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5 Natural Ways to Treat Those Unsightly Dark Spots Known as Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is normally a harmless condition where a section of skin becomes darker than the normal surrounding the skin. There are various forms of hyperpigmentation which make many of us insecure and developing a feeling of self-denial in our overall appearance. They include age spots, acne scars, and liver spots.

5 Natural Ways to Treat Those Unsightly Dark Spots Known as Hyperpigmentation

It happens when excess melanin – the brown pigment produces the normal skin color that forms deposits in the skin. Here are five natural ways to treat dark spots known as hyperpigmentation in affordable items back at home.

Plain yogurt

Lactic acid found in yogurt can be of great help in treating skin problems because it lightens dark spots and also softens the skin. To achieve this you need to apply full plain yogurt on your dark spot for at least 20 minutes, then your dark spot will be diminished as time goes by.

Raw potato slices

Potatoes have full important nutrients which include vitamins B which restores the skin cell. To stop the effects of dark spot on your skin various researches recommends one should rub a slice of raw potato on your face for about two to four times a day for up to 15 minutes. Sometimes if the potato is dry and scratchy you can moisten it with water. As time goes on, you will notice dark spots reducing on your face. Potatoes have natural bleaching characteristic that assists you to be able to fade out spot, blemishes, as well as scars in your skin.

Apple cider vinegar

It is useful for treating dark spot and glowing skin. You need to apply directly on the skin areas that are affected by use of cotton wool. Do it repeatedly for a month. However, if your skin is sensitive, dilute the apple cider vinegar with normal water, this helps to reduce the stings you may experience.

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Turmeric

Turmeric is not just used for cooking but it can be used for regenerating your skin habit as well. It contains strong anti-inflammatory contents that literally lift off dark spot on your face. It repairs radical damage and reduces skin discoloration and pigmentation. It also removes sun and age spots.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera contains enzyme that assist in treatment of dark spots. It is also recommended for smoothing sunburns that affect the skin. The aloe Vera is also of great important in your skin since it helps to eliminate dead skin cells and enhances the restoration of new cells. To treat dark spot using Aloe Vera, peel off the skin of the leaves of Aloe Vera and apply the gel-like substance every night until you experience the changes in your skin.

Conclusion

Spots and patches on the face can lower self-esteem and lead to embarrassment. However, you need not to worry because the above natural ways provide cheap and efficient ways to eliminate those dark spots on your skin back at home. The proper procedure should be employed carefully with a lot of persistence until you experience some changes in your skin.

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8 Home Remedies to Get rid of Jock Itch Forever

Jock itch is a contagious skin condition affecting millions of people around the world. Its symptoms are redness, rashes and intense itching. Good thing is that you can cure jock itch at home with some simple home remedies available at your kitchen. 

8 Home Remedies to Get rid of Jock Itch Forever

Do you have jock itch?

You must be suffering from redness, rashes and intense itching on your groin, inner thighs and surrounding skin areas.

Also known as Ringworm of Groin, it is a fungal infection occurring on the groin area and is characterized by crusty, red and ring shaped patches. It is caused by unhygienic condition, tight clothes, obesity and skin to skin contact with infected person.

Jock itch is more common in men than women. It is one of the common skin problems affecting millions of people around the world.

What Cause Jock Itch?

• Moisture, warmth, and skin friction in the groin
• Wearing tight and sweaty clothes
• Using bedding and towels of an infected person
• Using bedding and towels of an infected person
• Having infection caused by yeasts, fungus, and bacteria

Whereas jock itch is treated with OTC anti fungal cream, you can use home remedies to cure your jock itch. Here are some of the home remedies which are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial in nature, making them efficient natural ways to get rid of jock itch.

Tea Tree Oil:

Tea tree oil is one of the efficient home remedies for various skin conditions like jock itch. This is because it is packed with natural anti-fungal properties, antibacterial property, deep cleansing, and stimulating elements. The oil soothes the affected area as it reduces the itching and inflammation occurring during jock itch.

It is very simple to use. All you need to dip a cotton ball into tea tree oil. Apply it on the affected area twice time in a day. Or you can add few drops of tea tree oil to your bath tub and soak yourself for 20 minutes.

(Note: Dilute the oil with some parts of water as concentrated form can cause irritation.)

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Like tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar is widely used to treat contagious skin conditions like jock itch. The vinegar contains anti fungal and antibacterial contents. It is useful to reduce the signs like redness and rashes.

Add one tbsp. of the vinegar to a glass of cold water and wash the affected part with that. Let it dry naturally. Do it 2-3 times in a day to see improvement.

Garlic:

Garlic is a simple yet effective home remedy to cure jock itch at home. It contains anti-fungal properties and lowers the itching and pain.

Prepare a garlic paste and apply it on the affected part of the skin. Wait for 10-15 minutes and wash it off with warm water. Repeat the process twice a day to have your jock itch healed fast.

Honey

The medicinal properties of honey have been found in the oldest literatures, and since the ancient times, it has been known to have antimicrobial properties and wound healing properties as well. Besides, its high thickness helps to create a protective barrier to prevent infection. This is why it directly attacks the fungus causing redness, burning sensation and itching in jock itch.

Apply raw honey onto affected areas directly to get rid of itching.

Alternatively, you can take honey, olive oils and beeswax in equal parts to make the paste. Use this paste 3 times a day for two week to speed up you healing.

Onions

Onion can work quite well in case of jock itch as it is high on anti-fungal, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Just chop up an onion and grind it to get a paste. Now, apply this paste of onion to the skin part and leave it for half an hour. Wash it off with cold water. Pat it dry with a towel. Besides, you can add them to your diet for an overall positive effect.

Epsom Salt Bath:

Epsom is the composite form of sulfate and magnesium. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and skin recovery home remedy for jock itch.

Add 1-3 cups of Epsom salt to a regular size of bath tub. Stir well. Soak for 20 minutes. Afterwards, pat it dry with a towel.

So, these are some of the effective home remedies for jock itch. Besides using these home remedies, follow these precautions:

• Take care of your personal hygiene
• Keep your groin area dry by using talcum powder
• Don’t wear sweaty clothes
• Make sure to change your underwear daily
• Don’t’ wear tight clothes
• Don’t share your beddings and belongings with other
• Use a topical anti-fungal cream
• Avoid scratching the area

(Note: Please see your physician immediately if there is no improvement in your skin condition within a week or get worse. It can be a bacterial infection that requires an antibiotic treatment. )

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Alinn Smith is Introvert, Internet trailblazer, blog aficionado, creator, avid thinker and hardcore yogini. Currently she is studying dermatology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She love to write upon skincare, sustainable living, organic food and healthy life.

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Can Nail Color Change Your Mood?

The colors you choose for your manicure can also affect your mood more than you think. Researchers say that we perceive colors as associations with different things, that`s why the colors have their own inner meanings beyond simple visual stimulation. You can also manage your mood changing your nail color as different colors send special signals to your brain and in such a way you can change your attitude to the world around now.

Can Nail Color Change Your Mood

So, let’s see how the nail color influences your mood and how you can correct it just choosing the suitable color.

Passionate Red

This special color is known as a color of love. If you`re not sure of yourself and that’s bothering you choose red for your nails. It can help to attract guys` attention and will always look sexual on your nails. But be careful with this color as red can raise blood pressure and increase respiratory rate, but at the same time, it can work wonders with your mood. Choose this color when you’re nervous or a little scared as it can help you gather your thoughts and inner strength and do everything that you`re planning.

Bright or pastel yellow

Yellow – an optimistic and joyful color – can improve even the worst mood. If you`re heavy-hearted or have some troubles at work sunny shades of yellow is the best way to cheer you up. Yellow is associated with energy, inspiration and happiness. This color stimulates you to laugh at your problems and enjoy life.

Romantic pink

If you`re feeling irritated and something goes wrong today pull out a pink polish and paint your nail. Pink is a very calming color and it will change your mood immediately on romantic and dreamy. With pink nails, you’ll forget about all your troubles.

