Showing posts with label skin care. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skin care. Show all posts
Friday, March 15, 2013

Hydroquinone Alternatives

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As I mentioned before, hydroquinone is really effective but also dangerous to your body. Scientists is continuing their research for skin whitening products. According to current research, there are some substances can be used as safer alternatives to hydroquinone, even tough they are not as effective.

  1. Alpha Arbutin: This kind of substances is the most effective substitute to hydroquinone nowadays. It's biosynthetic and water soluble. There are no known dangerous effect of alpha arbutin. It works by inhibit the melanin growth in human skin, so it's effective to lighten dark spots or patches in human skin.
  2. Azelaic Acid: Azelaic acid found on wheat, rye, and barley. Besides the skin lightening effect, azelaic acid also helps reduce acnes and some other kind of skin inflammation. This substances best for acne prone skin, because it reduce skin redness caused by inflammation. But azelaic acid is not really effective for dark spots.
  3. Kojic Acid: Kojic Acid is extracted from Aspergillus, Acetobacter, and Penicillium. There are no reports of carcinogenic effect of Kojic Acid, but some experience iritation. This substance suitable for lightening dark spots. 
  4. Malic Acid: Malic Acid is generated during fruit metabolism and occurs naturally in all fruits and many vegetables. Malic acid is best for skin redness and improving skin conditions.
Friday, February 22, 2013

Natural Oily Skin Care

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Oily skin is like one of the big problems for both men and women. It makes us feel dirty, greasy, and uncomfortable. Some people really lose their confidence because of oily skin.
Using over-the-counter medications usually work, but believe me, those cosmetics are just have temporary effects on your skin. Their company income will stop if no oily skin. So, natural skin care is way more effective and safe to use.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Hirsutism - When women grow hair like men do


Few decades ago, bearded lady was a subject to be applaud of on the circus. But nowadays, medical experts are more concerned about the danger of hirsutism.

Hirsutism or excess hair growth on women may indicate serious health problem. It's sometimes accompanied by acne and greasy skin. Women who have excess androgen or free testosterone level  may suffer hirsutism. Excess androgen combined with diabetes and obesity may lead to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) which is the main cause of infertility. Therefore, the treatment have to be not only cosmetical, hormonal as well. Estrogen and progesterone combination often work best, as long as the patient reduce their body weight through exercise and lower the sugar level.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Why Afraid of Dark Skin? Special for Asian Women

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Skin whitening products becoming a must to almost all Asian Women. Especially in Indonesia, India, Malaysia, and Arabs. They think that white skin is more beautiful thank dark skin. It brings luck to many skin care company that sell skin whitening products. But do you know? Our skin gets darker when it exposed to sunshine because of it's natural action to protect our skin. Melanin increase as a response of UV exposure and protect our body from the bad thing caused by UV rays. Of course the increase of melanin will darken the skin. But it does protect you. Darker skin protect you more, so you doesn't need to spend more money on skin care product. As long as you're healthy, you are beautiful :)
Sunday, January 27, 2013

How to Deal with Acne Vulgaris a.k.a Pimples

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Almost all people experience acne vulgaris in their life. It sometimes so disturbing...

I don't wanna write much, but here are the points:

Monday, January 21, 2013

Hydroquinone Side Effects to Our Body

Hydroquinone is a chemical substance found in many skin whitening product, especially in Asia and Africa. I'm not going to talk about the molecular or chemical things about it because you can read the whole thing on wikipedia. What I'm trying to explain is that hydroquinone actually never do any good to you.
You might think that hydroquinone save your look as it wipe out your dark spot. But do you know, that hydroquinone do its favor to whiten your skin by decreasing the production of melanin. Hydroquinone change the nature of our skin because it breaks melanocytes that produces melanin. Therefore, our skin is more exposed to ultra violet that can cause skin cancer.
Hydroquinone is also considered as carcinogenic substance. Study suggest that applying 4% hydroquinone or larger amount for a long time can increase the risk of cancer. It has a mutagenic effect that can makes our body cells to become malignant.
The use of hydroquinone is banned in Europe as well as India. In many other countries, hydroquinone is only allowed in skin care product as long as they maintain the dosage to be under 2%.