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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Dermatitis-prone Skin Care Tips

In the medical field, the term dermatitis is often used to refer to any inflammation or swelling of the skin and is sometimes used interchangeably with the term “eczema”. This skin condition is usually characterized by unbearable itching. For those afflicted with dermatitis, scratching serves as the main and perhaps the only, source of relief. It is said that the itching only gets much worse as the condition progresses that you cannot help but scratch the affected areas even more.

However, scratching only tends to worsen the condition. While it may bring temporary relief, it may also irritate your skin and lead to the formation of tiny oozing bumps. And it does not end there. As long as you are afflicted with the condition, your skin will continue to itch and you may also continue to resort to scratching. This invariably leads to infection.

To treat this kind of skin problem, you need to know what is causing it. Most of the time however, a person afflicted with dermatitis doesn’t even know what is setting it off! But no matter what might be triggering the condition, there are some general strategies that can bring you the much-needed relief from all the itching. Follow these suggestions to save your skin and your sanity, as well!

1. Cool it down! Cold compresses offer great relief from the itch and actually help in drying up the rash. To make a good compress, fold a handkerchief or a piece of bed linen up to eight layers thick and dip it in cool water or in Burrow’s solution. Put the cloth on the rash for 10-15 minutes every hour. Another great alternative is to use whole milk compresses. It is medically proven that the protein in milk does wonders in relieving the itch.

2. Calamine lotion, anyone? While applying calamine lotion is not very elegant (it shows on the skin!), this time-tested remedy can effectively fend off the itch. For best results, apply it thinly on affected areas 2-3 times a day.

3. Try hydrocortisone cream. Using hydrocortisone cream may be effective in treating allergic dermatitis than in irritant dermatitis.

4. Take an oral antihistamine. While over-the-counter antihistamines may cause some drowsiness, they can definitely provide you some relief from the itching. Just be cautious when you take antihistamines during the day if they make you drowsy.

5. Seek relief with oatmeal. The next time you take a bath, try adding a little oatmeal to your bath water. For best results, use colloidal oatmeal since it dissolves better. Or you can also try adding baking soda (dissolved in 1 cup warm water) to your bath for a more soothing bath experience.

Tips to Determine Your Skin Type

Skin types according the medical point of view are classified into three basic types”You may have a combination of them such as normal to oily, or normal to dry”:
1- Oily Type.
2- Normal Type.
3- Dry Type.
Each of these types has its own products to take care of it.

Let’s break it down. Each skin type is characterized by different things such as texture, oil production, and frequency of breakouts.

People with dry skin do not suffer many breakouts, and rarely ever have blackheads. This is because oil promotes breakouts by closing pores and blackheads are caused by the increase of oil production from the Sebum glands”Glands in the skin that produces an oily material called Sebum”. If your skin is dry, you are not producing very much oil, therefore, you aren’t prone to as many episodes.

If you have a dry skin your skin may have nearly visible pores, and you may feel dry and tight after washing. Most people with dry skin are fair skinned, and often develop facial lines earlier in life. This skin type also burns easily.

People with normal skin occasionally suffer form breakouts, and can have blackheads that appear mostly in the t-zone “this is the area on either side of the nose and on the forehead”. Pores often appear visible in the t-zone, and the skin may feel tight after washing, but will soon become comfortable with oil in t-zone.

The skin coloring is usually fair to medium, and a few lines may appear early on mostly around the eyes. This skin type when exposed to the sun, usually burns, then tans.

Lastly, People with oily skin often suffer from frequent breakouts with blackheads. The pores are often enlarged, and after washing the face may be oily, with the nose and forehead quickly becoming shiny.

The skin coloring is often olive to dark. Facial lines are usually very few to none in occurrence, and oily skin usually stays preserved longer and does not age as quickly as do the other skin types. When exposed to the sun, this skin type rarely burns, but rather tans easily.

Now you are capable of determining your skin type. So, you can easily find products developed specially for you. You will find a number of products on the market dealing with each of these skin types, as well as for combination skin. Once you find your acne regimen of products that work stick to it. You will be on your way to control your acne.

Homemade Face Masks

You can use some natural ingredients found in your kitchen to whip up a face mask that will have your skin looking smooth, glowing and toned in just a few minutes. Ingredients such as eggs, almonds, honey, cucumber, avocados, skimmed milk and fruits and vegetable can be used to make simple face masks that actually work wonders for the skin. It is also important to use ingredients that are best suited to your skin, as some people are allergic to such things as milk, eggs and nuts among other things, so be sure to choose the right ingredient that suits your skin type best.

Some homemade face masks have been known to give excellent results, but some say the secret to getting the best results out of your homemade face mask is relaxation. When you are giving yourself a face mask treatment you should not be doing the dishes or ironing your clothes, you should put up your feet and watch some television or read a good book. This way your face and your whole body will be benefiting from this process. Also in order for face masks to be really effective you should do this procedure once a week, don’t think that you can do it just one time and you will see a great improvement, you have to follow up and in time you will notice a vast improvement in your skin.

The best recommended homemade face masks are those that are gentle on the skin, such as the yogurt and strawberry face masks, the recipe calls for three tablespoons of yogurt and three large strawberries. After you have whipped them together, you simply apply it to your face and put your feet up and relax for about ten minutes, then rinse it off with water. The yogurt is supposed to clean and nourish the skin while the strawberries help exfoliates the dead skin cells.

Home Remedies for Skin Allergies

Guide to skin care :

1) Water – drink two to three litres of water daily to detoxify.

2) Have a rich diet full of vegetables, fruits. Increase the fibre content in your daily diet. Avoid excess refined sugar, sweets as it damages collagen in skin and makes it lose its elasticity.

3) Invigorate your sluggish lifestyle. Come on, get moving!! Go to the gym or just stretch.

4) Restrict intake of alcohol and caffeine.

5) Keep stress at bay.

6) Go for a daily skin care regime- i.e. cleanse, tone and moisturize.

7) Apply a moisturizer to hydrate your skin externally. A homemade moisturizer is a mixture of cucumber, juice and buttermilk.

8) Go for an exfoliation once a fortnight either at a professional salon, or at home. It helps remove dead cells and revitalize the skin through blood circulation. Oatmeal combined with mashed apple is an excellent home scrub

9) Do not forget to apply sunscreen with a SPF of minimum 15 at least 10 minutes before going out of house. If you get a suntan, relieve yourself with a mixture of curd and cucumber juice.

10) Use cosmetics depending on your skin type. Learn about your skin type first and then try commercial products.

Skin care is not as difficult as it looks to be.

Thus, the ABC of a beautiful and radiant skin – balanced diet, hydration, cleansing and protecting it from sun and wind should be a part of your daily skin care regimen.

Some popular herbal remedies for skin care :

Water : Drink a minimum of 8-10 glasses of water daily to detoxify the body. It naturally hydrates the skin and gives that young vibrant look.

Turmeric : This is the basic grandma’s remedy – just apply fresh turmeric paste along with curd and gram flour on to your face. Your complexion clears up within a few days, as turmeric is very good for skin health.

Tea extracts : It is a natural antiseptic and is useful for skin acne.

Neem, tulsi : Drop some neem leaves into your bathtub, and you will feel the difference in your skin within a few days. If you have any external skin rash, infection, just apply a paste of neem or basil leaves to heal up, as they have excellent anti-bacterial properties, clear up pimples and acne; and keep the skin naturally invigorated.

Sandalwood paste : It soothes the skin, cools it and moisturizes it naturally.