Health Tip: Advice for Better Looking Hair

— Maintaining smooth, shiny hair doesn’t have to be difficult. The products and techniques you use to wash your hair can go a long way, says the American Academy of Dermatology.

The academy suggests you:

  • Wash oily hair more frequently.
  • Concentrate shampoo on the scalp.
  • Use conditioner after every shampoo.
  • Concentrate conditioner on the tips of the hair.
  • Choose a shampoo and conditioner made for your hair type.
  • Protect hair when swimming.

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Posted: November 2019

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Second Thoughts About That Tattoo? Here’s Some Advice

FRIDAY, Sept. 20, 2019 — If it’s time for that tattoo to go, here’s some advice from the American Academy of Dermatology.

Lasers removal of tattoos has become safer and more effective, but the results depend almost entirely on the person doing the work.

“For the best results and to reduce your risk of serious side effects, such as scarring, burns and other wounds, it’s important to make sure the person treating you is a physician who is extremely skilled in using lasers and has in-depth knowledge of the skin,” said New York City dermatologist Dr. Marie Leger.

“After that, it’s also important to properly care for the treated skin between sessions, as your skin needs time to heal and flush out the ink,” Leger added in an academy news release.

After each treatment, wash the treated area twice a day with water and a gentle cleanser. Use a clean cotton swab to apply petroleum jelly to the area to help keep the skin moist so it doesn’t dry out or form scabs. To prevent infection, cover the treated area with a dressing until the skin heals.

The treated skin is more susceptible to sun damage, so you should protect it from direct sun exposure. When outdoors, wear protective clothing, such as a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt, pants and a wide-brimmed hat, Leger advised.

After the treated skin heals, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher that contains zinc oxide. Zinc deflects the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

Don’t pick at any flaking, peeling, blisters or scabs that form, and don’t pop any blisters. Doing so can cause infection.

After a laser tattoo removal session, it’s normal to see some redness, swelling and blistering as your skin heals. However, if you notice signs of an infection, such as increasing redness and pain, swelling or pus, see a doctor.

“Tattoo removal requires many treatments, with weeks between sessions,” Leger said. “For the best results, follow your dermatologist’s instructions for at-home care, and keep all of your appointments for laser tattoo removal, as each treatment removes more ink.”

More information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more on tattoo removal

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Posted: September 2019 – Daily MedNews

Ask a Stoner: Where Can I Find Other Growers For Advice?

Dear Stoner: Where can I have discussions with growers to ask questions? This is my first time growing.

Dear Freshie: Growing cannabis is a lot more difficult than growing tomatoes in the back yard, but it’s a helluva lot easier now than it was ten or even five years ago. If you want to learn more about growing face-to-face with experts, then hang out at hydroponic stores, where you buy growing equipment. Most of their employees have experience with cannabis — or even with growing indoors, which is still helpful.

For the most sage advice, though, hit up the bars and breweries off I-70 in the east end of town, where all the growing operations are located. Trust me: It’s easy to spot — or smell — a group of cannabis growers. Just keep your nose open and look for a worker’s badge, because most of them don’t take them off after their shifts. Buy hardworking growers a couple of beers, and they’ll teach you anything you want to know.

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If you’re too shy to bombard someone at the bar, then try online growing forums. Although the users can be a little harsh at times, this is a great way to compare notes and photos of the same strains and growing techniques. You might even get a seed connection or two, and that’s when the real fun begins.

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