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Blackheads and More!

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Teen Skin

“What’s it all about??? Hormones, blackheads, whiteheads, androgens, acne….did I ask for all this? I don’t want to be a spotty teenager!

Zits are not nice things. One minute you’re looking cool and the next time you look in the mirror, your face is covered in zits and you feel like hiding away for a while”.

Been there, done that – as we all have….

And the good news is that there are ways to help teenage skin problems – considerably.

But first, let’s take a look at what’s happening. Teenage skin has cells that are being produced at an optimum rate. As a consequence, the skin is plump, bright and well coloured.
The elastin and collagen are working well and the skin is, in many respects, in great shape.

But…those (dreaded) hormones increase the production of oil from the sebaceous glands and it becomes more than a 50/50 bet that the oil ducts will get blocked, resulting in those annoying blackheads and whiteheads. Behind the blocked ducts, the acne bacteria grows quickly and the result is inflammation and possibly a shiny skin. Not nice, but manageable.

Teenage hormonal changes cannot be avoided, but the effect they have on the skin can be minimised if action is taken.

Firstly, cut the rubbish out of the diet. If you fill up on burgers, fries and alcopops, you’re fuelling the fire – those zits will love you! Eat fruit – tons of it and drink gallons of water. Get a couple of litres of fresh water a day (minimum) into your body – and make this a habit for your lifetime.

Secondly, here are some practical tips to help those breakouts.

  • Never squeeze zits and make sure you’ve washed your hands well before touching your skin.
  • Avoid lashings of “war paint” which will stop your skin breathing – let your natural beauty shine through!
  • Adopt a regular cleansing routine that removes grime but doesn’t strip the skin.
  • Use a cotton ball dipped in Milk of Magnesia to zap the spots.
  • Moisturisers – no need to go expensive here, just use one that has antioxidants and a sun protection factor of 15.

And finally, remember that these skin eruptions will most likely magically disappear in your late teens or early twenties.

Jan has a wealth of personal experience in the field of skin care. She believes in the “whole” approach to skin care, rather than just relying on “quick fix” lotions. Taking time out from her “day job” as a corporate model, Jan shares the secrets of looking great for the camera – and dispels many of the myths about skin care.

Dealing With Teenage Acne – The Common Sense Approach

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The best way to manage Teenage Acne is through the application of the age old common sense. Changing one’s diet should be implemented in order to deal with acne effectively. Certain experts will claim that diet does not play a part in acne but; diet does play a major role in overall good health and well being and hence is a glaring place to start. Removing fatty foods, processed carbohydrates, chocolate and sweets and replacing them with vegetables, fruits and lots of pure drinking water will go a long way to remove toxins through the bowel system rather than have them manifesting through the skin.

Keeping dirty hands away from the face and keeping hair from the face will help to keep the face clean. Facial acne spots are usually open and are hence liable to infection. The practice of good hygiene is always advised.

The stress of a bad relationship the stress and examinations can all worsen acne in teenage years. Regularly practicing any form of stress reduction procedure could help reduce the precipitation of acne. Teenage boys are not always receptive to meditation but may be willing to take up Aikido, one of the meditative marshal arts.

Teachers and parents should be compassionate and should not belittle the problem of acne skin. Those who have lived through an acne skin problem know that it is possible to emerge unscarred, with a clear skin. However, this fact is not something that the teenager will be considering. All the teenager has is the present moment and in this moment he has spots. Sensitivity is desirable.

There is often a great temptation on the sufferer’s part to use harsh skin scrubs and preparations on the acne in an attempt to relieve the problem. This often aggravates the condition instead of making it better. Mild and gentle acne skin care preparations are preferable. Teenage boys may need more encouragement to use mild facial skin cleanser on their facial acne.

If acne skin problem does not improve after applying common sense measures to help the skin, medical help should be sort.

The temptation to pick the spots must be resisted at all cost. Most often it is the picking of the acne spots that introduces infection which in turn causes scarring.

Girls will be tempted to use make-up to cover the acne. This will often make the situation worse. If make up absolutely must be worn the wearer should look for brands that claim to be non-comedogenic. Boys with acne will face a experience worsening when they need to start shaving. Experimentation will be required with wet and dry shaves to see which works best.

About The Author: Suzie Goldie is a seasoned skin care products expert. She owns a great skin care products online store. Suzie offers quality acne skin care products that have been shown to work.

Acne Is Common Symptom Of The Pregnant Women

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Acne is mainly caused because of hormonal changes in the body.Acne is a very common symptom of the pregnant women. It is often seen that pregnancy brings in acne among the pregnant women or serve to make it even more worse. It is in fact a very common thing that the pregnant women are more likely to suffer from acne. Often we also notice that when women undergo hormonal fluctuations they develop a surge of pimples on their face. In case of pregnancy also they develop the same kind of symptoms.

During the stages of pregnancy higher levels of hormones known as ‘androgens’ serve to prompt the sebaceous glands in the skin. This in turn gets bigger and boosts production of an oily substance known as ‘sebum’. This extra sebum creates more problems by combining with the shed skin cells that lie all around the hair follicles. In due course of time this blocks the pores and creates an environment which multiplies the bacteria. All these ultimately lead to the inflammation of skin and thus results in the development of skin eruptions called acne. It should be noted that if one is already suffering from the skin eruptions of acne the situations might tend to worsen during the stages of pregnancy.

