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Skin Care

Skin covers the entire surface of our bodies and protects our internal organs from the harsh elements of the environment. Skin varies in texture, structure and thickness and is made up of three components. The epidermis - comprised of living epidermal cells (keratinocytes) and the corneal layer (the protective outermost layer of dead keratinocytes). The dermis - made up of skin appendages such as hair follicles and sweat glands, surrounded by fibrous supporting tissue and collagen, and finally the subcutis - a layer of subcutaneous fat and fibrous tissue.


SunSmart - Sunburn & Skin Cancer

2011-01-26 08:35:13

You may think that sunscreens give you the complete protection from the sun's damaging rays but that is not quite true. Latest information shows that more people are getting sunburnt by staying out in the sun too long because they think that wearing a sunscreen should have given them all the protection.

Sunscreens can give you some protection but you must remember to re-apply them often enough and more importantly to stay protected, you should use other means such as hats and sunglas...

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Why Skincare Is No Longer a Distinctly Feminine Pursuit

2011-01-26 08:36:12

Fleshlight New ZealandTo say that modern life is very different from what our ancestors used to call living is a huge understatement. It’s plain to see that ancestors as close to us as our very grandparents are shocked by many aspects of our lives. Little things like hairstyles, clothes, computers and ideologies are completely foreign to the older folk. Attitudes that were unthinkable 50 years ago are moving into today’s mainstream with the rise of a new generation of people.

Personal care has been for a lo...

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Summer Skin

2011-01-26 08:34:29

Fleshlight New ZealandSummer is here in earnest and the weather is perfect for going to the beach. After an interminable winter and spring, the time has come again for walking out in the sun and having a blast outdoors. There are parties and trips to the beach and holidays waiting for the individual eager for fun. Care and worry left at home, it’s time to enjoy yourself.

However, if you suffer from acne you may want to take some precautions before hitting the beach. I’m sure that skipping the summertime bea...

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Skin Care

2011-01-26 08:32:29

Skin Structure

Skin covers the entire surface of our bodies and protects our internal organs from the harsh elements of the environment. Skin varies in texture, structure and thickness and is made up of three components. The epidermis - comprised of living epidermal cells (keratinocytes) and the corneal layer (the protective outermost layer of dead keratinocytes). The dermis - made up of skin appendages such as hair follicles and sweat glands, surrounded by fibrous supporting tissue an...

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Scabies - Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment

2011-01-26 08:31:43

At times there are topics we would rather not talk about and perhaps scabies is one of them. However, if someone catches scabies they are not necessarily dirty, as some people may think. It is because scabies easily spreads from person to person.

Scabies tends to spread when people live in crowded homes, for example flatting with a large group of people, or living with big extended families. You can catch scabies if you come in close contact with someone who has the infection. Sharin...

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Allergies

2011-01-26 08:24:53

If you suffer from a runny, itchy nose, sore red eyes, sinus headaches, a lack of mid-day energy, morning "dry mouth" or snore then you probably suffer from the number one chronic health complaint across the western world: allergy.

What is allergy?

Allergy is simply your immune system attempting to protect you against what it thinks is a harmful substance entering or touching your body. However in the case of allergy it has mistakenly aggressively attacked actually innocuous substa...

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Antihistamines

2011-01-26 08:25:34

Antihistamines

Antihistamines are used primarily to control symptoms of allergic conditions such as hay fever. They alleviate runny nose, sneezing and to a lesser extent, minimize conjunctivitis and breathing difficulties. Antihistamine drugs block the action of histamine, therefore reducing the allergy symptoms. Antihistamines can also alleviate itching and rashes caused by food allergy. Chemically, antihistamines comprise several classes, and a person who does not obtain relief from ...

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Are the lasting effects of acne more than just skin deep?

2011-01-26 08:26:13

Fleshlight New ZealandThe teen years are a trying time for any person. Although the worries and cares of adulthood are still far into the future, the teen is not exactly a happy and relaxed person. The carelessness and ignorance of childhood makes room for rebellion and questions about one’s values and place in the world. Looking for their own road through life teens feel insecure and, often enough, misunderstood. Unfortunately, if the search for a place under the sun is not enough, teenagers also have to deal ...

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Coping with Cold Sores

2011-01-26 08:26:59

No one likes getting colds sores. If you have had cold sores before, you will know how painful and uncomfortable they can be. Some people are more prone than others to getting cold sores.

"Cold sores may look harmless, but they can spread easily if not cared for properly and cause other health problems," advise Self Care pharmacists.

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex type 1 virus. You will usually have your first exposure to the virus during childhood. After your firs...

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Fungal Infections - Symptoms & Remedies

2011-01-26 08:27:41

One of the main reasons people find tinea infections don't clear up is because they don't use their medicines long enough.

"Most tinea infections need treatment for one to two weeks or sometimes more, but they should also be treated for a minimum of one week after the infection has cleared," recommend Self Care pharmacists.

Many people know they are suffering from a yeast infection, jock itch or athletes foot, but never really realised that these are all different types of fung...

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Hair & Scalp Care

2011-01-26 08:28:22

Each one of us has about one million and four hundred thousand hairs on their body and many of us don’t know what to do with them all, should we wax, style, perm or blow-dry them?

How we treat our hair determines how are hair will turn out, it is as simple as that. Leaving it to grow in all directions is not recommended, as split ends and scalp problems may result. On the other hand we must refrain ourselves from using too many artificial products, like hair-dye hairspray, blow-drying ...

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Headlice/Nits - Prevention & Treatment

2011-01-26 08:29:04

Head lice is a problem that affects nearly all New Zealand school children at some time. The start of a new school term may bring with it an outbreak of head lice. Self Care Pharmacists are ready with advice for parents about how to treat their children if they get head lice.

Head lice are small flat insects about two to three mm long that breed all year round. They live on the human scalp, feeding on blood about five or six times a day. They are usually brown in colour, but can be d...

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