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Answering Quora Questions Because you asked About Your Skincare

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My email box is bulging at the seams. So to help you out I figured I better get my but in gear and provide you with some answers. I decided to do a blog and slim my email box (win, win) I am answering Quora questions. Let’s get going!

Answering Quora Questions on Skin Conditions

Eyes

What caused a dark spot on the iris of my eye?

Believe it or not it could be an eye freckle (aka iris freckle) due to long time sun exposure.

Vision scientist have found according to the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) that eye freckles are common. This affects light colored eyes usually in the lower outer quadrant that is less protected.

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I’m a half Asian girl but one of my eyes is a small eyelid and other is a puffy triple eyelid. Is it still Asian Fishing if I glue or use tape to make my puffy eyelid evener?

For those who are not familiar with this term; Asian fishing is using makeup to look East-Asian. This especially draws attention to slanted or monolid eyes. I would say no since you are half Asian and you do have the purpose to even the other out.

A triple eyelid is when your upper shows a double fold versus one. Its cause could be more skin, aging has created less fat       or your muscles there are weak.

Lips

Why is the area around my lips dark, almost black, especially my upper lip?

A skin condition called melasma can appear as brown or grayish-brown patches. On the upper lip this is known as melasma mustache. Above all it often affects women of child bearing ages. In addition there is another skin condition called Angiokeratoma of Fordyce.

These are forms of hyperpigmentation. You could visit your dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis.

 

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What causes someone to have pouty lips? Why do my mother and father have pouty lips but me and my siblings don’t?

Since you mention your mother and father having a full and very thick upper lip I assume it was inherited. Like everything else in your being it’s in your genes. And these things can skip generations.

Because both parents have pouty lips it may have canceled out you and your siblings so to speak. There is a thing about a gene being dominant.

Fingernails

What does it really mean when you have a dark line of your fingernails?

A thin black line vertically under the nail is called a splinter hemorrhage. As a thicker dark line going horizontally are known as Beau’s lines. Most importantly this could be a sign of subungual melanoma.

However the shaded line could be caused by many other health conditions. It’s a good idea to contact your dermatologist for a diagnosis.

Eczema

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And if this causes you to lick your lip more your saliva actually adds more irritation. So to avoid all of these issues, just don’t get a lip piercing.

Can eczema be caused by pollen?

Pollen does not cause your eczema. However it can be a trigger making your flare-ups worse. According to WebMD allergies and eczema share a link. In fact studies show children are more likely to develop allergies or asthma.

Sun Exposure

How can a decades long skin colour change suddenly and become darker in a few hours when it’s exposed to the sun?

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve had your natural color it will change once the sun hits it. This is your skins protective mechanism.

Cherry Angiomas

What is causing these cherry angiomas, little red blood like dots on people’s skin? Bromide toxins? How to get rid of them naturally if possible?

The cause for these common benign growths is mainly unknown. However there seems to be a link to genetics. And age as they often appear in adults over 30 years old. As well as occurring during pregnancy.

I have a couple myself. Some studies suggest bromide as a chemical cause. This is found in many everyday sources like pasta, bakery and medications.

You may try a home remedy to remove but there has been no evidence backing the effectiveness. Tea tree oil, lavender and apple cider vinegar have all been suggested.

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Face

What is the best way to get glow back into your skin?

There is no one good answer, except as I say be good to your skin. To sum it up this includes a healthy diet, enough sleep and exercise, along with hydrating your skin inside and outside.

Moreover, avoiding harsh produces and devices. Likewise, going for a professional facial which also relieves stress.

Can I use oil on my face? If yes, which is the most beneficial?

Yes, this is a common Ayurveda method. There are a number of beauty companies that offer oils for your face. I have become an affiliate of a few Ayurveda lines.

It depends on what you are trying to achieve. Jojoba oil contains no irritating scent and is often used as carrier oil. Oiling can bring back moisture to skin and hair.

Coconut oil is also good to hydrate skin. It has a sweet scent and lots of fatty acids. Great chose for winter season according to Ayurveda.

Since this is a delicate area prone to irritation that could cause hyperpigmentation, do you know what is causing this first of all? You may be able to improve this area by changing products or the way you shave there.

As for home remedies nothing has really been tested for the underarm area. Known ingredients that lighten skin are lemon and turmeric. But these can cause irritation and make things worse. So always do a patch test first.

Lemon-first cut a couple thick slices of the lemon. Then rub a slice on each underarm. This can be rinsed off after 10 minutes using cool water. Dry your skin and apply a moisturizer.

Turmeric-In your small bowl you want to form a paste. Take 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice adding enough turmeric to it. This paste should be spread evenly to your armpits. After thirty minutes the paste can be washed off.

These remedies may take some time to see results.

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Minor Burns

Why do you have to run lukewarm water on a minor burn for 10 minutes or so? How does that affect the skin and healing process?

According to the National Library of Medicine running cool/lukewarm (not cold) water over the burn for 20 minutes delays the progression of the burn. This also increases your skin tissue survival. As a result this encourages the healing process.

Answering Quora Questions on Treatment Products

Does Biom8 work for treating seborrheic dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis a type of eczema usually affects your scalp with scaly itchy patches. Yes. There are many raving reviews on this product clearing up the skin of seborrhiec dermatitis suffers.

Biom8 has a designed formula to aid your skins moisture barrier.

 Ingredients contained:

  • Caprylic Acid (from coconut oil)
  • Decaroic (Caric) Acid (also from coconut oil)
  • Sea Buckthorn seed oil (many vitamins provided)
  • Tocopheral (basically Vitamin E)

However there aren’t any studies on these ingredients affecting SD. Vitamin E is always essential to your skin and coconut oil provides fatty acids to moisturize.

Does Retin-A expire?

Yes. Retin-A does expire. If you were given a prescription you should be aware of the date. The date should be found  on your package.

If you can’t find this there may be other signs it has gone bad. Say change in color or the produce smells different. Taking a chance by using Retin-A after its expiration date may cause irritation to your skin besides wondering about its effectiveness.

Does titanium dioxide in sunscreen cause wrinkles?

No. It has been proven that not using protection from UV rays can cause wrinkles. Wrinkles can show up prematurely with long sun exposure among other skin issues.

I’m an indoor person and do I want to apply sun cream at home also and I’m living in normal climate without using AC too?

It has been discovered that it is possible to be exposed to   UV rays while indoors. This is through glass not offering protection. Most importantly it is wise to wear sunscreen if you are mainly at a window at home or in the office. Above all to avoid sun damage as well as cancer.

We have applied a UV protective film to our homes windows. This also keeps the inside at a cooler temperature. But in the end it is always your chose whether to apply your sunscreen or not.

Wrapping it up

You have many questions out there concerning your skin. Thus the reason I am doing this blog. I hope this is helpful.

Let me know in the comment section if you like this concept. I may continue this blog feature. As I say Be Good to Your Skin!

Mary

Mary is the founder of All About Our Skin. Former esthetician and CPC. Enjoys researching skincare and has been studying our skin for the past fifteen years.

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