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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 May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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