How Can I Soften Chapped Lips?
When dry air leaves the lips dehydrated, they develop tiny cracks. This can make the lips sensitive and unsightly. To reverse the damage, avoid licking your lips, which only causes more dehydration. Instead, use a lip balm made with petroleum jelly, castor seed oil, or shea butter. This will seal in moisture and protect the lips from the elements. And look for one with SPF 15. The sun’s damaging rays can dry your lips even more.
Why Do My Feet Stink?
Even if you shower regularly, foot odor can be stubborn. The soles of the feet are a favorite hangout for odor-causing bacteria. When sweat mixes with the bacteria, you get that familiar foot stench. Keep the feet dry and avoid shoes that make your feet sweat. Wash socks after every use. If your shoes have a lingering smell, try a deodorizer.
How Can I Soften Callused Feet?
Calluses are common on the heels and balls of the feet. The thick layers of dead skin are there to protect your feet from the pressure of walking. But you may not like the sight of rough, yellowish heels peeking out of your sandals. Soaking your feet in hot water and scrubbing with a pumice stone can remove some of the dead skin.
Is There a Fix for Razor Bumps?
Razor bumps occur when stubble curls back on itself and grows into the skin. The best way to treat and prevent the bumps is to stop shaving. Hair removal creams and laser treatment are possible alternatives. If you prefer to keep shaving, you might be able to prevent razor bumps by taking a hot shower first and using a thick shaving gel.
How Did I Get Stretch Marks?
When the skin gets stretched by pregnancy, weight gain, or extreme weight loss, the stretch can create scarring. Stretch marks are usually red or purple, then fade to a glossy white. They generally occur on the belly, thighs, hips, breasts, or lower back. The marks can be reduced with chemical peels or laser surgery. Lotions and creams are usually of little benefit.
Are Those Pimples on My Bottom?
Probably not. Small white or red bumps on the buttocks are most likely keratosis pilaris. This is a harmless skin condition that can also appear on the back, cheeks, upper arms, and thighs. The condition may last for years but tends to disappear gradually by age 30. Until then, intensive moisturizing can help reduce outbreaks.
Does Anything Banish Cellulite?
No woman wants her rear compared to cottage cheese. Unfortunately, a type of fat called cellulite can create dimpled skin on the buttocks, hips, and thighs. Exercising to lose excess fat may help. Doctors question the value of cellulite creams, but those with caffeine may offer short-term improvements. Some cosmetic procedures also target cellulite.
Why Do I Have a Unibrow?
It’s no secret that some gals grow excess hair between the eyebrows, along the upper lip, or on the chin. Occasionally, this can be a sign of a medical condition, such as polycystic ovary syndrome. But more often, it’s just genetics. Plucking, waxing, or regular use of a depilatory cream can help. Laser hair removal and electrolysis are long-term solutions.
Erythema Following Fraxel Laser Treatmen
Mild sunburn-like erythema immediately following Fraxel laser treatment with 6–8 mJ, 250 MTZ/cm2, eight passes. This erythema may persist for 3–7 days.
Tattoo with Q-Switched Laser Treatment
Tissue whitening after treatment with the 532 nm frequency doubled Q-switched Nd:YAG. Tissue whitening is the appropriate endpoint when treating tattoos with Q-switched lasers.
Picture of Tattoo with Laser Treatment
Improvement after six treatments with 1064 nm Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. While improvement is not complete, the cosmetic result is far superior to that of dermabrasion.
Picture of Tattoo Allergic Reaction
Exuberant blistering reaction in red tattoo pigment. The reaction occurred with each treatment and predictably resolved completely within a few days with routine topical skin care.
Picture of Henna Tattoo Reactions
The Food and Drug Administration has received complaints from people who have received products marketed as henna temporary tattoos, especially so-called “black henna,” at places such as salons and kiosks at beaches and fairs. There have been reports of allergic reactions, skin irritations, infections, and even scarring. “Black henna” may contain the added “coal tar” color, p-phenylenediamine, also known as PPD, which can cause allergic reactions in some people. Henna itself is made from a plant and typically produces a brown, orange-brown, or reddish-brown tint. Other ingredients must be added to produce other colors. Even brown shades of products marketed as henna may contain other ingredients intended to make them darker or make the stain last longer. While the FDA has approved henna for coloring hair, and PPD is used in cosmetics as a hair dye, neither of these color additives is approved for direct application to the skin.
Picture of Fordyce's Condition
Fordyce’s condition. The face abounds in sebaceous glands. Normally their distribution stops sharply at the junction of the skin and vermilion of the lips. Commonly, however, ectopic sebaceous glands are found within the lips under the vermilion and sometimes within the oral mucosa of the lips and even in the buccal mucosa. The condition is harmless and may have been present long before the patient or parents became aware of it. No treatment is required or available.
Picture of Auricular Tags
Auricular tags. Supernumerary vestiges of the external structures of ears are common. Accessory tragi and auricular tags with or without communication to deeper structures may be deceptively simple. Those in Fig. 27-13 are probably harmless nubs of tissue that could be sliced off and their bases delicately electrodesiccated. Should that be all there is, the cosmetic result would be fine. Sometimes, however, such structures bear cartilage within them and have communication to uncertain depths toward the more important structures in the external canal or middle ear.
Picture of Scurvy
Scurvy. Perifollicular hemorrhage on the leg. The follicles are often plugged by keratin (perifollicular hyperkeratosis). This eruption occurred in a 46-year-old alcoholic, homeless male, who also had bleeding gums and loose teeth.
Picture of Blisters
Wearing shoes that do not fit properly or wearing shoes without socks can cause blisters, which can become infected. When treating blisters, it’s important not to “pop” them. The skin covering the blister helps protect it from infection. Use an antibacterial cream and clean, soft bandages to help protect the skin and prevent infection.
Picture of Corns
A corn is a build-up of hard skin near a bony area of a toe or between toes. Corns may be the result of pressure from shoes that rub against the toes or cause friction between the toes. Proper care is necessary if you have a corn.
Picture of Bunion
A bunion is a localized painful swelling at the base of the big toe (the great toe). The joint is enlarged (due to new bone formation) and the toe is often misaligned. It is frequently associated with inflammation. It can be related to inflammation of the nearby bursa (bursitis) or degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis).
Bunions most commonly affect women. Ballet dancers are prime candidates for bunions. Tight-fitting shoes and high heels can contribute to bunions.
The treatment of bunions includes rest, a change in shoes, foot supports, medications or surgery.
Picture of Wrinkles
Wrinkles: Wrinkles are a by-product of the aging process. With age, skin cells divide more slowly, and the inner layer, called the dermis, begins to thin. The network of elastin (the protein which causes skin to stretch) and collagen fibers (the major structural proteins in the skin), which support the outer layer, loosen and unravel, causing depressions on the surface. With aging, skin also loses its elasticity, is less able to retain moisture, oil-secreting glands are less efficient and the skin is slower to heal. All of these contribute to the development of wrinkles.