7 Important Skin Tips from Dermatologists


Dermatologists are doctors who have specialized in dermatology in completing their medical degree. In fact, there are far too many doctors advertising themselves as dermatologists out there. Hence, you need to be somewhat cautious when selecting a dermatologist for your skin problems. If in doubt at any time, you must ask for their specialization certificate. This is how you can identify a professional dermatologist.

Facials Are Not For Everyone

Facials are not suited for everyone out there. Facials should be avoided by anyone with a tendency for acne, rosacea and breakouts. A recent study shows that more than 80% of these people may actually aggravate breakouts. This is why you need to go for medical grade facials at your dermatologist’s clinic, and not to the spas located in every nook and corner in town.

Diet Matters

There is so much of negative coverage about sugar in the press at the moment. Sugar can have nasty effects on your skin too. In fact, the diet we intake affect the health of our skin, especially the rate at which it ages.

Stress Is Aging

There is so much of positive coverage about mindfulness in the mainstream media today. In fact, the benefits of meditation for a healthy skin are often overlooked because of this. Our ability to reduce stress, and avoid raised cortisol levels is one of the main reasons to slow down the skin’s aging process.

Mole Management

As a dermatologist, I stress the importance of conducting mole checks with your dermatologist. Visit your dermatologist at least once a year for this purpose. Don’t forget to self-examine your skin at least once a month from top to bottom.

Tailor To Your Skin

Many people believe that thick rich creams are the best moisturizing agent for people with sensitive skin. This is not 100% true. It is best to tailor any skincare product to your skin type and condition. Your dermatologist is the best person to advise you in this regard. Make sure you consult a dermatologist with special interests in skincare and aesthetic dermatology.

Patience Is Key

Many sufferers of acne have a tendency to use their acne treatment even if they develop pimples and inflamed spots on the skin. But acne scarring can only be treated once all the acne has fully burnt out. Addressing the problem too early will inflame the acne lesions. The best thing is to visit your dermatologist to get your acne condition treated for good.

Aqueous Irritates

Aqueous cream is only a soap substitute, and not a moisturizer. Most people misguidedly leave-on the cream to treat eczema or sensitivity. This is sometimes encouraged by their GP or pharmacist. Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) is present in this product. It acts like a foam agent, which is a common ingredient in many skincare products.

Forget Face Wipes

Facial wipes are not effective replacements for proper cleaning of the face. Face wipes are OK if there is no other way of cleaning your face at the moment. Face wipes never do the job like water.

5 simple steps to a deeper sleep


Getting enough sleep is a must. As well as leaving you tired, ill-tempered and unable to concentrate, a long-term lack of shuteye can lead to potentially serious health problems, including an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. If you struggle to sleep at night, rest assured you’re not alone. It’s thought that up to a third of people in the UK experience insomnia at some point each year. The good news is, there are simple steps you can take to achieve a deeper and more satisfying sleep. Here are five of the most effective.

1) Create the right environment

First and foremost, make sure you have a suitable sleeping environment. As part of this, you’ll need a comfy bed. Bear in mind that as well as traditional products, it’s now possible to purchase adjustable versions that can provide tailored support to help you achieve the ideal sleeping position. By visiting specialist websites such as www.adjustablebeds.co.uk, you can peruse the plethora of options available. For added comfort, it may be worth choosing a bed that features an in-built massage therapy system, providing welcome relief from aches and pains. Don’t forget to choose a high-quality mattress too.

As well as making sure your bed’s up-to-scratch, think carefully about the rest of the room. Ideally, this space should be dark, quiet and tidy. It may be worth investing in blackout curtains and, if your home tends to get noisy, some earplugs could come in handy.

2) Watch what you eat and drink


Pay attention to what you eat and drink too. Avoid consuming coffee or other caffeinated beverages late in the day and steer clear of too much alcohol. Although booze may help you to nod off more quickly, it tends to result in lighter and more disturbed slumber.

Sugary foods and heavy meals eaten in the evening can have a negative impact on your ability to sleep soundly too. This means it’s a good idea to have your main meal earlier in the day.