Royalty orange

This unique color is a wonderful mix of yellow`s happiness and red`s passion. Such highly popular color gives us a sensation of heat. When it`s cold or rainy out this color can improve your mood and stimulates to actions as orange is a color of creativity and enthusiasm. If you`re feeling a little sad wear the orange nails and your mood will change right away and you’ll be ready for new adventures.

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Freshening green

Sometimes you feel the lack of energy and you want to do nothing just sleep. A green polish helps you, in this case, to make your mood better and to refresh your life force. Green is associated with nature and the beauty of the natural world that`s why this color is so magic – it helps you to rejuvenate yourself and divers from routine.

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Restful blue and its shades

Blue and the shades of blue are considered as anti-stress and calming colors and if you`re feeling stressed out they can help cardinally change your mood and feel you more relaxed. When you paint your nails with any blue hues your nervousness and worry will be changed with peacefulness and tranquility.

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Stimulating purple

Incredible purple nails are the best choice if you`re feeling bad and don’t know what to do with your low spirits. If you’re embarrassed this color activates your life energy and  make your image brighter. Purple is known as a color that can influence your intuition so if you can’t make a decision wear purple nails and it comes to you.

As you see it’s not so difficult to improve your mood using just the best-suited nail polish if you really want to do that. Try to choose the right color for yourself guided by your associations.

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How To Get The Healthiest, Clearest Skin Of Your Life

There is a classic Simpsons episode where Nelson yells at Bart that his epidermis is showing. Bart gets all flustered, falls out of his treehouse, breaks his leg, and condemns himself to a summer in a wheelchair and a cast. It is a brilliant homage to Hitchcock’s Rear Window, and is one of my favorites. After Bart falls, Nelson says “epidermis means your hair, so technically it’s true”.

Well, I have an inkling poor Nelson won’t be getting full marks in biology. Epidermis is not hair, but rather the outermost layer of skin. It is the most visible part of the largest organ in the human body – our skin. On average, the surface area of our skin measures between 16 and 21 square feet. It has three layers: epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous.

How To Get The Healthiest, Clearest Skin Of Your Life

Our skin protects our inner organs from external attacks, helps to regulate the temperature of the body, and provides us with a way to sense and interpret the physical world. There are tons of products devoted to making skin look younger, smoother, cleaner, and more vital. And why is that? Well, because time, stress, diet, sun exposure, our close environment – and possibly Doritos… – all have a real effect on how our skin looks and feels.

Regardless of any external influences, our skin has its own genetic predisposition. Skin can be naturally oily, dry, neither, or a mixture of the two. The body’s natural oil, by the way, is called sebum. It is produced by special glands which are located all over our body, except for the palms and feet. Some products do contribute to the skin, but are also laden with chemicals and harsh ingredients. Substances which, in the long run, could cause more harm than good.

Forget those pharmaceutical products. There are some all-natural solutions to perfect-looking skin. There are actions and substances which will provide you with the healthiest and clearest skin of your life, and which carry a lesser probability for negative side-effects, in the short and long term. It’s a win-win.

This is by no means the only way to achieve this, but here are just a few of those healthier solutions. Things you can choose to implement on your day-to-day.

Sleep

‘Beauty sleep’ is not just an expression. It is a real thing, and it has real consequences. No need to get into anything too scientific here. This is something so obviously plain, it is almost mundane. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for proper development at any age and any stage, and the quality of our sleep helps determine our mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Skin cells die and fall away from us all day, every day. Skin cell regeneration kicks into high gear when you are asleep, because it is at night that our body is at its most relaxed state.

Diet

“Let thy food be thy medicine”. One of the oldest tricks in the book, as it were. This statement is incontrovertible. Natural preventive medicine is the best kind, and a healthy diet is a big part of that. You want your skin to shine? Start by eating right. What you eat and drink gets into your system, and has a visible and noticeable effect on you, inside and out. Try more avocados, pomegranates, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and other foods which are high in vitamin E, Omega-3, keratin, and antioxidants. There are many other skin-friendly foods out there, all aching to be eaten.

Proper Rinsing

While this solution may appear to be absurdly obvious, you’d be surprised at how many people carry it out in a way which is counter-productive. In order for the skin to be clean and stay clean, you should use fresh water, a cleanser with no harsh elements (fragrances, detergents), and a towel which has not been previously used. A designated face towel can make a very big difference. Those other towels in your bathroom? The bath and shower towels? The hand towels? They have been used for a lot of things. The face can be a sensitive area, because of the amount of sebum-secreting glands it has. Better have several small-ish towels on hand. One which are strictly meant for facial use. Use in the morning, possibly that evening (should you rinse twice a day), and put in the hamper.

Jojoba Oil

Well, many essential oils are good for your skin, to be honest. Coconut, rose, lavender, sandalwood, to name a few. I am simply biased towards jojoba because of my own positive experiences with it. I used to know it as a hair-styling gel ingredient, but it turned out there is a lot more to it than that. The jojoba plant – or more specifically, its nuts and that nut’s oil – has been used for skin and hair care for thousands of years, and it goes by the name simmondsia chinensis.

Jojoba is unique because of its striking resemblance to the sebum. It is a natural skin conditioner and moisturizer, and can be used for healing or beauty purposes. Anything from hydrating chapped lips and cracked feet to controlling acne and eczema.

You know those people with perfect skin? The kind where you look at them and go “wow, that is gorgeous-looking skin”. And no, I am not talking about some photoshopped model in Vogue or Cosmo. They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I wholeheartedly agree. And what our eyes behold, other than a person’s clothing, is first and foremost their skin.

It is precisely for this reason that so many skin-care products have been formulated, manufactured, and sold all over the world. We all want to look younger, and our skin plays a big part in that. Do yourself a favor, and give some more natural solutions a try. They won’t provide results overnight, but they will put you on a path to a healthier and younger-looking you, from the inside out.

Bio: Caleb is a writer and researcher for Maple Holistics, a provider of Jojoba Oil. Maple Holistics provides industry leading, all-natural hair, body, skin, and food products. The company offers a natural, holistic range of premium products which can enhance hygiene, health and daily living. Company products are made in the USA.

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Psoriasis Vs Eczema: Signs, Symptoms, And Treatments

Skin issue can be annoying for a few people while debilitating for others. Psoriasis and Eczema are more common than people think. There are many who suffer from these skin conditions. However, many of us fail to realize how common it is as people often cover themselves up and hide their symptoms. Psoriasis and dermatitis can influence individuals’ daily lives and schedules. A few people get it so terrible that they are hesitant to go out in a crowd.

Psoriasis Vs Eczema Signs, Symptoms, And Treatments

Skin issues may frequently be difficult to tell apart, and this makes it harder to treat them in a right way and end your pain. Let us compare psoriasis and eczema as two of the most well-known conditions that are hard to differentiate keeping in mind the end goal to know how to tackle them.

Before starting up with differences, let’s begin by discussing the definitions

Psoriasis is a never-ending problem that produces thick, pinkish red, infected areas of skin secured with white or glossy scales. The rash occurs on the knees, lower back, scalp, elbows, and the private parts. It can moreover affect the fingernails.

Eczema is a skin condition that is characterized by the red patches with extreme itching. It is the basic skin condition, which is activated by allergens, irritations, change in temperature, foods, stress and change in hormone levels.

To look at psoriasis and eczema, both are provocative states of the skin that is generally present among various age groups with different causes.

Similarities and differences in symptoms

Both eczema and psoriasis are skin conditions that can shield the skin from seeming smooth and healthy. In any case, there are a few differences that a doctor will use to separate eczema from psoriasis or other skin conditions.

There are five different types of psoriasis. But, the most widely recognized types of psoriasis are plaque psoriasis, which is the form that most obviously takes after eczema.

Appearance 

Psoriasis causes thick, red, and flaky patches. They are generally very much clear.

Eczema causes patches that are red or dark brown or gray in color. They can have a crust on them and leak fluid.

