4 Lifestyle Habits That Worsen Back Pain

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This article is courtesy of PRWeb and Dr. Michael A. Gleiber, MD, FAAOS.

newsThe millions of people who experience some level of back pain – from occasional aches, to chronic discomfort – are encouraged to read the latest article by minimally invasive spine surgeon Dr. Michael A. Gleiber, MD, FAAOS, in which he reveals the four most common lifestyle habits that trigger back pain and destroy spine health.

“Back pain isn’t always the result of an injury,” commented Dr. Gleiber, who is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and a Spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. “Often, it’s the things people do – or neglect to do – in their daily lives that is the root cause of their pain and deteriorating spine health. Tragically, many of these people don’t even know the damage that they’re doing until the pain becomes unbearable, and they can no longer carry out their day-to-day tasks at home or at work.”

According to Dr. Gleiber, the four lifestyle habits that are causing the most back pain and spine injury are:

1. A sedentary lifestyle that is virtually devoid of exercise. This causes the muscles that support the spine to become weak, and in turn forces the vertebrae and discs to absorb extra stress.

jumpingrope2. Exercising strenuously only on the weekends, and doing little or no exercise the rest of the week (“Weekend Warriors”). This imposes excessive strain on the back and spine, which is not prepared or strong enough to absorb the shock – ultimately causing back pain and, ironically, greatly increasing the risk of injury.

3. Sitting down for several hours a day at work. Staying for prolonged periods of time in any single position is damaging to spine health. However, to make matters worse, most people who sit for many hours each day have incorrect posture; often because they are hunching forward to see their computer screen.

4. Regularly eating junk food, which often leads to weight gain and therefore puts extra stress on the spine. In addition, people who eat too much junk food are typically not getting the nutrients they need to keep their spine strong and healthy, such as Calcium and Vitamin D.

Added Dr. Gleiber: “The good news is that with commitment and the right guidance, people can create new, better lifestyle habits that not only alleviates and ideally eliminates their back pain, but vastly improves their overall health and wellness. For instance, people can start exercising at least three times a week to strengthen their core muscles, get up from their desk once an hour to stretch and walk around a bit, and muster up all of their willpower to make eating junk food an occasional indulgence rather than a regular occurrence.”

The full version of Dr. Gleiber’s latest article entitled “How Your Lifestyle Can Contribute to Back Pain” is available on his website at http://michaelgleibermd.com/news/lifestyle-can-contribute-back-pain.

Additional articles by Dr. Gleiber on spine health, back pain relief, effective exercising and more are available at http://michaelgleibermd.com/news.

About Dr. Michael A. Gleiber, MD

– Dr. Michael A. Gleiber, MD is a trusted expert in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery. He currently serves as Spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, is a writer for The Huffington Post, and is frequently invited to provide his medical expertise in the media. Dr. Gleiber has been honored with multiple recognitions, including Castle Connolly Top Doctors for Spine Surgery, SuperDoctors of South Florida, Top 10 Spine Surgical Specialists Florida by Vitals.com, and is listed amongst Top 50 Spine Surgeon Leaders.

Learn more at http://michaelgleibermd.com

4 Ways To Maintain Your Brain

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brainAerobic exercise, the Mediterranean diet, social connectedness, and undertaking challenges reduce the risk of dementia.

Many people want to build up some “insurance” against dementia and other memory problems. But there’s no need to invest in pricey brain-training programs. Instead, do-it-yourself lifestyle changes have been shown to help ward off memory loss and dementia, reports the February 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch. The following strategies lead the list:

Exercise. “The best evidence so far is for aerobic exercise and physical fitness,” says Dr. Bradford Dickerson, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. Scores of studies and clinical trials have linked regular aerobic exercise to a reduced risk of dementia. A few brain imaging studies have even shown that aerobic exercise increases brain mass and improves reasoning ability. The best exercise “dose” is 30 minutes or more per day, five times a week.

Eat well. The Mediterranean diet — high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; moderate in olive oil, unsaturated fats, lean protein (poultry, fish, beans, and nuts), cheese, yogurt, and wine; and low in red meat — has been a mainstay of cardiac prevention for almost 20 years. It has also been linked to a reduced risk of dementia. The closer people follow this type of heart-healthy diet, the lower the risk.