3) Stick to a steady sleeping routine


As long as your work and other commitments permit it, make sure you stick to a regular sleeping pattern. This will help you to programme your brain and body clock, making it easier to rest. Avoid the temptation to go to bed much later at the weekends or when you’re off work as this can throw your routine into disarray.

4) Take some time to relax before bed

It’s well worth setting a little time aside to relax and unwind at the end of the day before you try to sleep. Perhaps you’d benefit from sinking into a warm bath, or maybe relaxation exercises like yoga are more your thing. Reading or listening to the radio might also help to calm you down.

5) Leave the laptop and turn off the tablet


There’s no escaping the fact that we live in a digital world now. From shopping and watching videos online to checking social media and responding to work emails, you might feel like you spend much of your day glued to a screen. However, research has suggested that using devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets right up to bedtime can make it harder for people to drift off. So, if possible, make your bedroom a screen-free zone.

These steps may not completely rid you of your insomnia, but by following them you stand a better chance of getting a good night’s rest.

Facts about Arthritis

Arthritis is probably the most common joint illness affecting us. Just take a closer look around, and you’ll probably see someone walking like suffering from some pain, or even some of your relatives will have to endure the disease. There are very many factors that influence the appearance of illness, including diet habits, the environment and work-related factors, the lack of physical exercises, stress and many more. Unfortunately, the number of arthritis patients are unlikely to decrease, and the best thing we can all do is to try and prevent it from happening. Including in our diet nutrients and minerals that will help us have better bones and joints, unrolling constant physical exercise the strengthen our joint and eliminating unhealthy habits like smoking and sedentary behavior.

Scientific studies show that arthritis is not necessarily a disease of the modern century. Archeological findings and the study of the bones of ancient animals and primitive people showed that they also suffered from articular illnesses. If you have a dog companion that is heading towards a more advanced age, it is very likely that his joints will also develop arthritis. So it seems like the disease prefers any joints and bones, regardless of specie and period. But, unlike those unfortunate ancient people, we know about arthritis, its causes and how we can prevent and treat it.

Statistics also show that women are more prone to develop this disease. First, because women have a lower bone density than the density found in the bones of men. Thus, women are more prone to bone fractures. And secondly, because at older age menopause gets installed, being a primary reason for weakening the bone structures. Why? Because menopause will eat up the bone density, making the bones frailer and prone to illness. Thus, women can take calcium supplements starting at an early age, have a good physical exercise schedule and be more careful about what they eat. By doing so, they will develop stronger bones to cope with the inevitable menopause and increased arthritis risks.

Also, over time, certain remedies and pain relieving methods were used to help an arthritis sufferer to deal with the pains caused by the disease. It is well-known the fact that arthritis can make people predict the weather. It is because affected joints are more sensitive to the increase in the air humidity and atmospheric pressure, which is often related to rain occurrence. Certain geographical location can also have an influence over the way arthritis manifest. Living in environments with a more humid air can make the symptoms harder to bear. Traditional pain relieving methods, like taking a warm bath or using warm bandeaus were used to relieve pain in the joints.  Also, a number of herbs, prepared as teas, can also help reduce the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. Ginger, green tea, aloe vera, eucalyptus, they are known to help out when you feel you are endangered to be affected by this unforgiving disease.

Don’t ignore your diet also. Certain foods contain vitamins and minerals that can keep your body away from the disease. For instance, the omega-3 fatty acids are great when it comes to reducing any inflammation. You can get it by consuming any fish, sunflower, flax seeds and corn. Broccoli and its cousins the cauliflower, cabbage and Brussel sprouts are also great for prevention. Calcium and especially Vitamin D are essential for healthy bones. So eat cheese, of any type, and consume milk and yogurt.

If you want to know more about arthritis, Bathing Solutions have created an infographic showing 10 interesting and surprising facts about arthritis.


6 ways to incorporate exercise into a busy schedule


We all have busy schedules to contend with, but you’re determined to squeeze in your gym time one way or another.

