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How To Use Natural Skin Care Products

Note from Carla: I will be posting a number of interesting articles on natural skin care, herbal medicine and other related topics written by Danny Siegenthaler.

Siegenthaler is a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine and, together with his wife Susan, a medical herbalist and Aromatherapist, have created Natural Skin Care Products by Wildcrafted Herbal.

The human skin is the largest organ of the human body. It not only has quite a complex structure, but also performs several life sustaining functions.

We can live without a Spleen, Gall Bladder, or an Appendix, and we can survive with only one Kidney or one Lung, but we cannot survive without our skin.

As a result it is of the utmost importance that we take care of our skin.

Using natural skin care products is a good first step in providing the skin with the right nutrients and building materials to retain its health and functionality.

What Does Our Skin Actually Do for Us?

Our skin has many functions, most of which we are unaware of until something goes wrong. They include:

  • Regulation of body temperature;
  • Protection against the elements;
  • Sensation;
  • Excretion;
  • Immunity;
  • Blood storage and
  • Synthesis of Vitamin D.

If you want to read about these functions in more detail you can have a look at this article: “Anatomy & Physiology of the Skin”.

In summary, these functions provide us with awareness of our surrounding climatic environment, as well as protect us against some of the bacteria and other potentially harmful bugs in our surroundings.

Additionally, this allows us to experience touch and feel, eliminate toxins from our body, store blood, and provide the means for our body to obtain vitamin D while protecting our body from the sun’s UV-rays.

Considering these vital functions our skin has to perform, it is no surprise that we need to look after our skin and make sure it is given every opportunity to function properly and remain healthy.

Why You Should Choose Natural Skin Care Products?

With all the media and news reports warning consumers of the potentially toxic ingredients in many of the commercially available skin care products sold in supermarkets and department stores, this is an easy question to answer.

Firstly, many of the commonly used skin care products contain artificial and/or synthetic ingredients that the body has difficulties in eliminating, and as a result it tends to store these chemicals in its tissues.

Research has shown that the accumulation of many of these substances can have serious health effects.

If you are interested in learning more about some of the toxic chemicals used in skin care products, please read the article “Potentially Toxic Ingredients In Skin Care Products”.

It will provide you with much information and research references for you to be able to identify what is in your skin care products and what should not be there.

Holistically natural skin care products do not contain artificial or synthetic ingredients. They should also not contain isolated, concentrated, natural substances, such as parabens (pseudo-natural preservative) and the like, that have been shown to be potentially hazardous.

How To Choose Natural Skin Care Products That are Safe and Effective?

This is where it starts to get really difficult. You see, many so called natural or organic skin care products are in reality nothing of the kind.

Adding a minuscule amount of aloe vera to water does not constitute a holistically natural skin care product. It may be ‘natural’ or even ‘organic’, but it will not be effective and therefore is a waste of your money.

To have an effective aloe vera product for example, it requires at least 10% of the overall content to be aloe vera. Or, the aloe vera needs to be combined with several other active, natural ingredients that are combined to achieve a specific result.

The term ‘Organic’ is another area where consumers are being misled. Adding a single ‘organic’ ingredient and then calling the products ‘organic’, is quite simply wrong.

You see the commercials on television and magazines every day… “xyz product contains organic this and organic that”… but no mention is made of the other ingredients that are contained in these products, many of which have been shown to be hazardous to our health.

There is yet another problem with natural skin care products, that is an area of confusion and potentially misleading. Just ask yourself what exactly is “natural”? What is actually meant by the term “natural”?

The word ‘natural’ congers up images of nature – pristine environments that make us feel good. A safe, natural environment that is conducive to health and a sense of wellbeing.

Spring water, waterfalls, pristine lakes, a healthy salads, Rainforests, etc., are all images that we perceive as ‘natural’, or in other words ‘good for us’.

The cosmetic industry has ceased on this and is using the word natural to instil in their advertisements a sense of wellbeing and the idea that this product is good for us.

Unfortunately, one or two natural ingredients does not a natural skin care product make… Far from it, natural skin care products should not contain any ingredients that are not naturally sourced. This brings us to another problem with natural skin care products.

A naturally sourced ingredient, such as the various forms of paraben, may still be potentially hazardous. Just think about it – would you put arsenic or lead on your skin?

No of course you wouldn’t. But, they are natural, so what’s the problem? Natural substances too can also be deadly poisons.

Applying this to skin care products, you might be looking for a product that is natural and contains AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), which we know help to remove dead skin cell layers which in turn helps to remove fine lines and wrinkles, revealing new vibrant skin.

Now, you could buy a product that lists as one of its ingredients AHAs, it might even contain AHA in its name, or you could buy a product that contains a concentrate called papain, which is a natural substance from the Papaya fruit.

So, yes papain is natural and yes this product could, depending on other ingredients, be called a natural skin care product.

However, papain is a concentrate and as such many people have experienced side effects because the papain is present in too high a concentration for some people.

A truly, holistically natural skin care product would not contain papain as an extract. Rather it would contain Papaya fruit itself.

You see, the whole fruit still contains papain, however, it also contains other ingredients in the papaya that modify the excessively strong effect of the papain.

Choosing such a product will, at least to a large extent, reduce any potential side effects from the papain, because the product is naturally balanced and contains naturally balanced ingredients that will benefit your skin rather than burn it.

The results of removing fine lines and wrinkles may take a little longer, but are overall better and you reduce the chance of ‘burning’ your skin with a concentrated AHA. Remember AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid and we all know acids burn our skin.

How To Use Natural Skin Care Products?

Following directions

This is actually a lot more important than most people think. Directions for use are a communication by the manufacturer of a product to their consumers about how to use and get the best results from a particular product.

It has been our experience, that most people who purchase our natural skin care products do not read the directions and use our products the same way that they have been using their previous brand. This however, may or may not be the correct way to use our products.

Properly formulated products contain ingredients in sufficiently high quantities to achieve a desired effect if used in accordance with the product’s directions.

Using more does not mean better or quicker results, rather using too much can have adverse effects or no more effect than the lesser quantity.

Conversely, if for example, the product’s directions suggest that it be used 2 or 3 times a day using it merely once is not likely to produce the desired effect in most cases.

This is obvious when we think about taking medicine. We read the directions and take the drugs, herbs, or whatever, as prescribed and hopefully we get the desired result.

So why is it that we do this when it comes to taking medicine, but ignore it (for the most part) when it comes to using skin care products or other personal care products?

Reading the instructions carefully and following them ensures that a) you are not wasting your money, and b) you should get the desired results.

Good and Bad Reactions from Using Skin or Personal Care Products

There are several possible reactions you may experience. There are good reactions and negative reactions. Let’s look at good reactions to begin with.

Good Skin Reactions to New Products

Herbs, essential oils and most of the other ingredients that you’ll find in our range of products have a medicinal action and are included for a specific purpose.

That is, the formulations that make up our various products were originally designed to treat particular skin health issues. This intent, though we do not actively promote this, continues to this day.

As you probably know, there are three basic skin types; Normal, Oily and Dry. In addition, your skin may also be sensitive, prone to allergic reactions or under the influence of hormonal changes that are taking place in your body.

The herbs and essential oils in our products are specifically chosen to normalize the skin given one of the skin types.

The herbs and essential oils will have a therapeutic effect on the skin’s structure and function in order to provide an environment under which your skin will start to function normally again.

Similarly this is relevant for sensitive skin that tends to react inappropriately to different stimuli. It is possible, for example, that an individual with sensitive skin who is using our products for the first time, will experience a reaction which they may see as being a negative reaction.

This however, may well be totally the opposite to what is actually taking place. You see, in order for your skin’s health to improve, it has to change. This change may appear at first as a worsening of a particular skin issue and this will understandably be interpreted as a negative.

Under normal circumstances however, this type of reaction, if the products are continued with, will only last for a few days and following this time the skin will improve and end up much healthier. This process is sometimes referred to as ‘A healing crisis’, and is actually a good thing to happen.

It signifies that the ingredients are doing what they are supposed to, that is they are repairing and normalizing the skin’s functions. This is a normal and in fact good reaction.

Bad Skin Reactions to New Products

Obviously there are times when a new product may actually cause a bad skin reaction. Unfortunately a bad reaction often appears very similarly to a good reaction. So how can you tell the difference and what should you do?

The first thing to do whenever you purchase a new skin or personal care product is to test it to see if you have any adverse reactions to this product.

Below is a detailed outline and links that will provide you with all the information you need to test a new product in order to determine whether or not your skin is going to react adversely to it or not.

Test the Products to Avoid Allergic Reactions

Another important aspect to using any skin care, personal care or cosmetic products, whether they are natural or otherwise, is to test the products first in order to see if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.

To do this, follow the steps described in our article “The Skin Patch Test”, which will provide you with a simple, yet effective step-by-step test that you can easily do at home over a 24 hour period.

This will provide you the assurance that you will not experience major adverse reactions to the ingredients in products you want to use on your face, or anywhere else on your body. This test is simple and very effective.

Finally, before you purchase a product, look at the ingredients list and see if the ingredients are easily recognizable.

As a rule of Thumb, if the ingredients are easily recognizable it is more likely that the ingredients are of a natural source and have not been excessively modified. If on the other hand you need a chemistry degree to understand what the ingredient is, it is likely not to be a holistically-natural ingredient.

It may still be a natural ingredient, but it is likely that it has been isolated and is used in a concentrated, possibly even synthetic form.

For the most part, most ‘natural skin care products’ widely available in the market place are far from natural or that matter organic.

Most have minimal quantities of some natural ingredient in an otherwise non-natural product and are referring to the one natural ingredient in the product, rather than the nature of the product itself.

