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Acne Treatment Review

You need to be very careful while reviewing products for acne treatment. It is must to have a look at the ingredients and their effectiveness.  (Nov 26, 2013 | post #12)

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Having Acne Past One's Teen Years Continues to be a Strug...

Try to treat youself with these remedies: Coconut Oil- Coconut oil is antibacterial and antifungal. Coconut oil is also extremely moisturizing and gentle. It helps fight the bacteria and reduce redness. Apply the coconut oil to your skin and massage it in. You can reapply a couple times per day. With coconut oil, there is no need to ever use a moisturizer again, it works so well and doesn’t clog your pores. For optimal benefit, use organic coconut oil that is unrefined; this is the one I use. Tea Tree Oil- Tea tree oil is an essential oil and can be a very powerful all natural remedy for acne, as it is antibacterial. To apply it, mix a small amount of tea tree oil with an equal amount of water. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply it to your skin. You can reapply throughout the day or leave it on under your makeup. Where to buy it. Egg Whites- For this, I’m not talking about eating them, they make a great natural remedy for acne when used as a facial mask! Egg whites reduce the oil and minimize your pores in addition to drawing out impurities. To use it, separate the egg white from the yolk, use a cotton ball or you can use your fingers to apply the egg white to your skin. After a few minutes you’ll start to feel it tighten, you can leave it on anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. Afterwards, your skin will have an amazing glow! Lemon Juice- For this one, you can either use lemon juice or a fresh squeezed lemon. Lemons have natural antibacterial and astringent properties to help clear your skin. Apply the lemon juice to your skin and leave on for 15 minutes to an hour. Garlic- Not only is garlic a great natural antibacterial when ingested, it also works great topically. To use it, take a clove of garlic and thinly slice it. Rub the slices on your skin, particularly any problem areas, making sure the juice of the garlic is applied. Leave on for 15 minutes to 30 minutes.  (Nov 26, 2013 | post #2)

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Let's talk truth about Acne. What it is and ways to help.

Oatmeal Oatmeal is beneficial in reducing acne because it cleanses your skin pores and absorbs excess oil. Plus, it exfoliates your skin. Mix one teaspoon of honey and the juice of half a lemon in a cup of cooked oatmeal. Rub this mixture over your skin. Leave for 30 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Fuller’s Earth Fuller’s earth also known as multani mitti is good for greasy and acne-prone skin as it absorbs excess oil (without over-drying your skin) and unclogs the pores. It helps improve your complexion too. You can find it at Indian grocery stores. Mix equal proportions of Fuller’s earth (multani mitti), rose water, and sandalwood powder. Apply this mud pack to your face. Wash after it dries up. Lemon Juice The acidic property of lemons can be very useful in treating acne. Lemon will clean out dirt that has accumulated in the pores and will harden the sebum. Rub a slice of lemon on the affected area and leave it for a few hours before rinsing your face with water. You can also mix lemon juice with rose water in equal amounts and use the solution to wash the affected area thoroughly.  (Nov 21, 2013 | post #2)

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Acne Myths

Acne Myth: Acne is Caused by Dirt Acne is not caused by dirt. And no amount of scrubbing with soap and water will do anything to help clear it up. In fact, too-frequent washing can have the opposite effect. Why? Because aggressive scrubbing can irritate skin; and stripping away oil can trigger even more oil production— and both these things can make acne worse. Use a mild, soap-free cleanser just twice a day to gently remove oil, dirt, impurities and dead skin cells. Acne Myth: Acne is Caused by Candy and French Fries Acne is not caused by what you eat—in practically all cases. Because it takes about three weeks for a pimple to emerge, if one shows up the day after you ate a bunch of chocolate, there is no connection! There are all kinds of great reasons to eat a healthy diet, but getting rid of your acne— unfortunately—is not one of them. Acne Myth: Only Teenagers Get Acne What IS true is that 90% of teens get acne—but also about 50% of women and 25% of men get acne at some time during adulthood, sometimes for as long as 20 years. Genetics and hormones are the acne triggers in everyone. In adults, stress can have a profound effect on hormones which, in turn, can cause acne to flare up. Relaxing can really help!  (Nov 21, 2013 | post #8)

