A Skin Care Blog Aiming at Curing Common Skin Problems

Kathy's Blog

Hi, I’m Kathy, and welcome to my skin care blog about common skin conditions and the products and remedies that aim at treating them!  I like to express my views on the industry and help anyone who needs guidance in finding the best products and skin treatments.  I also have a library of information about skin ailments, as well as an entire section that breaks down the best ingredients in skin care products.

As a long time buyer of skin products and a believer in home remedies, I’ve put my experience and expertise to work on this very blog.  Over 40 years of trial and error, testing, and just living life has led me to create a library of information that people can use to figure out “whats wrong” with their skin, and more importantly, find a solution that can act as a short or long term treatment to cure whatever is ailing you.

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Here’s a very affordable product I’m currently using:  Vitamin C Serum by DelfogoRx. You can grab it on Amazon and save big.  It’s a great facial rejuvenation product and if you only have the budget for one product, that’s the one you should be using.

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How Taste Buds Work

Our mouth is an incredibly complex and active part of our body.  There’s a lot going on there, but few of us actually know about much of it.  The infographic above helps to teach us about two major areas of our mouth: taste buds and saliva.
We tend to take taste for granted, but behind the scenes there’s a lot going on to make sure we can appreciate how great that hamburger really is.  The average adult human has about 5,000 taste buds that all work in conjunction to help us taste food.  Each of these taste buds is made up of anywhere between 10 and 50 different sensory cells.  Whenever you eat, those 10 to 50 cells will all contribute information so the taste bud itself can make a decision on what it’s tasting.  After a decision has been reached it’ll send its information to the brain where data from all our taste buds is processed to come to a conclusion on what it is that we’re eating.

The standard taste bud can send information to the brain about 20 times per second, meaning that our tongue as a whole can be sending as many as 100,000 data points about taste every second.  And that’s just for us regular folk.  Supertasters (those of us who have extra taste buds) will be sending/processing even more information!

Major Saliva Functions
At first look, saliva probably seems pretty boring.  It’s this slimy liquid that our mouths produce to help us eat.  It really does so much more though.

One of the most important things our saliva does for us is to help keep tooth decay at bay.  Every time we eat the bacteria inside our mouth produces an acidic substance.  This acid is the primary form of wear on our enamel.  Our saliva will help to neutralize this acid within about 20 minutes of eating food, so even if we have a ton of tasty candy our teeth won’t completely dissolve.  Without this though, our teeth would be continually decaying and we’d be unable to eat most food after only a few weeks.

Another interesting tidbit of info is how many cells one can find in saliva.  As noted above, each mL of saliva can contain up to 500 million different organisms.  And the kicker is that saliva is made up of 99.5% water, so all those cells fit into that last half of a percent. While most of these cells are harmless (and possibly even helpful) bacteria, some of them are human.  This is how we’re able to conduct DNA tests from a saliva swab.

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Check out this infographic on the topic.

mouth facts

Atrophic Scars

atrophic scars
Atrophic scars are related to loss of muscle or fat and the insufficient production of collagen. The appearance is that of a sunken recess and they develop after diseases like acne, chickenpox, staphylococcus, surgery and / or accidents. In most cases they are developed because the original wound did not heal properly.

These scars are of permanent nature if left untreated. To begin with what each person can do, the first thing is to exercise proper skin care. Scar tissue may become sensitive therefore, all skin care products should be mild and gentle cleansers preferably liquid. They should be effective in removing the excess oil and any bacteria without producing skin inflammation.

Bar soaps and other cosmetics that may result to skin dryness should be avoided, and when bathing there should be no hard scrubbing and no rubbing the skin dry. All these will cause irritation to the scar tissue and remove the most essential moisture. Moisturizing products that are designed for sensitive skin should be used as long as they are free of scents, dyes or any other possible allergens.

The best way to treat atrophic scars is laser treatments. Especially facial scars are safely and effectively removed with the application of high energy pulsed or carbon dioxide laser. They are designed to vaporize tissue without any damage to the surrounding skin that is not targeted. They can also be adjusted to remove as much or as little scar tissue as required.

Other options available for medical intervention include subcision, collagen fillers, chemical peels and hyaluronic acid fillers. A cream containing tretinoin or other kind of retinoid may also be prescribed by a physician for the purpose of stimulating collagen production for small and fine scars. Skin camouflaging cosmetics may also be used to improve the appearance.

Especially in the case of acne there may be a significant psychological distress involved in the creation of atrophic scars. Conditions like low self-esteem, anxiety, depression may be present and therefore, along with treating acne, medical intervention is imperative to deal with these conditions.

Alternative treatments for atrophic scars include aloe vera gel, honey, onion extracts and lemon juice. It is strongly recommended that none of these procedures are followed without prior consultation with the attending physician. Similarly make-shift solutions and homemade remedies are to be avoided.

Atrophic scars may be easier to remove and get rid of than the other kinds, but they still require two key elements. Patience and persistence. It will take some time for the skin to return to its original state and it will require obedience to the doctor’s orders and compliance to his advice and guidance. It is a stressful situation but there is no need to lose your head and go for solutions that may actually worsen the situation.

The Importance of Retinol in Anti Aging Products

There are many ingredients in wrinkle creams nowadays that claim to have all kinds of miraculous effects on aged skin. The only ingredient which has been scientifically proven to be the most effective and possibly the only one that actually makes a difference is Retinol. Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston swear by it and have used it consistently for many years. This chemical is mostly found in more expensive, high end products and hence is only effective in those or similar formulations. This goes a long way to say that every wrinkle cream does not contain this and the cheaper ones may not contain it at all. If you are looking for reasons to start using Retinol creams for what ails your skin, then keep reading.

Skip A Trip To The Dermatologist

Everyone is busy nowadays and most women (even if they do not work) don’t have time for official dermatologist appointments that actually cost a lot of money to tell you something you already know. Not to mention that prescription medicines for age-related skin issues may actually be more detrimental than you are willing to allow. Since these types of medicines are quick acting and are more result-oriented, they might temporarily fix the problem only for it to come back later and worse. Not to mention commercial store-bought products are not going to work on you if you have been applying these prescription creams and ointments. Simply pick up a nice wrinkle cream from the drugstore and you are good to go.

Don’t Worry About Its Performance In Sunlight

Retinol is a chemical that is specifically designed to do the most good at night. It is included in many night repair serums and creams and you are not really supposed to go out in sunlight with it. In the case of most popular wrinkle day creams nowadays, women often wonder if the sun is undoing all the benefits of the cream. It is best to ditch the hassle and opt for Retinol at night. There is no research to deduce whether this ingredient makes your skin sensitive to the sun but all the pointers indicate that this is not really the case. It has about the same effect as a facial scrub when exposed to the sun.

If No Other Anti-Aging Chemical Has Worked For You

Most women complain that the endless arrays of creams that they buy have literally little or no effect on their deep set wrinkles and laugh lines. While such issues as well as marks and age spots might be difficult to remove, Retinol has certainly had more success doing so than many other products out there. It can be purchase rather cheaply and may even end up costing you less than prescription creams. Now that the anti-aging fad has hit TV and magazines, cheaper versions of the more expensive wrinkle creams are now available. You will feel your pores unclogged and a newer, fresher layer of skin revealed. The action is not abrasive but deep-acting and it definitely works the fastest.