Hopefully this article will clarify some of the confusion that exists about what is a natural skin care product and what is not, help you to choose natural skin care products that will actually live up to your expectations, and clarify why using natural skin care products is a healthier choice.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Danny_Siegenthaler/11106

Natural Skin Care Products Are The Answer To Your Skin Care Problems

These days many consumers treat synthetic ingredients in their skin care as potentially harmful, and so they should.

If you are asking yourself whether natural skin care products are the answer to all your skin care problems? The answer is a definite Yes.

I have not come across a single skin problem that cannot be addressed equally well using natural skin care products as using any other types.

Admittedly, I’ve only been in practice for just over 20 years, however, so far I have yet to see a skin condition that cannot be treated using a natural approach, excluding of course emergency medical conditions such as severe 3rd degree burns over large parts of the body, etc.

In an article I can across recently, entitled “Are Natural Skin Care Products the Answer To All Problems?”, the author asks the following questions:

So, are natural skin care products the answer to all of our problems? What if a natural skin care product is not available for the treatment of a particular skin disorder? Are the synthetic skin care products so harmful that they should be banned?

The answer is No natural skin care products do not fix all of our problems. Maybe the author should have asked …so, are natural skin care products to answer to all our skin care problems? – then the answer would have still been No, and neither do any other skin care products on the market today – natural or otherwise.

Not all skin problems can be treated using some topical application – Many diseases such as measles, chickenpox, herpes and many more are diseases, which as part of their symptomatology, have a skin component.

To think that using natural skin care products or for that matter a synthetically formulated skin care product could treat this types of conditions is ludicrous.

Sure, combine your internal medication (natural or drug-based) with a good quality, natural skin care product to address the itching, irritation and redness, etc., but don’t think for one moment that a skin care products is going to effect the chickenpox virus or any other infectious disease.

Similarly, skin problems just like any other long-term disorder have a multi-faceted complexity and require a systemic approach to treatment.

If on the other hand we are simply referring to dry, oily, mature or sensitive skin, than there is no need for synthetic chemicals.

Nor is this the case in the treatment of dermatitis, psoriasis or similar conditions, unless they are of a genetic origin – then there is very little that can be done other than symptom control, which natural skin care products can do just as well as any synthetic equivalent, if not better.

You see most mass-produced skin care products, whether they are 100% natural skin care products or have a synthetic component, will not work on any condition that has an internal disease process involved.

For example a hormonal imbalance may cause acne. This acne will persist until the hormonal imbalance is corrected.

Similarly, viral infections can cause skin rashes and they will persist until the viral infection has been addressed.

Again, sure use a topical ointment or cream for the rash and yes, make sure it is a natural skin care product, because you don’t need to introduce more chemicals into the body, which it may have difficulty in utilizing and/or eliminating.

In the same article, the answers to the above questions states:

Different people have different answers to these questions. However, the reality is that due to presence of synthetic preservatives, it’s really tough to find a natural skin care product that is 100% natural.

There are natural skin care products that have natural preservatives, but their cost might be detrimental. Moreover, such natural skin products have a shorter shelf life and hence are not preferred by the manufacturers of natural skin care products.

Firstly, 100% natural skin care products are really not hard to find. There are dozens of companies that produce good quality, natural skin care products and they can be found using Yahoo, MSN or Google without much difficulty.

Yes, they can be expensive, but they are no more expensive than similar, products containing synthetic chemicals produced by major brands such as L’Oreal, Lancôme, and others. In fact, most are a lot less costly.

Secondly, just because a natural skin care product has a natural preservative does not make them any more expensive. I should know, as we make a large range of natural skin care products and have done so for over 20 years.

We supply customers all over the world, as well as our own patients, and over 80% of our customers have been long-term customers. Some of our products use natural preservatives such as Grape seed Oil or Wheat Germ Oil and neither of these oils are very pricey.

In addition, Essential oils are some of the most powerful antiseptic substances around, some are also have powerful antibiotic properties and if used correctly, they will preserve natural skin care products for at least 2 to 3 years without any trouble.

Furthermore, many of our natural skin care and personal care product contain herbal extracts. Herbal extracts are by nature alcoholic and alcohol is a very good preservative.

So you see, good quality natural skin care products do not need to have preservatives (synthetic ones) added to them.

This author further states:

Some people carry a wrong notion that since natural skin care products are natural, they cannot cause any harm to the skin. The suitability of a skin care product is not based on whether it is synthetic or natural.

An unsuitable natural skin care product can harm you in almost the same way as a synthetic one. So, use natural skin care products, but be open to synthetic ones too (you might need them when a natural solution is not available)

Sure, we all know that nature produces powerful substances and some of these are the most potent killers if we are exposed to them – strychnine is an example that comes to mine, but any substance found in nature has the potential to create problems, some more serious than other

Why else would herbalist have to be trained for years if you could take any old tea and drink it to your heart’s content?

Many people have allergies to all sorts of chemicals (I mean naturally occurring ones as well as synthetic ones). However, that is not the product’s fault, these people unfortunately for them have a hypersensitivity to particular substances and their immune system needs to be treated.

DON’T use a synthetic substitute – the natural substances are just as powerful as synthetic chemicals, why do you think is it that modern medicine still uses morphine-based drugs to treat severe pain? – there is no synthetic substitute that is more powerful a pain killer.

Natural skin care products that have been properly formulated to target a specific skin care need, are safer, usually more effective and cost no more than their synthetic counter parts.

When ever you choose to buy a new product which you use on your skin be it a natural one or not, you should consider the following:

  • Always look at the ingredient list and see if there are any to which you may be allergic.
  • Before you start using a product apply a small area of your skin first to see if you have any undesirable reaction. You may be allergic to something in the product, which you are not aware of and this may or may not be a natural substance.
  • Know what the product does and what it is indicated for before you buy it.
  • Choose products to suit your skin type and your skin’s needs.
  • If you are not sure, ask the manufacturer, write them an email or ring them up and ask them to explain or help.

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Secrets To How To Get Lighter Skin

Asian Skin Whitening – Why Is It Important?

Asian Skin Whitening – Why is it Important?It has been almost impossible to miss the growing fashion for pale skin in recent months.

This isn’t too much of a problem for those who have naturally pale skin and have simply used tanning products or a lot of sun exposure to achieve their present skin tone.

Once the desired tone is achieved, simply avoiding exposure to sunlight will cause the tan to fade. However, for those who have naturally darker skin, it can be difficult to achieve a pale color, although not impossible.

Both natural and chemical methods of lightening the skin are quickly growing in popularity, most noticeably among those with an Asian background or heritage.

This is happening all across the world – the trend is not simply limited to a few countries.  Why, though, is skin whitening so popular among this particular part of the population?

Across Asia, pale skin is considered to be particularly beautiful, and is the ideal that many women (and an increasing number of men) are aiming to achieve.

With so much global travel now occurring, this opinion has not changed, and may in fact have been further reinforced.

As a result of this, skin whitening products have grown in popularity by an enormous amount, but the majority of these that can be bought over the counter contain harsh chemicals to bleach the pigments, and may in fact cause considerable harm to the skin.

As yet , not enough research has been done to know the severity of these effects,.

This means that, if you are looking to lighten your skin in a safe and effective manner, it is far more advisable to use a range of natural remedies instead. These are made from products that have been available, and widely used, for many years, so we know that they are safe to apply to the skin.

However, you must be prepared to be patient, as these methods can take some time before you begin to see results. If you develop a routine so that you get into the habit of using the substances every day, this will be extremely helpful, as you are less likely to forget.

You may also need to try a number of remedies before you find either one or a combination that is effective.

Unless you develop skin irritation, try using each method for a minimum of three weeks before you make a decision about whether it is effective or not. This should enable you to start seeing results.

Beyoncé Skin Lightening – How Did She Do It?

Beyoncé Skin Lightening – How Did She do it?Since Beyoncé made her first appearance in the public eye, several years ago, her skin has become increasingly lighter in color.

No, this is not something that would occur naturally with age, it can only be the result of skin bleaching.

While she has not admitted the use of skin whitening substances, and it is not known precisely how she has achieved this dramatic change in color, there are actually several methods that you could try if you want similar results.

Skin whitening creams are widely believed to be responsible for the singer’s considerable change in color. These contain substances that bleach the skin by reacting to reduce the amount of melanin that is present.

Melanin is the pigment that produces color in both hair and skin – the more of it that is present, the darker the color will be.  By applying a skin whitening cream to reduce the melanin, a paler skin color will be produced.

If this is something that you are looking into, then choose a cream that has active ingredients derived from natural sources if possible, and avoid any that list mercury as an ingredient.

It is also possible to lighten the skin by using a range of natural substances, which will be kinder to the body. However, these will take longer to produce results, so you will need to be patient and keep using the products.

Lemon juice is one of the most popular substances as it is so readily available. It must be freshly squeezed lemon juice in order to be effective, rather than one that is full of preservatives.

You can use the juice in two main ways – either dab it directly onto the skin, or mix with honey into a face mask and apply. Using the juice alone should produce results faster, but it can dry out the skin and is also likely to produce a stinging sensation.  The honey acts as a moisturiser.

Tea tree oil can also have a lightening effect on the skin, but this is most suitable for eliminating suntans. If you are dark skinned but also tanned, then this is something that you may wish to try.  Use a cleanser that contains tea tree oil, as this penetrates deep into the skin.

Finally, it is important to drink lots of water. This helps to improve the skin tone and keep the color even throughout the body.

How to Get Whiter Skin – Homemade Tips

How to Get Whiter Skin – Homemade TipsLightening the skin can give you a whole new appearance, which is why an increasing number of people are looking into this as a way of making changes to their body.

This does not have to involve trips to a doctor or a cosmetic surgeon, as there are numerous ways you can start to lighten your skin at home.

Firstly, you must stay out of the sun. This just cannot be stressed enough if you want to achieve pale skin.

