There has been talk of HGH going around, but no one really talks about the specifics.

Usually you hear only the acronym, and some explanation like “It makes you feel and look young!” or “it rejuvenates the skin so it’s smoother and enhances physical beauty!” Nobody seems to know how to explain it exactly.

What is HGH?

HGH stands for Human Growth Hormone. It is produced by the pituitary gland, which is found at the base of our brain. It helps to stimulate the production of cartilage, bone and muscle.

Body composition, fluids and the sugar and fat metabolism are also regulated. There’s a possibility that it can also help with heart function.

What Are Its Uses?

  • Growth Facilitator – as mentioned before, it helps in the growth of bones, and has been used to help stunted children grow taller in Europe. Due to the fear of diseases being transmitted, it was developed synthetically, and has been shown to be highly effective in helping those with unusually short stature to reach their full potential.
  • Osteoporosis Aid – osteoporosis is a disease that often occurs in women. This affects the bone as women grow older. Bone production becomes slower; bone loss exceeds normal levels or both. Because of this, they become brittle, and in the worst case scenarios, you can break a bone from simply hitting a hard object. HGH can effectively stimulate the bone marrow to produce more bone cells thereby preventing this from happening.
  • muscle builderMuscle Builder – muscle mass has always been important to athletes and bodybuilders. Fat is replaced with muscle and when you partner it with exercise and training, you will look even better. Hormone replacement therapy using HGH, used for six months, can make your body mass leaner.
  • Performance Enhancer – wipe the smirk off your face. Performance in this case means your athletic performance, and not something else. This is why athletes use HGH to be better equipped to do battle with the opposition. It can enhance stamina and lower cholesterol, too.
  • Energy Booster – HGH improves your blood flow and circulation, so the nutrients needed by your body get delivered to the places they are needed the most at a faster rate. Your brain gets a lot of help from this, too. You stay sharp, and mentally alert. Your heart, too.
  • Immune System Strengthener – HGH can help you fight off illness and infections faster and more effectively. This is also affected by what was mentioned above. Since blood flow is enhanced, nutrients and vitamins get to where they are needed faster. Think race car mode.

HGH is highly effective, but you still need to check with your physician if it is safe for you.

Expert advice is always needed before you start doing something; make sure you ask all the questions you want. Make sure you are safe and will not suffer from side effects.

Women often take great pains to seek out beauty. Women are wired to look more beautiful and to do whatever they can to keep the beauty they have and enhance it.

They would change their diet, exercise faithfully, alter their lifestyles and use many beauty products to that effect. Other even change their bodies using liposuction or breast augmentation.

One of the great symbols of beauty is white skin. Many women have tried and tested different ways to have lighter skin, and some choose chemical treatments.

While these do show results, they may result in bodily harm in the long run if abused, due to their chemical composition.

What Are These Chemicals?

  • Hydroquinone – if a skin bleaching cream has over 2% hydroquinone, it may cause side effects like itching, or a stinging sensation. Skin may turn red where hydroquinone is applied. If discontinued, the side effects will disappear, but in France, this chemical has been banned due to cancer risks.
  • Peroxide – peroxide products like hydrogen peroxide and benzoyl peroxide when used in conjunction with a product that has hydroquinone might not make you lighter. In fact, they might even stain your skin.
  • Mercury – skin lightening creams with mercury should not be used for long periods because it can cause mercury poisoning. Once it accumulates with the cells of the body can cause liver damage and kidney failure. Worse, it can destroy the brain.
  • Arsenic – another poisonous substance used in skin lightening. This chemical is used in herbicides and pesticides. With constant use, it may cause cancer on the skin, prostate, liver, bladder, lungs and kidney.

What Are Other Side Effects of Skin Bleaching?

