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You've Got Two Days to Get Rid of that Pimple – Can Cortisone Injections Give You Instant Relief?

I have always been camera-shy, which went hand-in-hand with my biggest fear that I would wake up on the morning of a big event with a huge zit dominating my face. No one wants their acne immortalized in photos! I made it through my graduation photos okay, and I had clear enough skin for the big grad party, but there have been several occasions since when I was not so lucky. There are many different types of acne, and while none of them are particularly pleasant, some can actually be quite easy to cover with makeup. Whiteheads and blackheads are two types of non-inflammatory acne that generally are not noticeable from a few feet away. Even pustules, which are larger and more inflamed, can be hidden with skillful makeup application. But what if the inflammation goes? Is there anything that can be done for papules or cysts to make them less noticeable?

Cortisone is a steroid hormone that, along with adrenaline, is released from the adrenal glands when the body experiences stress. Cortisone has many functions, including maintaining steady blood pressure, but one of the most important roles of cortisone is its ability to decrease inflammation through suppression of the immune system. For this reason, cortisone is used in the treatment of shoulder bursitis, arthritis, lupus, severe asthma, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and several sports injuries involving ligaments and tendons. When used as a medication for the human body, synthetic cortisone can come in a few different mediums, but the primary form is as an injection, either locally or systemically. It is as a dilute intraelional injection that cortisone is used in acne medication.

Acne becomes red and irritated when bacteria within a clogged pore begin to reproduce. This irritates the cells around the pore, and triggers an immune reaction. Cortisone can help an acne lesion by stifling this immune reaction. Once injected into a papule or cyst, there is an immediate reduction in redness and inflammation. As the inflammation decreases, the pain disappears, and the pimple itself flattens out so that it is more easily camouflaged by makeup. All this generally happens within 24 hours of the injection. As a further bonus, cortisone is thought to help pimples heal more quickly by preventing the buildup of scar tissue underneath the blemish.

So long as cortisone is injected in a very dilute form, there are minimal side-effects. One of the more serious consequences of injecting too much cortisone into the lesion is skin atrophy. This is where the skin actually shrinks, leaving a wonderful indentation where the blemish had been. It often heals itself, but if the atrophy sees permanent, there are procedures that can be done to elevate the atrophied area so that it is even with the surrounding skin. Another side-effect is a lightening of skin color at the site of the injection. There are limited suggestions for how to counter this particular side-effect, but a dermatologist would be able to give you more information.

If faced with a growing acne lesion a few days before an important event, it sounds like a cortisone injection could be an ideal way to minimize the pimple quickly and effectively. Another plus is that the procedure is reportedly fairly quick, and can sometimes even be performed last-minute, without a pre-booked appointment. If you think this might be a route you'll consider in the future, it might be worth talking to your dermatologist now, before you're in a rush and stressed about acne ruining your big day. In the meantime, keep that skin care regimen going, and maybe cortisone will not even be necessary!

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Hair Loss

My True story

Like many of you, I am also a victim of hair loss …..

More and more Singaporean men are losing their 'crowns of glory' and this trend may be getting earlier and earlier.On the streets in these last years, we may spot a relatively number of young men who are bald or balding. Compare this phenomenon to say ten years ago when this phenomenon is not commonly seen.

This balding trend among Singaporean men is sparking an increasing proliferation of hair treatment centers. Hair treatment centers have practically sprung up all over the island with the likes of Beijing 101, Yunnan, Svenson, Bossin, etc. Causes of hair loss can be hereditary, or caused by stress, drug medications, poor diets, oily scalp etc and these causes manifest into the many forms or types of hair loss such as male pattern baldness, telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, etc. A normal human loses about 50 to 100 hairs per day and this loss is not alarming.

However if more than this number is lost per day, one should seek a doctor before it is too late.Hair grows from follicles, and if one balds and takes no actions, the follicles will ever die and there will be no more growth. It will be too late for any action. Note that when I say bald, normally a human will not go totally bald, the follicles at the sides of the human scalp, the parts above the years are programmed for life, and hair grows for life at these particular areas. Balding follows a pattern known as the Norwood chart. There are three stages of hair growth: anagen (the growing phase), catagen (the intermediate phase) and telogen (the shedding phase). Hair loss occurs when the hair grows and sheds fast.