Exposure to sunlight increases the body’s production of melanin, which is the pigment found in your hair and skin.

The more melanin you have, the darker your skin will appear, which is what happens when you get a suntan. Staying out of the sun, or at least wearing a high factor sunscreen if exposure is unavoidable, will help to reduce the production of this pigment.

Don’t forget to protect your face. This is one of the areas that will constantly be exposed to the outside environment, so as well as applying sunscreen (which should be a minimum of SPF 15), try wearing a hat and sunglasses.  Not only does this protect your skin, it can also be extremely fashionable.

However, if just avoiding the sun is not having the results that you are looking for, then a number of natural remedies can also help. Lemon juice is widely known as a method of lightening the hair, and it can also be used on the skin.

Mix lemon juice (which needs to be freshly squeezed, not the preservative-laden version you can buy in a bottle) with honey and apply it to your skin.  This should be left in place for twenty minutes, and then wash it off.

You should not do this more than once a day, and you may find even then that it can dry out your skin.  Regular application of a moisturiser can help to prevent this, or for a natural remedy, mix cucumber juice with honey and use this instead.

There are many possible methods of skin lightening that you can use at home, but by following these basic steps you should soon start to see some changes.

It is very important that you develop a routine that includes your skin lightening, as then you will be much more likely to stick with it and achieve the results you want.

How to Whiten Skin Naturally at Home

How to Whiten Skin Naturally at HomeAfter many years of people, particularly women, using tanning beds and fake tan in order to achieve a sun kissed glow, the trends are now changing.

Instead of trying to achieve and maintain a tan, which has long been considered to look healthy, the fashion is now for paler skin, which is sometimes a more natural look.

However, if you have darker-toned skin, do not despair.  While you may never look truly pale, there are a number of methods that you can use to lighten your skin, and they all use natural products.  This means that they will be kinder to your skin than many of the harsh chemicals that are often advertised.

Lemon juice is one of the easiest and most popular methods of lightening the skin. Squeeze the juice from a lemon, mix with a large spoonful of honey (which helps to prevent your skin from drying out), and apply generously to the areas that you are looking to lighten.

Leave the mixture on your skin for twenty minutes and then wash it off thoroughly.  Use this mixture once a day, and you should soon start to see changes.

If you are then looking to make your newly lightened skin brighter and softer, one of the best things that you can do is peel a papaya and rub the inside of the skin over your body. This also has a lightening effect, and gives you a healthy glow, which itself will make you appear paler.

Another step that should be added to your routine is skin exfoliation. If you currently have a deep tan, and are now looking to lighten your skin tone, you should try to avoid exposure to the sun.

This will mean that less of the pigment melanin can be found in the new growth of skin, so you will not look as dark.

By exfoliating regularly, you will remove the darker skin cells on the surface much faster. Exfoliation should be carried out no more than three times a week, or you may cause skin irritation.

There are many exfoliating products available to buy, or you could make your own if you want to know exactly what you are putting on and in your body.

Sugar or sand, mixed with a gentle liquid soap, makes a great exfoliator and it will not be harsh on the skin.

Try several different methods of skin lightening, as it is often the case that not everybody will have the same results with natural treatments.

How to Whiten Your Skin Fast at Home

How to Whiten Your Skin Fast at HomeDespite the fashion in recent years being for deeply tanned skin, many people are now moving away from this and embracing a much paler look.

If you have been a regular user of sunbeds, have spent large amounts of time in the sun, or have naturally olive toned skin, then this may be difficult for you to achieve – or so you are probably thinking.

However, you would be mistaken, as there are a large number of home remedies that you can use to achieve a lighter skin tone.

The first thing that you must do is start avoiding the sun. If you do need to spend time outside, then you should first apply sunscreen to any areas of skin that are going to be exposed.

It is recommended that you use one that protects against both UVA and UVB, and is a minimum of SPF 15.

The use of sunscreen will reduce the reaction that your body has to the light, which is what normally causes you to develop a suntan.

Your skin, when exposed to the UV rays in sunlight, produces a pigment called melanin, which darkens the skin.  Reducing the production of melanin means that any new growth of skin will be a paler color.

When you have begun avoiding the sun, it is then necessary to promote the growth of new skin, or you will not be able to see a difference for quite some time.

Regular exfoliation of the skin, using a natural substance such as sugar soap, will encourage the removal of dead skin cells and promote faster growth.  This means that new, pale skin will become visible more quickly.

You can also use a number of other methods to lighten the existing skin and achieve results more rapidly. Dab fresh lemon juice carefully onto the skin (if you are using this on your face, then avoid the area around the eyes).

This will sting, but if you can cope with the sensations, it will be an effective skin lightener. Leave on for fifteen minutes if you can, and then wash off.  You must do this after washing off any make up or moisturizers that you have previously applied.

Tea tree cleansers have a similar effect to lemon juice, but without the stinging sensation. This is most effective if you were naturally pale, but now have tanned skin.

Skin Brightener Creams – How They Work

Skin Brightener Creams – How They WorkThe recent trend for pale skin has led to a massive surge in demand for skin whitening products, which include skin brightener creams.

This trend is being seen worldwide, in people of all ethnic backgrounds, in stark contrast to the previous popularity of having deeply tanned skin.

Skin color is determined by the amount of melanin in the cells; melanin is a dark pigment and how much of it is present can vary widely between people.

The amount of the pigment you have is partially determined by your genetics, however there are a range of other factors that play a role, including exposure to sunlight and chemicals.

Skin brightening creams contain a chemical that reduces the amount of pigment in the skin, and they are normally used to reduce the appearance of dark spots.

The current desire for pale skin has led to a growing number of people applying the cream to their entire body.

Depending on the products that are in the cream, this can be dangerous, so check the label carefully before you start.

Mercury was previously a common ingredient, but is now banned in some countries because it is poisonous.  If the packaging says that the cream contains mercury, you should avoid using it.

The most popular component for skin whitening creams is now hydroquinone.  This chemical reduces the amount of melanin in the areas where it is applied, and it is available over the counter in a mild form of the cream.

If you have skin discoloration that requires you to see a dermatologist (a doctor that specializes in disorders of the skin), then it can be prescribed in a stronger dose.  However, if you are looking to lighten your skin for purely cosmetic reasons, then it is highly unlikely that a prescription will be given.

There are a number of alternatives to hydroquinone as an active ingredient in skin whitening creams, such as retinoic acid (which is derived from vitamin A), and steroids. Others use natural products that have instead been derived from plants, which may be kinder to the skin.

If you are considering the use of skin brightening creams, then you should always follow the instructions provided, and do not apply it more frequently than is stated. This could lead to a range of adverse effects, including permanent discoloration or uneven patches of pigment across the body.

Is It Possible To Remove Acne Scars?

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Depending on the acne type, there are several kinds of acne scars. Some of them can be removed, while others are permanent.

If you suffer from mild acne, for instance, the lesions will heal by themselves if you don’t touch them, therefore you can still enjoy a beautiful complexion. In cases of moderate and severe acne, things get more complicated.

The pores on the skin get infected and inflamed, forming papules, pustules and even nodules. Although these formations are very painful and quite ugly, some of them can heal without scarring your skin.

Nodules are the most serious of all, because they are cysts filled with puss that don’t heal by themselves. They are the most prone to leave scars, therefore one should never attempt to squeeze them at home. If you have acne nodules, you should see a dermatologist for treatment, otherwise you may become scarred for life.

Treatment and Prevention of Acne Scars

As mentioned before, pimples heal by themselves without leaving any permanent scars. The reddish or brownish marks will fade with time, unless you insist on picking or squeezing your pimples.

If you do so, you may end up with scars even in such situations, because you destroy the skin tissue. It’s always a good idea to avoid squeezing your pimples, even though you can’t stand to see them on your face.

There are two types of acne scars:

– Rolling scars, characterized by a gradual depression
– Deep and narrow scars

Some of these scars can be treated, but such treatments can’t be started unless the acne is properly managed. When a balance is attained and the acne is under control, one can consider removing old scars.

In lighter cases, dermatologists usually recommend a chemical peel, also known as microdermabrasion. This is a relatively easy treatment that can be performed right in the doctor’s office, without the need of hospitalization for the patient. Microdermabrasion works well on rolling scars that aren’t too deep.

For more severe scarring cases, there are more sophisticated treatments, as follows:

– Laser resurfacing:

the procedure is done under local anesthesia and it can take up to one hour. It consists of the removal of the top layer of the skin and the tightening of the middle layer. As acne scars affect mainly the superficial layer of the skin, by removing it, the patient has a chance to grow smooth and flawless skin instead.

– Dermabrasion:

the goal of the procedure is the same as above, but instead of laser, the superficial layer of the skin is removed with a rotating wire brush. Healing after dermabrasion can take up to three weeks, a bit longer than in case of laser treatments

– Fractional laser therapy:

the aim of this procedure is to reach deeper layers of the skin, leaving the superficial layer intact. This results in a shorter healing time.
It is possible that the dermatologist recommends injecting some material beneath rolling scars, with the purpose of rendering them flat. In case of very deep scars, the doctor may recommend surgery as a more effective alternative.

The main point is that acne sufferers shouldn’t waste time, money and energy in loading up their face with various creams and lotions that promise a miraculous healing of their acne scars.

There are situations in which such products may do more harm than good, therefore it’s best to avoid using them. If your acne bothers you, the best thing to do is go to your doctor, have him or her examine your lesions and your scars and come up with a treatment plan that’s scientifically proven to work. It would be a shame to ruin your complexion just because you can’t be bothered seeing a dermatologist.

How To Get Rid Of Acne

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Did you know that acne is considered as a skin disease by health professionals?

Most people encounter acne during their teenage years and a small percentage of the population experiences extreme cases of acne.