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Forehead Acne Treatment

Have a look at these: Baking Soda Baking soda is a good option for all, but especially those with sensitive skin because it will not cause any kind of skin irritation. Make a thick paste by mixing one teaspoon of baking soda with some water or lemon juice. Wash your skin well, leaving it slightly damp. Apply the paste on the affected areas and allow it to dry for a few minutes. Never keep baking soda on your skin for longer than a few minutes as it can cause dryness. Wash your face with warm water and apply a moisturizer. Repeat the process twice a day for quick results. Peppermint Peppermint is a powerful herb that can help eliminate pimples very fast. The calming, soothing effect of the menthol present in peppermint helps reduce the irritation and redness caused by pimples. Its antibacterial and antiviral properties also help kill bacteria that causes pimples. Crush some peppermint leaves to extract the juice. Apply the juice gently on your pimples and leave it for 10 minutes. Wash your skin with cold water. If fresh peppermint leaves are not available, you can use peppermint oil, which contains a number of vitamins and essential fatty acids. Take two to three drops of peppermint oil and apply it on your pimples. Massage the oil for a few minutes and then rinse with water.  (Nov 19, 2013 | post #10)

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Home Made Acne Masks: The Low Cost Alternative

Strawberry Lemon Mask Ingredients 1 tsp lemon juice 1 egg white 1 1/2 tsp honey 1/2 cup strawberries Preparation Mash or blend the all the ingredients together. Smooth over face. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Apple Cider Vinegar Toner Ingredients 1 tbsp raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp lukewarm filtered water Preparation Mix the apple cider vinegar and filtered water together. It's good to start with a 1:1 ratio (50% ACV, 50% water), but you might find you need to dilute the mixture more based on the sensitivity of your skin. Take a cotton pad or the corner of a washcloth and dip it into the solution. Spread evenly all over your face. Don’t rinse it off, but just let it air dry, then finish with a light layer of coconut oil as moisturizer. The smell can be a bit potent at first, but don’t be dismayed! The smell quickly dissipates. Baking Soda Mask Ingredients Lukewarm filtered water 1-2 tbsp powdered baking soda Preparation Put the baking soda in a small bowl. Slowly add water until it soaks into the baking soda and forms a paste. Apply the paste to your face using small circular motions. Cranberry Face Mask Ingredients 3/4 cup cranberries (fresh berries work the best) 1/2 cup seedless grapes (red or green) 4 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 envelope plain gelatin 2 tsp oat powder (if you can’t find oat powder, put some raw oatmeal in a coffee grinder or blender) Preparation Puree the cranberries and seedless grapes in a blender. Mix in the gelatin, oat powder and lemon juice and blend until it forms a paste. You can adjust the consistency by adding a little water if it's too thick or a bit more oat powder if its too thin. Put the mixture into the fridge for an hour so that it will thicken up. Take the mixture out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes (unless you want a cold facial, which works well if your skin is puffy or irritated). Apply the facial mask and let it soak in for 20-30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.  (Nov 12, 2013 | post #8)

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Acne treatment and classification

Types of Acne While classifications vary in accordance with source, it is easiest to think of moderate types of acne as inflamed (red and painful) acne which is not serious enough to lead to cysts or permanent scarring (unless of course you pick at your pimples!). There are two types of acne which belong to this classification: Papules are raised, red bumps on the skin that do not contain any pus or fluid. In other words, if you were to try to pop a papule, no white pus would come out (not that you should try this). The term papule however can also be used to refer to non-acne related bumps on the skin. Treatment of Papules and Pustules Papules and pustules are most easily treated via the same methods as comedones – that is using a cleanser once a day, avoidance of hard scrubbing of the skin, using water-based make-up, and removing make-up before bed. Extraction or picking your pustules is not advised as this may only cause scarring and inflammation and is unlikely to speed up the recovery process. Papules and pustules are not typically eliminated by cleansing alone. There are many over-the-counter treatments that you can pick up online or at the local store which are effective at reducing this type of acne, but the effectiveness of such treatments varies from person to person. Pustules are papules that become infected and contain pus. Pus is the thick white fluid-like substance that consists of white blood cells, oil, and dead skin cells, and indicates infection. Pustules are what people typically consider to be pimples and are typically proceeded by papules.  (Nov 12, 2013 | post #6)

