Category: SKIN PICKS

7 Things You Should Know About Male Pattern Hair Loss

Male pattern hair loss (MPHL) is hair loss that affects males, mainly at the crown of the head or at the hairline. Not quite the same as going bald, it can begin as a single bald spot, or a receding hairline that slowly forms an ‘M’ shape. Here are 7 things you should know about MPHL, including whether it can be grown back.   1. IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY It is believed that MPHL is an inheritable condition. The androgen receptor gene is one of them, which is on the X-chromosome, but it doesn’t mean that hair loss is inherited from the mother, because there are other genes involved in the condition as well. 2. STRESS CAN INCREASE THE RATE OF HAIR LOSS IN MPHL Under stressful circumstances, hormonal changes or scalp issues, someone predisposed to hair loss genetically may notice an increase in hair loss. 3. STRESS ALONE CAN INCREASE HAIR SHEDDING Sometimes, losing hair might be temporary. Telogen effluvium is a condition where there is increased hair Continue Reading

Here’s What The New Age Peels Do To Your Skin

Tired of dull, lacklustre skin and no amount of moisturizing or facials seem to help? A spotless, beaming complexion is just beneath the surface of your skin and your skin doctor might just be able to tease it out. Chemoexfoliation, more commonly known as the chemical peel, is a method of using exfoliative chemical agents that quick and uniform peeling of the skin to a desired depth. The aim of this is to peel the skin to address a variety of skin woes, but most popularly done to smoothen out lines and brighten the skin. By removing dead skin cells on the surface of skin, chemical peels improve lines, acne, pigments, and rapidly reveal baby smooth skin. Until the 1990s, chemical peels have been one of the most commonly performed non-invasive cosmetic skin treatments, but deep peels have largely been supplanted with the invention of skin lasers. Despite this, superficial peels have actually gone forward and proliferated in popularity.   THE NO-PEEL NEW AGE PEELS If the mention of chemical Continue Reading

5 Doctor-Approved Treatments To Combat Oily Skin

Do you get helpful advice such as “just wash your face more often” when people talk about your oily skin? Or are you tired of blotting oil off your nose every 30 minutes so that your glasses will stop sliding off? And are you thoroughly confused after reading everywhere that oily skin should be treated with oil? Here are 5 doctor-approved treatments to tackle oily skin!   1. Medicated facial washes Washing your face regularly is a must, although people with oily skin will find that doing so with facial washes that contain acids will help more. BHA (beta hydroxy acids or salicylic acid), being oil-soluble, works on the skin surface and inside the pore, refreshing grease-slicked pores instantly.   2. Find a product that works on oily skin overnight One of the ways to stop waking up with greasy skin is to try skincare products at night featuring active ingredients such as glycolic acid. This is a type of AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that breaks down dead skin cells Continue Reading

All The Ways Stress Can Mess With Your Looks

Speak of stress and its psychological and social repercussions come to mind. Fact is, stress doesn’t only take a toll on how you feel, it can affect your skin as well. Unfortunately, we live in the real world, and stress happens to almost everyone. We all have work to do, deadlines to meet and bills to pay so we really need to start learning how to manage the stress. If we don’t, here’s what stress can do to make our lives worse.   1. REDNESS AND ECZEMA Heard that stress can affect digestion? The brain and gut are constantly in communication. When the body is stressed, the brain sends signals to trigger a “fight and flight” response, releasing stress hormones to prepare the body for the threat. This fight and flight response can result in an imbalance of gut bacteria – too much bad bacteria outweighing the good ones. This imbalance has been implicated in various problems outside the gut, such as the skin. Calm your skin with medical-grade probiotics Continue Reading

The Age To Start Botox

In South Korea, people actually go for plastic surgery earlier rather than later – the theory is you get to enjoy your facial “tweakments” for more years when you do it really early. That’s acceptable, although maybe the rest of Asia (or the world) may not be as open-minded when it comes to permanently altering one’s features, even if it eventually makes one much more attractive-looking permanently, but we are getting there. People are more proactive about small, non-invasive injectable treatments than before. So if you are worried about a few lines that have started to show and wondering if you are too young for Botox, you are not alone. But how young is too young? Contrary to what people think, there is no magic number doctors work on. Instead, the decision to botox is based on the appearance of your skin, how strong your muscles are, and some lifestyle factors. Here’s how to tell if when you might need it.   There are no signs of expression lines at Continue Reading