The average life cycle of a hair is 2 to 3 years and each hair growth to fall can last 25 cycles, baldring occurs when these cycles are accelerated and completed so fast that the cycles end, the follicles dies off and the hair can never grow back again. I understand in this post, there are many jargons and technical terms that are used. The internet offers a rich array of resources for which one can research in depth and understand more about hair loss. In this post, I will just roughly summarize what I understand and experience about hair loss from my studies and very own personal experiences.In the past, I have very thick volumes of hair so much so that I complained about having to go to the barber often as my hair grows so fast. Showering, there would be no hair lost as my hair is so strong. Following a medical treatment some two years ago from a supposedly reputable clinic and consuming the drug nimigen, I notice hair loss, my hair shed in the dozens on the bed and at the bathtub sinks daily so much so that I stopped taking this drug nimigen and stop the laser treatments.

During the consumption of nimigen, my complexion becomes too dry as it is supposedly to prevent domestic oiliness but it overdoes. Till today, I still do not know the real reason for my hair loss because I believe it has to do significantly with the laser treatment and the consumption of nimigen. On hindsight, I will not have carried out with the treatment and the consumption of the medicine and this doctor still asked his nurses to force me back to continue with the remaining treatments and at the same time, refuting all my allegations squarely. I spent close to $ 3K only to lose even more. Any that that the past already and nothing can be done to turn back the clock. What I want to share with readers here are my experiences and what I have gone through to combat hair loss and hopefully it can provide some useful glimpses or lessons to those who are currently suffering from hair loss.Okay for the start, I first stopped all the causes that I believe have contributed to my hair loss and that is to discontinue with the medical treatments and the nimigen consumption. But even with that, two months down the road, the hair loss does not subside, so it was time to take some real actions.

From the internet, I came to learnt of two drugs called Propecia, an oral medication, costing about $ 95 dollars at that time for 28 pills, to be taken one pill a day; and a topical hair spray called minoxidil (called Regaine, Rogaine, Growell, etc in the market) also at a $ 95 for one bottle that can last a month.I went to a doctor and was prescribed Propecia, taking one pill a day for three months, after which I stopped.

Why do I stop? Firstly, there was no improvement and secondly, I was to experience what was mentioned as the side effects of this drug, ie I started to feel less manly, though it was a minor side effect that the drug claimed and that it affect only a small percentage of users. With these two factors, I stopped using this drug and the less- than-manly feeling, which was temporary finally subsided. I did not use Minoxidil, as I also learned of its side effects too. I want to list down the possible side effects of these two drugs here: Propecia: Lack of 'manliness'Minoxidil: Increase scalp sensitivity, itchiness, dandruff, increase sensitivity to the sun. And the most important drawback of these two scientific proven drugs is that once you stop using these two drugs, whatever new hair that you have grow will fall again! So these two drugs are to be used for life! Imagine the cost involved to maintain these newly formed hair: $ 100 (for each of these treatments per month), this amount translates to $ 1200 and more per year, and so on ……

So after ending the use of the Propecia, I began to explore natural ways of cure. One method that I thought of was using mild shampoo like Johnson Baby Shampoo, however its mild concentration was not strong enough to clear the oilness of my scalp. My hair loss may be due to oiliness and dandruff as I did notice these symptoms like dandruff on my pillow.

So I decided to explore the help of professionals and there was a wide array of choices from the dermatogists and hair treatment centers. I went to one such hair treatment center for a free consultation and these 'professionals' scanned my hair, only to reveal many patches of oil and these 'professionals' introduced me a package to clear my scalp greasiness. The package cost a bomb and I did not like the pushiness of these professional in introducing these packages to me. Also I have heard many stories of people having spent more than $ 10,000 on these supposedly good cures only to lose even more hair or having no improvement seen, including wasting their hard-earned money! Thus, hair treatment centers scared me off at that point and I decided to consult a top hair dermatologist in Singapore instead. It was not cheap. First consultation alone cost $ 80. The dermatologist inspected my hair and said there was nothing wrong. She prescribed me with two shampoo, Nizoral ($ 25) and a Gentle Shampoo ($ 21) to be rotated interchangeably daily and a sebum regulator to be applied on the scalp at night after washing ($ 18).
However, there was still no improvement.

In fact, the residual from the sebum regulator produced tiny sticky white residue on my hair once my hair dried to the extent that my colleagues thought my hair had dandruff. Any my hair was still very oily and covered with some dandruff too, despite applying the supposedly strong and beneficial shampoos that the top dermatologist prescribed. I confirmed this fact when I popped into one of the hair treatment center at a shopping center for curiosity and did a free consultation with the center. The 'scanner' that the center operators used magnified my scalp glands many times over, revealing the oily spots, it really look disgusting with such a hundred times over magnification of the sebaceous scalp glands. The operators said my scalp glands were choked with oil, and this may cause hair loss; but I did not want to take any chance with this center and off I left. I went for a second consultation with the dermatologist I saw previously. Again, the dermatologist said there was nothing wrong with my hair or with my scalp and the results from the 'hair-pull' test she carried out on me revealed no extra hair loss.

