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January 27, 2015

// Hair Removal

The Trouble With Tweezing

“It’s only a few hairs”. “It will only take me an hour or so”. “It doesn’t hurt that much, I don’t even bleed that often”. These are just some of the excuses we ladies come up with to defend our addiction to tweezing. Perhaps, in some cases, “addiction” is too strong a word. But it’s hard to deny that when we see those extra few little hairs that we’d like to do away with, we’re not generally ready to jump in there with a tweezer!

Sure, a few hairs here and there may be “no big deal”. But, at the end of the day, excuses are still excuses. No one truly enjoys going through the tweezing process. First of all, it hurts! And second of all, tweezing is easily the most painstaking and laborious process of all of the traditional hair removal methods. At least shaving and waxing have the ability to remove more than one hair at a time! Pluck by pluck, tweezing takes forever and is simply no fun.

“Slow and…painful”. On HairBoutique.com, Karen Marie Shelton comments upon the many troubles of tweezing. “Putting aside any potential injuries tweezing is not really practical for large areas of the body,” she writes, “It can also be a slow and sometimes painful process.” Again, it’s important to consider the fact that when you decide to tweeze your unwanted hairs, you’ll need to put aside quite a bit of time to do so.

“Ingrown hairs and puckered skin”. Ideally, we all want to rid ourselves of unwanted hair in order to make our skin look better. And by “better”, we generally think of that soft and smooth feel in addition to that smooth and even complexion. Tweezing may not always do the trick. “Repetitive tweezing can ultimately lead to the development of ingrown hairs and puckered skin,” reminds Shelton.

“Skin discolouration”. In addition, tweezing can result in skin discolouration. Many admitted tweezers report the appearance of red spots in place of the hairs that were plucked from their skin. “For some skin types tweezing can cause pigmentation discoloration,” says Shelton, “Luckily in most cases the discoloured areas will eventually fade. To minimize pigmentation issues, be very careful to avoid nipping or tearing the skin.”

“Ultimately hair that is tweezed may or may not grow back.” Shelton goes on to reveal another troubling fact when it comes to tweezing. It’s not a permanent solution. She does point out that, in some cases, tweezing can damage the hair follicles in such a way that the hair is unable to grow back. But this isn’t always the case. Tweezing, therefore, cannot be depended on as a long-term solution to the unwanted hair problem.

Tweezing, however, can be made a thing of the past if a more permanent solution is employed. The Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre offers laser hair removal treatments via the revolutionary LightSheer™ Hair Laser. For truly satisfying, long-term results, this laser is ideal. It is well known, not just for its ability to permanently remove unwanted hair, but also for the safe and painless nature by which it gets the job done!

The LightSheer™ Hair Laser uses a patented “chill tip” which protects the skin to make the treatment virtually pain-free. And at the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, all treatments are performed by certified experienced laser technicians. For more information on the LightSheer™ Hair Laser and how it can help you put an end to the troubles you have with tweezing, please don’t hesitate to give us a call by dialing 403-358-5818.

January 20, 2015

// Unwanted Moles

8 Steps To Discovering A Proven Solution To Skin Tags

Step 1: So what are skin tags exactly? Ask anyone who has them and he or she will likely answer using terms such as “annoying”, “unsightly” or “ugly”. However, as Dr. Gary W. Cole explains on MedicineNet.com, “skin tags are very common but harmless small, soft skin growths.” So while people who have experiences dealing with skin tags may not like their appearance, they can rest assure that they present no medical concerns.

Step 2: How do skin tags occur? Perhaps, there is no exact answer for this question, but Dr. Cole does attempt to shed some light on the matter. He notes that pretty much everyone is susceptible to skin tags at some point in their lives. And, any one person can have from one to over 100 skin tags at any given point. Dr. Cole reveals that while age and obesity have been linked to the development of skin tags, some people are just more prone to getting them than others.

Step 3: So can skin tags be treated? There are a number of treatments that have been used to remove skin tags, but most of them don’t exactly sound all that appealing. According to the Healthwise staff on the New Hampshire-based Norris Cotton Cancer Center website, skin tags are generally removed by either cutting, freezing or burning them off. Ouch! The staff admits that such procedures may hurt or cause bleeding.

