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5 Things You Need To Know About Lichen Simplex Chronicus

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Lichen simplex chronicus, also known as neurodermatitis, is a skin disorder that is caused by excessive scratching. Here are five things you need to know about it. What are the signs of lichen simplex chronicus? If you have lichen simplex chronicus, you will notice that you have raised patches in areas of your skin that you have been scratching. These patches tend to have a rough, scaly texture and will either be red or brown. The patches are also intensely itchy; some people even scratch the patches in their sleep! What causes this disorder? Lichen simplex chronicus is caused by prolonged scratching of the skin. This scratching leads to irritation and inflammation, and eventually, lichen simplex chronicus. Here are a few things that can lead to this excessive scratching: Contact allergies; Bug bites; Eczema; Anxiety. Is it serious? If you continue scratching the patches, you may cut or scrape your skin with your fingernails. This is a problem because bacteria can get inside the broken skin and lead to an infection. Continued scratching may also lead to scarring. Lichen simplex chronicus can also have a major effect on your quality of life. Constant itching can make you feel self-conscious, and if the itching is severe, you may have trouble sleeping. Studies have also suggested that people with this condition become depressed or anxious as a result of their scratching. How do dermatologists treat it? To treat this condition, you’ll need to stop scratching, but since this is difficult, your dermatologist can offer treatments to make it easier. Your dermatologist may give you a prescription for a steroid cream to help calm the irritation in your skin. You may also be told to apply lotion to the itchy areas and then cover them with dressings. The dressings are used to make it impossible for you to scratch the area. You may also be given a prescription for antihistamines. These medications are used to treat allergic reactions, but they may help stop your itching, too. How common is lichen simplex chronicus? The prevalence of this condition among the general population still isn’t known. One study of seniors with itchy skin found that 12% of them had lichen simplex chronicus. More studies need to be done to find out if the prevalence among other age groups is similar. If frequent scratching has left you with dark, very itchy patches on your skin, you may have lichen simplex chronicus and should see a dermatologist like Dermatology Associates right...

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Unwanted Facial Hair? 3 Things You Should Know Before Getting Laser Hair Removal

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Laser hair removal is one of the most popular nonsurgical aesthetic procedures that women clamor after. While this hair removal method can be used anywhere on the body, it is a favorite among women who want to get rid of facial hair. If you have facial hair and are thinking about looking into laser hair removal, you owe it to yourself to learn all you can about the procedure. Following are three things you should know before getting laser hair removal.  Some Are Great Candidates The ideal candidate for laser hair removal has dark hair and light skin. This is due to the fact that the laser targets pigment, the cells that give hair and skin its color. While some people with darker skin can successfully undergo laser hair removal, the results might not be as good as those achieved on a person with the ideal skin and hair types. People who are not good candidates include those with white or very light hair, as the hair does not have enough pigment to target.  Side Effects Are Rare Common, temporary side effects that you should be prepared for include redness, swelling and blisters. Although permanent side effects are rare, they do happen. Permanent side effects include scarring and changes in skin color. You can minimize your risk for side effects by following all instructions carefully.  Laser Hair Removal Requires Upkeep Laser hair removal is recognized by the FDA as a way to achieve permanent hair reduction. It is not recognized as a way to permanently remove all hair. Reduction refers to the treatment’s ability to reduce the number of hairs that regrow after a session. While some women have reported that the treatment reduced growth or thinned out their hair permanently, some have experienced complete regrowth within a few years of treatment. For this reason, you should never expect to have completely smooth skin forever after laser hair therapy. In most cases, it takes several initial treatments – three to eight – followed by periodic touch-up treatments to maintain the results achieved with this hair removal method.  Laser hair removal is a great option for women who want to get rid of unsightly facial hair. If it appeals to you, don’t hesitate to check into it. However, you should know that some people are not good candidates for the procedure. You should also be prepared to follow through with several hair removal treatment...