After hearing the story of the medical treatment I did and the drug nimigen I consumed, she suspected that it may be telogen effluvium caused by the medication, a condition which could only go away in times to come; though my oily scalp may be a contributing factor too. She told me that she could not do anything except help me diagnose the cause of my hair loss via a scalp biopsy ($ 589) and a blood test ($ 169); all price stated without GST. Hearing the prices, I permitted but in an urge to find out the real cause, I decided to take the plunge and carried out the sclerosis biopsy and the blood test.I did the blood test first and the pain was nothing compared to the scalp biopsy I undergone later on. It was no joke, having a piece of your head scalp being removed surgically and the pain was terrible despite the application of anaesthetics prior to the treatment. After both the tests, the nurse rubbed a Bactroban cream on the part of my scalp which was operated on to kill the bacteria; after sewing this part of the scalp. There was still little pain that subsisted every time I shampoo the sewn part of the scalp. I was told to come back two weeks later to remove the stitch and to obtain the results of the diagnosis. I was given the remaining of the Bactroban cream to apply daily on the affected scalp to ease the pain and kill the bacteria. Two weeks later, I returned to the same clinic to remove the stitch and the dermatologist handed me the result; and the result indicated that it was telogen effluvium.

The dermatologist said it was good news as this condition which may be due to the medication I took would eventually subside after some time. I would be waiting for this to come soon.But alas, days pass and then months, it was futile. Seeing tons and tons of hair on the bathroom sink and waking up everyday to witness the hundreds of hair strewn across my bed and on my bedroom floor did nothing to assuage me that my illness would go away. The visits to the dermatologist have also drained me financially and in a desperate move, I decided to try out some off-the-counter hair loss products available at pharmacies. I tried the Himalyan Hair Loss Cream (Herbal) for about one month but it was useless so I went to see the dermatologist again for the fourth and fifth time (that was in April and Mayker year), but again the dermatologist evaluated and said there was nothing wrong with my hair, no male pattern loss or whatever. But indeed, my hair was getting thinner and thinner by the day.

She prescribed me with stronger shampoos and sebum regulator which I used without seeing any improvements. It was at this time that I finally decided not to see the dermatologist again as there was simply no use at all! Hair continued to fall and fall. From then on (Jun 07), I have 'more or less accepted my fate' and accepted my hair loss fact. I tried Kaminomoto Hair Growth Accelerator and a good shampoo called Melaleucca Shampoo recommended by my friend but it was really no use at all. The telogen effluvium which I was diagnosed with did not seem to be the hair illness that stuck me as it simply did not stop within a short period. It was over one year and my hair still continued to fall like rain. Over the whole of this hair loss ordeal, I carried out a numerous research on hair loss over the internet, which further equaled me with all knowledge relating hair loss. I tried all I could, from observing what I consumed (less oil), watching my diet, exercising regularly and even cutting down on some coffee and tea. But it did not help in the loss.

I have also shared my findings with others on an internet discussion forum posting and the thread saw some 55,000 odd readers before it was finally removed by the administrator. With my knowledge learnt from the internet and my ordinal, I shared with some of these forumers; some of them even emailed me to ask questions. For hair loss, there is really no one fixed miracle panacea: what works for one may not work for others. The hair loss did affect my life a bit: waking up in the morning and after shampooing, I count the number of strands of hair that I lost and any fewer in count would make me slightly happier. I used to enjoy the wind but now I avoid being 'confronted' with a gust of wind for fear that the wind would blow off some of my hair. It does not help that Singapore can get breezy at times! And definitely, my self-esteem would suffer a bit of loss and it did not help that I am still without a girlfriend at my age! Hair loss would certainly deal me a serious disadvantage in this 'image-conscious' society; although it may not be always true: I still do my fair share of admirers as some girls are not particular over looks.Entering the MRT daily, I always observable young man at different stages of balding; sometimes I saw friends who I have not seen for some years completely bald!

This shocked me and bought me to the reality that balding in Singapore is not just my problem, it is our problem! Or is it due to the diet here that causes more young men and even women to bald?

