It seems like I’m not the only one who isn’t going to take her keratosis pilaris, aka ‘chicken skin,’ diagnosis lying down. A light bulb went off when I saw this home-made video of a young woman and KP sufferer, who went to a hot climate for a brief vacation and her KP miraculously disappeared, just like mine did when I went to Los Angeles last summer. I think there’s something to this sun/heat thing. Something more than meets the eye. It meets the skin too. I believe the strength and heat of the sun is penetrating the skin, opening up the pores and (to my mind), actually melting that … Continue reading
This is a challenging TED video that all who are interested in “practicing safe sun” should watch. “Our bodies get Vitamin D from the sun, but as dermatologist Richard Weller suggests, sunlight may confer another surprising benefit too. New research by his team in Edinborough shows that nitric oxide, a chemical transmitter stored in huge reserves in the skin, can be released by UV light, to great benefit for blood pressure and the cardiovascular system. What does it mean? Well, it might begin to explain why Scots get sick more than Australians.” Perhaps, the slavish avoidance of ultraviolet light recommended by many dermatologists is not a panacea.