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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

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.

The Best Beauty Trends, Products, and Tricks of 2014

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2014 was a big year for beauty—the masses were introduced to oil pulling, fell hard for all things Korean, chugged green juice, and embraced washing their hair a few—and in some cases two—times per week.

Tay Cosmetics: Rose-Marie Swift is a famous New York makeup artist that has created this attractive line of color cosmetics. She’s such an inspiration to the green beauty industry. I’m so in love with her lip and cheek pigment in Illusive. Its creamy but not greasy texture feels photo-shoot professional. It’s one of my favorite go-to products that I can use both day and night.

Glam: I finally find the elusive IOPE Water Fit Lipstick that Jun Ji Hyun wore in the hit K-drama, Love from Another Star. Everyone was so obsessed with emulating her look, it was completely out of stock for awhile. Luckily I was able to snag a few on my trip to Seoul.

Lucky Magazine: I’m obsessed with outlandish colors on my lips. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is one of my favorite brands, they’re vegan and make intense, intense pigments like this chalky periwinkle. I don’t think it looks good on me, per se, but I love it all the same. When I mused to my mom that maybe I’ll wear it on my wedding day next summer, she scowled.

The Cut: My daily makeup routine: Amore Pacific Cushion Compact, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhance, Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Glow, Surratt Beauty eyelash curler, and a Dolce and Gabbana eyebrow pencil. Cushion compacts are the latest Korean skin coverage technology and Surratt Beauty makes the world’s best eyelash curler (yes, even better than Shu Uemura).