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The Use of Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne Treatment

What is Benzoyl Peroxide?

Benzoyl Peroxide is a white powder with a chemical formula of (C6H5CO)O2. The chemical is known by many other names, with the more common ones including:

Benzoic acid

Benzol Peroxide

Benzaknen

Desanden

Benzoyl Superoxide

Benzoyl Peroxide has been used for treating acne for over 50 years. A very large percentage of both over the counter and prescription based topical acne treatments contain the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide. The concentrations vary, but are usually found to be in the range of between two and a half and ten percent. This is a clear indication that Benzoyl Peroxide is widely accepted as an effective treatment for acne vulgaris.

This acceptance is backed up by scientific research which has been used to demonstrate that topical treatments with concentrations of up to 10 percent benzoyl peroxide are effective in the reduction or removal of acne lesions. The normal timescale for this topical acne treatment to work is between three to twelve weeks.

A topical acne treatment is a treatment that is applied directly to the affected area, using a cream, gel or wash, rather than being taken internally or injected.

Increased concentrations of benzoyl peroxide, whilst reducing or curing acne do also however; appear to raise the likelihood of some adverse reactions, such as skin dryness or redness and occasional peeling or flaking of the skin.

There is a some evidence that the frequent use of Benzoyl Peroxide at concentrations of two and a half percent are effective at treating acne but reduce the likelihood of an adverse skin reaction to the chemical. In addition, a number of studies have shown that just using benzoyl peroxide to treat acne may not be the most effective use. Use of a combination treatment containing benzoyl peroxide and other active ingredients may actually increase its effectiveness in reducing or curing acne lesions.

How does Benzoyl Peroxide help to cure acne?

Benzoyl peroxide helps to cure acne by breaking down dead cells on the surface of the skin. This helps to unblock the sebaceous glands. This in turn, allows the sebum that the sebaceous glands secrete, to escape, rather than become trapped in the pores. Benzoyl peroxide also helps to kill the bacteria that feed on the sebum and cause the blockages in the first place, thus it helps with all the areas that can cause or exacerbate acne.

In conclusion, Benzoyl Peroxide is a widely used and effective topical treatment for acne vulgaris. It works as the single active ingredient, but is frequently combined with other active ingredients to provide more effective acne treatments, both over the counter and via prescription.

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Acne Vulgaris Treatment – How to Cure it Fast and Permanently

Acne vulgaris is usually referred to common acne. It is usually caused by changes in the pilosebaceous units such as the hair follicle and sebaceous gland. It also occurs at places where there is the densest sebaceous follicle on our body. This condition can be sever and around 89% of the population in the world suffers from acne. That is why many people are searching for effective acne vulgaris treatment.

Many people do not know what the exact causes of acne are and they fail to cure it. Acne happens when there is excess sebum production and clogged pores in our hair follicles. But what is it that causes them in the first place? Majority of the people rush to the near pharmacies to buy acne creams and gels but this is not the best solution. These products usually only touches the surface of the problem by killing the bacteria on skin surface, drying up your skin or exfoliate your skin and clear them up of dead skin cells.

However when you are just touching the surface of the problems, the underlying problems in your body that causes these factors still exist. It is just like trying to get rid of the ants but leaving the ant nest intact. So what are some of the ways you can use to get the root of the problem that causes acne?

Adopting the holistic approach of healing is the best acne vulgaris treatment. Traditional ways of treating acne can only help you to deal with symptoms of acne while holistic way of treating acne beats your body as a whole and promotes healing from your body within.

The first thing you need to take note is your diet. Eating a western diet can cause many problems for our health in the long run. We are eating too many foods that are high in sugar content and fat. Our food right now are also lacking nutrients as they are mass produced and plants may be growing in soil that are lacking nutrients and minerals. Worse of all, there are lots of chemicals in our food such as addictive and preservatives are added into it to extend the shelf life.

The one thing you have to look out for in your holistic acne vulgaris treatment is to eliminate high sugar content food from your diet. These food can cause insulin rush in your body that can affect your hormones level and increase the amount of pro inflammatory hormones that can lead to break outs. Foods like cereals, crackers, white bread, pasta and donuts are examples of food that are high in sugar. To kiss acne away, you have to replace these foods with healthy alternatives like fruits and vegetables.

It is also recommended that you take supplements daily as some of our foods do not provide the essential nutrients that we need to keep our immune system strong. If you are taking organic food, this will not be a problem.

