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1. Are skin-lightening glutathione injections safe and effective?


Want to lighten your skin tone? You can with the Glutathione Skin Lightening/Whitening Treatment!

Our Intravenous Glutathione Skin Whitening Treatment can lighten your skin evenly. Glutathione is administered via IV and is able to deposit evenly throughout the body. Glutathione will swop up the oxidative damaged cells (which cause skin to darken) and lighten your skin naturally, safely, evenly and in a healthy manner.


The evidence

Glutathione is an antioxidant that is naturally synthesized in the body. It is involved with numerous biochemical pathways and may have some role in different diseases, but there is a lack of robust evidence linking supplementation to changes in health outcomes. In spite of this, glutathione seems to be a darling of the alternative medicine industry. Dr. Oz calls glutathione “the superhero of antioxidants.” Mark Hyman calls it “the mother of all antioxidants.” Importantly, while glutathione is also found in food, dietary consumption doesn’t appear to relate to blood levels, suggesting that oral supplementation may not be that effective. And given our bodies synthesize glutathione, the relationship between supplementation, blood levels and disease is not established.


When it comes to skin whitening, glutathione may have anti-melanogenic effects. There have been some studies conducted on the oral version and on a topical lotion. The trials have been small but generally positive.


Safety

Glutathione injections are not only safe, they are beneficial for your health. Glutathione helps eliminate toxins from the body, supports the central nervous system, aids in fertility and supports a healthy and strong immune system. Are there negative long-term effects? There are no known side effects or interactions with IV administration of glutathione.


The alarming increase in the unapproved use of glutathione administered intravenously as a skin-whitening agent at very high doses is unsafe and may result in serious consequences to the health of users. There is inadequate safety documentation on the use of high doses of glutathione administered at 600 mg to 1.2 grams once weekly and even up to twice weekly.

2. SUMMER SKIN CARE TIPS.


Did you know that summer months typically make up about 80% of the skincare damage that one might experience throughout the year?


The damage isn’t just from sun exposure but worsened by irritated skin from the heat and the sweat and pollutants that clog pores. All this leads to stressed and unbalanced skin. And when your skin experiences that level of fatigue, your skin is working hard just to fight the free radicals and soothe skin versus working towards regeneration and rejuvenation.

2-3 short months could lead to 4X more damage than the remaining months in the year. Fear not, there are some practical tips that are easy to apply to save your skin this summer. There’s still around 50% of the summer remaining, which means that’s still a good 40% of total year-round damage you can minimize. That’s a lot, so let’s get started (if you haven’t already)


1)The right sunscreen: We love how Koreans take skincare to another level. With most sunscreens, the cream sits on top of the skin and the inside of your pores are left exposed. Imagine putting a cream on an orange peel, the dented pores are left cream-less, and you’ll see a pock-marked, not well-covered orange. In the same way, when the inside of our pores is left exposed because it’s hard for sunscreen to reach into the pores with a thicker consistency, the skin ages faster which means it loses firmness. And when the skin inside your pores lose firmness, they stretch out and become more enlarged. Look for a lightweight sunscreen or sun gel, with a high SPF (anything over 30)r PA+++/PA++++ to be sure you are protecting yourself from harmful UVA & UVB rays.


Although one might think they do not need to wear sunscreen if they don’t burn, its quite the opposite. Burning is only one of the negative effects of sun exposure and sun damage. There are also non (immediately) visible impact to your skin, which can include dehydration, fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, discoloration, dark spots, and loss of skin elasticity. Applying SPF daily will provide the necessary protection to avoid these unwanted skin conditions.


2) Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse…but don’t overdo it: Your pores need a lot of extra loving over the summer months. All the sweat makes it a field day for pollutants to stick to the skin, pores, you name it. To start with, keep to the basics RELIGIOUSLY - wash AM and PM. You’ll want to make sure to use at least one oil-based or micro-foam cleanser to be able to cleanse deep within the pores. Exfoliating with a gentle non-irritating product also helps over the summer, but don’t over-exfoliate or over-cleanse as your skin is already likely a bit raw and irritated from the sweat, rubbing and sun exposure. In the summer, especially, the right cleanser goes a very long way.


