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Great news for eczema sufferers

For many, the cold outside air, low humidity, and central heat of winter months leads to uncomfortably dry skin. If you are one of the 3% of American adults with eczema, winter conditions likely worsen the itch, roughness, redness, and flaking. But good news could be on the way, according to the Journal of Applied Microbiology.

Scientists have identified a strain of yeast that contributes to inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema. They’ve also discovered 6 types of peptides that successfully kill the yeast without damage to skin cells.

More research is needed to determine how these peptides will be used to ease eczema symptoms, but the discovery is encouraging. Meanwhile, you might want to try these home remedies for mild conditions:

  • Olive oil is packed with antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation, without chemical irritants.
  • Oatmeal baths are the centuries-old remedy for dry skin. The avenanthramides in oats calm the itch.
  • Fragrance-free moisturizers are less likely to irritate eczema-prone skin.
If you’re still having trouble keeping “the itch that rashes” under control, see your dermatologist for effective medical solutions.
The daily fight against wrinkles

Wrinkles are natural signs of an active life full of good times and smiles. But most of us prefer to keep those memories in a scrapbook rather than on our faces. Initially makeup can conceal lines, but heavy foundation actually makes you look older by caking in facial grooves, and lipstick may bleed into lip lines.

Instead, try these tips to keep skin looking smoother and younger:
  • Avoid the two factors most detrimental to skin – sun exposure and smoking.
  • Eat a nutritious diet rich in fish. Essential omega-3 fatty acids keep skin smooth and supple.
  • Some patients find that skin care products containing vitamins A and C help to keep wrinkles at bay.
  • Talk with your cosmetic dermatologist about Retin-A and Renova. These daily medications boost the skin’s metabolism, accelerating natural exfoliation.
  • Prescription alpha hydroxy and glycolic acid creams contain acids found naturally in sugar cane, fruits, and milk. They help shed the outer layer of skin, without some of the side effects of Retin-A and Renova.
Professional chemical peels and laser resurfacing have an amazingly effect on the complexion. Finally, the best time to consider Botox and dermal fillers is before wrinkles become profound.
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