Stay connected. Being part of a social network also appears to reduce the risk of dementia. The variety in a person’s social network and the satisfaction he or she gets from social contacts is more important than the size of the network.

Keep mentally active. The “use it or lose it” principle appears to apply to brain health. Mental stimulation, like playing a musical instrument, learning another language, volunteering, or engaging in hobbies, offers greater benefits than repetitive exercises like crossword puzzles. Although “brain-training” programs are a multi-million-dollar industry, there is no conclusive evidence that any of them improves memory or reasoning ability. “We don’t know whether playing brain games is helpful,” Dr. Dickerson says. “Getting together with family and friends to play cards may be as good.”

Read the full-length article: “The 4 best ways to maintain your brain”

Also in the February 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch:

* Finding the right medications for asthma and COPD

* Simple solutions for dizziness

* Measures to prevent “dowager’s hump”

* Water exercise for strength, balance, and cardiovascular fitness

Harvard Women’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/womens or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

4 Hacks For Making Your Life With Diabetes Easier

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By Steven Walker

diabeteswordAccording to statistics provided by the American Diabetes Association, over 29 million Americans have diabetes. As debilitating as the disease can be, modern technology has made it easier than ever to manage diabetes while living a rather normal life.

In addition to the positive impact that modern medical technology has had on the lives of diabetics, there are some easy tips and tricks that you can follow to make your life with diabetes easier. Here is a look at what they are.

Exercise Before Injecting Insulin

One of the challenges for many individuals with diabetes is that insulin, when injected, can take quite some time to take full effect. Participating in light exercise can reduce blood glucose levels and helps your body become more sensitive to the effects caused by insulin, which results a shorter impact time.

The great thing about this hack is that you don’t have to go out and run a mile or weight lift for an hour for it to work. Even a few jumping jacks or a short walk can do the trick.

Create a System for Disposing of Syringes

As a diabetic, it doesn’t take long for you get used to having to buy and use syringes on a regular basis. But what about disposing of them? For many, creating a system for disposing syringes can be a huge time saver.

When disposing of your syringes, it is essential that you utilize a sharps container. Your local community will likely have information about steps you can take to dispose of a full sharps container.

If you’re looking for something more convenient, some private companies will allow you to schedule a pickup service or enter into a mail back program. No matter what option you decide to go with, it is imperative that the proper safety precautions are taken for disposal.

Put Supplies in a Clear Bag When Traveling

As if getting yourself through airport security wasn’t difficult enough, it can be even more of a hassle when you’re traveling with your diabetes supplies. In most cases, you can avoid excessive delays while going through checkpoints by putting all of your supplies in a clear bag.

A large Ziplock bag should do just fine here. You’ll also want to make sure you have your Medical Necessity Letter on hand. This hack also helps with organization, as you certainly don’t want to be scrambling around for your supplies when it’s needed.

Put a Key Finder On Your Glucose Monitor

For diabetics, your glucose monitor is your lifeline. When you can’t find it, the situation can cause quite a bit of panic. To help ensure that this doesn’t happen to you, use a key finder and attach it to your glucose monitor or, even better, put in your supplies bag.

There are plenty of key finders out there that even come with apps that will display exactly where your supplies are. This can be a life saver when you’re scrambling around searching for your supplies.

While managing a life with diabetes is certainly not easy, it can be much easier by utilizing the life hacks above. Give a few of them a try and experience the convenience that they can provide.

4 Actionable Tips For Healthy Diabetes Management

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diabeteswordFrequently, diabetic patients complain how challenging it is to manage diabetes. Even though you take measures to keep your blood glucose in check, the numbers may disappoint you.

But don’t beat yourself up. Doing something new is a great way to have a fresh start. Here are some ideas for healthy diabetes management in 2016:

Watch your glucose levels throughout the day

It’s important to monitor your blood glucose levels to determine the level of insulin intake. The ideal time to check blood sugar levels is before meals and before sleeping. Keeping tabs on your glucose level will help you determine if you need to readjust your diet or medications in order to keep the level in the safe range.

