From thinning hair to pimples down there, Dr. Oz and a panel of experts solve your biggest, sometimes embarrassing, body complaints.
Are you happy with the way you look and feel? According to the research, more than half of all women are dissatisfied with their overall appearance. Dr. Oz wants to lower that number, so after a nationwide poll, he compiled your top 5 body complaints. Then, he gathered a team of experts to tell you how to fix them.
Complaint #5: Pimples Back There
While blemishes on your derriere may seem out of place, acne can appear any where on your body that has oil glands. And when underwear covers up those glands and rubs your skin, tiny, embarrassing pimples can erupt.
The 4-Step Solution
- Wear clean cotton underwear that can absorb perspiration and reduce friction on your bum.
- Shower immediately after exercise and wash the area well.
- Use cleansers with salicylic or alphahydroxy acid, or benzoyl peroxide to remove surface oils and unclog pores. (Note: Only use benzoyl peroxide with white underwear, since it can bleach colors.)
- If your anti-aging moisturizer contains retinol, a vitamin A derivative that also tackles acne, try applying it to your behind.
Complaint #4: Thinning Hair
While male baldness may be acceptable cocktail conversation, no one talks about the fact that 40% of women also experience thinning and hair loss. As we age, our bodies begin to produce less estrogen, which lets the male hormone testosterone take over, often producing unwanted facial hair and causing hair loss.
The 3-Step Solution
- If you’re taking birth control pills, talk with your doctor about trying another kind to better balance your hormones.
- Try hair-builder products with keratin, a protein that attaches to the hair shaft and makes each hair appear bigger.
- Look into the new FDA-approved laser comb (available online), which is thought to stimulate your hair follicles to produce more hair.
Complaint #3: Stinky Feet
Whether it’s a chronic problem or something that only happens where you wear a certain pair of shoes, all of us, at one time or another, have suffered from smelly feet. That’s because shoes and socks are warm, moist places in which bacteria can thrive. And when those bacteria make a meal of our sweat, they emit a foul-smelling waste that we know as foot odor.
The 5-Step, Low-Tech Solution
- Wash your feet well. Don’t just let the water trickle down them; bend over and really scrub them with soap.
- Rotate your shoes, so that they have time to fully dry between wearings.
- Wear cotton socks.
- Coat your feet with an antibacterial gel.
- Soak them in a warm bath with Epsom salts for 15 minutes nightly for a week to kill germs. After that, 2 to 3 soaks a week should keep them in check.
Click here for more tips on how to combat your smelliest body parts.
2 High-Tech Tricks to Try
- If all else fails, consider a chemical peel. Using a special kind of acid, a podiatrist can peel away the top layer of skin and the microorganisms living on it. Your skin will shed for a few days, which isn’t attractive, but within a week, your feet will emerge fresh and soft.
- Buy a device that produces a special kind of ultraviolet light that kills viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Place it in your shoes for 45 minutes every night.
Complaint #2: Gray Hair
It’s as inevitable as death and taxes; eventually we all go gray. That’s because as we age our hair follicles stop producing the pigment that colors our hair. The process happens earlier for some folks, mostly due to genetics, but premature graying can also be caused by environmental factors. Try taking control by:
- Limit your chlorine exposure by avoiding long, hot showers and installing a chlorine filter in your shower.
- Stay away from secondhand cigarette smoke, which can contribute to premature graying.
- Protecting your hair from the sun with a broad-brimmed hat.
- When the inevitable finally happens, try coloring your hair. Have a professional apply a semi-permanent dye. Permanent dyes and poorly done jobs can cause hair breakage that thins your hair.
Complaint #1: Cellulite
No one likes the puckering and bubbling of our skin that comes with age. It can strike anyone, from the skinny and fit to the rotund and flabby, and there’s not a whole heck of a lot you can do about it. Our skin is attached to the muscle beneath it with fibers, and as we accumulate fat with age, it stretches the spaces between the fibers and causes that telltale dimpling of the skin.
1 High-tech Treatment to Try
Certain treatments use ultrasound to soften the fat cells beneath the skin followed by rollers that smush them down to give the skin a smoother appearance.
Click here for other cellulite treatments approved by Dr. Oz.