Whilst it can be easy to skip it (maybe the prospect of a night in front of the telly is more appealing), this is a slippery slope you’re not to head down! One missed gym sesh could lead to the second, third, fourth then before you know it, sixtieth. Your membership is wasted and you’re careering towards Christmas (and that massive turkey) headfirst without a buffer.

It isn’t all doom and gloom. You can adapt your workout to a busier schedule AND keep it, quite easily actually. You just need the knowhow. And here it is:

Get organised

Firstly, make a timetable of your week and all the available time you can exercise AND still have that relaxed downtime. You don’t want to be completely focused on work and exercise without treating yourself to some well-deserved downtime. Writing this down will make everything clearer too.

In terms of a timeframe, this doesn’t need to be a full hour either. Half an hour and even twenty minutes is a decent amount of time to get yourself moving but what are the ways in which you can optimise this time?

Get yourself a personal trainer who will know your objectives and timeframe from the off, and will most importantly, know exactly how to make the most from your restrictive schedule. The experts at Live Fit create regimes based on the individual, and will be able to give you tips on exercising whether it’s on the commute or sat at your desk.


Get suited

Investing in your exercise regime will help you to commit longer, and will look like you mean business too!

Structural clothing will help but it is extremely important to wear the correct trainers. There are specific trainers for pretty much every sport and fitness, but you can get those that cover a bit of everything too. For general workouts and running purposes, you’re looking for an extremely stable trainer especially if you have low to normal arches for great support and cushioning. Lightweight and slightly narrower to shape your feet perfectly and can adjust for complete motion control.

Tips and Tricks

The Commute

This is an optimum time to exercise, to and from.

If you’re in the big city, there’s nothing worse than the commute. Using it as an opportunity to escape and exercise and you’ll find you will start looking forward to an aspect of your day you usually dread so much.

Depending on your journey, a number of options might be viable:

Running – can be done pretty much everywhere. Stick in your music and you’re away. Just watch out for the roads.

Cycling – can be a dangerous concept in big cities. Many cyclists have a perpetual look of fear on their faces, and for a good reason. However, you just need to keep your wits about you at all times and you’ll find it’s not all bad at all. Also, what about using our amazing cycle network? Sustrans allows you to navigate through the UK without the hassle of traffic.


The Literal Work Out

Do your exercise whilst at work. From taking the stairs instead of the lift to tensing your abdominal at the desk, you’ll be surprised how much this makes a difference.

Have you also thought about bringing your equipment to the office too? Of course, there’s a limit here (carrying along your exercise bike MIGHT be considered distracting), having some of your small pieces of equipment in the office can really help. For example, your stability can be used to improve posture and work the core abdominal muscles whilst it’s so simple to store a range of dumbbells weights. We all need the odd break in work and your fitness regime could release pent up energy and keep you feeling bright.

Any excuse for a squat

Have you ever been wondering around your house with nothing to do or waiting for some water to boil in a pan? Of course! We all have.

Even this time can be spent exercising, especially in the safety of our own home. Next time you’re waiting for the water to boil, try some squats and lunges to make the most of time. If anything, you’ll make the time quicker and yourself a bit hungrier.

The Movie Marathon Reworked

If you love films and can think of nothing better on a Saturday night than staying in with a new boxsets, use this as a way to get active obviously! Not only are you not being a couch potato, but everyone likes snacks with a film marathon so you’re cutting down on those fatty snacks too.

One way involves moving equipment. If you have an exercise bike or cross trainer, transport into the corner of your living room. Even when the soaps are on, you can do a bit of exercise. As well as cardio, it’s also the core exercises you can do, and even easier too. Push-ups, squats and weights are so easy to do.


What Causes Acne?

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Though acne may not be a serious problem, it can sometimes lead to psychological and mental stress. Many people lose their self esteem because of this problem.

So what causes acne? Acne is caused by hormonal disorder. Excessive secretion of the skin oil glands combine with naturally occurring dead skin cells and block the hair follicles. This oil secretion beneath the blocked pore provides a perfect environment for the skin bacteria Propionibacterium acnes to multiply, and thus the skin inflames producing the visible lesion.