Effective acne vulgaris treatment does not include only using acne creams to heal, you will have to treat your body as a whole and cure it from within by eating food that heal. Once you can accomplish this, you can see your acne condition improving drastically. So kiss your acne goodbye now by using holistic ways to cure acne.

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Hair Loss Is not Uncontrollable – Natural Methods For Boosting Hair Growth Today

Grab 100 people who are all losing hair and you'll more than likely find at least 10 of them who are actually successful in finding a way to regrow their hair. What about the other 90 people? Why can not they get their hair loss to come to a stop?

It's usually because they are targeting the wrong methods for treating their thin hair. Most people are quick to use that new, shiny product advertised on television for baldness. You may even see testimonials for it with smiling faces and before and after pics. Well do not be fooled. Fighting baldness takes a little work but it can be achieved.

There are some natural methods for boosting hair growth that you definitely need to apply today. For instance essential oils are perfect for hair loss sufferers. They work to naturally stimulate blood circulation deep down in your scalp, feeding your hair follicles the nutrients that they need to grow.

Jojoba, lavender, rosemary and henna are all natural, essential oils proven to help with healthy hair growth. You can find plenty of these oils for sale online or even in your local herb shop.

Essential oils are only one key example. There are plenty of other things that can naturally boost hair growth too. You should do your part to use natural home remedies as well to benefit your hair. They do not have to be some far-fetched concoctions. They can be as simple cooking oils.

Olive oil when massaged into the scalp and left overnight is a proven way to lift trapped dirt that clogs follicles. It forms the perfect environment for your scalp so that hair growth can follow. Just dab a teaspoonful of this on the scalp at night, massage it in and rinse out the following morning with a mild shampoo.

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Top 5 Homemade Acne Masks

While many people are suffering from acne only a few of us have the knowledge to make our own acne treatment that helps us reduce our acne problems. With this short guide you will find out how to make homemade acne mask from a few simple ingredients that are present at almost every home. For easier start we have selected top five acne mask recipes which you can use for your endless struggle with acne.

Acne Mask # 1: Salt Mask
This is one of the easiest homemade acne masks that you can make. To make it you need sea salt or cooking salt and some water. You put the salt in the water for 20 minutes then apply the mask to acne spots and leave it on for 10-30 minutes. Salt cleans the skin and dries acne spots which makes it perfect treatment for acne scars. If you have the option then go to swim in the sea and you do not even have to make the mask, you just swim in it and enjoy the natural acne treatment.

Acne Mask # 2: Baking Soda
Another easy homemade acne mask which makes miracles for some of us when it comes to acne treatment. To make this mask all you need is water and baking soda. First clean acne spots with preferred cleanser (skin cleanser that you use normally will do the task), then mix the water and baking soda and apply the mixture on acne spots. Leave the mixture on for a while, do some household chores, read a book, go on internet, talk to your friends, watch television or do whatever makes you happy and then rinse the mask off your face. When soda mask will be removed you can feel how soft and clean is your skin. This treatment does not work the same for everyone, while some see drastic improvement in their acne treatment, others do not see any results. It depends on a person and skin type but if you find this mask suitable and efficient repeat the treatment several times a week for few weeks and you can say good bye to acne.

Acne Mask # 3: Yogurt Mask
If two masks mentioned above were easy to make here is the third simple homemade acne mask that everyone can make. It consist of Yogurt and Honey and does not need a lot of preparation.

Take one teaspoon of honey and heat it up a little so it becomes softer (if you have dry skin ad additional teaspoon of honey for better effect). Then mix the honey with one tablespoon of natural yogurt which is medium fat (do not use low or non-fat yogurt). Mix the ingredients at room temperature for a while. When it is prepared apply it to acne spots that you wish to treat. Leave it on 10-20 minutes and then was it off with washcloth. If this acne mask helps you, try to use it several times a week and get rid of acne fast.

Acne Mask # 4: Oatmeal and Onion Mask
This is a bit more complicated homemade acne mask than the masks I mentioned previously but its efficiency is very promising. You may dislike the smell of onion but you have the results in mind while setting aside the pleasure. Peel one medium sized onion and shred it until you get a puree. Cook c cup of plain (non-sweet) Oatmeal, when cooked set it as to cool down and add the onion puree. When the mixture is cold apply it to your face and leave it on for 5-15 minutes. If the mask is not thick enough to stay on your face then you might add some honey to make it more sustainable. Then slowly rinse it off and wash your face. If you did not use the whole mask for treatment you can store it in refrigerator for 5-7 days before it gets old.

