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Menopause Acne

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for the pill to affect your acne?
    I had mild acne because of really bad water where I lived. Then I moved, used my regular stuff, and my acne went away.

    Then I started taking the pill. This is the second pill I've tried. I have the worst acne now I have ever had in my entire life. I am 26.

    I am half way through my third pack of pills. Is this not going to change? Should I find another pill or give this one another month or two. It is pretty horrible. I would almost rather just use condoms at this point.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Limin, i hope this answers your question,
      A major factor in the appearance of acne is abnormal hormone levels, which usually occurs during puberty. For women the level of testosterone, known as the male hormone, rise during the menstrual cycle, that may lead to acne out breaks, due to the fact that the subcutaneous gland producing more oil at this time. Hormone levels can also alter during pregnancy and menopause, making acne out breaks common.

      When symptoms are noticeable medical care is recommended, in order to prevent scarring, that can last a life time, that can occur from chronic acne. Once a dermatologist has diagnosed the skin condition, an individual treatment series can begin. This can include lotions, cleansers, laser therapy, photodynamic therapy or acne pills.

      The acne pill is actually the birth control pill, but has been shown to be effective some times, to correct hormone levels. Everyone has both male and female hormones, excessive testosterone levels, the male hormone, as well as the androgens, cause the sebaceous glands to go into over production, leading to acne out breaks. The acne pill, which are synthetic forms of estrogen and progestin can help level out these hormone levels, and have been shown to stop the ovaries from producing excess testosterone, and reinstating normal male and female hormone levels.

      The effects of the acne pill will not be seen immediately after beginning this treatment, and in some cases acne can get worse before getting better. As soon as the acne pill starts to equate hormone levels out the benefits will be able to be seen. Some times one acne pill will not work, and actually cause more problems, so another acne pill needs to be tried. There are different types of acne pills for the different hormonal levels of different people.

      People who suffer from chronic acne need to understand that the acne pill is a temporary cure, and in most cases, when the medication is stopped the acne will return. In some cases the acne can be far more serious after the acne pill is not being taken.

  2. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of large pores and acne scarring?
    I used to have severe acne on my face and that left scarring on my face. And with the scarring came large pores also. Is there any way to make both less visible without going to the doctor/spa?
    It's been about 8 years since the acne has disappeared. I only get pimples every now and then but it's not bad at all.
    I DON'T HAVE ACNE ANYMORE.

    • ANSWER:
      I had cystic acne for many years and it left me with severe scarring as well, but here's what my dermotologist recommended: he said said use ordinary Scotch tape: just lay a strip of tape over the scarred area, then put it up. Repeat this over the same area several times, then move on to the next scarred area and repeat. He said this does esactly the same thing as dermabrasion, basically removing surface cells and forcing the skin to repair itself, reducing the appearance of scars for a dollar versus hundreds of dollars. (I repeat the process until I feel a slight sting and do this a couple times a month. You have to let your skin heal.)

      It works, but it's a slow process. I also use a good cleansing regimen including an apricot scrub, a gentle astringent containing salicyic acid and Clean & Clear Advantage (also salicyic acid), which clears pores as well as treats reoccurring minor break-outs and I use an oil free moisturizer. I also have found a dab of Preparation-H on a swollen pimple takes the swelling/redness right out of it very quickly making it easier to hide with make-up. (I also use a make-up cover stick containing salicyic acid for flared spots.)

      Cystic acne is inherited. I'm over 50 and no amount of diet or water in-take or vitamins or type of make-up product has ever, ever helped. In fact, NONE of those things have anything to do with it. For me, it required severe medical intervention: antibiotics made it manageable, then the invention of Acutane finally got rid of the cysts giving me years of peace. However, entering menopause is like adolesence in reverse and causes minor break-outs.

      I think the Salicyic acid is the greatest topical invention ever and works fantastic without drying you out--be sure and use that on your minor break-outs!

      Good luck.

      .

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of the menopause?
    My mother is beginning to enter the menopause and I was wondering what health problems it can cause. Anything like depression? Anxiety? Heart problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Signs and symptoms
      Every woman experiences menopause differently. Even the age at which menopause begins may be unique to you. Some women reach menopause in their 30s or 40s, and some not until their 60s, but menopause most often occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

      Your signs and symptoms also are likely to be very individual. You may breeze through menopause with few signs and symptoms. Or you may experience a number of physical and emotional changes, including:

      Irregular periods. Your menstrual periods may stop suddenly, or gradually get lighter or heavier and then stop. The unpredictability of your periods may be your first clue that menopause is approaching.
      Decreased fertility. When ovulation begins to fluctuate, you're less likely to become pregnant. Until you haven't had a period for a year, however, pregnancy is still possible.
      Vaginal and urinary changes. As your estrogen level declines, the tissues lining your vagina and urethra — the opening to your bladder — become drier, thinner and less elastic. With decreased lubrication you may experience burning or itching, along with increased risk of infections of your urinary tract or vagina. These changes may make sexual intercourse uncomfortable or even painful. You may feel the need to urinate more frequently or more urgently, and you may experience urinary incontinence.
      Hot flashes. As your estrogen level drops, your blood vessels may expand rapidly, causing your skin temperature to rise. This can lead to a feeling of warmth that moves upward from your chest to your shoulders, neck and head. You may sweat, and as the sweat evaporates from your skin, you may feel chilled, weak and slightly faint. Your face might look flushed, and red blotches may appear on your chest, neck and arms. Most hot flashes last from 30 seconds to several minutes, although they can last much longer. The frequency, as well as the duration, of hot flashes varies from person to person. You may have them once every hour or only occasionally. They can occur any time during the day or night. They may be a part of your life for a year or more, or you may never have them.
      Sleep disturbances and night sweats. Night sweats are often a consequence of hot flashes. You may awaken from a sound sleep with soaking night sweats followed by chills. You may have difficulty falling back to sleep or achieving a deep, restful sleep. Lack of sleep may affect your mood and overall health.
      Changes in appearance. Many women gain a modest amount of weight — about 5 pounds on average — during the menopausal transition. The fat that once was concentrated in your hips and thighs may settle above your waist and in your abdomen. You may notice a loss of fullness in your breasts, thinning hair and wrinkles in your skin. If you previously experienced adult acne, it may become worse. Although your estrogen level drops, your body continues to produce small amounts of the male hormone testosterone. As a result, you may develop coarse hair on your chin, upper lip, chest and abdomen.
      Emotional and cognitive changes. You may experience irritability, fatigue, decreased memory and diminished concentration as you approach menopause. These symptoms have sometimes been attributed to hormonal fluctuations. Yet other factors are more likely to contribute to these changes, including sleep deprivation and stressful life events — such as the illness or death of a parent, grown children leaving home or returning home, and retirement.

      Complications
      Several chronic medical conditions tend to appear after menopause. By becoming aware of the following conditions, you can take steps to help reduce your risk:

      Cardiovascular disease. At the same time your estrogen levels decline, your risk of cardiovascular disease increases. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women as well as in men. Yet you can do a great deal to reduce your risk of heart disease. These risk-reduction steps include stopping smoking, reducing high blood pressure, getting regular aerobic exercise and eating a diet low in saturated fats and plentiful in whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
      Osteoporosis. During the first few years after menopause, you may lose bone density at a rapid rate, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes bones to become brittle and weak, leading to an increased risk of fractures. Postmenopausal women are especially susceptible to fractures of the hip, wrist and spine. That's why it's especially important during this time to get adequate calcium — 1,500 milligrams daily — and vitamin D — 400 to 800 international units daily. It's also important to exercise regularly. Strength training and weight-bearing activities such as walking and jogging are especially beneficial in keeping your bones strong.
      Urinary incontinence. As the tissues of your vagina and urethra lose their elasticity, you may experience a frequent, sudden, strong urge to urinate (urge incontinence) or incontinence with coughing, laughing or lifting (stress incontinence).
      Weight gain. Many women gain weight during the menopausal transition. You may need to eat less — perhaps as many as 200 to 400 fewer calories a day — and exercise more, just to maintain your current weight.

  4. QUESTION:
    Started Seasonale birth control and causing acne on chin and around mouth?
    Just started taking Seasonale birth control and a litle under a month into it my chin and around my mouth started breaking out. I have had acne trouble before but I am 21 now and I think I should be over the acne. I was wondering if I should continue the seasonale and see if it goes away or just quit the bc and wait to be put on another one.

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, for females, acne can be a constant battle all the way to menopause because of the hormone fluctuations.

      Anyway, any questions regarding your birth control should be directed towards your doctor or a pharmacist. If the birth control is worsening your acne condition, then it is wise to stop, but it could just be an initial breakout. Talk to your doctor.

  5. QUESTION:
    Could the acne on my back be caused by my night sweats?
    I've never had acne on my back before and lately I've been having night sweats as well as acne on my back, back of my neck and behind the ears, could this be caused by my night sweats? Or could it be an allegric reaction to a body wash I'm using?
    Also, my back is often itchy and/or painful, precisely where I have the acne or swollen bumpy skin.
    I get night sweats often, about 3 or 4 times a week.

    • ANSWER:
      Night sweats can sometimes be a sign of serious illness such as TB or other infection or inflammation. Sometimes they are from a hormonal problem such as with menopause or hypothalmus (a gland in your brain) problems. Sometimes it can be idiopathic (cause unexplained / unknown). You should see a doctor.

      Some serious illness manifest with skin lesions, including lymphoma or leukemia or lupus. It could be acne but could also be something else. If the acne became infected, it could cause itching and pain. You really need to see a doctor. Also, change your sheets each night if you are sweating and be careful of any irritating laundry detergents. It's best to have a doctor look at it, or if you are in school, ask a nurse to take a look and see.

      Sometimes, acne lumps (cystic acne) can become quite painful. You may need to go on accutane if it is acne and is becoming a serious painful issue, but nowadays, there are other medications that have recently come out for acne. You are right that sweating can aggravate acne problems, as the bacteria proliferate better and there is more chance of inflammation and irritation. See a doctor. If you dont' have medical insurance, usually most towns have clinics where you can see a doctor on a sliding scale or free if you are poor. Call your social services dept. or health department.

