How Your Skin Ages: A Timeline

The image of a very old person holding an infant demonstrates perfectly how the passage of time impacts us all. This image shows how, as someone once said, “The arrow of time points in one direction.” One way that trajectory is shown is in how the skin of a very old person differs from that of an infant. Our skin undergoes many changes as we transition from the nearly flawless skin of an infant to that of an elderly person. Here are some of the ways those changes manifest themselves along the way. Infancy – The softest, most supple skin

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Common Medications that Can Cause Acne

We’ve written at great length on this blog about the many things that cause and can exacerbate acne outbreaks. We’ve also talked about how diet can contribute to this persistent condition as well the many options there are for lessening acne’s effects. However, among some of the most insidious causes of acne outbreaks are the medications that help us combat a number of illnesses. So that you can remain informed, here is a list of the various drugs that can cause acne. Corticosteroids (like Prednisone): Used to treat asthma and other chronic lung diseases, cortisol is also produced by the

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Overcoming the Skin Problems Associated with Pregnancy

The “pregnancy glow” is a term that is often used to describe the appearance of expectant mothers. And while scientists have determined that this very real change is caused by an increase in certain hormones during pregnancy, it is not the only change that occurs to the skin during this time. Other, less desirable changes occur as well. These changes can serve to frustrate an expectant mother’s attempts to maintain her beauty routine. Here are some of the most common skin changes that occur at this time.   Stretch Marks: By far, the development of stretch marks is the most

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Argan Oil: More than Just a Hair Care Ingredient

As an ingredient in beauty products, Argan oil is becoming more and more common for its role in helping to nourish the hair and keeping it from drying out. Dry hair has no sheen and is frizzy, lifeless and dull. No one wants dry hair. However, what many people are beginning to discover is that Argan oil’s benefits extend beyond simply protecting your hair from the frizzes. This natural oil – which is produced from the nut of the Argan tree, in Southwestern Morocco – is not referred to as “liquid gold” for nothing.   The Benefits Of Argan Oil

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Beauty Hacks You Have to Try

Sometimes looking your best can be a challenge. The demands of work and family can conspire to rob you of the time you need to apply your makeup in the detail that you’d like. Well, our face, skin and nails don’t know when we are racing to catch the train or bus or when we are parked at a stop light or are too tired for a complete beauty routine after a hard day’s work. That is where beauty hacks come in.   Turn the bobby pin over: Flipping your bobby pins over so that the wavy end points towards

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Loofahs vs. Washcloths: Which is Better?

According to the site,, we human beings shed about 600,000 particles of skin per hour or about 1.5 pounds a year. Moreover, by the age of 70, we shed and regrow about 1,000 new skins in a lifetime. That’s a huge potential for clogged pores and the skin problems that are associated with not removing these damaged, dead cells thoroughly. However, there seems to be some disagreement as to which tool is the most effective at removing dead skin cells. Some people say that loofahs are better than washcloths. Either way, both should be used in conjunction with an

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Acne and Face Mapping

We’ve all heard the saying that “the eyes are the windows to the soul.” Well the skin may be the window to the overall health and wellness of the entire body. This is the principle behind one of the oldest and most natural methods of diagnosing not just the health of the skin but the whole body. This ancient technique is called “face mapping.” It is based on Ayurveda practices and ancient Chinese medicine and is now being investigated by Western dermatologist for its intriguing possibilities. Put simply, the practice involves mapping and then drawing a connection between areas of

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Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Skin

We all know we have to do it – spring cleaning. It’s that time of the year when we get rid of the clutter around the house, wash the windows, arrange our closets, and perform a hundred other tasks that are involved in this yearly ritual. However, some of us are neglecting to add another task to that list of chores. Some of us are forgetting that as we emerge from the cocoon of winter, it is also necessary to adjust our skincare routine for the season and to do a little dermal spring cleaning. Here are some tips for

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8 Fundamental Beauty Products for your Travel Bag

You’ve spent a lot of time, effort and thought acquiring just the right beauty products and now you are planning to travel away from home. However, before you go you need to pack some essential items – your beauty products. After all, who has the time to scour each destination they travel to in order to retrieve some item they’ve forgotten to pack? Well, we’re guessing that you don’t. So that you can make the most of your jet-setting ways and maintain your beauty regimen, we’ve composed a checklist of supplies you should pack in your travel bag.   Foundation:

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Sleep Habits that are Wrinkling your Skin

Everyone knows that sleep is a time of regeneration, repair and renewal. Indeed, it is this fact that is the inspiration for the concept of getting one’s “beauty sleep.” However, did you know that there are sleep habits that you may have that are actually harmful to your skin? At Apothederm, we believe that in addition to using our age defying products, people who are concerned with combating wrinkles should also rid themselves of the following habits that may be rendering this time of repair and renewal ineffective. Leaving on your makeup – Part of your nightly ritual should include

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How to Manage Exercise Stretch Marks

While stretch marks are all too familiar to those of us who gain weight rapidly, they also – ironically – pose a problem for those of us who are working to grow our muscles. Frequently, professional body builders and others who work intensely with weights are visited by those persistent purple stretch marks that begin to appear on biceps, triceps, thighs and other regions of the body. So, are all those unsightly stretch marks the price those of us who decide to become ripped must pay? No, say many experts who recommended a combination of preventative and curative measures to

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The Proper Order For Your Skincare Routine – Recommended By a Dermatologist

The Proper Order For Your Skincare Routine – Recommended By a Dermatologist Choosing the perfect skin care product is a huge challenge. Knowing what products will work well for your skin type or a specific concern, or just knowing which products work well together in general is tough. Plus, there are so many fantastic options out there, it can seem almost impossible to choose!   After 30 years of practicing dermatology, I know that most women want an effective daily skin care regimen, but they aren’t quite sure how to get started. They’re unsure of which product types they need

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