Acne Mask # 5: Egg White Mask
This is the last but not least simple homemade acne mask. It is called the egg white mask because you have to remove the yolk from the egg whites. No other preparation is needed. When yolk is separated you can put it away and take only egg whites. Then whip the white part until you have a dessert paste. For people with oily skin it is advisable to apply some lemon juice and mix it with a paste to achieve a better effect. Clean your face and gently apply the mask. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and wash it off with warm water or washcloth. After using this mask your skin will be tightened and red spots will be clear.

Well what are you waiting? Decide which mask do you prefer and start treating your acne now. If one homemade acne mask does not help you, there is always a chance to try another one. Probably it will take some time before you find the one that suits you most and helps you get rid of acne but you have a lot of masks to choose from.

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Causes of Pimples – Where Do Pimples Come From, and How Can I Cure Acne?

Whether you are in your early teens or well into your adult years, chances are that you will encounter problems with acne from time to time. Pimples on your face, chest, back and shoulders can cause problems with your social life and affect your self-esteem. If you have zits, you need to know where they come from and how to cure acne permanently. This article discusses the causes of pimples and how to prevent and cure this aggravating condition.

Causes of Pimples

Pimples occur when the oil glands in the skin work overtime, blocking the pores and trapping dead skin cells inside. The clogged pores attract bacteria, which cause the reddened swellings of the skin typically associated with acne.

Attempting to squeeze or pop your pimples can irritate or damage the skin, leading to further outbreaks and potential scarring.

How to Prevent Severe Acne

Although it is not always possible to completely avoid acne, you can work to prevent severe outbreaks by washing your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser; if your skin is prior to pimples, using an over-the-counter acne medication such as benzoyl peroxide can help to reduce the appearance of blemishes.

Stay away from soaps and exfoliating cleansers, as these can cause dryness and irritation of the skin that may exacerbate your acne problem.

How to Treat Pimples?

If you do experience pimples, it is important that you resist the temptation to pick at them; popping your zits can cause scarring, as well as spreading the bacteria that cause acne. Avoid touching your skin, and keep your hair away from your face. Cleanse your skin with gentle, all-natural products, and treat the pimples with an over-the-counter acne cream. For stubborn acne that will not go away with home treatment, you may need to consult a dermatologist.

The Best Way to Cure Acne

Fortunately, there are now holistic treatments that can help you get rid of pimples gently, without irritating your skin with harsh chemicals.

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I'm a Woman and My Hair is Thinning at the Crown – Tips and Advice That May Help

The other day, I received an email from a woman who told me that she was noticing a lot of thinning and scarp showing through at her crown. She told me: "If I hold a mirror at the back of my head, I see that my part goes all the way back to the back. I'm so self conscious of it and I'm always trying to cover it up but I'm wondering if the all the teasing and spraying is making it thin worse. " I'll try to answer all of her questions in the following article.

Typical Causes For Hair Thinning At The Crown In Women: Actually the crown is a place that is very vulnerable to genetic or androgenic thinning and / or shedding. Certain areas on your scalp – like the temples, the top, and the crown – are more prone to being affected by DHT and other androgens which can choke out the follicle, kick out the hair, and make the regrowth skimpy and thin so that the over all effect is much more sparse.

So, androgenic alopecia, (or genetic thinning due to age or oversensitivity to hormones), is the most likely cause in seeing more scalp at the back of your head. But, it is not the only possibility. You actually start out with less hair in the top of your head than in other areas on your scalp. The temples are another example of this. So, these two areas are going to be the first places that are noticeably affected if you are shedding or losing hair due to something else.

The next most common cause of this is probably telogen effluvium or shedding. There are many reasons that this can occur (illness, medication changes, stress, skin issues, etc.) but probably the most common cause of this in women is hormonal changes, like birth control pills (going off or on), or giving birth and / or becoming pregnant. Sometimes, thyroid and adrenal changes can cause TE also.

As I said, any aggressive shedding or hair loss can cause noticeable thinning on your scalp. But the crown is one area that begins more sparsely so it can be one of the first places that the loss is noticeable. Other reasons for hair loss include autoimmune issues, allergic reactions, and any condition that can affect your skin or scalp.

How Do I Cover Or Treat My Thinning Crown ?: Your first line of defense is going to be your hair cut. You want a cut or style that is going to push the hair up and away from the scalp. This often includes layered cuts (although you want to avoid harsh cuts that allow scalp to show through.) Curls or waves can help too.

