I’m fortunate in that I’ve never had melasma. I realized just how hard it was to treat when a micro-needling pen sales rep told me that she had melasma. It was startling to me because there wasn’t even 1 dark spot on her face! When I talked to her more, she explained that she’d gotten her melasma under control with micro-needling. It was a revelation for me. It was my “Aha!” moment – when I realized all the possibilities that micro-needling had to offer. But I’ll go into more detail on micro-needling as a treatment for melasma later.
Everyone knows someone with excessive sweating. Like that poor guy with the circles of sweat under his arms who works at the deli. Or the pretty girl who doesn’t make eye contact – and won’t ever shake your hand. She’d be so much prettier if she’d just smile at people!
Hyperhidrosis (the medical term for excessive sweating) can have devastating emotional effects on the people who have it.
Most of us feel guilty eating the occasional cupcake – they’re so YUMMY! Sometimes indulging is worth it! But in recent years scientists discovered that – in addition to packing on the pounds – sugar damages skin. So if you were looking for that little extra incentive to cut sugar out of your diet, read on!
Our skin gets damaged by sun exposure. You know that. But did you know that sugar damages skin? The high sugar (candy, soda) and high glycemic index foods (white bread, pasta) we eat age us.
I’m a BIG fan of micro-needling (sometimes called needling) because it works so well to rejuvenate skin. But if you are a regular Masterpiece reader, you already know that!
If you’ve read my posts at all, you know that micro-needling works well on wrinkles, dark spots, redness, and scars. It can even reduce some stretch marks.
My friend has wanted to have 2 tattoos removed for as long as I’ve known her. One tattoo on her foot was (badly) done by her friend in high school – and shows every time she wears sandals. Another friend regrets the “tramp stamp” she got with a girlfriend after her high school graduation. She is very embarrassed by it – especially when her kids see it. Neither one has had their tattoos removed.
Medical home visits are making a comeback!
Doctor’s appointments in a patient’s home – a medical home visit – were a thing of the past. Remember that iconic Norman Rockwell painting of the doctor examining a little girl’s doll? It appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in March, 1929. That was the picture of healthcare in the 1930s. About 40% of patients were seen in their homes. Doctors charged a fee for service on a sliding scale.