Boob Taboos – Glow Magazine October 2006
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All About Breasts.  Admit it: You’ve always wondered about…

Inverted nipples
“They are fairly common and usually have no critical significance,” says Toronto dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett. They may make it harder to nurse, but a lactation consultant can help. If it’s something you’ve never had before, get it checked out to be safe. 

Breakouts 
If a woman has acne on her chest, it’s not unusual for a few pimples to appear on her breasts, says Kellett. For a good and inexpensive spot treatment, try using benzoyl peroxide. 

Nipple Hair 
It’s mostly genetic, says Messner, but if you have lots of hair on other parts of your body, you tend to have more on your breasts. If it bothers you, try laser hair removal (four to six sessions should do the trick) or plucking. 

Asymmetrical breasts 
It is not uncommon for one breast to be larger than the other, says Dr. Cornelia Baines, a professor of public health sciences at the University of Toronto. But it’s important to follow up with your doctor if one nipple starts pointing in a different direction, if a lump appears on one breast but not the other, or if just one breast suddenly changes its shape. “One study suggests that a marked degree of asymmetry may be a risk factor for breast cancer,” adds Messner, “but this isn’t something we can control and has yet to be confirmed by additional research.” 

Tips for Staying Healthy 

GET PRACTICAL. Anything you can do to make your whole body healthier will benefit your breasts, too,” says Baines. “Your breasts aren’t in a dominion by themselves; they’re part of the whole you.” 

LEARN PROPER SKINCARE. The skin on your breasts is very sensitive – especially around erectile tissues in the nipple area, explains Kellett. Use a baby moisturizer or one that contains vitamin A (an anti-ager that promotes collagen production) or vitamin C (good for cellular repair). 

EAT WELL. Try foods that are rich in antioxidants, like bright fruits and veggies, to help repair damage to genetic material. 

EXERCISE REGULARLY. Getting at least four hours of moderate physical activity a week can help ease breast pain and reduce your risk of breast cancer, says Messner.

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