Q - What causes melasma?
A - The exact cause is unknown, however research links the causes to liver or yeast related issues. Such as, when hormone levels rise in pregnant woman, those who are on hormone replacement therapy, and those who take birth-control pills. It is known fact that elevated estrogen and progesterone can lead to overgrowth of candida and other fungi.
Based on the fungal looking pattern melasma has on the skin, the likelihood that increased hormones fuel yeast growth in the body, and the fact that the skin often maintains melasma even after the hormone imbalance has been removed, it is reasonable to assume there is a correlation. A few ways to help combat melasma; anti-fungals and liver cleanses for those
who have suffered damage from hormonal supplementation.
(Always consult your physician.)
Q - What is beneficial about putting caviar on the skin?
A - Nothing, really. There may be some minerals that can be utilized but, for the most part, there is a mild plumping effect and not much else.
Q - Why is my skin dry?
A - Americans are about 20 percent dehydrated normally, so it will help to address that problem first. Secondly, the skin cannot hold onto water well if you over-cleanse your face or use exfoliants or exfoliating devices. Essentially, anything that removes parts of your protective barrier is going to allow the loss of hydration to occur.
Q - Can anything that makes wrinkles disappear in five minutes be good?
A - Not really. Perhaps there is a temporary plumping which may be nice for an evening out. Egg proteins are an example of a topical that tightens the skin but does not trigger inflammation. Most other plumpers work primarily by creating an inflammatory event in your skin that makes the lines appear diminished. This can be done with a variety of ingredients: glycolic acid and L-ascorbic (vitamin C) are two commonly used options. If it works that fast it is not rejuvenating the skin. If you use plumpers don't spend too much money because they are not worth the money.
by Dr. Ben Johnson