• Location

Eczema has a tendency to show up in the “bends” of the skin, for example, the hoodlums of the elbows and the backs of the knee. Psoriasis can likewise show up on the elbows and knees.

However, both may appear on the face, scalp, or buttocks, most commonly in kids.

• Itching

Itching can be one of the huge contrasts amongst eczema and psoriasis. Psoriasis tends to bring about mellow itching while eczema causes severe itching.

If a person scratches the skin, the outcomes can be sensitive, swollen, and even raw skin. Eczema itching is more horrifying during night.

• Age of occurrence

Kids tend to experience eczema at greater rates than adults. Eczema has a tendency to eczema and psoriasis. But, some youngsters may have flare-ups during puberty.

Whereas, psoriasis commonly creates between the ages of 15 and 35. Babies once in a while have psoriasis.

According to Dermatologist, 1% of kids have psoriasis, while 10% of kids will have eczema.

• Other symptoms

Psoriasis can cause joint firmness and swelling. Also, psoriasis can affect the nails. Eczema does not include these areas, especially for joint swelling.

Treatments for Psoriasis

Certain variables are known to trigger psoriasis episodes or intensify existing psoriasis. Examples include:

• Infections
• Stress
• Abundance of liquor intake
• Cold weather
• Smoking
• Taking certain medicines, for example, lithium and high blood pressure medicines

Keeping the skin clean and moisturized while maintaining a strategic distance from harsh soaps and extremely high temp water can soothe psoriasis inconvenience and diminish any itching.

Mild-to-moderate psoriasis treatmentscan incorporate applying corticosteroids. These medicines are accessible over-the-counter. They work by diminishing irritation and itching. Also, they prevent skin cells from developing too quickly.

Applying moisturizers is useful because it can diminish itching, dryness, and scratching. While it won’t really heal psoriasis, it can lessen the symptoms.

Moderate-to-severe psoriasis can be treated with more grounded pharmaceuticals accessible by medicine. These include:

• Anthralin
• Coal tar
• Salicylic acid
• Synthetic Vitamin D creams and solutions
• Topical retinoids

Like eczema, psoriasis can be treated with light treatment, which is also known as phototherapy. This treatment includes controlled exposure to ultraviolet light, which backs off skin cell turnover and decreases irritation.

If topical treatments don’t work to diminish the incidence of psoriasis, treatments are available by injection. These incorporate cyclosporine, retinoids, methotrexate, and immune-modulating medicines such as etanercept.

Treatment for Eczema

No cure exists for eczema, and the condition can be enduring. It tends to affect kids in more prominent numbers. Kids may “grow out of it” and not experience the condition as they age.

Below are the steps a person can follow to treat eczema are:

• Say no to harsh soaps and fragrance products
• Avoid taking long, hot showers or baths
• Avoid tobacco smoke
• Applying topical corticosteroid creams to infected areas
• Applying an antihistamine cream or taking an antihistamine, for example, diphenhydramine
• Applying cool, wet packs to the skin to abstain from scratching
• Using light treatment to avoid symptoms of excess sun exposure, for example, skin tumor
• Finding a way to lessen worry by practicing relaxation ways like, yoga, Tai chi, or meditation
• Keeping the skin clean, moisturized, and dry can decrease eczema symptoms.
• Avoid going out in  hot temperatures as sweat can worsen your symptoms

A life with psoriasis

Although psoriasis goes back and forth after some time, it’s a long-lasting condition. An absence of understanding about psoriasis causes many individuals with this condition to feel confined and excluded. But, the vast majority with psoriasis lead satisfying, active lives.

By spreading the word that psoriasis isn’t infectious and that it’s a constant immune system condition; you can help individuals with psoriasis feel better comprehended and more welcome in the society.

A life with eczema

People with eczema frequently experience symptoms for a long time. The condition can be serious to the point that it confines action. At different circumstances, individuals with eczema scarcely see their condition. Understanding the contrasts amongst psoriasis and eczema can help you recognize and suitably treat your condition.

Hope the article turns beneficial for you! If you liked the article, do share and like. If you have any query or suggestions for us, then do let us know in the comments given below!

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Alinn Smith is Introvert, Internet trailblazer, blog aficionado, creator, avid thinker and hardcore yogini. Currently she is studying dermatology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She loveto write upon skincare, sustainable living, organic food and healthy life.

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Wine Face Vs Sugar Face: Check out Yours

Experts believe that whatever you consume can determine whether you will get a wine face or a sugar face. Some skin professionals believe that acne formation is directly proportional to the amount of sugar in your diet. However, others say there is no connection. Nigma Talib, a naturopath and skincare specialist believes there is a correlation. She can immediately tell the kinds of food one eats from the look of your face. This if from the way your skin is aging, she says.

Wine Face Vs Sugar Face Check out Yours

Digestive Health

It is suggested that the appearance of your skin is directly related to the health of your digestive system. That means you might notice certain parts of your face reacting to some stress in your digestive tract. This usually depends on the sorts of drinks and foods your gut can tolerate. Let’s us leave it at that for you to figure out if her illustrations will influence your habits. However, if you think whatever you drink or eat is affecting your face, you may find her suggestions quite interesting.

Sugar Face

What are the characteristics of a sugar face?

• Wrinkles and fine lines on the forehead.
• Saggy skin under the eyes.
• Thin-looking skin on the face.
• Painful pustular pimples on the entire face.
• Grayish/pale white due to the skin.
• Thinning of the eyebrows

Causes

A disruption of the bacteria in your digestive tract can trigger the formation of pimples.

Related linkWhat is Your Acne Telling You About Your Hidden Health Problems

In reference to Face Mapping, your digestive tract is connected to your forehead. It’s the reason you will notice pimples and dry patches. Face Mapping is an ancient belief which suggests that certain organs in the body are connected to your face.

An increase in insulin level in your blood can add pressure on your adrenal glands which regulate the growth of your brows. This results to thinner or sparse brows.

Wine Face

What are the characteristics of a wine face?

• Redness or wrinkles between the eyes.
• Enlarged pores on the skin.
• Sagging eyelids.
• Skin dehydration with fine lines on the cheeks.
• Pronounced nasolabial wrinkles.
• Redness in cheeks and nose.

Causes

People who take alcohol frequently develop wrinkles and fine lines on their skin. This is due to the dehydrating nature of alcohol.

In reference to Face Mapping, the appearance of the skin surface between the brows is connected to the health of your liver. A decline in liver function triggers more lines between your brows.

Consumption of alcohol can cause your capillaries to dilate. This, in turn, results in redness on your cheeks.

Gluten Face

What are the characteristics of gluten face?

• Dark spots or pigmentation patches around the chin.

Cause

Gluten can trigger an increase heightened inflammatory responses in your body. As a result, redness or bloated skin may develop.

Your immune system can react if your body reacts to gluten. This may affect the reproductive balance, leading to hormonal pimples particularly around your chin.

Dairy Face

What are the characteristics of dairy face?

• Swelling of the eyelids.
• Dark circles and bags under the eyes.
• Tiny whitish bumps and spots on the chin.

Cause

Lactose intolerance can trigger an increase in inflammatory reactions in your body. The same way your ankle behaves when you damaged, your eyes can turn out to be puffy. Additionally, bags may become more pronounced.

The presence of progesterone and estrogen in dairy products such as milk trigger overproduction of skin cells. This blocks the pores and the skin cells bind with sebum triggering spots on your chin.

In conclusion, we may say that whatever you eat or drink determines your face!

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Do You Have a Lump on Your Neck or Behind Your Ear? What it Means, and How to Remove it Naturally

A lump on your neck and body is generally normal. However, at the same time, they can certainly cause worry, especially when you don’t know what they are or why they have suddenly appeared. Not all lumps are normal, but most of them are relatively harmless.

Do You Have a Lump on Your Neck or Behind Your Ear What it Means, and How to Remove it Naturally

One of those that is harmless is a lump that suddenly appears on the back of your neck, on your back or behind your ear. This is a type of cyst called epidermoid cysts, which differ from the sebaceous variety. Sebaceous cysts develop because of the sebaceous glands, which lubricate the hair and skin.

