerals can also boost the body’s natural immune function and may speed the healing process.

While it can be tempting to try to pop blemishes on the penis, especially when they are red and inflamed, this is rarely a good idea. Pus can be expressed from pimples in this way, but this will not work on penile papules, and in any case, popping and pricking the blemishes can result in scarring and can cause further infection.

How to prevent unsightly penis blemishes

While not all breakouts can be prevented (hormones are a factor in the tendency to develop acne), guys can take measures to reduce the appearance of these unsightly penile zits. For instance, shaving the pubic area can cause ingrown hairs and irritation which may lead to a crop of acne. Instead try using a hair trimmer or scissors which may be easier on the skin. For guys who must shave, a new, sharp razor is the best bet.

Secondly, keeping the area clean and dry is necessary as bacteria tend to thrive in warm, moist areas. Treating the skin with natural anti-bacterial solutions such as vitamin A (or retinol, a common acne treatment and preventive) may help to keep acne away. Moisturizing the skin can prevent the drying which can cause irritation of the follicles, leading to inflammation and acne breakouts.

A specialized penis health crème (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) which is applied directly to the penis skin may help to provide the right combination of nutrients and moisturizers that are needed to keep the skin in balance, minimize the presence of harmful bacteria, and maintain clear, attractive skin.

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