November 29, 2011

What Are Common Hair Loss Symptoms?

femalehairlossHair loss is a condition in which for many potential reasons, the hair begins to fall out from the head, as well as other parts of the body. Everyone experiences some degree of hair loss through the natural hair growth and loss cycle, but there are some times when an individual experiences a higher level of hair loss. This can occur for a variety of reasons and can occur within both men as well as women.

Here are some of the common symptoms that can be seen with hair loss:

- Hair falling out while washing, brushing or styling the hair. This is often noticeable while rinsing the hair through the washing cycle and can cause the hair to become noticeably thinner.

- Noticing an unusual amount of hair that is on items of clothing, your shoulder or finding multiple strands of hair around the home

- Noticing large amounts of hair that are present on combs and brushes

- Noticing an appearance of thinning hair through the head. This reduction in the thickness of hair can be caused by a variety of factors.

What are some of the common causes of hair loss for men?

Male pattern baldness is one of the most common causes of hair loss in men. Through this condition, which can affect men through the natural course of aging it is important to take preventative measures, as preventative measures are the most effective way to deal with common male pattern baldness.

What are some of the common causes of hair loss for women?

For women, hair loss is often caused by an imbalance or a significant change in the hormone levels within the body. Hair loss is often common through times in a woman’s life when she experiences these hormone imbalances like pregnancy, post partum and through menopause when hormone levels decrease. One of the most common times for hair loss in women is through post-partum between birth and six months. At this time, the hormone levels within the body are returning to normal and combined with the hair cycle, which slows significantly during pregnancy and therefore hair loss is commonly experienced and many women are alarmed.

Once you have determined the causes of hair loss for men and associated the symptoms you can begin to create a plan which will be used to regulate the body and stop the hair loss from occurring. There are multiple treatment options that can be chosen from when it comes to hair loss and choosing between these various treatments can be easy once you have determined the cause of the hair loss.

There are many treatments that have been designed to treat the symptoms that are associated with hair loss including thinning of the hair as well as baldness. Between treatments that are actually applied to the scalp and treatments that are used to stimulate regrowth of the hair there are many options that are available for men, as well as women when it comes to hair loss.

Taking Care of Your Skin While Traveling to Warm Climates

skinSkin care is a very important thing for many people. Fair skinned individuals especially have to take care of themselves when traveling to warm climates in order to protect their skin.

Without properly taking care of their skin, individuals risk:

- Sun burn
- Skin cancer
- Heat or sun rashes.

Taking the risks into account, taking care of your skin while out in the sun is extremely important. It is not worth the risk to be out in the sun for an extended period of time without proper protection with sunscreen. Having a sunscreen of SPF 15 will protect you a little bit, but for people that are very susceptible to sunburn SPF 40 should be used.

Understandably, when most people visit warm places for vacation, we want to be able to enjoy the sun and the warmth and get a tan. One work around to being smart with the care of your skin is to go out into the sun for 15-30 minutes and after the first 15-30 minutes put sunscreen on for the rest of the day.

Wearing a big hat, although goofy will save your head from the warmth and your face and neck from strong UV rays.

What To Do If You Do Get Sunburned ?

Taking care of your skin after you get sunburned is just as important as taking care of it to prevent a sunburn. Sometimes your sunburn wears off, gets washed off, or you forget to put it on and are gone from the hotel for a whole day. The best thing for a sunburn is prevention. If you are unable to prevent a sunburn, aloe is one of the best soothers of your skin. Aloe is a natural product coming from Aloe plants that literally cools and heals your skin on impact.

There are many different forms of aloe that can be used, including gels (extract from the plant), actual aloe plants that you can break off and open up and get the gel from inside which is a completely natural way, or by getting lotions that have aloe in them.

Personally I prefer the aloe gels that you can buy at any major department, pharmacy, or grocery store. They are sticky and make your skin sticky, but aloe gel provides the best soothing relief instantly.