      Again, it may not be acne, so it's best to see a doctor and also about your night sweats, which is not a normal thing usually. How often do you get them?

  6. QUESTION:
    Is there a substitute for birth control for acne?
    I have really bad acne and nothing's working. So, since all the cleansers and creams aren't working, I thought it might help to try to regulate my hormones with birth control pills. But, I know that my parents aren't going to like that idea at all and probably won't go for it. But I really want my acne gone. So, is there some kind of substitute that would give me more estrogen to lower testosterone levels?

    • ANSWER:
      Emerita creams are hormone creams for women who are having problems with their cycle or are preparing for menopause. I have used this cream before (it goes on your chest, thighs or pelvic area just below your belly button) and I think if it works for my period, it will help with the acne.

      Look it up on google and maybe you can order some.

      In the meantime, look at your diet; are you eating too much sugary stuff? Too much greasy stuff? Too much junk food? Then start eliminating those foods from your diet.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can someone tell me at what age acne begins to go away?
    I've had acne pretty badly since I hit puberty when I was 13. Now I'm 21 and I still am suffering from it!

    Can anyone tell me if this acne will ever go away? I was hoping it would be gone by the time I was out of high school!

    • ANSWER:
      usually after menopause for women. men can have it into old age. talk more about it with your dermatologist.

  8. QUESTION:
    Why do I always have an acne outbreak before I get my period?
    It's the worst thing in the world to know that it's going to happen and there's nothing I can do. It always happens overnight, and in the morning it's terrible.

    My doctor put me on prescription acne things, and even Proactive, and I've just simply tried washing my face, NOTHING HELPS@ Toothpaste, lemon juice, benzoyl peroxide, salycic acid, nothing.

    • ANSWER:
      Honey, its like this, it is a part of life, it is your hormones, changing, we all women go thru it. I went thru this stage until my acne stopped at age 23 then my rags were ok by then. You can try this soap if they have it where you live *Basis Soap* usually a drug store carries it - I used this for my acne control. If this doesnt work for ya. Sometimes you just have to live thru the time until it passes.. Look at it this way.. IF you think this is bad, just wait until Menopause creeps up on ya. =)

  9. QUESTION:
    what can i do to get rid of my acne scars?
    my acne has cleared up but now i am left with scars. is there anyway to get rid of it or make it less noticeable without having to go to a dermatologist?

    • ANSWER:
      Acne is one of the most common skin disorders and affects mainly young people, but may even appear after the age of 30 years. This condition in many cases tends to disappear by itself after a certain period of time, however, if it is left untreated, it can cause deep scars in the skin. Acne can also cause psychological problems, especially among young people.

      These are the causes of this disorder:

      Excessive hormone production: Every square centimeter of skin contains about 100 sweat glands and 15 sebaceous glands that exist at the base of the hair and produce a substance called sebum. Sebum combined with sweat, form a liquid that acts as barrier against bacteria, parasites and fungus. However, under certain conditions the sebaceous glands produce more sebum than necessary. These conditions occur when there is a major hormonal change, such as an increase in androgens during puberty and an increase of progesterone during menopause. It seems that certain people have a strong sensitivity to these hormones and are therefore more likely to suffer from acne.
      Genetic factors: If your parents used to suffer from this disorder you are more likely to have it yourself. What is more, oily skin (which can be inherited) predisposes to acne due to the fact that it produces excessive sebum that blocks the skin's pores.

      Stress: Stress can increase the production of hormones, which cause acne outbreaks.

      Dietary factors: The excessive intake of fats, sweets, carbohydrates, alcohol and dairy products seem to make the situation worse. Sugar, in particular, is very harmful. In fact, certain pharmacological experiments have revealed that taking small doses of anti-diabetic medicines (which lower sugar in the blood) can improve acne.

      Constipation: surprisingly constipation can cause acne. Constipation leads to the failure to eliminate the toxins that accumulate in different parts of the body and particularly in the skin. Many times in fact, mild cases of acne have been cured due to the correction of this intestinal disorder.

      How to cure this problem:

      Drink plenty of water: it may sound too simple, but the most important thing to do is to drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Water is very beneficial for your skin's health.

      Drink green tea: another great natural treatment is green tea. It also has many other health benefits: it can reduce high cholesterol, infections, viruses, high blood sugar, headaches, and joint discomfort.

      Include fruits in your diet: There are many acids found in fruits that can help reduce sebum, which blocks the pores. Fruits can also eliminate excess toxins that build up in body and reduce the swelling and redness of spots. The best fruits to eat are apples, grapes and oranges. Also, including fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables in your diet can also help you get a better complexion.

      Although, these tips can be helpful but the only way to correct this problem permanently is to balance your hormones.

      ..........

  10. QUESTION:
    Is long term menstrual spotting from Spironolactone use dangerous?
    I'm a 40-yr-old woman and have been taking 100 mg of Spiro daily for the past year for acne and oily skin. It has worked wonders and has cleared up my skin tremendously. However, the spiro causes me to spot 2 weeks into my monthly cycle, and the spotting lasts longer than my normal period. Is this hurting my health? What health problems can this create long term?
    I've tried reducing my dosage, but either the spotting doesn't go away or the anti-acne/anti-oil effects do.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, unfortunately I can't answer any of your questions as a doctor could, but I was just prescribed Spironolactone from my dermatologist yesterday. She gave me 25 mg to start with, twice a day. I will also be taking it for hormonal acne. I was told it could cause my periods to be irregular, but I haven't been on it long enough to say whether that's going to be the case.

      Getting back to you though, I wouldn't worry about the spotting hurting your health...it sounds like more of an inconvenience than anything. Have u talked to your GYN doctor? If not, I would highly recommend that. Are u aware that Spironolactone has been shown to cause tumors in rats? While on this medication, regular breast exams are a good idea, whether cancer runs in your family or not. As far as long term problems caused by frequent spotting...you might begin menopause before you even have to worry about that. Still, it's important to go over these concerns with your doctor. Have u tried YAZ birth control for your acne? I heard it really improves your skin. That will be my next oral medication to try if the Spiro doesn't work out.

      Anyway, good luck to you. I know what it's like to have a face full of acne... it rips your soul apart. I wish you all the best- don't forget to talk to your Gynecologist :)

  11. QUESTION:
    What effects will I have stopping the birth control pill?
    I just stopped the birth control today after taking them for over a year, the pills got rid of the acne I had, will it come back? Though I noticed on the pill I was kinda moody, so I hope that goes away.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few of links if you'd like to learn more about the big announcement about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causing breast cancer. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control also began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain estrogen and progestin, hormones that are the most widely used in HRT. This is true for The Pill, The mini-pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, and Nuva Ring, Shots, and Rods under the skin. Levels in HRT, which have already been shown to cause breast cancer, are actually lower than that in hormonal birth control methods, on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with naturally occurring hormones in already normal levels. How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974 when BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress the natural processes of the female body.

      Just like menopause, the female bodily functions of ovulation and pregnancy ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks.

      If you must practice birth control, abstinence or a condom, diaphragm, cervical cap, with plenty of spermicide, when used correctly is STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to this, at least stop using hormonal birth control for the sake of your health!

      A + B = C

      How many more "news flash: drug causes bad side effects" announcements before we realize that the body does NOT need drugs, except in dire circumstances. Let's leave our bodies alone and live healthy lifestyles, and our bodies will take care of the rest!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  12. QUESTION:
    I have problems during my menstruation caused by the Polycystic ovary, Am I going to be menaupose early?
    I'm 21 years old and I've been experiencing 8-9 months without menstruation for 3 years now and I'm really scared of what caused this to happen in my body and what could be the effect if my menstruation is very very irregular. Am I going to be menopause at the early age?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about a correlation with menopause and PCOS. I just wanted to remind you the importance of working with your health care professional if you suspect you have PCOS. Your doctor will be more aware of any correlation between early menopause and PCOS.

      Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder. That means there is a problem with some of the hormones in the body. With PCOS, one of the main problems is that the body is not properly using the insulin that it makes. Insulin levels can then get too high. Insulin is a hormone that plays an important role in digesting and using sugar from the food that we eat. Many women with PCOS are overweight or find it especially difficult to lose weight.

      When insulin levels are too high, it can affect other hormones in the body. One hormone that is affected by too much insulin is androgen. Having too much androgen is what causes some of the more noticeable symptoms of PCOS, like acne (pimples) and hirsutism (too much hair in unwanted places, such as on the face). Irregular menstrual cycles, not having your period at all, or having a period that has stopped are other common symptom of PCOS.

      PCOS can seriously affect your health and also your ability to become pregnant. The good news is that there are effective ways to treat it. Your doctor may prescribe medication. It’s very important that you ask what you can do to help. Changing your lifestyle can greatly improve your overall health and the symptoms of PCOS. Exercise and weight management are two very effective ways to decrease most or all of the symptoms of PCOS.

      Your Beinggirl Expert Panel

  13. QUESTION:
    How do i stop myself sweating during the night?
    i'm 21 & wake up quite sweaty. I wouldn't mind so much only i think it's making my acne a lot worse; how can i stop sweating? it's not excessive but deffiently enough to clog my pores, will taking tablets recommened for women going through menapause help? Thanks! =)

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure the room is cool, wear something light to bed, and use a fan if you have to.Perhaps take a warm-cool shower before bed.
      Taking any menopause medicine will not help you as menopause is a hormonal issue.

  14. QUESTION:
    what is a natural way to lose acne without prescriptions or proactiv shit? Thanks?
    Its not very bad acne but some, blackheads are constant, I have tried several products, and some work, some don't , just wondering what a natural way might be to lose them. thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Rosey

      Here is a method I just learned about and it;s worth exploring.

