Get the inside scoop on pharmacist recommendations from head to toe!

 

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If you’ve ever experienced body pain, you know that it can really mess up your life.

 

 

Short-term pain (called acute pain) can be due to things like strains, sprains, or overworked muscles. Long-term pain (called chronic pain) can be from a condition such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, or multiple sclerosis.

 

 

Pain is pain – and it can stop life in its tracks. At Kinney, we have a whole bunch of different remedies to alleviate body pain including ice, heat, supportive braces, TENS units, and oral medications.

 

 

All those things can be effective in the right combo. But we want to introduce you to a topical medication that is from a smaller company, but really stands out from the pack. It’s called Mountain Ice.

 

 

The company is located here in Kinney Country and makes all its products locally. It’s also a veteran- and family-owned business, which we love.

 

 

Mountain Ice is very effective because its all-natural formula reaches all three layers of the skin.

Most other topicals just work on the top layer, making Mountain Ice more effective for pain in joints, muscles, and even nerves. Some of its 12 natural active ingredients also work to reduce inflammation and swelling, stimulate blood flow, improve joint mobility, and promote cell renewal, in addition to providing exceptional and long-lasting pain relief.

 

 

It also smells good – hey, that’s important! – and is more affordable than some major brands.

And now you know the Skinney on body pain and Mountain Ice.

 

 

We're going to wax philosophical today and give you the Skinney on earwax, everybody’s favorite subject.

 

Earwax (also called cerumen) is a good thing because it is a natural protectant. However, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing and interfere with hearing, cause infections, or be uncomfortable.

 

 

Earwax that doesn’t move quickly or gathers too much dirt along the way can get hard and dry. Also, wax can become impacted by earbuds, earplugs, or hearing aids.

 

 

Earwax removal is the most common ear procedure performed by primary care docs in the U.S.

Before it goes that far, we recommend treating it at home, and not with a cotton swab! Never stick a swab – or anything else – into the ear canal because it can push the wax in deeper or even damage the eardrum.

 

 

There are better ways, such as the Wax-Rx Ear Wash System, that are both effective and safe.

 

 

The first step is to soften the wax with included drops, and this makes a world of difference. Next, you just flush the ear with the specially designed sprayer to safely remove wax. Last, you rinse the ear using the pH conditioning powder, which is a Vitamin C formula that conditions plain water to be more like the acidic pH of the ear.

 

 

That’s important because it helps preserve the acidic environment of the ear, which can prevent bacterial infections and swimmer's ear.

 

 

Everything you need for three uses is in the box and refill kits are available, too.

 

 

And now you know the Skinney on earwax and Wax-Rx!

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Pharmacists get asked questions about acne all the time. Specifically, “What causes it and how do I make it go away forever?”

 

Clinically, acne is the fault of sebaceous glands, tiny glands near the skin’s surface attached to hair follicles. Sebaceous glands lubricate the hair and the skin by producing an oily substance called sebum.

 

In acne, the glands begin to produce too much sebum, which mixes with dead skin cells and plugs the follicle. If the plugged follicle is close to the surface of the skin, it bulges outwards, creating a whitehead. Alternatively, the plugged follicle can be open to the skin, creating a blackhead. And normally harmless bacteria that live on the skin can contaminate and infect plugged follicles.

 

So that answers the what. Now, how do we make it go away forever? When you figure that out, let us know.

 

There are some things you can do to minimize acne, including your diet. Certain foods raise your blood sugar quickly and causes the body to release insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), a hormone that manages the effects of growth. Having excess IGF-1 in your blood can cause your oil glands to produce more sebum, increasing your risks of acne and inflammation.

 

So, watch your intake of pasta, white rice, white bread, and sugars. Instead, go for whole grains and unprocessed fruits and veggies. Zinc, vitamins A and E and antioxidants are also healthy choices for skin. Also, keep your skin clean and balanced.

 

Kinney carries a relatively new brand called Best Face Forward and it’s your BFF for acne-prone skin. This Australian brand is going quickly from sleeper to keeper here at Kinney because it focuses on managing all stages of breakouts: before, after, and during.

 

The line includes pimple patches, toners, serums, cleansers, and probiotic + creams and moisturizers, and eye masks. BFF is vegan, dermatologically tested on people not animals, and is free of paraben, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and peroxide.

 

And now you know the Skinney on acne and BFF!

 

 

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