Questions About Skin Care
SEATTLE, WA, June 20, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Is there a way to get rid of bags under my eyes?

Puffiness underneath your eyes is often caused by fluid retention. This occurs when your body has too much salt without enough water to flush it out. Drink plenty of water and try to sleep a majority of the night on your back. Applying a cool, soothing substance on your eyes such as a damp cloth, cucumber slices or chilled tea bags can help. An eye mask can also help combat puffiness under the eyes.

What is premature aging?

Premature aging is the unnatural acceleration of the natural aging process, caused by damage from an unhealthy lifestyle and excessive exposure to the sun. Though the natural aging process cannot be slowed, most people who show signs of aging are actually suffering from premature aging, as more than 99 percent of wrinkles are caused by sun exposure. Premature aging can also tack 20 years on to your appearance.

What can I do to avoid premature aging?

Practicing good skin care early on in life is the best way to keep it healthy into your older years. You can do this by avoiding unprotected sun exposure and always applying sunscreen. General lifestyle factors are also important; if you eat a diet too rich in highly-processed foods and drink alcohol in excess, this can add years to your appearance. Be sure to also eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole foods, as this can have a significant impact on the health and look of your skin. Besides looking good, these things will also help you feel good.

How often should I have a facial?

It is a good idea to get a facial about once a month. Your skin cells take about 28 days to reach the surface, so once a month is ideal in order to deeply cleanse and remove any impurities from your pores. Your skin care expert can recommend a home care agenda to meet your needs that will maintain the health and vitality of your skin.

What are the benefits of having regular facials?

Clear skin is the result of regular, professional exfoliating. The smoother, more moist and supple your skin is; the more youthful and radiant it will appear.

What causes acne to flare up?

Breakouts are generally caused by four major trigger factors: excess oil, dead skin cells that clog pores, acne bacteria, and inflammation. Hormones prompt your oil glands to produce an excessive amount of oil, which prompts the skin cells in your pores to shed rapidly. When your pores become clogged by dead skin and trapped oil, acne bacteria forms. Your skin tries to fight the bacteria, becomes inflamed and finally erupts in a breakout.

How does men's skin differ from women's? Can men benefit from skin care products?

Men and women's skin is alike in structure, but men have more hair and increased oil production. Men can benefit from a professionally-recommended skin care regime, to help correct shaving problems, fight acne and dry skin, and maintain a youthful appearance.

What is dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion is a procedure that can help reduce scars and fine wrinkles. It is especially effective if you have scarring from acne, an accident or previous surgery. It is typically performed while you are awake, using a local anesthesia. Dr. Pratt will use a surgical instrument is used to gently "sand" your skin's surface down to the normal, healthy layer. Your healing tissue will be treated with antibiotic ointments to reduce scabbing and subsequent scarring.

If you would like to learn more about skin care, please visit the Web site of Pratt Plastic Surgery in Washington today.

Source: Pratt Plastic Surgery

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