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Healthy Hair And Skin -These Are The Vitamins You Should Use

Nutrition for  healthy  skin and  hair
Recent  research articles looked  into  the effects of various vitamins on skin and  hair  health. What can  each contribute?
Vitamin A: Its derivatives are used in acne treatment creams (anti comedones) and anti-wrinkle creams. At oral  high doses it is  a  powerful  anti can  drug  (Accutane). Vitamin A can  found in eggs, liver, whole milk and carrots and broccoli. (Excess vitamin A is undesirable  - death   reported  from overheating  of   white  bear  liver containing  high  amounts  of  vitamin  A).
Vitamin B: This group of vitamins has an important role in the prevention of dermatitis (skin inflammation), hair loss, stress, acne, eczema and psoriasis. They used are  used  in many  creams and food supplements. Vitamin B   is  abundant  in bananas eggs and rice.
Vitamin B1 – Thiamin: Used as anti-oxidant (oxidation inhibitor.)
Recommended 100 mg dose to 3 times per day.
Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin: Important for healthy hair, skin and nails. Used as a food additive in patients with acne. Dose to 100 mg – 3 per day.
Vitamin B3 – Niacin: Helps preserve skin moisture.  Used  as  additive for  acne therapy.
Vitamin B5: preserving the skin moisture.  Important for sensitive skin. Dose to 100 mg – three per day.
Vitamin B6 – Pyridoxine:   It is important to the proper activity of the immune system. Dose to 100 mg – three per day.
Vitamin B12 – Cianocobalamine:   Important for  cell function . Vitamin B12   can be found  just  in is meat – thus  a must for  vegetarians.
Vitamin C - Ascorbic acid: is essential to build  proper collagen and repair damaged skin after sun damage  and  acne. Some attribute to vitamin C the proper dispersal of melanin –  preventing sunspots  and  helpful role  fighting   eczema and psoriasis. Vitamin C  is also a strong antioxidant both  as  a cream application and as an oral  dietary supplement. Vitamin  C  can be found in citrus, broccoli cauliflower, and green vegetables (spinach). As a dietary supplement take up to 1000 mg per day.
Vitamin D: Anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic. Naturally  achieved by sun exposure. Can  be  found  in dairy products such as margarine.
Vitamin E – Tocopherol: Maintains skin moisture. Prevents skin infections. Provides antioxidant protection of  sun  damage.  May  be  used  as  a topical application in  creams and as  a food additive. Found in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, olives, spinach and asparagus.
Vitamin K: Its application can make to speed up the absorption of hematomas (bruises).
Alpha Lipoic Acid: is a powerful antioxidant. Useful  in  creams  and  as  a  food additive.
Hyaluronic acid: keeps the moisture in the skin and reduces appearance of wrinkles.
Free fatty acids (Omega 3, Omega 5) are important in treating psoriasis, acne and eczema. Abundant  in deep water fish such as salmon and tuna.
Chromium: Important for acne treatment and other  skin infections. Recommended dosage to 150 micrograms.
Zinc: Important for wound healing, treating hair loss and acne. Is also active as an antioxidant. Recommended dosage 25-30 mg “day.
SebaClear Scalp solution is  a mixture  of  natural ingredients  proven  by  dermatologist  to  be  active  against  Seborrheic  dermatitis.  (Redness  and  dandruff  on the  scalp , between the  eyebrows  and  sides of the nose). 
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Hair Loss and Nutrition – Is There Really A Connection ?

Nutrition and skin info and tips from a leading board certified dermatologist

Hair Loss and Nutrition -

The quality of the food we eat and the amount of protein it contains are extremely important for normal hair growth.  Protein is essential for the formation of keratin, the principal component of hair.  Protein is found in large amounts in meat, poultry, eggs, milk, cheese, and soy beans and legumes.

Vegetarians and people (usually young girls) on strict reducing diets are liable to suffer from severe thinning of the hair.  In these cases, hair loss is usually experienced about three months after the diet has begun.

