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3 Spices You can use to Clear your Acne

3 Spices You can use to Clear your Acne

As anyone who suffers from adult acne knows, it can be frustrating when nothing works to clear your skin. You try so called “miracle” remedy after remedy and you get nothing. I myself did the rounds of antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide and OTC remedies for years. They made a big dent in my bank account but did nothing for my acne.

Finally after 20 years, when I was far past the age at which I should have officially outgrown acne, I decided I was going to cure my acne on my own and was going to do it using diet and natural methods.

So I spent time doing my own research into why some people suffer from acne way past their teenage years. I got to know that acne is a sign that the inflammation levels in the body are high. Antibiotics and ointments may provide a respite for a while but they are not a long term cure. During my experiments in the next few years I discovered that the very spices I had in my kitchen could help me in my quest for clear skin. Here are 3 powerful spices that can do much more than color and spice up your foods.

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1. Turmeric

    Turmeric is widely used in Indian cooking. In addition to that it is also used as a medicine for anything from cuts to colds. If any older Indian woman hears you sniffling she will tell you to have haldi (turmeric) with milk. She might just make it herself and make sure you drink it under her watchful gaze.

    Not surprising as turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which are incredibly useful in the treatment of acne. It is also anti-bacterial, that means it kills the bacteria that cause acne. It also has elements that help in wound healing and help reduce the appearance of scars. Turmeric applied topically helps reduce the inflammation, swelling and redness caused by acne.

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    However, be warned that turmeric applied directly stains anything it comes in contact with, including your skin. So mix it with a base like honey or avocado and use it as a face mask. Use 2 teaspoons of honey or half an avocado (mashed) and mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of organic turmeric. Apply to your face and wash off with warm water after half an hour.

    You can add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of warm water and drink it. Taken internally it will bring down the inflammation in your body and help fight acne from the inside. Turmeric can also be added to soups, stir fries and scrambled eggs.

    2. Cinnamon

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      Like turmeric, cinnamon also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties making it another powerful spice to fight acne with. However cinnamon is a strong spice and should not be applied to your skin directly. Make sure you mix it with a creamy base like honey or milk. It is best when mixed with honey as the honey will gently moisturize your skin while healing it.

      You can also add a pinch of cinnamon powder to your coffee or tea. This helps bring down your blood sugar and will decrease the inflammation in your body which will also mean less acne.

      3. Nutmeg

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        Nutmeg is an antioxidant. When applied topically it boosts the appearance of the skin and helps keep it healthy. Like the spices above, nutmeg helps reduce inflammation, irritation, redness caused by acne and leaves your skin looking smooth and even. It also promotes skin healing so it works well to reduce scarring. It helps acne heal without leaving a scar. As with most spices it is best to mix freshly grated nutmeg powder with honey and use it.

        You can make a powerful face mask with all the above 3 spices. Applied regularly this mask will not only heal your acne but also help reduce scarring left by acne and fade old acne scars. In addition it will moisturize your skin and even out your skin tone.

        As with anything else do a patch test before you use it. Take 2 teaspoons of raw, organic honey in a small container. Add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon each of nutmeg and cinnamon powder to it. Mix well and apply it on your face. Leftovers can be saved for later use.

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        Anjali Lobo

        Founder at Your Beauty Chronicles

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        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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