Although epidermoid cysts don’t need treatment, most people who develop them will probably want to remove them because they are unattractive and can lead to an infection. Removing these types of cysts is easier than dealing with other types of medical conditions because they can be eliminated through natural methods. Here are a few natural things you can use to eliminate an epidermoid cyst.

Related Link: 6 Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Breast Cysts

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is a great product to use for treating a wide variety of ailments. It contains infection healing properties and can protect you against harmful bacteria. Apply some vinegar directly to your cyst and bandage it for protection. It is recommended to do this every day for one week until a hard layer of skin develops over the cyst. Afterward, remove the hard layer and then drain the cyst. Reapply apple cider vinegar to the area for one more week.

Dandelion:

Use a teaspoon amount of a mixture of dandelion and viola. Add to water and boil for approximately 45 minutes. Strain the mixture afterward and drink it or apply it directly to the cyst. Repeat four times per day for 10 days.

Epsom Salt:

Take a hot bath and add Epsom salt. The reason this works well is that Epsom salt is a substance that is good for relieving pain and bringing down swelling.

Aloe Vera:

Rub some aloe vera directly on your cyst. It will help to eliminate it in no time. You can also drink aloe vera gel to remove the cyst.

Milk:

Soak a tea bag in milk and place the bag directly on the cyst overnight. Milk is known for reducing the size of lumps and for speeding the healing process.

Honey:

A mixture of honey, banana and wheatgrass is also a good salve to apply to the cyst to shrink and remove it. Cover it with a bandage after applying the combination and let it sit all night.

Castor Oil:

Apply castor oil directly onto your cyst and cover it with a hot bag of water or a cloth. Do this regularly until you see results.

For best results in eliminating your epidermoid cyst, you should try at least a few of these natural home remedies. After some time, you will notice the cyst has shrunken and drained. You will be on your way to completely removing it and having new healthy skin back in its place.

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What Is Psoriatic Arthritis and How To Treat It Naturally

Some people confuse psoriasis with psoriatic arthritis yet the two conditions are totally different. Psoriasis is a skin disease that manifests with scaly rashes, crumbling nails and causes itching. About a third of people with psoriasis develop an inflammatory type of arthritis referred to as psoriatic arthritis. This is an autoimmune condition which occurs when the body’s immune system erroneously attacks healthy tissues in muscles and joints.

What Is Psoriatic Arthritis and How To Treat It Naturally

Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis

1. Stiffness in joints and muscles
2. Joint pain
3. Swelling in toes and fingers
4. Reduced range of motion
5. Crumbling nails
6. Redness and pain of the eye, like conjunctivitis
7. Generalized tiredness

Types of Psoriatic Arthritis

• Symmetric Psoriatic Arthritis: This is the most common type and affects joints on both sides of the body.
• Asymmetric Psoriatic Arthritis: Usually mild, and don’t appear in the same joints on either side of the body.
• Spondylitis: Manifests as pain and stiffness in the neck and spine.
• Asymmetric Psoriatic Arthritis: Usually mild, and don’t appear in the same joints on either side of the body.
• Spondylitis: Manifests as pain and stiffness in the neck and spine.
• Distal Psoriatic Arthritis: Triggers stiffness and inflammation near the end of toes and fingers.
• Arthritis mutilans: It’s a rare condition though considered to be the most severe type of the condition. The hallmarks of this condition are deformities in the fingers, toes, and small joints.

Who is at Risk?

Between 10% and 30% of psoriasis patients develop psoriatic arthritis. It can strike at any age but usually attacks people aged between 30 and 50. Common risk factors include:

1. Family history of skin or joint disease
2. Injury to the skin
3. Smoking
4. Alcohol consumption
5. Emotional stress
6. Certain medications, such as lithium and beta-blockers
7. HIV
8. Hormonal changes

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Natural Treatment for Psoriatic Arthritis 

Though it is a chronic condition, psoriatic arthritis symptoms can be alleviated through natural treatment. The best natural treatment options include:

1. Regular Exercise

You may not feel like exercising when experiencing the uncomfortable symptoms of the condition. However, exercise is very vital for your health. It improves flexibility and strengthens the muscles. Through exercise, you can maintain a healthy weight and put less strain on your muscles and joints. Consider lightweight exercises if hurts. Try walking, stretching, or some range of motion workouts. Let your doctor or physical trainer guide you on how to incorporate regular exercise into your daily routine.

2. Diet and Weight Control

Do you know there are certain foods that trigger the inflammatory response? In reference to a report by the Journal of Vitamin and Nutrition Research, plant-based foods can regulate the inflammatory response. Diets rich in whole wheat, fruits, and vegetables can reduce inflammation.  In addition, a healthy diet can keep the extra pounds at bay. Weight gain can increase stress to your joints and hinder your ability to move.

3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

When you ingest omega-3 fatty acids in your body, they are converted into anti-inflammatory compounds. Studies involving patients with psoriatic arthritis and other inflammatory diseases found that fish oils can decrease inflammation and tautness in joints. You can get healthy fish oils from cod, salmon, tuna, and mackerel. Arthritis Foundation recommends pregnant women to avoid king mackerel due to harmful mercury levels. You can get fish oils in form of dietary supplement. However, you should contact your doctor before starting any supplement regimen.

4. Turmeric

There are patients who report improvement of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis symptoms after incorporating turmeric to their diet. There are many studies underway to review the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric. This is in reference to the National Psoriasis Foundation. Turmeric can be added to almost every type of meal. You can also get it as a dietary supplement. Seek dosage instructions into your health care provider.

5. Joint Care Practices

Some of the joint care practices you can try are soothing warm bath or use the heat pad to relax stiff joints and muscles. To relieve pain in joints and muscles, use ice packs or soak in cold water. Use your entire hand rather than exerting pressure on some fingers when lifting or pushing an object.

6. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep deprivation can worsen your psoriatic arthritis symptoms. Ensure you are getting enough sleep ever night to prevent drowsiness and exhaustion the following day. Adopt a sleep schedule where you can go to bed at night and wake up the same time every morning. Avoid caffeinated beverages near the evening hours if you have a problem with falling asleep.

Conclusion

If left untreated, psoriatic arthritis can interfere with your daily chores and affect your productivity. The good news is that you there are natural ways through which you can manage its symptoms. Making healthy lifestyle choices, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly can help to manage the condition. Use of natural supplements with your doctor’s consent is an alternative if you can’t get some essential nutrients from regular meals. If natural approaches proof futile, you can consult your doctor for medications like NSAIDs.

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Coffee Face Packs for Glowing Skin

Coffee is not only a popular and loved beverage since decades for its flavor and aroma but also as a natural beauty ingredient. Being a great exfoliating agent, coffee is used in various scrubs along with other natural ingredients to get a fresh and glowing skin. It helps in opening up the pores on the skin and reduces puffiness around eyes. Let us discuss a few more beauty benefits of using coffee and also three coffee masks which you can easily prepare at home.

Coffee Face Packs for Glowing Skin

Benefits of Coffee as a Beauty Ingredient

• Packed with a bundle of antioxidants and Essential Vitamins for Glowing Skin, coffee is great for your skin and face. It brightens your face, prevents wrinkles and lines and unclogs pores. Coffee gives a new and fresh look to your face, making you seem younger and more beautiful.

• Coffee is a great ingredient for puffed and swollen eyes. It helps in lightening your dark circles and preventing aging lines beneath your eyes. The caffeine present in the coffee helps in removing water from the lymphatic system and hence removes puffiness.

• It is a great exfoliating ingredient and helps in smoothening rough skin along with targeting cellulite. It infuses in the pores to give a bright look to the face and skin.

• Along with face, skin and eyes, coffee is also beneficial for the hair. Applying coffee in the form of a paste to the hair provides extra shine and boosts hair color.

