Posts for: January, 2017
If you want skin that seems to glow from within then it’s time you upped your skincare routine.
Everyone wants healthy, radiant skin but you would be surprised how many people don’t do the things necessary to keep their skin looking and feeling its best. If you are ready to revamp your routine and finally get beautiful skin, our Warrenton, VA dermatologist, Dr. Juan-Carlos Caballero, offers up some helpful hints for how to improve the health and appearance of your skin.
Keep Skin Safe from the Sun
Protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays is one of your biggest priorities. Exposure to the sun can lead to sunspots, wrinkles and can increase your chances of skin cancer.
If you need to be outside from 10am-2pm, stay under the shade whenever possible. Also, make sure to never leave the house without sunscreen. Opt for sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and boasts an SPF of 15 or higher. Also, opt for tightly woven fabrics that will prevent the sun’s rays from getting through.
If you are a smoker it’s important that you quit smoking right away. Smoking strips the skin of oxygen and other nutrients it needs to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Smoking can also destroy elastin and collagen, the things that are essential to strong, healthy skin. To prevent premature sagging the best way to do this is to quit smoking right away.
The foods you eat can also help ensure that your skin gets the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Your diet should consist of a hearty dose of vegetables, lean proteins, fruits and whole grains. While studies have not been able to show that diet has an impact on issues such as acne, we do know that getting the proper vitamins and nutrients will go a long way to healthy skin.
Be Kind to Your Skin
From shaving to hot showers, there are many everyday habits that can affect the health of your skin. Our Warrenton dermatologist recommends staying away from harsh soaps or detergents. After washing your skin always be sure to pat—never rub—your skin dry. And always follow up your routine with a moisturizer.
While you may dream of a steaming hot shower or bath, it can strip skin of healthy oils, leaving skin feeling dry and parched. To prevent this we recommend limiting how much time you spend in the shower or opting for warm water instead of hot.
Whether you are dealing with acne or you want to talk to us about the best skincare products for you, the skin specialists at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center are always here for you. Call our Warrenton, VA dermatology office today to learn more.
Our hands are one of the most important parts of our body when it comes to day-to- day activities, and they are revealing, too. "It used to be common for doctors to look at the hands for important clues to overall health," says endocrinologist Kenneth Blanchard. “Hands can tell you a great deal about circulation, hormones, and thyroid function."
Here are 5 important clues your hands can reveal about your overall health:
Blotchy Red Palms: In the short term, red palms might mean you gripped the shovel too hard, washed a few too many dishes, or grabbed the teakettle too soon (or you are pregnant, as red palms may be normal due to increased blood flow). But if your palms remain reddened over a long period of time, this may be a condition called palmar erythema, which could be a sign of liver disease, particularly of cirrhosis and non-alcoholic fatty liver.
The Length of Your Fingers: Comparative finger length can tell you a surprising amount about your likelihood of having certain conditions. Typically, men's ring fingers tend to be longer than their index fingers, while in women it's the opposite. Women who have a "masculinized" pattern, with ring fingers longer than their index fingers, are twice as likely to suffer from osteoarthritis, according to a 2008 study published in Arthritis and Rheumatism. Longer index fingers, on the other hand, are associated with a higher risk of breast cancer in women and with a lower risk of prostate cancer in men. A 2010 study found that men whose index fingers were noticeably longer than their ring fingers were 33 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer.
Swollen Fingers: Swollen fingers can happen for the simplest of reasons like it's hot outside or you’ve eaten salty foods. But if your fingers feel thick and stiff or your rings still won't fit after several days of drinking plenty of fluids and cutting back on salt, the swelling could suggest hypothyroidism.
Pale Nails or Red Stripes Under the Nails: Under normal circumstances, if you press gently on your fingernails they turn white, and then when you release the pressure they turn pink again. If your nails stay white more than a minute after you press on them, or they look pale all the time, this can be a sign of anemia. Red stripes under the nails are called splinter hemorrhages because they look like tiny red or brownish splinters under the nails. These are minute areas of bleeding that run in the direction of nail growth, and they can signal infection in the heart or blood.
Thick, Rounded Fingertips: Known as "clubbing" thickened fingertips that angle out above the last knuckle like miniature clubs can be a sign of heart or lung disease. You may also notice the nail rounding, so your fingers curve downward like the inside of a spoon.
If you are concerned about what your hands may be telling you about your health, contact your doctor for a medical evaluation.