There are also products now that are like little lifts that you put under your hair. This lifts that hair up without your needing to tease it. You basically just lay the hair over the lift. And, you really should avoid harsh back combing or teasing. The hair here is often quite fragile and you could inadvertently pull more hair out. There are also powders that you get in the same color as your hair that you sprinkle onto your scalp so that the white of your scalp is not such a noticeable contrast.

A more long term solution is aggressively addressing the cause of your hair thinning or shedding. If you really have telogen effluvium, you'll need to wait it out, but you can most definitely stimulate your scalp to ensure that you have a quick and healthy regrowth.

If you have one of the other issues (AGA, scalp issues, allergies, medical problems, autoimmune issues, etc.) then you will need to directly address and attempt to fix these things while simultaneously stimulating your scalp to help decrease the loss while increasing the regrowth. Because look at it this way, no matter how good you get at covering your thinning crown, the job is only going to continue to get harder if you have less hair to work with.

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How to Get Rid of a Zit Overnight: The Easiest Way!

This question, like your zit, could have been clogging in your mind right now. While there are incredibly lucky people who never experienced even a single pimple break out, there are equal numbers of chosen people destined to deal with acne breakouts almost their own lives. More often than not, these people just lose patience and get used to live with it.

But before you turn your back to the world and hibernate in your bed tucked in your blanket, rummage through tips and medical advices on how to a get rid of a zit overnight as they might be your source of hope to appear hopeless .

Yes, no matter how huge and dramatically swapping it is, there are still solutions which are normally easy to follow and guarantees fast elimination of pimples. So do not lose hope on how to get rid of zit overnight. In fact, your persistence should outweigh the persistence of your growing acne.

How to Get Rid of a Zit Overnight: Avoiding the Underlying Factors

To avoid pimple-causing factors is a shortcut to get rid of zit fast and easy. More often, zit development starts not one of poor hygiene but more of a hormonal activity. While the latter seems to be inevitable, the first one can help kill dead cells formations which are more likely to result in zit. After all, a proper hygiene means prevention.

To start off, always wash your face with soap that works best according to your skin type. It could either be oily, dry or just normal. Choosing the right soap for your skin is important on how to get rid of a zit overnight as this helps in alleviating or aggravating your acne condition. In addition to, washing with warm water will not only calm the skin but will also open the pores causing dirt to be removed.

Apply moisturizer whenever necessary.

Sharing towels means sharing bacteria. This is a big No. Sharing personal stuff like towels is one of the major undering factors that spread zit all over your face. Avoiding this is a must.

Your hair has oils that can signal acne-causing bacteria to party all over your face. So do wash your hair regularly as hair gets scrub on your face. Remember that anything that gets in contact with your face is a carrier of bacteria that can be trapped in your pores. See those pillow cases? Yes, they require washing too.

Drink at least eight glasses of water everyday for your skin to keep hydrated. This will make your skin glowing and supple. Give attention to the food you bring to your mouth as some foods which are salty and greasy gives green lights for a pimple break out. It would be best to always keep your diet healthy.

How to Get Rid of a Zit Overnight: The Proper Medication

Use sandalwood paste as a facemask to alleviate pimples by leaving it on overnight for a guaranteed best result. Sandalwood paste, although not commonly heard, is a mixture of Melalueca Oil and Rose water. The Melalueca oil is taken from Melalueca leaves which can be found in Australia. The combination of both is very well known to heal serious swelling.

Unlike the sandalwood paste, Apple cider vinegar is commonly known for its significant contribution in regard to skin protection. 2tbsp of it mixed with sufficient water can be applied on the zit while leaving it unwashed overnight. Apple cider vinegar works well with healing dead skin cells and bacteria making it a better way on how to get rid of a zit overnight.

For too much redness, eye drops used to relate redness can be applied to your zit as well.

Acne creams are widely marketed everywhere in the world. Grab any of those but take time to read the label as effective acne creams should contain benzoyl peroxide which directly addresses dead and dry skins.

Vicks Vaporub also helps on the process of how to get rid of a zit overnight. As you know, zits sometimes grow large enough for the whole world to see and that makes it entirely embarrassing. Vicks Vaporub can be applied on your zit overnight and you will see how it greatly reduces or flattens your pimple.

Unfortunately, acnes are not only red and swelling. Sometimes they are painful too. Yes, that is how disturbing they are. But worry not as painful acne can be relieved by applying hot compress and holding it on to your pimple. The hot compress temperature will make a speedy maturity for a pimple to somewhere disappear or become less visible.

