The health concerns behind common beauty problems

Behind almost every beauty problem is a health issue that has to be addressed before it can be corrected

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Dec. 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ – We’re all plagued by one or two “beauty” problems that we can’t seem to shake. It may seem small to everyone else, but to us it’s a blemish on our body. It’s that one thing that makes us self-conscious about our looks no matter what we do to correct the issue.

The cosmetics industry makes billions of dollars off these blemishes every year, but finding a solution could take more than finding the right product. Behind almost every beauty problem is a health issue that has to be addressed before it can be corrected.

Hair Loss and Hair Thinning

Both men and women struggle with hair loss and hair thinning as they age. For some, it’s a matter of poor nutrition, particularly a deficiency in B vitamins or iron. Hormone changes and skin infections could also be to blame.

However, genetics is the culprit for most people. Male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) are the top reasons for hair loss and thinning. This is a genetic condition that causes specific patterns of hair loss in men and causes women’s hair to thin on the top and crown of the head. The root of the problem is dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a byproduct of testosterone. When DHT is in the hair follicle it can cause a process known as miniaturization. It causes the hair to progressively thin until it stops growing altogether.

There are medications like propecia that can correct DHT problems and stop further hair loss as well as surgical treatments that can restore the hair in some cases. You can also get a temporary fix with the right product. For example, the [popup url=”https://shop.scalpmed.com/product/cortex-enlarger-thickening-spray” height=”1000″ width=”1200″ scrollbars=”1″]Cortex hair products[/popup] line includes an enlarger thickening spray. Just spray it on your hair in the morning to thicken hair instantly and build up the thickness of hair fibers over time. It’s a good solution for anyone who’s using other treatments that will take a while to replenish hair.

Acne

Acne is something that plagues most teenagers at some point. However, adult onset acne can affect almost anyone, including those who rarely had a blemish as a teen. Women, in particular, are prone to having adult-onset acne in their 20s, 30s, 40s and even 50s.

Many external factors can contribute to acne, but if it’s a continuous problem there may be something off in your body, including:

  • · Over-production of oil
  • · Hormonal imbalance from puberty, pregnancy, menopause, etc.
  • · Starting or discontinuing birth control pills
  • · Hormone therapy
  • · Genetics
  • · Undiagnosed medical condition

Stress is another leading cause of acne. It causes the production of hormones known as androgens. This type of hormone can trigger an increase in oil production in the skin, which leads to clogged pores and eventually blemishes. If stress is chronic acne could be a constant battle.

Skin Discoloration

Like acne, hormones can also cause skin discoloration. Melasma is one example. Melasma, also known as pregnancy mask, can occur during pregnancy because of hormonal changes, making conditions like [popup url=”https://www.troymedia.com/2016/04/08/postpartum-illness-often-baby-blues/” height=”1000″ width=”1200″ scrollbars=”1″]postpartum illness[/popup] even more difficult to manage.

However, melasma is just one skin discoloration disorder. There are numerous skin discoloration conditions that are more common than most people realize.

  • · Jaundice – This yellowing of the skin tone, often because of a build up of excess bilirubin (a yellowing compound).
  • · Vitiligo – Small, white patches on the skin are a clear sign of vitiligo. The skin loses color because melanocytes in the skin are dying off due to hormones or an autoimmune problem.
  • · Hyperpigmentation – When dark patches show up it’s the condition known as hyperpigmentation. It occurs whenever there’s an over-production of melanin.
  • · Rosacea – People of Celtic descent are the most likely to have rosacea, which is a condition that causes the skin to appear red and have a rough appearance.
  • · Cyanosis – Skin that appears bluish indicates an oxygen deficiency in the blood. Often it is related to lung or heart problems.
  • · Cirrhosis – When you see many spider veins (small, blue blood vessels) showing up under your skin it could be a sign of cirrhosis. The condition is usually a result of excessive alcohol consumption or hepatitis.

Varicose Veins

One bulging, misshapen varicose vein can make a person completely self conscious about their entire leg. Imagine never wearing shorts or a skirt because you don’t like seeing [popup url=”https://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/radiology/ir/Pages/vein.aspx” height=”1000″ width=”1200″ scrollbars=”1″]varicose veins[/popup].

The legs have a type of vein called the superficial vein. When these veins don’t work properly blood will pool. This can create pressure that leads to enlarged varicose veins. It can also indicate an underlying circulatory problem.

There are a number of natural solutions – such as exercising – that can reduce the appearance of varicose veins. Compression socks and elevation can also help minimize them, but only radiofrequency or laser treatment can get rid of varicose veins.

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