Tricia M

About Tricia M

I know about acne because I have suffered from it since I was a teenager. Acne made people ridicule me and practically ruined my life. I have tried just about every single acne medication out there. From Clean&Clear, to Neutrogina, to Strident, to Skin ID, to Murad, to Proactiv. I also tried eating healthier and washing my face three times a day, which only irritated it more and produced more acne. My dermatologist finally put me on some birth control to try and clear it. It worked and I only get a few break outs here and there. I usually treat it with some baking soda and olive oil. Fighting acne can become a losing battle, especially for those who do not know all the different types of remedies are available. There are a number of different acne medications formulated today for people who have acne. The names will vary by brand, effects, and ingredients. Everyone will know what is right for them when they try the different products. For more severe conditions, contacting a dermatoligist is very highly recommended.
Oct 14

Aspirin mask: With it Help Your Acne?

There are many natural remedies out there are said to cure acne and keep it away for good. Some of natural remedies include cucumbers, honey, lemon juice, and an aspirin mask. All of these ingredients can be found in either your pantry or your medicine cabinet. These ingredients are also very inexpensive compared to the many acne systems out there that claim to fight and cure acne. Some systems can run anywhere from $19.95-$200 depending on what system you think will work for your skin type. Everyone’s skin type is different, one acne product may not work on every skin type; however, with these natural remedies, they work on almost all skin types.

I have suffered from acne since middle school; it went from mild to severe after I turned 13. But since then, I have used every product that you can think of and they either made my acne worse or gave me horrible dry skin, but still I tried. If you have or currently suffer from acne, then you have probably tried everything. I am that person who has tried everything both prescribed and over the counter. I have tried everything from Nature’s Cure, Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Proactiv, Skin ID, Murad, Olay, and finally Clearasil. There comes a time when people actually reach their breaking point and try other natural ingredients for their skin, and depending on how often they are used, they actually work. The aspirin mask, however, did not work very well on my acne, but did work on pre-existing scars. It only worked sometimes and only on pimples that have been raptured. Although it was extremely inexpensive at about $5.00 for a bottle, it was not something that worked entirely well for me, at least when it came to clearing up my pimples. I found other natural to work better for me.

Aspirin is something that we take orally to reduce internal inflammation, which then relieves us of aches, swelling, and other pains. And because acne is not something that is internal, aspirin does not have the same effect when used outside of the body. Aspirin has antibacterial properties in it which are supposed to fight pimples and clear the complexion. The aspirin mask is supposed to get rid of red marks that mar the skin and softening the skin. The results from the aspirin mask are very temporary unlike other natural acne remedies. The aspirin mask is supposed to get rid of oil that clogs the pores and therefore causing pimples. Aspirin has salicylic acid in it which is an anti-inflammatory. Because salicylic acid is present in aspirin, it is very highly recommended that sunscreen be worn before going out doors.

Functions

To help heal acne from deep within the pores
Promotes clear skin and removes redness
Clears skin of scars

Natural

Holds some chemicals
Somewhat natural

Time frame

In as little as a week
Took away redness within an hour
Leave the mask on for 30 minutes to an hour to see maximum results

Who can use an aspirin mask?

Anyone with problem skin can use an aspirin mask; however, if you are allergic to aspirin please do not use. Aspirin allergies can be very severe, so please speak to your doctor or dermatologist before using aspirin.

Side effects

Some dry skin
And if allergic, severe shock and inflammation
Use a sunscreen after the use of an aspirin mask. Aspirin contains salicylic acid which can inflame the skin after sun exposure.

Cost

$5.99 a bottle
Can be bought over the counter in many stores

Instead of spending a fortune on expensive skin care products that may not even work, try something natural that you can get right out of your pantry. Aspirin is nature’s gift to you, so why not give it a try; you have nothing to lose but your acne. I personally have not had such a great running using an aspirin mask, but my skin type is different from other individuals. It dried out my skin a bit and did nothing for my flare-ups. Please be careful when using aspirin in case you may be allergic.

Oct 13

Honey Mask: Will it Help Your Acne?

