Despite all of the obvious and well publicized health risks associated with smoking, there is yet another reason to put down the cigarettes. Have you ever wondered if smoking might be contributing to your acne? Well the answer might just surprise you. As new research continues and more data comes in it seems that there might be a direct correlation between smoking and acne, especially in women. If you ever wanted to quit, you now have more motivation to do so. Dermatologists for years have preached on the detrimental effects that smoking has on your skin. From wrinkles to a rough leathery touch, smoking seems to affect the skin in multiple ways. We have all spotted people walking down the street before and you could tell by looking at them that they had probably had been smoking for years. Smoking can add a lot of years onto a person’s appearance. Now it turns out it can also wreak havoc with acne.
A recent study from 2007 in Europe of 1000 women between the age of 25 to 50 showed that over 40% of the participants who smoked had acne while only 10% of those who did not smoke had acne. The study also found that smokers who had suffered from acne when they were younger were four times more likely to have adult acne than non-smokers who had also suffered from acne when younger. The most common type of acne found to afflict smokers is called Non Inflammatory Acne (NIA). This is a mild form of acne that is characterized by whiteheads and blackheads. The study found 76% of participants with non inflammatory acne were smokers and 91% of smokers who had acne suffered from NIA.
That’s a lot of numbers and it can get confusing. To sum it up, smokers get adult acne more frequently and the most common type of acne smokers suffer is the milder non inflammatory acne. Women smokers are more likely to develop NIA. The severity of the breakouts do not seem to be effected by how many cigarettes are smoked per day.
Cigarettes contain over 4000 chemicals and 400 toxic compounds that have numerous ways of poisoning the body. The health risks involved with smoking are pretty well known. It can lead to heart disease, respiratory diseases of the lung and throat and all types of cancers that kill thousands people every year. From black lungs to tooth decay, there are too many reasons to count that should be motivation to quit smoking, or better yet to never start in the first place. There is now another reason, smoker’s acne. While maybe not the most urgent reason compared to the other more serious health risks, it still is yet another indication of how disruptive and destructive smoking is on the human body. The next best thing to quitting smoking is to find an effective acne treatment to battle smoker’s acne.
Most of us usually do not have a lot of time to spare in the morning and our diets are usually the first things to suffer from the constant rush. You should however find a way to set aside some time to treat yourself right. A healthy and nourishing breakfast can have a tremendous impact on your body throughout the day. It can provide energy and mental alertness that a lot of us lack for the first few hours of the day as we slowly try and wake up.
Below are just a handful of tasty burrito recipes that you can try to spice up your morning routines and get your days off to a better start.
12 diced bacon strips
12 lightly beaten eggs
Pepper and salt to taste
10 flour tortillas
1-1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced
-Cook the bacon until crisp in a large skillet then remove to paper towels. Drain, keeping back 1 to 2 tablespoon drippings. Add eggs, pepper and salt to the drippings. Cook while stirring over medium heating until the eggs are fully set.
-Spoon about ¼ cup of the mixture at the center of each of the tortillas. Sprinkle with onions, cheese and reserved bacon. Fold the sides and bottom of each tortilla over the filling. Wrap each in aluminum foil and waxed paper. Freeze for up to a month.
-Using the frozen burritos: Remove the foil the place the burritos in a microwave while still wrapped with the waxed paper. Use about 60% power for 1-1/2 minutes to heat it through. Let it stand for 20 minutes then serve.
¼ cup of chopped onions
A tablespoon of butter
1/2 pound of sliced Andouille sausage links
A tablespoon of chopped green chillies
1 seeded and chopped jalapeno pepper
1/8 tablespoon table salt
1/8 teaspoon of pepper
Dash cayenne pepper
6 warmed flour tortillas
1/2 cup of shredded pepper jack cheese
Taco source (optional)
-In medium heat, cook the onion and butter until tender. Add the chillies, sausage and jalapeno; cook for about 4-5 minutes until all is heated through. Add salt, eggs, cayenne and pepper; cook until the eggs are fully set.
-Spoon fill the center of each tortilla. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons of cheese. Fold ends and sides over the filling and roll up. If desired, serve with taco sauce.
¼ pound pork sausage
1/3 cup tomato, chopped
¼ cup of chopped onion
2 tablespoons green chillies, chopped
¼ tablespoon of pepper
5 slices of cheese
5 warmed flour tortillas
1 cup of chunky salsa
1 cup of sour cream
-Cook the sausage over medium heat until it is no longer pink in a skillet; drain
-Whisk the eggs, onion, tomato, pepper and chillies in a large bowl. Add the mixture to the skillet; cook while stirring until fully set.
