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Ezine 124 April 2013

Skin Care Tip

Caring for your Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin disorder affecting millions of people between the ages of 30-50. Most people don’t even know they have this skin condition and some think they are suffering from adult acne. The cause of Rosacea has not been determined and there is no known cure, just treatments to help minimize the redness found in the cheeks & chin. Some common characteristics of Rosacea include redness on the cheeks, chin, nose or forehead, visible blood vessels on the face, bumps or pimples on the face, and watery and/or irritated eyes. Rosacea can be stimulated by several factors, including diet, sun exposure, stress, extreme temperature changes, and/or alcohol consumption. It is difficult to determine which factors affect specific patients because everybody’s composition is different and everybody reacts differently to certain predispositions. If you are suffering from mild to severe Rosacea, we recommend the following to help minimize flare-ups:

-Drink 8 glasses of water daily. Be careful to watch the temperature of water, since extreme temperature fluctuations can cause a flare-up. -Avoid stressful situations, anger, embarrassment and fright. These stimulate flushing and trigger a flare-up. -Avoid caffeine, excessive sugar, alcohol and cigarettes. These stimulants are vaso-dilators, and stimulate a flare-up. -Avoid extreme hot or cold temperatures. We recommend bathing & showering in lukewarm water & avoiding extremely cold beverages. -Get checked for Food Allergies. Some physicians notice symptoms of allergies to certain foods are similar to symptoms of Rosacea. -Exercise is good to relieve symptoms of stress. However, make sure the temperatures are moderate and you maintain hydration while working out. -Avoid harsh cleansing ingredients on your skin, such as scrubs and aggressive exfoliants. -Change your towels and face cloths after every use to prevent bacteria from growing and being reapplied to your skin. -Avoid the sun as much as possible. The sun dries your skin and helps to clog pores.

Anti-Aging Tip:

Fight the flu this season!

It's that time of year again…flu season. Luckily there are a few things you can do to help prevent the flu from overwhelming your body's defense systems. When a virus enters your body and your immune system is strong, it can destroy the virus preventing you from becoming sick. If the virus survives and multiplies, you get a cold or the flu. In order to help prevent this from happening regularly, it is good to follow a few simple rules. Eat healthy. Having a diet high in phytochemicals and antioxidants will enhance and strengthen your immune system. So eating fruits and vegetables 5 times a day can help immensely. Exercise. Regular moderate exercise will stimulate the T cells. T cells belong to a group of white blood cells known as lymphocytes, and play a central role in cell-mediated immunity. This will help when attacking foreign bodies like germs and viruses. Sleep. Get at least seven to eight hours a night. This will give your body the energy it needs to fight off illness. Drink water. Drink eight glasses of water a day. It cleanses the body and removes toxins. Wash hands. Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds frequently can help prevent the spread of germs from person to person.

Plastic Surgery Tip:

Chicago Lipoma Surgery!

A lipoma is a growth of fat cells in a thin, fibrous capsule usually found just below the skin. Lipomas are found most often in the torso, neck, upper thighs, upper arms, and armpits but they can also occur anywhere in the body. One or more lipomas may be present at the same time. Lipomas are the most common noncancerous soft tissue growth.The cause of lipoma is not quite understood. Lipoma does tend to be inherited. Sometimes minor injury may trigger their growth. However, being overweight does not cause lipoma. A lipoma may be surgically removed if it, becomes painful or tender, drains foul-smelling discharge or increases in size.

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Make sure you chose a board certified plastic surgeon. A call to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or ASPS at 1-888-4-PLASTIC (ie. 1-888-475-2784) can tell you which doctors are legitimate plastic surgeons with outstanding qualifications. You can also visit the ASPS web site at The ASPS is the only one of the 24 boards approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties that certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body. When considering a cosmetic surgeon, you should also make sure your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). A call to ASAPS (1-888-272-7711) or visiting the ASAPS website ( can help you verify your plastic surgeons membership.

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