Body Acne Treatment: What Works Best For You?
By Usman Shah
Body acne is more common than you think. If you are feeling alone and victimized because of acne, you are not. Millions of others are suffering from acne and are looking for a perfect acne treatment that will eliminate their acne once and for all. While professional acne treatments work amazingly well, some people are looking for a more natural approach. For all of you, natural folks out there, I have gathered a list of best acne fixes you can do at home.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV does wonders to the skin. It helps to treat a variety of skin issues and body acne is no exception. It is a spectacular anti bacterial agent that also balances the PH levels of the skin. Just make sure that you are not applying it directly to your skin, rather you are using a diluted version. Dab a cotton swab and apply it to your skin. Leave it on overnight and wash off in the morning.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an effective antiseptic. When applied to the acne, it kills bacteria and dries out the pimples without being too harsh on your skin. If you have extremely sensitive skin, you can also mix it in with some olive oil and then apply it to your acne. Just ensure that you are not applying the oil all over your skin, rather you are spot treating the pimples.
3. Green Tea Rinse
Green tea is a powerful antioxidant. Apart from its gazillion other benefits. It can help you treat acne easily and effectively. Drinking 2 cups of green tea a day will help reduce inflammation in the body which will eventually lead to minimized acne. You can also use green tea as a toner for the regions which break out the most. Just prepare some green tea and store it in a spray bottle. Every time after you shower, spray it all over your body.
4. Baking Soda Scrub
This scrub is potent so you need to ensure that you are not using it more than once a week. It contains a high concentration of alkaline and can be too rough for your skin if used excessively. Mix two tbsp. of baking soda with water until it forms a thick paste. Apply it to the areas affected by acne and gently scrub away the dirt and dead skin cells. Make sure to use a light hand when doing this.
5. Honey and Turmeric Mask
Honey moisturizes the skin and turmeric helps with controlled sebum production, brightens the skin and prevents scarring. Take 2 tbsp. of honey and a tsp. of turmeric. Mix the two together and apply it to your skin. Let it sit there for about 15 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. Repeat this twice a week. Note that if these natural remedies didn't work for you, you can always resort to professional acne treatments.
6. Milk of Magnesia
Did you know that milk of magnesia could cure body acne? Simply dab milk of magnesia on your acne daily. It will help balance the pH of your body, unclog the pores and reveal a clear looking skin within a few weeks.
You have probably heard of it before gazillion time. Yes, you have guessed it right. I am talking about the famous aspirin mask. Simply mix in a non-coated aspirin tablet with some water and apply it on your acne. Let it dry and wash off. Now, this is not something that you should be doing regularly but it works really well in an emergency.
The toothpaste hack can also serve you well as an inexpensive overnight treatment. Apply it to your acne at night and wash it off in the morning. Repeat it every day until all your pimples are gone. Note that this will only dry out the existing pimples but won't prevent any future pimple formation. For, that, you'll need an expert opinion and a professional acne treatment.
How have you cured your acne? What worked for you and what didn't? Let us know in the comments below and what was your favorite home remedy out of all of them? Mine was the honey one for sure.
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Steps to Perfect Beautiful Skin
By Viv Mont
Most of us are familiar with the basic steps to a skincare regime: cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer but there must be more to it or almost everyone would be walking around with perfect skin. Searching this topic on the web, results in a lot of simplistic information. It is beneficial to understand the reason and importance of each step. A skin professional or aesthetician can educate you on what products and ingredients work best for your skin type and concerns.
Clients often ask me what is the most important step in achieving awesome skin and which products they should purchase first. Below, I will list what I have found to be essential steps to healthy, beautiful skin in order of importance.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 90% of visible aging is caused by sun damage. That should be reason enough to have us running for our sunscreen but the risk of skin cancer is an even bigger concern. Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers and 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime! It is recommended that you Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. You should apply sunscreen 20-30 minute before going outdoors covering all exposed areas including face, ears, lips and back of hands.
Retinoids are derived from Vitamin A and come in several forms (retinol, retinaldehyde and tretinoin). They increase cellular turnover by sloughing off (or desquamating) dead skin cells faster so they don't bind together and clog your pores thereby, stimulating the production of new skin cells. When used consistently, retinoids can keep your skin clear, even out skin tone, repair sun damage, and prevent pre-mature aging by improving elasticity and collagen production, along with other exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties, making retinoids the gold standard for acne and anti-aging treatments. Even those with clear, wrinkle-free skin can use retinoids as a preventative measure to help keep skin young and healthy.