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Don’t Let Too Much Of A Good Thing Spoil Your Fun

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For some people, the arrival of cold weather means a chance to head off to a warmer climate and enjoy the sun. The lure of a warm sand beach can keep you out in the sun way too long. Your body provides a natural resistance to the effect of the sun’s rays, and lotion can keep you out even longer. But there is a limit to how much sun your skin can take before problems develop. Here is why you must remind yourself that too much exposure to the sun will cut into your fun, and your health. A Healthy Dose of the Sun is a Good Thing Your body needs regular exposure to the sun. The sun increases production of vitamin D, which is used to process calcium into bone and cartilage. It causes the release of substances that help lower your blood pressure. The sun will help you sleep better at night. It also has the effect of improving your mood by fighting off feelings of depression. These benefits can be overshadowed, though, by being out in the sun too long. When Your Natural Defenses Break Down Sunlight is made up of the light that you can see and three forms of invisible ultraviolet light: Ultraviolet A, B and C. Ultraviolet C waves are blocked by the ozone layer around the Earth. The other two waves are what cause problems with your skin. Your skin produces melanin in response to exposure to these UV rays. This material is what causes the darkening of your skin. The purpose of the color is to protect the deeper layers of skin from too much sunlight. Continued exposure to the sun exhausts your body’s ability to produce enough melanin to protect you. This leaves your skin open to damage by the UV rays. Sun screen lotion gives you limited protection to the sun. It gives you some additional time to spend in the sun without damage, but it is easily affected by perspiration, how much is applied and how often. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by relying too much on the lotion to protect you. The Damage the Sun Can Do The sun can damage your skin just as touching a hot surface can leave a burn. Your skin first turns red as the cells in it die. Large patches of dry, dead skin cells then form scar tissue. A skin doctor will need to remove the dead cells to allow healthy cells to grow on the surface. The dead skin is also where cancer cells first develop. Your doctor will examine you for signs of various skin cancers that can appear on the surface of the skin and in the deeper layers. Some of the cancer cells can be removed surgically, but others will require radiation treatment to stop their spread. When the dead cells and dry skin is extensive, skin grafts may be required to replace those areas, leaving permanent scarring. When You Know You’ve Had Enough Red skin is the first sign that your skin is being overwhelmed by UV rays. Lotion won’t help at this point, nor will putting on a light shirt. Ultraviolet A rays can pass through glass and light clothing. Getting out of the sun is the only way to...

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Red Light, Blue Light: Should You Give Light Therapy The Green Light For Treating Your Acne?

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Light therapy is a treatment that is said to be able to help acne sufferers by reducing the amount and severity of breakouts they experience. However, at-home devices can cost hundreds of dollars, and you may not want to open your wallet without proof that these devices and the light therapy technology behind them actually works. This guide will explain what exactly blue and red light therapies are, and whether you can benefit from them or not. What Light Therapy Is Light therapy is a generic term describing using light-emitting diodes in specific wavelengths to medically treat skin conditions. For treating acne, red, blue, or both forms of light therapy are often recommended. What Red Light Does Red light therapy was actually developed by NASA. Red light therapy has been clinically found to speed up the body’s ability to heal. It does this by reducing inflammation and increasing cell turnover, meaning that your skin will produce newer, healthier looking cells more quickly. Red light can be beneficial for people struggling with acne, but not specifically to reduce the number of outbreaks. Instead, red light therapy can help to reduce in the inflammation your skin experiences during a bad breakout, and it can help the skin to heal as a pimple recedes. What Blue Light Does Blue light therapy works by killing bacteria on the skin that can create skin infections and pimples. Propioni¬≠bacterium acnes, a strain of bacteria that can cause acne, is particularly sensitive to blue light. However, acne can also be caused by hormones, genetics, or simply unclean skin and clogged pores. Blue light therapy can help to control and kill bacteria that can cause acne, but if bacteria isn’t the primary cause of your acne, it may not be helpful. One study of at-home blue light therapy devices found that participants experienced a large reduction of whiteheads, blackheads, and papules. While participants also experienced a reduction in pustules, also known as pimples, the reduction was minimal and considered scientifically insignificant. The Bottom Line At the end of the day, a dermatologist can pin down exactly what’s causing your breakouts, and help you to stop it. While blue light and red light can potentially help to reduce the amount of pimples you experience, as well as quicken the healing process, neither therapy is a cure for acne. Rather than spending hundreds of dollars on an at-home light therapy device, try having a consultation with a dermatologist like one from East Carolina Dermatology and Skin Surgery, PLLC first and see what they have to...

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