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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Adult Onset Acne

Acne is one of the most common skin diseases, affecting at least 90 percent to 95 percent of the population at one point in life. While it is most prevalent among teenagers, acne is surprisingly common in adulthood. Some studies indicate that the number one chronic condition of the American female between the ages of 30-40 is indeed acne. What’s surprising is that acne may not start for the first time until women reach their 30’s or 40’.

Understanding ACNE
Acne generally occurs on the face, but is also found on the neck, chest and back. Inflammation in the hair follicles and over-active hormone-sensitive glands within the skin are the usual contributing factors that cause acne. Bacteria are involved in the inflammatory response.
Unfortunately, the inflammatory nature of acne can cause more damage to your skins structures, making the visible manifestations of acne worse over time. Increasing hormone levels, physical or emotional stress can also contribute to acne.

It’s important, as adults, to seek treatment that is customized to your needs. One mistake many adults make is using the same product that their son or daughter uses. Traditional acne products that are used for teenagers with oily skin oftentimes may be too drying and irritating for adults. Excessive drying of the skins surface with harsh topical products may only serve to aggravate acne inflammation.

Instead, patients may be best served talking to their dermatologists to seek out prescriptions to complement topical products. In addition, a few dermatologists can offer in-office procedures such as LED, photodynamic therapy (PDT), laser, topical chemical peels, and Blu-U Light.

Licensed Aestheticians may also help acne issues. Deep cleansing facial treatments, microdermabrasion and chemical peels will help unclog the pores, encourage exfoliation, and smooth skin texture.

One very effective procedure rarely talked about is acne surgery. This process involves either an injection of diluted cortisone to the acne site or drainage of the site but in most cases both options are used to best treat the patient’s acne. The main purpose of this procedure is to minimize scarring potential while allowing the patient to experience an immediate improvement in pain and appearance, usually within 24 hours.

Be sure to avoid all in office procedures if you are currently taking oral isotretinoin (or generic brands as Accutane is currently y off the market), and for at least six months to one year after the course is finished.

A home care regimen can also help. Ask our dermatologists about at-home products that will help stop the inflammation, kill bacteria, and help repair the damaged skin and pores.
Here are some additional steps that can help you successfully manage your acne at home:

1. Eliminate pore-clogging products. This includes certain facial creams, sunscreen and makeup. Look for the term “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic”. Only use oil-free makeup
2. Control oil production without irritating the skin barrier. Your cleanser should be ph-balanced and contain ingredients that do not strip the necessary skin barrier oils.
3. Do not use harsh scrubs or cleanse the skin more than three times a day. These practices can contribute to inflammation and make the condition worse. Use only gentle exfoliants to purge microbes and dirt. Ask our physician or myself about products with beta-hydroxy acid (such as salicylic acid or willow bark extract), retinol, benzoyl peroxide or azelaic acid.
4. Heat, humidity, sweating and stress can worsen acne.

Because every person’s skin and body is unique, it takes time to determine the precise combination of factors that will clear the acne. Remember, successful treatment of acne will require diligently following the recommendations of your dermatologist and skin care professional, along with lifestyle changes you may need to make. For more information please refer to our website: http://www.westgatedermatology.com/

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Dixie Classic With Kids

How to get the most out of the Dixie Classic Fair with your small children:

My husband and I took our two little girls to the Dixie Classic last Saturday. Being a Saturday and only the second day they were open we were prepared for the worst. Much to our surprise the trip could not have been better or gone more smoothly. What follows is a step by step guide on what to do:
1. Get going early. The fair opens at 9:00 am and if your under 5 lovely is anything like my lovelies then they are definitely up and going long before that. Get em’ up , feed them breakfast and then pack a small bag.
2. Inside your bag I recommend taking a few bottles of water (I am not sure if they officially “allow” this but they will let you take a bag in and do not ask to look inside it if you have small children. I like taking my own water not to rip the fair off but because my girls like their water not too cold and they tend to spill I often… I would also take plenty of wipes for all of those sticky goodies you will be getting into and lastly put an extra pair of clothes in for your sweet and always very neat (right??) little one. You don’t need any food since the folks at the fair definitely have you covered in that area.
3. I strongly encourage you to take a stroller even if you don’t usually use one. There is a lot of walking and if you don’t you may wind up doing a lot of carrying.
4. Make sure you have cash. We spent about $100 for our family of 4. The older your kids are the more you will spend so go to an ATM before you get there since while they do have ATM’s in there it may not be for your bank and I hate paying those fees.
5. We got there between 9:30 and 10:00 and got a very front spot at the West gate entrance which is where we always go in. I say the earlier the better! FYI kids under 5 get in for free!
6. As soon as you enter go to see the sheep and swine that are right there. Some of them will be sleeping and they are so cute not to mention that you will probably be the only ones in there besides their care takers!
7. Next, buy tickets for the rides. This is expensive since it costs $1.00 for each ticket and the average cost is three/ride. I would buy about 24 tickets/child seriously.
8. Now start riding. I would ride a couple of rides now since the lines are non-existant. This is the time when the fact that your darling ate breakfast will really be key.
9. After a couple of rides go and get a snack. We got a fried Snickers and all shared bites since the girls don’t really eat that much all at once. Make sure everyone has had a drink.
10. Go see more stuff. I would go walk around and see more animals since it is still not really crowded. I would also ride more rides.
11. Repeat steps 8-10 eating a little and riding a little since you don’t ever want to get too full to ride but you do want to enjoy the food! We like doing this because it allowed us to do so much more in terms of eating more types of the food since the amounts were small and riding more of the rides since the lines never really did get long.

We left at about 1:00 which was much later than we thought we would. I would say that if you try and get out by about 12:00 you may miss the big crown all together!
I had taken pictures of our day but I had some technical difficulties with uploading them since I used Tyler’s camera but I hope I have described it well enough!

Enjoy yourselves and stay safe!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Workout Tip for The Week

Jillian Michaels's and the “30 Day Shred”

All of my life I have been a believer in the value of physical fitness. Before the birth of my first child I was a regular at the YMCA and spent a whole hour of my time there just doing cardio on the elliptical. On March 10, 2006 all of that changed. The arrival of our first daughter was perfectly timed with the half way point of a very intense two year, full time, masters program in which I was enrolled while also working full time. By June I was realizing that the time I spent in the gym was a thing of the past. We then invested $4000+ in an elliptical EFX and off I went into doing it in my basement. Now I am a lover of the elliptical for many reasons, you can work out when you are hurt because of how kind it is to your joints, it burns the crap out of calories and it targets the areas I need the most. So for the last 3+ years I have been religiously been doing my EFX four times a week (no, I don’t do it for an hour anymore).

Several months ago after dropping my daughter off to Montessori School I noticed a woman dropping her child off also who I knew had a 6 month old baby who had not only lost her baby weight but she looked amazing! I turned my head to look at her and then when I realized what I was doing I asked her what the heck she does to look so good. Well, that question changed my workout regimen and I don’t know her name but if you are reading please post a comment. She began with “well, I got this DVD” and I immediately tuned her out because since my husband has been doing P90X I am all too familiar with videos and the fact that 45 minutes is short for one of those. I cannot do anything that takes more than 31 minutes. I have a 3 year old and a 22 month old. There is no way that I am willing to spend 1 hour + working out at this point in my life. So when she got to the end of her speech about the DVD that I was only half listening to I asked “so how long does this workout take?” You will never believe me. The answer was 20 minutes!!!!! Who does not have 20 minutes a day to dedicate to your physical fitness? So she said that she got it at Target and it was only $15 dollars so off I went to buy it that day. I can do anything for 20 minutes…right??

Do you know who Jillian Michaels is? She is one of the trainers on The Biggest Loser. I must admit to being sucked into this show more than just a couple of times. So when I heard the name I kind of knew that she was no nonsense. Well, you have no idea. The first time I did the “30 Day Shred” I was hooked! All you need to get started is a couple of hand weights and either a mat or a carpeted surface. It was the best workout I had done in years! Maybe ever. What a great use of your time working out. She works “big muscles with small muscles for maximum calorie burn and maximum results.” I did not think this would be able to take the place of the rigorous cardio routine I was used to doing. Boy was I wrong! I was sore for a week when I first started doing it. I am in pretty OK shape and after the first five minutes of level one on the first day I wanted to turn the DVD off. I am not kidding. Jillian kicks your BUTT!! I saw results after the first day! I have now been doing this video and the various levels for long enough to be able to tell you it works! Go buy it at Target for $15. You will thank me.