If you have ever been sunburned, you will know that taking a shower can be very painful. Turning the temperature down for your shower will keep you from feeling completely miserable from showering or bathing. After your shower have your aloe ready to be applied (and do not be scarce!).

Taking care of your skin when you are traveling is very important. Prevention is the most important step to taking proper care of your skin in warm weather. Sunscreen and wearing a hat are great steps for keeping your skin safe. If you are exposed to the sun, taking care of it with aloe and further protection from getting a sunburn are your best options.

Healthy Hair – Everybody’s Dream

healthy hairWho does not love a scalp full of healthy, long and black hair? Healthy hair is everybody’s dream. Since the days of Cleopatra, men are just mad with a woman having long hair. Transforming your head with a layer of healthy hair is not actually difficult. You need not go to the costliest salon; you do not even bother to purchase some expensive hair care products. All you need is dedication, some modifications in your lifestyle and lots of endurance power.

In any point of time, almost 75 per cent of our hair is in a state where their growth has reached a plateau phase. This bunch of hair will eventually fall. 10-15 number of hair fall daily from our scalp. This is a normal shedding phenomenon and there is no point to be panicky. But if the rate increases to 50-100 per day, you must have some problem in your body.

The hair has three parts – the bulb, root and the shaft. The bulb is entrenched in the upper layer of the scalp and is responsible for the entire nutrition of a hair. As the nutrition of hair comes from the scalp tissue, you need to keep your scalp in good condition. There are certain foods that help in the growth of the hair. Let us discuss them.

Fresh green leafy vegetables – spinach, broccoli, cabbages, Swiss chard are full of Vitamins, mainly vitamin A and C. Both of them help in production of sebum, the natural conditioner of your hair. They are also rich in Vitamin E. It protects the hair bulb from oxidative reaction. This will remove any free radical present in the hair and gives it longer life span. Vitamin E also promotes blood circulation in the scalp; thus more and more nutrition is available to the hair.

Salmon – this fish is one of the richest sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, the well known antioxidant. Omega-3 fatty acid keeps the hair more time in their plateau phase. This will in turn help in more volume of healthy hair.

Flaxseed oil – this also contain high amount if Omega-3 fatty acids and is an alternative to Salmon for the vegetarian.

Beans – beans are particularly rich in biotin, a vitamin responsible for healthy hair growth. Biotin is also abundant in liver, tomato, lettuce, soybean, carrot, eggs, cucumber, cabbage, milk, strawberry, raspberry and walnuts. All these foods are beneficial for healthy hair.

Apart from foods, you need to take care of some of your daily routine. Most of the shampoos are harsh to your hair as they contain chemical cleanser. It is always better to buy an herbal shampoo that is less apt to damage your hair. You can shampoo your hair thrice in a week, no need to do it daily. While combing your hair, extra care has to be taken that you are not damaging the root of the hair. Most of the hair accessories like pony tail holder and hair clips are notorious for your hair as they can weaken the hair root. Trim your hair regularly. Always cut the damaged tip as you come across.

Maintaining healthy hair is not a job for days or weeks. You need to take care of your beautiful hair in a regular basis.

Things You Should Know About Skin Cancer

Skin cancer describes three malignant condition of the skin – Squamous cell carcinoma, Basal cell carcinoma and Malignant melanoma. The skin consists of two layers – the inner dermis and the outer epidermis. Skin cancer occurs in the epidermal layer. Therefore, all the three variants are clearly visible by naked eye and make it possible for early diagnosis. It is the most common form of all the cancers occur in human body. According to a recent survey, more than one million people get affected by skin cancer in a year. The major cause of skin cancer is exposure to Ultraviolet rays.

People with fair skin develop skin carcinoma earlier than blacks. Continuous exposure to sunlight causes exposure to UV rays. This ray can change the character of the cells present in the epidermis. Having sunburn in early childhood doubles the risk of developing skin cancer. However, sunburn in adulthood does not reduce the risk.  A person residing in high altitudes or deserts possesses greater risk towards development of skin cancer. It is seen that constant handling of some chemicals increases the possibility. Patient having family history of skin cancer has threefold chance of the same.

