Monthly Archives: February 2017

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Making the Best Acne Treatments A Part of Your Skin Care Routine

It is not enough to treat your acne only when it becomes severe enough to really bother you. The longer you wait to treat acne, the harder it will be to get rid of and the more likely there will be a scar left behind.

Furthermore, you will always be aware of the acne even when it is not a severe outbreak and this will take a toll on your self esteem.

Instead of reacting to your acne, it is a better option to develop a daily skin care routine that will keep your skin healthy. It will help your skin resist severe acne and make breakouts easier to heal.

To make your treatment options even more effective, make sure you are using the best options available.

Three of the Best and Easiest Acne Treatments

shutterstock_539062411Exfoliation is an extremely important component to any daily skin care routine. It serves several purposes. It helps strip the foreign material out of clogged pores, preventing future outbreaks and reducing current problems.

Also, it strips away the outer, dead skin cells that would typically accumulate and clog pores.

An exfoliant does not have to be pricey or complicated. In fact, it can be a homemade, natural option that is combined with your cleanser. Sterilized, finely ground eggshells mixed into a cleanser are a fantastic exfoliant.

The grit from organic corn meal can also be used to exfoliate the skin, but will need to be rinsed away afterwards.

One of the best natural acne treatment options is also a very simple one. Salt water, especially made from natural sea salt, is often used for a variety of infection based ailments.

Salt water soaks are used to draw out infection and cleanse wounds. For centuries, salt water was the primary method used to treat even the worst cases of infection because it would reduce swelling while removing bacteria.

To get the most benefits, it is best to use a salt water soak. Make a highly concentrated solution of sea salt and hot water, and then let the mixture cool until it is tolerably warm. If possible, soak the affected skin directly in the salt water for at least 15 minutes.

If soaking is not an option, thoroughly soak a washcloth in the salt water and then use it as a compress. You will probably have to dip the cloth several times throughout the 15 minutes to achieve a thorough soaking affect.

shutterstock_88313749In the evening, after the exfoliation and salt water soak are complete there is one more thing left to do to wrap up your skin care day. A skin mask will help you treat your acne all night long, even while you sleep.

In fact, when you wake up in the morning you should see a distinct improvement in your acne.

Masks can be made from any number of items. Herbs like sandalwood and neem are also used to form a paste-like mask. Spices like nutmeg and ground sesame seed are also effective.

For very severe outbreaks, you may even choose to use the zest of a citrus fruit. You can even include sea salt in the mask, to further enhance its healing.

The ingredients you choose may vary, depending on your skin type and personal preferences. Just make sure that the mask will dry and can be left on all night, to get the most benefits.

Protect Your Skin While You Fight Acne

shutterstock_394716478Very often, even the best acne treatments can still be hard on the surrounding healthy skin while they focus on the affected skin. It is sometimes a necessary choice to get rid of severe outbreaks.

However, it is important that you still nurture your healthy skin because damaged skin is more susceptible to future breakouts and scarring.

A problem with many methods used to keep the surrounding skin healthy is that they may cause additional breakouts. Oil based moisturizers will clearly clog pores and agitate existing acne.

Some other conditioners may have the same affect or may not be safe to use around the open wound from the acne.

However, there are still plenty of solutions that will not aggravate your existing acne and keep your healthy skin supple. One option is to use aloe vera juice.

Aloe vera is often used to calm burns and other wounds. It’s soothing and antiseptic properties will actually help heal your acne. It is a great conditioner for people who suffer from dry or damaged skin and will likewise keep your normal skin healthy while you treat your acne.

Products made from beeswax are also good for keeping your skin conditioned while treating acne. Some of the top acne treatments incorporate beeswax as the medium to deliver the concentrated therapy.

shutterstock_444652237Beeswax is a great conditioner, but will not clog pores. It is easily washed off with warm water, further promoting its anti-acne benefits.

Another option is to take vitamin B5 and zinc supplements. These vitamins and minerals are used to heal a variety of ailments. They strengthen the immune system and help the body resist harmful attacks.

