Friday, June 19, 2009

Home Remedy for Itch Problems

Here are some of the best home remedies for itching:
• Take a bath in a can of evaporated milk; you can include other combinations like oatmeal etc. The milk works effectively to sooth the itching.
• Apply aloe vera, cod liver oil, Vitamin E oil lemon juice, or wheat germ oil to the itchy area.
• Cornstarch helps relive itching. You can put some into your bath water or dust it onto your body.
• Scrub the affected area lightly with a pumice e stone. Then bathe with soap, apply little alcohol ad dab a thick layer of Vaseline over it. This will provide relief from itching.
• Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your bathwater to relive itchy skin.
• Apply cold compress to the itchy area. It is believed to bring relief from itching.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Acne treatment: Tips: to treat and cure acne

Acne is the bane of adolescence which may overshadow your adulthood. Acne a skin condition, that causes pimple and skin irritation is common in teenagers and young adults. Acne primarily appears in the oil producing regions of the body like the face, the chest and the back. It is also noticeable on upper arms and neck. If acne is left untreated, it can develop into scars that may be difficult to go away. There are two types of acne: non inflammatory-blackheads and white, and inflammatory which are in the form of red blemishes which may or may not have pus in them.

Why does acne appear: There are three reasons for acne to appear:

1. Bacteria: Propionibacterium, a bacteria which thrives on the skin is the major cause of acne.

2. Rapid increase in androgens: The male sex hormone which is found in both girls and boys in puberty, called androgen; is among the major reasons for acne proliferation. The hormone causes the sebaceous glands of the skin to produce more sebum which results in acne. Hormonal changes due to pregnancy or stopping or starting of birth control pills are another reason.

3. Genetic: Acne can be inherited genetically too.

Though acne starts at 10-13 years of age, it disappears on its own by early 20s. However in some cases, it can last in the late 20s and even beyond that.

Does acne affect men and women equally

Yes, but there is a difference in the occurrence and pattern of acne. For men, acne lasts longer but women are likely to experience irregular acne due to hormonal changes triggered by menstrual cycle and usage of cosmetics.

What increases acne:

1. Oils from skin care and beauty products like cosmetics can increase acne. It also increases if you are working in a greasy environment like the kitchen.
2. Wearing tight clothes, tight collars and compact helmets can also cause acne increase.
3. Pollution and humidity are also causative factors for acne.
4. Scrubbing the skin too hard, squeezing, itching or picking on acne blemishes can worsen the condition.
5. Hormonal changes two to seven days before the menstrual cycle can also cause acne.
6. Worry and stress are no doubt, another major factor for acne to increase.
7. Chronic constipation is another major reason for acne. If the bowels do not empty properly, the blood stream gets mixed with toxic matter. The skin tries to get rid of the excess waste in the form of acne and other skin disease.

How to fight acne naturally

Wash your face twice daily with a mild face wash to remove excess oil. Avoid excess make-up, go for water based cosmetics instead of oil based ones. It is important to wear skin care products that are ‘noncomedogenic’. This means the product does not cause or increase acne. Drink lots of water, 10-12 glasses daily so that you are able to get rid of excess toxins in the form of urine, sweat or motions. A healthy diet comprising fruit, vegetables, sprouts and juices can give you a fantastic looking skin.

The herbal remedies to cure yourself of acne include mixing natural yogurt and fine oatmeal to a thick paste, applying it on the skin and leaving it to dry. Later you can apply an antibiotic lotion depending on your skin type. Another great natural method to treat acne is usage of Aloe Vera. Use aloe vera gels or soaps to heal acne damaged skin and acne scars. Consult a dermatologist if herbal methods to cure acne fail.

Treatment for acne:

Consult a good dermatologist for acne cure. Do not take self-medicate. The doctor will prescribe pill, ointments or lotions that can kill the bacteria that causes or increase the acne condition.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Blogging can work for the thin-skinned as well

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Chemicals in the skin care products, poisonous chemicals in skin care product

