Why we should be considerate of folks with Trich!

 
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I’m not going to attach specific trigger warnings to these . . . but just know that this may contain potential trich triggers.

(It might be worth it, though.)

Trichotillomania (trick-o-til-o-MAY-nee-ah) is a disorder that causes people to pull out the hair from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, pubic area, underarms, beard, chest, legs or other parts of the body, resulting in noticeable bald patches. Hair pulling varies greatly in its severity, location on the body, and response to treatment. For some people, at some times, trichotillomania is mild and can be quelled with a bit of extra awareness and concentration. For others, at times the urge may be so strong that it makes thinking of anything else nearly impossible.

People pull for all sorts of reasons and the cause (and triggers) for this behavior vary greatly from person to person.

Trichotillomania (also referred to as TTM or “trich”) is currently defined as an obsessive-compulsive related disorder but there are still questions about how it should be classified.

For many people, trich can seem to resemble a habit, an addiction, a tic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Most recently, it is being conceptualized as part of a family of “body-focused repetitive behaviors” (BFRBs) along with skin picking and nail biting.

For a large proportion of people with trich (though not all), this is a type of behavior used to alleviate anxiety or distress.

Because of this, we always exercise compassion and reserve judgement when talking to trich clients. (We promise.)

I think we (as in, folks with hormonal, auto-immune, or chemical-induced alopecia) need to understand that folks with trich are not “bringing it upon themselves” and they deserve our understanding and awareness of their condition.

Trich thrives in silence and is amplified by shame. So we’re just going to keep on talking about it. 😉

CysterWigs may be a website that caters to women with PCOS-related hair loss . . . but we can still be supportive of women (and men!) around us who need a little understanding and love. This is a really common condition that doesn’t get talked about very often in wig circles because of the stigma. I just want y’all to know: we’ve got your back. <3

For what it’s worth:

This condition is treatable!

One really great resource is the Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC): http://www.trich.org/index.html


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What if your insurance won’t cover the cost of your hair?

 
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From a customer e-mail:

Do you have any recommendation for people who need a wig due to PCOS but their insurance doesn’t cover it? I’ve asked my insurance company if they’ll cover a full cranial prosthesis but they will not. My doctor is in support of me getting one due to the alopecia and less willing to write me a script but it’s a no-go through the plan.

My insurance never covered it, either.

You can either shop around for a different insurance policy — one that covers these sorts of things — or resign yourself to the fact that you just have to save up your money and wait for a sale. That is what I had to do all throughout college and all throughout my life as a cubicle-dwelling office employee. Trying to “fight the system” can be very difficult and time-consuming. The results are not guaranteed, and you may out yourself as a wig-wearer in the process. However, if you are willing to put up the fight, and are okay with these things, then there is no harm in trying.

FACT: Most people with chronic, gradual hair loss will not be able to get their wigs covered by their insurance. The vast majority of wig wearers with PCOS pay for their hair out-of-pocket . . . which is why we constantly run sales to try to help them out.


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Just Say No…And Mean It.

 
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By CysterWigs Contributor

Agreeing to take on extra projects at work, helping someone move on your day off, or even reluctantly accepting an invitation to go out with friends – you agree to it when you really don’t want to. We’ve all been there, right? Even though saying yes can make us feel useful and important, it can lead to stress, anxiety, and resentment. But, most of the time, we only have ourselves to blame.

It’s understandable – saying no may feel aggressive or rude, like you’re rejecting the person who’s making the request. But in reality, you saying no doesn’t make you the “bad guy.” In fact, learning how to say no is an effective skill that will help you benefit in your career, personal life, and even when it comes to your own well-being in the long run. Saying no is an essential element to building a more fulfilling, authentic life.

Here are 5 things to keep in mind when saying no:

You are not an unlimited resource – set boundaries with your time and resources because you only have a limited supply to go around. If you give it all away, you’ll have nothing left for yourself.

Be selfish – put your own needs first, not those of the people asking something of you. Your goals matter the most. So, if the asks are not conducive to your needs or goals, you don’t have to entertain them.

Be firm – you don’t need to explain every time you say no. You have every right to make the decision that’s best for you. If someone can’t respect your answer, they definitely don’t deserve an explanation. You also don’t need to apologize. Give a firm no and don’t waver.

