Quick Tips For Everyday Living

If you’ve ever had acne, then you’re very familiar with discomfort. The stares from strangers, the eyes dropping from yours to your breakout. It’s not fun. And it leaves many individuals with low self-esteem and shame.

But the fact is that 60-million people in the U.S. have acne—ranging from mild to severe cystic cases. Thankfully, nowadays, there are a variety of treatment options to choose from including laser treatment for acne.

It seems too good to be true, right? Just shine some fancy light on your skin and all your acne troubles disappear. Well, that’s not quite how it works. Here’s the truth about laser treatments for acne.

 

1. Keep Expectations In Check

Acne laser treatment is effective, but will not “cure” your acne. Most patients who undergo this type of therapy see a significant clearing of their acne but it’s rare for this treatment to completely eradicate it. Talk to a dermatologist about combining treatment options to give you the best results.

 

2. Results May Vary

Because each of us is unique and different, the way each of our bodies responds to certain chemicals or substances is different. There’s no way to predict who will and won’t respond favorably to laser treatment.

 

3. A Series Of Treatments Is Usually Required

Some issues can be addressed effectively with a single laser treatment—but acne isn’t one of them. Most studies have shown that it usually takes multiple treatments for acne to respond to the therapy.

 

4. Be Patient

Expanding upon truth #3, regardless of how many treatments you undergo, don’t expect to wake up the next day with a perfectly smooth face. It takes time for your skin to respond to the treatment—usually a couple weeks or so.

 

5. Side Effects ARE Possible

Maybe you’re drawn towards laser treatments because you’ve heard horror stories about the side effects of some of the prescription medications. If that’s the case, I’m sorry to say that lasers carry their own side effects, although mostly minimal and far less serious than some other acne treatments. Swelling, redness, sensitivity to the sun, or burning sensations are the most common. Other uncommon side effects include blisters, pigmentation, and lingering pain. It’s important to follow your dermatologist’s instructions very carefully to avoid this.

 

 

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laser treatmentsThere’s a lot of mystery and ambiguity surrounding laser treatments in the general population. Some hearken it as the miracle cure-all that works via pixie dust and unicorn tears while others have an image in their mind of a doctor shining a red laser pointer onto their faces or into their eyes. Lasers aren’t that complicated once you get down to it. Here are 6 things you need to know before stepping under the laser:

 

1. No, lasers don’t run on pixie dust or unicorn tears

 

Laser is actually an acronym. I’ll bet you didn’t know that (or maybe you did—and if that’s the case great!). It stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Lasers work with focused light. The light converts to heat as it passes through skin which can be harnessed to achieve a multitude of effects and treatments. In the case of laser hair removal, for example, the heat is absorbed by the hair’s dark pigment within the follicle. The heat damages that follicle, which ultimately inhibits hair growth.

 

2. Stay out of the sun before an appointment

 

This is critical for laser hair removal because the treatment cannot be received on tanned or sunburned skin. Yep. Save the summer glow till AFTER your treatment.

 

3. Everyone responds to lasers differently

 

Because we’re all individuals and not just a homogenous mob of genetic clones, different skin will respond to lasers in different ways. Most physicians account for this by conducting a small test patch to gauge how your skin reacts (depending on the type of treatment).

 

4. Results require consistency

 

As is the case with most laser treatments, usually multiple sessions are needed to achieve optimal results. So, if you’re looking for a one and done solution—do yourself a favor (and save some money) by looking elsewhere. Your physician will work with you to determine how many sessions your treatment will require.

 

5. Most treatments aren’t “relaxing”

 

Laser therapy is often accompanied by mild snaps—similar to the snapping of a rubberband against your skin. So, just keep your expectations in check before you saunter in thinking you’re about to get the Platinum Spa package. It will probably be uncomfortable.

 

6. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen

 

After treatment with a laser, your skin will become highly sensitive to the sun and UV rays. Slather on that sunscreen to prevent any harmful skin damage.

 

 

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Bed bugs can be a nasty occurrence in any home. Especially if you come across these critters making a home in yours or your children’s bed, these bugs can leave you tired, itchy and annoyed. Though there are more issues beyond just an interrupted sleep with bed bugs, they can create health issues for people who have allergic reactions, and are generally more detrimental to children who are more susceptible to rashes from bites.