With so many acne products on the market, it is very hard to choose the one that will work for your skin type. Many acne products do not work and some cause acne to flare-up even more. Not only is it hard to keep trying the many different acne products out there, they are also extremely expensive. I have suffered from acne since middle school; it went from mild to severe after I turned 13. But since then, I have used every product that you can think of and they either made my acne worse or gave me horrible dry skin, but still I tried. If you have or currently suffer from acne, then you have probably tried everything. I am that person who has tried everything both prescribed and over the counter. I have tried everything from Nature’s Cure, Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Proactiv, Skin ID, Murad, Olay, and finally Clearasil. There comes a time when people actually reach their breaking point and try other natural ingredients for their skin, and depending on how often they are used, they actually work. Honey, although very sticky helped my skin stay moisturized, clean, and smooth. It is also very inexpensive at about $2.75 for a bottle, and can be used on other parts of the body.

Honey is a natural way to moisturize, tone, clear pimples, soothe the skin. It can be bought in an organic or regular way and is quickly absorbed into the skin. Honey will not cause the skin to dry out and flake like other acne products do. Honey also has antibacterial qualities that kill bacteria on the face, chest, and back if used correctly. In its natural form, honey is very potent and extremely effective. Do not add anything with chemicals to it and weaken its antibacterial properties. Honey helps reduce inflammation, swelling, and redness. Raw unprocessed honey are the best compared to the low quality honey. The honey that I use for my skin is called Manuka honey; it does not get any rawer than this. Manuka honey is made from the Manuka flower and is best for its antibacterial properties. Using honey as a mask is different from using other masks. It does not peel, dry, or flake off like regular masks do. The honey mask can be mixed with other natural ingredients such as lemon, oats, and cinnamon. I prefer to use just pure honey by itself, but you can always experiment.

Functions

To help heal acne from deep within the pores
Promotes clear skin
Clears skin of scars
Cleanses, tones, moisturize, and hydrate the skin

Natural ?

Very natural
No harsh chemicals whatsoever
No pills needed

Time frame

You’ll be surprised at how quickly it works
I saw a difference within one week of using honey (used every day twice a day)
Make sure to leave the honey mask on for about 20-30 minutes

Ingredients

Manuka flower
Who can use honey masks?
Anyone with problem skin can use honey. It can be combined with other natural ingredients such as cinnamon, oats, and lemon juice and made into masks.

Side effects

I did not experience any side effects from using honey for my acne. There was only as small issue, which was tightness in my face.

Cost

About $2.75
Can be bought from health food stores or other supermarkets

Instead of spending a fortune on expensive skin care products that may not even work, try something natural that you can get right out of your pantry. Honey is nature’s gift to you, so why not give it a try; you have nothing to lose but your acne. I personally have had a wonderful experience with using honey for my acne. It works wonders on my skin and I use it every day along with my Zeno. Not only is honey healthy, but it is great for the skin. It works on all skin types. I know this because I have friends with different skin types from my own and honey works for them.

Oct 13

Sugar Exfoliation: A new zit zapper?

I am sure that you have all heard of the term exfoliation? Well, exfoliating helps rid the skin of dead skin cells and sometimes dried up pimples. Exfoliating the skin allows it to feel smooth and softer. It also brightens the complexion and lessens pimples. However, before you actually go out and buy exfoliates for your skin, do a bit of research so as to not buy any exfoliate that will irritate your skin. Make the right decision so that you can receive the results that you would like, or you can take it from me and use an awesome exfoliate right from your pantry! You use it every single day to make tea or coffee sweeter and put it in cakes and cupcakes to sweeten them. You guessed it, SUGAR. Sugar is a wonderful and natural exfoliate that can be used on the skin to rid it of dead skin cells that build up and cause pimples.

With so many acne products on the market, it is very hard to choose the one that will work for your skin type. Many acne products do not work and some cause acne to flare-up even more. Not only is it hard to keep trying the many different acne products out there, they are also extremely expensive. I have suffered from acne since middle school; it went from mild to severe after I turned 13. But since then, I have used every product that you can think of and they either made my acne worse or gave me horrible dry skin, but still I tried. If you have or currently suffer from acne, then you have probably tried everything. I am that person who has tried everything both prescribed and over the counter. I have tried everything from Nature’s Cure, Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Proactiv, Skin ID, Murad, Olay, and finally Clearasil. There comes a time when people actually reach their breaking point and try other natural ingredients for their skin, and depending on how often they are used, they actually work. Sugar, although sometimes sticky removes dead skin cells allowing for the skin to become smoother, brighter, and clearer. Sugar is very inexpensive at about $2.00, and can be used on other parts on the body.

