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

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.

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. 

I’ve done this bfore but ey who cares lmao
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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

I accidentally drank my face toner at 4am

I, a 21 year old medical student; managed to drink an entire bottle of Clinique face toner mistaking it for my water bottle during a 40 degree heat wave.
Not only was I personally humiliated at how stupid it was, but at 4am I was on the phone to a poisons hotline- making sure I hadn’t just set my own death sentence.
The guy on the other end of the phone, seemed rather amused at what had just occurred, and informed me that although it burned like hell, it was mostly alcohol and I’d be getting quite the hangover in the morning!
Even worse.. explaining to my boss why I couldn’t come into work the next day.. and he told the whole team. So it’s now a running joke that we keep all poisonous liquids away from me in case I drink them.
Fml

Acne is shit

I feel like there needs to be more done about acne; more than the insufferable online help telling you to eat healthy, drink more water and wash twice daily. (Yes hello we aren’t imbeciles, we know how to wash and what is good for our skin).
The worst thing is when people tell you that it’s just a normal part of growing up, that everyone has it. It’s sickening really. No 90% of the people at my school do not have acne. What these people mean by ‘suffering from acne’ is getting one or two spots a month or so, NOT acne.
Acne just makes you feel like shit. The number of times I have woken up in the morning and seen my face and cried is unreal. You try to cover it with make up but then your face just looks bumpy and strange. My mum tries to get me to go out when I look like that and I refuse. It is horrifying the thought of going out and having people see my face in that state. I feel like everyone is looking at me, and thinking my god that is so disgusting. It doesn’t help when people avert all eye contact after you know they have seen your skin.
I have tried my best with acne and I am no where near done with trying to get rid of it… But sometimes it is so hard to keep going with my perfect skin friends and the complete lack of improvement no matter what I do.
I just want clear skin. Then I will be happy.

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.