  • use umbrellaSun Sensitivity – prolonged use of creams that have hydroquinone and mercury can make the skin hyper sensitive to the sun. Redness, itchiness or a stinging sensation may be felt. At its worst, you might feel like your skin is burning. Don’t go out without an SPF 15 or higher sunblock. Bring an umbrella or use protective clothing. Avoid sun lamps and tanning beds at this time.
  • Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers – it is not recommended to use skin bleaching products at this time, since it can affect the fetus. These chemicals can enter the mother’s bloodstream and cause harm to the child.
  • Acne – if a product’s chemical makeup is not suitable for you, it may cause an acne breakout. It can even have the opposite result, darkening your skin instead of lightening it. This is even more difficult to remove.
  • Stretch Marks – skin lightening products when used for an extended period of time can make the skin thinner. This causes stretch marks to appear. Once they’re there, they will become an even more difficult problem to get rid of.

If you still want to continue with your skin lightening plans, please make sure you see a dermatologist first. They can recommend products that have lower dosages of the chemicals, or give you alternative ways to get the results you want.

February 23rd, 2013

The Different Types of Rosacea

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A lot of people assume that they simply have sensitive skin when they blush often or stay in the sun for too long. However, this may already be one of the first signs and symptoms of rosacea.

Rosacea is a skin disease which appears around the 30s and is chronic – which means it never really goes away. It is treatable, but the symptoms only disappear or are controlled. It is incurable.

You may have flushed or red skin, pimples and small blood vessels may appear on the face. The eyes may be affected too, and they will be reddish or watery. If not treated, your skin might swell (edema) and vision loss may occur.

At the onset, the face may be frequently reddish and this occurs persistently. Blushing and flushing may also occur. The redness usually shows up on the central area of the face due to the blood vessels dilating.

What Are The Different Types Of Rosacea?

  • Vascular RosaceaVascular Rosacea – or erythematotelangiectaticrosacea, is characterized by small blood vessels appearing on the cheeks and nose. This is because the blood vessels swell, and can make the skin sensitive to even small irritations. The most severe cases can cause dandruff and oily skin. This is usually treated with doxycycline in topical or oral medicines.
  • Inflammatory Rosacea – this is also called Papulopustularrosacea and is more visible than vascular rosacea. In the case, an outbreak can occur at one part of the face and then spreads. It usually infects the middle part of the face, i.e. the chine, forehead, nose and cheeks. Metronidazole, doxycycline or azelaic acid in topical medicines are used to treat this.
  • Phymatous Rosacea – this is a more advanced rosacea that occurs when no treatments have been done for both vascular and inflammatory rosacea. Rhinophyma or the bulging nose, can occur because the skin thickens on that part, as well as on the cheeks and forehead. The treatment for this is surgery or laser, in order for the extra skin to be removed.
  • Ocular Rosacea – as the name states, it is the eyes that are affected. They appear red, swollen, or watery. There is a dry or burning feeling, and it’s as if something is stuck in the eye like grit. The eyelids can be affected too; they can become swollen or sore, inflamed and in some cases, scaly. It may seem as if you have conjunctivitis or sore eyes. This is not as common as the others, but it can be potentially disruptive to daily life. If the cornea is damaged, then vision may be affected. Tetracycline is used to treat this.

Even just a single symptom appears, see a dermatologist and have yourself checked. It is better to be careful rather than having to deal with hassle that will follow if you ignore warning signs.

Remember that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” as the cliché goes. It will not be so difficult to treat at the onset.

Usually every time you wake up, and it feels so good to know it’s a brand new day. Most of us will go directly to the bathroom to wash our face and brush our teeth. However, a simple acne breakout that is visible in our face can ruin our entire day.

Many of us have experienced having acne, since they usually happen during adolescence. Some may be luckier than others; they didn’t have it all over there faces -just one or two here and there. Some can even have them after adolescence.

Acne is caused by sebum or oil from the sebaceous glands accumulates under the skin because the follicle (which adds to the trouble because hair grows from there) from which it passes gets blocked.

What Are The Different Kinds of Acne?