Coffee Face Packs

Although there are a lot of coffee packs available in the cosmetic market, the best ones are those which are made at home with all the natural ingredients. They provide the best results within a less period of time unlike the chemically manufactured coffee packs.

1. Coffee and Cocoa Face Pack

Along with ground coffee, cocoa also has some properties which are beneficial for the skin and face.

You will need: 1 tbsp ground Coffee, 1 tbsp cocoa powder and 2 tsp honey

Method: First, take the Fresh coffee beans, grind it very fine. You can use any multi-setting grinder if you don’t have one grab one from highly rated grinders.  I use a Baratza encore. Then Mix all the ingredients into a fine paste and keep it to rest for five minutes. Apply on the neck and face gently with a circular motion and leave it on for 20 mins. Rinse off well with cool water and pat dry with a towel.

Benefits: Coffee and cocoa will help in anti- oxidant and anti- inflammatory benefits and honey will help in moisturizing the skin.

2. Coffee and Coconut Oil Pack

You will need: 1 tsp ground coffee and 1 tsp coconut oil

Method: Mix the ingredients well and apply on the face in circular motion. Avoid the eyes, nose and lips area. Leave it on for 30 to 60 mins and wash off with warm water. Pat dry using a towel.

Benefits: Coffee helps in exfoliating the skin and coconut oil brightens the face, giving it a glowing look.

3. Coffee and Oatmeal Pack

You will need: 1 tbsp ground coffee, 1 tbsp oatmeal powder, 1 tbsp yogurt and 1 tsp honey (optional).

Method: Mix all the ingredients until it forms a thick paste. You can add honey for consistency. Apply on the face and neck in a circular motion. Keep for 30 mins and rinse off with warm water.

Benefits: Coffee acts as an exfoliating agent and oatmeal and yogurt softens the skin. Honey helps in achieving glow.

Coffee alone rejuvenates the skin and gives a number of benefits but if mixed with other natural benefitting ingredients, it can work wonders for enhancing your beauty. There are other ingredients which you can use with coffee for good results such as lemon, olive oil, tea tree oil and apple. All work in a great combination with coffee to bring out the best in you. So, what are you waiting for? Time to use your coffee for beauty purposes along with awakening your senses!

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What Happens to Your Skin When You Get a Tattoo?

The process of getting a tattoo on your skin is notoriously painful. But then, it is fortunate that tattoo machines have improved a lot when compared to the devices used in the past. To have a permanent tattoo, the ink needs to get inside the dermis. The tissue below your outer layer of the skin is termed as the epidermis. The tattoo expert makes thousands of pricks on the skin to make this possible. He uses a handheld machine which features a sharp needle. The artist just dips the needle, which is affixed to the handheld machine and turns the motor on to just move the needle. The moving needle is then applied onto the skin. The sharp pointed needle quickly moves through the skin, drags the ink and clings to it while moving into the dermis finally.

What Happens to Your Skin When You Get a Tattoo

Tattoo making and the role of the needle

The needle used for making the tattoo is actually a piece of metal having several ends. A needle can have up to 3-25 ends as per the requirement. Each kind of needle helps in attaining a different effect. A needle, which has few ends, can be used for creating an outline. The needle having more ends is used for colouring and filling. The two most commonly used tattoo machines are the coil and the rotary. They work differently, but their purpose is the same. They help in moving the needle. The motor of the rotary machine moves with the circular motion to move both the needle up and down.

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Modern tattoo machines

A modern tattoo machine has the potential to pierce the skin at the frequency of 100-3000 times per minute. In order to let the tattoo last for a long time, the tattoo machine needs to pack a punch to allow the ink get through the epidermis, a layer of skin constituted of fibres, collagen, blood vessels and glands.

Thousands of tiny wounds being made

The making of a tattoo is all about creating thousands of tiny wounds on the skin surface to let the ink penetrate through the epidermis. When the process takes place, the immune system just moves into the overdrive, oozing special blood cells, namely, macrophages to the tattoo site to engulf those foreign ink particles. This is the chief reason why the tattoo fades away. The body undergoes a cleanup, but still this is responsible for making the tattoo permanent. The macrophage consumes ink particle and then moves back to the lymphatic highway while bringing the consumed ink to the liver for the process of excretion. But then, the other macrophages do not move back to the lymphatic highway. The blood vessels stay and the consumed ink particles become visible all through the epidermis.
If you wish to have a tattoo you must certainly go for it. After the tattoo is done, you need to take care of the tattoo by following natural ways.

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Simple Causes and Treatments for Acne

Acne is one of the most common ailments that most people share at some point in their lives.  Some people have completely clear skin all of their life, but most of us have suffered from moderate to severe acne.  The reasons for this are as varied as the people who have them.  However, there are a few commonalities between all causes of acne, including environmental and hereditary factors.  Here are a few causes and treatments of acne:

Simple Causes and Treatments for Acne

Hormones

There is a reason that people generally start breaking out with acne around the time of puberty.  Hormones are flooding the body, making the body expand and grow from mere child to full adult.  This influx of hormones is at first overwhelming for a smaller adolescent body, and thus can overwhelm the pores.  The primary cause of this is a hormone called androgen.  Both boys and girls have androgens.  Androgens make the skin’s oil glands larger and make more of a chemical called sebum (the oil that hydrates the skin).  This also happens when a woman becomes pregnant.  Other hormonal factors are not normal and not related to puberty.  In this case, extra help from a dermatologist is recommended.

Sun Exposure

You’ve heard it over and over—prolonged sun exposure is not good for the skin.  Yet many people subject themselves to harmful rays every summer, causing the potential not only for freckles and increased aging, but for acne as well.  However, if that is not enough to get you out of the sun, know that sun exposure can actually make acne worse.  There are no conclusive results that the sun will clear up acne, and there is more evidence that for those prone to acne it can make it worse.  Often, as the skin darkens, it only hides the pimples, but does not clear them.  In fact, inflammation can also occur, which will cause hyperpigmentation of the skin.  As always, no matter what you perceive your resilience to be, a layer of at least SPF fifteen is recommended, with reapplication if the skin gets wet.

Stress

Puberty isn’t the only factor that increases levels of the male hormone androgen.  Stress also plays a key role.  If you always found yourself breaking out around exam times in college, you might understand.  As stated earlier, increases in androgen signals sebaceous oil glands to secrete more sebum.  The excess oil can develop acne.  Stress on the body isn’t just caused by a bad breakup or dinging your car in a minor accident.  Stress can be caused by many enjoyable things such as planning a wedding, going out frequently late into the night, or excess exercise.   Settling into a healthy routine of good diet, exercise, and adequate sleep are excellent ways to lower stress levels on the body.  Not only will signs of aging occur slower, but the likelihood of acne will diminish as well.

Certain Medications

Certain medications such as some forms of birth control can increase the likelihood of acne.  It is difficult to narrow which medications will affect you because everyone has a different body chemistry that may be resistant or more susceptible to acne.  Features such as genetics and other competing medications can make the likelihood difficult to pinpoint.  Fortunately, there is a plethora of medications on the market, thus for whichever ailment you have, you can talk to your doctor or dermatologist about your options.

Dry or Oily Skin

For those with or without acne, many people will still complain of having dry or oily skin.  For those—mostly women—who have ailments such as hypothyroidism, dry skin is common and irritating.  Because of this, however, many women are prescribed birth control by their gynecologist to improve regularity of periods.  Therefore, women with preexisting conditions can still be effected by acne because the skin cannot balance these competing factors.  In these scenarios, skin care products with salicylic acid can clear the skin without causing excessive dryness.

Diet

It is said time and again that diet is an important contributor to acne.  In the past few decades, for example, increased hormone levels added to dairy, beef, and poultry, are thought to cause acne.  Even organic versions have not been proven yet to be helpful.  Conversely, vegetarians don’t seem to have it better either.  There is evidence to suggest that lack of adequate protein and iron can have a significant impact on skin, unless a strictly regimented diet designed for your body is performed.