There is a high demand for acne treatments since almost everyone needs these products at one point or another. These tips will be helpful if you suffer from acne.

Apply tea tree oil to your skin if you suffer from acne. Tea tree oil is a gentle natural remedy that will reduce acne without irritating the skin. It will also eliminate oil building inside the pores.

Avoid touching and picking at your skin if you have acne. You should only use medicated creams and natural remedies.

Popping a pimple can cause an infection to start or could make the acne spread to other areas. Picking at your skin can also cause discoloration and will not make your acne go away.

It is important to reduce your stress levels. Stress does not directly cause break outs but it can worsen acne if it is already present.

Caffeine can cause break outs and make acne worse. Caffeine can be found in coffee, tea and many soft drinks. You should be able to reduce your acne if you avoid caffeine.

If your skin is irritated and breaks out regularly, find some skin care products made entirely from natural ingredients. A lot of skin care products contain chemicals that will irritate your skin and make your acne even worse.

Skin care products can block your pores, which will cause more acne to appear. It is best to use natural products that contain antibacterial ingredients to keep your skin clean and keep acne from spreading.

Zinc reduces the presence of free radicals forming under your skin. Taking zinc supplements can help reduce your acne, especially if you suffer from cystic acne deep under the skin.

If you can swim, go as often as possible. Swimming is an activity that allows you to exercise and relax. Exercise and relaxation should make your acne disappear. The presence of chlorine in pool water can also soothe acne.

Wash your often regularly. If you sweat or exercise, wash your face right away. If you travel often, always take wipes with you.

Washing your face regularly will help remove the excess oil on the surface and will also keep bacteria from spreading and causing more acne to appear.

Do not scratch or pick at your skin. The skin of your hand produces oil that can be transferred to your face. Your hands can also transfer dirt and bacteria to your face. More blemishes will appear if your skin absorbs oil, dirt or bacteria from your hands.

Use a simple blemish stick if you want to hide acne. You can use this product to hide areas with blemishes.

This product allows you to apply make up in a very thin layer so your skin can keep breathing. Concealers can be used to hide your acne but they usually keep your skin from breathing.

Stay away from makeup that contains oil. Makeup that is oil-based will clog your pores and cause more acne.

It is best to purchase water soluble products if you want to wear makeup. You should look for products that use synthetic ingredients to reproduce the creamy aspect of oil-based makeup.

When shopping for makeup, check labels and look for products that state they do not contain ingredients that could clog your pores. A lot of ingredients found in popular makeup products cause acne.

It is important to stay hydrated if you suffer from acne. Drink water as often as possible. You should drink between six and eight glasses a day. Water will help you sweat and unclog your pores.

Look for natural products to prevent acne. Most skin care products contain artificial ingredients that can irritate your skin.

Chemicals cause your skin to produce more oil, which leads to more blemish. Natural products will not irritate or dry out your skin and you should be able to avoid an excess of oil.

Avoid touching your blemishes at all cost. Your fingers can transfer oil or bacteria and cause your acne to become worse. Make an effort to avoid touching your face as much as possible.

Even simple gestures such as cupping your chin, scratching your nose or playing with your hair can cause oil to be transferred to your face and worsen your acne.

You might come across a medicated cream or another acne treatment that works well for you. However, preventing acne to appear in the first place is the easiest way to get an ideal complexion. Apply the tips you just read to create a new skin care regimen and you should start seeing a difference very soon.

The Secret of Anti-Wrinkle Creams

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Anti-wrinkle creams are cosmetic products made and purchased by consumers on the promise of making their skin appear younger and less wrinkled after application.

People have always had a fascination with having a younger looking skin for as long as they have been around.

Taking a look back in time will reveal that the practice of using anti-wrinkle products has always been a part of the beauty regimen. While our grandmothers had a product known as ‘Oil of Olay’ other cultures such as the Chinese had herbs, special foods and health practices considered to make the skin look younger.

The use of directly injecting chemicals such as Collagen serum on the skin to reduce wrinkles gained popularity in 1982 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved their use.

The use of injections has continued to the present day and chemicals inhibitors such as Retinol have been introduced with varying degrees of success.

The use of skin products has grown over the years and the skin care industry is now worth billions of dollars.

It is a fact that there are many good anti-wrinkle creams in the market that do a good job of making the skin look younger and radiant.

Anyone planning on using anti-wrinkle products should consider those made from natural ingredients such as Olive, Jojoba, and Avocado oils as they are known to moisturize the skin and protect it from exposure to harmful elements such as sun rays.

Creams made from plant extracts are also a good choice since they have little or no known side effects. Tea tree extracts perform exceptionally well in this regard.

The advantage of using anti-wrinkle creams is that they are much cheaper as opposed to injections and surgical procedures.

Additionally, creams are not painful and are easy to apply. However,  products that contain mineral oils such as paraffin are to be avoided since studies have shown that in the long run they may end up causing skin irritation.

Filler products containing animal fats have been associated with skin diseases and it would be a good idea to consult your dermatologist before using such products.

While considering using anti-wrinkle creams, it is a good idea to consult with an expert to study your skin type and recommend appropriate products.  The key thing to look for are the active ingredients in the products.

Some may be suitable for you and some may not be very good for your skin type. You can now purchase products from the department store, chemists, and even order online.

Numerous skin products being marketed are promising all types of wonderful results but caution is the best way forward.

Take some time to look up the product reviews and if in doubt consult an expert. What is not in doubt is that the future of anti-wrinkle creams looks good since many people will go to any length to ensure their anti-wrinkles are not visible.

Use of the good products and a common sense approach to life are the key to looking and feeling great. A proper diet with a lot of fruits that contain anti oxidants, physical exercise, use of anti-wrinkle products containing a sunscreen shield and enough rest are some of the correct things that you can do to remain with a smooth looking skin.

Factors to Consider When Buying an Anti-Wrinkle Cream

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As the war against wrinkles rages on, the best way to combat these typical signs of aging up is using an effective anti-wrinkle cream.

However, choosing the best cream can be a daunting task mainly because the market is flooded with numerous types.

Before you spend lots of cash purchasing a product that hasn’t been proven to work, pore over the following typewrite and get acquainted to a few factors that you should consider when buying anti-wrinkle cream.

Factors to Consider

Skin Type

One of the factors that you should consider when buying a anti-wrinkle cream is your skin type. If your skin is dry, steer away from creams that contain ethanol, benzyl alcohol, methanol, ethyl alcohol as they can cause irritation to your dry skin.

These ingredients might also promote the development of brown spots and cause the epidermis to age prematurely. Purchasing an ideal cream will definitely increase the chance of success and reduce side effects, you should by an ideal.

Ingredients

An ideal and effective anti-wrinkle cream should contain ingredients that have been tested and proven to smooth out the fine lines and eliminate the anti-wrinkles naturally. Some of these essential ingredients include retinol, coenzyme Q10, hydro acids and kinetin.

Retinol is obtained from vitamin A which is known to promote the growth of collagen and thus eliminate anti-wrinkles and other skin blemishes.

Coenzyme Q10 on the other hand, is highly effective in eliminating anti-wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes.

The cream should also have anti-oxidants as they can help to fight infections and thus keep your skin supple, bright and youthful. *Research

Do extensive research and make sure that you have the latest information on anti-aging products. Make sure that you have adequate information on the creams that can be absorbed by the skin easily, those that deliver the best results and the ones that have been approved by FDA.

Peruse through latest research and get acquainted to the best combination of ingredients as well as different formulations.

Equally important, make sure that you know the creams that have been associated with side effects.

Individual Differences

Don’t forget to read customer reviews on the different types of anti-wrinkle creams. Chances are that a product that has more positive reviews than the negative ones will offer positive results.

Make sure that you talk to a few of your friends who have used the creams successfully.

Again, it’s important to be realistic as you leaf through the reviews and don’t over-estimate the effectiveness of the products.

Cost

In line with the mantra “not all that glitters is gold”, don’t buy a cream just because it’s expensive. The price of a product has nothing to do with its effectiveness.

However, don’t go for cheap creams – cheap is expensive. Check the ingredients thoroughly and do extensive research.

Additionally, you should understand the product, the expected results and use it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Again, make sure that you take the necessary precautions when applying the cream.

A good anti-wrinkle cream can rejuvenate your skin, hydrate it and protect it from the free radicals that can deplete skin cells, making the anti-wrinkles more pronounced. Use the aforementioned tips and buy the ideal anti-wrinkle cream for your skin.

Advice For Skin Care That Will Help Keep You Looking Great

good skin care adviceIs silky-smooth skin something that you want? Do you wish your skin would shimmer and glow?

Would you like to learn the best skin care methods to protect and perfect your complexion?

Use the tips in this article to achieve all those things. Just a couple minutes a day can make a huge difference.

Exfoliating your skin can help it look healthy and glowing. When doing so, you’ll remove the dead skin layer so that newer skin can thrive.

Exfoliation can keep the pores clear, which means no acne causing oil buildup.

An excellent tip to help improve and maintain a healthy glow to your skin is to apply moisturizer each day.

You will see your skin looking younger and more hydrated if you do this. You should definitely use moisturizer during the winter because your skin dries out easiest during this season. A good moisturizer can help you stay young looking.

To help with acne and get great looking skin, make sure to maximize the amount of time you spend outdoors and in the sun. Make it a regular part of each day to spend some time taking walks or playing at the park with the kids.

When you are outside under the sun, your body produces vitamin D, an essential ingredient for great skin.

Alpha-hydroxy treatments have also been proven very effective in beautifying skin. Alpha-hydroxy acids can be found in various fruits, milks and wines.

These acids erode the protein bonds responsible for dry skin. By breaking these bonds, dead skin can easily be scrubbed away to show luminous healthy skin.