The situation is reversible, and once a proper diet with a sufficient amount of protein has been instituted, hair loss will stop and hair growth will be renewed.  Other causes of thinning hair are iron deficiency anemia, a lack of zinc and an excess of Vitamin A.

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Thin Hair In Older Women – Causes And Treatment Rules

Bald men are a familiar sight, but it is generally not well known that some women also suffer from a similar loss of hair, which usually begins after they are forty or fifty years old.In men, the characteristic cessation of normal hair growth and the beginning of a fine, downy, almost invisible growth of hair on certain areas of the scalp is linked to heredity and hormonal factors.

Some women undergo a similar process, but their hair only thins out and they do not become completely bald.  As with men, the tendency to thinning hair in women over forty is genetic, and can be passed along by either the mother or the father.  Sometimes this tendency can skip generations.Before determining that heredity is the cause of a patient’s thinning hair, the physician must first perform certain tests to rule out other factors.

Hair loss after a pregnancy, after a drastic diet and as a result of a serious internal illness will be diagnosed by a dermatologist and treated accordingly. Within the last few years a drug has been approved which may afford hope to men and women who suffer from genetically-caused hair loss.
This drug, based on a preparation used to reduce high blood pressure, is called minoxidil (brand names Minoxitrim, Regain, Hairgain), and is dispensed as a solution which is applied twice a day to the areas of the scalp where the hair is thin. Men have about a 30% chance of stopping hair loss and of growing new hair.

A study which was recently presented at a convention of the American Academy of Dermatology showed that of 600 women suffering from hair loss who used a 2% solution of minoxidil, 300 enjoyed a 40% increase in hair growth.  In an experiment which lasted for 32 weeks, the hairs per square centimeter of scalp were counted, and it was found that 27 new hairs per square centimeter grew on the scalps of women who had used the solution as opposed to only 15 new hairs for women who had used a solution not containing the active ingredient.  Very few side effects were noted.

About 2% of the women treated reported excessive hair growth on various parts of the body and there were isolated cases of skin inflammations and headaches.  It is important to remember that this drug lowers blood pressure and that the treatment is recommended only for healthy people.  The lotion has to be used for at least 6 months in order to determine if it has had any influence on the growth of the patient’s hair.  As of this writing only a dermatologist can prescribe the drug, and the patient’s blood pressure must be monitored and other laboratory tests must be performed every few months.

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Hair Loss -Effective Prevention And Treatment

Hair loss in women

Hair loss can appear six to eight weeks after an illness accompanied by a high fever, such as influenza or pneumonia.  This type of hair loss is usually temporary, and ordinary hair growth is resumed in a matter of months.

Malfunction of the thyroid gland can also lead to thinning hair, a condition which will reverse itself as soon as proper treatment has been initiated.

In some cases certain medications can increase hair loss.  Among these medications are anti-coagulants, drugs for the treatment of gout, anti-depressants, beta-adrenergic blocking agents used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and irregular heartbeat (for instance, Deralin), and drugs containing Vitamin A derivatives.

Hormone disturbances in women, which lead to the excessive growth of body hair and irregular menstrual periods, are also liable to cause thinning of the hair.

Treatment of these disturbances usually leads to the return of normal hair growth.

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HAIR LOSS, PREGNANCY AND BIRTH

Pregnancy skin problems

Hair loss after giving birth

-is quite common.  During pregnancy more hair follicles are in an active growing phase, and when the pregnancy is over, the resulting hormonal changes cause many of the follicles to revert to a dormant phase, leading to increased hair loss. The condition is temporary and the hair usually returns to its normal state within six months after the birth of the baby.

To reduce hair loss after birth as far as possible, the hair should be treated gently and only a soft hairbrush should be used.  It should be washed with a mild shampoo and dried by patting with a towel, nor by vigorous rubbing.  During this period a simple hair style should be adopted, one which does not call for pulling the hair back tightly.

There are a few recorded cases of women who experience hair loss as a result of taking birth control pills which simulate pregnancy.  In most instances hair loss begins when the woman stops taking the pills, the same symptom experienced by women who are not longer pregnant.  The hair returns to its normal condition within six months to a year.

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