Bye to Body Acne


Spring has sprung, it’s time to reveal more skin! But for some this might make them anxious if they suffer from back or chest acne. Did you know that 85% of all people have acne at some point in their lives, most often on the face, chest, and back? It affects men, teens and women.

Three simple hints to keep body acne under control!

1. No blocking. We have the most amount of sebaceous gland in the face, neck, shoulders, back and upper arms, so if these follicles are blocked due to oil, dead cells, waxy hair or occlusive body products, even SPF, breakouts sometimes will result.

Bye-bye acne tip: Screen shower and body products for ingredients that block pores like artificial fragrance, color, pure lanolins, and petroleum derivatives. Ditch the dewberry shower gel and use a soap-and fragrance-free anti-bacterial cleanser with ingredients like Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree and Citrus extracts.

2. No strippingDo not use mentholated and alcohol astringents, the cooling sensation on the skin does not mean the skin is clean. In most cases, these astringents have an SD Alcohol base that strips the skin of lipids and causes the skin to actually produce MORE oil to only worsen the condition.

Bye-bye acne tip: Use portable purifying skin wipes with ingredients like Balm Mint, Witch Hazel and Salicylic Acid.

3. Keep it clean. Think about what in your daily life could be contributing to breakouts such as washday frequency, detergent products and clothing. Sweat, dead cells and oil are all yummy bacteria food. Synthetic fibers will further trap sweat and dead cells.

Bye-bye acne tip: Change pillowcases at least every other day and sheets twice a week. Wear organic cotton clothing next to the skin and especially avoid moisture wicking gym gear. Ditch the fabric conditioners as these coat the fibers and this in turn coats the skin.

Book a back treatment, chest treatment, or facial and talk to your esthetician about how you can maintain acne free, healthy skin.


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Suprise! You May Have Cancer On Your Ears!

Basal cell carcinomas are the most common form of skin cancer. Usually this form of skin cancer grows slowly but studies have shown that basal cell cancers that develop on the ear are larger and more aggressive than other head-and-neck cancers and are commonly found on men.

A main contributor to the tumor’s growth is the ear’s shape, which enables tumors to grow into concealed areas of skin long before they are noticeable.  Men also tend to have shorter hair and their ears get a lot of sun exposure.  Often men will wear a baseball cap but their ears are exposed and what man do you know wears sunscreen on their ears?

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I wax a lot of men’s ears for unwanted hair so I have the opportunity to examine them closely.  Some men grow hair on the back of the ear so I check back there looking for stray long hairs.  I also check all the folds for hair.  Most men have the most hair on the outer rim.  From a cancer viewpoint that may not be the worst possible scenario because that hair will protect the skin from the sun.  From a grooming standpoint, hair on the ears is not attractive.

As a man, there are a couple of things you can do to protect yourself from basal cell on your ears: wear sunscreen; if you are getting your hair cut have your ears inspected by the  stylist and ask anyone who comes in contact with your ears to give them an inspection.  It might be on of the best things you’ve ever done!

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Myths About Aging

Look around you.  Advertising touts youth and life is better when you are young!  Well, contrary to the stereotype of later life as a time of loneliness, depression and decline, scientific research show that in many ways, life gets better as we get older.

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Friendships are more meaningful as older adults prioritize what is important to them.  Think back to your 20’s when you had a stable of friends willing to have fun with you.  Now, less friends but they are the type of friends that will stick around through anything, otherwise you would not be friends with them.  Older adults typically report better marriages, more supportive friendships and less conflict with children and the workplace.

Workers 55 or older make up 22% of the US labor force, up from 12% in 1992.  Economics may be driving this but a desire to be productive and contribute is also common.  Older workers bring a plethora of experience; know how to avoid errors and in general are easy to get along with.  They also aren’t entitled and are happy to earn every dollar they make.

Older adults tend to be creative too.  Many artists, poets, and novelists have put forth their best work as older adults.  Experimental artists improve with experience.  Some examples are Mark Twain, Frank Lloyd Wright and Virginian Woolf.  These artists rely on wisdom which can be  the ability to solve problems by seeing different perspectives and,  wisdom increases with age.

Granted, there are those older adults who have health ailments that take a toll on physical and mental health.  Still, those that fall into the stereotype of being depressed, irritable and and cranky make up no more than 10% of the older population.  Sure, things creak and one can’t remember what they had for breakfast yesterday but the important message is to embrace your age and live it without any regrets for the past.


Source:WSJ 12/1/14 Why Everything You Know About Aging Is Probably Wrong
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