They are perhaps most effective on the skin. They can strengthen all of your skin, healthy or broken out. It can make your skin highly resistive to acne in the first place and help it stay strong when you are treating acne.

The Best Treatment Is the Cure

While all of the advice above is an effective acne treatment, it is still a treatment and not a cure. As long as you are simply treating your acne, it will always be a lingering problem. These techniques you have learned are a great way to support your skin while you work toward your cure, but a cure is your ultimate answer.

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How to Stop Acne Related Self Esteem Problems: A Caregiver’s Guide

A caregiver often has the hardest role when there is a medical concern. They must bear the same anguish as the sufferer, but feel even more helpless.

When you see acne beginning to take a psychological toll on your loved one’s self esteem, it can add an almost intolerable amount of stress to an already difficult situation.

The good news is that you do not have to stand by idling watching the acne destroy their self esteem and lead to depression. With nurturing and firm guidance, you can help them learn to care for their skin and remove acne.

You can teach them how certain activities and habits influence their complexion and help them make the right decisions. Together, you can beat the acne and reclaim that lost self esteem.

How You Can Help

shutterstock_478563136Sometimes tough love is the most productive when there is a problem to solve. All of the sympathy in the world will not heal the skin and may actually increase self esteem issues.

When you are trying to combat chronic acne, you will have to set aside all feelings of pity in order to achieve a greater good.

The most important thing you can do is to make sure the acne sufferer stops picking at or popping their acne. There are many reasons. First, it may surprise you to know that the pressure of simply picking at a pimple actually drives the infection further into the skin.

A few days after picking the one pimple, there will be several more in the area that are deep rooted. This makes removing acne extremely difficult.

Another problem with picking at acne is that it increases the chances that there will be a scar left behind. It agitates the wound and can even cause damage to inner layers of skin that may have been originally healthy.

shutterstock_121389466This prolongs the healing process. The longer a wound stays open the more the body will rush to heal the wound. Instead of natural healing with regular skin cells, the body will rush to make thick collagen scar tissue.

You will have to make skin care a priority. Once you have settled upon a certain routine, you will have to make sure they stick to it.

Make sure that their skin stays clean throughout the day and that they do not damage their skin experimenting with the latest “miracle” product.

Of course, it is not all tough love. Sometimes, tenderness and a shoulder to lean on are just as effective. Make sure you listen as they talk about their individual struggles from acne.

Never make them feel as if their problem is insignificant or unimportant. Offer them support if they are uncomfortable being in public. Always make sure that you make them feel attractive, even if they resist the idea.

Ensure them that others find them worthwhile and want to be with them. No one wants to feel undesirable and as a caregiver this is one of your main hurdles to overcome.

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The fact is that you can treat your loved one’s acne and you can give them the nurturing they need, but it will always be a source of strife if you do not try to permanently stop acne.

Even when a breakout goes away, there is always the knowledge that a new breakout could occur at any time. This type of constant fear and impending doom takes its toll.

Anytime a big event draws near, your loved one will be terrified that a bad breakout will ruin the day. More often than not, that is exactly what happens.

It is a cruel, self perpetuating cycle. Each time it repeats, it is worse than the time before. Too many people fall victim to this cycle, feeling more helpless and hopeless everyday. If you have finally had enough, then it may be time to commit to curing the acne.

What you need to know is that curing acne is not a small feat. While an acne free program is relatively easy to understand and uncomplicated to do once you are committed to it, it will take dedication.

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You will be required to make major changes in almost every part of your loved ones life.

This may seem like an easy commitment to make, but it is not. Many activities and habits that the acne sufferer is accustomed to will have to be broken. You will have to be very strict.

If the sufferer is very set in their ways, there may be times when it seems like it is easier to deal with acne rather than do what it takes to cure it.

To make this commitment, it is important that you understand the nature of the changes that are required. You will have to learn to only eat nutritious foods, including organic meats and fresh fruits and vegetables.