      INTRODUCTION TO OIL PULLING ("OP")
      REPORTED CURES WITH OIL PULLING:

      Mouth & Gum Disease; Stiff Joints; Allergies; Asthma; Acne, High Blood Sugar; Constipation; Migraines; Bronchitis; Eczema; Heart, Kidney, Lung Diseases; Leukemia; Arthritis; Meningitis; Insomnia; Menopause (hormonal issues); Cancer; AIDS; Chronic Infections; Varicose Veins; High Blood Pressure; Diabetes; Polio; Cracked Heels,.

      Here's are a few paragraphs from Bharat Savur's article on The Hindu Business Online

      ..."When Dr Karsch examined the gargled milk-white oil under a microscope with 600 magnification, he saw live organisms swimming in it. It's poisonous, so never swallow it, he warns. These poisons are bacteria-embryos, which, if not eliminated, cause diseases. Apparently, Dr Karsch cured his own chronic blood disease and 15-year-old arthritis.

      The first sign of improvement is in the teeth-they become firm and white, he says. Other healing indications: fresh, relaxed feeling on waking up, disappearing dark pouches below the eyes, anew appetite and energy, better memory and deep sleep.

      Dr Karsch swears by the mouth oil-wash for anything from organ-disorders, skin-diseases, menstrual problems, paralysis to every ache and it is in the human anatomy. You can gargle even when you have fever, he says, adding, it takes anything from two days to a year to cure a disease.

      And if these claims sound exaggerated, he told a conference of Ukrainian cancer specialists, try out the process yourself.

      Interestingly, Ayurveda advises oil gargling "to purify the taste-buds and the entire system", as explained by Dr Deepak Chopra in Perfect Health.

      According to this life science, the tongue is mapped by organ-locations — that is, each section of the tongue is connected to the kidneys, lungs, spleen, liver, heart, pancreas, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine.
      Thus, an oil-mouth-massage soothes and stimulates the key meridians where taste meets organ. Simultaneously, as in any skin-massage, the inner skin and lining of the mouth, palate and tongue become warm and supple and the lubrication prevents dryness (the vatic effect).
      In modern dietetics too, dryness is discussed.

      For example, lack of Vitamin A (retinal) causes the outer lining of the eyeball to dry and wrinkle, and affects vision.
      And as any dietician would tell you, all oils contain 960 micrograms of vitamin A per 10 gm (the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A per adult is 600 micrograms). So, it's possible that oil gargling helps in reaching the required retinal to the eyeballs and keeps them elastic and smooth.
      Likewise, the Ayurvedic `purification of taste-buds' also has its equivalent in dietetics as `antioxidants'. Oxidation literally means `the putrefaction of body-tissues'.

      And oil-soluble vitamins, A, C, D, and E are antioxidants that protect and prevent the decaying process and help maintain the integral functioning of cell membranes. That's why, many people are ingesting vitamin E pills to stem `aging' (oxidation). "

      Here is the link for more info

      http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/oil_pulling.html

      Best of health to you

  15. QUESTION:
    Are hot flashes normal in pregnancy and when do they start?
    also my skin has started to become oily I always a good balance between oily and dry but now it is completetly oily.I am pretty sure it isn't menopause being as I am 25 years old and I haven't changed make-up or soap lately so is that normal to

    • ANSWER:
      Oily skin and acne was one of my first symptoms. I've been having hot flashes since my first trimester as well. Now they are just more often and more severe. I'm so looking forward to cooler weather.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can lack of sugar contribute to outbreaks?
    Usually, my acne is not to bad but occasionally, i will break out all around my chin. Then, i will try to wash my face alot and avoid sugary foods. But when i do that, it seems to not get any better or actually get worse. I eventually break down and eat a candy bar. After i give up and eat sugar regularly, the breakouts seem to go away. Is this just coincidence or that just how my body works?

    • ANSWER:
      Sugar has nothing to do with acne (which is caused by bacteria and natural oils in the skin (for which extra washing is not what you want to do) but can be influenced by changing hormone levels, such as at puberty, birth control pills, and menopause).

  17. QUESTION:
    At what age do you completely quit having acne?
    I am 49 and still get pimples occasionally. :( My mom had acne until she hit menopause. When do ladies usually stop having acne?

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on the person. Many people will 'grow out' of their pimples by the time they are twenty or older, while many others will never have pimples. Plenty of adults have acne, and this is most likely do to hormone imbalances or other health problems. If you are tired of having pimples, I would suggest seeing a dermatologist; they can prescribe you topical medication that will most likely clear your face up. I wouldn't suggest taking oral medication (excluding birth control) for your acne as I have heard bad things about it (such as it being hard on your liver).

      It's hard to give you a definite answer as to what age a person stops having acne. Every person is different. In general, when a person stops going through puberty and their hormones are more normal they will stop having acne. This is usually around twenty years of age, give or take a few years. This is just what I've noticed in many people.

      If your mother had acne until she hit menopause, then you will most likely stop having acne when YOU hit menopause.

      Hope I helped, and best of luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    I want to start taking prenatal vitamins for my skin?
    I break out like a freak, im a girl and i love makeup and having acne just ruins alot! I have a mild cleanser and drink alot of water and clean my hands and im still breaking out!!!

    please help i hear prenatal vitamins can help, what brand should i take? personal experience? someone help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Women can break out because of puberty or periodical menstrual cycle that can last until menopause. These phases makes your hormone out of whack --> hyperactive oil glands --> more oil --> more acne. Prenatal vitamins does not help. If you prefer an oral route for acne, your relevant choices are: antibiotic (like tetracycline) OR hormone blocker OR birth control pills OR accutane (isotretinoin). Birth control ill and hormone blocker regulate hormone production ---> less oil --> less breakouts. Isotretinoin shrinks oil glands --> no more oily skin --> no more blackheads or acne. I think isotretinoin gives you long-term or even permanent "normal" skin after the treatment, but some people need 2 or 3 trials.

      -- Cleansers – removes dirty, oil, makeup, dead skin cells and any other residuals built up over time

      Boots Expert Anti-Blemish Cleansing Foam OR Olay Foaming Face Wash, Sensitive OR CeraVe Foaming Cleanser is great options. All three contain no fragrance or colorant (nFoC).

      -- Exfoliant – Unglues dead skin cell | stimulate collagen over time | even out skin tone

      Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment with 2% salicylic acid (SA; pH ~ 3.4). This product does contain fragrance and coloring additives, but they are in minute amounts. If you have sensitivity to those ingredients, then try Paula’s Choice 2% beta hydroxy acid “gel” or “liquid” version (pH 3.2-6); either one is good. SA acts as a triple threat: an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and an oil-soluble exfoliant. Its solubility allows it to exfoliate the pore lining to dislodge any clog to permit a better flow of oil. If you are allergic to aspirin, then avoid SA. Your alternative is a glycolic acid or lactic acid-based product such as Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydrox Acid with glycolic acid (pH f 3.5-8) with nFoC. If you have sensitivity to any acids, you probably want to stick with a physical scrub such as Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Scrub with round polyethylene beads as the scrubbing agent. The efficacy of exfoliation of scrubs is not on par with chemical exfoliation. But before you go for the scrub, try ease up the application of chemical exfoliant if you have low tolerance for it at first. For example, try to apply it every other night, or every third night, or once a week and gradually increase application frequency. Or, you can apply the chemical exfoliant for 5-10 minutes and rinse it off; do this for a week and increase leave-on application as you achieve higher tolerance for the acid.

      -- Acne Medication – oxidizing agent that destroy acne bacteria

      Benzoyl peroxide (BP) is the gold-standard acne treatment. The FDA and declared it to be safe and effective. Acne bacteria cannot develop resistance to benzoyl peroxide. Research has shown that a 2.5% BP is just as effective as 5% or 10% BP without the irritation (peeling, burning, redness, etc). However, if your skin has a more aggressive form of acne, you may just want to try a higher concentration of BP. If you prefer an organized system that takes the guess work out for you, then try Proactiv. Acne.org also offers a system and it is cheaper because you get for product per dollar. The drugstore has a few good options. Oxy Clinical Clearing Treatment has 5% BP while Clean and Clear Persa-Gel contain 10% BP. If you have sensitive to BP, an alternative may be sulfur-containing product such as Clearasil Adult Acne Treatment Cream, Tinted with 8% sulfur and 2% resorcinol; however, this product can be “strong” so do a patch test to be on the safe side. If you have tolerance issue, try the methods I proposed above in the exfoliant section. You can try tea tree oil too, but I cannot find a product anywhere on the market (as of now) of the appropriate concentration to work effective and gently, that is, 2.5% or 5% tea tree oil. You can buy tea tree oil yourself and try to make it yourself at your own risk. Research has shown that benzoyl peroxide works better than tea tree oil.

      -- Sunscreen – UV protection

      Sunscreen is absolutely important for any skin type. Sun UV-rays are detrimental to the health of your skin. UVB is the burning ray whereas UV-A is the aging ray. Neutrogena Age Shield SPF 55 has nFoC. If you are very oil, then try Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock SPF 55 (low amount of fragrance); its liquid consistency and mineral silica leave a matte finish. The duration of the matte effect depends how active your oil glands are, so you may want to blot throughout the day ( a tissue paper is just fine). If you have sensitivity to synthetic sunscreen agent, then your alternative has to be sun product with just titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. They provide board-spectrum product with high safety profile and almost no irritation potential because of their inert nature. Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid Sunblock SPF 50 with 5% titanium dioxide and 3% zinc oxide has nFoC.

      Best wishes.

  19. QUESTION:
    Lately, I have been breaking out around my mouth. I already use an acne medicine that works great, just not ar?
    Lately, I have been breaking out around my mouth. I already use an acne medicine that works great, just not around my mouth. What's the deal?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s understandable that you are concerned over the development of blemishes in a certain area when your acne treatment seems to work so well otherwise. However, there could be a number of causes. If the blemishes are indeed traditional acne, it could be a matter of hormonal changes that occur naturally during the normal monthly cycle among women, or as a result of hormonal changes as the woman enters menopause. And there are other possible causes.

      The fact is a number of things can cause the pustules we associate with acne, including allergies and bacterial or viral skin infections.