Exact cause of any cancer is not known. Cancer occurs due to uncontrolled and unregulated multiplication of cells.

Before the development of overt malignancy, changes of the morphology of the epidermal cells occur in quick succession. After continuous exposure to UV ray, dysplastic change occurs in the cells with deposition of keratin materials. This precancerous condition if the skin is called �Actinic keratosis. They are usually less than 1 cm in diameter. They may be red, skin or tan brown colored. They have a rough and sandpaper like consistency. In excess production of keratin, a �Cutaneous horn’ develops. There is no consolidated opinion regarding development of clear cut cancerous lesion from all �Actinic keratosis. But if it occurs, a lesion usually produces �squamous cell cancer’ of the skin.

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. Most common site for this tumor is facial skin. They are slow growing tumors and occasionally metastasize. Persons having Xeroderma pigmentosum (a disease where there is inherited disorder of DNA repair) has absolute chance of developing basal cell carcinoma. There tumors appear as pearly papules, the blood capillaries are usually visible from outside (telangiectasia). Some of the tumors may contain melanin and can mimic melanomas. Advanced condition of basal cell carcinoma generally ulcerates and there is extensive local foray of bones. That is why; basal cell carcinoma was previously called as �Rodent ulcer’.

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer. It usually occurs over the sun-exposed parts of the skin. It can also occur after exposure to industrial carcinogens (tar and various oils), discharging osteomyelitis cases and old burn scars. Patients having lowered immunity also posses high risk for squamous cell carcinoma. DNA sequence of certain viruses (Human Papilloma Virus – I) are accepted as potential precursors of this type of skin cancer.

Treatment of most of the variants of skin cancer is complete, even for the aggressive cancers. The modes of treatment include – 

Surgery – complete excision of the lesion leaving a healthy margin can cure most of the cancers. Surgery followed by skin grafting may be necessary for a large lesion.

Curettages – the area is curetted and electrodessication is done afterwards.

Cryosurgery – extreme low temperature can destroy the cancer cells. It is useful in �Actinic keratosis.

Laser ablation – controlled beam of laser is used to kill the cancer cells.

Radiation therapy – surgically inoperable lesions are being treated with radiation therapy.

Dry Skin: How to Prevent Them Naturally

dry skinDry skin, more scientifically called Xerosis, is a condition when our skin becomes freckled and wrinkled. Our skin needs moisture and oil to remain supple. As we grow older these oil producing glands, also called the sebaceous glands, starts fading out. There are several environmental factors to lose moisture from the skin. During the winter season and in hot dry areas, moisture starts evaporating from our skin. Although dry skin is not a serious condition, it looks odd to have wrinkles in our face and other body parts.

A condition called ichthyosis is a disease where there is extensive dryness of the skin leading to restriction of normal activities. This can be very much devastating psychologically. The skin becomes scaly and extremely rough.

Nutritional deficiency especially less intake of Vitamin A and B-group of vitamins can lead to dry skin condition. Exposure to direct sunlight for a long time, working in dusty and windy environment can also lead to dry skin. During winter season, as the humidity falls, our skin becomes dry. It is also true in a centrally air-conditioned and centrally heated room. Fireplace is again another notorious object to destroy humidity and precipitating dry skin. If you have a habit of having a hot bath for a long time, the upper protective oily coat of your skin becomes washed out. This is a common risk factor for dry skin. Some chemicals, especially some low quality soaps (having less Total Fatty Matter – TFM) are among the common reasons for dry skin. Tanning in a beach for a long time has the risk of exposure to ultraviolet rays. This ray can penetrate through the epidermal layer of the skin and damaging the sebum producing glands.

There are disease conditions like Psoriasis, Xeroderma pigmentosa and Hyperthyroidism which can lead to dry skin. If you have dry skin for a long time, there is chance to develop inflammation and infection of that particular area.