You must avoid processed foods. Skin care must be diligent. You will have to get physically fit, exercising several times a week. If there is excess stress in your life, it will have to be dealt with.

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Bourjois 8 in 1 BB cream Review & Swatches

Bourjois BB Cream Review and Swatchesbourjois-bb-cream-india-review-swatchI have a massive fetish for Bourjois. I wrote in a previous post about the number of stuff I just purchased from Bourjois, and I have to say, I want to add a few more things to my collection. Their new range of balm stains similar to MUA and Revlon is going to hit the Indian market soon, and I am saving up to purchase them all. I am an extremely bad human being, but that is exactly what I am going to do. Just you wait.

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Company Speak: Perfecting, Smoothing, Targeted correction, Anti fatigue, Anti shine, Anti aging, Long lasting hydration, with SPF 20. Bourjois’ BB cream compact foundation is your make-up and skin care ‘dream cream’ – a compact foundation with eight actions in one. It perfects, smoothes and evens out the complexion, targets and corrects imperfections and smoothes away signs of fatigue. This compact foundation erases shine, is anti-aging, provides long-lasting hydration and has SPF 20 protection. The creamy texture gives you a perfectly smooth, even complexion for a velvety ‘second skin’ finish and a medium coverage.
Price: 1075/- (Retails for £12 in the UK so I feel the price is fair) for 6gms
My Shade: Beige Rose
My Take on Bourjois 8 in 1 BB cream:
So, anyway, when I saw the new BB creams on the counter, and they were looking way more like a foundation and a lot less like a BB Cream, I wanted to get it. Unlike other BB creams, this one does not come in a tube. It comes in a flat box, which is the first thing you would notice about it. The packaging is super cool. Open the lid and you can see a big mirror, which makes it so easy for touch ups if needed, the product and the sponge. You can totally put the lid all the way back, or turn it around 360 degree. I have pictures to prove it.bourjois-8-in-1-bb-cream-swatch-review-indian

There is a sponge applicator which means you can pack on this BB Cream as lightly or as much as you want. I generally use that or my fingers for application. And yes, for 6 gm. it is 1075/-. Of course you guys are cringing. But wait till you hear the good part.
This product is like the smoothest butter. It looks very firm, but it applies like a dream and blends like a charm. You will have to apply a moisturizer before you apply this of course. In fact, that’s the deal with all foundations, by the way. And yes, this is way more like a foundation than a BB cream, remarkably similar to a mousse foundation.
At first you might be afraid to see the orange undertones in this color but let me tell you when you apply it, the game is totally different. It needs to blend with your skin’s natural moisture to really set in and it looks gorgeous once that happens. You would see a visible difference within 10 minutes of application. It would tighten up your skin almost instantly, and also even out your skin tone. At least it did to me. On my oily-combination skin it worked like an absolute charm.
It also conceals well, and can be built up to a medium coverage. Which is indeed great and I love this as my foundation because it is so easy to apply. It really works out well with the sponge but also blends in easily with a brush or my fingers, so I am not complaining.
The effect is natural, absolutely gorgeous without looking like I have packed something on my skin. Absolutely love this effect. It lasts on my skin for 6 hours or so, and controls oil for about 3 hours or so, an impressive time period. Also contains SPF, so YAY! While I have not noted any remarkable anti-ageing thing here, it does smooth out uneven skin tone a lot, and I have also used it to conceal mild scarring. So thumbs up for the product!
Swatch :
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FOTD :

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Pros of Bourjois 8 in 1 BB Cream:
  • Great packaging
  • Huge mirror
  • Blends like a dream on moisturized skin
  • Stays a long time
  • Contains SPF
  • Smoothens out unevenness
  • Coverage can be built up

Cons of Bourjois 8 in 1 BB cream:

  • Dry skinned girls might find blending slightly difficult
  • Expensive for the quantity
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Using Acne Herbal Remedies to Treat Adult Breakouts

You probably always thought once you were an adult you would have clear, acne free skin. Now you are an adult, still suffering from acne, and you do not know what to do.

