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More than seven million Americans struggle with the pain, itching, and embarrassing visible signs of psoriasis. If you are among them, you probably know that controlling the condition involves a combination of medical treatments and skin-healthy habits. Clothing can be a significant factor in triggering or aggravating psoriasis. Here are a few of the best ways to avoid problems:
  • Choose light, breathable fabric such as soft cotton. Synthetics don’t allow circulation, which can overheat the skin, and they can also stick to open wounds. Wool and rough-textured fabrics can abrade the skin.
  • Wash with a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic detergent. Skip the fabric softener, or use a similarly pure formula. Any residue remaining on clothing can irritate skin.
 

  • Wear loose-fitting styles. Avoid tight-fitting or binding clothing, because it can abrade lesions, making them worse.
  • Beware of overdressing. Long sleeves, turtle necks, and long pants can be a tempting way to hide psoriasis and avoid social embarrassment. However, heat and friction can exacerbate psoriasis symptoms, so piling on too many layers can be counterproductive in the long-term. If you are bothered by the signs of psoriasis, talk to your dermatologist instead of hiding your skin.
 
 
 

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The end
of wrinkles: New hope
or just hype?

You may have seen the headlines. Researchers discovered a cure for wrinkles, we will never need Botox again, the anti-aging mystery has been solved... If you think it sounds too good to be true, you’re right. An international study, recently published in peer-reviewed journal Science, did reveal some exciting new research. Unfortunately, it did not suddenly solve aging as many sensationalized headlines claim.

What we learned
The much-hyped study was not actually focused on aging, but rather scar tissue. Human skin doesn’t create new fat cells when healing, which contributes to the rigidity of scar tissue. Researchers discovered the reason lies in the production of hair follicles. They expect their finding to lead to new treatments for preventing scars and improving healing of major wounds.

What does it have to do with wrinkles?
Like many medical breakthroughs, this research has potential cosmetic applications. Because loss of elasticity is a significant factor in wrinkles, researchers noted that their discoveries could lead to a new type of anti-aging treatments as well. However, skin elasticity is just one of many factors in aging, so any new products developed from this research would not be magic wrinkle cures.

 

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