 

Detecting your problem early is the best way to ensure that your space is bed bug free, whilst avoiding the large costs of removing infestations. One of the first warning signs are bites, which can often and easily be mistaken as mosquito bites. A sure sign to tell what the bites are is that bed bug bites come in a cluster of three. If you are suspicious about your bites, then inspect your bed for signs of bugs. Look under the sheets, around the edges of the bed, on the headboard, etc. Look for bugs themselves, or the little brown spots, which are usually left behind if they’ve been around. If you do see signs of bed bugs, or are still unsure whether they are there, it is advised to call a professional. They will exterminate infestations and usually give you recommendations for what you’ll need to do to clear the rest of your home. Things like full home vacuuming and washing sheets and clothes is highly recommended. As a preventative method, this is also a way that you can reduce the risk of bed bugs occurring in the first place. Regularly wash sheets, clean the frame of the bed, vacuums hard to reach areas in all rooms (especially under the bed).

 

If you’d prefer a professional service to check your home, then there are many different companies available for you to use. Pest removal services usually handle bed bug issues. There is also lots of information available online for more lifestyle changes that you can make to prevent these pests from invading your space.

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Every body is different. A well known, well recited truth that we understand more and more in our research into the mind and body. Each and every person is unique, in their genetic make up, their lifestyles, and their personalities. Though we are all aware of our one of a kind nature, we are oftentimes still treated as if we were the same. Especially when it comes to health and wellness advice, we are generally led to believe that there is a right way and a wrong way – which essentially presupposes that what works for one person, works for all. This is apparent in the many conflicting regimes for diets and exercise that are claimed to be the ‘best’ way to get fit, lose weight, be healthy etc.

 

However, in the field of physical health and exercise, growing research indicates the opposite of this. Experts in exercise science have established that not everyone responds to exercise and physical movement the same way. When people do not see the results they expect, or feel as if their path to fitness is stifled, then switching from one exercise regime to another can be the deciding factor in making a real difference in fitness, weight maintenance and health results. This is good news for people who have been feeling disheartened at not seeing results, despite their efforts at being physically active.

 

It is advised to try something different, if you feel that your fitness is not improving. Switching the intensity, length, workout type or how many days you exercise are all ways you can boost results in fitness and healthy weight maintenance. Find what works best for you, as for each and every person, this may be different.

 

Seek out a local chiropractor who can help you build a health plan based on your unique needs.

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When it comes to “rainy day blues,” it’s not just a case of our moods being affected by feeling irritated at the rain, or being joyful on sunny days just because it means you can get out and about – it goes deeper than that. The real influencers here are the changes in weather and sun rising/setting that comes with seasonal changes. Our bodies respond with that sensation of “rainy day blues” on colder, darker days – prevalent in winter and cooler climates and regions of the world.

 

We all have a natural body clock (circadian rhythm) which regulates our sleep/wake cycle, and in turn, this regulates our moods. The winter season can throw off our natural rhythms with the changing times of the sun becoming brighter later in the morning and darker earlier in the evening. Our sleep patterns are adversely interrupted, which is a major factor for how our moods are affected, as our bodies naturally want to adjust to the rhythm of the sun (in its creation of melatonin – the sleep chemical) though oftentimes, with our pace of life, we go about our lives as if nothing has changed. The affect is that we ignore our natural body signs, which affects our sleep, and ultimately, how bright and shiny we wake up.

 

If it’s not available to you in your lifestyle to adjust your sleeping schedule, then there are other ways you can support your body in balancing its circadian rhythms when the seasons change. The more time you spend outdoors – particularly when the sun is rising or setting, the quicker your body’s rhythms will adjust.

 

Also, light therapies are on the rise in modern times. Studies reveal that people who deal with depression during the darker seasons, or regions that don’t see much sun (namely, the U.K), can expose themselves to ‘light boxes,’ which may help to regulate your mood.

 

Generally, your body will balance itself out, after a mild run in with seasonal mood changes. If you do notice that you have longer, recurring instances of low mood, then also look into other treatments, and again, consult your doctor to ensure it is not more than just feeling the winter blues.

 

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