Monthly Archives: January 2013

Pigmentation + skin discoloration

I notice I am getting more and more skin discoloration. What causes this and what can I do about it?

Skin discoloration due to sun exposure, hormones or simply aging is an issue that concerns many people. First, it is important to understand about skin pigmentation; what causes it and how it can best be treated without causing harm to the body.  In our epidermis we have something called melanocytes, which is our skin’s natural sun protection. Melanocytes decrease as we age; therefore early and continued use of sun protection is a key element to protect the skin against sun-induced pigmentation.  Secondly, about 40% of pigment problems occur in the dermis, which cannot be reached by exfoliants alone so other treatment options are necessary.  Lastly, pigmentation is actually excessive waste product formation that collects in spots as “glue” that has not been cleaned out via the lymph so this accumulation of waste products needs to be flushed out of the system.

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Fine lines around the mouth

How do I treat fine lines around my mouth?

The key to treating fine lines and deep wrinkles on the upper lip area is prevention! While smoking is an obvious no no, women often forget that drinking from water bottles that have a sport top or from any bottle that requires a sucking motion, and thus puckering of the lips promotes lines to form or deepen in that area.  Be sure to take the cap off when drinking from sports bottles or better yet switch to a stainless steel bottle that has a large rim and that can be re-used.

Eliminating the original cause for lines to form is the first step in treating wrinkles around the mouth, the second step is to incorporate treatment creams or serums that contain enzymes, vitamin A, AHA’s or glycolic acid to smooth out the lines.  A good eye serum or eye cream can also be used and is generally appropriate for that area. Massaging around the mouth and the upper lip daily is additionally helpful. Start at the bottom of your mouth, using both your ring fingers in an upward motion, go the corners of your mouth then fingers meet at center of upper lip and then up around the nose towards the corner of your eyes. Repeat 6-12 times.

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