But a pregnant woman may not use many acne medications. Let us find out now.*Acne and isotretinoin- Isotretinoin can treat the severe forms of acne. Isotretinoin which is a derivative of Vitamin A is taken orally to treat acne. But isotretinoin is strictly prohibited during pregnancy. Not only that, you must become pregnant only after few months of your stopping use of Isotretinon. So Isotretinoin is a strictly no during pregnancy. *Acne and Antibiotics- Many antibiotics are not allowed to be used during pregnancy. You must talk to your doctor before using any antibiotic in any form during your pregnancy. *Acne and Tretinoin- Tretinoin is one of the most common retinoids that are used to treat acne. Tretinoin clears the upper layer of the skin by peeling it off. Tretinoin gives very good results in acne treatment and in improvement of skin. But being a Vitamin A derivative, it cannot be used during pregnancy. All other retinoids also cannot be used.

Review: Burt’s Bees Milk and Honey Body Lotion

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Reviewer: Carrie Lauth, GA
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Description: Burt’s Bees offers a lightly scented body lotion with Vitamin E and Aloe for normal to dry skin.

Review: I’m a big fan of all the Burt’s Bees products and the Milk and Honey body lotion is one of my favorites.

The lotion has a very light scent that is not at all overpowering and won’t interfere with your perfume, but is nice on its own. I like to use it all over my body when I get out of the shower, and even in the summer it’s not heavy. It is safe for both adults and babies. I love to use it on my babies after their bath.

Some may not like the fact that the lotion seems watery, but in my experience, it moisturizes just as well as thicker lotions.

If you are going on vacation and want to pack light, bring this lotion along. It’s great for all members of the family from young to old, can be used as a shaving lotion, facial moisturizer and I’ve found that it even works beautifully as a light leave on conditioner for my hair.

Why do we love Natural Beauty Products?

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Why do we love Natural Beauty Products? For many reasons — the cost is one big one. However, the health benefits of using natural beauty products is also a reason to start using our Beauty Recipes.

Toxic Ingredients in Cosmetics and Skin Care Products

By: Nicky Pilkington

Have you ever examined the ingredients listed on the labels of your cosmetics or other skin care products? Do you know what those ingredients are?

What you may not realize is that many of the skin care products and cosmetics you are buying contain ingredients that are not only harmful to your skin, but also to your long term health. Many of these ingredients are known carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) and are used by the cosmetic industry simply because they are cheap!

Harmful Ingredients Commonly Found in Skin Care Products and Cosmetics
The following are just some of the synthetic chemicals that have been identified by scientific studies to be harmful to our health.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)
Often described as being “derived from coconut” to disguise their toxic nature, these chemicals are commonly used in shampoos, toothpaste, foaming facial and body cleansers and bubble bath. SLS and ALS can cause severe skin irritation, and are easily absorbed into the body, building up in the brain, heart, lungs and liver, leading to potential long term health problems. SLS and ALS may also cause cataracts, and prevent children’s eyes from developing properly.

Paraben Preservatives
Parabens are widely used in cosmetics, deodorants, skin care and baby products to prolong their shelf life. They are known to be highly toxic and have caused rashes and allergic reactions. Recent scientific studies in the UK found a strong link between the use of parabens and the increasing rate of breast cancer in women. Researchers found a high concentration of parabens in 90% of breast tumors tested.

Propylene Glycol
Found in many beauty creams, cosmetics and cleansers, Propylene Glycol can cause skin rashes and contact dermatitis, and has been shown to cause damage to the kidneys and liver.

Isopropyl Alcohol
Alcohol is used as a solvent in many skin care products. It causes skin irritation and strips the skin of its natural acid mantle, promoting the growth of bacteria, moulds and viruses. It may also cause premature ageing of skin.

DEA (Diethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine) and MEA (Monoethanolamine)
These substances are harsh solvents and detergents that are used in cosmetics and face and body creams as an emollient. They can cause allergic reactions, and long term use of DEA-based products (such as Cocamide DEA) have been linked to an increase in the incidence of liver and kidney cancer.

A common ingredient in antiperspirants, aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease.

Mineral Oil
Derived from petroleum (crude oil), mineral oil is commonly found as a main ingredient of face and body creams and cosmetics. Baby oil is 100% mineral oil! It coats the skin like a plastic film, clogging pores and stopping the skin from eliminating toxins, which can lead to acne and other skin disorders. Other petroleum based ingredients include paraffin wax, paraffin oil and petrolatum.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
Used as a thickener in skin care products and cosmetics, PEGs interfere with the skin’s natural moisture balance, causing an increase in ageing and leaving the skin vulnerable to bacteria.

Talc is a soft mineral used in talcum powders and cosmetic powders. Scientific studies have shown that routine application of talcum powder to the genital area is linked with a three-to-fourfold increase in the development of ovarian cancer. Inhaling cosmetic powders containing talc may also be harmful to long term health.

How To Avoid These Toxins
Examine the labels of your cosmetics and skin care products carefully, and learn to recognize ingredients that are harmful to your skin and to your health. Many web sites have lists of potentially harmful ingredients in addition to those shown above (e.g. Environmental Working Group).

Don’t be fooled by the words ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ on the front of the label. Many products contain at least one or two natural or organic ingredients, but they may also contain harmful synthetic chemicals as well.

Whenever possible, choose products with 100% natural ingredients such as essential oils and herbs. Your skin will love you for it!

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