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Previous studies have suggested that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, associate with decreased risk of gastric, colorectal, and breast cancers. Jean Tang, from Stanford University (California, USA), and colleagues studied the use of NSAIDs and melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer. The team assessed data collected from 59,806 postmenopausal Caucasian women, ages 50 to 79 years, enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative. The subjects were surveyed for their use of aspirin and nonaspirin NSAIDs and followed for a median period of 12 years to identify the development of melanomas. The researchers found that women who used...

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The comparisons come down to the old cliché, "you get what you pay for." This is generally true in life and especially when it comes to pricing beauty products. I'm sure you all have heard me say there are two kinds of products: Products that change your skin and products that maintain the skin.  I wanted to share a better idea of why professional and OTC products are different in price and effectiveness. The prices of products are largely determined by three things: the amount of marketing, the quality and percentage of ingredients, and the presence or absence of professional...

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Three little letters — DNA — may have the potential to change how we think about anti-aging skin care. "Ten years ago, lasers were big; now DNA repair and stem cells are the buzzwords," says Sandra Lee, MD, a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon in Upland, CA. "It's exciting, but there's a lot we don't know yet." What we do know is that a connection between DNA and wrinkles exists. Every time you're exposed to UV rays, the DNA that codes your skin cells is, in essence, injured. Normally, your body fixes the problem, but the more sun exposure you get,...

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Ingredient List Below and Extra Information Make Up Beware:Cornstarch (also called Zea Mays or corn starch) and rice starch. Starch obtained from corn and sometimes used as an absorbent in cosmetics instead of talc. However, when cornstarch becomes moist, it can promote fungal and bacterial growth leading to possibly causing acne.Look for fragrance to be at least in the middle or towards the end of ingredient list. Frangrance is the #1 irritant in products.Educate Yourself! How to use the ingredient listSample BelowIngredient List  (Pore Clogging)  (Irritation)Acetone 0 5 - this ingred. has no pore clogging but is highly irritable to...

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Acne Myth 1. Acne is something that only happens to teenagersTeens definitely do suffer from acne, but some people develop acne for the first time in their 20s or 30s.  Acne Myth 2. Adults don't get acneNot true. Surveys have found that significant numbers of adults are still getting acne into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s. Acne may look different when you're 35 than it did when you were 16 but is still the same. Acne Myth 3. Acne is caused by poor hygiene and/or acne is caused by dirtFact: Dirt and surface oil on the skin has nothing...

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