Tired Of Oily Skin, Acne or Blackheads? Smear Oil All Over Your Face!

oilsEver since I turned 13, my skin lost its peachy poreless texture that all kids seem to have, and decided to become not so peachy. Part of it is my genetics, part of it was puberty, part of it was my diet, but a huge part of it was the automatic response of wanting to fight against sebum, pimples and blackheads. All we see in TV commercials are oil-fighting products, skin-peeling agents and anti-bacterial soaps when it comes to the suggested “cures” for oily, blackhead and acne prone skin. Not to mention all the cosmetic products being recommended to hide (block) those pores. But like many health issues we’re collectively facing, we’re approaching this skin condition backwards. You’re skin doesn’t need to be fought against, no matter what its condition is. It’s like any other “zen” lesson really.“Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.” ― Eckhart Tolle

Learning to WORK WITH your skin, not fight against it, will make all the difference. 

If you’ve been struggling with oily, blackhead and/or acne prone skin for long, the mere thought of smearing oil all over your face may sound counterproductive. But a key thing to understand is that your skin actually produces oil because it NEEDS it to stay moisturized and healthy. Your body wouldn’t be naturally designed to produce a detrimental substance would it? Sure, some produce more oil than others, which can be bothersome, but it doesn’t change the fact that your skin wouldn’t be producing oil if it didn’t need it.

So what do you think happens when we strip our skin from its natural oils? It tries to compensate by producing more oil, which is often blocked from being released by all the tight and dried up skin caused by harsh chemical-based “acne-fighting” products. Perfect environment for the development of clogged pores, oily skin and pimples.

Instead of making your skin all confused, try nurturing it. Your skin thinks it needs more oil? Don’t take it away, give it some more! The basic concept of this approach is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and clogged your pores and treat dry areas, all while “reassuring” your skin that it doesn’t need to over-produce oil.

The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)

STEP 1. Choose your oil. I personally use coconut oil and it works great, but I have stumbled upon a website that suggests cleansing oils by skin type. Click HERE to check them out! (Avoid mineral oil) It is also recommended to mix castor oil with the oil of our choice.

Some suggestions in creating your blend of deep cleansing oil:

Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% carrier Oil. Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% carrier Oil. Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% carrier Oil.

STEP 2. Boil some water in a pot.

STEP 3. Apply the oil to your dry face and massage it into your skin in a circular motion for 1 to 5 minutes. Take your time on problem areas where blackheads tend to form (forehead, chin, and nose).

STEP 4. Now is the time to steam your face. Make a tent over your head with a towel and hang your head over the pot (not too close) for about 5 minutes. This will allow the oils to go deeper into your pores to dissolve impurities and hardened sebum. It also enhances the skin’s receptivity to the oil’s nutrients. You can also soak a washcloth in very warm water and apply it directly over your oily face. This is the most popular method, however I personally prefer the pot method. Choose what is more enjoyable for you.

STEP 5. (optional) When you are done steaming your face, massage your now steamed, oily skin again for another 5-10 seconds to work out any impurities from your pores. Steam again and repeat the process if you wish.

STEP 6. Remove the excess oil by scrubbing your face with a warm wet towel.

STEP 7. Close up your pores by splashing your face with cold water.

Your skin should now feel clean and smooth with no tightness at all! If any tightness is experienced, simply add a drop of the same oil to your face or apply your favorite natural moisturizer.

All the best remedies out there are the result of simply listening to the body. It will tell you what it needs and one thing is for sure: it doesn’t require a fight against nature, just work with it!

For more information, here’s a couple of links on the Oil Cleansing Method:

http://lizlauder.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Wash-Your-Face-Without-Soap

http://purifiedskincare.com/oil-cleansing-method/

http://naturesnurtureblog.com/2012/08/06/natural-skin-care-oil-cleansing-method/

http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/

 

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The lowdown on acne vulgaris – what it is and how you can treat it

Acne vulgaris usually affects the face but it can also be found on the upper part of a person’s chest, back and other parts of the body. Characterized by seborrhea or scaly red skin, acne vulgaris can be itchy and inflammatory. Acne vulgaris can also come in the forms of blackheads and whiteheads or otherwise known as comedones, pimples or pustules, large papules or nodules and pinheads or regular papules.

Acne vulgaris gets triggered when a person’s testosterone increases. Contrary to popular belief, testosterone can also be found in women; ergo, they are also prone to acne. Acne vulgaris usually gets triggered during puberty and people may still have to deal with this type of skin disease well into their adult years. In order to treat acne vulgaris, there are several options that one can choose from. From medications to antibiotics to even surgery, a person who has acne vulgaris has several treatment options. For medications, it is recommended to use benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and retinoids. Skin experts also recommend using antibiotics, anti-seborrheic medication, alpha hydroxy acid, kera-tolytic soaps, nicotinamide and azelaic acide.