  • Whiteheads – these are found beneath the skin and cannot be seen. When dead cells and sebaceous oil mix, this is the result. There is no redness, but a slight bump may be felt.
  • BlackheadsBlackheads – these are similar to whiteheads, but can be seen on the surface of the skin because yes, they are black. This is because once it comes in contact with oxygen, it oxidizes, hence the color change.
  • Papules – these are clearly visible because they are pinkish, but small.
  • Pustules – these are the ones that are reddish with white tops because there is pus inside.
  • Nobules – these are the ones you shouldn’t touch. They can be painful and hard and they are larger compare to other kinds of acne.
  • Cysts – The word simply means it is a sac filled with fluid and/or semi solid particles. These are very large, painful and very visible. They are the culprits for scarring that may occur once you pop a zit.

What Are The Common Acne Treatments?

First and foremost, we have to take care of our skin. It is the largest organ of our body and takes a lot of punishment since it’s the one that’s outside and exposed to the most harm. Use a cleanser with salicylic acid.

Choose a gentle exfoliant which can also remove dead skin cells. This helps unclog pores and prevents bacteria from entering. Salicylic acid as mentioned above is the best way to go, since it can kill germs and peel off the dead skin.

Do not squeeze your acne. This will only damage your skin and may cause scarring. You might also be opening the way for bacteria and cause even more damage.

If that doesn’t help you, visit a dermatologist. There are several treatments that they can give you which can eliminate your acne.

Make sure you are comfortable with the treatment that they tell you and do not hesitate to ask questions. It’s your body and your skin.

Cellulite is commonly found on the buttocks, upper thighs, and abdomen. It is actually due to the weakening of the connective tissues in your skin, especially when you reach your seniority.

When the tissues weaken, the fat cells will likely bulge through the spaces opened due to the weakened tissues. This is the time that a bumpy appearance appears.

There is no doubt that until now, people still doubt the quality of the lotions, creams, and even pills that are claimed to help improve your skin from cellulite.

However, you should not lose hope for there are still effective products that contain natural ingredients that help reduce cellulite, such as spices, herbs, seaweed, and caffeine among others. In order to give you one ideal product to consider, you have Cellutherma.

Here are few of the product’s reviews:

  • Cellutherma Overview

CelluthermaCellutherma is a firming product made exclusively for the treatment of cellulite. It has been developed by SkinCura Labs. SkinCura Labs is a company that produces various products for beautification and high-end skincare treatment.

The product is made in order to fight away the fats causing cellulite. It will improve the affected areas as promised by its manufacturer. Cellutherma is termed as the best solution for women’s common dilemma.

Although it is recommended to just maintain a good diet for cellulite reduction, it is much better to come up with a solution that is faster and efficient at the same time, which is Cellutherma.

  • The Formulation of Cellutherma

The formula of Cellutherma is made of ingredients that have been researched, studied, and evaluated by experts. The ingredients are even backed by the latest skincare technology.

The product contains two guaranteed quality systems, which are Adiposlim and Adipoless. Cellutherma is packed with powerful compounds, such as quinoa seed extract and squalene.

The product is very easy to use. It is in lotion form and you can apply it by simply massaging it on your skin. For most consumers, it is reported that the results from Cellutherma will be seen in just 4 to 6 weeks.

  • The Pros of Cellutherma

Cellutherma provides a complete list of ingredients making up its formula. The science or technology behind the development of the product is well explained in its site as well.

Cellutherma’s formula flushes out excess fluids from your skin. As a result, decrease weight in women is apparent, especially to those that had their menstrual period.

The product is very easy to use and gives a luxurious feeling. The product is easier to apply and is made by a reliable company worldwide.

  • The Cons of Cellutherma

The product is not released in its form of free sample. The retail price of Cellutherma may be found at $69.85, which is not affordable for some.

The above reviews of Cellutherma will certainly give you assurance that using it is not a waste for in one purchase, you can already have two systems working on your skin.

Plus, the ingredients are backed by studies, which make Cellutherma safer.

December 24th, 2012

The Side Effects of HGH

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HGH (or Human Growth Hormone) topic has been making the rounds everywhere. A lot of people say it is really effective medically and you can expect great physical enhancement as a result of use. Not only that, the bones, heart and brain can also benefit from it because it helps speed up blood flow.

