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What’s the Deal with Pimples (Acne)?

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Acne Girl Skin Pimples

The problem of pimples normally starts in teenagers but in some cases it is also found in adults. Various types of pimples are found on the skin of teenagers. Most of the time pimples appear like painful bumps and sometimes as spots on the skin. Mostly they appear on facial skin but they are also found on shoulders, buttocks and back in some cases.

There are many myths about the appearance of pimples during teen age, but what’s the go?

Causes of pimples

Pimples are mainly caused by the reaction of the skin to the changes in body hormones. Your skin naturally releases sebum, an oily substance that protects your skin, through its sebaceous glands. Due to the increased level of testosterone hormone during puberty, in boys as well as girls, the production of sebum also increases. This over production of sebum severally blocks the hair follicles. This lockage leads to the formation of spots if it happens with dead skin cells.

Skin Pimples and Acne

You experience pain and swelling beneath the blockage spots due to the multiplication of bacteria there. These spots appear as pimples when the skin gets swollen and red in color. But it’s at this time to be careful to prevent scaring on the skin by treating the pimples carefully.

How to deal with pimples carefully

  • You should avoid squeezing or picking the spots as it can lead to scarring and inflammation on the skin. Usually, these spots go away naturally after some time but sometimes they leave redness on the skin for some time.
  • At the time of stress, especially in women, pimples usually get worse due to the effect of menstrual cycle and pregnancy. So while dealing with pimples at his time you should take special care of them to save your skin from deteriorating.
  • You should gently use a mild cleanser and oil-free moisturizer while washing your skin with pimples. In this condition exfoliating or scrubbing the skin can cause irritation and give a feel of soreness.

Treatments for pimples

Usually, pimples go away by themselves after some time but in certain cases they may take several years to get cured. Some treatments discussed here under can help in dealing with pimples quickly and easily.

  • Most of the people use over-the-counter medications even without consulting their medical service providers to treat their pimples of the mild nature. But if desired results are not seen then you should see a skin care expert to treat them effectively as many prescription treatments are also available in the market for this purpose.
  • Non-inflammatory pimples of the mild nature usually contain blackheads and whiteheads also. In such cases, you can use lotions or gels containing topical antibiotics like azelaic acid or benzoyl peroxide and retinoids like vitamin A to treat them quickly.
  • These medications, individually or in combination, can also help in treating pimples of mild to moderate nature having nodules and pustules.
  • You can also consult a dermatologist to treat your pimples depending upon their severity.
  • Contraceptive pills containing estrogen can also help in dealing with pimples in women effectively

Natural Treatments for Sunburnt Skin

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Sunburnt Skin

We’ve all suffered the after-effects of a fun day at the beach, at the park or out and about. It doesn’t take long today for the sun to leave it’s mark. And it’s usually only as the sun sets that you first realize that you’re totally burnt.

Sunburn is a kind of burning of the tissues of the skin caused by the overexposure to the radiation of ultraviolet rays of the sun. Reddish skin is one of the main symptoms of sunburn among humans as well as animals but severe sunburn can also add a mild dizziness and a general fatigue, along with that typical hot feeling. In extreme cases, excessive exposure to the radiation of UV rays can be life threatening also.

The warning of course is that excessive exposure to UV radiation can also cause non-malignant tumor of the skin and even various types of skin cancers. Mostly people prefer natural treatments for sunburn to avoid chemical reactions of the formula medications.

Prevention of sunburn

Sunburn and other problems caused by overexposure of the skin to UV radiation can be prevented by applying good quality sunscreen on the exposed skin and wearing proper clothing while going out, especially in hot scorching sun during summer. You can also prevent sunburn on your skin naturally by tanning your skin in moderate sun rays as the melanin produced within the skin protects it naturally from overexposure to UV radiation.

But what can you do if you’ve misjudged your exposure for the day slightly and have suffered for it?

Natural sunburn treatment

Though various over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications are available in medical stores to treat the implications of sunburn but still people prefer to treat their sunburn naturally as formula medications can sometimes worsen the skin condition.

Some of the natural treatments in this regard may include:

Aloe Vera: The power glyconutrients present in Aloe Vera help greatly in repairing and improving healing of the skin damages caused by its overexposure to UV radiation. The gel of matured leaves of Aloe Vera plant is used for this purpose. It can be applied as a topical ointment on the affected skin to improve its condition. Aloe Vera is an absolute favorite of many a sunburnt person and so many testify to it’s quick use at the end of a day.

