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Embrace who you are: You're in your physical prime and the last thing you need is to let somebody make you unhappy over the color that nature and your genes gave you. Nothing's going to make your skin "glow" -- that's language from ads targeting suckers. Diet won't change your skin color, if you try bleaches you can disfigure yourself, and 95% of a man's looks are about fitness. Lance Gross (photo) isn't complaining. ...Read more
See below: Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco in any form and do not take any more than one drink on a given day. But do not expect any of this to lighten your skin. ...Read more
Sunburn, skin cancer: Sunburns are implicated in skin cancer and aging. While tanning from sun exposure and tanning beds give you a "healthy glow", know that the "glow" is actually an indication of skin damage and inflammation. Prevent sunburns, reduce the risk of skin cancer and delay aging by limiting sun exposure, wearing minimum of spf 30 daily and getting any suspicious skin lesions examined. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
No: Skin creams do not cause wrinklesGet a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Exfoliation is the most common form of rejuvenation and good to start early. However, there are other treatments that become more aggressive depending upon age and the result that you would like to achieve. ...Read more
Various: Jergens makes a good one called soft shimmer radiance moisturizer. Clean and clear makes a line called "morning glow." aveeno (oatmeal) positively radiant facial cleanser gives you an instant glow. Yes to carrots body lotion /body butter. Mario badescu seaweed night cream works great overnight! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes yes yes!!!: I will admit there are few things lovelier than a well tanned female body but in the end, a tan is a response to injury and ultimately not good for you. Sun exposure will increase the risk for skin cancers of all types, including the potentially deadly melanoma. It will also cause premature skin aging. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure (and tanning beds as well). Best to you. ...Read more
We place such an: Emphasis on skin tone and i respect that it is an issue for you. The best home remedy is to stay neat and clean and happy w/your health. The best thing about you is what is inside, your values. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Is alpha beta peel can fade away the dark spot cause of liquid nitrogen, sun damaged & hyperpigmentation?
Glycolic Acid Peels: These alpha/beta (glycolic acid) peels are superficial chemical peels and remove a few layers of dead skin with each peel. Sometimes, after several peels (every 4 weeks) the sun spots, freckles, and pigmentation can lighten sufficiently. You can combine these peels with other topical creams and lighteners to get a better effect. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for help. ...Read more
Age Spots: Age spots or liver spots or you can also call them dark spots, are red or black colored freckles. These spots are very common in elderly people, as a result of natural aging process. Another possible cause of age spots is overexposure of the skin to the sun. You can use various remedies to get rid of these spots and one such remedy is to use castor oil for age spots. ...Read more
Yes and No: Skin rejuvenation takes on many forms. Chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, ablative and non-ablative laser resurfacing can all be classified as skin rejuvenation methods. Also, topical "cosmeceuticals" like tretinoin, vitamin c, antioxidants and others can also help with skin rejuvination. Lots of options out there, so see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for help. ...Read more
How can you stop pumpkin (carotene) turning skin orange, aside from not eating it eg adding fat to it, taking laxatives, mineral oil etc?
If 100grm of squash has 100% RDI of carotene, how much roughly could be eaten daily without skin yellowing? Would mineral oil stop absorption much?
All you want.: 1st, there is no official RDI for carotene; everybody has a different number. 2nd, I've never seen carotenosis from squash (and my daughter, a vegetarian, eats a TON of it). 3rd, carotenosis due to eating vegetables is harmless, so if you somehow eat enough squash to yellow your skin, cutting back will reverse it. So eat what you want. Mineral oil would have no significant effect on absorption. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there anyway to rid the body of excessive carotene/vit a quickly? Like laxatives? Vit a from veg=3500% rdi most days. My skin is reallllly orange
It will fade: Taking a large dose of vitamin a itself is very dangerous but it's common and harmless to turn orange if you really like carrots. Some folks take carotene tablets to acquire the color; if you overdid it, you'll do best simply to let it face which it will do in a few weeks. Laxatives will just make you sick. ...Read more
Safe: Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin a and is found in many foods. Skin care products contain small amounts of vitamin a- very little will be absorbed. Here is a great resource about breastfeeding and medications- it is linked to the us national library of medicine http://breastfeedingonline.Com/meds.Shtml#sthash.C24q1ffy.Dpbs. ...Read more
Is beta carotene an effective anti aging skin care ingredient since it also converts to vitamin a? Is it safe for nursing moms?