Glucose monitoring is also important to know your hemoglobin A1c, which gives an overview of your average blood glucose levels over a period of time. The pattern helps you adjust on a month-by-month basis, and indicate how well you’re managing diabetes overall.

With Dexcom’s continuous glucose monitor and similar systems, you can get an assessment of your health with five of the most important insights of glucose levels: lows, highs, best day, nighttime and daytime. With the help of summary patterns you can place frequency, intensity and duration of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia risks into context. Overall, the data will help you prioritize diabetic management decisions.

Eat small meals and avoid alcohol on empty stomach

It’s important to break down your daily meals into small portions, and spread it out into six different meals. Consuming a large quantity of food in a meal or two will cause greater spikes in your blood sugar levels. To maintain a stable blood glucose level, consider eating three healthy meals (medium portion) and two nutritious snacks in a day.

Also, if you didn’t eat throughout the day, drinking alcohol on an empty stomach will cause a drop in your blood sugar level 24 hours later. This is because the body has to work intensely to get rid of alcohol.

Before having a drink, check your blood sugar, and eat something. Sometimes symptoms of low blood glucose levels can be taken as drunkenness; these symptoms could be dizziness and slurred speech.

Incorporate raw & green foods in your diet

Add raw foods into your diet; tomatoes, eggplant and onions are some delicious options. Almost all fruits can be eaten raw, while plenty of vegetables can be eaten in a raw or roasted state. You can try raw vegetables with dips such as salsa, guacamole, and Thousand Island dressing to enhance taste. Vegetables can be roasted with seasonings like garlic, rosemary, and cayenne pepper.

When it comes to adding greens, think beyond the regular salad and try spinach, broccoli, and chard. These are low-carb veggies that can be mixed with olive oil and roasted in the oven for a quick, crunchy snack. You can also mix roasted veggies with nuts to add a different flavor and texture.

Lose some pounds for better health

Diabetics who are overweight can easily stabilize blood sugar levels effectively by losing a few pounds. Just losing five pounds can make a significant difference in the need for medication and diabetes control.

Taking a varied approach to working out can help you drop those few pounds. Try engaging in resistance, strength and aerobic training two or three times a week for optimal results.

– Submitted by Katherine Smith

4 Ways To Implement Smart Eating

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By Zaheen Nanji

saladheartsmallAnytime you change or improve your eating habits, you are on a diet? However, the word ‘diet’ has been overused in the media and has a negative connotation to it. Whenever, you eliminate a certain food or add nutritious food, you are changing your diet! That’s why we have dieticians! Instead of looking at this negatively, view this as a smart eating plan! In fact, let’s change the word ‘diet’ to ‘Smart Eating’. It’s not the normal way you used to eat, but is an unbalanced way of eating and this causes physiological and biochemical changes in the body which in turn could affect your mind and you experience different moods and feelings. A part of you will want to give in because it doesn’t like being in this state – it misses the ‘old’ you.

Here are 4 ways to implement smart eating, also called the POOP theory! That’s right, keep the POOP going so that you are better equipped:

1. Plan ahead

What makes you want to grab a quick bite to eat or eat out most of the time? One of the reasons is the lack of meal planning. I hear the following excuses:

“I don’t have time to cook”

“I don’t know what to cook”

I don’t like cooking for one person”

As a busy mother and entrepreneur, I don’t have time to cook everyday either. However, I make at least two to three meals on Sunday that lasts for a couple of days and I use the slow cooker frequently on other days. Another great idea is to pre-cook ground beef ahead of time and freeze up portions for those days when you need something quick to prepare.

2. Obstacle mastery

Life throws us curveballs. You will be faced with challenges and you will be stretched to your limits, but learning how to deal with these situations and emotions makes you resilient. So how do you master obstacles? Whenever you begin a lifestyle change or plan your meals to improve your relationship with food, look ahead to 4 weeks. Make note of any obstacles that could get in the way, for example a dinner party. Now find two ways you can overcome or embrace that obstacle so you are in control. How can you control the situation instead of the situation controlling you?

