If 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
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.
There might be an obvious link between manicures and skin cancer, but research suggests that getting your nails done regularly could increase your risk of melanoma. What’s behind this link? Are there ways to keep your risk low? Read on to find out.
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
Infant 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
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.
Lymph nodes, sweat glands, melanocytes, pores and all – your skin is a wonderful and magical thing! It seals in moisture, holds everything together, and helps regulate your body temperature within an extremely narrow safe range.
Your skin is also a major player in eliminating unwanted substances, chemicals, and toxins from the body and this is where sweat glands and lymph nodes come in, but what’s the difference between the two and what do they do to keep skin naturally healthy? Continue reading
Recent articles have highlighted the horrible irony of chemicals present in sunscreens that cause the skin to become more sensitive to the sun, leading some to wonder if natural sunscreens are, indeed, better for naturally healthy skin.
Take coconut oil, for example. Is it a safe sunscreen? Could you really sidestep all of the problems inherent in choosing a commercially produced sunblock that isn’t full of parabens, phthalates, bisphenol-A, and retinyl palmitate just by greasing yourself up with some basic kitchen staples? Continue reading
Psoriasis sufferers have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to evidence from recent analyses of patient records. This has led some to consider using statins for psoriasis relief but is there any evidence of benefit? Indeed, do some statins makes psoriasis worse, or even trigger the skin condition? Continue reading