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Itchy Dark Marks Appeared on Her Body and Made Her Living Hell for 7 Years

Calvina felt a nasty, sharp pain while mowing her lawn in Oklahoma one lovely summer day. She thought it was an insect bite. Later on, itchy dark marks appeared on her arm and began spreading. The dark marks spread throughout her body by the next morning.

Itchy Dark Marks Appeared on Her Body and Made Her Living Hell for 7 Years

A dermatologist concluded that Calvina had an issue with her nerves after conducting a biopsy. And after seeking a second opinion, another doctor attributed the marks on her body to allergies. Unfortunately, both doctors did not check her immune system. As a result, every prescribed medication failed to stop the spreading or itching of these strange marks.

Although her face was spared, these thick, hard, round, and itchy marks appeared on her back, stomach, feet, and legs. The itchy attacks she would go into made her bleed, and Calvina’s life turned into a living hell. This strange condition affected every aspect of her life, from her professional to social life. Hopeful, Calvina courageously shared her shocking story on “The Doctors.” By then, she had lived with the undiagnosed skin condition for seven years. Surprisingly, even the physicians on stage had not yet encountered anything remotely similar.

Calvia admitted to being the center of public scrutiny, with strangers wondering what she was suffering from while fearing contact. In the seven years Calvina lived with this rare skin condition, she passed it on to no one else. Dr. Batra then ran a series of tests and finally diagnosed the strange skin condition as urticarial vasculitis and hypothyroidism. Although she didn’t think they would hear her, “The Doctors” agreed to treat Calvina’s skin and every other underlying concern free of charge.

Fortunate for Calvina, “The Doctors” managed her condition successfully, finally ending her misery. She tearfully thanked this group of physicians for hearing her cry for help and coming to her rescue.

Urticarial vasculitis is a relatively rare autoimmune disorder affecting the skin and characterized by inflammation of small blood vessels, which causes wheels or hives and red patches. As a form of cutaneous vasculitis, this disorder is classified into three subtypes, namely:

• Normocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis (NUV)
• Hypocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis (HUV)
• Hypocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis syndrome (HUVS)

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A measure of complement blood levels defines all three subtypes. A complement system is a group of proteins with the ability to amplify and contribute to immune responses, which play a role in urticarial vasculitis. The cause of most urticarial vasculitis cases remains unknown to date. However, it might be associated with Sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. Another autoimmune disorder occurring once the thyroid gland fails to make sufficient amounts of thyroid hormones is hypothyroidism.

Normocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis (NUV)

Diagnosis of NUV is when a patient has the primary symptoms of urticarial vasculitis together with normal C1q complement levels. As a form of urticarial vasculitis, NUV is the least severe and less likely to involve any other symptoms.

Hypocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis (HUV)

Diagnosis of HIV is when a patient has the primary symptoms of urticarial vasculitis together with lower than normal C1q complement levels. It also involves heightened levels of anti-C1q antibodies, which usually attack C1q complements. As a form of urticarial vasculitis, HIV is more severe and likely to include symptoms such as:

• Spots or rashes on the skin, dark marks (red or purple in color)
• Breathing difficulties including asthma
• Arthritic joint pains
• Stomach pains

HIV is commonly regarded as a form of SLE (Lupus). However, the results of Anti-Nuclear Antibody tests on HIV patients are usually negative as opposed to the positive result of Lupus patients.

Hypocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis syndrome (HUVS)

Diagnosis of HUVS is when a patient has extensive complement abnormalities including low circulating 3rd and 4th components. As a form of urticarial vasculitis, HUVs is the most severe and rarest of the three. In addition to the primary symptoms of urticarial vasculitis patients usually suffer from systemic issues such as:


• At least 30% of patients develop pleuritis, which is inflammation of the lung-surrounding membrane
• Episcleritis or uveitis, which translates to bloodshot or inflamed eyes
• Mild glomerulonephritis, a kidney disease
• Cardiac involvement including myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack
• At least 50% of patients develop angioedema, which is the swelling of tissues under the skin
• At least 50% of patients develop a breathing disorder known as a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Conclusion

It is a known fact that urticarial vasculitis occurs in women more than men, particularly between the ages of 30 and 40. In fact, two subtypes, HUV and HUVS, occur in women almost exclusively. The primary symptom of urticarial vasculitis is a recurring urticarial rash lasting longer than 24 hours. As opposed to itching, this rash burns. Diagnosis generally depends on the doctor’s ability to recognize the pattern of symptoms associated with urticarial vasculitis and examination findings.

Tests include testing the blood for raised levels of erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP), which indicate inflammation. Skin and kidney biopsies can confirm the diagnosis. Calvina’s ordeal shows the importance of testing the immune system of any patient suffering from strange or confusing illnesses.
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Natural Moisturizer That Changed My Life Forever

It is difficult to find a natural moisturizer for acne-prone skin, because many of the moisturizers that really hydrate the skin have pore-clogging oils in them, which aggravates acne. The oil cleansing method has become a popular way to cleanse oily skin that is actually supposed to reduce the amount of sebum that the skin creates. One of the best oils to use for this is hemp seed oil.

The basic concept of the oil cleansing method is that massaging oil onto your skin will dissolve the existing oil that the body has created and has hardened in the pores. Using steam will open pores, which lets the oil come out easily.

Hemp seed oil, in particular, is not only perfect for doing the oil cleansing method but it is also a great moisturizer for skin that is prone to acne. It has a zero rating on the comedogenic scale, meaning it won’t clog pores while moisturizing the skin. As it is not too greasy and easy to use topically, some people report that they have seen an improvement in their acne scars from using it.

What Is Hemp Seed Oil?

This oil is made from cold pressing hemp seeds. Hemp seed oil is high in Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E, antioxidants, vitamin A, and health-beneficial minerals. Hemp seed oil is light green in color, due to its significant amount of chlorophyll.

Why Is Hemp Seed Oil a Great Natural Moisturizer?

Hemp seed oil is great for moisturizing the skin as well as for treating acne flare-ups. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, the redness on the skin is reduced and irritation begins to fade. Hemp seed oils also promote the healing of acne. Because it also has antioxidants in it, hemp seed oil protects the skin from free radical damage as well.

Type Of Hemp Seed Oil

It is important to purchase high-quality hemp seed oil, due to the fact that it can oxidize easily and go stale. It is also important to purchase organic, cold-pressed, unrefined oils that come in an opaque container, protecting the oil from damaging the light.

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How To Moisturize With Hemp Seed Oil

Begin with a clean face and clean hands. Use a teaspoon of hemp seed oil to lightly massage the face, getting the moisture needed on each part. Let the oil soak in for at least 20 minutes before patting your face dry with a towel. This will leave some oil behind, which will help to continue to fight acne throughout the day.

How To Cleanse With Hemp Seed Oil

If you are already used to doing the oil cleansing method, replace your current oil with hemp seed oil. Use clean hands to massage one teaspoon of hemp seed oil all over the face. Then, steam your face with a warm washcloth for one minute, which will open the pores. After this, use a clean warm washcloth to wipe away the oil from the face.

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Hemp seed oil can also be used to remove makeup using the same method. Makeup comes off easily using hemp seed oil, without leaving the makeup behind to clog pores.

Storing Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil should be stored in a cool and dark place, such as your refrigerator. This will help the hemp seed oil from becoming rancid during its oxidation processes.

Skin becomes noticeably clearer and more moisturized with the use of hemp seed oil. The skin will be reduced in redness and retain more moisture. This is a great natural way to keep your skin healthy without causing any damage.

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9 Things That Harm Facial Skin. Are You Using Them?

There are many DIY guides that promise to beautify your face with the contents of your kitchen cabinet. If it sounds too good to be true, however, it probably is. Here are 9 “suggestions” commonly found in beauty guides that can actually hurt your facial skin.

9 Things That Harm Facial Skin. Are You Using Them

1. Lemon

Lemon is one of those natural cures that people like to recommend for everything. Unfortunately, it won’t work any miracles on your face. The acidity of lemon juice is actually bad for the tender skin around your cheeks and eyes, so steer clear of these yellow fruits in your beauty regimen.