Just say it – don’t be afraid to be direct. Beating around the bush only makes things more awkward. If you don’t want to attend a party, just say so. That’s way better than lying. You don’t have to rage out with your answer. You can just say that you appreciate the invite, but partying is not your jam.

When you say no, you’re making room for a bigger yes – make intentional choices with your time. The biggest advantage of saying no: it frees you to say yes to people and opportunities that truly matter to you. Don’t feel bad about passing on an event or turning someone down. There will be other events and please know that your rejection is not the first time that anyone has been told no.

Trust us. If you start saying no more, you’ll feel less stressed and more like yourself.

10 Benefits of Drinking Tea

 
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For centuries, tea has been a refreshing or comforting go-to no matter what season it is. Studies have shown that natural teas come with quite a few benefits. They are packed with flavonoids and antioxidants that can help prevent ailments in a natural and effective way. The effect of teas may depend on the variety you choose to consume. From green, black, oolong, white or pu-erh teas, each one offers its own set of perks. Here are just 10 ways that tea consumption could possibly boost your overall health.

Health Benefits of drinking teas

True tea is usually obtained from the plant Camellia sinensis. The health boosting content comes from the high amount of antioxidants present in it. These teas also contain polyphenols as well as catechins that are known to be beneficial for our body.

1. Lowers stress levels
Tea is known to relieve stress and promote relaxation. It reduces the release of the hormone cortisol (which is known to increase stress). According to one study, after drinking black tea for six weeks, the test subject showed a significant decrease in stress. It was also found that tea could be helpful in stress recovery. Green tea contains high amounts of polyphenols that fight stress and anxiety, however, green tea is known to contain a higher caffeine content than white tea. If you’re trying to avoid caffeine, always check the label before you buy.

2. Reduces cholesterol
Another great benefit obtained from teas is reduced cholesterol. Tea can help inhibiting cholesterol absorption from the large intestine. Chinese tea or pu-erh tea has been reported to have a better ability to reduce high cholesterol. Besides, green tea is also effective in lowering both LDL and triglycerides in an incredible way.

3. Improves focus
The catechins present in tea has been known to prevent brain aging that’s incurred due to stress. The combination of L-theanine and caffeine present in teas is also found to be helpful in improving the memory and reaction time, thereby making you feel more alert and focused.

4. Improves heart health
Consumption of green tea may help in reducing heart diseases in a natural way. It aids in lowering the levels of fibrinogen. Fibrinogen is a substance present in the body that promotes the formation of clots, thereby leading to strokes. In a study on the effect of green tea on coronary artery diseases, it was found that the consumption of tea was associated with a lower risk of the condition. The study also revealed that the presence of polyphenolic antioxidants was helpful in preventing atherosclerosis.

5. Helps with weight loss
Some teas such as Pu-erh tea, green tea and black tea are highly effective in reducing belly fat. Pu-erh tea helps in lowering the blood triglycerides as well as blood sugar levels. This can promote weight loss in a natural way. It suppresses weight gain due to its anti-obesity effect on the body. On the other hand, black tea, being high in flavonoids, has been shown to induce weight loss in an effective way.

6. Lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Aging can significantly alter your brain function. Drinking tea can keep your brain functioning in a better way. Multiple studies have shown that the catechin compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons in test tubes and animal models, and potentially lower the risks of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Besides, tea is also known to improve overall brain functioning by increasing attention and enhancing memory.

7. Fights allergies
Tea has been used in many parts of the world for many years to combat allergies. During the springtime when allergies are caused more easily, tea may help you prevent them naturally. Black tea contains theaflavins, which are found to lower the chances of allergic reactions in individuals consuming it. Another tea that may help reduce allergies is green as it is high in quercetin. This compound not only provides a distinct color to the tea but also inhibits the immune reaction that leads to allergies.

8. Reduces inflammation
Whether it is black tea, oolong tea or green tea, all are helpful in reducing inflammation in the body. This is due to the presence of the polyphenols that foster an anti-inflammatory action to the body when consumed on a regular basis. Teas also help in enhancing your immune system, thereby reducing the risk of many ailments that are caused by low immunity. Tea is known to improve the concentration of T-cells in the body which increases the ability of the immune system to fight better against infections, both viral and bacterial.

9. Helps reduce your risk of blindness
Drinking tea on a regular basis is a great way to maintain your vision. Teas have been found to be highly beneficial for reducing the progression of cataract and keep your eye lenses in good form. Black tea and green tea contain a high concentration of antioxidants that may help in reducing the chances of cataracts and prevent blindness.

