Make up is a means to enhance your physical features, not hide them or change them. However, most of us are scared to go anywhere without makeup because of some common skin problems. But put down the paint, because these tips will help you be more confident about your skin and you wont be afraid to go make up free in public anymore!
ACNE, ACNE BLEMISHES…
Whether you choose to call it acne, zits, pimples or spots, know that you’re not alone. Over 80% of teenagers will experience an outbreak of pimples at some point, which means science and reason have worked overtime to devise ways to treat them as quickly as possible (the demand is certainly right up there).
Before we begin looking at how best to deal with them, a few must-know facts are in order. Below the surface of our skin, the sebaceous glands produce sebum in order to lubricate our skin and keep it moist. Sometimes they can become overactive and block the pores of our skin and cause — you know it — pimples. It is important to realize that while not every treatment may work, and outbreaks can re-occur and become persistent in certain individuals, they are neither dangerous nor contagious.Removing pimples fast , therefore, becomes a question of aesthetics (which is also undoubtedly important) rather than a health concern.
TYPES OF PIMPLES…
1, Whiteheads – Flesh colored and minute.
2, Blackheads – Often confused with dirt.
3, Cysts – Painful and contain pus.
4, Papules – Pink solid and round.
5, Nodules – Akin to papules but bigger.
6, Pustules – Visibly contain pus on top, red below.
WHAT TO DO…
There are many ways to treat acne, from home remedy tricks to commercial products. We’ll deal with them all briefly and work our way to long-term solutions to keep them off.
Salt water method – Take a bucket or container and fill it with warm water. Once it’s almost full you’re going to add a copious amount of salt to it. When I say copious, I mean a lot. Keep going until it’s really salty, then add a little more simply because you can’t go wrong. Dip a cotton ball into the solution for a minute or so and then apply it gently to the pimple in question and hold it there for several minutes (patience is the key). When you remove it you may be surprised to find that it may have discolored somewhat, great! But we’re not done yet. Now dip two more cotton balls and flatten the spot by pressing firmly from either side of it.
1, Garlic – Garlic contains natural antibiotic properties that can take care of zits. Rub a clove of garlic on the spot in question several times a day, avoid doing this on special occasions for obvious reasons!
2, Cucumber – Covering the spot in question with grated cucumber for fifteen minutes can be used to treat and prevent pimples. Especially good at removing post-zit removal marks on the skin.
3, Lemon and orange peel paste – Break down lemon and orange peels and mix it with water, flour and honey to make a viscous paste which can be applied to any part of the body which houses pimples.
If home remedies didn’t do the trick… Some Ideas…
This article isn’t about advocating any commercial solution over another, I may mention one or two names in passing, but my focus will be on active ingredients rather than brand names.
1, Benzoyl peroxide – Is a substance which directly attacks the bacteria that causes the breakout .
2, Proactiv® – A very popular treatment that involves three distinct steps .
3, Laser Treatment – If speed and severity are key, laser treatment can level the playing field after a week or so. I only really recommend this if it’s a bad outbreak since it can be horribly expensive as well as mildly annoying.
4, Sulphur Based – Commercial products based on sulphur products try and catalyze removal of dead skin, thereby freeing the clogged up pores. Not a rapid solution, but a natural one.
5, Acupuncture – If taking medicine of any kind isn’t really your thing, acupuncture has reported some success over the course of a handful of session.
6, Antibiotics – Some people may be prescibed oral antibiotics such as Tetracycline in order to combat acne. I have some personal reservations about this — but they are personal.
To put it quite simply and non-mechanical, blackheads are little bumps embedded into the pores of our skin. They are usually yellowish or blackish in color.
blackheads usually develop when the skin produces too much oil. A major factor contributing to excess oil production is the onset of puberty. At this time, hormones become unregulated due to a by product called dihydrotestosterone or DHT. This hormone results in the over activity of the oil gland which then results in clogged pores.
Another common cause of the appearance of blackheads is that the skin is has not been cleaned thoroughly. When skin is not cleaned properly, dead skin cells accumulate within the pores. These dead cells then clog the pore opening which then results in oil build up, which we already know causes blackheads to form. Yet another cause of clogged pores is the use of too much makeup. Excessive use of moisturizes, foundations or sun screens can also have the same effect as the overuse of makeup.
WHAT TO DO…
1, Cleansing…Regular cleansing is recommended to everyone, whether blackheads are present or not. Initial symptoms of blackheads are not visible to the naked eye. if your skin is left unclean, more dirt is attracted to the skin. What starts out as yellow blackheads then turns into black, hard bumps which are difficult to extract. For this reason is always suggested to keep skin cleaned thoroughly.
2, Extraction…You can extract blackheads yourself if there is no sign of infection on or surrounding the blemish. If attempting to extract the blackhead yourself, always be sure to use sterile materials. It is also advised to be certain your environment is extremely clean. As suggested by skin experts, the first step would be to steam your skin for several minutes. The best way to do this is to place your face over a bowl of very hot water. It is also recommended to hold a towel over your head to keep in the steam. This will loosen the pores and make the extraction process less painful. Be careful not to scald yourself.
It is preferable to use a flat blackhead remover, or a comedone extractor to remove blackheads. You can find this product at any beauty store. It is highly recommended not to attempt to extract aggravated, inflamed or infected acne lesions since this will worsen the acne and can cause scarring.
3, Visit a professional…If you are unsure of your ability to extract blackheads, it is recommended to visit a professional. Aestheticians and dermatologists can offer deep cleansing facial treatments designed to keep skin clear of black or white heads. The cost of these treatments may be a little high for your budget, but most are happy with the results and feel it is worth it in the long run.
UNDER-EYE BAGS, DARK CIRCLES…
With the fast pace of modern life our bodies get stressed out and the eyes are usually the first to suffer. This becomes prominent with the development of eye bags under the eyes. The condition is mainly a result of the accumulation of fat in the eye area. This condition will slowly develop over a period of many years. The causes for eye bags include allergies and hormonal issues. Not getting enough sleep and going to bed very late at night can also contribute to eye bags. Graves’ disease or thyroid conditions and also the process of normal aging can cause bags under the eyes.
Dark circles can also make a beautiful face look very ugly. Dark blemishes are formed under the eyes due to various reasons. Heredity is believed to be one of the major reasons for its formation. Dark circles are also considered to be a sign of unhealthiness.
WHAT TO DO…
1, Teabags…dip two green tea bags in cold water. Keep them soaking for a few minutes. Then, squeeze them a little to drain excess water, and place them on your eye lids.Keep them on your eyelids for at least 10 minutes.This is a good time to lie down and relax. If you can do this twice a day, you will definitely notice visible improvement. In fact, this is a wonderful remedy for under eye bags.
2, Potatoe slices…Raw potatoes can also be used to treat under eye bags. Take 10 to 12 finely cut slices of raw potatoes. Splash your eyes with cold water, and then place one slice each on your eye lids for 5 minutes. Keep on replacing with fresh slices after every 5 minutes.
3, Cucumber slices…Another well-known remedy for under eye bags is to place cucumber slices on your eye lids. For this, use chilled slices of fresh cucumber. Before you apply the cucumber, gently apply a cold water compress to your eyes. You may also use fresh apple slices in a similar manner.
Lifestyle Tips To Maintain Beautiful Skin…
1, Move towards balancing your diet.
2, Develop a habit of not only cleaning the skin, but nourishing it.
3, Fight stress.
5, Drink plenty of water.
6, Reduce the amount of cosmetics and oily lotions you use. It can lead to a vicious cycle (I.E you’ll need more and more cosmetics to clean up more and more problems.)