Potatoes: The starch-based compound found in potatoes helps in soothing the effect of sunburn. You can rub or pat down the slices of uncooked potato or apply poultice of grated raw potato on the spot of sunburn to sooth it.

Sunburnt Skin of manVinegar: Vinegar can help in reducing the itching, inflammation and pain on the skin due to sunburn due to the acetic acid found in it. You can soak your sun-burnt skin with the water including cider vinegar while taking bath to get quick and effective results as it works like aspirin naturally.

Honey: It has been proved through various studies that honey soothes sunburn much better than any other antibiotic ointment as it speeds up healing of the affected skin by minimizing pain and infections.

Green tea: The tannic and catechin acids found in green tea help in soothing the pain of sunburn. You can use tea bags of green tea soaked in water as a cold compress on the spot of sunburn or wash the affected skin gently with the cold extract of green tea to get effective results very soon.

So there are a few natural treatments that people turn to after getting sunburnt.

Feel free to leave a comment about what you find effective when you’re burnt to a crisp.

Foods That Promote Healthy Skin

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Healthy Food Promotes Good Skin

There are many simple things anyone can do to improve the health and vitality of their skin. Of course sometimes it is beyond our control due to genetics or other factors, however in general our own habits dictate our general health and wellbeing, especially in relation to our skin.

While research on the exact foods leading to a healthy skin is limited (so there’s no holy grail as yet), a lot has been studied on what is needed. From these studies, it is simple to identify certain types of foods that promote healthy skin and body in general. Usually, what you eat is manifested on the skin which means improving skin health corresponds to overall healthy diet. A poor diet and lifestyle will lead to deteriorating skin conditions and aging.

Some of the foods recommended to promote healthy skin include the following;

  • Strawberries and blueberries – According to a reports released in clinical nutrition journals, strawberries have a higher content of anti-aging vitamin C per serving than fruits such as grapes or oranges. This leads to fewer wrinkles and age-related skin conditions like dryness. Vitamin C is known for eliminating free radicals that often damage cells and cause fine lines and dehydration of the skin.
  • Carrots, apricots, yellow/orange fruits and vegetables – These foods mainly consist of fruits and vegetables known for their high vitamin and nutrient content. These foods provide hydration ad also eliminate free radicals from the body. They also stabilize body metabolism thus encouraging distribution of nutrients across all parts and an overall natural growth.
  • Tomatoes – Tomatoes are some of the most available vegetable-fruits in the grocery store. Organic tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and acid which increases skin hydration and healing of wounds and scars. Tomatoes prevent skin dryness, formation of wrinkles and fine lines as well as skin spots.
  • Olive oil – Besides the internal soothing olive oil gives to the body from its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it also makes the skin smoother and healthier. In addition to applying olive oil products, incorporate some of it into your daily diet. It helps in fighting free radicals from the body and regenerating skin properties.
  • Green tea – Different researches have already linked green tea with reducing the risks of skin cancer. Taking a cup of green tea more often can help rebuild younger skin and eliminate free radicals that damage skin cells. It also has anti-inflammatory antioxidants which sooth wounds and damages made on skin layers.
  • Salmon, mackerel and fatty fish – Not all fats are harmful to our body and some are essentially needed for the enhancement of skin and elimination of harmful substances from the body. Consuming a limited amount of fatty fish will deliver minerals and nutrients that promote hydration, regeneration and natural healing of the skin.
  • Pumpkin – The orange hue in pumpkin is from a group known as carotenoids which are known to fight aging and neutralize free radicals. They are also rich in vitamins A, C and E which boost healthy skin development.
  • Other foods known to promote healthier skin are pomegranates which are rich in antioxidants. Most of these foods contain antioxidants and skin healing vitamins like vitamin C and K.

There are many other foods for promoting healthy skins including beans, peas, lentils, nuts, spinach and green leafy vegetables. It is important to acknowledge that even with these foods, habits like smoking, alcohol and substance abuse may lead to deteriorating skin conditions. Achieving a healthy skin therefore requires a combined effort of consuming healthy diets and living conscious lifestyles.