3. Serums and other actives/specialty products
Serums are considered the workhorses of skincare because of their active ingredients and their delivery systems which are designed to go deeper than superficial creams to target specific skin concerns. Serums are not formulated with occlusive, moisturizing ingredients that keep water from evaporating like creams and moisturizers. They contain a high concentration of active ingredients such as antioxidants, peptides, growth factors and skin brighteners. Because active ingredients are more costly than thickeners and fillers, serums are usually pricier but well worth the investment. And because of their concentration, a little bit can go a long way. Some of my favorite serums for anti-aging are Collagen Peptide, Hyaluronic Acid, Vita-C, Rx Complex and TGF-b or Growth Factor and Booster Serums. Some serums especially designed for acne prone skin include Glycolic and Salicylic serums. Other serums like Mandelic and Vitamin A are effective for almost all types of skin because they help with skin cell turnover and evening out skin tone.
Properly cleansing the skin can arguably be the most important step to perfect skin because properly cleansed skin allows the other skin products to penetrate and work more efficiently and effectively. There are different types of cleansers (gel, creamy, oil) depending on your skin type; your aesthetician will be able to make recommendations on the one that is best for your skin. In order for cleansers to work properly, they generally need to be gently worked into the skin and removed with a wash cloth or ultrasonic device in order to help clean out the pores. This is not about how much elbow grease you use (gentler is better) but about using proper technique, tools and ingredients. It is also recommended to first remove makeup and then double cleanse until no dirt is visible on a cotton pad.
Moisturizers help keep the skin balanced. They are designed to make the external layers of the skin soft and pliable while increasing hydration by reducing evaporation. Most moisturizers contain humectants and emollients. Humectants draw water into the outer layer of skin (epidermis) from the middle layer (dermis) and from the environment. Emollients are moisturizers that leave the skin smooth and soft while sealing in moisture. Some may also be occlusive by forming a thin film on the surface of the skin to prevent moisture loss. Higher quality moisturizers have additional ingredients and delivery systems that help smooth, hydrate, firm and improve resiliency and elasticity.
6. Eye Cream
The skin around the eyes tends to be more fragile, dry, sensitive and prone to aging and fatigue, including puffiness and dark circles. In fact, the skin around the eyes is 10 times thinner than the rest of the face. Also, there are minimal oil glands around the eyes so using an eye cream is essential for proper hydration especially as we age. Eye creams are formulated specifically for the delicate skin around the eye with a lot more active ingredients that not only moisturize but help with elasticity, puffiness, dark circles and collagen production.
Although there has been a recent debate about whether or not toners are necessary, I find that a good toner can be beneficial. First, toners help balance your skin's pH and return it to normal so that other products in your skin line can penetrate effectively without you having to wait 20-30 minutes for your skin be dry and return to baseline on it's own. Secondly, nowadays toners are made with beneficial ingredients that help address your specific skin concerns whether it is aging, acne, dark spots or sensitive skin.
8. A Healthy Diet and Sufficient Water
The foods we eat are not all created equal. Just like good skincare we can find wrinkle-fighting antioxidants in fruits and vegetables to hydrating healthy fats in fish. Good food sources of vitamin A include fish oil, salmon, carrots, spinach, and broccoli. Sources of vitamin C include oranges, lemons, grapefruit, papaya, and tomatoes. You can get vitamin E from sweet potatoes, nuts, olive oil, sunflower seeds, avocados, broccoli, and leafy green vegetables. The mineral selenium has antioxidant properties that help protect skin from free radical damage and can be found in wheat germ, tuna, salmon, garlic, Brazil nuts, eggs, and brown rice. Healthful foods such as Omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation and can be found in cold water fish, such as salmon and sardines, flaxseed oil, walnuts, sunflower seeds and almonds. Finally, Water helps hydrate your body and leads to plump, healthy skin. Adequate hydration helps flush out toxins that can cause skin problems. It is also essential for skin metabolism and regeneration.
-Everything you apply to your face, should also be applied to your neck, décolleté and back of the hands since those are the first areas to show signs of aging and are often neglected.
-Eye creams & Serums should be applied gently with the tip of your ring finger, with a dabbing motion around the orbital bone working inwards toward the bridge of your nose.
-Always use a washcloth or ultrasonic tool to properly remove cleansers
Viv Mont is a licensed aesthetician in Arizona.
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