The good news is that you do not have to condemn yourself to bad skin the rest of your life. In fact, you will see amazing results if you start pursuing natural solutions to your problem.

Why Adult Onset Acne Must Be Treated Differently

shutterstock_546290656It is very common to see a teenager suffering from mild to severe acne. This is because their bodies are in a continual state of growth and maturity.

At any given time, their body is filled with growth and reproductive hormones. This imbalance, coupled by the average teen’s tendency to eat less nutritiously, is certain to result in acne.

Teens can often use over the counter and prescription medications to treat their acne. Their young skin can quickly recover from the damaging of such harsh treatment and leave no lasting marks.

As an adult, your skin does not have as strong an ability to heal. The damage done to your skin is more likely to be permanent and very noticeable.

shutterstock_420831967Furthermore, teens only have to use these strong treatments for a relatively short length of time. If you are suffering from adult onset acne and only using a chemical topical therapy, there is no definite timeline when the acne will go away.

You could end up using these harsh chemicals for a very long time. Clearly, extended exposure to these chemicals is not good for your skin or the rest of your body.

A better solution for achieving a clear complexion is one that bolsters your health and does not expose you to threatening chemicals. This is why so many people are choosing to use herbal acne remedies instead of the commercial alternatives.

In addition to being free of medications and artificial ingredients, the main focus of herbal remedies it to promote your body’s own natural ability to heal.

Herbal Remedy Suggestions

shutterstock_453317089Many of the herbs in your own kitchen will work quite effectively against acne. Although, it is important to note that you will get the best response if they are fresh.

This is because fresh herbs and spices will retain the most potency and will not have lost any benefits during processing.

Some herbs have been used to heal skin for hundreds of years. For example, basil leaves have long been known as an excellent herbal acne remedy, as well as healing other skin problem. Basil reduces inflammation and will reduce the redness and general appearance of acne.

Boil one tablespoon of basil in a cup of water. Let it steep for at least 10 minutes to give the leaves plenty of time to soften. After it has steeped, set it aside until it is cool to the touch.

Use a cotton bowl to apply the cooled mixture to your skin and let it stay on for at least 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Pastes and masks are a great solution and when they are made at home from natural ingredients, they become fantastic acne herbal remedies.

shutterstock_241161880One good homemade mask is created from orange zest. Orange zest is simply the gratings from an orange peel. Like most citrus, orange peel has an antiseptic quality that can draw out infection. When turned into a mask, it can draw out infection as well as the other dirt within the acne.

Grind the orange zest into a fine powder. Add enough water to the powder to make a thick paste. You may want to let the powder sit for 10 minutes or so.

This will help the powder become creamier. As it soaks, you may have to add more water if it gets too thick. Apply the cream to your skin in a thick coat. Leave on the mask until it is completely dry and then rinse it with a mild soap and warm water.

Herbal Healing Internally

Many times, the best way to heal your skin on the outside is by taking care of yourself on the inside. Some of the best herbal remedies for acne are those that you consume.

Teas and supplements are often the most popular herbal healing options because of their convenience and holistic nature.

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Stinging nettle is an interesting herbal remedy. Despite its name, it is actually known for its ability to heal and improve your body functions. It also helps improve the healing process. Natural healing experts often recommend it to acne sufferers.

The stinging nettle can be bought at most health food stores. The nettle should be made into a strong tea. The nettle should be given plenty of time to steep which will ensure that the maximum healing properties get into the tea.

Try to drink 4 cups of nettle tea each day. It can be made in advance, to make the remedy more convenient for you.

Getting More Help

Just as a teen’s body is filled with unbalanced hormones and toxins from poor nutrition, there is something wrong inside your body if you are suffering from adult onset acne. You should not have acne as an adult and it is a clear indicator of a bigger health concern. Now that you are older, you can no longer ignore obvious health problems. These acne herbal remedy options are a great start, but if you want to truly cure your acne you must look at the bigger picture.