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Acne Products Good Enough for a Celebrity

Have you ever had an annoying (and enormous) pimple to appear right before an important event? Maybe it was right before a speech you had to give, or your senior prom, or your dream date. Now imagine you were a celebrity and constantly in the public eye. ..someone like Miley Cyrus.

I don’t know if she has had acne or not, but could you imagine having your flaw exposed to millions of people? Of course, most celebrities have great make-up artists who can help cover up flaws, but I’m sure it still bothers some. Just look at Jessica Simpson’s infomercial for a popular acne skincare and you can hear how acne affected her.

Now, I’m not an aesthetician or dermatologist, but I have struggled with acne. And to my credit, I have tried many different skincare lines trying to resolve my acne problem. I’ve tried the popular ones on infomercials. I’ve tried drug store and department store brands. I’ve tried products sold only by licensed dermatologists and aestheticians. I’ve even tried some “all natural” brands from health food stores.

What I found is that many of the products did work in clearing up my acne, but they were either too harsh for my skin or too expensive to maintain. That’s when my search began. There had to be something that could treat my acne, be gentle enough on my skin, and not cost a fortune.

After a few months of researching, I found the answer. It was inexpensive and safe for my skin as well as the environment. So if you are interested in trying something new to treat your acne while “going green” at the same time, then this natural remedy may interest you.

Start with a great cleanser

A great resource for organic and natural skincare is the book, “The Green Beauty Guide” by Julie Gabriel. One great mask developed by Julie is the charcoal-based detoxifying mask. This mask can double as a cleanser and I found it to quickly clear up my outbreaks. For this cleanser, you mix charcoal powder, aloe vera gel, a few drops of tea tree and calendula essential oils, and sea salt. It’s a great deep cleanser and absorbs environmental toxins. It’s also naturally soothing to the skin.

If you are short on time or not interested in mixing your own cleanser, the Coal Train Acne Cleanser by Sumbody is a great substitute.

Use a toner that exfoliates

In her book, Julie shares several recipes for toners. If you suffer from acne scars like I do, then try a mixture of apple cider vinegar, mineral water, and crushed aspirin. This toner is also a good exfoliant and astringent.

Don’t forget the moisturizer

Even acne-prone skin could benefit from a good moisturizer. I’ve created my own that hydrates my skin, but doesn’t leave it oily. I mix aloe vera gel, organic olive oil, Cetaphil lotion, and a few drops of tea tree and calendula essential oils. After applying, my skin is left feeling soft and smooth.

So whether you are Miley Cyrus or not, if you have acne and are looking for a natural way of treating it, give these green recipes a try. For more details on the recipes, visit my site.

Acne, Wrinkles, Dry Problem Skin: The Ultimate Secret to Clear, Soft, Young, Baby-Like Skin

In the world of thousands of different anti-aging products that claim to reverse the signs of aging, it can be confusing to know which anti-aging wrinkle cream or supplement is telling the truth! However, research shows that topically applied anti-aging creams or supplements have not been scientifically tested to work. The only exception is Retin-A; the downside is this comes with side-effects such as acne breakouts, irritated and dry skin. It is also very costly.

The good news is that it’s never too early (or late) to start protecting your skin for the glorious years to come. Believe it or not, sunscreen isn’t what maintains a youthful look. With the many synthetic chemicals placed in commercial sunscreens, they can actually be a hindrance to having healthy, radiant skin. This applies to other anti-aging creams as well. Research shows that oils that have been overly heated and processed (specifically oils with mostly omega-6 fatty acids) are found in many skincare products and can actually contribute to accelerate aging the skin! One of the main reasons is because free radicals are produced when oils are heated.

You may have heard that eating healthy and exercising are the two best ways to keep yourself looking young. This is true to an extent, but even if you exercise regularly, eat mostly organic produce, and perform a fantastic skincare everyday, there is a missing element that is little-known that contributes to healthy skin. It is often overlooked and not discussed enough, in comparison to the advice of wearing sun block everyday. So what is the missing element?

