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The Hairy Problem About Male Pattern Hair Loss

Unfortunately, approximately 50% of all men over the age of 50 will experience some form of hair loss. So what gives with male pattern hair loss? Is there are cure for it?   1. YOU ARE PROBABLY GONNA GET IT IF THERE ARE OTHER BALD MEN IN YOUR FAMILY Much time, brain power and money have been poured into researching why male pattern baldness occurs. They’ve come to a conclusion – if there are other bald men in your family, baldness will also likely come for you. Most people think that having a bald father increases this risk, but the primary baldness gene is on the X chromosome, so blame Mom too.   2. THE IRONY OF DHT DHT is a derivative of testosterone, and is an important hormone for hair growth in areas of the body. Yes – DHT helps with hair growth normally. But if you have the baldness gene, DHT will bind to receptors in hair follicles on the scalp and cause them to weaken and shrink Continue Reading

Types Of Pigmentation And How To Treat Them Effectively

Hyperpigmentation occurs when there is too much melanin on certain parts of the skin, so skin looks darker than usual compared to normal surrounding skin. These are brought on by many different factors, and therefore treatment can vary. Hyperpigmentation is a general term that refers to darkening of the skin.   POST-INFLAMMATORY HYPERPIGMENTATION Discolouration that appear after resolution of acne or a bout of eczema or skin rash have the potential to stimulate pigment-making cells in the skin (melanocytes) to produce more pigment than usual. PIH can be gradually lightened with topical lightening creams but a combination of creams, gels, chemical peels as well as judicious use of a good, broad-spectrum sunscreen is usually more effective.   FRECKLES These are small, flat brown spots that are harmless and appear on sun-exposed skin and can appear as early as 2 or 3 years old. Being superficial spots, these can be easily removed with broadband light (BBL) or lasers such as the Candela Gentlelase. From 7 to 14 days after freckle removal, Continue Reading

5 Steps To Better Looking Skin

I know, promising better skin in just days is a big claim. But there are indeed ways to get there, if you know where to look. Here’s how.   1. DEEP CLEANSING FACIALS Even if you are already using a facial scrub at home, having your skin professionally cleansed will improve the look and feel of your skin, focusing on clearing clogged pores and reducing the appearance of large pores. The Deep Deep Clean facial combines microdermabrasion with a fruit acid wash, and purges clogged pores with ultrasonic cleansing, and comes highly recommended for those with problem skin types.   2. GLOW-GIVING FACIALS If you haven’t heard, the Hydrafacial is a gentle yet effective facial that truly penetrates deep enough to stimulate collagen and elastin growth. At SW1 Clinic, the proprietary Hydrafacial MD machine is used. Their Monroe Hydrafacial is a hot favourite, which extends the regular Hydrafacial with glow-giving steps including a dual LED light therapy for healing, essential skin vitamins sonophoresis, and the skin brightening Pearl Eclat gel Continue Reading

Hair Today, More Tomorrow

We lose hair everyday. During the shower or when we brush our hair, during a careless hair flick. It is normal to lose up to a hundred strands of hair a day, in fact. Physiological hair loss like these is normal because of the normal hair cycle – hair falls and new ones replace it. But there are some conditions that can cause a person’s crowning glory to thin out unnaturally. Conditions such as telogen effluvium or hereditary hair loss such as male or female pattern hair loss. If your hair is thinning out, don’t panick. Unless there are medical reasons behind the hair loss, or unless you already look like John Malkovich, here are the best ways to save your hair.   1. HAIR GROWTH SERUMS Doctors say that this is the first line of defence. Hair growth medicines can be applied directly to the scalp to stimulate hair growth and retard the balding process. Revitascalp is a gentle and revitalizing hair message that infuses Minoxidil into the scalp, Continue Reading

How To Transform Your Face In Your 40s

We all know that our skin changes as we get older, and we know how the signs look like, but these changes are not always easy to accept, especially when they become more pronounced in our 40s. In fact, the rate at which signs appear once we hit the 40s is shocking – many women don’t realize that they can age so much in a year. As these inconvenient details make themselves known, a woman knows she has 2 options: firstly, accept that this is part of life and embrace the wrinkles. Or, treat the issues actively. In the past, people were more passive, because to look younger involved something surgical usually, and in the 40s, the signs might not warrant something drastic such as a surgical facelift. Today, skin rejuvenation treatments range from non-invasive skin tightening devices, to anti-aging skin lasers and injectables, such as Botox, fillers and the minimally invasive facial threadlift. Here are some secrets on how a woman can waltz into her 40s gracefully, looking better Continue Reading