pimple care

Steam the Shit out of your face!

I love steaming my face. It leaves my skin feeling soft, and gives me a glow. Here is why you should steam your face too! Steaming your face will literally steam the Shit out of your face that you don’t want.

Benefits

Cleanses pores

Increases blood circulation

Gets rid of toxins

Promotes relaxation

Gives a skin a glow

Here are the directions:

1.       Grab a pot and fill it with water

2.       Wash face

3.       Bring the water to a hot temperature where you can see steam come from pot

4.       Add any oils to the hot water

5.       You can either pour the water into a bowl or leave water in pot

6.       Lean your head over the pot or bowl for 5-10 mins with a towel over your head

7.       Exfoliate, tone and moisturize

8.       Steam your face once or twice a month

Please be careful while following these instructions

One gallon per day

Okay so I know that drinking water is the most reiterated thing ever and also one whole gallon per day sounds like a ton, but here is how/why I do it and why you might also benefit.

One gallon seems like a shit ton of water to drink, but it’s really not hard. I use the big mason jars that hold 4 cups and all I do is drink 4 in a day (4x4: 16 cups). I always drink with a straw because you actually drink more naturally when you have a straw, idk why. It’s just easier and I can honestly finish a whole quart really quickly because of it.

Anyway, once you start with a gallon a day, there are two main benefits that I have been loving (and I’m sure there are more).

1) bloating/weight loss: often, people think they are hungry but are just dehydrated. If you’re trying to lose weight or just be healthy in general, drinking water will help curb appetite and stop cravings. I’m no expert, but in my personal experience, it had helped me lose a couple pounds without doing anything differently.

2) skin: particularly, those annoying red bumps on your face that aren’t full-on whiteheads so you can’t pop them, but no matter how hard you try, they are always there. You know what I’m talking about. As soon as I started a gallon per day, they DISAPPEARED. I’ve always had decent skin, but this made it even better.

So there ya go. Go forth and glow

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If you get pimples and you are not using these, you’re a fool. Amazon Link

Seriously guys. These are the most amazing skincare product I have ever used. And I’ve used a lot. These are better than dermatologists, better than high-end products, better than anything.

Basically, they’re hydrocolloid patches. Which means they’re used to draw liquid out of things. Blisters, cuts, whatever. And ance. Clean your skin, put one of these on, and later when you take it off it’s basically sucked all the goo out of your skin like a goddamn fucking hoover

Just look at these pictures of used patches (warning: gross):

Seriously, try these out.

They’re cheap.
They’re magical.

What not to say to friends with acne (written by a friend with acne)

1. Do not suggest acne products: it’s a kind gesture, but chances are we know. We’ve tried it. Our cabinets are overflowing with products that have failed us. My bathroom looks like a small chemistry lab.

2. Do not draw correlations between acne and our diet: I tried drinking 8 waterbottles a day, eating organic, cutting out sugar, filling up on a laundry list of fruits and vegetables. It’s not often the solution. A lot of us would have clear skin if it were that easy.

3. Do not talk about your so-called acne: As I’m sitting here drowning in my own face oil and covered in multiple pimples, I am incredibly envious of your one red dot that apparently, for you, constitutes ‘acne.’ Give me that acne plz.

4. Do not tell us “you can’t see our acne”: Yes you can. So can I. Your feigned blindness to it does more harm than it does good.

Please feel free to add to this…

UNEXPECTED scrub for beautiful smooth skin

I been recently  using coffee grounds as a  facial/body scrub and I love it.  I brew my own coffee everyday and use the grounds for my beauty needs. I love how it makes my face feel and look, plus i’m saving money on buying a facial scrub. This is a natural and easy  scrub that I recommend you trying.

Benefits

  • Makes skin smooth
  • Exfoliates dry skin
  • Improves cellulite
  • Contains a lot of antioxidants
  • Improves puffy eyes
  • Fights wrinkles
  • Improves blood circulation

Instructions:

  1. ¼ cup of coffee
  2. ½ cup of Preferred oil
  3. Optional: 2 tbsp of salt or sugar

Mix these ingredients together and rub the mixture in a circular motion. I recommend changing the proportions of these ingredients depending on your skin type and if you will be using this as a facial or body scrub.

