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How do In-Home, Soft Lasers Help Your Skin?

Posted on March 30, 2012 with No Comments

How Do In-Home, Soft Lasers Help Your Skin?  The soft lasers used for home laser treatment, or Low Level Laser Therapy, LLLT for short, is very helpful to the patient because it is readily available at any time. You don’t have to make doctor’s appointments and rearrange your entire schedule to get your treatment. You can do it yourself, at home, when you have the time. You only need to use it for less than twenty minutes. The recommended time is between six to eighteen minutes so you have a broad range of time to which you can adjust your treatment.

What Does A Soft Laser Do For My Skin?

Beurer Soft Laser

LLLT can be beneficial to your skin in several different ways. It works great in eradicating blackheads and whiteheads. It speeds up the healing process for acne as well through the function of bio-stimulation. This method will allow fast cell overturn by stimulating mitochondrial action to increase the production of Adenosine 5-triphosphate, or ATP. The synthesis of collagen is also shown to increase. Because of this faster action of how the cells work and repair themselves, healing time is diminished and skin health promoted.

Many Conditions Can Be Helped With Soft Laser Treatment

Other conditions that have benefited from soft laser therapy are bruising and ulcers. Sufferers from psoriasis have found relief from itching, burning and bleeding. Herpes simplex sores and pressure sores have been greatly helped with the laser. For cosmetic uses, a soft laser is effective in the treatment of spider veins on legs as well as on wrinkles of aging skin. It seems the uses of this tool are many and the risks of using it almost non-existent. It can even be used around the soft skin surrounding your eyes, just be sure you do not look directly into the laser light. This treatment will not burn you, hurt you or harm you in any way.

Multiple Treatments Are Better

If you have acne, your skin will reap great benefits from using the low light laser on it. This laser is so safe that it can be used directly on the skin itself. A cover is recommended to protect the laser’s aperture if you would use it directly on the skin. The recommendations are for the use of the laser at about a little less than half inch away from the skin. Either way will be effective. Multiple but shorter daily treatments seem to have better results than one longer treatment a day. Twice a day, morning and bedtime for six minutes each time, are often recommended.

Different Time Tables For Acne And Wrinkles

Most people can see results from their treatment within a few weeks. Depending on what it is you are treating, with the minor problems you can see positive results much faster. Wrinkles, especially deep-set wrinkles, will take a little longer. They reach deeper into the skin and it will take much more work for the new cells to regenerate and the old, dead cells to be expelled onto the surface from where it can then be sloughed off. With a home laser winkle treatment, there is afterward no swelling or irritation of any kind. You can do your treatment in the morning and then go on to work without any skin discoloration or unpleasant itching or burning.

Help…I have Very Oily Skin!

Posted on November 22, 2009 with No Comments

Many of us have to deal with oily skin…some have to deal with very oily skin. Though there are tons of products available to get a clear complexion and reduce the oils, there are a couple of fundamental techniques and products you can use for help.

First, oily skin is generally caused by excess sebum produced by the sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are located in the follicle and skin pores. They especially concentrated in and around the “T zone” located across the forehead, on the nose and across the chin area. Heat, general over-activity, reactions to skin products and enlarged pores can lead to increased amount of oil deposits on the facial skin – as well as enlarged pores – that trap bacteria, dirt and impurities – that can lead to inflammation, acne and blemishes.

Use an oily face wash that controls and regulates oil production. Most are formulated with Zinc. Zinc helps slow the production of oil from the sebaceous glands and helps your face remain smooth, healthy and oil-free. Oily skin face washes should be used 2-3 times per day.

If you need more help, try an oily skin face mask or a toner. These give you more “bang for your buck” and can help reduce acne, blemishes and the chronic “shininess” associated with overly oily skin.

If you think enlarged pores are a problem, consider using a microderm abrasion cream to gently exfoliate. Exfoliation is good for facial tissue. It can help clear pimples and oil as well as cleanse and purify tissue. It also helps promote regeneration of healthy skin cells.

Emu Oil Benefits

Posted on September 30, 2009 with No Comments

The benefits of Emu Oil are far ranging – from very common use in hair products to skin care.

Emu Oil is what is known as a “carrier oil”. It has the ability to deeply penetrate the layers of the skin (and scalp) unlike many other oils such as Jojoba, Mineral or Argan. This penetrating property allows its healing abilities to treat common skin problems where they start – most often in the dermis layer of the skin.

It is a natural anti-bacterial making it ideal for treating burns, cuts, and wounds (even scars from surgery or injury). It is also an anti-inflammatory having the ability to reduce inflammation, irritation and to soothe itchy and redness.

The video below is a quick overview that discusses some of it’s benefits that include treating skin rashes, acne, abrasions, and stretch marks. It can be used by itself or combined with other lotions, creams and shampoos to generally improve efficacy of the product. There are a range of Emu Oil products available and you can find it as a key active ingredient in many high-end treatments.

Emu Oil has been proven effective for treating:

  • Psoriasis
  • Burns
  • Cuts, lacerations, and incisions
  • Acne and rosacea
  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Scalp psoriasis

You can find Emu Oil products by visiting www.skinenergizer.com.

Oily Skin Cleanser

Posted on June 14, 2009 with No Comments

Oily deposits often accumulate on the forehead, nose, and around the chin where the greatest concentration of sebaceous glands exist on the face. An oily skin cleanser can help regulate oil production and give your complexion a softer, healthier look.

Forming the signature “T” across the brow, down the nose and nostrils, and extending to the chin and neck, sebaceous glands secrete sebum. Heredity plays a pretty significant role as does heat, humidity and products you may or may not use on the facial area – even aging is thought to be a cause.

Oil can combine with dirt and left-over product residue to clog pores that can then lead to acne and sometimes rosacea. You can effectively clear oil skin with a mask, cream, toner or wash. The key ingredients to look for are Zinc or alpha hydroxy.

Zinc naturally, also known as Zinc PCA or Zincidone in its complex form, is well known for controlling oily skin. It helps regulate sebum on applied areas and is effective for use in cleansing and “purify” pores. Alpha Hydroxy behaves in a similar fashion. It is often an active ingredient in exfoliating products such as microdermabrasion creams and for acne care.

A little bit of research can help you find the best oily skin wash – there are several available that are effective. The key is to understand that getting and keeping an oil-free complexion may also require watching what you eat and considering the effects of the environment on your facial tissue.

Foods high in saturated fats are known to invigorate the sebaceous glands. For some, dairy products may not be your friend either. As I mentioned, high humidity and heat play a role as well.

An oily skin cleanser should be considered part or a well-rounded regimen that focuses on tissue health. Keeping your complexion free of dirt and unhealthy makeup is a great start. Using a purifying moisturizer at night works well also.

Anti wrinkle creams can help, though we recommend serums vs. creams. The best are based in Aloe rather than water and often contain ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid that improves hydration without the use of a cream base to address dryness, aging or wrinkles.