Baking soda and other common cooking ingredients can be used for skin care. When mixed with water it forms a paste to treat dry skin areas or pimples, when applied overnight. It also can be utilized in removing hair spray from your scalp.

For a better skin, stay away from alcoholic beverages. One drink a day is fine, but keep in mind that alcohol makes skin oily and enlarge your pores.

This leads to the clogging of your pores and will result in the skin breaking out due to the excess amounts of oil.

For healthier skin, make sure your water intake is adequate. Beauty comes from both the inside and outside, which is why being hydrated is important for healthy skin. Aim for around 8 glasses each day to maintain proper hydration and smooth, glowing skin.

Clean your eyeglasses or sunglasses at least weekly if you wear these items everyday. Dirt can collect on the bridge, which ends up on your face, clogging pores around your nose.

Use a wet wipe or soap and water to keep your glasses clean. You should also keep other items, such as bandannas, that come into contact with your face clean.

Sufficient sleep is key for having great skin. Insufficient sleep can cause under eye wrinkling. Try sleeping at least eight hours each night for better skin and less stress.

Always use warm water to wash your face as this prevents skin irritation during cleansing. Using water that is too cold will prevent your pores from opening. Hot water can dehydrate your skin, which gives it a red, blotchy appearance. Warmer water opens the pores but does not cause inflammation.

Show the world your new and improved skin. Following these tips on a daily basis will not only keep your skin looking healthy and lovely, but it will also feel soft. Results won’t happen overnight, but you should see a change within a week.

Get The Skin You’ve Always Wanted

get the skin you've always wantedProper skin care today will result in long term benefits. Your skin will look much healthier and younger, even as you age.

This article contains many techniques to help you obtain a youthful appearance for many years.

Never shave dry skin. Never shave without lubricant either. Shaving when your skin is dry makes it irritated and also causes razor burn or ingrown hairs. Moisturize post-shaving, too. This will help moisturize and soothe your skin.

Using a wash that has lemon juice in it can help treat acne. Use it once a week to minimize the appearance of large pores and get rid of excess oil on your skin.

After you work out, always shower. Just washing off your face isn’t going to be enough because there will still be bacteria on your skin which leads to irritation and clogged pores. In addition, ensure that the water you use in your shower is warm.

There are many ingredients in most homes that can be used for skin care, such as baking soda. Turn it into a paste with water and wear it overnight to beat acne. If you mix it with warm water, you can also use it to purge your hair of excess styling products.

Use a makeup sponge to apply sunscreen. It helps to spread it evenly and it doesn’t give you time to feel its sticky or greasy texture. Dabbing with a sponge will also help the sunscreen penetrate into your skin, ensuring maximum absorption while keeping your hands clean and dry.

Always wear sunscreen or skin care products that contain an SPF level of at least fifteen; this helps fight sun damage. Sunscreen is the primary way to prevent sunburns, peeling skin and wrinkles. Applying sunscreen every day before going outside can prevent premature aging, keeping your skin healthy and youthful longer.

Vitamin B3

If you suffer from blotchy, red skin, try using a cream that contains vitamin B3. With Vitamin B3, the skin has heightened ability to capture moisture and avoid routine irritation. After you use the moisturizer for a time, you should notice the difference.

A quick way to discover your skin type is by performing a simple tissue test. Whenever you first get out of bed, gently press a tissue on your entire face and observe the pattern of oil left behind. This will be a good indicator of the level of oil or dryness or combination of both, revealing your specific skin type. This knowledge will be useful as you go to select skin care products.

Caring for your skin can be as simple as wearing sunscreen daily. The sun is the biggest threat to healthy skin. You can prevent sun damage easily by wearing sunscreen under your makeup. You can also wear a moisturizer or foundation that includes sun-blocking ingredients.

You can prevent hangnails by keeping your hands highly moisturized. The best products for this kind of skin contain super-rich shea butter. Picking at hangnails will make your fingers all red and nasty.

Use the tips that you learned from this article to begin a regimen that will keep your skin healthy for the length of your life. You are sure to benefit from the information that you learned from this article and find the tips that you needed to improve the looks and feel of your skin.

Why You Should Avoid Hydroquinone and Mercury Products

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People will go to great lengths to make their skin look beautiful. So many of them want to lighten their skin, or to get rid of blotches and dark areas.

Other folks want to bleach away other skin imperfections, such as freckles and acne scars.

There are hundreds of products available that will perform some sort of skin lightening, skin brightening, or skin bleaching action on your skin.

When searching for a product, it’s important to remember that not all skin lightening products are created equal. And what this simply means is, some include ingredients that are actually harmful to your health.

One such substance, hydroquinone, has been used for years in hydroquinone creams and many other facial products to quickly whitening the skin.

And to achieve even faster results, stronger doses, which require a doctor’s prescription, are used to maximize the outcome.

But what have been the long-term results from using hydroquinone?

Basically, hydroquinone affects the color of your natural skin.

This is not necessarily a good thing. Why? To reduce the dark areas of your skin, hydroquinone affects the production of melanin in your skin, and it’s the job of melanin to protect your skin from the sun.

So, even though a doctor may prescribe a small dosage of hydroquinone, it doesn’t mean it’s completely safe to use.

Like any other drug, it can be overused in hope of achieving quicker results, which in turn, can cause even more serious and long term problems.

Let’s take a closer look at how hydroquinone can affect not only your skin but other parts of your body, as well.

Skin Problems
Once you put a hydroquinone product on your skin, it starts removing layers of skin immediately. Initially your skin will look great, but underneath hydroquinone is starting to do its ugly damage to your skin and body.

After a while of constant use, your skin can start thinning and looking older. In time, it’s quite possible that the small blood vessels of your face can become damaged.

You may notice that your skin becomes more sensitive to the sun, soaps, and other skin care products. Some users will begin to complain of inflamed skin that begins to itch and peel.

It can become very sensitive. The color of your skin can start looking unnatural.

All of the positive results that you noticed at the beginning are now gone and you may now have to deal with more problems than you began with.

Health Problems
Many countries have already banned the use of hydroquinone.

In Europe, the Academy of Dermatology and Venereology proved that, due to direct contact, there were cases where hydroquinone has caused permanent damage to the cornea of the eye,.

Studies in rodents have shown that hydroquinone may induce a chemical that causes cancer. It has yet to be documented in humans. But why take the chance! Let’s thank the rodent’s for the warning.

In the U.S., Britain and South Africa, Ochronosis, which is a condition that causes grayish dark or yellow looking spots, has been found in connection with cosmetics containing hydroquinone. Black skinned people are especially sensitive to this condition.

Because of this connection, hydroquinone has been banned in Australia, Japan, and parts of Europe. Let me say it again – hydroquinone is bad for you! Are you convinced yet? Let’s read on.

So, are there any safe alternatives to hydroquinone?
Yes. I know that you may be concerned with the dark and splotchy areas of your face and body and are eager to get rid of them as quickly as possible, but don’t let your emotions about your skin problems override what the facts are telling you.

Instead, look into natural skin lightening products for lighter, younger looking skin. Things like:

–           Vitamin E. This simple treatment can fade blemishes and skin spots. You will see results in a few weeks.
–           Vitamin A. Great for the skin by brightening it, and also fades skin spots.
–           Vitamin C. Good for skin tone and removing naturally, spots and blemishes.
–           Bearberry Extract. Tones the skin, making it look silky and smooth.

You can find lots of choices of natural alternatives by searching the Internet. Don’t settle for a quick fix, which can cause more problems. Staying away from hydroquinone, and any products that may contain it, is a wise decision.

The Dangers of Mercury In Skin Lightening Products

no-mercury-jpgAlong with hydroquinone, a number of skin whitening products also contain mercury compounds as a part of the ingredients, which should be some cause for alarm.

Although these products have been banned in the US, they can still be readily available via the internet, although it could be problematic to have them shipped to the US.

The biggest problem comes from Asia, where there is a huge and burgeoning market for skin whitening products.

This has resulted in an almost 100 per cent increase in sales for the past five years in a row in China, Malaysia and Singapore.

The tainted mercury skin care products are the highest selling cosmetics sold in these countries.

Of course, you would probably not be the least bit interested in purchasing a skin care product that had such long term side effects as skin cancer, poisoning, or kidney and liver damage, but those are exactly what these products have to offer to these customers.

Another ingredient, called “Hydroquinone,” has had its harmful effects so well documented, that any such products containing it have been banned in Australia, the European Union and Japan as an over-the-counter cosmetic.

Skin color is determined by the pigment coloring substance called Melanin.

This is produced by skin cells called melanocytes that are distributed in the basal layer of the skin. The higher the production of melanin, the darker the skin will be.

The melanin is also the protection for the skin, as it helps to filter out the ultraviolet rays of the sun, and if the melanin is in anyway diminished, the result can be skin cancer.

Without the protection of the melanin in the skin, the skin is extremely vulnerable.

The problem with the skin lightening products that are not natural in their creation is that they then include synthetic ingredients that inhibit the production of melanin.

The element called hydroquinone, as discussed earlier, is a very powerful and toxic chemical that is used in the photo processing industry, in rubber manufacturing and hair dyes. It is actually very caustic and harmful.

Mercury Chloride and Ammoniated Mercury are also very toxic and can only be purchased in various pharmacies by prescription, and they are both carcinogenic, or cancer producing substances.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Mad-Hatters Disease? This affliction was a result of an accumulation of mercury in the bodies of workers in the hat making industry in the 1800s.

When the workers were turning fur into felt, they had to breathe in the toxic fumes of the mercury solution that was used for this process.

Overtime, sufferers began to experience symptoms such as trembling, slurred speech, loss of coordination, loosening of teeth, memory loss, depression, irritability and anxiety.