I’m just so tired of feeling shame and discomfort behind other people with “good skin”. I mean, who the hell said that NOT PERFECT skin IS BAD? Why should I drink all these pills, refuse to eat even a small part of delicious food (cause in most cases its unhealthy). In movies I always see only people with good skin, and if some of characters has a pimples or acne, he/she probably a villain (hello Disney). I’m already silent about the global impact of advertising. “You need that product, because your skin will be looks better. And good skin - is cool”.
Instagram blogs about how to get out from acne. Pictures like “double tap for clear skin”. That’s all makes me mad, cause I really don’t understand why people (mostly young) so crazy about that.
I spent many years of my life on self-hatred, tears and rejecting myself.
And only recently I began to move away from this. And started asking questions like: “why people think that acne is bad?” “Who said that?”
I’m just really tired of this, and I still sometimes have moments when I hate myself. But I don’t want to whining. I want to find the source of the problem and uncertainty and solve it. But I’m want to share my thoughts with someone, and I’m really happy that now I can do this.

Illustration by shinoadevil

Tips for getting rid of Acne/Pimples :

   1) drink lots of water

   2) refrain from taking too much dairy products (if you can, try to cut dairy out for a while & see how that works out for you)

   3) sleep early!

   4) eat less fried food

   5) change out your pillow cases and towels on alternate days

   6) wash your face with cold water to help close your pores

   7) exfoliate your skin (at least once a week! for oilier skin types try doing it every night with a gentle exfoliator and amp up the strength of the exfoliator when u deem it fit)

   8) Exfoliation Tip 101:
   the thing about exfoliating, you CANNOT use too little or too much. If you use too little, you’ll hurt your skin and might agitate the pimples/acne. If you use too much, you won’t scruff off the dead skin. Mapping out your face helps you use the right amount exfoliator cleanser on each mapped out area .

   9) Masking with a sheet mask everyday helps reduce pimples and scars

   10) Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera gel is a great natural moisturiser for oily skin. It’s not sticky unlike many I’ve tried, it dries off matte which is great and helps absorb excess oil produced during the day

   11) Apply some coconut oil to your acne/ pimples at night. It helps heal them without drying the skin.

   12) do NOT touch or pop your pimple/acne as it leaves scars and you might make more pimples due to the dirt on your hands

—  how i cleared my acne/pimples , if you want a more detailed post, lets get this to 50 reblogs! (oh-t0rii.tumblr.com)
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Hello!

I haven’t posted my face in awhile! This is what it currently looks like. It still looks pretty rough and kinda the same but majority of this is hyper pigmentation and scarring with some active breakouts. My oil is finally coming back. I actually really appreciate my oily skin now. It’ll keep me young looking. My lips are still dry though.

Curology seems to be okay so far. It hasn’t given me any new breakouts. The formula feels nice and creamy. It doesn’t burn or dry out my skin. It seems to be working wonders on the hyper pigmentation. It’s only been a week so we’ll see how this goes within the next two weeks. If it doesn’t work after a month. I’ll change my formula.

I’ve been eating sooooo much better. It’s really helped my hernia. I still need to order those vitamins. I’m just happy I don’t keep getting any new breakouts. I really hope that doesn’t change and it just keeps getting better from here.

I also hope my visual snow gets better. Bright lights kill me and I’m sick of seeing constant static 24/7.

But at least I’m not depressed anymore!

Sending good vibes to all my peeps with acne❤❤❤

Easy, cheap, and Effective DIY moisturizer

This face mask is my favorite mask to use when my face is really dry or needs extra moisture.  It also helps reduce the appearance of acne. It’s easy to do and has great benefits. This mask is just  Bananas.

Here are the benefits of incorporating bananas into your beauty routine:

·         Amino Acid

·         Vitamin C and A

·         Potassium

·         Vitamin A

·         Zinc

·         Antioxidants

Instructions:

1.       Wash face

2.       Cut off a piece of a banana and rub it on face

3.       Leave banana on for 30 minutes

4.        Rinse face

When clear skinned people talk about accutane

here’s the thing. being clear skinned doesn’t really give you the right to judge an individual on their choices in acne treatments. it’s not you, its not your skin, so just let it be. My best friend always says to me “why are you doing this to yourself, why do you insist on putting  your body through this torture, with all these side effects that are putting you through even more pain?" 

and I simply say: because its worth every second of the pain for the result you get. because not only does it take away the physical symptoms of your acne, but it builds up your confidence, self-esteem and general opinion of yourself. this stuff practically changes your life. 

you’re no longer afraid to wake up and look in the mirror. people compliment you on your beautiful skin and you start to feel comfortable in it. 

people don’t see your acne, they see you, for who you are, and the relief of not having to hide anymore brings the biggest smile to your face. 

we don’t make this choice lightly, its not something a doctor would prescribe unless they thought we needed it, so how about you keep your close-minded opinions to yourself? thanks. 

