May 28th, 2013 • Posted by Shana Irish • Permalink
Let's face it - Nobody likes acne. Fortunately, there are numerous acne treatments out there, from soaps, gels, and lotions to retinoids and antibiotics. However for advanced cases mere medical ointments and over-the-counter drugs cannot cure the problem. If you think you have a particularly severe form of cystic acne that just will not go away, you may want to consider a cortisone shot.
What Is a Cortisone Shot?
So what exactly is a cortisone shot? Essentially, a cortisone shot is a kind of synthetically produced corticosteroid (with diverse options available such as Kenalog, Celestone, etc) that is manufactured to be approximate to the steroid produced naturally in the body's adrenal gland. However, rather than being injected into the blood stream, the cortisone shot is injected directly into the pimples representing the target area. Cortisone works as a powerful anti-inflammatory medication.
What is the Process?
The injection significantly reduces inflammation on any troublesome spot. However, you will first be needed to given the go-ahead by a professional dermatologist. Once approved, the dermatologist can begin the treatment immediately. First, your face will be cleaned to achieve a state of asepsis. Then, they will make a small cut off the top of the pimple and remove the sebum (or puss) inside. With the area now primed, your dermatologist will inject the cortisone shot into the pimple. The entire process should not take more than 20 seconds.
If the pimple is deep cystic nodule, the doctor may recommend numbing the area with a small dosage of anesthesia. The dermatologist will then make a tiny incision and drain the pimple of excess fluids. After which, the doctor will administer the cortisone shot.
Cortisone Shot Advantages
One of the great advantages of the cortisone shot is the relatively quick healing time. Pimples may disappear within a day or two and with results that include no more painful skin blemishes. Other benefits include less scarring and less breakouts.
Cons of Cortisone Shots:
•Expensive to treat
•Must be used sparingly
•Must meet with approval from doctor
Pros of Cortisone Shots:
•Rapid healing time
•Best option when all other options fail
This article was reposted from Healthy Skin Portal
Leave a comment
February 18th, 2013 • Posted by Shana Irish • Permalink
Our pores are essential to our skin's health, providing the oils that keep our skin soft and supple. Many women, however, look at their face in the mirror and feel plagued by enlarged pores. Large pores ccur for many reasons. Some individuals are genetically predisposed, while others simply aren't cleansing properly. There are a variety of measures ranging from over-the-counter exfoliating scrubs to microdermabrasion that can help reduce the appearance of your pores.
Many instances of large pores are caused by improper cleansing. It is important to cleanse the face in the morning and at night with an oil-free cleanser. Using an exfoliator is also a good addition to your skin care regimen, as it will slough off dead skin cells from your face. Be careful not to over-wash, or over-exfoliate. When skin becomes too dry, the body will create more oil, which will clog your pores again. You may need to experiment to find the best regimen for your particular skin.
Enlarged pores can also be caused by sun damage. Sun causes elastin and collagen to break down, reducing the tightness of the skin, and its ability to tighten up around your pores. It is always important to protect the face from sun exposure.
Some of us are simply genetically predisposed, and no amount of washing or UV protection will really help reduce the look of large pores. However, there are plenty of options available when at-home methods aren't effective. Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical exfoliating procedure that rejuvenates skin. A spray of microcrystal particles stimulates collagen production, creating firmer, smoother skin and significantly reducing the appearance of pores. Laser resurfacing uses a laser to stimulate collagen production to tone and tighten facial skin. Other available options include chemical peels and deep pore cleansing treatments. These procedures are performed by dermatologists and other licensed professionals.
If you are looking for a solution to large pores, you can learn more by scheduling a consultation with THE SKIN SPA. An experienced skin care specialist will discuss the best choices for your skin and medical history, as well as potential risks or side effects associated with pore-reducing procedures.
Leave a comment
January 28th, 2013 • Posted by Shana Irish • Permalink
Are you wondering what the rage is about BB creams and how BB creams work? Also known as blemish balms and beauty balms, these creams have recently taken the beauty world (and the United States) by storm. So what is this amazing new product? A blemish balm is a tinted moisturizer with extra benefits. It contains SPF, disguises blemishes, and soothes and moisturizes skin-some versions even contain anti-aging properties! Depending on your needs, BB creams can replace foundation and moisturizer-depending on your skin type, you can wear them completely on their own!
The History of BB Creams
The first version of BB cream was developed in Germany in the 1950s by dermatologist Christine Schrammek, M.D. (who still sells the original version on her website!) for her patients after they had finished treatments such as skin peels and facials. This BB (Blemish Balm) cream was designed to soothe skin while camouflaging redness with its tinted color. 30 years later, BB cream was introduced to the Korean market, then quickly became popular throughout Asia. Korean celebrities became obsessed with the product, attributing it to their flawless skin and calling it a "miracle cream."
How BB Creams Work
Essentially the ultimate all-in-one product, BB Creams offer strong sun protection, prevent pimples, cover imperfections, and contain anti-aging, skin soothing properties. They also prime the skin and prevent shine (tinted moisturizers never took off in Asia because no one wanted to look dewier in the humid climate). But before now, BB cream was only available in one shade, which made it unsuitable for the US market. Some Korean varieties even contained whitening agents! The most popular brands in Korea have been Missha and Dr. Jart+, and BB creams alone even have their own aisle in Asian pharmacies.
New BB Creams
In order for BB cream to hit U.S. shelves, it had to be developed in a slew of different shades, yet still contain all of the beauty benefits. "BB cream is perfect for a busy woman," says New York City and Miami-based dermatologist Fredric Brandt, M.D. (he looks after Madonna's skin!), who is releasing his own version-Dr. Brandt Flexitone BB Cream-this March. "It has broad spectrum protection that's been approved by the FDA, soothes and moisturizes skin, disguises blemishes, and has anti-aging properties. Essentially, it's a moisturizer, anti-aging cream, sunscreen, primer, and foundation all rolled into one." Dr. Brandt's twist on the popular product? A self-adjusting color that works for women of all skin tones!
So is BB cream right for you? If you want coverage that not only brightens, soothes, moisturizers, primes, and provides UV protection and anti-aging properties, then be sure to add BB cream to your beauty arsenal.
Article reposted from www.beautylish.com
Leave a comment