Acne commonly occurs in adolescents and young adults. Almost 85 percent of people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point. Acne tends to go away by the time you reach your thirties, but for some people it may even go up to their forties and fifties.

Causes of Acne:

Several other factors that cause Acne are:

• Hormonal changes during menstrual cycles and puberty.
• Stress, as it causes an increase in output of hormones from the adrenal glands.
• Hyperactive sebaceous glands, secondary to the three hormone sources above.
• Build-up of dead skin cells.
• Bacteria in the pores.
• Skin irritation or scratching of any sort will activate inflammation.
• Use of anabolic steroids.
• Medicines that contain halogens (iodides, chlorides, bromides), lithium, barbiturates, or androgens.
• Sudden exposure to high levels of chlorine compounds, particularly chlorinated dioxins.

Adult acne:

25% of adult men and 50% of adult women get affected by adult acne at some time in their adult lives. It can cause depression and social anxiety the same way it can in a teenager. Adult acne is more common than people may think. The causes of adult acne are unknown; however it is believed to occur because of these reasons:

• Recurrence of acne that cleared up after adolescence
• Flare-up of acne after a period of relative quiet, especially during pregnancy

It is best to consult a dermatologist for the proper treatment. You would have to use Clear Skin Regimen using benzoyl peroxide. Treatment for adult acne is the same as treatment for teen acne.

Body acne:

Body acne is a common problem which occurs mostly on the chest, back and buttocks. Like facial acne, stress and hormones are the cause. Other factors like perspiration and wearing tight fitting clothing also causes body acne. Tight-fitting clothing traps perspiration against the skin and mixes with surface oils, thus clogging the pores and causing blemishes.


The treatment is aimed at healing the existing lesions, stopping new lesions from forming, and preventing scarring. The dermatologist would prescribe several over-the-counter (OTC) medicines depending on the extent of the problem. Some of the medicines would be topical to apply on the skin and others may be oral.

Some of the common OTC topical medicines are:

• Benzoyl peroxide – This helps to destroy acne and also reduces oil production.
• Resorcinol – This helps in breaking down blackheads and whiteheads.
• Salicylic acid – This helps in breaking down blackheads and whiteheads. It also cuts down the shedding of cells lining the hair follicles.
• Sulfur – This helps in breaking down blackheads and whiteheads.

The prescription topical medicines include:

• Antibiotics – They help slow or stop the growth of bacteria and reduce inflammation.
• Vitamin A derivatives – They help in unplugging the existing comedones, thus allowing other topical medicines to enter the follicles.
• Others – Benzoyl peroxide, sodium sulfacetamide/sulfur or Azelaic acid help to reduce oil production or help stop or slow the growth of bacteria and reduce inflammation.

But if you really want to get rid of acne I suggest to take a Laser Acne Treatment. Within a few weeks, you will start to see real and exciting results. As your acne fades, your new skin will look smoother and clearer.

Following this treatment would cure your acne, and the psychological stress and embarrassment caused by this disease will also go away.

If you want to know more about acne you should read the articles from www.sknclinics.co.uk blog pages. 


A Few Simple Tips To Lose Weight


Weight loss is a tough result to obtain regardless of weight or level of physical fitness. There are many different ways to lose weight, some more unhealthy than others, but the ones that work are most times the most complicated to pull off.

Some people may recommend eating less to lose weight, and in some cases eating less is a key component of losing weight, but in most cases, eating is a necessity if one wishes to lower their own weight. Without food and the calories they supply, your body has no energy to burn and in turn will turn your existing muscle into fat. In order to lose weight you must make a commitment, a commitment that must not be broken if you desire results.

Do not misconstrue this for the idea that you can never indulge during your diet, but just be sure that you have set reasonable limits for yourself that you are ready to commit to. If you are on a strict diet, a “cheat” meal here and there will go a long way to keeping you happy.

To be successful in achieving your goal of weight loss: set multiple, smaller, more easily attainable goals for yourself. These will keep you self motivated and more likely to obtaining your overall goal of a happier and healthier life.