3) Keep skin hydrated: Depending on where you live, in the summer it can be humid or hot and dry. Regardless, with all the sweating and cooling off in air-conditioned buildings, or because of the hot sun, summer months (even if humid) can counterintuitively lead to more parched skin. The trick is that you don’t want to hydrate with thick, oily or filmy products, especially if you have oily skin since that will be a fast-track to clogging your pores mixed in with your sweat. We highly recommend using lightweight, gel-type moisturizers that are typically water-based. If they have soothing ingredients like chamomile, even better. These soothing ingredients will help reduce inflammation or irritated skin. And of course, as over-stated as this is, drink plenty of water.


With these tips, hopefully, summer can be all-fun and damage-free!


3. What Does a Healthy Scalp Look Like? (Plus, 5 Best Scalp Treatments to Try)


Did you know healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp? It’s true. Implementing a scalp care routine is about more than just rinsing out the day’s gunk and re-styling your ‘do. “Scalp care is important because it’s where the hair follicles are and where hair grows from,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman. “The healthier the scalp, the healthier the hair will be. Having your hair trimmed every three months is great for the hair but the foundation of our hair stems from the scalp,” she adds.


What does a healthy scalp look like?


When it comes to scalp care, the first thing to consider is the state of your scalp. According to Dr. Jaliman, “a healthy scalp is normally flake free.” That said, flakes don’t necessarily mean dandruff. “It could be an indication that the scalp is very dry or irritated,” Dr. Jaliman explains. In addition, Dr. Jaliman recommends taking a closer look at your scalp’s sebum—aka, oil—production, too. A scalp that “does not look oily” is what you’re looking for.


What does an unhealthy scalp look like?


In addition to knowing what a healthy scalp looks like, knowing what an unhealthy scalp looks like can also help you get a better grasp on your scalp care. “A scalp that is itchy or burning is normally an indication that it’s not at its healthiest,” says Dr. Jaliman. “An itchy scalp is a symptom of a chemical irritation and can even be a sign of an allergic reaction,” she adds. In addition to itching and burning sensations, Dr. Jaliman says to be mindful of excess oil—just like you would with your regular skin care regimen. “An excessively oily scalp usually means the scalp is trying to compensate for oil which was stripped after using products which remove the natural oils of the scalp,” she explains.


How to treat an unhealthy scalp


If your scalp leans towards the unhealthy side of the spectrum, don’t panic. A healthy scalp and hair is on the horizon. According to Dr. Jaliman, treating an unhealthy scalp begins with shampoo care. “Use shampoos that are chemical free—free of sulfates (sodium laureth and sodium lauryl) and synthetic fragrances,” she suggests. In addition, “if you have a dry flaky scalp, you can use an anti-dandruff shampoo,” says Dr. Jaliman. When shopping for an anti-dandruff shampoo, Dr. Jaliman recommends reaching for formulas that “contain tar, zinc, pyrithione or selenium sulfide.”


While a new shampoo might help, scheduling an appointment with a dermatologist should also be considered. “You should see a dermatologist if your scalp continues to be dry, itchy and flaky after trying your own methods of treatment and see no improvement,” says Dr. Jaliman. “Your physician can prescribe you a topical steroid,” she adds.


What to avoid for a healthy-looking scalp


Knowing how to get a healthy scalp is one thing, but knowing what to avoid for a healthy scalp is another. For a healthy-looking scalp, Dr. Jaliman says to “avoid sulfates in hair products as they can dry the skin.” In addition, Dr. Jaliman warns against dying your hair frequently, “especially if the dye has bleach,” as dye and bleach “can irritate your scalp.”


Similar to that of skin care, synthetic fragrances in products and treatments can also impact scalp health. “Avoid synthetic fragrances, as they can irritate and cause an itchy scalp,” Dr. Jaliman suggests.