Water! It’s not just drinking 8-10 glasses a day that is important. The secret is the pH of the type of water you consume that makes the difference between having smooth, clear, young, and radiant skin—or dull, heavy lined and wrinkled, and acne-infested skin. Did you know that tap and bottled water were tested to be too acidic for the body? Even if you eat all organic produce, but wash the produce in your tap water, you are negating the healthy effect.

Excess acid in the body contributes to a whole load of problems such as:
Premature aging of the skin (Wrinkles) Acne Unexplained skin rashes Psoriasis And many more health and skin related problems The simple solution is to drink water that is closer to an alkaline pH; A suggestion is to invest in a filter for your tap water.

Pregnancy Skincare Guide: Acne, Stretch Marks, Rashes & Pregnancy Mask

Feeling cheated out of the touted beatifically glowing expectant mother skin? You’re not alone, pregnancy hormones can wreck havoc on the skin. Many women experience pregnancy related skin problems, such as acne, pregnancy mask, rashes and the dreaded stretch marks. Learn how to prevent and combat these common pregnancy skin care nightmares.

Prevent amp; Treat Pregnancy Acne

Help diminish and prevent pregnancy acne by using topical products that have alpha hydroxy or glycolic acid, or sulphur-based. Glytone has a flesh tinted acne treatment lotion, with glycolic acis as the main ingredient. It retails for $18.

Microdermabrasion treats are also available, that can be done in the relative comfort of your own bathroom. For more severe outbreaks, prescription strength topical medications are available. They included erythromycin cream and azelaic acid. Oral erythromycin can also be prescribed by a doctor. According to WebMD, these prescription acne medications are safe to use during pregnancy, but your doctor will be the best judge of what is right for your health, during your pregnancy.

Over-the-counter acne medications can help with acne caused by pregnancy, but their are ingredients that are unsafe for expecting mothers. Acne medication ingredients to avoid, while pregnant, are benzol peroxide, salicylic acid and any retinoids.

The hormones of pregnancy can cause changes in your skin tone, so you may need to switch what type of makeup you buy. If your skin is oily try a foundation specifically for that, a mattifying product or a loose mineral powder. They are designed to absorb oil, without causing acne. Keep blotting papers handy, so you can use them throughout the day to combat oily skin.

Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are the blight of what should be one of the most joyous experiences. According to WebMD, most doctors now believe that stretch marks are hereditary and most creams won’t prevent them. The best ones to try contain soothing green tea or glycolic acid. The good news is that there are many laser procedures that will fade stretch marks, after you are no longer pregnant.

Stop amp; Sooth Rashes

Hormones and stretching skin during pregnancy combine to make skin itch or erupt into a rash. This can be soothed by several home remedies, such as soaking in a warm bath that you’ve added a cup of oatmeal to. Soaking a clean washcloth in warm milk, then laying it over the rashy skin can also give you relief.

Over-the-counter pregnancy rash combatants include calamine lotion and moisturizers. If the itch becomes too crazy to stand, your doctor may prescribe you steroid creams. Be sure to report any itchiness and rashes, especially those with blisters, to your doctor. These can be signs of autoimmune reactions or a liver condition, both of which can potentially cause premature birth.

Dealing with ‘Pregnancy Mask’

‘Pregnancy mask’ – more accurately called melasma or chloasma, is when dark patches of skin occur on the face. Pregnancy mask occurs when pregnancy hormones are exposed to sunlight. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, women with dark hair and complexions are more likely to develop pregnancy mask.

The best way to lessen the possible severity of pregnancy mask is to stay out of the sun. You can also wear sunscreen and clothing with SPF protection. Topical products to help with skin pigmentation can include azelic acid or vitamin C.

If you choose to cover up pregnancy mask with makeup, moisturize first. Go with thicker, less sheer versions of concealer and foundation. Choose the shade closest to your natural complexion, to avoid a cakey or pasty look. Lighter shades will also draw attention to the very spots you are trying to hide.