Category Archives for Skin Care

What Causes a Mole?

A mole (or melanocytic nevus) is an abnormal collection of pigment cells present within the skin. These cells are known as melanocytes. Moles are extremely common and are usually brown or black in color. They can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. Most moles appear in early childhood and during the first 20 years of a person’s life. Some moles may not appear until later in life. It is normal to have between 10-40 moles by adulthood. As the years pass, moles usually change slowly,...

Remedy for Dry Skin

Dry skin can be a bothersome condition that may be exacerbated, especially during the dry winter months. There are some underlying skin conditions that will allow dry skin to seem like a constant malady. These conditions include eczema, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. But besides the drying effects of weather and other associated medical conditions, you might be inadvertently inducing dryness of the skin. Some of the common triggers of dry skin include: taking very hot, long baths which will...

Psoriasis Remedies

By definition Psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious autoimmune disease (where the body attacks its own cells) that affects the skin and joints and commonly causes red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. The scaly patches also known as psoriatic plaques result from inflammation and excessive skin production. Skin rapidly accumulates at these sites and takes on a silvery-white appearance. Read more

Wart Remedy

Warts are common benign afflictions, however, as the term benign suggests, warts don’t indicate a serious health problem. They can be painful, and are a nuisance and this is why persons with warts are concerned about having them removed. Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which renders warts a viral infection and makes it contagious. Warts can be removed by professional MDs through a process of either freezing, burning or laser treatment. However, they can also be treated at home...

What Causes Leprosy?

Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, an acid-fast, rod-shaped bacillus. The disease mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract and also the eyes. It may also involve the throat and testicles. Leprosy is also known as Hansen’s disease. Leprosy has existed for centuries and has been regarded as a contagious, mutilating and incurable disease. This disease is common in parts of tropical and subtropical Asia, Africa, Central...

Scar Treatment

Scars are formed as a part of the skin’s healing process. When recovering from cuts, burns or other forms of damage, the skin may undergo changes that lead to scarring. They are far from pleasant and it goes without saying that life will be better off if one does not have to go through concealing them. Fortunately, there are ways to treat scars. Though there is no procedure that can totally make scars go away, common scar treatments can make the consequences of skin damage less unsightly. Scar...

Remedies for Herpes

Herpes is a contagious disease caused by the herpes simplex virus Type 1 and Type 2. The Type 1 virus also causes cold sores on the mouth, face and lips as well as on the genitals. The Type 2 virus, most commonly promotes the formation of sores on the genitals. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease, but it can also be spread from a cold sore on the face if hand washing and other hygienic precautions are neglected. Blisters do not have to be present for a person to spread their virus...

Remedies for Pimples

Pimples plague many adolescents and adults, causing uneven skin coloration, pigmentation, scars and even lowered self-esteem. Pimples are formed when hairs, sebum and skin cells group together and form a plug. This forms the ideal breeding ground for bacteria, and soon after, the area becomes swollen or inflamed, and as the plug disintegrates it forms an unattractive pimple. There are many different types of pimples, and the most common types are: blackheads that appear on the skin’s surface ...