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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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