Skin Lightening Options for the Women of Today

Freckles, age spots, underarm darkening, and other skin discolorations can make a person self-conscious. The amount of melanin produced in the skin determines the skin tone of a person. However, a person with naturally fair skin may still experience skin darkening due to various reasons ranging from genes, hormones, or skin damage from sun exposure. Fortunately, the women of today also have a variety of skin lightening options to address these dark flaws.

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First on the list are over the counter products that address skin problems on their target areas. Bleaching creams, serums, lotion, and bath products can be applied directly on the dark areas as part of daily routine to help bring out new and lighter skin cells. Specially formulated skin lightening options are also available to address specific concerns like eye serums for dark circles around the eyes. However, one must keep in mind that skin lightening doesn’t happen overnight. But there are still dark spots solutions that give temporary but immediate results while the serums work on the epidermis.

Cosmetic products like face powder and concealer can help hide skin discolorations and other blemishes until the bleaching agents are able to finish the job. The common ingredients found in skin lightening products are AHA, BHA, retinol, isotretinoin, Kojic acid, azelaic acid, and ascorbic acid. Hydroquinone is an effective skin lightening ingredient at 2% concentration. Higher concentration levels poses health risks for the users.

Naturally dark skinned individuals who would like to have fair complexion can choose from whitening soaps, bath salts, lotion and whitening capsules to get their desired skin tone. Gluthatione capsules are popular for their antioxidant and whitening properties. Dermatological treatments like dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, mesotherapy, and IPL skin resurfacing are also viable options for those who would like faster results. These procedures would have to be done by licensed practitioners and skin experts to be safe and effective.

There is no need to worry about hyperpigmentation, dark elbows and knees, or freckles when there are skin lightening options that deliver results without hurting your wallet. You can even make your own whitening solutions using plant enzymes. Lemon, cucumber, honey, and milk are some of the most popular bleaching ingredients that you can get from the pantry. Rub a slice of lemon on dark spots and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing. Eventually you will notice lighter skin replacing dark ones.

Skincare Techniques for Diabetics

Diabetics expect to have to learn how to check their blood sugar and to change their diets upon diagnosis. But what diabetics are often surprised by is the correlation between diabetes and skin disorders. In fact, as many as one-third of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some point in their lives.

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The skin disorders often come from common symptoms of diabetes, such as high glucose levels, weakened immune systems, weakened blood flow, and difficulty healing from wounds. High glucose levels can lead to dry skin, which often leads to other skin disorders such as itching, cracking, complication healing from open wounds, and infection. Similarly, diabetes are prone to bacterial infections thanks to the combination of reduced blood flow to some areas of the body and weakened immune systems. In rare instances, insulin use can lead to yellow skin since it works in a similar fashion to a growth hormone.

Luckily, most of the skin conditions related to diabetics can be prevented before they occur with some basic skincare techniques. Diabetics should bathe daily with mild soap and warm water, avoiding very hot showers and baths that can dry out skin. Moisturize after bathing and in cold or windy weather to keep skin healthy, and keep blood pressure and blood glucose levels under control. Fill your diet with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon that will nourish and strengthen skin, and drink plenty of fluids to keep the skin hydrated. Consider keeping a first aid kit for skin on hand, with items such as antibacterial ointment, clean petroleum jelly, gauze pads, hypoallergenic tape, and more.

Finally, diabetics also commonly face foot problems like blisters, cracked feet, infections, and other skin conditions caused by a lack of circulation or diabetic nerve damage. To prevent these problems, wear shoe inserts to help prevent changes from the shape of the foot, and examine your feet daily to help prevent any damage or conditions. See your doctor for a foot examination annually and have him or her focus on circulation and sensation.

What Is COPD and What Should Be Done About It?

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease covering a wide range of ailments related to lung conditions and is primarily manifested in a shortness of breath. The patient easily gets tired even during minimal movement and constantly gasps for air. Ailments related to the lungs may include either emphysema, chronic bronchitis or both, but in either case, they fall under the COPD umbrella.


As we inhale, the air we breathe travels through our windpipe through the bronchial tubes that branch out into smaller tubes termed as bronchioles which eventually end up in the air sacs called the alveoli. An important biological process called gas exchange takes place in the air sacs. Oxygen is delivered into the blood through the capillaries and carbon dioxide is removed. Because of damage wrought upon the air sacs by the disease, breathing becomes difficult and eventually leads to other complications.

What Causes COPD?

Studies indicate that the main cause of COPD is smoking. Nevertheless, further research showed that occupational exposures can lead to the disease as well. What does that mean? It’s either you work in a place where the chances of contracting COPD is very high or you’re exposed to substances that can cause symptoms of COPD.

HSE (Health, Safety, and Environment) deduced that people working in the mining industry have increased chances of contracting COPD. Exposure to a wide variety of dust and fumes prevalent in mining sites could trigger the disease:

  • Cadmium dust
  • Cadmium fumes
  • Coal dust
  • Grain and flour dust
  • Mineral dust
  • Organic dusts
  • Silica dust
  • Welding fumes

That is why many websites dedicated to the mining industry have compiled various mining safety topics to help people become more aware of the risks related to mining.

Signs and Symptoms

Aside from shortness of breath, the leading signs and symptoms of the disease include too much sputum, chest tightness and intense coughing. Being a smoker in previous years makes the patient even more vulnerable. These symptoms are wrought by airway obstruction because of certain factors such as decreased elasticity of the air sacs, thickened airway walls and destruction of walls surrounding air sacs. Pulmonary specialists subject patients to a diagnostic procedure called “spirometry” to test for the presence or extent of airway obstruction. The patients’ honesty concerning their smoking habits is also an important factor in determining the disease.

Managing the Disease

 Despite the state of the art medical technologies and advances that we enjoy today, there is still no specific known cure that has been developed to address this disease. However, lifestyle changes like quitting smoking or avoiding secondhand smoke as well as refraining from exposure to industrial or environmental pollutants may help prevent the onset of this disease. In order to manage the disease, healthcare professionals may also prescribe bronchodilators, drugs intended to broaden the breathing tubes to make you breathe more easily. To minimize inflammation of the breathing tubes or address the growing infection, drugs with strong anti-inflammatory action or antibiotics may also be prescribed. As a management tool, patients with COPD may have to learn to live with these medicines on hand for the rest of their lives. More radical methods of treatment include surgery, which involves removal of parts of the lungs with great damage or those areas affected by emphysema, but this approach is still limited to countries with advanced medical facilities and technologies.

Aside from medication and surgery, patients suffering from COPD should be vigilant to know about their medical condition as best as they could. To increase their level of empowerment, rehabilitation programs in pulmonary management or similar classes may greatly help. This will not only teach patients to be more knowledgeable of their ailment but will also empower them how to be in better control of their breathing.

The fact that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is one among the top 10 leading causes of death in the global scene should prompt us to take a more active stance in preventing this disease. Being vigilant about what is COPD as well as choosing healthy lifestyle practices may save one from contracting this debilitating disease and improve quality of life.

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