3. Outcome orientation

saladplatePeople who are successful at anything have the tendency to visualize the outcome and check in with their feelings before the action has even taken place. When a certain food or a restaurant menu is presented to a naturally thin people or people who have been successful at weight management, they will visualize how they will feel after eating a certain food and then decide whether to eat that food or not. This takes practice and replaces the notion of instant gratification.

4. Play with food

Unfortunately, some of us label ourselves as bad cooks and if you hold that belief, it will always be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Chefs love cooking because they like to play with their food and make creative concoctions. They look at a set of ingredients as an experiment and if doesn’t turn out to their liking they will keep trying. Use that same philosophy when you are in your kitchen. There are thousands of recipes on the internet and until last year, I didn’t know that I could make a cauliflower crust pizza – it was delicious!

If you dwell on what’s not working, you are attracting that very thing – something not working – and then what do most of us do – give up! Instead change this right now and turn it around into the attitude of self-care and self-alignment. Think about this unbalanced process of smart eating as way of your mind and body self-aligning. Your body and mind are going through a process of better nourishment and each needs to go through a ‘healing crisis’ before it can bounce back. It is difficult at first but if you don’t believe then you will never attract your ideal weight. You need to find what works for you and make consistent smart decisions – it took me 10 years to figure this out! Trust and believe in the process and yourself, create a smart affirmation to help you with your journey, learn about your body, become aware of your negative habits and take time to find effective strategies, and I promise you will attract your ideal weight.

– Zaheen Nanji is a resilience champion and teaches people how to embrace change and bounce back. She is also the author of an award-winning book, Attract Your Ideal Weight – 8 Secrets of People Who Lose Weight and Keep it Off. She can be reached at attractyouridealweight.com.

4 Weight Loss Tips To Shed Unnecessary Pounds

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By Leanne Thompson

scaleFirst off I want to say that I am no dietician, everybody’s idiosyncratic which means that everybody’s unique. Techniques that work for me may not particularly work for you. We all have different body types and this is just how I lost 10 pounds. So let me start off with the general stats on my body. In 2011 I was around 115-130 pounds, my weight has fluctuated heavily during this period of time. Right now in 2013, I weight a 100 pounds. Before you freak out and give me snide comments, this is very normal for my BMI. I am not underweight and I feel a lot healthier now. This took me over a year to lose this much weight as I prefer to do it naturally. So, I hope your expectations are aligned with me that this is not going to happen overnight so please DO NOT expect it to.

Weight Loss Tip Number 1 : Take a picture of everything you eat

I know this sounds extremely ridiculous, but this is actually really important because you will be more conscious of what you put in your mouth! Taking picture of your food, stopping and holding your appetite for 5 seconds makes a HUGE difference in your journey to lose weight. You can post your photos up on Instagram to help you keep track of your food in a fun and effortless way. Trust me, this helps gather data about yourself and make it easy to make adjustments in your diet.

Weight Loss Tip Number 2 : Curb your carb intake

I look at carbs like how I see the devil. I’m quite aware that there aren’t any good carbs no matter what the scientists say. Complex carbohydrates break down very, very slowly in your body and contributes to indigestion. There are also worse simple carbs like refined carbohydrates that causes faster fats release to your body, it just goes right to your tummy! These carbs are extremely delicious but you will have to avoid this as much as possible. I personally get my calories from protein and fibre. I only have carbs once a meal so perhaps you should try it too! Make sure you stop ordering fries from fast food chains. There is really no need to over-indulge.

Weight Loss Tip Number 3 : Remix your meals

This means recipes aren’t confined to what it says on the paper. Remember you can modify your recipes, you can take things out or put things into your favourite foods to make it healthier! For example, instant noodles are my favourite meals. When I was studying in my local university, instant noodles are kind of like staples to my diet. What I do is I would break one pack of noodles into half and cook it with broccoli, tofu and many other nutritional condiments to supplement it. This just makes components of your meal healthier and ultimately make you feel much better about yourself.

