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Monday, October 16, 2006

Brain damaging habits

1. NO BREAKFAST.

People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causingbrain degeneration.

2. OVEREATING

It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.

3. SMOKING

It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.

4. HIGH SUGAR CONSUMPTION

Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.

5. AIR POLLUTION

The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted airdecreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.

6. SLEEP DEPRIVATION

Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep willaccelerate the death of brain cells.

7. HEAD COVERED WHILE SLEEPING

Sleeping with the head covered, increases the concentration of carbondioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to braindamaging effects.

8. WORKING YOUR BRAIN DURING ILLNESS

Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease ineffectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain.

9. LACKING OF STIMULATION THOUGHTS

Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.

10. TALKING RARELY

Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Type of acne and treatment

1. Whiteheads

Whiteheads happen when pore completely blocked, trapping sebum(oil), bacteria and dead cells that caused a white bump on the surface. We can see it clearly especialy the time it begging to pop out.

It can be treated by apply retin A, salicylic acid, cleocin-t,sulfur or normal benzoyl peroxide caused it kind of mild acne problem. Else, you can get it clear by oral antibiotics where you can get it from your dermatalogist.


2. Blackheads

Blackheads happen when a pore is only partially blocked, allowing some of the trapped sebum (oil), bacteria, and dead skin cells to slowly drain to the surface. The black color is not caused by dirt. Rather, it is a reaction of the skin's own pigment, melanin, reacting with the oxygen in the air. It will take a long time to clear it.

Same as the whiteheads by using retin A, salicylic acid, cleocin-t, sulfur and benzoyl peroxide. Otherwise take oral antibiotics.


3. Papules

Papules are inflamed, red, tender bumps with no head.

Same as white and blackheads.

4. Pustules

A pustule is similar to a whitehead, but is inflamed, and appears as a red circle with a white or yellow center. Pustules are your garden variety zits.

Same as white and blackheads.

5. Nodules

As opposed to the lesions mentioned above, nodular acne consists of acne spots which are much larger, can be quite painful and can sometimes last for months. Nodules are large, hard bumps under the skin's surface. Scarring is common. This is so called severe acne problem.

For severe acne, the dermatalogist will high recommend to take isotretinoin or accutane which derived from Vitamin A. But before you take this medicine your derm will do some blood and pregnancy test to ensure that you are not pregnant and carry any high blood pressure problem. You can't get pregnant during treatment and need to do regular blood test in monthly basis or before subscribe the medicine.


6. Cysts

An acne cyst can appear similar to a nodule, but is pus-filled, and has been described as having a diameter of 5mm or more across. They can be painful. This is also under severe acne problem.

Same as nodular.

In other post I will go details to let you know the risk, pro and con for each treatments.



Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Steps to perfectly clean skin


Cleansing is arguably the most important part of your basic skincare routine. Proper cleansing gets rid of old surface skin cells, dirt and dust, grime, make-up and bacteria, and keeps skin pores free of clogs and able to breathe freely.

1. Cleanse twice a day, no more. Unless you have exposed your skin to excessive dust, grime or pollution, twice-a-day cleansing is more than adequate for any skin type. Cleansing too often strips your skin of precious natural oils. Not cleansing regularly, particularly before you retire for the night, may lead to build-up and eruptions.

2. Choose a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. Do not use soap on facial skin: it can be too harsh and drying and damage skin over time. A too-rich cleanser can clog pores, while a too-dry cleanser can irritate the skin. A cleanser for dry skin should contain nourishing herbs and oils. One for oily skin should include herbs that balance oil production and support clarity. Sensitive skin benefits from an ultra-gentle, fragrance-free, non-irritating cleanser.

3. Always cleanse with tepid water. Hot water dries and damages skin over time, and cold water won’t dissolve and take away embedded dirt and grime as well as lukewarm water.

4. If you use sponges or washcloths, make sure they are clean and soft.

5. Rinse with lots of tepid water. Don’t forget to rinse off cleanser from the neck and hairline. Cleanser residue can clog pores and attract dirt.

6. Gently blot off excess water with a soft towel. Do not scrub dry or drag towel along skin.

7. Follow immediately with a water-based toner and a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type to seal in surface moisture and offer nourishment when skin is receptive.

Pores for thought

The best way to manage your pores effectively is a regular, thorough cleansing routine to minimize the build-up of sebum and surface dirt.

Pores are essentially openings in the skin, and there are two types: sweat glands and follicles, which secrete oil. Pores become clogged when oil, grime, makeup or pollutants accumulate as hardened plugs and these plugs form blackheads.

Clogged pores occur most often around the nose, which has more oil glands per square inch than any other area on your face or body. When the duct is blocked, the waxy 'sebum' – that’s the oil – trapped inside becomes infected and produces whiteheads, also called pimples.
Conventional methods of clearing blackheads and whiteheads include squeezing, but this is painful, it often leaves permanent scars, and it may lead to infection when the skin is broken. That means you’re more likely to get acne.

Suction with a vacuum tube is often used in beauty salons, but that can cause broken capillaries and it isn't very effective. The treatment is superficial and may not remove deep-seated plugs completely.