Zits: To Pop or Not to Pop?

When a pimple crops up, it’s usually at the most inconvenient time: before a dance, a job interview, a special holiday. Rather than face everyone with a seemingly enormous zit, you weigh your options, and the idea to pop that zit comes across your radar. But, before you take another step closer to the mirror, consider these reasons you may want to leave that zit alone. View image | gettyimages.com   Cuts, Scabbing, Bruising Zits don’t always pop on the first try, and with repeated poking, and jabbing you’re bound to break or bruise the skin. A millimeter size pimple is much less noticeable than a larger, crusty, red scab, that will last over a week. Scars After a crusty, red scab is healed from a pimple-popping attempt, the skin will probably be left with a scar or hyper-pigmentation. Scars can take several months or even a year to fade. That original pimple would have only been around less than two weeks! Doesn’t sound so bad now, huh? More Pimples Pimples are filled with oil and bacteria. So when a zit is popped, that bacteria and oil oozes out, and spreads across your skin, leading to additional clogged pores and inflammation. Infection Popping a pimple, breaks the skin, creating an opening for bacteria to enter the body. Your skin can develop an infection and may require topical antibiotics from a doctor. Pain Pimples can be painful even without being touched. Now, imagine how much that pimple will hurt after being poked and irritated. Avoid the pain- leave that pimple alone! Harder to Cover The key to covering a pimple...

Do you need to Breakup with your Makeup?

Is your makeup hindering your skin from clearing up? You’ve probably heard at some point that wearing makeup is bad for your skin and causes breakouts. The average foundation alone can contain as many as 24 chemical ingredients- add that to your daily skin and haircare products- and you’ve got a lot of substances going on! View image | gettyimages.com   Studies have shown that each day our bodies come in contact with hundreds of chemicals. A majority of chemical exposure comes from the health and beauty products we use on a daily basis, so knowing how to use these chemicals is vital to keeping your skin clear. Why do people say that makeup is bad for your skin? Many formulations of makeup contain heavy oils, which can get stuck in pores, causing inflammation. This inflammation may irritate current acne or kick-off the development of new pimples. Avoid trying several different types of makeup or products at once. This way you can easily recognize a new element that may be causing your skin to breakout. If you notice a pimple develop after adding something to your skin regime, stop using it ASAP! To avoid acne flare-ups from makeup, use products that are oil-free and fragrance-free. Also look for terms like hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic. Like healthy food, healthy makeup should have an expiration date. Know when to throw away makeup. Look for the expiration date, or write the date of purchase right on your makeup, so you know its age. When foundation has a funny smell, thickens or becomes chunky- that is a sign that it is harboring bacteria. Powder...

5 Naturally Awesome Home Remedies for Acne

You can’t rush clear skin with harsh and abrasive products. Those heavy duty products take no prisoners and dry the skin. See, the thing is- your skin needs just the right amount of oil to stay balanced and clear, and natural ingredients understand that balance. Check out these 5 natural remedies that some say, have worked wonders on their breakouts. View image | gettyimages.com Honey Cleansing Gently removes dirt and impurities without stripping the skin of healthy, natural oils. Contains natural antibacterial and probiotic properties to reduce acne breakouts. Good for people with sensitive skin, rosacea, and eczema. Balances oil and leaves skin feeling supple. Less expensive than traditional drugstore facial cleansers. Apple Cider Vinegar Toner Apple cider vinegar contains gentle exfoliating acids. Calms existing acne and discourages new breakouts. Balances the skin’s pH. Reduces red marks, and treats acne on both your face and body. To make toner, Mix 1 part one part apple cider vinegar, with 2 parts water. Apply to skin with a cotton ball. Keep in mind this toner may not be suitable for those with sensitive skin. Brewers Yeast Like the name implies, brewer’s yeast is used to make beer, but you won’t get drunk off these supplements. When taken orally, brewer’s yeast has been recognized in studies to help heal acne. Contains B-complex vitamins and protein, which helps sustain energy. Chromium and selenium aide in preventing cell damage, promoting healthier looking skin. Available in several forms, such a supplements, powders, liquid, and flakes. Brewer’s yeast may interact with some medications, so speak with your doctor before taking any new supplements or adding it...

Humidity and Acne

Warmer days are making a welcome return this time of year, but along with the added sunshine also comes an increase in the air’s humidity. Not only do the more humid conditions leave some feeling sluggish and sticky, but they also have the tendency to stimulate your skin’s oil production, and cause clogged pores and acne breakouts. Year-round you may find yourself in consistently humid situations, like working in a hot kitchen or breaking a sweat at the gym. You can prevent humidity related breakouts by making a few adjustments to your everyday skincare routine. View image | gettyimages.com Wash your skin after you perspire. Avoid touching your skin with your fingers and wiping your face with your hands. Using your hands to wipe away sweat spreads oil and bacteria. Try blotting your skin with a clean tissue. You can also use an oil-absorbing, skin-blotting cosmetic paper, often sold in cosmetic stores. Use oil-free lotion and skin care products that won’t clog your pores and create acne. Stash a package of oil free cleanser wipes in your purse, desk, or gym bag, for easy cleansing on the go. Keep your hair away from your face with headbands and secure hair elastics. Sticky and sweaty hair spreads germs and oil. Always change out of your gym clothing or sweaty work clothes within 30 minutes after your workout or job. Your clothing can trap bacteria and oil that you don’t want sitting on your skin! Avoid wearing heavy makeup or creams while working out or if you know that you will be in a humid situation. It may sound counter intuitive,...

Fact or Fiction: Junk Food & Acne

Everyone knows junk food is not healthy, and for a long time there has been a media attack against my favorite food group of all time. Rumors that chocolate, pizza, and french fries are responsible for acne. Researchers continue study the link between foods we eat and the appearance of acne, and the jury is still out on some specifics, but before I give up eating my beloved chocolate cupcakes and pizza nearly everyday- I need some cold, hard facts about my favorite foods. View image | gettyimages.com Chocolate Chocolate induced acne is probably the longest running urban myths of skin care. It’s not so much the cocoa (the actual essence of chocolate) but it is actually the sugar that is to blame. A diet high in sugar triggers your body to produce more insulin, which then ramps up your skin’s oil production, contributing to clogged pores and clogged hair follicles. Ehk! Now that we know it’s the sugar, be weary because sugar is hiding everywhere! Replace sweet snacks with something like carrots or cucumber slices. Try to avoid sugary drinks and instead drink water or naturally flavored, no sugar seltzer. Chocolate is ok to eat, but opt for a small piece of high quality, dark chocolate to appease your cravings. Pizza, Pasta, and Bread Ummmmm. That’s basically all I eat- so you’re telling me I can’t eat? These foods contain “simple carbohydrates”. Your body reacts the same way to simple carbohydrates as it does with sugar. Try to limit these items in your diet, instead of heading for chips, try a handful of almonds. Substitute starchy pasta with...

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