Daily Skin Dont’s & Do’s

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Never assume every product is right for you

There are ingredients used in cosmetic products that do clog pores and help to create or maintain an acne breakout. Ingredients derived from myristic acid  such as isopropyl myristate which is derived from isopropyl alcohol and myristic acid are common but can be irritating to the skin.  Be mindful of ingredients in a product.

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Immediately take a shower after a work out 

Damp hot environments allow bacteria to grow and multiply leading to acne or a skin infection.

Remove makeup before working out

When exercising the pores release bacteria, oil, and dirt when you sweat. However, makeup will block this release and can increase the chances of an acne breakout.

Stop touching the face

Simple but true. Fingers contain countless germs and bacteria. (doorknobs, gym equipment, handshakes, a captured cough or sneeze, keyboards, buttons, etc)  All of this is transplanted to the face every time it comes into contacts with fingers.  It helps to create or maintain acne.

QUICK FYI: INGREDIENTS THAT CLOG FACIAL PORES

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Comedogenicity:  It is the term used to describe how likely an ingredient or product will clog your pores. The internet will find several charts that list several products level of comedogenicity. A high rating of comedogenicity doesn’t necessarily mean the product will  irritate the face or cause acne.  However, acne prone skin chances have an increased chance that acne will occur or become worse.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: A mixture of sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, and sodium salt that is the detergent in everyday products. In extremely high heat and its natural state the chemical compound will produce a toxic fume.

Isopropyl Myristate: A manufactured oil that is created by condensing myristic acid with isopropyl alcohol. It is used as an emollient, lubricant, and to help get rid of head lice. It is easily absorbed by the skin, decreases the greasy feeling of products, and helps skin products to penetrate the skin. It may create a breakout of acne.

 

More definitions for other ingredients can be read in the ever expanding glossary.

 

 

 

 

DIY: Organic Lipstick Recipe

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multicolored lipsticks isolated on white

Items You Will Need:

Red reef clay or red kaolin clay

Shea butter

Vitamin E

Coconut oil

 

Instructions:

1. Melt the butter and oils together and then stir.

2. Then stir in your clay.

For a pink shade of lipstick you can try pink kaolin clay.

Rosacea and Treatment

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Below are treatment options used to treat rosacea but it is not a complete list. The success of the treatments listed below and of any rosacea treatment will vary with each individual.

 

Treatment of Rosacea:

Treatment of rosacea varies with each individual and might include more than one type of treatment.

  • topical gel or cream
  • anti-inflammatory antibiotics
  • bacteria fighting medication
  • laser treatment

 

Common Treatment Options for Rosacea:

  • oral treatment of doxycycline, an anti-inflammatory antibiotic
  • pulsed-dye lasers: destroys red blood cells to reduce redness and blood vessels
  • pulsed-light treatments: high amounts of lots to destroy some pigmentation redness
  • azelaic acid: used to clear the bumps, lesions, and swelling caused by rosacea

 

Rosacea: Types & Symptoms

 

 

 

 

Types and Symptoms of Rosacea

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Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea:  flushing and persistent redness and might include visible blood vessels (for some individuals)

Papulopustular rosacea: persistent redness with bumps and pimples

Phymatous rosacea:  skin thickens that might result in the enlargement of the nose from excess tissue

Ocular rosacea: dry eye, tearing and burning, swollen eyelids, recurrent styes and potential vision loss from corneal damage

It is possible to have more than one type of rosacea and acne at the same time.

What causes rosacea? 

There is no definite answer but people of the medical community notes that possible causes could be:

  • Possibly inherited
  • Environmental factors
  • Clogged sebaceous gland openings with skin mites called demodex folliculorum, which live in facial hair follicles
  • A blood vessel disorder that causes them to swell which leads to flushing

Triggers of Rosacea:

Rosacea can be made worse by items or activities that can cause flushing or make flushing worse such as the following:

  • sun exposure
  • spicy foods
  • drinking hot beverages
  • alcohol
  • humid weather
  • stress
  • diary (or certain types of foods)
  • exercise

What triggers rosacea will vary with each individual. The list of triggers above is not a complete list of triggers of rosacea.

 

Related Information:

Rosacea and Treatment

Dark Armpits: Part 2

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IMG_0847(1)The darkness of armpits could be that dead skin cells have built up but this is an easy fix. Just exfoliate the armpits.  You can choose natural exfoliants such as sea salt and one that contains lactic acid such as yogurt or a manufactured product.