Both of these products do lessen the melanin production of the skin, thus causing the skin to lighten, which from a cosmetic standpoint is the desired result that the purchaser wants to achieve.

However, the long-term effects are disastrous. When they are applied to human skin, both hydroquinone and the compounds of mercury will react with the ultra-violet rays of the sun, resulting in more pigmentation of the skin and a premature aging process.

It then becomes an unending and vicious cycle as more of the products are applied to lighten the skin; just the opposite tends to occur, only in splotches.

The underlying collagen thickens and the skin takes on a rough, aged and blotchy look.

Liver, kidney and other organ damage ensures as well as mercury poisoning is the result of such use.

Unfortunately, the demand for such products still outweigh the sense of caution that needs to be in place, and as long as the huge sales continue, the trend is not likely to be reversed anytime soon.

What are the Causes of Skin Discoloration?

Why Is My Skin Discolored?

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There can be many things that can contribute to skin discoloration, including everything from cosmetic causes or a variety of skin issues that are more complex in nature.

Depending on the type of medications that you might be taking, there are some that can lead to skin discoloration.

Some of the medications can lead to sensitivity to the sun as well. Of course, for most of us, we’ll begin to see the inevitable signs of aging as we get older.

Quite often, pregnant women experience discoloration due to hormones, such as progesterone and estrogen. This can lead to a condition called chloasma or Melasma.

Furthermore, those who are taking hormone replacement therapies or oral contraceptives can also experience Melasma

Even though typical sun exposure will lead to tanning or burning, there may be times when normal sun exposure has the ability to take an existing skin condition and make it even worse, thus damaging the skin.

Over time, you will see that exposure to the sun can lead to age spots, which are also known as liver spots that can start to develop as you get older.

While these darkened spots can resemble skin cancer, traditional age spots are not any cause for alarm.

Skin discoloration can be brought on by other complicated conditions that are underlying, such as Vitiligo. This is a condition where the cells that make melanin in the skin either quit working or they die altogether.

The end result will be patches of skin that are colorless, or white, that can start out small and then spread into larger patches.

Tinea Versicolor is another condition that is a fungal infection that can fester in warm, humid weather leading to discolored portions of the skin that could be scaly in nature.

Morphea is a condition where there will be purple or reddened spots that will discolor the skin and leave it thick or hard. This is a discoloration issue that will happen to women more often than men and it is believed that a fluctuation in hormones can be the cause.

What Can Cause Your Skin to Discolor?

Discoloration on your skin can be very unattractive. It creates a blotchy and uneven tone. Skin discoloration can be the result of many type of causes, and they should not be treated the same way.

Some of the discolorations occur naturally in certain people, and this is usually harmless because it is just the natural skin color.

However, if the discoloration is due to a medical reason, then this should not be ignored because the condition can lead to something more serious.

There are many type of discoloration. These usually fall into the following categories:
– Areas of skin where there is too much color, or hyperpigmentation
– Areas of skin where is not enough color, causing the skin to look lighter
– Areas where the skin is abnormally red
– Areas of previous injuries where the skin has scarred and has become lighter or darker as a result of the scarring.

What Can Cause the Skin to Darken?

There are many causes. Unfortunately to many people, this can be the result of a serious skin condition that brings about pain and irritation. Here are some typical causes of skin darkening:

Venous stasis This condition usually occurs in the legs and is caused by inadequate blood circulation to the veins. What results is a condition called stasis dermatitis that causes the skin to discolor.

Melasma this condition occurs on the face. Women who are pregnant or who are taking birth control pill sometimes get a darkening of the skin around the facial area.

Fortunately, there’s a great Melasma treatment in the form of a skin lightening cream called SkinBright . Click here to learn more about it.

Birthmarks These are mostly harmless, naturally occurring marks that can appear anywhere on the body.

What can cause skin to look lighter?

This can be the result of aging or because of an infection. A few possible cause might be:

Vitiligo This is manifested by a gradual lightening of the skin. This condition is quite rare.

Tinea Versicolor his is caused by a fungal infection. The skin characteristics are similar to what Vitiligo looks like.

What can cause skin to redden?

This is usually the result of an allergic reaction of some sort, or due to certain irritants. Normally, if you do not come in contact with the allergens or or the irritants, your skin will go back to normal. However, redness caused the following should be examined by a doctor:

Rosacea: This causes the skin to flush, and it is common among people with a fair complexion. This can be easily treated with oral antibiotics.

Red birthmarks: Although these red marks normally occur in children, they usually fade over time. However, there may be other factors contributing to this.

Discoloration can be caused by damage to the skin.

Common damages are:

Burns: The rate of healing will depend on the severity of the burn. More serious burns will require special therapy.

Acne scars: Flair ups of severe acne can produce cysts that lead to scarring. There are cosmetic treatments that can treat this type of scarring.

The bottom line is, if you know the cause of the discoloration, you will have better success in treating the skin discoloration.

What Are The Causes Of Birthmarks?

causes of birthmarksWhat are birthmarks?

Birthmarks are portions of skin that have a different color than the normal skin of the newborn.

Some birthmarks are there to stay, while others fade and even disappear with age. There are birthmarks that can grow or become thicker and darker as the child grows.

Birthmarks are of many shapes and sizes. They can be either smooth or lumpy and they may have different colors such as black, pink, purple, blue, white or red.

Generally speaking, birthmarks are safe and painless. One can live with them for the entire life without having any troubles. Nonetheless, it’s not a bad idea to have a doctor check your child’s birthmarks, just to make sure they are benign.

Why Do Birthmarks Appear?

There are various causes of birthmarks. Sometimes they appear due to extra pigment in the skin. Others can be the result of blood vessels that are bunched together nearby the skin surface.

Scientists can’t explain why some babies have birthmarks while others don’t.

What Are the Types of Birthmarks?

Salmon Patches They are thin and flat. Usually they are colored in pink or red and they tend to appear on eyelids, on the back of the neck or between the eyebrows.

Congenital Moles They are also known as nevi and they can appear anywhere on the body. Their color id generally brown. They have variable sizes and shapes.

Cafe-au-lait Spots These spots are smooth and oval, with colors ranging from light brown to dark chocolate. They tend to appear on the buttocks or on the legs.

Mongolian Spots They have an irregular shape and they develop on the lower back and on the buttocks. Their color is blue or blue-gray.

Hemangiomas Hemangiomas are blood vessels that are bunched together in an abnormal way. They may have various shapes and sizes.

Port-Wine Stains These marks are pink-red at birth, but tend to become dark red with the age. They are abnormal blood vessels and they may cover quite large areas of skin.

Is There Any Treatment Needed?

Most birthmarks are harmless; therefore they don’t need any treatments. Some may even fade away completely over time. However, there might be situations when birthmarks need urgent medical attention.

In the event that they start growing very quickly or they cause a medical problem or impairment, or if they interfere with the sight, hearing, speech or other function of the body, they need to be examined quickly by a doctor.

There are several methods for removing birthmarks, the most popular being surgery, laser therapy or medication such as corticosteroids.

The treatment option depends on the specific birthmarks, therefore the doctor is the most appropriate person who can assess the situation and make the right recommendations.

Should I Have My Birthmarks Checked?

If there’s nothing wrong with them, you are probably fine and you don’t need to have them checked.

However, if you see some on your baby, it’s best to talk to the pediatrician about them and have them seen by the doctor. Although most of them are harmless, some are malignant, therefore it’s better to be safe than sorry.

In case you notice a birthmark changing its shape, size or color or if it starts bleeding, have it checked by a doctor immediately.

Five Unusual Things that Cause Skin Discoloration

Many people are concerned with the appearance of dark spots on their skin. It can trigger self-consciousness and embarrassment, and a large number of people find these spots on their skin regularly.

5 unusual things that cause skin discolorationWhen melanin production is increased in the body, dark spots on the surface of the skin begin to appear.

The coloration of your skin in general is a result of the particular pigment of melanin that your skin possesses.

People with darker skin tones are far more likely to notice the appearance of dark spots, but they are also fairly common on people with fairer skin tones.

While exposing your skin to the sun regularly can trigger the appearance of these dark spots, here are an additional set of triggers that may not be as well-known as continued exposure to the sun and its harmful rays.

Can plucking or tweezing facial hair trigger dark spots?
No woman wants to admit that she has facial hair at any cost, and having a female version of a mustache is most women’s worst nightmare.

A lot of women with facial hair will resort to using tweezers to pluck the individual offending hairs out in a painful yet effective ritual to rid themselves of these embarrassing yet common facial hairs.

Plucking each of the hairs individually can cause trauma to the skin cells themselves, which leads to inflammation or infection.

If your skin is continually traumatized in this manner, you may be more likely to get hyper-pigmentation caused after skin inflammation.

If you’re worried that this may be a trigger for you, using skin cream regularly can stem the possibility of trauma and inflammatory based skin darkening. Don’t resort to these skin creams long term, and only use it on occasion.

Use the correct facial cleansers for your skin tones and sensitivity. As with all parts of the body, taking care of it properly initially can reduce the risk of problems later on down the road.

Hyperpigmentation by Hormonal Imbalances
A lot of women face regular hormonal imbalances and irregularities. Taking contraceptives regularly can increase the risk for hormonal irregularities, and pregnancy wreaks havoc on hormone levels in the female body.

When hormone levels increase, the melanin levels often increase along with them and it can lead to Melasma – a specific type of hyper-pigmentation.

These types of dark spots on the skin typically appear on the face, and have the appearance of brown or darkening patches.

Hormonally based skin discoloration is so common during pregnancy that it’s often referred to as the “mask of pregnancy”. Pregnant women can also experience a dark line running from the center of the stomach to above the pubic bone.

If you’re experiencing darker patches as a result of hormone imbalances, then the good news is that it’s usually not permanent.