Sugar is a natural way to exfoliate the skin of dead cells. Skin shed is natural and happens every 28 days. When new skin cells grow, old skin piles up on the surface and has to be removed. Dead skin can usually be seen and can easily be removed. Dead skin cells can clog up our pores and cause acne flare-ups, so it is very important to exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells. Sometimes dead skin cells can be seen on the furniture and can also cause dust particles. Sugar is a great ingredient to use as an exfoliator because it is less harsh than other exfoliators which can have harmful ingredients such as nuts. I use raw brown sugar as an exfoliator because I know that there are no harmful chemicals in it and it will not cause any flare-ups on my face. Remember to wash the sugar off of your face with warm water.

Functions

To rid the skin of dead cells
Makes the skin smooth, brighter, and clearer

Time frame

You can see results after using only one time
Make sure to be gentle and not exfoliate everyday

Benefits

Natural
No harsh chemicals
No pills
No creams

Who can use sugar?

Anyone can use sugar as an exfoliator for their skin. But please be careful and not be too harsh. Sugar is grainy and should not be used too roughly on the skin.

Side effects

Some redness but nothing major

Cost

About $2.00

Instead of spending a fortune on expensive skin care products that may not even work, try something natural that you can get right out of your pantry. Sugar is nature’s gift to you, so why not give it a try; you have nothing to lose but your acne. I personally have had a wonderful experience with using sugar as an exfoliator for my skin. Sugar leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth, and clears up my complexion.

Oct 11

Clearasil Review

I have suffered from acne since middle school; it went from mild to severe after I turned 13. But since then, I have used every product that you can think of and they either made my acne worse or gave me horrible dry skin, but still I tried. If you have or currently suffer from acne, then you have probably tried everything. I am that person who has tried everything both prescribed and over the counter. I have tried everything from Nature’s Cure, Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Proactiv, Skin ID, Murad, Olay, and finally Clearasil. Out of all the acne system that I have used, Clearasil was the most disappointing. The only good thing about it was the fact that you can find it in most stores (i.e. Walgreens, Rite Aid, Target, etc…) There are so many different Clearasil products that it is hard to determine which one is the best to use, for example, the system includes masks, cleansers, toners, spot treatments, and lotions. These different assortments of products can become very costly very quickly. When I used Clearasil, I paid about $12 for the cleanser, $12 for the toner, $8.99 for the masks, and $10.99 for the spot treatment, which did not work, except to remove oil and make my skin dry.

Having combination skin is a nightmare for the individuals who have it. Some days you may wake up with very oily skin and a few breakouts and other days you may wake up with very dry peeling skin with some flare ups. With combination skin you will never know what to expect; however, you must always be prepared for whatever you skin throws at you. You must have an acne system that will work for you, whether you have oily skin, dry skin, or both combined. Not all acne systems work, or they may for some but not others. Clearasil is a perfect example of an acne product that does not work well and is quite expensive because everything is sold separately. Clearasil did nothing but give me dry skin and do nothing for my breakouts; however, it worked on my oily skin. I used Clearasil longer than other acne system because it was easier to find. No ordering necessary.

What is Clearasil?

Clearasil is unfortunately one of the best-selling skin care system and acne medication. Clearasil includes Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic acid; Sulfur, Resorcinol, and Triclosan are the main ingredients.

Functions

To clear up acne flare-ups and in some cases acne scars
Dries very quickly

Ingredients

Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic acid, Sulfur, Resorcinol, and Triclosan

Natural?

Not so much
Uses harsh chemicals (Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic acid, Sulfur, Resorcinol, and Triclosan)
No pills needed at least
A sunscreen is needed when going outside in the sunshine

Time frame

Depends on the individual and also on the severity of their acne
Or in as a little as two weeks, depending on which product is chosen (fast acting or slow acting)

Who can use Max Clarity?

It depends on the individual. So, please speak to your dermatologist before purchasing Clearasil. It may or may not agree with your skin.

Side effects

Severely dry skin if going out in the sun without sunscreen
Using with other products will cause dry skin
Might not work for every skin type

Cost

$12-70 depending on what the individual needs
Can be bought in stores

Like I stated above, everyone’s skin is different and different acne products will affect each person differently. I personally have had a bad experience with Clearasil which I continuously kept buying because I was desperate and hated going out in public with my flare-ups. The chemicals in this system were a bit too much for my skin type and dried my skin out.