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Ezine 97 December 2010

Skin Care Tip:

Lactic Acid and Skin Care

Lactic acid is a colorless natural substance discovered over 200 years ago in fermented milk and is a common alpha hydroxy acid used in skin care products. It is a gentle yet very effective anti-aging treatment, and is known for its ability to exfoliate dead skin cells without provoking skin irritations. For these reasons and countless others, lactic acid has become a standard ingredient in many skin care formulations. Sharing the similar skin rejuvenation traits of glycolic acid, lactic acid in skin care is known for diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing the appearance of age spots, reducing hyperpigmentation, improving skin texture, stimulation of collagen production. It also provides the added benefit of skin softening. Skin care products with lactic acid can be very beneficial in the winter months because this ingredient also is great humectant and helps the skin to retain water. As long as used properly, lactic acid is appropriate for all skin types. However, those with extremely sensitive skin should be cautious of higher strength lactic acid products. You will also want to avoid higher strength lactic acid products if you are using retinol or Retin-A.

Anti-Aging Tip:

Is Tilapia Unhealthy?

One of the most important benefits you get from eating fish is the found in the Omega-3 fatty acids. Farm-raised tilapia is one of the most highly consumed fish in America; however, it has very low levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids compared to its high content of potentially detrimental omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 acids help to protect mental and physical health while Omega-6's are pro-inflammatory, and inflammation is a key contributor to many health concerns and the development of chronic conditions. Tilapia is not necessarily as unhealthy as a doughnut. However, wild-caught Alaskan salmon has more omega-3 fatty acid content and is a species with fewer concerns about environmental toxins. While it is more expensive than tilapia, it is a worthy investment in your health that will reap positive dividends in the future.

Plastic Surgery Tip:

Chicago Keloid Removal Surgery

A Keloid is a skin lesion that is flesh-colored, red or pink, located over the site of a wound or injury and is lumpy (nodular) or ridge. The lesion may itch while it is forming and growing. They come in all shapes and sizes, and can occur in all areas. Keloids are fairly common in young women and African Americans, and often run in families. Keloids occur from such skin injuries as:

  • - Acne
  • - Burns
  • - Chickenpox
  • - Ear piercing
  • - Minor scratches
  • - Surgical cuts
  • - Traumatic Wounds
  • - Vaccination Sites

One of the most recent advances used to remove Keloids is Retin-A before and after excisional keloid surgery. Other treatments include steroid injections, excision, radiation etc. Usually, insurance covers the consultation and procedure. Before pursuing any removal or reduction treatment, it is best to get a consultation with a plastic surgeon that has specific experience with Keloid removal.

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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.

To help you in making your decision, please click here to check out the 7 critical questions to ask any plastic surgeon before letting them touch you!

By far, the most important factor in the success of your procedure is the surgeon you choose. So please choose wisely...

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