Blue Lizard Blog — skin conditions

Understanding Rosacea

Jan 14 2016 rosacea skin care skin conditions sun safety

  Rosacea is a common skin condition that affects approximately 14 million Americans. Its symptoms are usually patchy redness and inflammation, especially on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. It often starts between the ages of 30 and 50 and affects more women than men. Because symptoms start slowly, rosacea may be at first mistaken for sunburn. What causes Rosacea? The exact cause of rosacea is still unknown. The basic process seems to involve dilation of the small blood vessels of the face. Currently, it is believed that rosacea patients have a genetically mediated reduction in the ability to dampen facial...

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What is Psoriasis?

Oct 29 2015 psoriasis skin conditions Skincare treatments

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes skin cells to grow too quickly, resulting in thick, white, silvery or red patches of skin. Normally, skin cells grow gradually and flake off about every four weeks. New skin cells grow to replace the outer layers of the skin as they shed. But in psoriasis, new skin cells move rapidly to the surface of the skin in days rather than weeks. They build up and form thick patches called plaques, ranging in size from small to large, most often appearing on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet or lower back. Psoriasis is most common in adults, but children and...

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10 Tips to Save Your Skin

Oct 14 2015 skin conditions Skincare sun safety

Keeping your skin healthy is important in reducing the effects of skin damage and aging. Here are 10 tips that you can easily incorporate into your daily life to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! It can’t be said enough times or with enough emphasis, always use sunscreen.Not only does exposure to the sun cause damage, such as premature aging, it is also known to cause skin cancer. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Use it daily on your face and every time you spend time outside; it’s not...

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Eczema - “The Itch that Rashes”

Oct 08 2015 eczema skin conditions Skincare treatments

Eczema is a chronic problem for an estimated 35 million Americans. One to 3 percent affected are adults and 10-20 percent affected are children. Seventy percent of cases start in children younger than 5 years old, and about 60 percent of infants who have eczema continue to have one of more symptoms into adulthood. With proper treatment, the disease often can be controlled. October is National Eczema Awareness Month and the National Eczema Association has launched a campaign to raise awareness of what eczema is and how those that have it suffer. What is eczema? Eczema is a general term...

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What Causes Skin Photosensitivity?

Sep 08 2015 photosensitivity skin conditions sun safety Sunscreen

Today, most people know about sun protection and sun damage. However, not many people know about a condition that can accelerate sun damage. This condition is called photosensitivity — an increase in the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight or artificial light often brought on by certain medications or medical conditions. When a person experiences a photosensitivity reaction, they experience one of two separate reactions, known either as a phototoxic or photoallergic reaction.            Phototoxic This is the most common type of sun sensitivity drug reaction. It occurs when skin is exposed to the sun after certain medications are...

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