Here are some of the chemicals in the skin care products, you should stay away from:
Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea These are the most commonly used preservatives after the parabens They are well established as a primary cause of contact dermatitis.
Methyl/Propyl/Butyl/Ethyl Paraben Used as inhibitors of microbial growth, they extend the shelf ife of products. Unfortunately they are widely used even though they are known to be toxic.They cause allergic reactions and skin rashes.
Petrolatum You will see this ingredient in lip products (balms, chaps, jellies). Petrolatum is mineral oil jelly, and mineral oil causes a lot of problems when used on the skin such as photosensitivity (susceptibility to sun damage) and it tends to interfere with the body's own natural moisturising mechanism, leading to dry skin and chapping. Ironically, it creates the very conditions it is supposed to alleviate!
Propylene Glycol In its natural form it is a vegetable glycerine mixed with grain alcohol. But it is largely available as a synthetic petrochemical mix used as a humectant (substance that attracts and holds moisture from the environment, thus acting as a moisturiser). It has been known to cause allergic and toxic reactions.
PVP/VA Copolymer: A petroleumderived chemical used in hairsprays, gels and other cosmetics. It can be considered toxic, since particles may cause congestion in people with sensitive lungs.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate This synthetic substance is used in shampoos for its detergent and foam-building abilities. It causes eye irritation, skin rashes, hair loss, scalp scurf (similar to dandruff), and allergic reactions. It is frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with the parenthetic explanation that it 'comes from coconut'.
Stearalkonium Chloride A chemical used in hair conditioners and creams, it causes allergic reactions. Stearalkonium chloride was developed by the fabric industry as a fabric softener, and is a lot cheaper and easier to use in hair- conditioning formulae than proteins or herbals, which do help hair health.
Synthetic Colours The synthetic colours (not colour cosmetics) used to make you cosmetically 'pretty' should be avoided at all costs, along with hair dyes. They will be labelled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a colour and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 6/D&C Green No. 6. Synthetic colours are believed to be cancer-causing agents.
Synthetic Fragrances The synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics can have as many as 200 ingredients. There is no way to know what the chemicals are, since on the label it will simply describe it as 'Fragrance'. Some of the problems caused by these chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rash, hyper-pigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation.
Triethanolamine Often used in cosmetics to adjust the pH, and used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes the base for a cleanser. TEA causes allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and could be toxic if absorbed by the body over a long period of time.
It is equally important to understand what the label says. Most beauty products use some common terms in their ingredients' list that tells you about the chemical nature of the product and the kind of effect it will have on your skin or hair. Always look out for them before making the purchase. So, get gorgeous girls. Remember, beauty doesn't always have to come at a high price. Certainly not, at the price of good health!


What you should look for in a skin care product

• Retinol is a type of Vitamin A that penetrates deep into the skin where collagen and elastin reside; there it causes more collagen production and makes skin repair and renew itself at a much faster rate.
• CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is known to quicken the skin's cell renewal process.
• AHA works as an effective exfoliator. It shows instant results by loosening the bonds that hold dead skin cells together on the skin's surface. AHA also hydrates and lightens the skin.
• Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant quite effective against cell damage and pigmentation that is due to ultra-violet (UV) rays of the sun.
• Allantoin promotes regeneration and skin recovery, while controlling inflammatory pigmentation that leads to uneven skin tone and dark spots. It is an effective ingredient to control skin dryness.
• Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) actively tightens and locks melanin below the skin's surface. It is usually found in skin-lightening products.
• Essential Oils such as jojoba that moisturizes skin, camomile, which is an effective calming agent and tea tree oil, which has strong anti-bacterial properties. Add a few drops of these essentials oils to your bath, or foot bath.
• Honey is a great emollient. It can also clean and get rid of bacteria.
• Green Tea Extract is a powerful antioxidant that also soothes the skin. Green tea helps prevent free radical damage caused by sunexposure and pollution.
• Aloe Leaf soothes irritated or sunburnt skin.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Keep skin clear and clear, tips for keeping skin clean and clear

There are three important factors to maintaining clear skin: sufficient sleep, good hydration, and regular exercise. Sleeping well leaves the body and the face refreshed and healthy. Hydration is also imperative. Drinking 2 liters of water during the day helps to keep the system clean. Water is necessary to wash out the toxins and to keep the skin well hydrated. Finally, regular exercise helps to regulate good blood flow and improve cardiovascular health. This results in your body becoming increasingly efficient and face glowing beautiful, with flushing out of toxins.

Get rid of dry flaky arms, herbal remedies for dry flaky arms

Combine six-teaspoon petroleum jelly, two-teaspoon glycerin and two-teaspoon lemon juice. Apply this moisturizing lotion at least twice a week if you have dry and flaky, arms and legs.