PIH, PIE and hyperpigmentation

Those marks left behind from acne, whether they’re red, purple or brown, often all get put under the umbrella term of hyperpigmentation. When in fact there is different terminology and different things happening within your skin.

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) is related to the brown spots or marks, not red/purple spots. The brown discolorations are caused by an excess production of melanin. Vitamin C, AHAs, Hydroquinone are all great tools for inhibiting melanin which will fade the brown discoloration, but it will not do anything for red or purple scarring. PIH is more common in darker skin types  although it is not limited to any skin type.

Post Inflammatory Erythema (PIE) PIE is in the process of becoming the new terminology used to describe pink to red discoloration after an inflammatory acne lesion. Patients with lighter skin types the postinflammatory dyspigmentation is often not hyperpigmentation, but instead discrete erythematous macules (PIE). Acne may not be the only cause of postinflammatory erythema, as any resolving inflammatory process may have residual erythema.

In my experience AHAs, vitamin C serums, nicinamide, and time are the best healers of PIE

Source

So before treating your skin, identify the issue correctly.

Keeping learning and looking out for your skin! 

Ok but… I bought the Sunday Riley Luna Oil back during Sephora’s VIB sale. I hadn’t used it until last night because let’s be honest: I’m not a rich woman, so I was hoarding it.

THAT SHIT IS A LITERAL MIRACLE WORKER. I had a huge, deep, inflamed hormonal zit on my cheek. I slapped some on last night and woke up the next morning with my skin so calm and healed. 

If you have acne and you can afford it, you need this oil. It’s quickly become one of my top skin care products. Like, ever. #converted INVEST IN YOUR SKIN CARE!

Originally posted by chrianna4l

From one Teen to Another: Getting rid of Acne.

Acne is a total pain in the ass. It’s unsightly and sometimes it hurts. Girls, guys, and everyone in between gets it, and it sucks. I’m making this post to tell you how to control the little bitch, decimate it, and possibly get rid of that shit.

I’ll make a quick statement here: just because you have acne doesn’t mean you aren’t attractive. It’s natural, and everyone gets it sometimes. It doesn’t make you ugly and it isn’t the end of the world. People get it on their butts, people get it on their face, people get it on their genitals, sweaty places, adults get it, kids get it… it’s really not a huge deal. If someone gives you shit about it, they’re a shitty person who doesn’t understand human physiology and their opinion holds no weight.

Okay, so let’s get started.

Pimples, the little fuckers, come in a variety of shapes and sizes. I’m going to talk about each types and how to treat them.

1. Comedones

Comedones, the first type of pimple, are what blackheads and whiteheads are. This happens when a hair follicle becomes clogged with sebum, which is a mixture of dead skin cells and your skin’s natural oils. Blackheads are open at the top, which makes them easier to get rid of in my opinion. The reason they turn black is because the sebum reacts with the outside air, causing it to change color. Blackhead can be resolved by “popping” them.  Apply light pressure on both sides, and the dried up sebum should come out the top. It will look stringy and have a deep yellow color. After popping, apply anti-biotic cream. Keep it nice and clean by using a mild soap and warm water. If you are not well-versed in the art of pimple popping, use a spot treatment formula with salicylic acid, as it helps kill bacteria and remove oils. If you have blackheads over a large area, use an astringent with salicylic acid to keep the whole area clean. Warning: It causes a burning sensation. It is not to be used on sensitive skin. If you prefer natural products to processed ones, witchhazel is an excellent natural astringent and can be bought at a grocery store or pharmacy.  After using any sort of astringent, apply a lotion that in noncondeogenic, meaning that it does not have an excess amount of oil, which causes acne.

Now, let’s talk about whiteheads, the other type of comedo (singular of comedones). Like a blackhead, a whitehead occurs when a hair follicle becomes filled with sebum. The only difference is that it is closed at the top. There are a few way to get rid of them. I wouldn’t try popping them, because they tend to be more sensitive. Instead, sterilize a small needle in isopropyl alcohol, which is rubbing alcohol, and gently poke the tip in the white area. Gently apply pressure to the side of the whitehead, and the sebum should drain out. Using more isopropyl alcohol, swab the area to get it nice and clean. Apply your choice of astringent, and then some anti-biotic cream. If you don’t like the idea of using a needle, simply use astringent until it goes away. It will, eventually, resolve naturally. To speed up the process, exfoliate your face. Exfoliation is good for getting rid of and preventing any type of acne because it removes dead skin cells, which are part of the culprit duo. A good acne cream with salicylic applied directly to a pimple helps, too. But for the love of all things good and sweet, don’t pick at it unless you really know what you’re doing.