Also, it could be the product that you’re using. Some people claim that their armpits become darker from using a particular shaving cream, deodorant, etc. So, using a different brand or decreasing the use of the product in question may help if the skin is reacting to a particular ingredient. My friend only uses deodorant manufactured by Tom’s for this reason.

Last but not least the darkness could be a result of hair stubble. Since the hair stubble and ingrown hair is dark it creates a dark shadow (so to speak). I know that previous sentence is an odd way to put it. So, if shaving is not eradicating the dark shadows then try waxing your armpits. Waxing will pull the hair out as opposed to shaving that sometimes leaves behind a very small amount of hair above the skin.

Okay, waxing isn’t your thing-too uncomfortable. Try using creams such as Nair or Veet that are used in place of shaving hair.

Moles: Types, Methods of Removal, & When to See a Doctor

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Types of moles:

Congenital nevi: moles that are present at birth

Dysplastic nevi or atypical moles: are larger-than-average moles that have an irregular shape and might have the following characteristics: uneven coloring, sometimes dark brown centers and lighter, jagged edges, reddish border or small black dots around their edge

Cause of a mole: Melanin is produced in cells called melanocytes located in the two upper layers of the skin. Moles are produces when melanocytes don’t distribute evenly and grow in clusters.

IMG_0567Removal methods for moles: Two popular methods are excision followed by stitches and excision with cauterization. The first method involves cutting off the mole and resealing the wound with stitches. The second method, a tool burns away the mole, cauterizing, or sealing the wound as the mole is removed. Both methods are outpatient procedures.

When to see a doctor: Moles should be checked out by a dermatologist on a regular basis or whenever the doctor recommends. If the moles changes in size or color or you begin to feel a sensation in the mole immediately seek a dermatologist’s opinion.

My experience with mole removal: My doctor gave me an option to have the mole removed by “surgery” which involved excision followed by stitches. He said it would leave less of a scar but that I would have to set up an appointment. I think it’s a simple procedure for them but due to being more careful trying to avoid a scar and stitching it requires more time. I said screw that and opted for the fast food method. He removed three moles, same day appointment, 5-7 minutes procedure for each one.

I had three moles removed and all were cauterized. I was given a shot in the moles to numb the area. The needle was extremely short and thin. There was an acute burning sensation but the pain didn’t spread. It was just in the spot that the needle penetrated.

It wasn’t really painful either, more like an intense bite from an insect. So, the doctor burns off the mole and you don’t feel a thing. You do smell it, a burning odor. A band aid is placed over the area. I was left with a round circle of a medium shade of brown where the mole use to be which was my temple.

The spots faded but over the years but not completely. But I never used any fading cream. The mole on my back was removed and I developed a keloid. The doctor told me it might happen. I used a solid stick of coco butter and the spot got lighter and smaller.

BOHEMIAN BLACK ORGANIC FANGO CLAY

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What is it? dark kaolin clay harvested in Western Bohemia

This is not a complete list of the uses and functions of the clay.

Skin Benefits:

-cleans the pores

-lifts impurities

-removes excess oils

-provides minerals for the skin

-detoxifies the skin

 

Other Facts: contains Humic Acid and Fulvic Acid

 

Related Information:

White Kaolin Clay

Bentonite Clay

DIY: Pedicure

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What is needed?                                                                           

vinegar

warm water

mouthwash

a bowl

 

Instructions:

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and let the feet soak in this mixture for twenty to thirty minutes. Afterward, the white flaky skin will come off easily when rubbed with the hand or a pumice stone.

 

Those Annoying Dark Armpits: Part 1

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Don’t you hate those dark underarms that make you reluctant to wear that cute top or raise your arms up too high?

A bacterial infection can create dark armpits. A doctor will be able to perform the appropriate test to see if a bacterial infection is the cause of the dark armpits. There are also fading creams that a dermatologist can prescribe. Fading creams are available online without the need for a prescription but the doctor will prescribe a cream that has been safely tested and has some level of success. Dark armpits may be a hereditary condition that indicates a high level of insulin or other hormone levels known as acanthosis nigricans.

Yet, the culprit could be trapped dead skin that needs to be exfoliated. However, the underarm may be sensitive to exfoliation. Underarm products containing glycolic or lactic acid will help with exfoliation. Using a mild exfoliant such as baking soda can help to lighten dark armpits, too.