If the problem doesn’t dissipate after you give birth, many over-the-counter products can help lighten the skin again, and a chemical peel is also a viable option.

If you’re on regular birth control, it’s always okay to ask to change your prescription to something with fewer hormones. Work with your doctor to find a solution that can potentially work for you.

Overusing a Laptop Computer
If you notice dark spots or splotches on your thighs, a laptop may be the ultimate culprit. If you have to work on a laptop for an extended period of time, think about NOT using it on your lap.

When a laptop heats up and it’s in contact with your skin, dark spots on the thighs can start to appear.

If regularly using a laptop is unavoidable, consider getting a laptop cooler or a laptop tray that will minimize the effects of the laptop’s heat and keep it away from direct contact with your skin whenever possible.

Spilled Lemon Juice can Leave a Residual Stain
If you enjoy regular cocktails and mixed drinks, beware of what you’re mixing your delicious beverages with.

Regularly squeezing lemons or limes by hand and getting the juice on your skin can cause spots or streaks and other discolorations.

When combining these acidic juices with UV rays from prolonged exposure to the sun, a reaction is possible.

In fact, this reaction is common enough to be given a pet name – it’s called the “bartender’s burn”. Instead of enjoying freshly squeezed lemon/lime juice, use pre-extracted juice and make sure to thoroughly rinse your skin after contact.

Having a Bra that’s too tight
A lot of women intentionally buy bras that are smaller than the size they would comfortably fit in for one reason – a smaller bra leaves the breasts looking fuller, perkier and fuller. Unfortunately for women who make this a habit often encounter dark spots as a result.

Leaving your skin continually in fiction with tight clothing like a bra that doesn’t fit properly irritates the skin, and it can cause discoloration of the skin in the area. This is referred to as “bra burn”, and it leaves the skin looking burned or irritated.

Fortunately, this problem is avoidable, and you can purchase bras that fit safely and comfortably without damaging or irritating the skin.

If you already have bra burn as a result of an ill-fitting bra, a chemical peel can fix the problem, and several topical skin creams can assist as well.

Does SkinBright Work As a Freckle Removal Cream?

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Yes, according to Natural Products LLC, the product’s manufacturer, SkinBright does work as a freckle removal cream. Click here to learn more.

Freckles are small concentrations of pigment that form on the skin.

Some people think they’re adorable, while others could live without them.

First of all, no one is born with freckles. Have you ever seen a picture of a new born baby that had spotted skin?

If you have, that child was suffering from a skin condition, or it was a birth mark. Freckles aren’t on new born babies because they haven’t had any sun exposure yet.

Whether or not you get freckles depends on your genes. People who have fair skin are a lot more likely to develop freckles then those who have darker pigmentation.

That’s because light skin is a lot more sensitive to the sun. Dark skin is made for hot conditions and loads of UV exposure, light skin often suffers.

Is there a way I can prevent freckles?
You might wonder how you can avoid getting these little specks, or at least give your kids a chance at not developing them. Here are a few tricks.

Wearing sunscreen or putting sunscreen on your kids can help prevent sun spots, and freckles. If you’re a red head, limiting your sun exposure is probably a good idea.

Remember to wear hats and other protective items when you’re out in the sun. You can’t prevent every freckle from forming, but you can make it better.

Freckles are perfectly natural, and they won’t hurt you. I know we’d all prefer even skin, but sometimes a freckle or two adds a little character.

Remember that there are natural remedies, like lemon juice, that also help reduce the appearance of freckles. I know you’ll see results.

Skin Lightening Surgery You Can Have Done During Your Lunch Hour

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A lot of people – maybe even you? – worry about the effects of aging on their appearance.

But they put off doing anything about it.

They fear they don’t have enough time or money to address lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Sometimes, the best skin care products just aren’t enough to get the results a person seeks.

In the past, when cosmetic surgery was considered, it was understood to be a major undertaking.

People had to schedule time off from work and make plans for a hospital stay.

Today though, you may be surprised to know that there are many simple cosmetic procedures that take no longer than a standard doctor visit.

In fact, some wrinkle-erasing procedures can be done during a typical lunch break.

There are also many non-surgical options available through medi-spas and plastic surgeons.

In this article, I’m going to explore some of the many quick and easy high tech anti-aging procedures available today.

I’ll also look at a couple of more involved procedures.

Let’s read on to learn more.

What Is Botox?

Everyone has heard of Botox.

This cosmetic injection is applied along fine lines surrounding the mouth and on the forehead.

These lines are the result of repetitive use of these facial muscles.

Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscles in this area.

This results in a smooth, wrinkle-free appearance.

As for side effects of using Botox, I guess I was surprised to learn that there are little to none.

You may notice some minor redness and swelling for a couple of days.

This will soon dissipate. You will enjoy the positive results of Botox for three months to half a year.

What are Injectable Fillers?

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You may have wondered about injectable fillers, such as Juvéderm Voluma XC, Restylane™ Injectable Gel and Hylaform.

These are all forms of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring compound in the human body.

As we age, hyaluronic acid becomes depleted and wrinkles result.

With today’s technology, this natural compound can be injected carefully along wrinkle lines.

First, the practitioner numbs the area with a local anesthetic and then injects the compound and massages it in.

The compound binds with water molecules in the skin and increases the volume of the skin under the wrinkles.

This leaves a nice, smooth appearance that lasts one to one-and-a-half years.

The procedure can take half-an-hour to an hour, and a little bruising and stinging may result; however, this usually goes away in a day or two.

What Is a Chemical Peel?

One very popular wrinkle treatment is the chemical peel.

This versatile treatment not only helps reduce wrinkles, it can also even out skin tone and smooth acne scars.

It works by peeling away the upper skin layers through the use of a mildly acidic solution such as glycolic acid.

The solution is applied like a facial masque and left to work for fifteen or twenty minutes.

This type of treatment is so quick and gentle that many people actually call it the “lunchtime peel”. Results last about two months.

There is an interesting article in the New York times, warning about the dangers of using chemical peels.

Another type of peel is the deep peel, which yields long-lasting, dramatic results.

For this type of peel, a stronger type of acidic solution is used.

Typically this will be trichloroacetic acid.

The process takes an hour or two, and more layers of the skin are removed.

You may be sedated or given general anesthesia for this procedure.

A deep peel results in a longer period of recovery (one or two weeks); however, results are very long-lasting.

What is an Enzyme Peel?

Enzyme peels are not a new product.

It has been a popular home remedy for centuries, even though their functioning was not fully understood from a scientific point of view.

Remedies such as papaya or green apple have been used to soothe, cleanse and provide a natural facial moisturizer.

We are now able to determine which ingredients have a positive effect on the skin.

For example, the enzymes found in papaya are very nutritive.

They are also acidic enough to peel off dead epidermal cells.

This accelerates the regeneration process.

Pumpkin, pineapple and aloe vera also share this same property.

These restorative enzyme peels result in exfoliation thanks to a simple non-surgical procedure.

This procedure relies on natural or chemical ingredients that are functions of the products you decide to use.

Using an enzyme peel will cause your dead skin cells to be eliminated quicker.

A good enzyme peel can help you get rid of dead skin cells and accelerate the development of new cells.

It will also reduce scars, stretch marks, lines or aging spots, sun damage and skin discoloration.

The enzymes will penetrate through the upper layers of the skin. This process will cleanse the pores, which improves the smoothness, tautness and elasticity of your skin.

Some enzyme peels are made from acids and mechanical granules.

However, natural products are usually best if you want to prevent dryness, redness or allergic reactions.

Some ingredients used for peels, such as phenol, can actually increase your risks of developing skin cancer.

Regardless of the products you decide to use, you’ll get better results if you only use a very small quantity of enzyme peel.

Apply a small quantity on your skin and rub gently with small circular motions.

You should see an improvement right after using an enzyme peel.

You will have to make this a part of your skin care routine to get lasting results.

These treatments will make your skin smooth and shiny but keep in mind that they will not stop aging.

Besides, you will have to keep applying enzyme peels to get rid of the new dead skin cells and help your skin regenerate.

Using a Laser for Skin Lightening Surgery

A skin peel may also be performed using laser resurfacing.

This is also known as a laser peel.

The results are similar to that of a deep chemical peel.

The procedure is performed using high energy laser beams rather than chemicals.

The water molecules within the skin absorb the laser beams.

This causes the upper layers of skin to peel off.

This process reveals healthy, smooth, new layers of skin.

Like a chemical peel, a laser peel can take a couple of hours.

Unlike a chemical peel, only topical anesthesia or local anesthesia will be used.

Recovery time is a couple of weeks, and you may experience the same sort of redness and pain you would feel with a sunburn.

Results are very long lasting.

With both a deep chemical peel and laser resurfacing, your skin will stay beautiful and healthy as long as you take care of it.

Your skin care professional will help you create a good plan to take the best of care of your skin following your procedure.

Carla’s Skin Care Talk – Tips for Getting and Keeping Beautiful Skin

Congratulations! You’ve used the latest breakthroughs in skin care medicine and technology to make your skin look great.

Now you need to make sure to do the things necessary to keep you skin looking marvelous!

It’s hard not to notice the radiance and healthy glow, but also the renewed self-confidence and self-esteem that results from beautiful skin.

This improved version of your old skin will require more care then just rubbing on some lotion once in a while.

When it comes to your skin, sometimes it just easier and cheaper to take what you already have and improve it.

Sometimes, all you need to do to keep it looking good is to make a few changes to your lifestyle.

Living healthy and having good skin care habits help greatly in giving you young healthy looking skin.

And the nice thing is, there’s really nothing more complicated to keeping your skin healthy and glowing than paying attention to how you treat your WHOLE body, inside and out.

What this means is that the things that you put into your body are just as important as the products that you put on your face.

