What do our Skin Pores do?

What do our skin pores do? Some people have large pores and search for skin care products to reduce their size. Others have non-visible pores, their skin always looks smooth and soft. Then there are those whose pores, for a multitude of reasons, become blocked, fill with dirt, oil and “sludge”, and are visibly darker or infected.

If you want to truly learn how to care for you skin, you need to start with your pores. What exactly are they and what do they do?

There are 2 kinds of pores, or tiny openings in matrix fashion, all over the skin of your body. The first is a sweat gland, which makes sweat, allowing you to regulate your body’s temperature and attract the opposite sex. The second is an oil gland, which produces oil to naturally maintain your skin’s surface protective barrier and keep it soft.

Your pores also absorb the ingredients of your skin care products, or not – if your pores are blocked with old skin, oil and dirt. A good foundational understanding of the anatomy and function of the magnificent skin pore will hopefully help us care for our skin more intentionally.

On the PersonalCareTruth.com website, I came along a wonderful post written by Amanda Foxon-Hill titled “What are pores?” Just click on the <- this title and jump over to her excellent description of pores, a wonderful graphic of the anatomy, and discussion of their functions. Thank you Amanda for such a great post! I really enjoyed it and am sharing it with my readers today.

Health and Beauty Benefits of Raw Honey

I’ve been reading here and there about the health and beauty benefits of raw honey. In particular of interest to me have been the antimicrobial and healing properties raw honey provides.

http://honeyfanatic.com/1341/but-i-really-dont-like-honey/

If you’re interested in the culinary attributes of honey, Bev, from her blog “Honey Fanatic” shares the many flavorful and palate enhancing nuances of honey. I never knew there was so much to know about honey!

For personal care uses of raw honey, the site  Personal Care Truth  shares why honey lasts forever, and how to use it to enhance your beauty. Great article written by one of their cosmetic chemists, Lise M. Andersen.

If you try a honey masque, let me know how you liked it!

Melanoma – Quickly Learn Your Risk

Melanoma is serious, which is why any way to find out if we could be at a higher risk for it is a good thing.

http://www.lookfordiagnosis.com/mesh_info.php?term=Nevus&lang=1

A mole (nevus)

“Researchers at King’s College London have investigated a new method that could be used by General Practitioners to quickly determine the number of moles on the entire body by counting the number found on a smaller ‘proxy’ body area, such as an arm.”

The number of moles on a particular area of the arm can be used to pretty accurately determine the risk for developing melanoma. In the absence of suspicious moles, this is a very simple way to send a warning to go see a dermatologist on a regular basis so he/she gets to know your moles, has a diagram of their location on your body and description of them documented. Over time, if they change or new ones form, your doctor will have a clearer idea of how to care for them and when to biopsy or remove.

“Scientists found that the count of moles on the right arm was most predictive of the total number on the whole body. Females with more than seven moles on their right arm had nine times the risk of having more than 50 on the whole body and those with more than 11 on their right arm were more likely to have over 100 on their body in total, meaning they were at a higher risk of developing a melanoma.”

I will be counting mine and letting my Dermatologist in on this new research finding, as well.

Start counting yours, too!

“Scientists also found that the area above the right elbow was particularly predictive of the total body count of moles. The legs were also strongly associated with the total count as well as the back area in males.”

Read more about this research at Science Daily

…where they describe a mole as being a nevus (- usually dark brown and basically flat).

 

Bone Broth – Tried it yet?

Bone broth is gaining popularity among those seeking healthy living, wellness and disease prevention. I began to seriously think about trying some when someone asked me what I thought about it for aiding healing of Crohn’s and Celiac’s diseases.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone_broth

Pot of Bone Broth Simmering on the Stove

Dr. David Samadi recently posted about bone broth:

“Bone broth is made by boiling animal bones, herbs, and vegetables into a flavorful, bone-marrow filled pot. Experts believe bone broth helps with digestion, joint pain, memory, and dull skin. “

In his post about Bone Broth Cocktails, he discusses the many benefits from drinking this magical broth, which includes an excellent source of minerals, healing the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract, decreasing inflammation throughout the body, and boosting the amount of collagen and elastin available to our joints, skin and nails.

My Whole Foods Market has started selling it by the cupful, in chicken, turkey and beef varieties. Today, I waited and waited for it to be readied for serving until I could wait no more as my frozen items in my shopping cart were melting. I am intent on trying it. Not sure about the cocktail unless it is a hot toddy before going to bed. Now that sounds very relaxing, comforting and probably a very good time to drink it, as your body may absorb the nutrients better as you rest though the night.

Have you tried bone broth yet? If so, what are your thoughts, why do you drink it and what health or beauty benefits are you experiencing?

Stress and Your Inflamed Skin

Stress & Your Inflamed Skin

It would certainly seem true that when you’re stressed, your skin shows it by the development of a large pimple in a most undesirable location (read Does Stress Cause Acne?), a new patch of eczema springing up, and the flaring up of your rosacea, right?

Scientific research has yet to confirm – until now. [Read more…]

You (almost) Can’t Have Enough Vitamin D

You (Almost) Can't Have Enough Vitamin D

Good news coming from researchers at the Mayo Clinic this week on Vitamin D and the potential for toxicity we’ve all been worried about. As information correlating sun exposure and skin cancer has been widely disseminated, and the use of sunscreens with SPF of 30 to 50 and more are increasingly used, Vitamin D levels have been seen to decline. The easy fix is to take Vitamin D supplements, but the fear of how much is too much has gnawed on my conscience. [Read more…]

Personal Tissue Regeneration Options are Coming Soon!

Personal Tissue Regeneration Options Coming Soon.