You don’t seem to hear about the side effects much, however.

What Are The Short Term Side Effects?

  • Swelling – not really dangerous, just painful. This can be seen in your arms and legs. There are no safe or trusted oral medications for HGH on the market, so it is directly injected into your bloodstream.
  • Joint and Muscle Pain – changes and development in your muscles can occur while using HGH and can be painful. The joints will also hurt quite a bit.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – when the median nerve on the forearm and wrist is compressed due to bone and muscle growth, it becomes painful and decreases the strength of your hand. It curtails movement, too.
  • Hormone Abnormalities – HGH can wreak havoc with your hormones, and be the reason for impotence in men and giving women mestrual problems. If a woman abuses it, her facial muscles and bones would change due to the growth, and make her look “manly.”

It has quite a number of long term side effects as well and below is the list:

  • Pain and Tingling – of course with the accelerated growth, you have to live with muscle and joint pain. Taking medication for it is not going to help out much if you worry about your pancreas.
  • Substance Abuse – despite them not being addictive by themselves, people can psychologically or event emotionally dependent on HGH. It is prevalent among weightlifters.
  • Curvature of the SpineCurvature of the Spine – HGH may help with bone growth but if not careful in usage and if the dosage is abused, it may go haywire. In children, the results in the effects on their height and weight are distinctly positive; but the incidence of curvature of the spine also increased.
  • Diabetes Symptoms – As mentioned before, HGH affects the hormones. Among the hormones affected is insulin, which is necessary for glucose absorption from the blood. The growth hormone also has an important role to play in the regulation of sugar in the body. This means that the metabolism of sugar can be altered by using HGH. Insulin levels within the body may be higher, but the blood sugar does not change. Insulin resistance rises with the use of the growth hormones, which is one of the symptoms of diabetes.

Using HGH can have good effects on the body, but you never know what might happen unless you talk to your endocrinologist first.

If you are not suffering from an illness which requires you to take HGH and you merely think it is a form of beautifying yourself, stop.

Make sure that using the hormone is safe for you; check the suitable dosage. Do not take it without a doctor’s supervision.

Pale skin has always been considered one of symbols of beauty. Many women want to lighten their skin precisely because of this. Take a look at effective home treatments that you can use to lighten your skin without the use of synthetic products.

You don’t need to run to the nearest pharmacy or talk to a dermatologist to lighten your skin.

The best and closest place to go to is your kitchen or the supermarket.

  • Lemon juice – easy to find and one of the oldest, most trusted home remedies for many health problems. Lemons are a treasure trove of cures. Its acidity and vitamin C is natural bleach that also promotes new cell growth. Antioxidants found naturally in lemons can keep the skin looking young. Dip a cotton ball into the freshly-squeezed orange juice and gently apply onto the face. Make sure you wash it off after 10 minutes since it’s very strong. Good for acne, too.
  • milk bathMilk – warm and soothing to drink before sleeping, it can make us relax and is a good source of calcium. On the skin, it is also an effective as the lactic acid in milk helps to whiten the dark patches and exfoliate. Other benefits include moisturizing which helps keep dryness at bay. Milk baths once in a while can not only do all these, but can make you relaxed enough to de-stress.
  • Almond and Honey – no fair crunching them up. Almonds are yummy and healthy when eaten, they also have good effects if applied on the skin so don’t gobble them all! They can moisturize the skin and lighten it at the same time. Add a teaspoon of honey, almond oil, milk powder and lemon juice together and mix. Apply on the face, wait for ten minutes, and wash it off. You will see your skin moisturized, healthy and lightening with continued use. Since it has lemon juice, don’t use too often however.
  • Tomato and Oatmeal – Icky if eaten at the same time, but deliciously helpful when applied on the skin. Tomatoes help to moisturize, while oatmeal helps to exfoliate the skin. Mix both together and apply the paste onto the skin. Wait for twenty minutes then was them off with cold water.

In addition to natural skin lightening methods you also need to have a healthy routine for your skin. Make sure you always apply sunblock with high SPF levels and stay out of direct sunlight.