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Causes of Adult Acne

reasons for adult acne Yes, adults get acne. Some adults continue to get acne well into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s. It is even possible to get acne for the first time as an adult. Dermatologists call this “adult-onset acne.” It is most common among women going through menopause. Women tend to get adult acne more often than men do. If you’re getting acne as an adult, it is likely due to one or more of the following reasons: Fluctuating hormone levels: An imbalance can lead to breakouts. Women often experience fluctuating hormones: Around their periods During pregnancy, peri-menopause, and menopause After discontinuing (or starting) birth control pills Stress: Researchers have found a relationship between stress and acne flare-ups. In response to stress, our bodies produce more androgens (a type of hormone). These hormones stimulate the oil glands and hair follicles in the skin, which can lead to acne. This explains why acne can be an ongoing problem when we find ourselves under constant stress. Family history: Does a close blood relative, such as a parent, brother, or sister have acne? Findings from research studies suggest that some people may have a genetic predisposition for acne. People who have this predisposition seem more likely to get adult acne. Hair and skin care products: If you have adult acne, you should read the labels on your skin care and hair care products. Make sure that you see one of the following terms on every container: Non-comedogenic Non-acnegenic Oil-free Won’t clog pores You want to make sure your moisturizer, cleanser, sunscreen, and all other products contain one of these terms. These products are least likely to cause acne. Medication side effect: Acne is a side effect of some medicines. If you suspect that a medicine is triggering your acne or making it worse, continue taking the medicine — but talk with the doctor who prescribed it. Ask if acne is a possible side effect. If acne is a possible side effect, ask if you can take a different medicine. If you cannot take another medicine, you may want to see a dermatologist who can help you control the acne. Undiagnosed medical condition: Sometimes, acne is a sign of an underlying medical condition. Once the medical condition is diagnosed and treated, the acne often clears. Effective treatment available for adult acne If nothing clears your acne, you should see a dermatologist. Effective treatment is available. Often a dermatologist will use two or more treatments. With a dermatologist’s help and a bit of patience, virtually every case of acne can be controlled.  (Oct 30, 2013 | post #4)

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Acne Cure

1. Baking Soda Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate works as a gentle exfoliant for your skin. Thus, it unplugs the pores and removes dead skin. It also helps regulate the pH imbalance of the skin and has mild anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. All these characteristics make it an excellent home remedy for clearing acne. Mix together two tablespoons baking soda, one teaspoon cinnamon powder, the juice of half a lemon, and five tablespoons honey. Apply it on your face and wash after 5 minutes. You can also apply a paste of one or two teaspoons of baking soda and a little water. Again, rinse it off after five minutes. Use it once or twice a week. 2. Oatmeal Oatmeal is beneficial in reducing acne because it cleanses your skin pores and absorbs excess oil. Plus, it exfoliates your skin. Mix one teaspoon of honey and the juice of half a lemon in a cup of cooked oatmeal. Rub this mixture over your skin. Leave for 30 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. 3. Fuller’s Earth Fuller’s earth also known as multani mitti is good for greasy and acne-prone skin as it absorbs excess oil (without over-drying your skin) and unclogs the pores. It helps improve your complexion too. You can find it at Indian grocery stores. Mix equal proportions of Fuller’s earth , rose water, and sandalwood powder. Apply this mud pack to your face. Wash after it dries up. 4. Lemon Juice The acidic property of lemons can be very useful in treating acne. Lemon will clean out dirt that has accumulated in the pores and will harden the sebum. Rub a slice of lemon on the affected area and leave it for a few hours before rinsing your face with water. You can also mix lemon juice with rose water in equal amounts and use the solution to wash the affected area thoroughly. 5. Toothpaste The toothpaste that you use regularly to clean your teeth can also help clear up an acne problem. This is in fact one of the easiest home remedies for acne. Apply a small amount of toothpaste on the affected area before going to bed. The toothpaste will reduce the swelling and dry out the acne. Within a day or two, you should see significant improvement.  (Oct 30, 2013 | post #11)

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Treat acne with lemon juice

1. Before applying the lemon juice, it is very important to wash your face with some warm water and anti-bacterial soap. You can also steam clean your face by placing it over hot water and use a towel over your head to capture and direct the steam towards your face, preventing it from escaping. This process will help in opening up the pores a bit. 2. Squeeze the lemons and collect about 1 to 2 tsp. of juice in the bowl. Grab some cotton and soak up some of the lemon juice. Apply gently to your face and cover affected areas where the acne and pimples are. Use it on all areas where there might be skin problems. If the application of lemon juice burns, use water (preferably mineral water) to dilute it, helping in reducing the burning sensation. 3. Leave the juice on your face so it can work it’s magic fighting the infection and removing the dirt plus oil clogged up on the surface. You can leave it for overnight, and rinse your face the next morning. If it is too strong you can wash it off with cold water after 30 mins. For some, it is preferable to leave it overnight to see better results. 4. You can repeat the process the next day or take an interval break for a day or two, and continue applying until you reach your desirable results with this cheap and easy home remedy.  (Oct 29, 2013 | post #6)

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Natural Ingredients for Healthy Skin