Step 4: Can skin tags be removed at home? Yes. But it is not recommended. “Home remedies, such as using nail clippers to cut off skin tags or lotions and pastes to remove moles, may cause bleeding, infection, and scarring,” informs the Healthwise staff, “And it’s important that your doctor check moles before they are removed. It’s much safer to have your doctor remove your moles and skin tags for you.”

Step 5: Is there a safe home remedy for skin tags? According to HumansAreFree.com, the solution can be found in apple cider vinegar. “People who have used apple cider vinegar for skin tag removal claim that it works without leaving any scars and it also works quickly,” claims the website, “The upside of using vinegar for tag removal is, it is less invasive and the downside is it takes a little time and consistency for it to work.”

Step 6: How do you use the apple cider vinegar method? The site notes that you’ll require bandages, cotton balls and Vaseline for this skin tag removal treatment. The Vaseline is to be placed on the area surrounding the mole so that the acid from the vinegar only affects the area you want treated. Apply vinegar to the skin tag using the cotton ball and place a bandage over it so that it stays in place. Doing this three times a day for a couple of weeks should cause the skin tags to “flake and dry up”.

Step 7: Is there a safe and proven method for removing skin tags? Yes, there certainly is. If you wish to avoid both the pain and long, frustrating home remedies associated with skin tag removal, you will want to opt for the VariLite laser. It allows for the safe and effective treatment of skin tags, in addition to moles, pigmented skin spots and small red blood vessels (telangiectasia) on the face. This laser provides excellent results with no bruising and virtually no down time.

Step 8: Who offers the VariLite laser treatment? You guessed it. The Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre uses the VariLite laser to treat patients with the above mentioned skin conditions. As mentioned, it provides a safe and proven solution that helps people to avoid long and arduous processes for skin tag removal. For more information on the VariLite laser and how it can help you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call by dialing 403-358-5818.

January 13, 2015

// Skin Care

3 Steps To Rejuvenating Your Skin During The Winter

Is winter getting you down? For many Canadians, the duration of this winter has already proven to be too long. And we’re only two weeks into January! So, we’re sorry to remind you that there’s still a little ways to go before the days of warmth and sunshine are back. Then again, that’s not exactly true. Of course, the warmth will take some time, but there is plenty of sunshine during the winter. Combined with the cold, that makes for very drying conditions.

It’s important to remember the need to keep our skin moisturized during the winter. We tend to associate sunscreen only with the summertime, but during the winter, it’s more important than ever. Especially with the sun’s UV rays bouncing off of the snow and directly into our faces, there’s arguably no better time to protect our skin than in the winter. Feeling a little dry lately? Here are three steps to rejuvenating your skin during the cold winter months.

1. Eat antioxidant-rich food. You may be a bit surprised to know that the first step to protecting your skin doesn’t have to do with applying anything to it. Instead, it all starts with nutrition. On NaturalBeautyGuru.com, Ameena Cott writes that there are a number of foods that can help with facial rejuvenation. She starts with apples. After all, doesn’t the old adage say that eating one a day will keep the doctor away?

“They contain antioxidants that help the skin to renew and repair,” she writes, “Apples help to reduce facial puffiness because they help eliminate toxins.” Cott also recommends tomatoes, “because they contain compounds like lycopene that help in the struggle against free radicals.” In addition, broccoli, oily fish that are rich in omega-3 and smoothies containing apples and lemons are highly recommended.

2. Use food-based natural moisturizers. And here we were, thinking that food was made for eating! With help from Dr. Andrew Ordon of the television show, “The Doctors”, Lauren Gelman of Reader’s Digest writes that there are a number of moisturizers made from all natural, edible ingredients that are great for rejuvenating your skin. Combining avocado, honey and fresh cream is just one of the recipes that she recommends.

In addition to the Avocado-Honey Moisturizer is the Basil Toner. Adding three tablespoons of dried basil leaves to one cup of boiling water is all you will need to do the trick. “This recipe is great for those prone to acne,” reports Gelman, “The basil acts as an antiseptic, helps clear acne-causing bacteria, and improves circulation to the skin.” As well, she recommends recipes for a Lemon-Agave Age Spot Fighter and an Almond Sugar Facial Scrub to soothe your skin.

