Linda M. Ameri, MD
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Framingham, MA 01702
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- HMO Blue (BC/BS of MA)
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Massachusetts
- Tufts Health Plan
- MetroWest Medical Center Framingham Union Hospital
- MetroWest Medical Center Leonard Morse Hospital
What does coconut oil do for the hair and skin?
There is very little disagreement regarding the benefits of coconut oil for the hair and skin. It is used in a variety of hair products around the world. It can moisturize the scalp, condition hair and help hair regrow after damage. Coconut oil has also been found to be effective as a skin moisturizer and is helpful for people with all skin types, especially those with dry skin. Some have even used it as a makeup remover. Coconut oil has similar benefits to mineral oil, but in contrast to mineral oil, coconut oil produces no negative side effects when applied to skin. There are also claims that it delays wrinkles from aging, which might be due to its oil composition and potential antioxidant effects.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
Does plaque psoriasis affect children differently than adults?
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Plaque psoriasis does not affect children differently than adults, but it does appear in younger people at a fairly high rate. For about one third of those with psoriasis, the first outbreak occurred when they were younger than 20. While someone can get this disorder at any age, psoriasis generally first appears in people aged 15 to 35. This disease seems to have a genetic component. If one parent has psoriasis, a child's chance of getting it is 10 percent. If both parents have psoriasis, the chances rise to 50 percent.
How can stress cause skin problems?
Ben Kaminsky, Dermatology, answeredIn a study at Johns Hopkins Medical School, Dr. Francisco Tausk and his colleagues sought to establish the link between stress and skin cancer. While acute (short-term) stress actually boosts immune function, chronic (long-term) or daily stress appears to interrupt healthy skin function. Evidence emerging within the past several decades suggests that emotional states such as depression, worrying, hostility, and psychosocial stress directly influence both body function and health.
As we learn more about the brain-skin interplay, we now believe that our mental state is highly related to skin function in humans. Along with skin cancer and premature skin aging, a large number of chronic skin diseases, including acne, rosacea, and atopic dermatitis, appear to be precipitated or exacerbated by psychological stress. This assumption was confirmed in findings published in the July 2003 edition of the journal Archives of Dermatology, when Dr. Susan Chon and colleagues at Stanford University concluded that emotional stress influenced the severity of acne. While this connection had been long suspected (even now, don’t you often see a pimple during particularly stressful times?), these researchers found that patients with acne experienced a significant worsening of the skin disease during times of increasing external stress.
Other dermatological studies have concluded the same: psychological stress has a significant and detrimental effect on treatment outcome in those individuals with problem skin.
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