Make sure you clean your face well and don’t forget to moisturize day and night. Eat healthy food, and pop a vitamin E pill so that skin will retain its lovely, youthful glow.

Exercise will also help, as physical activity lets us sweat off the stress from life. Make sure you get enough sleep as well, since the body needs to rest in order to renew itself.

These natural remedies take time to work, so don’t get impatient. Keep doing them steadily, but don’t abuse, because they might also harm your skin.

November 26th, 2011

What You Need To Know About Rosacea

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When we see someone with pinkish cheeks, we usually think that person is very healthy and active. The pinkish glow of health is one thing. Rosacea pronounced as ro-ZAY-shuh is something else. Let’s take a look at what it really is.

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin disease. It affects the skin on the face, and sometimes the eyes. Occasionally it can also appear on the chest, neck, ears and scalp.

There is redness, pimples, and sometimes it can worsen if not treated. Skin becomes thicker, particularly in the nose area (called rhynophyma), and there is a chance of vision loss if the eyes are affected. It can die down and then flare up again repeatedly.

It usually appears around the age of 30.

What Causes Rosacea?

There is no definite cause for it yet as of now. Doctors say however that it can be triggered by certain foods like shellfish and cayenne pepper, alcohol, emotional stress, and too much sun.

The problem is many people do not see a doctor immediately, and assume that they are simply quite sensitive to heat and blush easily.

There is no cure for rosacea at this time, however with treatment, the symptoms can be reversed or controlled. It is best to see a dermatologist immediately once you suspect that you have rosacea.

What Are The Symptoms?

Just as we are all individuals, the symptoms that may appear can vary from person to person. It may be only a few, but not all that can appear.

  • Redness – redness in the face is the most common sign of rosacea. It may look like sunburn or a blush, but it doesn’t stop.
  • FlushingFlushing – you frequently blush or flush. It may appear and reappear.
  • Pimples – small pinkish red dots or pimples with pus pop out. They look like acne, but there are no blackheads. They may be painful, with a stinging or burning sensation
  • Blood Vessels Appear – small blood vessels may appear on the surface of the skin.

Other Symptoms

  • Stinging or Burning Sensation – it may start with an itch, and you will feel your skin tightening. The sensation of burning or stinging may occur.
  • Dry Skin – the skin particularly on the center of the face may become very dry and rough.
  • Thickening Skin – enlargement and thickening of the skin tissue may develop. Such is the case of the bulb-like nose, called rhynophoma. This affects men more than women.
  • Swelling – edema or swelling may develop on the face.
  • Plaques – red splotches that are raised may appear, but no changes occur in other areas.
  • Irritation of the Eye – the eyes become pinkish or red, and become watery. It can also affect the eyelids. If the cornea is damaged, then you might lose your sight.

If you think you have rosacea, see a dermatologist immediately. Remember that it worsens if not treated, and can potentially disrupt your life. Do not wait until it gets worse before you do something about it.

March 26th, 2011

Popular Acne Treatments Today

No Comments, Acne, by Mattie.

Your self-confidence can take a blow once something mars your face and no other annoyance is more common than acne.

Acne tends to pop up at any time it pleases, but it seems to appear to destroy your plans particularly before an important event, a hot date, or even the most formal of occasions.

It usually appears at the onset of adolescence, but some adults also have it. Don’t worry though, because there are many things you can do to make sure it goes away.

Acne Treatments

  • Benzoyl PeroxideBenzoyl Peroxide – the most common over the counter drug treatment for acne. Depending on the dosage you want, you can have a prescription, since it’s usually found in the 2.5% category, but 10% is also available. You can choose to use it either in a gel or cream, however, see your dermatologist first, because many people are allergic to it.
  • Salcylic Acid – also one of the more popular medications for acne, salicylic acid prevents cells from renewing themselves inside the pores and therefore reduces the appearance of blockage. Whiteheads and blackheads are also reduced since the sebum and waste in them is broken down.
  • Tetracycline – this antibiotic is taken orally, but has side effects. Skin cam become very dry and sun sensitive. Pregnant women are advised not to take this because bone growth in fetuses can be inhibited. It can also discolor teeth.
  • Erythromycin – this has the effect of killing bacteria found under the skin, but can cause extreme dryness on the surface.
  • Sulfur – a very old skin remedy; sulfur can also be used to kill acne because it can dry out the pimples. Use only on the specific areas that have acne. It has side effects like skin irritation, skin discoloration and extreme dryness.