Topical retinoids can also be used to treat acne vulgaris. These include tretinoin, tazarotene and adapalene. These retinoids are related to Vitamin A, which is good for the skin since the infusion of Vitamin A to the inflamed skin can aid the treatment process. There are also oral retinoids available in the market today. Daily oral intake of these retinoids for a period of about 4 to 6 months can help address a person’s problem with acne vulgaris. Meanwhile, hormones or hormonal treatments can also be used to treat this type of skin disease. In progressive countries these days, oral contraceptives that contain progestin drospirenone are used.

Accordingly, there are fewer side effects. Now for really advanced cases of acne vulgaris, a dermabrasion procedure may be in order. This surgery procedure may be the last resort for those who really have damaged skin. Dermabrasions are cosmetic medical processes whereby the skin surface is removed through sanding or abrasion. According to experts, dermabrasion is effective especially for the removal of scars due to acne.

 

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Causes Of Acne Explained

Are you prone to acne?  Have you always wondered what the causes of acne are? Have you always wanted to know what you can do in order to address this problem?  This article will explain the various causes of acne.  Use this as a guide to see what you can probably do in order to avoid the formation of more acne or better yet, to finally put an end to your acne woes.

What you first need to do is that there are several types of acne. These include cysts, pimples, whiteheads and blackheads.  These types of acne vulgaris or acne develop when your skin pores become clogged. Usually, the causes of clogging are dust, grime and too much oil on your skin.

Speaking of oil, did you know that our skin contains oil called sebum? When too much sebum is produced (this happens when our hormones increase or surge), our skin pores get clogged. Now this is the time when not only are people prone to acne but in the case of females, they get skin breakouts before their monthly periods and in the case of teenagers, they get pimples.  This is also why there are certain facial products meant for oily skin.

As previously mentioned, a blackhead is a type of acne. The causes of acne when it comes to blackheads in particular also has something to do with sebum and dead skin cells. You see, when dead skin cells clog the skin pore, the surface of the skin remains open. This is when the formation of a blackhead starts to happen. A black color starts to form on the surface of the open pore.

Now in terms of whiteheads, which is another type of acne, the formation of these also have something to do with dead skin cells, pore clogs and too much sebum. However, instead of having an “open comedo” (for blackheads), a whitehead starts to form because of “closed comedo.”

One of the more commonly known causes of acne is the presence of too many sebaceous glands.  Once these glands produce sebum, the excess oil clogs more pores.  As a result, more bacteria (called P. acnes) is produced and more acne develops. Yes, the more bacteria, the more excess oil, the more acne.  As more and more bacteria surrounds the inflamed skin, the more reddish the acne looks and the more swollen and hot it feels.

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How To Fight Pimples

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One, eat a balanced diet such that one’s meals should include fresh fruits, fish or meat, vegetables.  

Two, drink water as often as possible especially upon waking up, after meals and in-between breaks.

Three, have a good sleep or rest your body for as many hours possible and give a reprieve to your skin. 

Four, for the girls: remove thoroughly anything you applied on your face before you sleep ; apply specially mixed cleanser with honey, then after few minutes, rinse with water ; apply night cream as one ritual; if this does not suit your need, use the regular routine of applying facial foam, rinse then pat skin with soft towel.

 For the boys, wash one’s face with your favorite facial foam not only to feel refreshed but fight pimples as well.  Lastly, live a relatively clean life: minimize if not totally stop smoking and drinking for stopping both of these altogether do not only fight pimples but facilitate long life and good vibes as well. So how do you fight pimples?  You prevent it now or for a longer time according to your will to say goodbye to pimples even before it haunts your beautiful skin.

 In a generation where foods are more “take out” therefore fatty and carbohydrates-filled, to prevent pimples becomes challenging to many. So to combat it demands the use of personal will and discipline to regulate intake of fries, fried chicken, fried meat and substitute it with grilled recipes. Make it a point to take Vitamins C and E not only to fight pimples but to add to one’s well-being as a whole. More exciting to consider are the abundant comments about your clear skin amidst all the pollution that seems to pester one’s lifestyle.  This becomes more flattering when even your family, your friends and most of all your special someone cannot help but stare at your skin which glows.

Our skin is considered the largest organ of the body so it deserves some attention. Part of it is the facial skin and since we use our face to put ourselves out there in the world, in the workplace and everywhere we want to be definitely then there is wisdom to fight pimples at all cost.

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