Here’s a list of four easy beauty tips to get and keep healthier, more beautiful skin.

Eat a Healthy Balanced Diet
One of the best beauty tips for skin is to make sure that you choose your food carefully and avoid foods that are processed or refined as much as possible.

Sure, that chocolate mint ice cream is so delicious, but deep down, you know you should stay away from foods high in sugar.

More and more health care professionals believe that sugar is a contributing factor to many types of cancer.

And when your tummy is full of ice cream and cookies, you’re not going to be hungry for those foods packed with minerals and vitamins.

And what happens to your skin – that beautiful skin you worked so hard to obtain – when it’s deprived of essential nutrients?

Yep, your skin will basically go to hell and you’ll start seeing those god-awful creases and wrinkles.

So, In order to keep your vitamin and mineral levels high, stick to foods that are high in good fats and rich in vitamins..

Some good choices are green vegetables, fruits and fish like salmon and trout. Simple as that

Make sure you stay hydrated as well drinking at bare minimum 8 glasses of water per day.

Exercise Regularly
By staying physically active, you will bring more oxygen to your skin.

Higher oxygen levels will give your skin a glow and help keep it firm.

Another benefit of exercise is that it reduces stress. This is a good thing because too much stress can increase skin problems like acne.

Use Natural Skin Care Products
Some of the best skin care products on the market today combine the wonders of nature with the miracle of science.

Take, for example, Meladerm Skin Lightening Cream.

It uses scientifically proven ingredients and mixes them with some of Mother Nature’s best skin remedies.

Some of these natural ingredients that work wonders include walnut seed extract, chardonnay grape seed extract and European beech tree buds.

Avoid Over Exposure To The Sun
Its a proven fact that getting TOO much sun is bad for your skin and can cause wrinkles, discoloration and accelerate aging.

With this in mind, I’m going to try and blow your mind with what I consider to be one of the most weird beauty tips you’ll probably read:

There are more and more medical studies emerging that strongly suggest that exposure to the sun can actually prevent skin cancer!

The European Journal of Cancer has published a study that confirms that body parts on workers who spend most of their time indoors are most susceptible to melanoma.

Of course, the key here is not to overdo your exposure to the sun.

Spend no more that 10 to 20 minutes in the sun and without question get out of the sun when your skin begins to turn a light shade of pink.

Your risk of skin cancer is also increased when you are in the sun for too long and too often.

After your 10 or 20 minutes of sun exposure are up, make sure that you use a good sunscreen and wear proper clothing to protect your skin.

 

How to Use Baking Soda for Skin Lightening

Note from Carla – I’ve asked David Maneth, a member of my Facebook page, to write this article describing how to use baking soda for skin lightening.

baking soda for skin lighteningI’m a male – a straight male – who is concerned with how the skin on my face looks and feels.

I don’t have the world’s best skin to begin with, and have some dark areas on my face that I prefer to be lighter, so my search for effective treatments and regiments is an on-going endeavor.

As such, I’m often asked what products I use on my face.

I’ll admit that I’ve spent a lot of money trying different products, and throwing them away or re-gifting them (just kidding) if they didn’t work.

I suppose that, at times, my desire to find good skin care products, and especially a good skin lightening cream, has overruled my common sense.

I have willingly experimented with the latest fads and “gizmos”, but I do draw the line at treating my face as a testing lab.

So, with that brief history in mind, when I tell you that the best product I’ve tried over the years is probably in a cabinet in your kitchen or bathroom, don’t be too surprised.

It’s baking soda. Yep, and it has really made a difference in how my skin looks and feels, as well as reducing the dark spots and splotches.

After years of skin care aggravation and unknown amounts of wasted money, a 99-cent box of baking soda has become my skin rejuvenator and savior.

Here’s How to Use Baking Soda for Skin Lightening

I have had really good results using baking soda for skin whitening. Here’s all you have to do: first, you’re going to want to exfoliate your skin by creating a paste from the baking soda.

The sodium and a pH neutralizer that baking soda is composed of will thoroughly prepare your skin by removing dead skin cells.

Now, while exfoliation is an excellent way to remove those darker patches of damaged skin, there is a chance of drying out the skin.

To avoid this, consider applying the baking soda, mixed with some organic honey, as a mask. baking soda mask for skin lightening

Leave this mixture on your face for about 10 minutes. Apply the mask once daily and at most three times a week.

With the paste, gently massage the skin areas you want treated. Do so for about 30 seconds and no more than 2 minutes, followed by a good rinsing with water.

If you don’t have particularly sensitive skin, you can probably do this 3 or 4 times a week. This is also a good way to maintain your results over time.

Another nice benefit of the neutral pH of bicarbonate is how it helps reduce the appearance of acne and blackheads. Of course, avoid getting baking soda into your eyes and areas of mucous membranes.

As I mentioned above, I’ve tried a few devices, such as a battery-operated facial scrub brush, and plenty of pricey and unusual cleansers, including a foam containing caviar!

In spite of all of that, my skin issues continued to annoy me.

Let me continue to whine a little longer here: It’s been hard to find a cleanser that cleaned my combination skin. I have dry patches on my cheeks and oily areas on my chin, nose, and forehead.

Often, my dry areas would become too dry when I was washing away the oils on my nose in an attempt to remove the bacteria that loves to clog the pores.

Like I said, I haven’t been afraid to try different things. Some exfoliating scrubs, for example, were pleasant and soothing.lightening body cream

Other times, to get at the dead skin cells and surface grime, I tried some washes that contained dissolving enzymes.

Once or twice, I employed brute force by using clay masks that grab hold of the crap on your face and pretty much rips it out. Yikes!

Finally, I gave baking soda a try. Much to my surprise, it worked better than anything I’ve ever tried. Only a facial from a spa provided better results.

Funny thing – I was originally using baking soda awhile back on the shower grout in my bathroom.

Later in the evening, when I went to wash my face, the box was still sitting on the vanity.

It suddenly occurred to me that I remembered reading something about how great baking soda was for cleaning skin.

I rubbed in the paste that I created into my skin for about 30 seconds, and then simply splashed off the residue.

It was then that I realized just how much better my skin felt. It seemed as if every pore had been opened up and allowed to breathe.

I’m now such a big fan of baking soda as a skin care product, that I’ve shared my enthusiasm with my family, friends, acquaintances, and now you.

I know that it won’t work for everyone, but I believe in it enough to encourage most people to give it a try.

It’s been a couple of months since I started using baking soda.

The process I use is simple enough: a mild, yet effective scrub is created by wetting my face, and then rubbing in the soda until a watery paste is formed.

If I continue to achieve the great results I’ve been lucky to experience, I don’t see any reason to stop using it along with a quality moisturizer and sun screen.

My acne flare-ups haven’t occurred and the texture of my skin is smoother.

By the way, if you’re wondering if my strong advocacy for the natural goodness of baking soda is a result of me living like a hippy, rest assured that I do not.

There’s nothing wrong with that lifestyle, but I do, for better or worse, live on the grid.

natural-skin-whitenerFor those of you interested in the more technical aspects of how and why baking soda works, as well as some precautions, I conducted a little research.

Along with the potential to stop the growth of bacteria, and because it’s basically an alkaline cleanser, there is speculation that baking soda neutralizes the acidic byproducts created by acne-causing bacteria on the skin.

Sebum production is reduced because the tiny soda granules remove oil from the skin without decreasing the skin’s PH.

Like I mentioned earlier, my amazing 99-cent skin care secret may not work for you. Because I know that it can cause drying for some users, it’s important to use a quality moisturizer after a soda scrub.

My best advice is to start slow, and use it at night in small quantities. You can mix a little with the cleanser you already use.

Also, keep in mind that you don’t have to use it every day – it could be an effective option as an occasional facial scrub.

Before I close this, let me share with you another article I wrote for my blog awhile back.  I think it has some useful information and neatly ties in with the entire subject of this article.

Skin Care Talk – Try These Home Remedies for Glowing Skin

how to get glowing skinIt goes without saying that anyone would want to make sure that they have healthy, glowing skin.

Not only is skin about looking good, but it can also represent the level of health that our entire body is experiencing.

So, to make sure that you have a constantly healthy and glowing appearance,  it’s important that you always take proper skin care seriously

If there ever comes a time where you find that you are starting to develop a condition that is skin related, then you should consider seeking out proper treatment options, some of which may require a trip to the doctor.

The best skin condition treatments out there will not only allow you to treat the issue, but it will also help prevent the disorder from happening again in the future.

For a lot of people, dealing with dry skin is a common problem. Luckily, it could be easy to treat a dry skin condition depending on the level of drying you happen to have.

If you  find a moisturizer that provides the results you desire, make certain to apply it daily as recommended to make sure that you give your skin the moisture and nutrients that it needs.

A good rule of thumb when treating dry skin conditions is making sure that, right after bathing or showering, you apply your cream, lotion or moisturizing spray while your body is still damp .

This one step can help you to create a moisture barrier that will help to seal the skin and keep it hydrated.

If you have a history of being prone to acne, there are a couple of different treatments that you can try in order to prevent or even remedy the situation.

For someone who has dealt with body acne, it is important not to wear tight fitting clothing that can restrict the skin, cause sweating or even friction that can begin to irritate.

Instead, think of wearing looser fitting clothing that will allow the skin to breathe.

In addition to that, for facial acne, it is important that you do not constantly touch or push on the blemishes as this can work against you and irritate the skin further.

To treat this type of a skin condition, you can either wash the area with a mild cleanser or talk with a dermatologist about a medicated cream that will help you get the acne down to a minimum.

The great thing about learning all about skin conditions is the more that you research, the better informed you will be on how to care for your skin.

After all, this is the body’s largest and one of the most precious organs.

It is important that you care for it and keep it free from some of the effects of harmful skin conditions with the proper treatment methods.