Oct 16

Green Tea as an Internal and External Acne Fighter

Green tea has been touted as a wonder “drug” for many years, especially by many eastern cultures. It has been purported to help prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, aid in weight loss, just to name a few. As time has gone by, medical tests have begun to show that many of the reported health related claims associated with green tea are actually true. Green tea has also recently become a popular acne treatment.

What is green tea?

Green tea originated in China, and is made only from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. It is only brewed from leaves that have gone through the most minimal of oxidation during processing. Due to different processing, harvesting and growing conditions, many different flavors and variations of green tea exist.

How does green tea treat acne?

The first reason way that green tea fights acne is by being a natural astringent; astringents cause skin to contract. This means that green tea can help shrink pores and reduce inflammation caused by acne. In addition to visually making skin look better by shrinking pores, it can also help keep dead skin cells and oils from getting into and clogging pores, which is the process that causes pimples.

Green tea is also an antioxidant. This is a huge help in repairing skin, and keeping it balanced. Additionally, as an antioxidant it can also help kill some of the bacteria on the top level of skin. This can help prevent pimples from forming. Green tea can also be absorbed into the skin and help dry out acne and the bacteria that causes it from the inside. This can help prevent acne from forming, and lessen the duration and severity of breakouts.

How do I use green tea to fight acne?

There are several different ways to use green tea to fight acne. The most obvious is internal; drinking green tea every day can help fight inflammation of the skin from the inside out, and antioxidants help restore skin’s balance and heal it faster.

Green tea can also be applied directly to the skin in a few different ways. The first is a green tea toner, which is quite simple to make. Simply brew fresh green tea, using one or two tea bags. You can make the concentration stronger or weaker by using more or less water to brew and steep the tea. Once you have brewed the tea, wait until it cools, then make sure that you squeeze the water out of the tea bags to get the most green tea out of them. You can put this into a water bottle or other container to use for a few days before you need to brew replacement tea. This toner is applied by using a cotton ball to swipe over your face after washing it as normal.

Another way to use green tea to treat acne is as a stronger spot treatment. When you brew the green tea, instead of wringing as much tea out of the tea bags as possible, place them in areas on your face that are most broken out. Leave the tea bag on for about five minutes to allow the tea to soak into the skin.

Does green tea work as an acne treatment?

While there have not been many published studies on the effect of green tea on acne, user consensus is that it is effective. People have found that green tea is effective, and reduces the appearance and frequency of acne. Additionally, there are no real side effects to the use of green tea. Most other acne treatments, cause drying, redness, and itching; green tea does none of these things. Since green tea is cheap, has effectively no side effects, and has a high rate of success, chances are that this will be an effective acne treatment for almost everyone.

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.

Sep 30

Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Apple cider vinegar toner is considered to be the best since you can also make this preparation at home which also works excellently well to get rid of bad skin. the lactic and malic acid that is found in the apple cider vinegar helps in the exfoliation of the skin thereby reducing any red marks or even having to treat acne. Apple cider vinegar is an excellent toner as it is considered to be a secret that is present right in your kitchen. The apple cider vinegar includes antiseptic and antibacterial properties present and many people tend to have a huge success with this toner since it helps in balancing the skin out. Your skin should be pH balanced for it to work very well. the apple cider vinegar consists of pH of level three and when it is diluted the acidity that is present in the toner helps in bringing the pH of the skin back to the normal levels. When the skins balance is restored the apple cider vinegar helps in the skins optimal functioning warding off any dead skin or bacteria at a good rate so that the pores get unblocked leaving the skin healthy enough.

Drawbacks

Although the apple cider vinegar toner does help with the pimples, reducing the oil as well as improving the skin on an overall basis there are many drawbacks. Firstly, this toner does not have any pleasant smell, it might remind you of the dirty socks lying around or maybe even fermenting inside your gym bag for a couple of weeks. When the toner is made stronger, the stronger that it may smell. Unfortunately, even your bathroom might begin to smell bad. However, great news is that you are probably going to get used to the smell quiet soon. As and how you make use of it you will not begin to notice the smell any longer. The smell also tends to reduce once it dries up on the skin and hence you will not have to worry too long about having to smell like dirty socks around any other people. You should know that apple cider vinegar might tend to burn if it is used in any strong concentrations. It may also begin to sting you if it is applied on any open wounds such as a healing pimple or picked acne. Once you have applied the apple cider vinegar could start the make the skin go red or look flushed. Many a times, people who tend to go through this irritating from the toner might actually be using a lot of apple cider vinegar but make sure you are not going to dilute it too much.

Those individuals who have sensitive skin might not be able to make use of the apple cider vinegar at all. If you happen to use this toner you should ensure that you are going to wear sunscreen each time you go out or make sure you are going to stay away from the sun. However, this may sound a bit counter-intuitive as some people do say that apple cider vinegar helps for sunburns as it is instrumental in speeding the process of healing. You need to also ensure that you are not going to get any of the apple cider vinegar toner into the eyes as it may really burn a lot.

Besides having to apply the apple cider vinegar toner on the skin there are many people who say that it really does a lot of good things when you take it internally.

How is it applied?

You can easily get apple cider vinegar at the vinegar aisle at any grocery store. Before you can apply this to the skin you need to make sure you dilute the vinegar in a ration of 2 is to 1 which means two tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar to a one cup or water portion. You need to dip a cotton ball into this mixture and have it applied on the face. To make use of the apple cider vinegar in the form of a steam toner you need to add it to steaming hot water. You have to hold on a damp towel right above the head, lean the face over your steam. This process of deep cleaning helps the pores as well as tones the facial muscles.

Conclusion

The results achieved from apple cider vinegar would just mean cleaner pores, healthy looking skin and a great defense against any bacteria or dead skin cells thereby turning your skin healthier and glowing. The benefits of this toner are definitely excellent although individuals having sensitive skin should think twice before opting for this toner. However, if individuals with sensitive skin want to still try it is better to go in for organic or raw variety as it may be a little gentler for the skin.