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Common Conditions

Spider veins (telagiectasia) or broken capillaries are small blood vessels near the surface of the skin, which become abnormally dilated. Spider veins are very small, usually 0.5 mm to 3 mm and are considered harmless. They cause no pain or discomfort and pose no risk to one’s health unlike varicose veins, which may be an indicator of something more serious. The biggest problem with spider veins is their unsightly appearance on the face and legs.
Scars occur as a result of the natural healing process. Rather than concerning itself with vanity, the body quickly shifts into survival mode making quick, sloppy, repairs with basic materials to close off any potential entry-point for infection into the body. Fresh scars tend to be irregular, prominent, and sometimes reddish as blood vessels reform.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for acne, but there are ways to keep acne under control so that episodes are lessened in frequency and severity. Because there are so many different reasons for acne to develop, the treatments aim to control one or more of the factors that cause it in the first place.

Skin Care Basics

How much care you give your skin depends largely on the type you have. However, going into specific recommendations based on the type of skin you have, there are basic care activities that you should consider regardless of skin type.
Everyone's skin is different. A person's skin type depends on three factors. Water content - determines skin's elasticity, lipid content - reflects the health and softness of skin, sensitivity- skin's level of resilience.
As we age, our skincare needs indeed change. In our young years, we have got to fight terrible acne. After that, in our 20s, it seems like smooth sailing until the 30s appear, and we start to lose our ability to retain moisture and discover our first lines.

Protecting Skin

Public enemy number one for the skin - the culprit behind skin damage and skin cancer is exposure to the sun. Ultraviolet radiation, in fact, is the major contributor to skin aging- even more so than a combination of all other factors including natural aging!
To make sure you choose the safest and most effective products, you need to know the ingredients of the products you are researching. This section is dedicated to that aspect of skincare products.
When it comes to skincare and nutrition, there must be a balance between the two. That means you can't just have a Botox treatment and ignore vital nutrients that could help revitalize your skin. At the same time, you can't just pop the latest vitamin on the market and totally avoid the natural aging process.

Biology of Aging

Aging is a complex set of processes that involve a diverse group of conditions and reactions. This is why the aging process has been challenging to define; it is also why there are multiple theories on it. However, aging processes can be divided into two groups: the amassing various degrees of damage to the cells and the genetically programmed process.
Free radicals are the chemicals in the body that have an unpaired electron. This means that they are very dangerous as they can behave in an erratic manner which can be very damaging to the effective functioning of the body.
DNA is the critical molecule of life: it is the blueprint of the creature encoded in the genes. DNA is an indispensable part of the cell. Other parts of the cells, such as proteins, lipids, and RNA, can be replaced if need be. DNA, if lost or damaged, cannot be replaced.

Skin Structure

Skin is actually an organ, and it is indeed, the largest organ in the body. Skin serves a very important set of functions in the body. It regulates body temperature, maintains water and electrolyte balance, and senses painful and pleasant stimuli. The skin keeps vital chemicals and nutrients in, while providing a block against dangerous substances trying to access the body and it also ensures a shield from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation emitted by the sun.
The skin is the body’s largest organ, measuring about one eighth of an inch thick, and comprising roughly 10% of our total bodyweight. Skin consists of two layers: a protective outer layer, just 1/250th of an inch thick, known as the epidermis, and a slightly thicker inner layer, called the dermis.
Our skin plays an important role in maintaining a normal core body temperature. When the body overheats, fewer nerve impulses are sent to the blood vessels in the skin.