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Acne-Fighting Home Remedies You Need to Know About and Use

Acne-Fighting Home Remedies You Need to Know About and Use

We all have dealt with acne at one point in our lives, most likely while going through puberty. It can be a sensitive for teenagers since much of their environment focuses on appearance and being popular. Teenagers spend a lot of money during this time on products, and companies have made billions of dollars selling those made for acne. Over the years, people have come up with their own so-called “home remedies” which sometimes work very well.

Before we continue, let’s first explore what causes acne.

Acne begins to develop when the pores in your skin get blocked with oil. There can be many external reasons for this, however during puberty, with androgen (hormone) levels increasing, your body will increase the production of oil. This oil builds up under the skin, damaging the cellular wall and causing bacteria to form and fill the pores. In short, these three problems are the culprits:

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  • Excessive oil produced by the follicles
  • Dead skin cells
  • Bacteria build-up in the pores

Let’s now explore some home remedies known to fight and clear acne quickly.

Lemon Juice

This is packed with vitamin C which is proven to fight acne. Using lemon juice on a regular basis is a great remedy because it cures scars and removes dark spots. The acidic properties of lemon are too harsh for pimples to handle, reducing them significantly. Here’s what you should do – cut a slice of lemon and rub it on the affected area three to four times a day. When you’re done rubbing the lemon slice, wait a few minutes until it dries, then wash it off with warm water. If you are using acne face wash, you can use that when washing off the lemon juice.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This is amazing as a home remedy to reduce acne, and one of the most popular methods used by people. The properties of apple cider have long been known to kill off the bacteria causing blockage to your pores. Apple cider, once applied, can become an alkaline which balances the pH of your skin, making it harder for bacteria to thrive.

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Use a cotton ball and apply the vinegar to your skin. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash off with warm water. It’s that simple!

Egg Whites

Surprising, right! It’s a great home remedy which is also very affordable. Egg whites, when applied, can reduce acne and fade away blemishes. Body builders consume egg whites because they are high in protein, and when applied to your skin, this protein can help rebuild your skin cells. They soak up excess oil known to be the cause of acne in the first place.

Start by rinsing your face with warm water then drying it with a towel. Separate the yolks from the whites into a cup or large bowl. Three or four egg whites should be good enough, however, this is totally up to you. Whip them for two to three minutes then cover your face with the mixture until dry and let sit for 20 minutes. Wash your face with warm water and pat dry.

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This is a great home remedy which you should try!

Steam

This home remedy is awesome because it opens the pores allowing the bacteria and minor maladies to flush out. It’s also a great remedy because all you need is a pot, boiling water, and towel.

Start by boiling water, and placing it into a larger bowl. Let the water cool slightly so it won’t burn when you place your face over it. After this step, place your face over the bowl with the towel draped over the back of your head because this will help trap the steam. Do this for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove the towel and pat your face dry. It is recommended to do this one or twice a day.

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Final Thoughts

Home remedies can be very effective in reducing acne. Do a quick search on Google, and you’ll find hundreds of other acne home remedies to try. Some will work better than others, so stick to the ones you’re comfortable with and the ones which work.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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