Acne is both treatable and preventable, so you don’t need to worry about it staying for a long time as long as you can medicate immediately. Keep your skin clean, but don’t overdo it.

Washing your face twice a day is fine, but scrubbing too hard will irritate it.

Natural Acne Treatments

If you use makeup, make sure to remove all traces of it using a makeup remover, and let your skin rest before you wash your face.

Make sure you moisturize not just in daytime, but also at night.

Eat healthy food like fruits and vegetables, because it can help your skin. Vitamin E supplements can also restore its healthy glow and make it smoother. Lessen your intake of oily food, since oil can cause breakouts to appear.

Keep in mind that the sun can cause skin damage, so make sure you use sunblock or sunscreen with a high spf level especially during the summer.

Wear a hat to keep the sun off your face.

You don’t need to be ashamed if you do have a breakout. Keep the medication you need in your medicine cabinet in case a breakout occurs, and take care of your skin. Breakouts are sure to discontinue if you do.

Although cellulite is not a very favorite topic when it comes to skin care problems, it is still among the ones that are continually being developed with solutions.

This is due to the fact that there is a great number of a woman suffering from the condition. Moreover, there is no doubt that the effects of cellulite on your skin are unsightly, especially if you are used to wearing short clothes.

Cellulite appears like dimples, cottage cheese, or even like the orange peel. This is very embarrassing; especially for women whose skin is a main priority.

There are various ways to get rid of cellulite, first of which is eating alkaline foods. The fruits and vegetables are great sources of alkaline and they have flush away toxins from your cells.

On the other hand, hydrating and flushing your system with water is also helpful, for this prevents dehydration, which makes your skin lumpy, shriveled, and aged.

However, as of now, more people prefer the easy way, which is the use of firming products.

Fortunately, there are more firming products out that also help in treating cellulite.

To give you the top 5 products, here are the following:

  • Bliss Fat Girl Sleep

This is among the best selling creams for cellulite in the market. The cream is a night-time based product that diminishes the appearance of cellulite in your skin.

Moreover, the active ingredient of the product is red algae extract. The extract promotes microcirculation in your skin. Moreover, red algae extract reduces the retention of water in your skin.

Furthermore, Bliss Fat Girl Sleep is a product containing sacred lotus extract, which firms the skin and promotes breakdown of fats. As a result, there is less fat storage and inflammation in your skin.

  • Bliss Fat Girl Slim

This is a firming product that is applied two times a day on your skin. It diminishes the appearance of the cellulite and it has caffeine molecules. Some even claimed that the product helps in making your skin look slimmer and firmer.

  • Clarins High Definition Body Lift

It is a firming product that minimizes the appearance of cellulite and contours it through providing actions of smoothing and toning.

Also, Clarins High Definition Body Lift includes blue button flower. Blue Button Flower releases the fatty deposits in order to strengthen the collagen fibers in your skin.

  • Murad Firm and Tone Serum

Murad Firm and Tone SerumMurad Firm helps in providing caffeine and liposomes, which deliver cayenne pepper and horse chestnut for the formula.

The product does not only reduce the appearance of cellulite, instead it reduces the appearance of cellulite as well.

  • Cellex-C Body Smoothing Lotion

Cellex-C is a type of non-greasy lotion and a moisturizer. The product firms and reduces the signs of aging. The cream contains 15% L-ascorbic acid, which promotes the production of lycopene and collagen in your skin.

It prevents the aging signs like sagging skin and appearance of age spots. Other ingredients of Cellex-C are vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and even vitamin E.