      I recommend you pay a visit to your doctor or dermatologist and confirm that these blemishes are indeed nothing more than common acne. Once you are sure that there isn’t another, potentially more serious cause, you will be able to address the issue. And if it is just acne blemishes caused by hormonal fluctuations, your doctor may be able to prescribe a medication that will help control these formerly uncontrollable breakouts.

  20. QUESTION:
    I am looking for a good healty concealer to cover my acne scars. What would be a good one?
    I have tried all of MACS concealers and liked them. However, they clogged my pores. I am looking for a healthy alternative concealer. I am switching to mineral makeup but need a good concealer because mineral makeup doesn't give you much coverage.

    • ANSWER:
      Acne is one of the most common skin disorders and affects mainly young people, but may even appear after the age of 30 years. This condition in many cases tends to disappear by itself after a certain period of time, however, if it is left untreated, it can cause deep scars in the skin. Acne can also cause psychological problems, especially among young people.

      These are the causes of this disorder:

      Excessive hormone production: Every square centimeter of skin contains about 100 sweat glands and 15 sebaceous glands that exist at the base of the hair and produce a substance called sebum. Sebum combined with sweat, form a liquid that acts as barrier against bacteria, parasites and fungus. However, under certain conditions the sebaceous glands produce more sebum than necessary. These conditions occur when there is a major hormonal change, such as an increase in androgens during puberty and an increase of progesterone during menopause. It seems that certain people have a strong sensitivity to these hormones and are therefore more likely to suffer from acne.
      Genetic factors: If your parents used to suffer from this disorder you are more likely to have it yourself. What is more, oily skin (which can be inherited) predisposes to acne due to the fact that it produces excessive sebum that blocks the skin's pores.

      Stress: Stress can increase the production of hormones, which cause acne outbreaks.

      Dietary factors: The excessive intake of fats, sweets, carbohydrates, alcohol and dairy products seem to make the situation worse. Sugar, in particular, is very harmful. In fact, certain pharmacological experiments have revealed that taking small doses of anti-diabetic medicines (which lower sugar in the blood) can improve acne.

      Constipation: surprisingly constipation can cause acne. Constipation leads to the failure to eliminate the toxins that accumulate in different parts of the body and particularly in the skin. Many times in fact, mild cases of acne have been cured due to the correction of this intestinal disorder.

      How to cure this problem:

      Drink plenty of water: it may sound too simple, but the most important thing to do is to drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Water is very beneficial for your skin's health.

      Drink green tea: another great natural treatment is green tea. It also has many other health benefits: it can reduce high cholesterol, infections, viruses, high blood sugar, headaches, and joint discomfort.

      Include fruits in your diet: There are many acids found in fruits that can help reduce sebum, which blocks the pores. Fruits can also eliminate excess toxins that build up in body and reduce the swelling and redness of spots. The best fruits to eat are apples, grapes and oranges. Also, including fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables in your diet can also help you get a better complexion.

      Although, these tips can be helpful but the only way to correct this problem permanently is to balance your hormones.

      .........

  21. QUESTION:
    Is YAZ birth control safe for my 16yr old?
    I am considering Yaz for my daughter but as always I hate all the side effects? Are ther any long term effects ? Is this something a 16yr old should consider? She isnt sexually active yet but her hormones and cramps are high, also she has some acne and we heard its good for that. Give me some info if anyone who is taking it likes it or not?

    • ANSWER:
      Been on Yaz for 4 months now, haven't had a problem with it at all. Make sure Yaz is right for her. The reason I went on Yaz was because of PMDD, and 4 months later, I feel as if a ton of bricks has been lifted off my shoulders after all these years of suffering (depression, anxiety, panic attacks, horrible cramps/nausea associated with PMDD). Make sure your daughter is mature enough to take a pill every single day at the same time every day. Even if she's not using it for BC, the only way for any BC to help control hormones/period issues is if it's taken correctly. A young person shouldn't have a ton of problems using a BC pill - side effect wise I mean. A younger persons body can adjust fairly quickly and easily to things. The body sometimes needs up to 3 months to adjust to a BC pill, but like I said, I had no problems at all when starting it, but everyone is different. I take my pill at night, which was suggested to me by my doctor, said if I did have any side effects when starting it (upset stomach ect) that I would sleep through it and not notice it.

      I would just be sure she is mature enough to do this and also talk to her doctor (and I do NOT suggest her getting the HPV vaccine if suggested by her dr - it's dangerous and we don't know anything about it or why it's being pushed on little girls to have it - the only way you get HPV is by multiple sex partners with MEN who are infected- why aren't they treating the men?). I haven't been relieved fully of cramps and you will still get a pretty "normal" but lighter period. She's a woman - and being a woman means having this lovely visitor come each month until she hits menopause. :-D

      If it wasn't for my PMDD and using it for BC, I would not take a pill. I don't know, that's just me.

  22. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause of 3 missed periods and 3 negative tests?
    I'm 19. My last period was 4 months ago. I keep feeling like it's going to come but it doesn't. I've taken 3 tests so far and they all come back negative. I don't have any pregnancy symptoms. The only other symptoms I can think of is that my bm (bowel movements) have been irregular since my last period and my acne has become really bad. I'm really hoping it's not premature menopause. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, here are some facts about irregular menstrual cycles. I hope this helps you to answer a few of your questions. Take care.
      Cycles between 23–35 days are very common. A woman may get her period only one to four times a year. Or she might have periods that occur two to three times in a month and involve spotting or extremely heavy flow. Alternatively, she may have heavy episodes of bleeding every two to three months. Irregular periods are simply what is irregular for you.

      For the most part, we don’t worry at the clinic about a missed period or two over the course of a year. More variation than that may indicate to us the beginning of perimenopause or a disruption of the natural chain of hormonal events that controls menstruation. A wide variety of factors can be responsible for irregular periods, among them:

      Significant weight gain or loss
      Over-exercise
      Poor nutrition (or a diet too high in carbohydrates)
      Smoking
      Drug use
      Caffeine
      Excessive alcohol use (interfering with how the liver metabolizes estrogen and progesterone)
      Eating disorders
      Increased stress
      Polycystic ovarian syndrome/estrogen dominance
      Uterine abnormalities (fibroids/cysts/polyps/endometriosis)
      Hormonal imbalance related to perimenopause
      Medications
      Chemotherapy
      Recent childbirth, miscarriage, or D&C
      Breastfeeding

      As you can see, there are many different ways a woman can be irregular for as many different reasons, and it can be very confusing when it happens.

      http://www.womentowomen.com/menstruation…

  23. QUESTION:
    What do you know about blood impurities and it causing acne?
    What exactly is blood impurity? How to help improve it?
    Would a bad diet cause pimples on your body that are basically blood filled things under the skin?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, frankly I've never heard that term. Impurity would imply that the blood is not 'pure' (???). Anything that shouldn't be in the blood, could cause serious sickness (sepsis, poisining etc.).

      Acne is usually caused by hormonal changes (growing body during puberty, fatigue, menstruation, menopause, stress etc.). It may be caused by the ingredients in diets (too high in undigestable fats - transfats, artificial additive etc.)

      Other factors can (but not always do) aggravate acne (such as exposure to unhygenic conditions.

      - Proper balanced diet (with as little artificial ingredients as possible),
      - a good, regular work-out,
      - care not to expose acne to dirty hands, "impure" water, public use or improperly washed towels (paper tissues are usually cleaner) etc.

      - and patience untill the hormones to do their course. These should at least minder the symptoms. If it's solely hormonal and severe with risk of scarring, medications can help balance the internal factors.

  24. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of acne and facial hair on women?
    Hi, I am 32 years old and still fighting symptoms of black corse facial hair on my chin and throat and upper lip. I also get acne however it's not as bad as it used to be. I had the clearest skin, everyone used to comment on my complexion and when I turned 26 I broke out in server cyst like acne, it was terrible.. I seen doctors, specialist, naturopaths, more doctors, beauty therapist ect ect... Than the hair started... It grew thicker and thicker. I was told I had a hormonal imbalance so was sent to do tests and the results came back normal, I did more hormone tests resulting normal.. Ultrasounds to determine polycyclic ovaries, but that also was good. The only thing they found was a small fibroid on my uterus wall, which wouldn't have a bad effect... Apparently.. I've tried different contraceptive pills, medication, anacor, retin-a, benzoyle peroxide and heaps more, I've tried all types of skin care, pro active, thalgo, cosmedix, doctor skin care prescriptions, micro microdermabrasion, Aesop, dermalogica. I've taken health food supplements.. Naturopath to detox me from the inside out.. Last year I seen a hormone specialist who did test after test and said everything was normal, she couldn't figure it out... Her exact words were, you seem to be getting menopause symptoms but everything's normal.. Even she was clueless... It got to the point where it was effecting my life, I wouldn't leave the house. I literally have days where I would want to get a knife and skin my face. Hair growths is also a problem and not sure what to do... I'm not overweight, nothing adds up
    I've bought a no no hair remover.... I've used it religiously for 12 months but hasn't done a great deal. I have had laser from a clinic which also has not helped but worked amazingly on my legs, it's not menopause and I'm also currently 8 month pregnant.. But symptoms still the same

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Does female pubic hair fall out with age?
    After not having sex for 10 years, I finally got the nerve to get ED medicine from my doctor. After a little unexpected foreplay I found my wife to have no pubic hair. I was shocked. She says her pubic hair fell out. She is almost 60 and has gone thru menopause. Is it possible that it fell out or do you think she shaved it off? Kind of bums me out.

    • ANSWER:
      -----------------Use shampoo! suave professionals biobasics for damaged hair is a good example. its cheap and you have a lot of it, and at the same time it gets rid of all the oil and grease, helping zits fade. however, many shampoos contain lauryl sulfates which can damage your skin.

      Change your pillow case every week. You sleep on it! Most of your germs and bacteria are passed onto your pillow case and back onto your skin.... making acne worse.

      Take Minocycline. Minocycline is an antibiotic which kills bacteria. Minocycline should be taken with caution, however, as it has been show to damage the thyroid gland, liver, and hair. It makes skin sensitive and lowers the body's resistance to pathogens. If you do choose to take minocyline, make sure to get bloodwork every six months at the doctor's office to monitor your health.