Weight Loss Tip Number 4 : Water is your best friend

weightlossballtextMy weight loss bottle is with me 24/7, literally all the time. Try to sip 3 – 4 times an hour throughout the day you’ll realize that most of the time when you’re feeling hungry, you are thirsty or you are just bored. Ditch the soda, ditch the juice. If you want to drink fruit juices, please just eat the actual fruit. Juices in the hypermarkets are just liquefied sugar because they do not contain any fibre at all! Fibre is what makes the fat burning process easier on your body so remember this tip!

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed what I have to share today. Thanks for being such an attentive reader.

Leanne Thompson is a healthy weight loss and fitness enthusiast. She is a budding blogger that has been in the weight loss industry for 2 years now. Visit her blog at leanneknows.com for helpful advice on weight loss and general wellbeing.

4 Tips For Helping A Child Deal With Asthma – Part 2

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By Lauren Hill

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

familyjogKnow the Warning Signs

The best way to deal with asthma, and especially an asthma attack, is to be aware of the warning signs your child typically shows before an attack. An asthma attack is when your child’s lungs are not getting enough air to breathe adequately, caused by the swelling and inflammation due to asthma. Some children’s attacks are triggered by environmental things like pets, mold, or allergens in the air. Other kids experience asthma attacks when they are active or become too worked up. Regardless of what causes your child’s asthma, they will show signs of an impending attack that are usually similar each time. A good way to become familiar with your child’s warning signs is to keep a checklist or running tally of the signs that they showed before each attack. For example, if you notice that your child begins to cough at night shortly before they have an attack, you can write that down as a warning sign. The next time you notice them coughing in their beds, you can be more prepared to help them treat the attack.

Create an Action Plan

An asthma attack can be a scary experience for all involved, but most especially for the child experiencing it. In those scary situations, it can be easy to freeze up and forget what should be done. Creating an action plan can keep you, your child, and other adults in your child’s life – like their teacher – on the same page of how to treat the attack. Most action plans involve figuring out the right amount of daily medication that is needed to control your child’s asthma on a day-to-day basis, as well as the emergency medication that would be required in the case of an attack. A device like a peak flow reader can help you track how well your child’s lungs are working and can let you know when the asthma may be getting worse. Recording these peak flow readings can help you follow a daily plan to keep the disease in check.

In the case of an emergency situation or attack, your child’s action plan should include the warning signs, what their peak flow reading will look like, the medication required to reduce symptoms, and the point at which emergency personnel should be contacted. A copy of both the daily and rescue action plan should be given to any adult who is in direct care of your child so that they are aware of any needs your child may have.

Control the Triggers

In order to gain control of asthma and to reduce attacks in the future, it’s important to figure out your child’s asthma triggers and avoid them as often as possible. Cigarette smoke can be a trigger for many kids, so if you or another family member smokes, quitting or doing all smoking outdoors can help keep your child’s lungs healthy. Sometimes furry pets are the culprit of some kids’ coughing and wheezing. Unfortunately, the best solution in that case is to find the pet a new home. Even when the animal is outside the home, dander and fur tracked in on clothing can trigger attacks as well. Playing hard and excessive activity can be another common trigger, and although it can be hard to get a small child to slow down, it is important to help them realize that their trigger can make them feel sick and cause an attack.

Removing asthmatic triggers from your home and your child’s school environment is essential if you want your child to gain control over their disease. It is your responsibility to provide them with a healthy environment where they can be safe from the sometimes life-threatening attacks. These tips can help you get started on the path to control over your child’s asthma and can bring them great comfort knowing that you will be taking care of their wellbeing.

– Lauren Hill is a freelance writer and Mom to an asthmatic child. She finds great joy in educating others on dealing with asthma. Lauren is a contributing author for RabbitAir.com.

4 Tips For Helping A Child Deal With Asthma – Part 1

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By Lauren Hill

familywalk2Children are naturally resilient and are often fully capable of dealing with whatever troubles are thrown their way, but dealing with a chronic illness like asthma can require a little bit of help from family and friends. If not treated properly, asthma can have life-long consequences and can make even day-to-day life a struggle. As such, parents of asthmatic children need to be aware of how they can help their children take control over their asthma so that they can continue on the path towards a healthy adulthood. Being knowledgeable and transferring that knowledge on to your child can ensure that they are able to watch for the signs of an asthma attack and be careful to avoid activities or situations that may cause a reaction. Here are some tips that can help you prepare yourself and in turn prepare your child to deal with life with asthma.

