Acne is so common in teens that it often goes untreated. And yet simple daily habits, based on understanding how acne develops, can really improve teen and adult acne prone skin.
Your skin cells are constantly replacing themselves, making their way up to your skin's outermost layer, the epidermis. The flat dry outer layers of skin cells form a protective layer. Pores, some so tiny they can hardly be seen, open to a hair follicle and an oil gland. Sebum oil produced inside the hair follicle travels upward and protects and moisturizes our skin. A pore blockage can occur when there is too much oil, too many dry skin cells, or the pore is blocked on the surface from something such as sweat or oily cosmetics. Bacteria are then drawn to the mix, and the results are blackheads or whiteheads.
Cold sores usually appear around the mouth or lips. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus. After the initial infection, the cold sore virus becomes inactive or dormant waiting to reappear during times of prolonged stress, or when our immune system weakens. Most persons have been exposed to cold sores but their immune system suppresses reoccurrences. Touching a cold sore can spread the infection to other sites or persons. Washing hands is of utmost importance, and it is recommended to use gloves when applying ointment to a child's cold sore.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us that since the herpes simplex virus feeds on an excessive intake of the amino acid arginine, diets avoiding citrus fruits and nuts should be followed. Supplementation with the amino acid Lysine is advised. This site explains that arginine speeds cell replication causing cold sore outbreaks, while lysine decreases cell replication. Yogurt with an ideal ratio of lysine to arginine is recommended as a beneficial food to prevent cold sores.
We all want spotless laundry, but caution should be used when choosing laundry products. Some spot removers contain dangerous petroleum distillates or bleach. The National Capital Poison Center reviews some of the possible dangers found in laundry products.
PreSpot contains plant based cleaning agents along with three enzymes: Protease targets protein stains, amylase targets starch stains, and lipase works on greasy stains. It also contains T36-C5 Melaleuca oil. You can read more about PreSpot at the Safer For Your Home website.
A stroke occurs when blood flow is interrupted to the brain either by a clot or by a blood vessel that bursts. It is a "brain attack." The brain damage caused by a stroke can rob us of our vitality and independence. ABC News reports that "silent" strokes affect 11 million Americans each year, and by the time people reach their 70s, one in three has a silent stoke every year.
Science Daily informs us that "silent" strokes are common in people over 60, especially in those with high blood pressure. Even though this type of stroke may occur without dramatic symptoms, they have been linked to memory, thinking problems, and a form of dementia.
Gingivitis affects over 90% of the population. Since pain is usually not a symptom, red swollen gums that bleed along with possible bad breath may not be recognized as anything out of the ordinary. Gum disease can lead not only to loose teeth, but also oral bacteria entering into the bloodstream can cause health conditions seemingly unrelated to oral health. Science Daily reports that the cause of failed hip and knee replacements can be traced to gum disease bacteria.
Health connections have also been made between advanced gum disease and cancer risks.