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Keratosis Pilaris: Rough and Bumpy Skin - Kat Leverette

Keratosis Pilaris

How-To Manage Keratosis Pilaris

What does KP look like? This annoying skin disorder, called keratosis pilaris (KP), is characterized by thousands of hard, non-inflammatory keratin plugs that cover the hair follicles, making the skin rough and pebbled, in appearance and to the touch. And, it worsens dramatically if picked and scratched. Skin tampering invites secondary [more…]

Acne: Step-by-Step Guide to Staying Clear

Acne Lifestyle Issues You Need to Change Now

Reduce your stress. Do whatever it takes. Stress, a major acne culprit, is caused by the wear and tear of day-to-day living and changes that take place in your life, both good and bad. Moving is comparable to the death of a child in its ability to [more…]

Delete Dark Spots and Discoloration

Brighten Dark Spots, Acne Scars and Uneven Skin Tone

Of all the skin disorders that affect skin of color, hyperpigmentation (dark spots and uneven skin tone) is the chief complaint. Skin problems, medications, medical conditions, and many other factors, including minor “skin insults”, can lead to skin discoloration.

Possible causes include acne, razor bumps, sunburn, [more…]

Are You Practicing Safe Sun?

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Ethnic Skin & Sun Damage

Darker and olive skin, including black skin, is just as vulnerable as lighter skin tones to the “ravages” of sun damage. Sun damage produces many “looks” including chronic sunburn, redness and spider veins, deep wrinkles and fine lines, sagging skin, a rough, leathery skin, hyperpigmentation (uneven skin tone, dark spots [more…]

Raccoon Eyes, Puffy Lids and Bags

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Facial structure can affect skin color in the orbital eye area and create dark circles. Prominent cheekbones and deep-set eyes, with translucent skin covering dark underlying tissue, make the orbital eye area appear darker than the rest of the face. Did a parent, grandparent or other family member also have dark circles? Facial structure and [more…]

Scrub Sense or Nonsense: When Less is More

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When Less is More: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Mechanical Exfoliation

What are the risks and benefits of scrubbing? Too much pressure with any exfoliation method friction or scrubbing action can abrade and darken the skin tone and create microscopic tears if a scrub contains granules with irregular edges (crushed walnut shells or apricot pits

Manual [more…]

Tinea Versicolor: Fungus Among Us

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Tinea Versicolor Fungal Infection

The non-contagious fungal rash of tinea versicolor is a chronic, asymptomatic superficial infection characterized by light scaly, macular patches. These patches range in color from light pink to deep tan to a darker brown. Although the name suggests a variety of colors, the hue of all patches is about the same [more…]

Dry Skin Tips for Acne & Ethnic Skin

Dry Ethnic Skin

Ethnic skin can be oily, acne prone, and either dry or dehydrated at the same time.

This is especially true as the season change. Cold, dry air, wind, low humidity, heaters, air conditioners and hard water can spell disaster for your skin, sinuses and scalp. Interior HVAC, airplane cabin pressure, space heaters, fireplaces, car heaters, [more…]

Acne: Treatment Techniques

Homecare and Lifestyle Changes

A daily system of antibacterial and exfoliating products is needed to treat acne. True control means no physical sign of the disease shows in its active stage. Since acne is a treatable condition with no cure, most adult acne sufferers will be tied to a basic acne-fighting regimen for life, along [more…]