Orange peel mixed with water is one of the easiest steps to follow on how to get rid of a zit overnight. Simply apply it on your affected skin and let it stay overnight. You will be surprised as how it can easily reduce acne swelling.

Berry juice and Green tea are a great source of antioxidants that block bacteria which can cause acne. So aside from loading up with sufficient glasses of water, a great tea drink will help too in your acne treatment.

How to get rid of a zit overnight using turmeric and sesame oil?

Turmeric and sesame oil are a great combination because of their power to healthy skin care. Turmeric is a product of ginger plants which helps clean bacteria in your pores while the latter acts as a moisturizer.

Baking soda and water can be combined substitutes as they produce similar effects that turmeric and sesame oil have. Essential oils like eucalyptus, primrose and lavender oil give best effects to the improvement of the acne condition when applied overnight.

Grated cucumber can also be rubbed on your face for 15-20minutes before washing it off. Cucumber is said to have similar skin hydrogen level. Cucumber application will make our skin moisturized; glowing and smooth which will always avoid pimple break out.

The make up that we use does more than beautify our face, sometimes it contributes more in causing bacteria clogged in our pores thereby causing zit break out. To avoid this, buy make up or foundation that is non-comedogenic and oil free.

And of course, in the event that zit becomes visibly larger that what we imagine, never prick as pricking often becomes the culprit behind dark spots and scars once it clears up.

Avoiding zit can be stressful at times especially if we need it removed as soon as possible. There are over the counter medications and creams that we can buy which are all created to directly solve common acne problems of people. There is no harm in trying as sometimes you will be due surprise as to how effective they are. See a dermatologist when you can for better treatment too.

Prevention, they say, is better than cure. It would be great to learn to avoid them rather than wait for it to happen and drive yourself dead to make them all disappear. Our lifestyle is, in fact, one of the most vital undering factors which are often neglected. Drinking too much alcohol and excessive smoking are culprits that need to be avoided right away. These two cause dull skin and countless bacteria. Modify your lifestyle by doing regular exercise and reducing stress. Nothing beats a healthy life pattern when it comes to the best advice on how to get rid of a zit overnight.

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Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism Causing Hair Loss

Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland releases excess hormones. This condition is characterized by excess thyroid hormones circulating the blood. There are several symptoms that are produced by this disease, of which directly cause hair loss. These are some of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism causing hair loss.

Sleeping disorders: this affects the body's ability to recuperate and build cells. During rest, the body switches off other functions that expend energy and direct the rest of the energy to functions, such as cell division which helps recuperate the body's cells. Such cell division will also include cell division of hair follicles. When hair follicles are affected as a result of reduced sleep caused by hyperthyroidism, they begin to lag behind in growth and enter the shedding phase quickly, which then causes baldness.

Hyperthyroidism causes muscle weakness. This can also affect hair growth, as muscle movement during physical exercise helps blood flow to extremities of the body such as the scalp. When the scalp is properly oxygenated as a result of continuous exercise, good hair growth is maintained. However, in the presence of hyperthyroidism, exercise is reduced due to muscle fatigue caused by this condition which in turn will cause reduced hair development and growth.

Hyperthyroidism causes oily skin and acne. Oily skin is associated with the accumulation of bacteria and fungi that can cause skin infections such as acne. Acne can also be caused by the body's response to the excess levels of thyroid hormone. Oily skin promotes the formation of dandruff which is a major promoter of hair loss. In the presence of dandruff, bacterium germinates on hair follicles causing irritation which typically causes one to scratch. The scratching can result in increased damage to hair follicles which will result in hair patches. in the case of acne when the pimples caused by acne disturb and damage hair follicles, further scratching of the skin with hair can be caused by acne which will result in hair loss as well.

Hyperthyroidism can cause increased appetite and weight gain. When the body is over fed it begins to deposit a lot of fat. Fat reduces the rate of blood flow to active tissues. This will reduce the amount of blood flow to the regions of the scalp. When blood flow to this region is reduced it will trigger hair thinning and hair loss.

Hyperthyroidism causes diarrhea and increased bowel movements. This has the effect of reducing the amount of nutrients that are absorbed by the body during digestion. So, hyperthyroidism affects the efficiency of the digestive system. When the digestive system is not functioning well, several nutrients will not be taken from the diet. If some of these nutrients include the essential elements that are needed in hair development and growth, the body may experience some hair loss problems.

Hyperthyroidism can also cause some irregularities in the menstrual period. It may cause increased menstruation such that the body sheds more elements which can cause hair loss. These are some of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism causing hair loss.

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