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Skin Care and Repair

Love your skin all over again!

You can have smoother, softer skin…reduce lines and wrinkles…banish age spots…and do it safely and affordably.

Find out how today’s advances in skin care can make a difference you’ll see—and others will notice.

You want to put your best face forward.  It’s human nature.  But over the years, Mother Nature makes that more difficult.   Your skin changes.  The sun takes its toll.  So does time.  Your skin is drier.  Collagen and elastin are breaking down.  Even the pull of gravity adds to wrinkles and sags.

Fortunately, as never before, you can take positive steps to soften lines and wrinkles, counteract sun damage, tighten and lift skin, diminish spots and redness, and regain that healthy, youthful glow.

Skin Care and Repair is a handbook—and a face book.  It will brief you on advances in skin treatments, including therapies for medical conditions as well as cosmetic concerns.  You’ll discover the top products and break-through procedures that are making skin care easier and more effective.

Prepared by Harvard Medical School doctors, the report shares important and timely guidance for addressing and preventing common skin ailments including dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, and shingles.  Plus, you’ll get the latest word on evolving and encouraging treatments for skin cancer.

And the report will give you expert and impartial guidance for choosing skin care products and for selecting appropriate cosmetic procedures.  You’ll be introduced to the best choices in moisturizers, exfoliants, and more.  And you’ll read about techniques ranging from injections to laser resurfacing that are producing lasting benefits with minimal recovery time.

Prepared by the editors of Harvard Health Publications in consultation with Kenneth A. Arndt. M.D., clinical professor of dermatology emeritus, Harvard Medical School and director, SkinCare Physicians of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. 44 pages. (2014)

  • Skin: The basics
  • Skin and the aging process
    • Chronological aging
    • Photoaging
  • Common skin conditions
    • Adult acne
    • Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis)
    • Contact dermatitis
    • Eczema
    • Drug-resistant skin infections
    • Dry Skin
    • Excessive hair growth
    • Hair loss
    • Excessive hair growth
    • Hair loss
    • Psoriasis
    • Shingles
    • Rosacea
    • Toenail Fungus
    • Warts
  • Skin cancer
    • Actinic keratosis
    • Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas
    • Melanoma
  • SPECIAL SECTION: Protecting your skin
    • Sun damage
    • Medications
    • Infrared radiation
    • Cigarettes
    • Irritants
    • Facial expressions
    • How to use sunscreens
    • Tanning without the sun
  • Lotions and potions
    • Moisturizers
    • Exfoliants
    • Cosmeceuticals
    • Retinoids
    • Other skin care products
    • What to avoid
  • Skin rejuvenation procedures
    • Doctor or aesthetician?
    • Injectable treatments
    • Skin resurfacing
    • Skin tightening and lifting techniques
    • Photorejuvenation with intense pulsed light
    • LED photomodulation
    • Light-based therapy
    • If you're undecided
  • Glossary
  • Resources

All your life, your skin has been making a first impression for you. It can reveal whether you’re hot or cold, tired or rested, sick or healthy. As you age, your skin changes in response to the elements that assail it, particularly the sun. On the inside, you may feel as good as ever, but on the outside, your skin may send a different message. Over the years, everyday stresses and exposures may have altered your skin’s tone and contour.

To some extent, your genes determine how well your skin stands the test of time. But environmental factors, such as sun exposure, play a big role as well, affecting not just your skin’s appearance, but also your risks of skin cancer. Each year, physicians diagnose more than two million cases of two highly curable forms of skin cancer—basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. But for nearly 77,000 people, the diagnosis will be melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer. That’s why it’s so important to minimize your exposure to ultraviolet radiation. The World Health Organization places people who use ultraviolet tanning beds in its highest cancer risk category. If it’s vitamin D you’re after, tanning beds are not a good choice, but spending a very short time in the sun is safe for most people.

There’s lots of good news in skin treatments, including therapies for medical conditions as well as cosmetic concerns. But it’s important to choose your treatments with care and to check and double-check the reputation and accreditation of clinicians performing invasive skin procedures.

The market for skin treatments is skyrocketing: Americans spend an estimated $1.5 billion each year on anti-aging skin care products, and the number of cosmetic procedures to improve the skin’s appearance has increased to more than 13 million annually in the United States, with nonsurgical procedures making up 89% of the total.

This report is intended to help you sort through your options by providing information based on scientific research and my own experience as a physician. You’ll find authoritative information about common and age-related skin conditions. A detailed section on cosmetic techniques ranging from laser resurfacing to cosmetic fillers can help you decide whether such procedures might be right for you. These are highly personal decisions. Whatever choices you make, you have more options today than ever before.

The following reviews have been left for this report. Log in and leave a review of your own.

A comprehensive study, with many interested items, maybe some of them not treated in deepness as I would like to.
A clear, concise pamphlet on skin problems. Suggestions are easy to understand
I found this report excellent. The information is presented in clear logical progression of what the elements of the skin are, how to care for them, and what the repair options are. I found the illustrations clear, easy to understand and helpful. I feel the report itself is a well written comprehensive review of skincare from a primarily medical perspective.
I am afraid that I did not get my moneys worth, after waiting an inordinate amount of time just to receive the document. I felt the report was superficial. It appeared that it was mainly written for people who wanted to get away from lines or "crows feet" or wanted a botox enhancement. Not impressed!
I, too, find the report lucid and very helpful.

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