  26. QUESTION:
    are hormonal replacement pills bad to take in the long run?
    if you stop taking them does acne come back just as bad as before , if not worse? or is it a long time cure?

    • ANSWER:
      Two common classes of drugs used to manage acne are the tetracycline antibiotics and the Pill. Both are quite effective when you take it, but there is a chance of relapse when you discontinue.

      It won't necessarily come back worse than before though. Not all people relapse. Acne often improves with age.

      Edit: Note: Menopause is not a disease and neither is it treated as one in conventional medicine. However, symptoms can be distressing and cause problems and the aim of medicine isn't just to cure a problem, it also aims to improve quality of life.

      Also note homeopathy is bunk.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is milk causing me to get acne?
    I have this milk addiction, I drink 2 to 3 cups a day because I wanted to grow taller but recently I just started to get acne and I heard rumors that milk causes acne. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      honestly i think it has a big hand in that !

      Milk is high in calcium and Vitamin D. Calcium helps build strong bones, but it cannot be absorbed into the bones to strengthen them without the presence of Vitamin D. In previous studies, an abundance of calcium has been proven to reduce blood pressure, and higher levels of calcium have aided in weight loss.

      Milk contains a large amount of protein, which is essential for proper nutrition. Protein gives a person energy and helps them feel fuller longer, aiding in weight loss. Drinking milk on a regular basis may also help reduce the risk of kidney stones. It clears sugar substances from the mouth when drunk and works against fighting tooth decay. Milk also builds stronger teeth by remineralizing tooth enamel.

      Further studies have shown that women who drink milk as teenagers and young adults have stronger bones during menopause. Milk is good for the brain, lowering the risk of strokes. Scientists have not been able to figure out why it may help in fighting off strokes, other than the many nutrients it contains might work together as a protecting shield

  28. QUESTION:
    Does occasional hot flush in my face cause acne?
    sometimes i get hot flushes when i sit down and sometimes i get that when in a enclosed space and i feel like its hard to breathe. my face would get a little hotter than usually and i can feel the heat staying on my face. I don't sweat or anything. but could that be the cause acne on my jawline and chin?
    I am a guy so it can't be menopause. can it?

    • ANSWER:
      There is such thing as menopause in males, it's called Andropause.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andropause

      I get the same thing when I simply squat and stand up (not even standing up all that fast). It may just be the change in blood pressure that's causing the hot flash. Try sitting down more slowly and see if that helps. Are you moving fairly quickly before you sit down?

      Acne on the jawline is surprisingly usually caused by bacteria the on your pillow. How often do you change the pillowcases on your pillows? Do you droll in your sleep? If so, you may be lying with your jaw in your saliva causing the bacteria to build up on your face. However, it could simply be hereditary or hormone issues.

  29. QUESTION:
    Could peri- or menopause be making me feel masculine?
    This is a repeat. I got one good answer the last time, but I wanted to post this during a higher traffic time to see if anyone else had suggestions. 'm a 41yo woman. Lately, much to my chagrin, I've been feeling a sort of hypermasculinity. I also have acne along my jawline, which I've read can indicate an excess of androgens. Could both of these things be indicative of menopause? Are there any natural, vegan, non-hormonal remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      "Hypermasculinity" could mean many different things, so I can't address whether perimenopause can make you feel masculine. It can certainly make you aggressive and irritable due to hormone imbalances.

      Many women in perimenopause, due to testoserone imbalances, can experience acne. Just like being an adolescent again.

      It sounds as if you've educated yourself well on perimenopause and menopause. (Perimenopause is the years leading into menopause, which is defined as having gone one year without menstruation).

      It's always interesting when women want "treatment" for menopause, since it's a natural transition. However, the hot flashes, insomnia, weight gain, acne, irritability, mood swings, libido changes, and skin/hair changes can be disturbing. All these signs/symptoms certainly don't feel natural.

      Some women find that the herb black cohosh (marketed as Estroven and Remifemin) helps these signs and symptoms. You may want to visit the websites for these; sometimes they offer free samples.

      After almost 8 years of perimenopause misery, including dozens of daily hot flashes, palpitations, and weight gain, I am now on hormone replacement therapy. Most of my signs/symptoms have improved. HRT does have its dangers, though, so my physician and I are monitoring my health very carefully.

      If you decide to check out black cohosh, be sure that it doesn't affect any medical conditions you may have or any other drugs you may be taking. Herbs may be all-natural, but they still can have adverse effects.

  30. QUESTION:
    Has anyone experienced acne at or after the age of 40 for the first time?
    I just turned 40 and I am breaking out all over my face. Never had acne problems before.

    • ANSWER:
      Acne is not a teen symptom it can occur to anyone at any particular age, several factors have been shown to affect the condition:-
      • Disease. Hormonal disorders.
      • Hormonal changes. Acne can flare up before menstruation, during pregnancy, and menopause.
      • Diet. Although they are not the primary cause of acne, certain foods may bring on flare-ups or make the condition worse.
      • Drugs. Acne can be a side effect of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and anabolic steroids.
      • Personal hygiene. Use of abrasive soaps, hard scrubbing of the face, or handling pimples will often make them worse.
      • Cosmetics. Oil-based makeup and hair sprays worsen acne.
      • Environment. Exposure to oils and greases, polluted air, and sweating in hot weather can all aggravate acne.
      • Stress. Emotional stress may contribute to acne.
      • Friction. Continual pressure or rubbing on the skin by such things as bicycle helmets, backpacks, or tight clothing, as well as hard scrubbing of the skin, can worsen acne.

      Please seek a dermatologist advise for best diagnose and treatment.

  31. QUESTION:
    is it normal for me to breakout 1 week before my period?
    I've been struggling with acne for months now, so I bought Murad. My face was clearing up, then it broke out bad near my chin. I looked at the calender and realized this week i'm due for my period. Is it normal to breakout a week before my period?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to tell you but it is very common and normal. The older you get, the less likely, but usually does not stop til menopause.

  32. QUESTION:
    Tender Breasts and Onset of Adult Acne is it Hormones?
    I will be 33 in a few weeks and recently my breasts have been hurting constantly. I have also been getting acne but have never had a problem with my skin before. I do not believe that I am pregnant so what else could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      My mother hit menopause very early, and had similar symptoms. She was 34 when it hit her, but i have heard that some women can hit menopause in thier 20's, she was thankful to have alredy had her children...but it can be delayed if you catch it early enough, it can be faught off a bit, go to a fertility/obgyn to make sure..

  33. QUESTION:
    Why is my acne getting worse with age while everyone elses is getting better?
    I saw a friend today who used to have so much acne back when we were 17! well hes 19 now and all his acne is practically gone while mine wasnt that bad when I was 17 and now at 19 its gotten worse!! I dont understand I want to cry I just want it to go away its no fair why is God punishing me :(

    • ANSWER:
      It tends to be hormonal and we are all different with different hormones peaking at different times.

      I kept getting occasional pimples until I reached menopause and still get one on rare occasions.

      On the plus side, my skin has very few wrinkles and looks much younger than I am.

  34. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of adult acne. I'm in my 30s and keep getting big spots on my chin that just won't go.
    Please help!! I am even considering laser treatment which will cost hundreds. My job is about image and I can't go on much longer suffering these dreaded spots that I thought I had outgrown as a teenager.

    • ANSWER:
      I am in my 30's as well and I sufferd the same problem for about a year and a half then they vanished just as quickly as they came. Our bodies go through mega hormonal changes when we are in our 30's and there is even a name for it, it is called peri menopause. You can find more information by going to google and typing in peri menopause. (hope I spelled that right)

  35. QUESTION:
    What are the signs and symptoms of menopause?
    I'm 49 years old. I just want to know what to expect. I'm have rather frequent periods, it seems.

    • ANSWER:
      --Signs and symptoms:

      Every woman experiences menopause differently. Even the age at which menopause begins may be unique to you. Some women reach menopause in their 30s or 40s, and some not until their 60s, but menopause most often occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

      Your signs and symptoms also are likely to be very individual. You may breeze through menopause with few signs and symptoms. Or you may experience a number of physical and emotional changes, including:

      --Irregular periods. Your menstrual periods may stop suddenly, or gradually get lighter or heavier and then stop. The unpredictability of your periods may be your first clue that menopause is approaching.

      --Decreased fertility. When ovulation begins to fluctuate, you're less likely to become pregnant. Until you haven't had a period for a year, however, pregnancy is still possible.
      Vaginal and urinary changes. As your estrogen level declines, the tissues lining your vagina and urethra — the opening to your bladder — become drier, thinner and less elastic. With decreased lubrication you may experience burning or itching, along with increased risk of infections of your urinary tract or vagina. These changes may make sexual intercourse uncomfortable or even painful. You may feel the need to urinate more frequently or more urgently, and you may experience urinary incontinence.

      --Hot flashes. As your estrogen level drops, your blood vessels may expand rapidly, causing your skin temperature to rise. This can lead to a feeling of warmth that moves upward from your chest to your shoulders, neck and head. You may sweat, and as the sweat evaporates from your skin, you may feel chilled, weak and slightly faint. Your face might look flushed, and red blotches may appear on your chest, neck and arms. Most hot flashes last from 30 seconds to several minutes, although they can last much longer. The frequency, as well as the duration, of hot flashes varies from person to person. You may have them once every hour or only occasionally. They can occur any time during the day or night. They may be a part of your life for a year or more, or you may never have them.

      --Sleep disturbances and night sweats. Night sweats are often a consequence of hot flashes. You may awaken from a sound sleep with soaking night sweats followed by chills. You may have difficulty falling back to sleep or achieving a deep, restful sleep. Lack of sleep may affect your mood and overall health.

      --Changes in appearance. Many women gain a modest amount of weight — about 5 pounds on average — during the menopausal transition. The fat that once was concentrated in your hips and thighs may settle above your waist and in your abdomen. You may notice a loss of fullness in your breasts, thinning hair and wrinkles in your skin. If you previously experienced adult acne, it may become worse. Although your estrogen level drops, your body continues to produce small amounts of the male hormone testosterone. As a result, you may develop coarse hair on your chin, upper lip, chest and abdomen.