Dermatologist tips for a healthy scalp


Being mindful of what’s inside of your hair care bottles is important, but the way you care for your scalp can also make a huge difference. “Someone who washes their hair every day should try and wash a little less often,” says Dr. Jaliman. “Washing every other day or less frequent would be more beneficial to the health of the scalp,” she adds. As far as technique is concerned, Dr. Jaliman says to avoid “using your nails to wash the scalp.” Scrubbing with your nails “irritates the scalp,” so “use the tips of your fingers instead,” she notes.


4. Skin Tags.


What are they?

Skin tags are also known as fibromas, polyps, or papillomas.

They’re non-dangerous types of tumors or growths on the skin that usually form in a place where constant friction occurs, such as in the folds of the body.

Common areas include the eyelids, underarms, neck, and breast area (think of where your underwire meets your skin).

Skin tags are irregular areas of skin, raised on a peduncle or stalk, and at times may be darker in color than the surrounding skin.

They can contain nerve and fat cells, and they vary in size.


What causes them?


Some people are more susceptible to skin tags, and that includes those affected by diabetes.

The research suggests that skin tags may be related to an excess of insulin in the blood.

This is not the only possible cause, however, as skin tags may also happen during pregnancy or in people who suffer from obesity.

You may also have a genetic predisposition to developing them.

As I mentioned above, they can simply be caused by friction (like your clothes rubbing against your skin, or from shaving a certain area repeatedly).

If you have skin tags, though, it’s no need for panic.

According to the National Institute of Health, over 45% of the population does, too!

So, they’re extremely common.


Warning signs to look out for


For the most part, skin tags are harmless, but an increased presence of them could signal an underlying health issue such as insulin resistance.

To understand the connection, you must understand how they develop.

Increased cell turnover can be caused by inflammation in the body.

Inflammation in the body can be caused by the body’s inability to regulate blood sugar levels, which occurs when prediabetes or diabetes is present.

Of course, other issues can cause inflammation, but skin tags can be an important red flag at a time when, according to the CDC, over 30 million people have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them don’t realize they have it.

If a skin tag becomes irritated or inflamed, appears red or changes color, that would be an indication to have it checked.


Are skin tags always a warning sign?


Probably not.


Can they be a sign of a health issue?


Possibly, and if you have any concerns about them, it’s well worth checking in with your doctor and having them looked at (and possible checking blood-sugar levels as well).


5. Moles


What are they?


Moles are another type of growth on the skin made up of clusters of pigmented cells


What causes them?


Moles form when cells called melanocytes grow together in a cluster.

Melanocytes are specialized skin cells that produce melanin.

Normally, they transfer the protective pigment to adjacent epidermal cells and are spread out to do their job


Warning signs


Any mole or freckle with a diameter larger than a pencil eraser should be treated as potential skin cancer just to be safe.

This means keeping an eye on it and monitoring for changes using the ABCDE’s of skin-cancer prevention.

Anytime a mole (or any area of skin) shows one of the ABCDE’s listed below, it’s time to have it checked by a dermatologist

Here are some of the common medical options:


  • Cauterization – For skin tags. The dermatologist will apply an electric current and essentially burn the growth. Cauterization will leave a scab that will fall off eventually.

  • Cryotherapy – For skin tags. The dermatologist will apply liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tag. This destroys the targeted cells and may require more than one treatment to remove the growth. The skin tag will fall off in a few days to weeks.

  • Laser removal – For skin tags. The dermatologist will use a radiofrequency laser to burn the skin tag off. Typically does not result in scarring.

  • Surgery – For Moles. The dermatologist will excise the mole, cutting out all of it down to the subcutaneous level, and sew the skin back together. Requires stitches.

  • Shave excision – For Moles. The dermatologist will use a flat scalpel or razor and shave the mole flat. No stitches are required, and it is possible but rare for the mole to come back. Normally produces good cosmetic results.

  • At the time of removal, your doctor will let you know if a biopsy is warranted.
    If they don’t, be sure to ask.