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Q I HAVE been with my girlfriend for four months but we have never made love. She seems very embarrassed by her body and will not let me undress her, although she is very affectionate and wants us to stay together. Am I doing something wrong?
AFrom sex therapist Philip Hodson, author of How To Make Great Love To A Woman: Many women can be nervous about showing their body because they have low self-esteem or believe they are ugly. These beliefs can be due to misconceptions Misconceptions is an American sitcom television series for The WB Network for the 2005-2006 season that never aired. It features Jane Leeves, formerly of Frasier, and French Stewart, formerly of 3rd Rock From the Sun. about their weight, or stem from a verbally abusive parent or past boyfriend, or sometimes can be linked to depression.
You should move with care and consideration, as there is clearly something wrong with her opinion of herself. Try soft, discreet lighting.
And try not to stare at her body too much - keep your eyes on her face so she doesn't feel you are scrutinising her nakedness.
QI HAVE acne acne, common inflammatory disease of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands characterized by blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, nodules and, in the more severe forms, by cysts and scarring. The lesions appear on the face, neck, back, chest, and arms. and probably eat too much chocolate and too many chips. Could this affect my skin, and what can I do about it?
A From pharmacist pharmacist /phar·ma·cist/ (fahr´mah-sist) one who is licensed to prepare and sell or dispense drugs and compounds, and to make up prescriptions.
n. Nick Mortimer, at Lloyds pharmacy: Extensive scientific studies have failed to find a link between diet and acne. Nonetheless, some people find certain foods affect their acne, so it's worth eating a healthy, balanced diet balanced diet
A diet that furnishes in proper proportions all of the nutrients necessary for adequate nutrition.
balanced diet .
There are other things you can do to help. Firstly, wash your face twice daily and don't use perfumed products.
The new age of anti-acne treatments are more effective than ever and, providing you use an appropriate treatment for your skin type, you should see an improvement after a month. But speak to your pharmacist as not all may be suitable for your skin.
If the acne is more serious, you might need to see a skin specialist about possible medical or laser treatments.
Try not to pick or squeeze the spots, as this spreads and worsens the infection. Try to avoid having a fringe, as they can irritate the forehead.
Q I HAVE two young children and find it difficult to make sure they eat enough fruit and vegetables. They do drink fruit juices but I've read that this might damage their teeth. Is this right?
A From dentist Phill Stemmer, at the Teeth For Life Clinic: The worst drinks contain refined sugars (sucrose, fructose fructose (frŭk`tōs), levulose (lĕv`yəlōs'), or fruit sugar, simple sugar found in honey and in the fruit and other parts of plants. , glucose), which lead, in the presence of plaque (bacteria), to decay.
Many so-called "healthy" drinks have high acidity acidity /acid·i·ty/ (-i-te) the quality of being acid; the power to unite with positively charged ions or with basic substances.
The state, quality, or degree of being acid. and can also damage teeth by dissolving them. Fruits can be acidic acidic /acid·ic/ (ah-sid´ik) of or pertaining to an acid; acid-forming.
adj having the properties of an acid; acid-forming properties. but are a very healthy snack, and so should be encouraged. But the best drink by far is water.