      --Emotional and cognitive changes. You may experience irritability, fatigue, decreased memory and diminished concentration as you approach menopause. These symptoms have sometimes been attributed to hormonal fluctuations. Yet other factors are more likely to contribute to these changes, including sleep deprivation and stressful life events — such as the illness or death of a parent, grown children leaving home or returning home, and retirement.

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the safest baby shampoo I can buy for my hair?
    Whenever I use Shampoo with conditioner, my hair starts to fall out. I heard that using baby shampoo isn't as strong as regular shampoo, but I want to make sure that it's safe for a 19 year old male.

    • ANSWER:
      Shampoo is shampoo, they're meant to clean.

      Baby shampoo is milder, but it will not prevent your hair from falling out, if they're falling out from OTHER CAUSES like:
      Supplements, steroids, hereditary, hair dyes perming, straightening, diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your hair is crying for help!
      When your teeth falls or get cavities, do you blame the toothpaste?

      When your hair is crying for help, that's when it's too late to do anything about it, and hair products can not reverse the problem.

      They also say you normally lose 100-200 hair a day, but I don't. I lose about 7-8 every time I brush it, so that's about 100 per week, give or take.

      The majority of hair problems here are from girls in their 30s, asking how to care for their damaged hair, what product to make their hair grow, why their hair falls out, and why their shampoo or conditioner don't work. Women between 60-80 have that same problem, but it took them years to get there. And those same 30 & under girls are giving advice here? Now, I'm answering more problems re: hair fall or hair not growing. Go figure!

      Even the cheapest shampoo can do magic for your hair, so it must be what you're doing AFTER you wash it. Shampoos and vitamins might make your hair look and feel healthier, but they won’t put more hairs on your head.

      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      Find the 'cause' and eliminate them, and your hair will improve. You don't need conditioner if your hair is not dyed, permed or straightened.

      Source(s):
      Hair DX
      I know hair. I am in my early 60's, and I've been having menopause, and I am not experimenting hair loss, for those who said I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to hair. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy long hair. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing. What you see on my profile is what I have now. It's as thick as when I'm in my teens.
      Stress, seldom. I went through stress when both parents died, plus sister taking me to court & selling the house, on my own and still no hair loss here! I only shampoo my hair, and it's down to my knees every 4th day.

  37. QUESTION:
    What can i do to stop my hair from falling out and to make it thicker?
    My hair falls off, I'm not knowing why, I have a lot of stress problems in general, and but does that affect thee heirr? I am just uber confused and need to ghett answers, answer pleese.

    • ANSWER:
      Stress alone is not reason for hair to fall out.
      So many reasons why you have hair loss:

      Supplements, steroids, hereditary,hair dyes perming, straightening, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxics found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your body is crying for help!

      They also say you normally lose 100-200 hair a day, but I don't. I lose about 7-8 every time I brush it, so that's about 100 per week, give or take.

      The majority of hair problems here are from girls in their 30s, asking how to care for their damaged hair, what product to make their hair grow, why their hair falls out, and why their shampoo or conditioner don't work. Women between 60-80 have that same problem, but it took them years to get there. And those same 30 & under girls are giving advice here? Go figure!

      Even the cheapest shampoo can do magic for your hair, so it must be what you're doing AFTER you wash it. Shampoos and vitamins might make your hair look and feel healthier, but they won’t put more hairs on your head.

      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      Source(s):
      Hair DX

  38. QUESTION:
    What options are available to fix Hair Loss for Older Women?
    I am a 50yr old women and I am losing hair in a few spots in my head and I wanted to know what are some great products or treatments available to help me with new growth in those affected areas. I am trying to avoid wigs.

    • ANSWER:
      Find the 'cause' before you can find the solution, then eliminate them. Your hair will improve. Remember, whatever it was that caused them to fall out in the first place, it took months even years to get in your system, it will takes years to flush them down, so don't expect miracles overnight.

      So many reasons for hair loss:

      Supplements, steroids, hereditary, hair dyes perming, straightening, diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your hair is crying for help!
      Ex. of relaxed hair. http://monicabtheorganicstylist.wordpress.com/tag/hair-relaxers/

      When your hair is crying for help, that's when it's too late to do anything about it, and hair products can not reverse the problem.

      They also say you normally lose 100-200 hair a day, but I don't. I lose about 7-8 every time I brush it, so that's about 100 per week, give or take.About 23-25 if I shampooed/brush my hair, which is every 4th day.

      The majority of hair problems here are from girls in their 30s, asking how to care for their damaged hair, what product to make their hair grow, why their hair falls out, and why their shampoo or conditioner don't work. Women between 60-80 have that same problem, but it took them years to get there. And those same 30 & under girls are giving advice here? Now, I'm answering more problems re: hair fall or hair not growing from girls under 15. Go figure!

      Even the cheapest shampoo can do magic for your hair, so it must be what you're doing AFTER you wash it. Shampoos and vitamins might make your hair look and feel healthier, but they won’t put more hairs on your head.

      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      Source(s):
      Hair DX
      I know hair. I am in my early 60's, and I've been having menopause, and I am not experimenting hair loss, for those who said I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to hair. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy long hair. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing. What you see on my profile is what I have now. It's as thick as when I'm in my teens.
      Stress, seldom. I went through stress when both parents died, plus sister taking me to court & selling the house, on my own and still no hair loss here!

  39. QUESTION:
    How can I reduce the amount of hair that fall out of my head?
    I seem to be losing a lot of hair. I have no medical problem because I've been in for a lot of testing and everything was normal but I stress too much.

    I lose about 15-20 hair whenever I brush them where as before only like 4 came out. What can I do to reduce the amount of hair falling out? I know it's normal to lose 100 a day but do have any tips to decrease the amount of hair falling out?

    • ANSWER:
      Find the 'cause' before you can find the solution, then eliminate them. Your hair will improve. Remember, whatever it was that caused them to fall out in the first place, it took years to get in your system, it will takes years to flush them down, so don't expect miracles overnight.

      So many reasons why you have hair loss:

      Supplements, steroids, hereditary, hair dyes perming, straightening, diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your hair is crying for help!
      When your teeth falls or get cavities, do you blame the toothpaste?

      When your hair is crying for help, that's when it's too late to do anything about it, and hair products can not reverse the problem.

      They also say you normally lose 100-200 hair a day, but I don't. I lose about 7-8 every time I brush it, so that's about 100 per week, give or take.

      The majority of hair problems here are from girls in their 30s, asking how to care for their damaged hair, what product to make their hair grow, why their hair falls out, and why their shampoo or conditioner don't work. Women between 60-80 have that same problem, but it took them years to get there. And those same 30 & under girls are giving advice here? Now, I'm answering more problems re: hair fall or hair not growing. Go figure!

      Even the cheapest shampoo can do magic for your hair, so it must be what you're doing AFTER you wash it. Shampoos and vitamins might make your hair look and feel healthier, but they won’t put more hairs on your head.

      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      Source(s):
      Hair DX
      I know hair. I am in my early 60's, and I've been having menopause, and I am not experimenting hair loss, for those who said I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to hair. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy long hair. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing. What you see on my profile is what I have now. It's as thick as when I'm in my teens.
      Stress, seldom. I went through stress when both parents died, plus sister taking me to court & selling the house, on my own and still no hair loss here!

  40. QUESTION:
    Is himalaya protein shampoo with conditioner good for hair?
    I am facing lot of hair fall these days. I have tried so many shampoos(VLCC, Pantene etc.) but still facing the hair fall. My hair gets dirty every second day and becomes very dry. Is himalaya protein shampoo with conditioner good for hair?

    • ANSWER:
      No. Do you know what's IN THE PROTEIN SHAMPOO WITH CONDITIONER?
      If I bottled all my tips & suggestion & charged each, would someone buy it? Of course not! I'm a nobody! But you get them all FREE ON YA HAIR.

      Shampoos are meant to clean. Google it. Conditioner is for curly/wavy, permed or chemically treated hair. None is better than the other. You get your protein from all your healthy foods you eat daily. Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in. Two others also:
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/feature…
      http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/hair…

      When you're facing hair falls, it's because of an allergic reaction to chemicals, hair and beauty products. Other reasons why that happens:
      Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs), steroids, hereditary, hair dyes, perming/relaxers, straightening (have read many on YA HAIR, and have responded to them since 2009), diet, having babies (yes I read twice it happened to them), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, & anti-acne. Find the 'cause' and eliminate them, and your hair will improve. Your hair is crying for help!
      Ex. of relaxed hair. http://monicabtheorganicstylist.wordpres…

      When your hair is crying for help, that's when it's too late to do anything about it, and hair products or hair loss growth can not reverse the problem. They are all billion dollar business.

      Save your money instead of buying hair growth products or supplements. Vogue Dec. 2010 issue has a section on biotin, supplements, etc. .
      The FDA don't even approve of them. Because of inadequate quality control and inspection, supplements contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, or prescription drugs have been sold to unsuspecting consumers. And FDA rules covering manufacturing quality don’t apply to the companies that supply herbs, vitamins, and other raw ingredients.
      Beginning in February 2008, they experienced one symptom after another: diarrhea, joint pain, hair loss, lung problems, and fingernails and toenails that fell off.
      http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/Consumer…
      MSN
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16655168/wid…
      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements.

      Growing healthy hair doesn't come from a bottle or pills and hair products do not speed hair growth. Any hair oil, is another form to keep hair moisturized, nothing more. If you're in HS, your hair & nails should be growing normally, and as healthily as possible, since you're eating healthy foods. But when hair isn't growing as fast, it's because they've been tempered with: chemicals, hair straightening, etc. . . My hair grew from bob to waist length in 3 1/2 - 4 years in HS.

  41. QUESTION:
    What doctor should I see about thinning hair?
    I've noticed for the past month now that the front area of my hair seems to be getting thinner. I saw myself in a mirror outside today and it looked considerably different. Now I'm starting to freak out and want to see someone about this.

