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Our face: its expressions help us communicate with the world. But as we age, wrinkles can get in the way, affecting our self-confidence, personal relationships and professional lives, says Dr. Joseph Muccini of Mid-America Skin Health & Vitality Center. “We equate our wrinkles with what makes us look old to other people.”
If you’ve ever noticed a bumpy, red rash on your upper arms and thighs, don’t worry—this is not ‘arm acne.’ In fact, the little red bumps are not pimples. They are caused by a common, harmless and easily treatable condition known as keratosis pilaris.
The sun worshippers are out in force. And every year, no matter how much public awareness is raised, some people still insist on intentionally increasing their cancer risk. Skin cancer is no joke: It can be fatal—and it is largely preventable.
When Nicki Myers’ son, Reece, was 18 months old, he itched so much he bled from scratching. Reece suffers from eczema, a non-contagious, inflammatory skin condition that may be caused by an array of triggers. “He had a moderate to severe rash on his lower legs and arms that became so inflamed and irritated he would scratch in his sleep,” says Myers. “He’d wake up with open wounds, and it was quite hard to manage.” The Ladue mom recalls slathering her child’s legs with various prescription and over-the-counter creams and ointments, and then wrapping them with gauze and compression bandages to prevent Reece from continuing to scratch.
I have no proof or reasonable explanation about some things veterinary—things that were never learned in school; rather, just acquired on the job. One of those things is that every five years or so, all animals in St. Louis shed at an even more alarming rate that usual: 2012 has been one of those years. In the summer, people told tales of living room tumbleweeds, even for cats that live indoors! Shedding is one of the peeves of all pet owners, especially for the head vacuumer in the household. Let us discuss what we can do about it:
If there’s one modern malady that everyone seems to share, it’s stress. The demands of everyday life—working, parenting, fulfilling social obligations—can make even the most organized person feel overwhelmed.
When it comes to wrinkles, it’s easier to prevent than erase these early signs of aging. Procedures ranging from laser resurfacing to Botox to dermal fillers are available weapons in the war on wrinkles, but no one can ignore the importance of a good skin care regimen and top-notch products to help postpone the need for more invasive tactics.
The war on wrinkles really is a war on aging, says Dr. Joseph Muccini. Beyond just wrinkles, the enemies in the fight include skin damage, laxity, changes in tone, surface and color. With more than 20 years of experience in dermatology, Muccini is equipped to help his patients wage that war at MidAmerica Skin Health & Vitality Center. “Wrinkles don’t occur in isolation; you need to consider everything in context to find the best approach for the patient to achieve the desired results.”
May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. In Missouri, the topic even gained the attention of state legislators who considered a law (HB 1475) that would require in-person parental consent before anyone younger than 17 could use a tanning bed.
Whether you call it eczema or dermatitis, you’ll know if you have it from the red, swollen, itchy skin that characterizes this common dermatological problem.
A nip and a tuck may not be for everyone, but we still want to maintain a youthful glow for as long as possible. Aging gracefully means different things for different people, and slowing the natural process may be ideal for some. That’s why there are so many over-the-counter (OTC) anti-aging products. But are they all they claim to be?
When it comes to things that aren’t good for us, some are easier to eliminate than others. For instance, we can say no to French fries and stop smoking, improving our long-term health outlook with healthier lifestyle choices. However, stress is one part of modern life that seems pervasive and can be a challenge to control.
Sweating at the gym is good; sweating outside during a St. Louis summer is unavoidable. And hot flashes are in a class of their own. But sweating uncontrollably when there’s no obvious reason, such as physical exertion, temperature or stress, is a problem.
August is National Psoriasis Awareness Month, and local dermatologists want people to know that there are newer, more effective treatments than ever before to help control the red, scaly patches caused by the disease.
Spring and summer seem to bring out our natural instincts: We spring clean our homes, clearing out unnecessary items and making way for fresh, new things. Likewise, this is a good time to spring clean your cosmetics case, tossing out heavy, oily makeup to make way for lighter, brighter and healthier products.
When the spring sunshine finally warms the earth, it’s very tempting to want it to warm our skin, too. And that’s okay—as long as you remember the sunscreen. But going out unprotected can be dangerous, no matter how ‘healthy’ you think a tan looks.
No matter how many times experts warn of the dangers inherent in exposing one’s skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays, people still want to enter summer with a tan. There is simply no such thing as a safe tan—unless you leave UV rays from the sun or a tanning bed out of it. And that’s where sunless tanning products save the summer day.
It’s amazing and wonderful that our skin can repair itself, fusing back together after a surgical incision or traumatic injury. But the scars that are often left behind are not so wonderful.
One old legend has it that you should dig up an onion under the full moon, cut it in half, and tie it to your foot at night to rid yourself of plantar warts, which develop on the soles of the feet. So far, there’s no evidence that technique works, although it’s one of several old-fashioned and somewhat amusing folk remedies.
Psoriasis is a chronic condition for which there isn’t a cure. It can, however, be effectively managed. Dr. Laura Wagner, a dermatologist in Chesterfield, explains that psoriasis is an autoimmune disease caused by a disregulation of the immune system. A characteristic inflammation of the skin causes skin cells to turn over twice as fast as normal, creating scaly patches.
When there’s something we don’t like about our facial features, we tend to focus on it. But in order to fix those things, we should be examining the entire face—which is exactly what Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center docs Gregory Branham and Mark Checcone do.
Eyelashes After Chemo
Fighting wrinkles used to be a limited proposition. Few products and procedures were proven clinically effective. But today, thankfully, the arsenal of wrinkle treatment options has exploded.