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Can you tell me what hypoallergenic cosmetics are?

Can you tell me what hypoallergenic cosmetics are?

Less likely to...: Less likely to cause an allergic reaction (in the general population). What this means for each individual depends on their specific autoimmune response to certain ingredients in a product. For best results determine your allergies (if any), & avoid products to which you react. Consult your allergist/immunologist for the details :). ...Read more

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Cosmetics (Definition)

Cosmetics is a topic that includes the appearance-enhancing techniques that beauticians do, plus the medical equipment (such as lasers) and procedures available for decreasing or removing skin discolorations, minor birthmarks, freckles, wrinkles, tattoos, age spots, scars, body ...Read more


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Can you tell me what cosmeceuticals are?

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Can you tell me what cosmeceuticals are?

Non-FDA skin creams: Cosmeceuticals generally refers to a class of creams containing non-fda controlled active ingredients that "reduces the appearance of ..." wrinkles, pores, brown spots, stretch marks, scars, etc... There is no regulation regarding the claims that these products make. They may have laboratory data demonstrating benefits like antioxidants effect, but often not demonstrated in human skin. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are natural ingredients that stop acne?

Avoid conditioners: The #1 cause of acne are shampoo conditioners. They block the skin pores which give rise to acne. I suggest switching to baby shampoos that lack the additional conditioner. Eating healthy and consuming fresh fruits and vegetables may also decrease acne eruptions. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are the best balms for extremely dry lips?

Can you tell me what are the best balms for extremely dry lips?

Aquapor: Most Dermatologist recommend Aquapor for dry lips associated with some medications. This is a generally well tolerated a effective solution. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what cosmetics are? How are they different from over-the-counter (otc) drugs?

Yes: I think you mean cosmeceuticals. Cosmeceuticals are a higher grade of cosmetics than normal otc drugs. They may contain ingredients such as hydroquinone 4% which is available only thru a doctor's office because it requires a prescription. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are good acne treatments?

Could you tell me what are good acne treatments?

Scientific Rx: Two weeks trial of topical benzoyl peroxide alone. This clears most mild acne. If not clear, physician's office visit. Options may include topical retinoic acid derivative, topical clindamycin, the oral contraceptive pill for a woman who can take it, and/or an appropriate systemic antibiotic right for the patient. Tough cases referred for isotretinoin. Manage as a chronic disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to do if i want to be whiter and do whitening soaps cause skin cancer?

Can you tell me what to do if i want to be whiter and do whitening soaps cause skin cancer?

Avoid sun : Other than avoiding sunlight there is probably nothing you should be doing. Consult with a dermatologist to learn about safety data of lightening products before you use them. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are foods that most cause oily skin?

Could you tell me what are foods that most cause oily skin?

Consider this: Diet can aggravate acne, but it doesn't cause oily skin [source: webmd]. Oily skin is hereditary -- you can change your diet or change your lifestyle, but if your mom or dad has oily skin, chances are you will, too. However, if your oily skin comes and goes, it may have less to do with genes and more to do with hormonal shifts in your body. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some alternative/holistic treatments for eczema?

Could you tell me what are some alternative/holistic treatments for eczema?

Diet and stress: What you eat is very important. Make sure you have high quality essential fatty acids, particularly omega 3s and a supplement may be necessary. You may have food sensitivities and can try an elimination diet. Probiotics also are good. Many find a correlation to stress so techniques such as meditation, self-hypnosis and guided imagery may be useful. Moisturize with a non-alcohol based product. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are pimples or allergic rashes, what's the difference?

Can you tell me what are pimples or allergic rashes, what's the difference?

Different diseases: Pimples is a layperson's name for the lesions of acne. There are several kinds of allergic rashes several: Allergic urticaria (hives); angioedema (swelling of the lips, eyelids, of the skin, hands, etc); atopic dermatitis (allergic eczema) affecting mainly babies and children, usually due to food or environmental allergy; allergic contact dermatitis (allergy to nickel, perfumes, soaps etc.) ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are good acne cleansers to buy in drugstores like meijer?

Could you tell me what are good acne cleansers to buy in drugstores like meijer?

2% Salicylic Acid: Comes in many otc products such as neutrogenia oil free cleanser or clean and clear. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are over-the-counter treatments for scabies?

Could you tell me what are over-the-counter treatments for scabies?

Prescription needed: The treatment is generally a prescription cream called Permethrin - which should be used according to the directions and everyone in the household (over 2months old) should be treated! ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are good ways to remove boils?

Could you tell me what are good ways to remove boils?

Antibiotics or drain: Abscesses (a boil is an abscess) are best treated by draining them (usually surgically) or with the use of antibiotics, or both. The selection of the method depends upon the location of the abscess and how easy it may be to drain it. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some alternative ways to treat red eyes if you do not have any visines?

Could you tell me what are some alternative ways to treat red eyes if you do not have any visines?

Depends: Visine is frequently a good eye lubricant (as long as you are not using the kind "gets the red out" which is drying. But the best solution depends upon the cause: infection?, allergy?, trauma?, bleeding? Internal inflammation? Check with your ophthalmologist for the best solution. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are natural ways i can do to prevent or heal acne?

Could you tell me what are natural ways i can do to prevent or heal acne?

Let's get real: The stuff that works the best -- antibiotics and vitamin a derivatives -- are mother nature's gifts. The stuff that doesn'twork (painting your face with magic honey, squeezing lemons on pimples) are unworthy of anyone in the 21st century. Whoever told you "natural is better" did you a grave disservice. Take charge and and get effective rx from your physician. ...Read more

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What allergy masks can i get that are comfortable?

What allergy masks can i get that are comfortable?

Home Depot/Walmart: simple, light, well-fitting face mask as the one in picture can serve you well. There are more expensive ones, but these are cheap and disposable. Not sure what allergy you are trying to avoid, but these will prevent many allergens/dust from getting to your nose/mouth/airway. Good luck ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are foods I should avoid to prevent acne?

Get Rx instead: I was surprised by the scientific studies that showed no relation between acne and diet, but they're holding up. Benzoyl peroxide and stuff your physician can give you are better options. ...Read more