Not in pill form: Beta-carotene can be found in carrots, sweet potatoes, etc. It is wise to include such vegetables in your diet. However, don't take beta-carotene in pill form as a major study showed it could be harmful. As a cream, it is helpful for the skin in certain forms. Discuss with a dermatologist the best product for you. The best anti-aging for skin is protection from sun damage. ...Read more
I've been told great things about taking juice plus for skin irritation and hair loss. But also read that it has too much
beta-carotene in it. HELP!?
Try it: Hair loss at your age is hypothyroidism until proved otherwise because you will become bad-sick if it is missed. Your physician needs to be in the loop. These "natural healing" people make unsubstantiated claims and trash one another's products with little or no science. Try it, you should be safe, do not expect any miracles; consider getting with an evidence-based holist for good guidance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Veggies Are Good: Eating foods rich in beta carotene such as carrots, green leafy vegetables, spinach, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes will not harm you. However the danger of overdose occurs with overuse of beta carotene supplements. The most prominent symptom of overdose is a yellowish skin discoloration of the face, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Check with your doctor before adding these supplements. ...Read more
50 mg/day in 3 doses: Multivitamin formulas frequently provide 3-15 mg of beta carotene (5000-25000 units) when given 51 mg/day in 3 divided doses,serum concentration of beta carotene level was significantly high.Daily doses up to 300mg have been used to treat photosensitivity disorders.In double blind studies beta carotene supplementation increased lung cancer in smokers- 18-28 %.Some humans can't convert to Vit A ...Read more
Maybe: Please forgive this senior physician's frankness. The data on carotenes and lycopenes is so massive, so contradictory, is so tied up with the politics of "healthy diet", and makes so little sense scientifically that your question cannot be answered. In science, the stuff that's really true is generally established quickly. I love eating carrots, but would not spend money supplementing carotene. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly in smokers: Some studies have found high doses of beta carotene in smokers increases lung cancer risk, yet other studies have found it doesn't increase risk. Antioxidants work as a team & the studies showing increased risk gave beta carotene without other antioxidants to balance it. See http://tinyurl.com/p34vo4b It's wiser to take mixed carotenoids & get through diet. If you smoke use caution-better to quit! ...Read more
What to do if I am on my last month of isotretinoin (acutane) and I want to start to take beta carotene, can I take them when I'm on acutane?
I wouldn't: There's no health benefits to beta carotene in this situation. Both are of course related to vitamin A and there are a few unknowns. Congratulations on completing your course of isotretinoin -- it's not for the faint-hearted and chances are it's been of huge benefit to you. Best wishes. ...Read more
How much more beta carotene would I get in pulped carrots compared to a shop bought bottle of carrot juice?
Yes: Zeaxanthin and lutein are the only carotenoids known to concentrate specifically in the eye. They are believed to help filter damaging light and prevent free radical damage to the delicate structures in the back of the eye, and is useful in a number of eye problems. For example, you can take it to prevent or slow macular degeneration., may improve vision for cataract sufferers too. ...Read more
Can i take food which contains provitamin-a/ beta-carotene when I am on accutane? Does it cause side effects?
Yes: You don't need to avoid foods containing vitamin a or carotenoids, but you should avoid vitamin a supplements when taking isotretinoin, as any potential toxic effect of vitamin a may be enhanced. This may result in joint and muscle aches, dry skin, abdominal pain, and some effects on the liver. ...Read more