Get a Diagnosis

The first step to taking care of your child and gaining control over their asthma is to get a diagnosis so that the proper medication can be prescribed, if necessary. The American Lung Association suggests that children who will be asthmatic will typically begin showing symptoms by the time they reach the age of five. Some kids are more susceptible to lung conditions tied to colds or other infections and those symptoms can sometimes be similar to asthma’s symptoms, but speaking with your child’s pediatrician and giving them as much information as you can will help the doctor narrow down what may be causing the discomfort that your child has been experiencing. Here are some of the symptoms of asthma in children:

• A wheezing sound when your child exhales

• Complaints of chest pain

• Interrupted sleeping due to shortness of breath, which can cause fatigue

• Frequent coughing, made worse by a cold or the flu

• Tightness of the chest

If your child has been complaining of these symptoms, you may want to consider making an appointment with your doctor or specialist in order to complete a diagnosis. It may seem as though a formal diagnosis could be too worrisome, but as a parent it is important to move forward on the treatment of your child’s condition and this often requires medical intervention.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Lauren Hill is a freelance writer and Mom to an asthmatic child. She finds great joy in educating others on dealing with asthma. Lauren is a contributing author for RabbitAir.com.

4 Surefire Ways To Go Back To School Without Acne – Part 2

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By Mia Liefso

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

womanskin2. Weather extremes. The winters can be bitterly cold and the summers somewhat dry. You need a skincare line that can react to this harshness.

3. Moisturizer. If you have oily skin, your tendency will be to shy away from moisturizers. EVERY skin type needs moisture and hydration.

4. Check the ingredients. You want to make sure your skin care products contain the minerals, vitamins and healing properties your skin needs. For our teenagers, we often recommend our Dead Sea products which help to remove the excess oils and skin impurities. A good soap is essential for a good acne regime.

5. Foundation.You want a foundation that covers acne scars, blemishes and hyperpigmentation that won’t shine like you have Crisco on your face at the end of the school day. Make sure to find an oil-free formula.

Chances are a home regime, coupled with good skin care products may not be enough, particularly if you have moderate to severe teenage acne. You may need some supplemental acne treatments at a medical spa.

Tip #3: You Can Peel Away Your Blemishes

Medical grade chemical peels are an excellent defense mechanism for teenage acne. They help to exfoliate the skin by applying a gentle alpha or beta hydroxyacid to the top layer of your skin. This exfoliation signals the cells inside the skin to accelerate, thus preventing pores from being clogged.

Contrary to it name, chemical peels don’t really “peel” the skin. Instead, they quickly exfoliate the skin, sloughing off the dead skin cells. By keeping dead skin cells and excess oil from clogging your follicles, pore blockages and your pimples can be dramatically decreased.

Your friends will not even know you’ve had a chemical peel … there is no downtime and you can go right back to school or studying (drat) after this 30-minuite treatment. Your skin may look slightly sunburned, and it’s essential to be diligent about applying sunscreen for a couple of weeks after the peel. It’s okay to apply makeup to cover any of the redness.

According to Acne.org, studies show about a 45-50% reduction in acne lesions after a series of 4-6 peels.

femalewashingfaceTip #4: Consider Laser To Help Acne at Light Speed

Relative newer to the cosmetic industry is the use of laser treatments to help with acne scarring. Laser acne therapy is a non-invasive, safe and effective way to treat teenage acne without dangerous medications or downtime. It can reduce and often eliminate acne on the face, shoulders, back and chest, leaving you with blemish free skin.

Laser acne treatments pulse light into the skin in a way that destroys acne-causing bacteria, while also directly targeting your sebaceous glands.We know that acne is generally caused by dead cells, too much sebum, bacteria and infection in the hair follicles, all of which are effectively targeted and destroyed by laser therapy. Laser treatments can also be used to help with teenage scarring, by stimulating healthy cells to produce collagen, thus creating newer, more even skin.