    I'm only 19 so thats why I'm so concerned.

    • ANSWER:
      Your primary doctor, will recommend you a doctor to see. He may even know what is wrong, he knows more about you than we do.

      Reasons why that might have happened, below is a short form of why.

      1. During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      Google FDA website Hair dye & relaxers. Those are 75% the reason why.

      2. Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs even HAIR LOSS). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why. CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements. Google: Are Supplements Good For You? About 3,350,000,000 results results (0.13 seconds).  Google: Are vitamins & supplements good for you? About 230,000,000 results (0.14 seconds) Some can actually shorten your life! The Food & Drug do not approve of them!

      3. Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      4. Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Even birth control pills can cause hair loss. The medication most often prescribed for thyroid disorders can actually cause hair loss. Another 10% why you have hair falls.
      Eliminate the cause and your hair will improve.

      5. Google "Boise teen goes on Today Show to talk about losing her hair." She's got Alopecia, 100% why you have hair loss.

      Dove hairfall facts:
      1. Humidity makes hair dry and brittle, leading to hairfall
      2. Colouring the hair damages the hair strands leading to breakage
      3. Pollution is also an unseen killer of healthy hair
      4. Tangled hair is the most common reason for hair fall
      5. While shampooing cleanses your hair, regular conditioning is required for adequate moisturization. Regular use of conditioner post shampoo also solves the problem of entangling which is the major cause of hairfall.
      For women: A simple blood test can reveal the root of the problem. Unfortunately, those who do see a physician right away make the mistake of going to a dermatologist rather than their primary care physician. Most dermatologists will review the physical signs of hair loss and diagnose it as female pattern baldness.  Your primary care physician will run tests to diagnose the problem so you can take steps to correct it.

      Eliminate cause and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that long to start the hair loss.

      If you think they're from your beauty or hair products:
      Take it back to where you bought it.
      Stop using it ASAP.
      You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs & cosmetics to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

      Google: Glossary of Hair Loss Terms. There are 179 entries in this glossary. Stress is just one of the 179 listed.
      Again, a simple rule of thumb: Look for the American Hair Loss Association seal when considering purchasing any product or service to treat your hair loss.

      > > > ONE treatment called DNCB -- applying an ointment that burns the scalp in hopes of stimulating hair growth. It was a treatment so painful that her head was at times left feeling raw.

      Negative experienced: Advance Hair Studio - Fraud Company posted 1-8-12 & others.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can I reduce the chance of hair loss like how women reduce the chance of wrinkles?
    I read about a year ago women can reduce their chances of facial wrinkles by applying cream early before the wrinkles starts to develop.
    Can this apply to men too in terms of hair loss?
    Would any damage be done if I used products from Hair Club for Men right now to reduce the chances of hair loss later on?
    Does the Hair Club for Men work and is it obvious that a person is using their products?

    • ANSWER:
      You can! Find out what, when, why and HOW and your hair will improve by eliminating the 'cause'.

      Reasons why that might have happened, below is a short form of why.

      1. During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      Google FDA website Hair dye & relaxers. Those are 75% the reason why.

      2. Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs even HAIR LOSS). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why. CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements. Google: Are Supplements Good For You? About 7,430,000 results (0.15 seconds) Google: Are vitamins & supplements good for you? About 4,250,000 results (0.14 seconds) Some can actually shorten your life! The Food & Drug do not approve of them!

      3. Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      4. Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Even birth control pills can cause hair loss. The medication most often prescribed for thyroid disorders can actually cause hair loss. Another 10% why you have hair falls.
      Eliminate the cause and your hair will improve.

      5. Google "Boise teen goes on Today Show to talk about losing her hair." She's got Alopecia 100% why you have hair loss.

      Dove hairfall facts:
      1. Humidity makes hair dry and brittle, leading to hairfall
      2. Colouring the hair damages the hair strands leading to breakage
      3. Pollution is also an unseen killer of healthy hair
      4. Tangled hair is the most common reason for hair fall
      5. While shampooing cleanses your hair, regular conditioning is required for adequate moisturization. Regular use of conditioner post shampoo also solves the problem of entangling which is the major cause of hairfall.

      Eliminate cause and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that long to start the hair loss.

      If you think they're from your beauty or hair products:
      Take it back to where you bought it.
      Stop using it ASAP.
      You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs & cosmetics to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

      Google: Glossary of Hair Loss Terms. There are 179 entries in this glossary. Stress is just one of the 179 listed.
      Again, a simple rule of thumb: Look for the American Hair Loss Association seal when considering purchasing any product or service to treat your hair loss.

      > > > ONE treatment called DNCB -- applying an ointment that burns the scalp in hopes of stimulating hair growth. It was a treatment so painful that her head was at times left feeling raw.

  43. QUESTION:
    How much is too much hair blow drying to the point of baldness?
    I'm a Male. Between the ages of 13.5(5 months before 14)-14, i used to blow dry my hair every weekday and sometimes on weekends. I'd blow dry it to dry the Hair-Jel that I'd put on before I would go to school. I would put the hair dyer close to my forehead to dry the hair Jel on my hair.
    Can blow drying that much cause baldness? How much is too much?
    Can putting on Hair Jel cause baldness?

    • ANSWER:
      No, but the gel you're using if it contained alcohol will.

      When your hair is falling out too much - you'd know when that is - that's when you know you've gone too far, and it's not only getting better your hair is crying out for help, and that's when it is too late to do anything about it.

      Causes for hair loss: Supplements, steroids, hereditary, hair dyes perming, straightening, diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything.

      My mom had cancer, and her hair didn't even give an indication she had cancer, but she had bloody noses for over 50 years. Mom permed her hair often. My sister had double mastectomy by age 35, and the only symptom she had was her eyebrow hair never came back when she shaved them. She did dyed & permed her hair much longer than me.

  44. QUESTION:
    How can I make my hair look better before my wedding?
    I have quite thin hair that is brittle and always has split ends. I really, really want to improve its condition before my wedding in August 2011. Does anyone have any advice? It seems to fall out a lot, which I don't help because it feels so coarse that I continually run my hands through it in an attempt to smooth it out, and I end up pulling more hair out.

    Can anyone recommend a product/home treatment that will make my hair softer/shinier/thicker?

    • ANSWER:
      Did you say you have thin hair and it's brittle, has split ends? Treat your hair like that of a baby's hair, LOTS OF TLCs. I know you're an adult now with adult hair, but there are symptoms for bleaching, hair straightening, relaxing, crimping hair even to normal hair types. Imagine that happening to your hair, I mean as you've experienced already no product can improve your style. That's another reason why the hair industry is a billion dollar business, but they do not give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss due to 'abuse', and hair loss happen more to people with thin or coarse hair.

      You have several problems with your hair here, let's go each one:

      1. Split Ends: Even healthy hair like mine get split ends, due to normal hair brushing & styling. Hair protectant doesn't protect hair 100%. Like sunscreen, you still get sunburned. Same with hair, as you've already experienced. Spend 5-10 mins. trimming your hair strand per strand, section by section when the sun is shinning so you'll understand how the hair is split in several places, and not always at the end, even somewhere in the middle. Do it yourself trim, is the best. Use a 2" folding shears for trimming. Allowing healthier hair to take over. Then 2x a year, get a good trim.
      It may grow very slowly or none at all if you've straightened your hair in the past.

      2. Thin hair comes from your good genes, You can set your hair in plastic curlers, after you towel dry, then curlers, briefly dry, take the curlers out & style as usual, or finger comb. Shampoos that says it makes your hair more volume, it's all marketing gimmicks to get your attention, it is a billion dollar business. Plastic curlers have been used for over 5 decades in the fashion & hair business. They're still being used today

      3. You hair fall out a lot: touching your hair has nothing to do WHY your hair falls out. Reasons why hair falls out easily: Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs), steroids, hereditary, hair dyes, perming/relaxers, straightening (have read many on YA HAIR, and have responded to them since 2009), diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your hair is crying for help!
      Ex. of relaxed hair. http://monicabtheorganicstylist.wordpress.com/tag/hair-relaxers/
      When your hair is crying for help, that's when it's too late to do anything about it, and hair products can not reverse the problem.

      4. To get healthier, softer, shinier hair: Eliminate the chemicals and heating tools to style your hair. You get all your vitamins & minerals & proteins FREE from the good foods you eat from Mother Nature, not made by man, and no shampoo can help grow hair, not even those made for horses. Horses don't abuse their hair, using heating tools, and they eat better than people, but it won't add more hair & make their hair longer faster.Shampoo intended for animals may contain insecticides or other medications for treatment of skin conditions or parasite infestations such as fleas or mange. These must never be used on humans.

      Prenatal vitamins don't make your hair grow. Pregnant women have to start taking care of their bodies when they're pregnant, meaning stop smoking, drinking, dyeing or perming their hair SO OF COURSE their hair start growing again. But it has nothing to do with their hair, it has something to do to help the development of their unborn child.
      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in. Two others also:
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/features/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair
      http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/hair/best-food-for-healthy-hair.php

      Any OTC Shampoo and conditioner formulated for your hair texture. None is better than the other, and salon is not better than OTC. Shampoos are meant to clean and conditioners are meant to condition curly/wavy, chemically treated & damaged hair.

  45. QUESTION:
    I have a vitamin D deficiency and i was wondering if i take vitamin d everyday will my hair start growin back?
    I am 19 year old girl i used to have super thick hair and its been falling out alot and i went to the doctors and they told me i had a deficiency of vit.D and i was wondering if i keep taking it will my hair grow back eventually?

    • ANSWER:
      Vitamin D is NOT THE only reason why hair grows. You need: Zinc, Cooper, Vitamin B12, Vitamin A, Biotin, and Folic Acid.