-Put the cheese slice one each tortilla. Spoon fill the center of each tortilla. Top with sour cream and salsa. Fold ends and sides over each filling and roll up.
3 egg whites
1 seeded and minced jalapeno pepper
Dash cayenne pepper
4 turkey sausage links with casings removed
1 cup of reduced fat cheese
4 ounces green chillies, chopped and drained
6 warmed whole wheat tortillas
6 tablespoons of salsa
-Whisk the eggs, cayenne and jalapeno in a small bowl. Set them aside.
-Into a large skillet, crumble the sausage: cook under medium heat until the pink color is no longer there. Push the sausage to the sides of the pan. Pour the egg mixture that was set aside at the centre of the pan. Cook while stirring until fully set. Sprinkle with chillies and cheese. Remove from the heat source; covet the set and let all the cheese melt.
-Place 1/3 cup of the mixture on the centre of each tortilla. Fold ends and sides over filling and roll up. Top with salsa.
Hopefully some of these recipes will help you kick start your days better and leave you with enough energy to work and play better and longer. Proper diet and nutritional balance can have a profound impact on both your mental and phsyical well-being and getting the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to perform at peak levels should not be ignored. Set your alarm a few minutes earlier and treat yourself right to start every day.
Below is a video of a breakfast burrito to help you get over that hangover from the night before.
Hair growth cycles play a big part in any hair removal treatment routine. A variety of factors can cause excessive hair growth, including stress, medication, heredity, and hormonal changes. In women, puberty, pregnancy, as well as menopause play an important role in determining the growth of hair. Many researchers agree that there may be so many hair follicles, about 2500 of them per square inch, but at any point in time there may be less than a hundred hairs showing. It is for these reason that during a hair removal treatment, it’s very difficult for anybody to predict, including your doctor, the actual length of time it will take for your hair to stop growing after treatment.
Between the time your hair starts growing and falling out a few years later, each strand goes through 3 distinct phases; anagen (or growing phase), catagen (or intermediate/transitional phase) and telogen (or shedding phase).
The anagen stage is also known as “the growing phase”. This is when all-new hair growth happens. During this phase, 9 out of 10 of the head hairs will be growing normally. They’ll grow at an average of 1 inch per month in most individuals. Each specific hair strand may in the “growing” or anagen phase for about 3-5 years, but sometimes for up to 10. Throughout the anagen phase, melanin (pigment) is created in hair follicle. Among older people, less melanin is created during the stage, and that’s why white hair begins to appear even when the hair is growing strong and healthy.
The catagen phase is also referred to as “the transitional phase”. This stage indicates the end of your hair growth phase. During this stage, the hair follicle will contract and detach from the nutritional supply known as the dermal papilla, and form into a round cub. At this stage, there is no melanin (pigment) created and the hair follicle will stop producing hair. The hair follicle then moves upwards towards the skin’s surface. Less than 1 percent of your hair will be in this phase at any point in time. The catagen phase normally lasts only 1-2 weeks.
The telogen phase is also called “the shedding phase”. It is the last stage of the hair growth cycle and lasts until fully-grown hair falls out. This phase normally lasts for 3-4 months. During this period, new hair will start to grow from hair follicles while old hair will start to shed naturally or can be pulled out, easily and painlessly, while brushing or shampooing. At any point in time, about 10 percent of the hair follicles on the head are in the shedding phase. In simple language, 10 percent of your hair is always in the telogen phase. Your new hair emerges from the opening used by the old one, onto the skin’s surface, to start its 3-step cycle all over again.
It is important to note that all the hair on your head and other parts of the body is in different phases at any point in time, so even if your telogen phase is over and old hair is being shed and replaced, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the follicle nearby is. If that was the case, then it would be impossible to maintain the length of your hair.
The 3 different hair growth stages, the anagen (growing phase), catagen (transitional phase) and telogen (shedding phase) are the reason why laser hair removal is done in multiple sessions. The best time to have your hair permanently destroyed is at the anagen (growing phase). It may take 6-12 weeks for a strand of hair to appear from the papilla, or matrix, to the skin’s surface. Thus, if you tweeze a strand of your hair now, it’s impossible to see that same hair in 1 week. The hair growth cycles may vary to some extent from one person to the other, and can leave vastly different individual patterns. LHR only works on growing hair. Multiple sessions spread weeks apart are needed to remove not only the hair that is actively growing now, but to also remove hair that may be currently in the resting phase but will enter the growing phase weeks from now. Patience is going to be key to getting smooth, hairless skin on a more permanent basis.
For a quick illustration of the hair growth cycle check out the great video below.