3. Go for a facial peel. At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer a number of excellent facial peels that revive your natural beauty. Our peels are specifically formulated to treat sun-damaged skin, age spots, acne, discolouration, fine lines and wrinkles. And we have a number of great treatments to choose from. Microdermabrasion gently removes dead, dry layers of skin cells to reveal your fresh glowing skin underneath.

The PCA Peel utilizes the most advanced technology to specifically address issues related to your skin type and its needs. The Medique Peel treats patients who have cystic acne. It is also effective in the treatment of sun damage, rough patches of skin, discolouration, fine lines and wrinkles. For more information on our facial peels, please don’t hesitate to give us a call by dialing 403-358-5818.

January 6, 2015

// Spider Veins

6 Solutions For Spider Vein Resolutions

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping you’ve begun 2015 in the happiest and healthiest way possible. If you’ve taken any of the advice and tips doled out in our last couple of blogs, then we can expect that you’ve gotten off to a pretty good start. As always, dedication to fitness and nutrition will to a long way in keeping you both looking and feeling your best. But, then again, some of you may have some New Year’s Resolutions that diet and exercise can’t seem to help.

“Just how can I get rid of these varicose and spider veins in my legs?” If this happens to be a question that you’re pondering, perhaps part of your list of wishes for the new year is to get rid of them. Not to fear! There are a few things that you can do to help your cause. If you’re looking for some solutions to help with your “get rid of these veins” New Year’s Resolution, then today’s blog is for you! Here are six to consider.

1. De-inflame the body. On NaturalNews.com, Dr. David Jockers points out that problems with the circulation of blood in your legs is one of the most common causes of varicose and spider veins. And circulatory problems can often be a result of high insulin levels. As a result, “it is important to keep grains, sugars and starches out of the diet as they increase blood sugar and elevate insulin,” says Dr. Jockers, “It is also important to keep high omega-6 vegetable oils and processed meats completely out of the diet.”

2. Compression stockings. These are commonly listed as go-to varicose and spider vein deterrents. On CanadianLiving.com, Julie Hunter notes that they are generally the “first course of action” because they are the least invasive of all combatants to the varicose and spider vein problem. “Though unflattering, compression stockings relieve pressure on varicose veins and aid in circulation,” she writes. However, she goes on to point out that compression stockings are not a cure for varicose and spider veins. Once the stockings are removed, the veins often reappear.

3. Exercise. To improve circulatory patterns, it’s important to keep the blood pumping. Dr. Jockers lists regular exercise as a “critical component to an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.” Your workout routine should include both high-intensity and low-intensity exercises, but avoid such high-impact activities as jumping and running on concrete or treadmills. Instead, use softer surfaces like grass or sand – although you’ll likely have to wait a few months for that. As well, riding stationary bikes, walking, dancing and rowing are all recommended.

4. Creams and pills. Hunter notes that over-the-counter creams, that include herbal ingredients, have been recommended to aid in the appearance of varicose and spider veins. As well, pills that contain horse chestnut, which is a herbal extract that can reduce pain and varicose vein size, have been suggested as solutions. She does admit, however, that these remedies are rarely regarded as effective.

5. Lower c reactive protein (CRP) and homocysteine levels. According to Dr. Jockers, both this protein and this amino acid are often found in those who have circulatory problems. “It is important for individuals with varicose veins and other circulatory problems to supplement with specific nutrients,” he writes, “These include a whole food based B complex vitamin with B2, B6, B9 and B12 and zinc which provide the necessary methylation elements to lower homocysteine levels naturally.”

6. Sclerotherapy. As you may have guessed, this is the solution most recommended by the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre. As Hunter explains it, “Sclerotherapy is a technique whereby the patient is injected with a salt solution through a small needle into the dilated or abnormal vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vein and causes it, over time, to turn into scar tissue, which will eventually be reabsorbed into the body.”

For more information on this “gold standard” solution to varicose and spider veins, please don’t hesitate to call us at 403-358-5818.