      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in. Two others also:
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/features/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair
      http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/hair/best-food-for-healthy-hair.php
      Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains all supply B-complex vitamins, like biotin, folic acid and vitamin B12, as well as vitamin A, copper and zinc, which are all necessary for remedying dry, brittle hair and nourishing a healthy scalp. Some prime examples of foods that contain these nutrients for healthy hair include:
      ·                     Folic Acid - asparagus, beets, broccoli, avocados, Brussels sprouts, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, lentils, oranges, fresh peas, turkey and spinach.
      ·                     Biotin - cauliflower, liver, salmon, carrots, bananas, cereals, yeast, and soy flour. Keep in mind that biotin content is reduced when food is cooked or preserved.
      ·                     Vitamin B12 - foods rich in vitamin B12 include animal protein (such as beef, lamb, and veal), clams and oysters, liver, fish, milk, and egg yolks.
      ·                     Vitamin A - butter, egg yolks, fish, fortified milk, organ meats (such as
      liver), and dark green, orange, red, and yellow fruits (persimmons) and vegetables, which all
      contain beta-carotene.
      . Copper - oysters and other shellfish, whole grains, beans, nuts, potatoes and organ meats are good sources of copper. Dark leafy greens, dried fruits such
      as prunes, cocoa, black pepper, and yeast are also sources of copper in the diet.
      •  Zinc – beef, eggs, liver, pork, poultry, and oysters. Also is also abundant in other high-protein foods, like cheese, legumes and nuts.
      If having a lush, beautiful mane of healthy hair is important to you, don’t just look to hot oil treatments and shine emollients. Eat these foods for healthy hair and say “bye-bye” to bad hair days.

      BUT . . . .It may grow very slowly or none at all if you've straightened your hair in the past.

      DID YOU SAY they have been falling out alot? Find the 'cause' before you can find the solution, then eliminate them. Your hair will improve. Remember, whatever it was that caused them to fall out in the first place, it took years to get in your system, it will takes years to flush them down, so don't expect miracles overnight.

      So many reasons for hair loss:

      Supplements, steroids, hereditary, hair dyes perming, straightening, diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your hair is crying for help!

      Doctors don't know everything, they will just prescribe you a white little pill and everything are OK then they go to their next patient. My mother had suffered for 21 years, and they didn't even told her she's got cancer, until we rushed her to ER, then they did more testing, but by then she's got 3 months to live.

      Sources:
      I know hair. I have 4 decades of hair know-how. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy hair down to my knees. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing in the 80's & 90's. I've known people in their 30's whose hair stopped growing from ironing their hair in the 70's.

  46. QUESTION:
    What is a shampoo that will make my hair stronger?
    I have a lot of problem with split ends and shedding. I don't dye my hair or use heat products. It's just naturally thinning out and it worries me a lot. I need a shampoo that's not too expensive and will actually make my hair stronger. I have tried Redken, Biolage, Sleek Look, and Garnier Fructis. Please recommend something affordable. If not a shampoo, any recommendations on what I can do to make my hair healthier?

    • ANSWER:
      None, shampoo are meant to clean. Google it. It would be boring just to call it shampoo.

      Strength comes from all the good foods you eat from Mother Nature and from your good genes.

      What weakens the hair is if it's chemically treated, curly/wavy, fine hair or straightened/ironed. with heating tools.

      Even healthy hair like mine, get split ends from normal stress from brushing & styling.
      Spend 5-10 mins. trimming your hair strand per strand, section by section when the sun is shinning so you'll understand how the hair is split in several places, and not always at the same length. Do it yourself trim, is the best. Use a 2" folding shears for trimming.

      They also get weaken from supplements, steroids, change in diet, having babies (yes I read twice it happened to them),medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything.
      When your teeth falls or get cavities, do you blame the toothpaste?

      Try to eliminate what you think may cause them to shed.

  47. QUESTION:
    Do you lose more hair and does it start earlier if it's genetic baldness? If so, is there any treatment to it?
    I'm 17 and I've noticed my hair is thinning. I'm starting to get like the widow's peak thing going also. I was wondering if that was because of genetic baldness because it started so early. Also, when I'm in the shower a lot of hair comes out from my head. Does shampooing increase baldness or any water to the head?

    • ANSWER:
      Shampooing doesn't cause baldness.

      Find the 'cause' before you can find the solution, then eliminate them. Your hair will improve. Remember, whatever it was that caused them to fall out in the first place, it took years to get in your system, it will takes years to flush them down, so don't expect miracles overnight.

      So many reasons why you have hair loss:

      Supplements, steroids, hereditary, hair dyes perming, straightening, diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your hair is crying for help!
      When your teeth falls or get cavities, do you blame the toothpaste?

      When your hair is crying for help, that's when it's too late to do anything about it, and hair products can not reverse the problem.

      They also say you normally lose 100-200 hair a day, but I don't. I lose about 7-8 every time I brush it, so that's about 100 per week, give or take.

      The majority of hair problems here are from girls in their 30s, asking how to care for their damaged hair, what product to make their hair grow, why their hair falls out, and why their shampoo or conditioner don't work. Women between 60-80 have that same problem, but it took them years to get there. And those same 30 & under girls are giving advice here? Now, I'm answering more problems re: hair fall or hair not growing. Go figure!

      Even the cheapest shampoo can do magic for your hair, so it must be what you're doing AFTER you wash it. Shampoos and vitamins might make your hair look and feel healthier, but they won’t put more hairs on your head.

      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      Source(s):
      Hair DX
      I know hair. I am in my early 60's, and I've been having menopause, and I am not experimenting hair loss, for those who said I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to hair. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy long hair. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing. What you see on my profile is what I have now. It's as thick as when I'm in my teens.
      Stress, seldom. I went through stress when both parents died, plus sister taking me to court & selling the house, on my own and still no hair loss here!

  48. QUESTION:
    I have big pimples on my jaw in front of my ears and neck?
    I am in menopause. Does anyone kinow why I have these?
    MM: Pimples not nipples. You perv!

    • ANSWER:
      They are hormonal. My mom had this issue when she went through menopause. She went to her derm, got some wash & it helped manage the problem, but didn't make it go away completely. Eventually when her hormones got in check, they went away. BTW to the person saying chocloate causes acne, that's a myth. Dark Chocolate is actually good for you in moderation.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is the easiest way not to get an oily forehead?

    I shower ever morning and wash my face every morning + night everyday.. I use Max Clarity.

    • ANSWER:
      Oil secretion from the skin, also known as sebum, is a greasy discharge from the sebaceous glands that provides a lubricant for our skin and hair. This is a natural occurrence and only becomes a problem when overactive glands start producing far too much oil than is required.

      Overactive sebaceous glands can often be a hereditary condition, which is passed on from either your mother or father. Acne prone Oily Skin is common in teenagers because of changing hormonal activity and also during pregnancy and menopause due to hormonal imbalances. Other reasons for oily skin can include birth control pills, stress, cosmetic items and hot weather, especially when coupled with high humidity. Some also suggest that diet may play a part, so it wouldn’t hurt to eat a good balanced diet.

      The good news is that oily skin helps to seal in moisture, which helps to keep the skin supple with fewer wrinkles, as we get older. But this is not much compensation for putting up with years of suffering and embarrassment is it. What you really need is a skin care treatment that is actually going to balance the flow of sebum and make a significant difference to our everyday lives.

      Oil is important for moisturizing our skin but too much oil production can make the skin look shiny, dull looking and dirty. It can be prone to spots, blackheads, redness; swelling and enlarged pores that make our skin look coarse. You would think the logical option would be to keep washing this oil away, but this is an all too common mistake because too much washing will stimulate the oil glands to produce more oil to compensate for the loss resulting in an even more oily skin.

      The best thing to do is find a good salon worthy brand, I would recommend Thalgo, as all of the products are marine based, and have algae derivitives in them. To maintain and control oil flow, you need to TWICE DAILY- cleanse (with a foaming or gel cleanser), Tone, and moisturise. You need to be particularly careful with which moisturiser you use, as some create MORE oil flow, rather than leveraging it. You also need to weekly add in to your skin regime, exfoliating twice a week, and doing a deep cleansing mask. The best mask bases for oily skin, are clay, as they are moisturising, nourishing, yet powerful. The Thalgo deep cleansing absorbant mask is fantastic, as it doesn't leave you prone to breakouts the following week. Hope that helps =]

  50. QUESTION:
    what chemicals does the brain release while on your menstrual cycle?
    I am asking because i seem to be happier when iam on my cycle and show signs of bipolar other wise . I haven't been diasnosed yet but it runs in my family.

    • ANSWER:
      Chaste tree berries contain several possibly active chemicals—most notably, some that affect dopamine levels in the body. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that carries messages from nerve cells to other cells. Made in several parts of the body, including in a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, dopamine affects brain, heart, kidney, and muscle functions. In general, chemicals in chaste tree berries occupy dopamine receptors, preventing dopamine from attaching and causing more dopamine to stay in the blood. A dopamine deficiency is believed to be involved in several conditions, including Parkinson’s disease; while excess amounts of dopamine may contribute to conditions such as schizophrenia.

      Dopamine levels also affect the natural production of prolactin, a hormone that is involved in several bodily functions. Prolactin is probably most important during pregnancy, when its release is increased—causing the breasts to grow and milk glands to begin producing milk. In low doses, chaste tree berries appear to promote the release of breast milk by women who have recently given birth; but higher amounts can decrease milk flow. For women who are not pregnant, high prolactin levels may be associated with breast pain and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), such as bloating, cramps, irritability, and mood swings.

      Although chaste tree berries are not believed to contain female hormones, their effect on dopamine may also affect the balance of female hormones in the body. By acting on the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, chemicals in chaste tree berries may change the amounts of estrogen and progesterone in the body. Therefore, for some women, chaste tree berry supplementation may help to relieve hot flashes and other symptoms associated with menopause. They may also help to treat acne for some individuals—especially women whose acne seems to be associated with their menstrual cycles. Chaste tree berries are approved by the German Commission E (the German governmental agency that evaluates the safety and effectiveness of herbal products) for normalizing irregular menstrual periods and relieving PMS symptoms such as bloating, breast tenderness, and moodiness. The United States does not have a comparable agency to evaluate herbal products. Women who have symptoms of menopause, PMS, or menstrual-related acne should talk to their doctors before beginning to use chaste tree berries.


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