Eating guava, pineapple, papaya, kiwi, and other tropical fruits that contain vitamin C will help defend your skin against damaging free radicals. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is naturally found in the skin, so eating tropical fruits and other vitamin C–rich foods can replenish your skin's stores. Vitamin C also helps your body produce collagen, a protein that helps keep your skin firm and elastic. Broccoli This cruciferous veggie is high in antioxidants, including vitamins C and E. The vitamin C in broccoli aids in collagen production and keeps your skin healthy and supple, while vitamin E protects your skin cell membranes and guards against UV radiation damage. Almonds These nuts are one of the best food sources of vitamin E. Eat whole almonds as a snack or add sliced almonds to salads, cereal, yogurt, stir–fry or baked goods. You can also toast almond slivers and serve them on top of fish, chicken, or even rice or pasta dishes. The vitamin E in almonds can help nourish your skin and protect it from the sun's damaging UV rays. Just be sure to eat them in moderation, since almonds and other nuts are calorie–dense. Whole Wheat Pastas and Breads Another skin–friendly antioxidant is the mineral selenium, which is found in whole wheat pastas and breads. Selenium helps protect your skin against environmental damage and promotes elasticity and general skin health. High–dose selenium supplements have been linked to health problems, so it's always best to get your selenium from delicious food sources  (Oct 29, 2013 | post #5)

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Adult acne affecting more women

Acne in adult women is often hard to treat. One study showed that 80 percent of women prescribed antibiotics for acne receive no benefits from the drugs, Shinkai said. In these cases, the acne may stem from normal hormonal changes, such as those that occur around the menstrual cycle, or from a true hormonal disorder. For many of these women, medications that target hormones, rather than skin bacteria, would provide the most help, Shinkai said. Women with acne may have elevated levels of male hormones such as testosterone, Shinkai said. Symptoms of this type of hormonal imbalance include hair growth on the face, a deepening of the voice, increased muscle mass and decreased breast size. The most common cause of such a hormonal change is a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. Women suspected of having a hormonal disorder can be diagnosed by having a doctor check their blood for elevated levels of male hormones, or in the case of PCOS, an ultrasound of the ovaries  (Oct 28, 2013 | post #4)

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Types of Acne Treatment - OTC, Oral, Topical, and Laser- ...

Try for an Over the counter treatment. There are good options like a topical solution for acne.  (Oct 28, 2013 | post #3)

Joint Pain

Joint Pain During Pregnancy

There are many possible reasons why it happens. Here are some of the more likely causes: Weight gain. During a healthy pregnancy, women typically gain between 25 and 35 pounds. The spine has to support that weight. That can cause lower back pain. The weight of the growing baby and uterus also puts pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the pelvis and back. Posture changes. Pregnancy shifts your center of gravity. As a result, you may gradually -- even without noticing -- begin to adjust your posture and the way you move. This may result in back pain or strain. Hormone changes. During pregnancy, your body makes a hormone called relaxin that allows ligaments in the pelvic area to relax and the joints to become looser in preparation for the birth process. The same hormone can cause ligaments that support the spine to loosen, leading to instability and pain. Muscle separation. As the uterus expands, two parallel sheets of muscles (the rectal abdominis muscles), which run from the rib cage to the pubic bone, may separate along the center seam. This separation may worsen back pain. Stress. Emotional stress can cause muscle tension in the back, which may be felt as back pain or back spasms. You may find that you experience an increase in back pain during stressful periods of your pregnancy.  (Oct 24, 2013 | post #4)

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Best steps to avoid wintertime acne

Change Your Cleanser While it may have been a great choice during the summer months, your cleanser may not be working for you now that the cold weather has set in. If you feel tight and dry after cleansing, you probably need to switch to a milder cleanser. Cleansers containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can be particularly drying, especially if you are using them in conjunction with other acne treatment products. Instead, try using a gentle foaming cleanser or bar, such as Dove or Neutrogena. You can always go back to an acne-fighting cleanser once the weather warms and your skin doesn't feel as dry.Hydrate from the Inside Out, Too When it's frosty outside, sometimes the last thing you feel like drinking is a big glass of water. But getting plenty of water during the wintertime is just as important as it is during warm weather. Dehydrated skin is more likely to feel tight and dry. Try to get the recommended eight (eight ounce) glasses of water each day, to help keep your skin hydrated. When water doesn't sound appealing, try warm decaffeinated tea instead. 4. If Needed, Scale Back on Topical Medications If your skin is feeling very dry and you have uncomfortable peeling and flaking, you may want to scale back use of your acne fighting creams and ointments. Try using your treatment products every other day until the dryness and flaking lessens. Don't Be Afraid to Moisturize Regular use of a moisturizer is important, even for those with acne. Remember, nearly all acne treatment products dry the skin to some extent. To avoid flaking and peeling skin, moisturizer is a must. But you don't have to slather on a thick, greasy product. Instead, choose a moisturizing gel or lotion. They are lighter than products labeled moisturizing cream. Whatever moisturizer you choose, be sure it is marked noncomedogenic. Noncomedogenic products are less likely to cause pore blockages.  (Oct 24, 2013 | post #5)