2. Hairspray

Hairspray is touted as a magical drying agent that will eliminate acne by dehydrating your pores. This is complete fiction. While it’s true that hairspray will dry out your skin, the chemical irritants found in hairspray will dirty your pores and increase your risk of acne, so you’re better off not using it at all.

3. Vaseline

On the opposite end of the spectrum, many people use Vaseline to try and hydrate their facial skin. This is also a mistake. Vaseline contains too many oils and compounds to be good for your sensitive facial skin; it’s especially harmful when it collects in the creases of your eyes, ears, and nose and stays there for hours. All in all, Vaseline is another “beauty tip” that does the exact opposite of what it claims.

4. Body Lotion

It’s called body lotion for a reason. If you’re ever reading a beauty guide that tells you it “doesn’t matter” or “isn’t a big deal” if you use body lotion on your face, the author doesn’t know what they’re talking about. The skin on your face is much thinner and more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body. It can be irritated and eve damaged by using harsh products not meant for it. Stick to body lotions for your body and face creams for your face.

5. Sugar

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Sugar is often suggested as an alternative to exfoliation products but think for a moment about the harshness of sugar crystals being scrubbed into the delicate skin under your eyes. Does it make you shudder? Then don’t use sugar on your face.

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6. Heat

This one is tricky because heat can be used to soften your skin in preparation for hydration or exfoliation. When recommended in beauty guides, however, most people suggest using heat to “steam” your problems away, and that procedure doesn’t do anything but redden and irritate your face. Most skin problems go deeper than the surface. Steam won’t affect them on that level.

7. Alcohol

Alcohol is equally efficient at killing brain cells and skin cells. It might be trendy to suggest a splash of vodka in your beauty mask, but it will only end in dead skin cells and a desperate need to exfoliate. Leave your liquor in your liquor cabinet.

8. Toothpaste

Toothpaste causes the same problems as hairspray. It’s simply too harsh for the skin of your face, especially if you’re leaving it on for long periods of time in hopes of drying out pimples and acne. Toothpaste can actually cause chemical burns when allowed to stay on your skin, so treat it with caution.

9. Hydrogen Peroxide

It may help your cuts and burns, but it won’t do a thing for your blemishes. The best case scenario is that it’s a useless waste of time; the worst case scenario is that it burns, irritates, reddens or otherwise mars your skin. Do yourself a favor and save the hydrogen peroxide for your next scraped knee.

DIY beauty guides may be helpful, but they aren’t always accurate. Use this list to help you figure out which stylists know their stuff and which ones are just perpetuating beauty myths.
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The Best On-the-Go DIY Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin that Work!

Everyone knows a major step treating acne-prone skin involves keeping your complexion clean of dirt and excess oil, but how do we wash the grime away with those red, painful bumps?

In order to properly treat acne, it’s important to understand just what acne is. Acne is the most common skin condition found in the US and occurs when a hair follicle, or pore, becomes clogged with an oily substance called sebum, and dead skin cells. Sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands and is necessary for hydrating the skin.

When a hormonal imbalance triggers these glands to produce too much sebum, however, the excess oil can become clogged within the pore on its way to the surface. When combined with dead skin cells, this pairing can lead to the growth of bacteria, which signals the body to send in white blood cells to attack!

Unfortunately, this inflammatory response often appears as red and swollen bumps on the surface of the skin, known commonly as pimples.

Depending on the type and severity of the acne at hand, the surface of the skin can become very sensitive, even painful to the touch, making washing with certain cleansers, brushes or cloths a counterproductive measure. (AcnEase users: your treatment is working to prevent the formation of acne at the source, eliminating the chance that a pore becomes clogged with unnecessary oils in the first place!)

If you have breakouts, cleaning your skin doesn’t have to lead to painful irritation. Whether your acne affects the face, the body, or both, check out these simple yet effective tips to keep in mind to ensure the cleanest and healthiest skin possible!

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Simple Tips For Gently Cleansing The Face

When cleansing an acne-prone skin, the most important thing to consider is the current condition of the surface of your own skin. If you’re experiencing red, painful breakouts you will be better to steer clear of gritty emollients that might tear the skin or further irritate inflamed pores. The best bet for most acne-sufferers looking to treat their acne from the surface is to opt for a medicated, soap-free face wash containing either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which work to break down oils and grease that have already collected on the surface of the skin, and aid in unclogging pores from the outside.

It is important to understand that these facial washes do nothing to limit the actual amount of sebum produced, and will only work to temporarily treat acne symptoms that have already appeared on the skin. In order to prevent acne from forming, the problem must be treated from within, at its source (AcnEase users: you’re doing this now!).

Aside from cleansing the skin of dirt, debris, and oils, people with acne-prone skin should also do their best to exfoliate any dry or dead skin cells that may collect on the surface and possibly clog pores. While a grainy exfoliant may work for some skin types, anyone experiencing a severe breakout, or anyone just looking to treat their complexion to a gentle slough, need look no further than their own kitchen. Use either one of these fabulous formulas:

Baking Soda Paste

A simple paste formed with baking soda and water will utilize sodium bicarbonate crystals to gently exfoliate the skin.

For something a little thicker, try this simple yet effective oatmeal and milk mask, which combines the skin-soothing power of oatmeal with naturally exfoliating lactic acid found in milk to deliver a flake-free surface, along with a healthy glow. It’s super quick and easy to make, and definitely won’t break the bank!

Oatmeal and Milk Exfoliating Scrub

– 1 tbsp. oatmeal
– Enough warm milk to form a goopy paste (milk should only be slightly warm to the touch, not hot)

Mix together in a bowl, then let sit for 5-10 minutes, or until a soft consistency is reached. Using clean hands, massage the scrub onto skin in circular motions for about 1-2 minutes before rinsing away with lukewarm water. Pat dry with a clean towel, and apply your favorite moisturizer or sunscreen to finish!

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Easy Ways To Wash the Body That Won’t Lead To Irritation

Body acne is something that affects many people as well, and symptoms usually appear on the back and chest. There are many medicated body washes designed to treat acne in a variety of formulas, and finding the best one for you will, again, depend on the condition of your skin.

For anyone looking to indulge just a little, splurging with a simple yet relaxing soak using Epsom salt can help reduce inflammation while exfoliating skin simultaneously. Enriched with magnesium, zinc and vitamin D to help nourish the skin, and rich in sulfuric properties which act as naturally antifungal and antiviral acne fighters, a warm soak in this essential oil-infused Epsom soak will probably have you feeling pretty blissed out, to boot!

Easy Tea Tree Oil Epsom Salt Soak

2 cups Epsom salt, unscented
5-10 drops tea tree oil (a wonderful acne-fighting astringent!)

Simply add both ingredients to warm bath as water pours into your bathtub, sink in, and soak for about 15-20 minutes before patting skin dry with a clean towel.

Cleansing your skin is an absolutely essential step in achieving a clean and clear complexion, and any of the above-mentioned tips will be sure to go a long way in treating your acne symptoms. It is important to remember, however, that in order to truly eliminate once and for all, the problem must be addressed at the source – the sebaceous glands, or acne symptoms will only reappear in a matter of time.

AcnEase, a systemic solution, relies on the 100% safe and effective power of herbal medicine to eliminate acne before it starts! Whether your needs lie in a treatment plan designed for the face or the body, AcnEase is sure to have a solution that will deliver real results you can see and feel!

What are some of the easiest ways you’ve found to clean your acne-prone skin? Share your tips and tricks in the comments!

agnesDr. Agnes Olszewski, CEO of Herborium, natural medicine expert
“My work in China in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector, and my personal experience while growing up in Europe, inspired me to develop Herborium®, a novel Botanical Therapeutics® company, based on a new, innovative healthcare concept that combines science and nature. Our approach has already been proven up to 98% effective in our acne treatment, AcnEase®.”