2. Pustules

Basically, pustules are really inflamed whiteheads, though sometimes they can have yellow pus instead of white. Absolutely, under no circumstance, should you pick at these. It will hurt, it might bleed, and leave scars, which is no fun. The best way to go about getting rid of yellowheads (pustules), is to wash your face with a mild soap or acne cleanser in warm water, use an astringent, and then apply a cream that contains benzoyl peroxide to speed up the process. It won’t go away immediately, but if you do this in the morning and at bed everyday, they will eventually go away. To prevent the return of more yellowheads, continue this regimen. Exfoliating your face very gently helps, too, as it removes the dead skin cells. To reduce painful inflammation associated with these buggers, use some aloe vera gel. It really helps, I promise.

Too long, didn’t read?

Here is a simple acne regimen:

  • Every morning when you get up and before you head to bed, Wash your face with a mild anti-bacterial soap. Use warm water.
  • If soap doesn’t provide the clean you are looking for, find a acne facial cleanser that has salicylic acid. Wash thoroughly with warm water.
  • Exfoliate every few days. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells, which are part of the problem when it comes to acne. You can use a store bought one, or you can make one with a little bit of sugar that you can find in your kitchen. Don’t rub too hard!
  • Steam your face. Boil a pot of water, and then take it off the burner. Make a little curtain with your towel, and let the steam rise onto your face. This will open up your pores, which will make your face easier to clean. The same effect can be achieved by taking a hot shower. It is best to exfoliate right after doing this.
  • Use an astringent. This will clean up all the oil that is sitting on your face. Apply it with a cotton ball all over your face. Avoid using a strong astringent (such as 2% salicylic acid) if you have delicate skin.
  • If you like to wear makeup, try to buy makeup that doesn’t have a lot of oil or is kind to the face. Make sure you wash your makeup off before you go to bed.
  • If a pimple has popped, treat it like a cut. Apply isopropyl alcohol and then some anti-biotic cream.
  • If you have just one pimple that is bothering you, apply a cream to it that contains benzoyl peroxide until it goes away. It will help speed up the process.
  • You are what you eat: Avoid foods that make you break out!

Some other important things to remember:

  • Stress and hormonal changes can cause acne. Sometimes all you can do is wait for it to go away, and that is okay.
  • If you still have trouble even after trying these tips, consider making a trip up to a dermatologist’s office. They may be able to help you out.

And most importantly,

You are beautiful.

My Whitehead Theory

Being sooo into skincare having theories on whiteheads is something I think about a lot okay don’t judge me. I have tested this theory a couple times and it has worked, but I can’t promise it’ll work on every pimple on everyone’s skin. But this theory has worked for me twice, and got rid of the whitehead in 3 days max, compared to about a week. This will only work with visible whitehead though, no other kinds of acne.

Emma’s whitehead theory

A whitehead, is a clogged pore. You can see the sebum and skin cells clogged clearly, as there is a clear white/yellowish bump on the skin. 

They may have some redness around them but it’s not really inflamed.

We want that clog to be unclogged, with the quickest way of this happening being the clog, (the whitehead) to come out. 

Acne products and spot treatments are usually designed to dry out pimples and kill bacteria. However, the spot exists, its there as a whitehead, the bacteria is already there. Apply spot treatments may stop it getting worse but it’s not going to make it disappear. 

So essentially my theory is, do nothing.

Do not touch the spot, pick it, squeeze it or apply any of you spot treatments onto a whitehead.

If its a clear whitehead, its already very close to the surface, and therefore coming out. 

You can continue with your cleanser, toner, moisturiser, serum whatever your routine is. Just no pimple products on the pimple. I know this sounds terrifying and you have to walk round with a whitehead. But what I have found is when I apply spot treatments on a whitehead it makes them dry, irritated and sometimes even worse. When you leave your skin to naturally do its thing and shed it’ll remove the whitehead itself.

Now if you have awful acne everywhere this isn’t a theory for you, but for those of you who get the odd whitehead, try this and let me know if it works for you like it did for me.