Recent findings in the field of tissue regeneration research may be life changing for many. Those  with damaged tissues such as diabetic foot ulcers, burns, loss elasticity in tissues providing structural support of internal organs, or even loss of organ tissue, have hope for regenerative options from manipulating their own tissue cells. [Read more…]

Why Night Skin Cleansing is a Must

Why is night cleansing a must?

It’s late, your exhausted, and just want to jump into bed and fall asleep. “I’ll wash my face in the morning and put on fresh makeup then,” you say to yourself. You think it’s not a big deal, probably because you don’t see the results of your inaction immediately. In reality, it IS a big deal. Over time not washing the day’s “soil” from your face will lead to all kinds of not so pretty results!

In the pictures below you can see how beautiful and healthy a clean, open pore is on the surface and underneath your skin. You can see the blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to your skin to give it a vibrant, healthy glow. [Read more…]

Sometimes, You Must Ask for a Biopsy.

Do you know when to ask for a biopsy?

Several years ago I went to my Dermatology office to seek an opinion on a red spot / bump that was slowly growing on my right shin. It didn’t look like a mole, or anything else I could find within the medical sites on the internet – Mayo Clinic, and the like. (I do check my skin for anything unusual every month or so, using a method I’ve shared in a previous post Are You Regularly Checking Your Skin for Skin Cancer?.)

Wanting to get in as soon as possible, I was told my Dermatologist was booked for at least a month, but they did have an opening right away with one of the Dermatology Physician”s Assistant (PA) who does skin cancer screenings routinely. Feeling a sense of urgency, I booked with the PA. [Read more…]

Skin Fat Cells Protect Us from Infections

That little bit of pudge, your “baby face,” or having pinch-able cheeks may keep your skin healthier, it seems. Researchers have found that “fat cells below the skin help protect us from bacteria.” In the January 2nd, 2015 issue of Science, the results of a study conducted by scientists at UC San Diego School of Medicine was published showing immune factors within the fat cells beneath our skin.

http://www.seabuckthorn.com/sbtskinhealth.htm

Human Skin Cross Section

The usual immune response comes from our body’s ability to produce white blood cells containing a host factors that scavenge and fight bacteria and other germs. This research has shown our fat cells also have germ fighting capabilities. [Read more…]

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurveda practice that has not been thoroughly researched by the current scientific community, but has those with gum issues very interested in this practice.

The very simple process of Oil Pulling explained:

  1. Purchase virgin, organic coconut or sesame oil.
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    Coconut Oil
  2. Perform first thing in the morning, before you put food or liquid into your mouth.
  3. Place 1 teaspoon of oil into your mouth, swish around and “pull” through your teeth.
  4. Do this for 10 – 20 minutes.
  5. DO NOT SWALLOW the OIL, as it is said to be full of toxins drawn out of your tissues which could make you sick if swallowed.
  6. Spit out the oil within the time frame given when the oil is thin and white.
  7. Rinse with salt water or warm water.
  8. Repeat  anywhere from once a day / several times a week, to twice a day / every day.

[Read more…]

Eating Raw Foods for Beautiful Skin

Have you seen before and after photos of someone who has increased their water intake to 4 liters a day? She does look much more hydrated and her skin does show a more youthful appearance I must admit. When I saw the photos I wondered what the difference is to our skin when we switch to more raw foods to consume the highest levels of natural vitamins and minerals. Would it show a difference like the water did? Why not give it a try.

So I did, and still do. I also decided to go as sugar free as possible, too. Food is much tastier I will say, and I crave fruits and veggies now. When I do eat my old favorite-must-have-every-day chocolate, or a sweet, it gives me a headache. Even gluten free treats. Sigh. So no more of those.

Here’s a typical day for me – [Read more…]

A New “Soak and Seal” Treatment for Eczema

Eczema is such an irritating and stressful skin condition. It can be so painful and leave young and old open to infection and cause great emotional stress. When I read about a new treatment for this condition, I wanted to share with you. It is maybe not so much new as it is different and does require a good deal of effort and discipline, requiring strict adherence to a specific protocol for several weeks to give it the best chance of success.

Eczema

From National Jewish Health in Denver comes research with promising results for children with Eczema, also called Atopic Dermatitis: [Read more…]

Is it Acne or Yeast Infection?

Chest and back acne can be difficult to control, particularly if there is a concurrent infection that mimics acne. The yeast, Pityrosporum, creates a folliculitis when commonly used acne treatments set up the skin for its growth. Although it looks a lot like acne, there are a few things to note that will lead you to suspicion it is something else.

  • Itching (also known as pruritis)
  • Comes about after prolonged oral / topical antibiotics to treat acne
  • Worsens with antibiotic usage, heat, humidity, stress
  • Does not respond to typical acne treatments (acid peels, acne washes, topical retinoids)

[Read more…]

What do I do for a Burn?

What do you do when you, or someone you love, burns themselves? Whether it’s a curling iron, something hot from the stove, BBQ or you spill your coffee or hot tea, you should know what to do right away and the days of healing ahead.

Hot, Hot Coffee!

Here are some tips from the Woodbury Medical Group on how to handle a burn:

When to seek medical care?

  • The palm of the hand represents about one percent of the body surface area. If a burn (or any combination of multiple burns) is larger than one percent, seek medical care right away.
  • If the skin blisters then it is more than a first degree burn and you should go to an urgent care or see a medical professional immediately. A cool wet towel or ice pack (with a towel in-between the burn and ice) may provide some relief, but the burn victim should still see a health professional.
  • Do NOT rip off clothing that is stuck to the burned skin site. Leave it in place and seek medical care.

[Read more…]

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