Don’t Just Live With Acne, Fight It!

No matter which combination of teenage acne treatments you choose, know that there are new technologies and skin care products coming on to the market every day that are targeted at helping you have a clearer, healthier complexion. Acne can’t be cured, but it can be effectively controlled. Starting these treatments may make your acne worse for a short period of time before it gets better. And if you control it in your teenage years, hopefully you won’t have to deal with adult acne.

Keep your chin up … free of acne that is!

Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist and the owner of Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa in Bradford, Ontario. She has certifications in IPL, LHE, laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her areas of special interest include difficult skin conditions—psoriasis, eczema, and acne—premature aging, and endocrinology. Mia’s passion lies in helping people love the skin they’re in.

4 Surefire Ways To Go Back To School Without Acne – Part 1

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By Mia Liefso

acneThe teenage years are bad enough without having to cope with acne. As you head back to school, you don’t need to hear the taunting of “pimple puss” or “zit face” on top of all the other pressures and stresses associated with grade school or high school. Want to be proud of your school pictures versus embarrassed? Want to stop hiding your face behind your hair? We have some good news for you … your acne is treatable. Not curable, but treatable.

We’re combining advice from skin care specialists around the country to give you a four-pronged approach to banish those breakouts using a combination of:

1) good home skin care practices
2) beneficial skincare products
3) chemical peels
4) laser acne rejuvenation treatments

The results? A complexion you’ll be proud to have on your face!

Tip #1: Be Diligent About At Home Skin Care

1. Wash your face twice a day, in the morning and before you go to bed. Don’t overdo it because you can make acne worse with abrasive scrubs, loofahs and masks that can cause more outbreaks.

2. Keep your hair off your face, particularly at bedtime. Pull your hair back with a headband. Wash your pillow cases and sheets frequently to remove the bacteria and oils.

3. As tempting as it is, do not, I repeat do not, pop your pimples. This can result in scarring and will just spread the bacteria.

4. Know that cell phone that is stuck in your ear 24/7? Scrub the screen daily to remove any makeup or oils.

5. Remove your makeup before you go to bed. It can clog your pores and irritate the skin. Clean your makeup brushes at least once/month.

6. Involved in sports? Clean your face immediately after the big game to remove the sweat! Not near a bathroom? Use a face wipe.

7. You’re never too young to wear sunscreen. Choose one for oily skin.

8. Be wary of prescription medication used to treat acne. Some may have serious side effects such as depression.

waterbottle9. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking lots of water – not sugary sodas, but good old fashioned water. Water helps to remove the toxins and build new skin cells.

10. Control your diet. Eat whole grains, nuts and seeds to improve selenium, and vegetables and fruits to cleanse the colon. Oily fish is essential for fatty acids and vitamin D to reduce inflammation and help feed the skin.Limit your intake of oily and fast foods, pies, cakes, French fries, sugary drinks and butter. Avoid stimulants such as colas, caffeine, and coffee as these may lower zinc absorption. Sorry.

Tip #2: Use GOOD Skin Care Products

Your bathroom is probably littered with over-the-counter skincare products that haven’t helped your acne, despite the promises. And it’s not just about your face – your back, neck and shoulders can also be acne prone.

There is no “one size fits all” skin care solution to acne. If you have teenage acne, it’s probably best to be seen by a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician. Why? Because there are thousands of skincare products on the market that target teenage acne, 95% of which don’t work.

1. Medical grade versus over-the-counter. My teenage clients continuously ask me if medical grade skin care products are really worth the money (particularly if you are paying for them versus your parents). The answer is a resounding Yes! The old adage that you get what you pay for applies to skin care products as well. Medical grade products have been approved by a doctor and rigorously tested for their effectiveness. They contain stronger ingredients that are of a higher quality. For instance, we carry the extremely popular and effective Obagi line which is monitored for each teenager by our Nurse.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist and the owner of Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa in Bradford, Ontario. She has certifications in IPL, LHE, laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her areas of special interest include difficult skin conditions—psoriasis, eczema, and acne—premature aging, and endocrinology. Mia’s passion lies in helping people love the skin they’re in.