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    Estheticians are individuals who perform facial and non-invasive, non-medical skin treatments. They cannot prescribe medication and should not use complex machines like lasers, although this depends on state licensing laws. With the exception of Connecticut, all states license estheticians. The licensing requirements may vary from state to state however.
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    In general, those people who are exposed to intermittent high-intensity sun exposure are more at risk for developing melanoma than those people who have chronic lower level sun exposure. Therefore, if you go out a few times a year -- either on vacation or the first nice day in May -- and burn, you are at a higher risk than those people who do not. The fact that you burn tells me that you are probably fair-skinned and therefore even more at risk. Remember that burning (and the tanning that follows) is your skin's way of saying it was injured by the sun, and it is trying to protect itself by creating a tan. However, a tan is really a low level of sun protection and should not reassure you that you can go out in the sun without protection. Therefore, it's never a good idea to go to a tanning salon before a trip to get a good "base tan" because this will give you a false sense of protection.
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    Try to prevent sunburns in your child by using long clothing or sunscreen. If your child does get a sunburn, it is very important to keep him or her hydrated. Also, keep the skin moisturized with lotions or aloe vera, which can be soothing to the skin.
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    During winters temperatures and humidity both drop which can affect skin dryness. Humidity below 30% does a real number on your skin, particularly your lips and hands, especially if you are over 50 years old. In the winter months the low humidity dries out your skin and harsh soaps strip away your natural oils. As we get older, our ability to make more natural protective oils (sebum) declines.
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    When a bee stings, they expel venom. Your skin reacts to the venom as an irritation. Accordingly, your skin increases circulation and stimulates production of collagen and elastin, which plumps and firms fine lines and wrinkles. As a result, bee venom facials are increasing in popularity and have been shown to lessen wrinkles in four weeks. The bee venom facemask sits for 20 minutes; this is followed by a maintenance regimen that entails applying dabs of bee venom night cream.

    This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
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    A venous malformation is caused by weakness in the wall of a vein. It can present with swelling of the face or neck. The swelling fluctuates with positioning (it is more swollen when laying down that when standing up) and with circumstances with elevated pressure (crying, straining). There can be a bluish discoloration on the skin and there are no palpable pulsations. Urgency of treatment depends on the proximity of the malformation to the eye, airway, and/or tongue. Prevention of the normal development of the teeth and bones of the face also creates an urgent situation.

    The diagnosis is made clinically and it can be supported by ultrasound, CT scan, and MRI without and with contrast.

    Treatment is with sclerotherapy, surgery, laser, or a combination of these treatments. In sclerotherapy, a needle is introduced into the venous malformation under X-Ray and ultrasound guidance. After verifying the correct position of the needle, sclerosing agents that injure the wall of the vein (ie. Bleomycin, sodium morrhuate) are infused.

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    What are the health risks of using a skin lightening product?
    If prescribed by your doctor and used as directed, skin lightening products are generally safe; but there are many unregulated products that can have very serious health consequences. Watch dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD, explain these dangers. 
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    Kids are more vulnerable to sun damage. A few blistering sunburns in childhood can double a person’s lifetime chances of developing serious forms of skin cancer. The best sunscreen is a hat and shirt. After that, protect kids with a sunscreen that’s effective and safe.
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    How do skin lightening products work to whiten or bleach the skin?
    Skin lightening products work by utilizing hydroquinone, a chemical that helps corrects dark spots, to make skin look more even in tone. In this video, dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD, explains how hydroquinone works in our bodies to lighten skin.
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    UVB is the one that causes the acute sunburns. The UVA rays can also cause sunburns a little bit later, and also causes wrinkle formation and the aging process to start happening.
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