10. Fights Cancer
According to the National Cancer Institute, tea may greatly help in the prevention of cancer. The polyphenolic compounds present in green tea such as EGCG as well as the theaflavins present in black tea are high in antioxidants. Therefore, these compounds have a protective action on the body. They help in preventing DNA damage and reduce the risk of cancer. The detoxification action of green tea may inhibit the development of tumors in the body. The polyphenols present in teas have also been found to hinder proliferation of the tumor cells.
Teas can be highly beneficial for the health when consumed in moderate amounts. The effect of tea on your body will depend on which tea you choose to drink. It is important to know that tea contains caffeine in small amounts. Black tea contains a higher amount of caffeine as compared to other teas. The caffeine content in teas also depends on the time of brewing. The more you brew, the more caffeine gets extracted in your tea. Green tea and white tea has less amount of caffeine present in it. If the caffeine content affects your health, you may choose white teas and steep them for a shorter time to reduce the caffeine content.

Note: CysterWigs is in no way recommending that you use tea to treat any ailments. If you are experiencing any issues, please talk to your doctor.

Resources
https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/tea-types-and-their-health-benefits#1
https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17286/9-surprising-health-benefits-of-drinking-tea.html
https://www.eatright.org/health/wellness/preventing-illness/the-health-benefits-of-tea
https://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/10-possible-health-benefits-of-drinking-tea
https://www.today.com/series/one-small-thing/top-10-health-benefits-drinking-tea-t81111
https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/teas-brain-function-10941.html
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/weight-loss-tea#section3
http://blog.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/health-benefits-of-tea/
https://www.teatulia.com/tea-101/caffeine-in-tea.html
https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/tea-fact-sheet#q3

HOW STRESS AFFECTS THE SKIN

 
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Stress is present in our daily lives. The pressure at work, family problems, difficulties in studies, etc. are some stressors that can adversely affect your appearance and body as a whole. Stress negatively affects us everyday thanks to the frenetic pace of life and the high levels of self-imposed activities to which we are subjected. Thus, in times of increased workload, our skin might be dull, lifeless, have enlarged pores or even be quite red. Also, one of the worst consequences of stressed skin is the decrease of its protective barrier, so it becomes fragile and more sensitive to external aggressions.

How stress affects the skin

Stress can trigger a chemical reaction in the body to become more sensitive and reactive. Have you observed that when you’re stressed, you get more pimples? This is because the skin produces more cortisol and other hormones in your body, which tells the sebaceous glands to produce more fat, which causes acne and other conditions. Stress can worsen existing skin problems such as:

Psoriasis – a condition that occurs when cells grow too fast causing irritation
Rosacea – a condition that produces permanent redness, swelling, pimples, and visible veins
Eczema – a condition that causes redness, swelling, and itching. It is common for people with skin conditions to feel insecure and thereby experience more stress, making the problem worse.

Stress can also trigger an adverse effect on the barrier function of the skin, thereby causing water loss and reducing the skin’s ability to heal itself especially after an injury has occurred. This can be evident in people with pre-existing skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, as it slows the entire healing process down. It also dries out the skin. Depending on your body’s reaction to the increased production of cortisol, your skin can end up becoming too dry. Cortisol can hinder the elasticity of the skin and water retention, thus dehydrating your dermis.

Remedies

Relax your mind. Many stressed people forget that they can embody a way of life that limits stress altogether. It is essential you take time every day to meditate or relax. Even taking a few deep breaths can help ease stress.

Nourish your body. Eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains and whole fruits and vegetables. Fish containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel and herring is especially suitable for your skin.

Exercise. Physical activity boosts circulation, which battles the effects that adrenaline can have on the skin. In other words, physical activity helps your complexion. When there is more blood flow to the skin, there are also fewer toxins, less cellulite and more healthy, radiant-looking skin.

Sleep. Sleep plays a vital role in limiting cortisol. During sleep, our skin repairs what has been damaged during the day. Make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep for healthy stress-free skin.

To Sum Things Up…

The correct way to minimize stress is to live healthily: sleep well, hydrate and have a fixed work routine that is pleasant as possible. Say goodbye to stress and give way to healthy skin full of life — hydrated and perfectly renewed!


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