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No, Aloe Vera doesn't help prevent or heal sunburn. I have to admit to being surprised by this. I was expecting to see a (small) effect. Porntip Puvabanditsin and Rujirat Vongtongsri, Efficacy of Aloe Vera Cream in Prevention and Treatment of Sunburn and Suntan J Med Assoc Thai 2005; 88(Suppl 4): S173-6. This experiment involved 20 volunteers in a ...


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Acne lesions should NOT be squeezed It can lead to permanent scarring. Acne lesions should not be squeezed. Popping of acne spots does make acne less visible temporarily but it is followed by more severe inflammatory lesions in a few days. Squeezing acne spots results in the rupture of the pilosebaceous duct and the contents of the gland and duct are ...


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There is a study that was published in 2010, in the British Journal of Dermatology. An 8-year longitudinal study on the progression of expression lines into persistent wrinkles Methods:  Standardized images were captured at baseline and at 8 years of 122 women (ages 10–72 years, skin types I–VI) with and without a smiling expression. The wrinkle ...


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The only effective anti-wrinkle product I'm aware of is Tretinoin, also known as Retinoic Acid, or Rentin-A. Creams containing Tretinoin are also acne treatments and have been around since the 1980s. I do not know the details of the physiological mechanisms, but Tretinoin increases cellular turnover rate where applied. The effect is the same as constant ...


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Evidence: The natural features of male facial skin tend to affect the technique of clean shaving. The male facial skin is heterogeneous in morphology and roughness, and male skin has a tendency to heal slower and to develop hyperinflammatory pigmentation. In addition, many males exhibit sensitive skin, with the face most often affected. Source: The male ...


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I was totally ready to say this is a complete and utter sham, however I have found two papers that seem to indicate that there is some positive effect from using the Hairmax device. A Rutgers team (sponsored by Lexington International) concludes (PDF): This randomized, doubleblind, sham device-controlled, multicentre efficacy trial indicates that the ...


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Yes. Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency and Its Associations with Skin Color in Pregnant Women in the First Trimester in a Sample from Switzerland concludes "In the most parsimonious model, women with dark skin color were statistically significantly more often vitamin D deficient compared to women with light skin color..." Similarly, Colour Counts: ...


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As per my comment, this was actually asked in the NY Times Science section. Q. If I tweeze out the single hair that grows from a facial mole, will it cause cancer, as my friend insists? A. “No,” said Dr. Mark D. Kaufmann, a dermatologist in Manhattan. “Even by cutting, you don’t change the behavior of a mole.” Netdoctor (a UK site), also agrees with ...


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Drawing on yourself with a normal ball-point pen does not lead to harm since writing ink is considered non-poisonous per Medline. Xylene based writing ink is a concern, though toxicity for the xylene based ink is normally linked to inhalation. Pen Ink Ingestion: Per Medline, "writing ink poisoning occurs when someone swallows ink found in writing ...


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No proofs of it working, but several examples of it working. Searching around the net a bit, I am not finding much else than reviews of people trying it out. The reviews are mixed, but overall positive. If anyone can find something more conclusive feel free to post it. The reviews varies from things like: this made my skin look irritated and red raw and ...


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Emblica officinalis (of the family Euphorbiaceae) also known as Indian gooseberry in the form of fruits contain mostly carbohydrate with moderate fiber content and are rich in vitamin C, with some other unique bioactives. Emblica officinalis extract is Generally Recognized As Safe as a food additive by FDA. The effects listed below were noted in ...


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The question as you posed it was whether "lip balm" in general can make skin dryer. Lip balm can have any number of ingredients. A long list can be found here. ChapStick, the most common brand of lip balm, contains petroleum jelly/petrolatum. A textbook on the subject, Dry Skin and Moisturizers, states: "Petrolatum blocks the evaporation of water from the ...


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Yes, some ingredients in certain lip balms can dry out your lips. An article on WebMD includes this quote: Some lip treatments do more harm than good, says Steven K. Grekin, DO, clinical associate professor of dermatology at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Iowa. "Many ingredients can cause dryness and ...


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