Acne and Endometriosis – What does acne have to do with baby-making?

acne and endometriosis, baby conception infertility and acneIf you have or had severe acne as a teenager, you might find it more difficult to have a baby later in life, at least according to some recent research that has linked severe or ongoing acne and endometriosis.

This latest study confirms what many have known for a while in the dermatology community: acne can be an indicator of underlying hormonal disturbance that affects more than just the skin. Continue reading

What Causes Acne?

Eat to Beat Acne: how a plant-based diet can help heal your skin
Eat to Beat Acne: how a plant-based diet can help heal your skin

There’s not normally a single specific cause of acne, which means that decreasing acne symptoms and clearing the skin can take a considerable amount of time and concerted effort.

Without resolving underlying issues, acne can persist for years, and for many adults this skin condition is not simply a bad memory from their teenage years. Continue reading

Natural Treatments for Hyperpigmentation

flaxseed oil hyperpigmenation natural treatmentSun exposure, other types of skin damage, and hormonal disruption can all result in hyperpigmentation of the skin, i.e. darker patches of skin caused by excess melanin production and/or build-up.

Hyperpigmentary disorders such as melasma, café au lait spot and solar lentigo are typically treated through the use of topical agents that disrupt the activity of tyrosinase, a key enzyme in the production of melanin (melanogenesis), but natural treatments for hyperpigmentation are also gaining attention. Continue reading

Prebiotics and Probiotics Protect Against Childhood Eczema

prebiotics infant preventing eczemaInfant eczema is a common skin condition, affecting around 1 in 5 young children. Eczema is linked to childhood asthma and food allergies and many theories have been proposed to explain the development of atopic eczema.

One of these theories suggests that the microflora in the gastrointestinal system of infants influences immune system activity, thereby triggering or contributing to skin reactions and allergy symptoms. A significant amount of research backs up this theory, including a recent review that adds weight to the idea that prebiotic supplementation of infant formula or breast milk can help in preventing eczema in infants up to 2 years old. Continue reading

Skin Tags and Other Skin Disorders as an Early Sign of Diabetes

skin tags and diabetes keratosis pilarisSkin tags might appear innocuous, and in many cases they are, but what if these dermatological anomalies could act as an early warning sign for a more serious health issue?

In a paper published earlier this year in the Spanish journal Actas Dermo-Sifiliográficas, Gómez and colleagues investigated the association between skin tags and diabetes, asking if acanthosis nigricans, skin tags, keratosis pilaris and even plantar hyperkeratosis could be a useful indicator of underlying metabolic issues in patients as yet undiagnosed with diabetes.
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Are Lots of Orgasms the Secret to Healthy Skin?

orgasms and skin health
A post-orgasm bloom – can you fake it?

A little while ago Lady Gaga suggested that the secret to healthy skin was plenty of orgasms. While this raised chortles from some, others noted that there could be an element of truth in the flamboyant singer’s claim for a link between orgasms and skin health. How can good sex improve your skin? Does the effect last after the first bloom of love is over? And, is the effect the same across genders? Continue reading