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Ways To Effectively Treat Adult Acne

You might think that once you’ve been through puberty, that’s your troubles with acne far gone and left behind, but this simply isn’t the case. Adult acne is definitely a thing for many of us, and it’s becoming a problem that most of us don’t know how to face, or effectively treat. It’s a common skin condition, characterized by blemishes, spots, and blackheads. Whilst it is true that it most commonly starts during puberty, it can occur in adults too, causing people to feel self-conscious and even depressed.

The British Skin Foundation states that 95% of acne suffers say it affects their day to day lives, and as more and more people are seeking advice, we look at how you can effectively treat your acne and take preventative measures to stave it off.

Treatment for your acne will, of course, depend on a number of factors, how severe it is, and whether it has caused any scarring. There are a number of reasons why, as an adult, you might be experiencing bouts of acne; hormonal fluctuations in women are found to be a high factor in causing acne to flare up, as well as this it is becoming more common for stress to play a major factor in adult acne.

Your skin is often a direct reflection of what is going on inside the body, and if you are stressed, putting the wrong things into it, or not getting enough sleep this can all lead to a noticeable change in your skin.

Treating Your Adult Acne
Treating adult acne can be quite a tricky process as you have to find a good skincare routine that will work for you, and there’s a lot of factors to consider! Is your skin oily? Sensitive? Dry? Combination? Speaking to a dermatologist will help you determine your skin type so you can look at products that will effectively treat your adult acne.

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Cleansing & Exfoliation
Effectively treating adult acne can be a tricky process, using the wrong products can aggravate the skin and make your condition much worse; whilst finding the right products can be quite tricky, by speaking to a dermatologist about the skin worries you will be able to discover your skin type and them will be able to recommend products that will work to effectively treat your skin.

Products that will limit oil production are most likely to be beneficial as acne is commonly caused by excess oil in the sebaceous glands. You should look to find an exfoliating product that will gently work to rejuvenate the skin each day without using harsh chemicals. Finding an exfoliating product that incorporates natural exfoliation rather than the beads that can be commonly found, as these will not work well with your skin.

Laser Treatment
An effective way to remove acne and prevent adult acne is through laser treatment; at The Laser Treatment Clinic located on Harley Street in London, we work closely with our clients to effectively treat their skin, treating adult acne scars and marks to clear the skin. Their routine works to effectively remove signs of acne and the scarring, combining this with an aftercare routine using their specially formulated Marine Skincare.

Article supplied by The Laser Treatment Clinic.


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This Is Why You Get Acne on the Chin and T-Zone

This Is Why You Get Acne on the Chin and T-Zone

There are many reasons that people are more prone to get acne on their T-Zone as opposed to other areas. The T-zone consists of the forehead, nose, chin and the area above the mouth. In addition to helping you understand why you develop acne in this area, we will offer some natural remedies to help treat this issue.

Why do you get acne on the T-Zone?
For many people, the food you eat can have a significant impact on the way your skin looks and feels and whether or not you will experience a breakout. Some studies have shown that eating excessive amounts of dairy and soaked fat can lead to acne breakouts in the T-Zone. Another common cause of acne in this area is the accumulation of dirt and oil. This area is prone to collecting dirt and oil, especially because people often touch their face with dirty hands. The dirt then stays on the face causing the pores to get blocked and acne to develop.

Stress is another potential trigger for acne on the T-Zone.
Face mapping is another way to look at what is wrong and what might be causing your acne. This face mapping theory suggests that breakouts in the forehead area due to diet and lack of hydration. To improve your complexion in this area, drink water and eat properly. However, there could be multiple reasons for acne in this area and this treatment is not guaranteed to work.

Two other possible causes of T-Zone acne are pollution and the climate. Pollution might cause a combination of red zits and whiteheads throughout this particular area. This happens when particle matter in the air gets on your skin and plugs up your pores. Additionally, other gases and oils in the atmosphere can mess with the natural oil of your complexion and give your skin a waxier look and increase the production of pimples.

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Climate can also cause acne in the T-Zone. If you live in an area that is often hot and muggy, it is likely that your face is producing more oil and bacteria. Even if you live in a very dry area, you can still be acne-prone. There is no moisture in the dry air which causes your skin to flake and produces whiteheads.

Treatments for T-Zone Acne
One easy way to try to prevent oil in this area is to make sure you wash your hands frequently and that they are always clean. This can help prevent dirt and oil accumulation. If you live in a highly polluted area and suspect that might be the cause of your acne, it is important to really cleanse your face. Your hands alone may not be getting rid of all the particles that are accumulated, so try purchasing a cleansing brush, as well as a face wash that contains salicylic acid in it.

If you think the humidity is causing your acne, you should use a moisturizer that does not contain any oil. Otherwise, you will just be adding more oil to your face and causing more pimples! However, if you live in a dry climate, try using a humidifier.

Although there are a variety of different things that can be causing your T-Zone acne, keep in mind that cleansing your face often, eating a proper diet, and drinking lots of water can be excellent ways to help treat your T-zone acne.

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Here’s What Happens if You Rub Baking Soda Onto Your Face 2x a Week

Here's What Happens if You Rub Baking Soda Onto Your Face 2x a Week

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You might think that it’s silly to rub baking soda onto your skin, but baking soda is a great tool for cleansing your skin and shrinking your pores. There are also several other natural remedies for the skin that you might want to try after you’ve read this article. Check out the list of natural skin cleansers below:

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda naturally exfoliates the skin, and it even cleans deep down into the pores. Baking soda can also balance skin’s pH levels and alleviate inflammation. Baking soda is also a topical antibiotic, so it may be able to kill the germs on your face that cause acne and blackheads. British researchers have found that putting a cup of baking soda into a soaking tub can soothe dry skin caused by psoriasis.

To make a simple baking soda paste for your skin, simply mix baking soda and warm water. Twice a week massage the paste onto your face gently, then rinse it off with clean water. After a week of this procedure, you’ll see first results in the morrow.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Using Apple Cider Vinegar as a toner can decrease the size of your pores. Like baking soda, it has great antibacterial properties. The pH of this substance closely resembles the pH of the skin. A swipe of apple cider vinegar can remove built-up oil and dirt and uncover a fresh, clean complexion.

To make a toner from apple cider vinegar, mix vinegar and water. Then, apply it to your face using a cotton ball.

3. Honey

Honey contains potassium, which kills bacteria. Honey can also make your skin look younger through its natural restorative powers. It’s sticky enough to pull dirt right out of your pores!

To make a honey mask, apply honey evenly to your face and let it work its magic for 10 minutes before rinsing it off. Organic, natural honey is best for your skin.

4. Tomato

Tomato contains lycopene, which has been proven to lessen the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, and dark spots. The antioxidants in tomatoes clears and tightens pores as well.

To make a tomato cleanser, mix fresh tomato juice with a few drops of lemon juice. Leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes.

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5. Steam

It might seem too simple to be true, but steam can do a great job at cleaning your face. Using steam can open your pores so that cleansers can better wash away dirt and grime.

To give yourself a steam treatment, just boil some water and lean your face over the rising steam. Then wash your skin and apply your usual facial treatments.

6. Almonds

Almond oil is the most commonly used oil in most beauty treatments because it contains the fatty acids necessary for excellent skin care. It is very light as well, and it doesn’t clog pores. You can use almond oil as part of your beauty routine, and an almond scrub is beneficial as well.

To make an almond scrub, grind almonds in a coffee grinder and add orange peel. Rub the scrub in a circular motion over your face and rinse.

7. Cucumber Juice

Cucumber juice has astringent properties that can make it very helpful in reducing the size of your pores. It can also moisturize the skin without leaving behind any greasy residue.

To make a cucumber juice toner, dip a cotton ball in cucumber juice and spread it all over your face. Let it soak into your skin for around 15 minutes, then rinse.

8. Ice

Ice can eliminate puffiness under the skin because it increases blood flow. Ice won’t dry out sensitive skin, either. It also decreases pore size immediately, though the effect is temporary. Ice also stops the overproduction of oil that can cause acne.

Give these natural ingredients a try, and enjoy the beautiful results!

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