You can beat the formation of dry skin by adopting some lifestyle modifications. If you have a habit to bathe for a long time, cut it short and finish it within 5-10 minutes. It is better to bathe in lukewarm water. Sitting away from the air-conditioner duct, the room heater and from the fireplace will save some moisture. If you are going for a sun tanning, apply a better quality sun-block cream (SPF 20 or higher) to all your exposed body parts. Use good quality soaps and it is better to use natural face wash to clean your face. Avoid using deodorant soap as they are very harsh to your skin. Apply moisturizer or good quality body lotion liberally just after taking a bath. This will help to retain water from the shower. If you use chemical detergents for laundry, use mild detergents and wash your hands just after finishing the task. Use a humidifier if you are staying in a house with central heating system. Limit the use of body deodorants. You must pay attention to the linen you wear. Wardrobes full of cotton and silk fabric will let your skin to breathe and to retain moisture.

Eat plenty of water. Water deprivation is often the main cause of dry skin. And don’t forget to take fresh green leafy vegetables. There are several natural homemade beauty preparations that are extremely helpful for restoration of normal skin.

Eight chemicals you should never use

Listed below are the 8 chemicals on the “most wanted” list — the 8 chemicals we most want to see OFF labels of skin and hair care products. Avoid these harmful, toxic chemicals. It’s time for first class, super healthy products: Premier Skin and Hair Care.

1. Propylene Glycol This is a cheap, synthetic petrochemical used as a emulsifying base in creams and lotions to make the skin look smooth, but ultimately it ages the skin faster. The Material Saftey Data Sheet tells you to avoid skin contact with it because it’s a skin irritant! It can denature the skin’s protein, leading to poor, saggy skin. It can be absorbed through your skin and potentially cause allergic reactions, and liver and kidney damage.

2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) This harsh, caustic detergent is used because it’s cheap and sudses well. It’s used as an engine degreaser and garage floor cleaner but you’ll also find it in shampoo, soap, facial cleanser, etc. Research shows that SLS has a degenerative effect on the cell membranes and denatures protein such as in hair or skin. This can damage skin or hair, leading to aged skin and poor hair. SLS can corrode hair follicles and inhibit hair growth, contributing to hair loss. SLS has the potential to cause cataracts (through skin absorption, even without direct eye contact). SLS can denature the protein of the eyes and delay the healing time of the eyes. From skin contact, SLS can be absorbed into your circulation and concentrate in your organs, such as your heart, liver or brain. This is potentially dangerous since SLS is a mutagen, capable of changing the information in the genetic material of your cell and organs.

3. Fragrance When the word “fragrance,” is listed on a label, it means a synthetic fragrance made in a test tube from any of over 200 synthetic chemicals. These “fragrance” chemicals, which can bioaccumulate in your organs, can cause many symptoms, such as headaches, lung problems, skin irritation, dizziness, memory HTML clipboardimpairment, rash, and more. They are very cheap, toxic imitations of real herbal scents.

4. Mineral Oil This cheap, petroleum-based oil clogs the skin’s pores and enlarges them, leading to poor, saggy skin. It decreases the ability of the skin cells to exchange nutrients and waste products. Those allergic to petroleum products may develop skin irritations.

5. Parabens (Propyl, Methyl, Butyl, or Ethyl) These cheap preservatives are used to inhibit microbial growth in skin care or hair products even though they are known to be highly toxic. They have caused many allergic reactions and skin reactions.

6. Imidazolidinyl and Diazolidinyl Urea These are the most commonly used preservatives after the parabens. They are an established cause of contact dermatitis (American Academy of Dermatology) and release formaldehyde which is toxic.

7. Synthetic Colors Synthetic colors are used in a skin cream or shampoo to make it colorful. Avoid them at all costs, along with hair dyes (with the exception of some henna products). They can cause allergy, skin and nerve problems. Synthetic colors are labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a number and color.

8. Triethanolamine (TEA) Often used in the base of a product and to adjust the pH. TEA causes allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and can be toxic if absorbed into the body over time.