• 02Jul

    Do you always break out on your chin? Or maybe acne always seems to crop up on your cheeks or your T-zone.  There are reasons you might be breaking out in one particular area over another.

    I hardly ever had acne or pimples in my teenage years right until now.  Every once in a while, a pimple will pop out on my chin.  When I kept having acne only on my chin some 18 years back when I was in my late 20s with my weight shooting up from 43kg to 48kg in just two months, I knew it was a red flag.  An ultrasound scan by my Ob & Gyn revealed that I had PCOS, a hormonal imbalance disorder.

    Hormones, diet, poor hygiene, stress, or an underlying issue with an internal organ are all factors that could trigger breakouts in a particular spot. Great skin often starts from the inside-out. One of the places through which your body rids itself of toxins, illness, and stresses is its largest organ — the skin.

    The method of using the location of acne to inform treatment and prevention is called face mapping.  Face mapping is a great place to start with finding the possible causes and solutions of those pesky breakouts on your forehead, cheeks, chin and T-Zone.

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    Forehead
    If you frequently wear hats, the friction from the fabric could be to blame.  The acne may also be a result of using heavy hair-care products like conditioners or leave-in treatments that can clog pores around the hairline

    Quick Fixes to Get Rid of Your Forehead Acne

    Another possible culprit here is stress. If you have exams coming up or rushing to complete for a project, for example, it might be a good idea to incorporate acne treatments like salicylic acid into your routine to help control potential breakouts.  I love using Melaleuca pure essential oil (Tea Tree oil) to control and treat breakout on my chin.

    Also, to avoid making things worse, lay off the chips and candy.  Your forehead is linked to your digestive system. Reducing the amount of fat in your diet and stepping up your water intake could help.

    Nose
    Your nose is linked to your heart and cutting back on meat and spicy foods could reduce breakouts here.  You could swap spicy foods with foods with “good fats” like nuts, avocados, fish, or flaxseed.  Also, since this area is chock full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiration date or does not contain pore-clogging ingredients.

    In Between the Brows
    This is the zone where food allergies show up first.  Lactose intolerance is a possible factor as is a diet rich in foods that are difficult to digest like fast food.

    Cheeks
    When did you last clean your phone or makeup brushes? If you’re experiencing breakouts in this area, it might be time to give them all a good cleanse.

    Because this area also corresponds with your respiratory system, smoking cigarettes is a definite no-no (for many more reasons than just pimples, too).

    T-Zone
    If you’re getting breakouts in the T-zone area, think oil and stress. A large-scale study of 160 male high school students in Singapore found that high stress doesn’t have an effect on oil production, but it can make acne more serious.

    Another study, published in the same nonprofit journal Acta Dermato, found that people who woke up tired were more likely to have acne as well.  So, it sounds like stress and sleep start a vicious cycle with acne. If you notice a pattern, try to practise good sleeping habits.  That is why you often hear women stress that they need their beauty sleep to get beautiful flawless skin and to feel good.

    Chin and Jawline
    This could be a sign that acne is due to a hormonal imbalance. Birth control or spironolactone (which decreases testosterone levels) are both effective treatment options.  While hormonal changes can be unavoidable, you can decrease the effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies, and keeping skin squeaky clean.  Stay off stress too.

    The Ears
    Because this area is associated with the kidneys, breakouts here could be a direct result of dehydration.  Drink lots of water and avoid carbonated and caffeinated beverages.

    Here are some ways to keep pimples away:

    • To help prevent the oil buildup that can lead to acne, wash your face once or twice a day with warm water and a mild soap or cleanser.
    • Don’t scrub your face. Scrubbing can actually make acne worse by irritating the skin. Wash gently, using your hands instead of a washcloth.
    • If you wear makeup, moisturizer, or sunscreen, make sure they are “oil-free,” “noncomedogenic,” or “nonacnegenic.”
    • When you wash your face, take the time to remove all of your makeup.

    • If you use hair sprays or gels, try to keep them away from your face because they can clog pores.
    • If you have long hair, keep it away from your face and wash it regularly to reduce oil.
    • Baseball caps and other hats can cause pimples along the hairline. Avoid them if you think they are making your acne worse.
    • Wash your face after you’ve been exercising and sweating a lot.
    • Try not to touch your face.
    • Don’t pick, squeeze, or pop pimples.
    • Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
    • Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day
    • Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each day
    • Exercise and sweat it out to remove toxins from your body
    • Lastly, try to stave off stress from consuming you
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  • 03Jun

    The other day, I noticed a few brownish age spots on my upper cheeks. I freaked out. After all, I am only 43 this year and  I think this age is still too early to be getting age spots!

    As a strong proponent of using all things natural (and cheap), I  did a search today to find out how I can get rid of the age spots naturally.

    After reading a few articles, I settled with using lemon juice, extra virgin coconut oil and essential oils.

    My method worked like a charm and those brown spots were removed almost completely on the first try!

    My method (successful!):
    1. First dab fresh lemon juice all over my skin with dark spots, which were on my cheeks and neck.
    2. Let the juice soak through my skin for a few hours. I waited for 5 hours.
    3. After my shower, I poured a mixture of extra virgin coconut oil, melaleuca oil, peppermint oil and lavender oil in a bowl.  Then dipped facial cotton squares into the mixed essential oils.
    4. Using the facial cotton squares soaked with essential oils, I rubbed  the affected parts of my skin.  Brown stains were immediately seen on the cotton squares!  The more I rubbed my skin with the cotton, the more brown stains were seen on the cotton.  After rubbing my cheeks and neck with a handful of cotton squares, the affected areas are now sparkling clean and fair again!  I could not believe how effective this method is!!

     

    What Are Age Spots?

    Age spots, also known as liver spots and sun spots, typically appear on the face, hands, shoulders, forearms and other areas of skin regularly exposed to the sun.  According to the Mayo Clinic, age spots appear most frequently in adults over the age of 40, though they can also affect younger people. Despite their name, age spots are not caused by aging alone, but occur from long-term exposure to the sun or other sources of UV light. Considered harmless, age spots require no medical treatment. Bleaching with over-the-counter products or natural remedies may reduce their appearance.

    But I am not keen on using over-the-counter products, which may contain harsh chemicals.

    If you’re a pro of using all things natural just like myself, you’ll be delighted to know that age spots can be removed naturally and inexpensively!

    1 .  Coconut Oil

    Coconut oil has been considered to be useful not just for your health but it is also a beauty oil too.  It is one of those oils which has tremendous benefits for your skin as well as hair. The world over it is regarded as one of the most popular oils for beauty care.

    Coconut oil comes packed with various antioxidants which help in fighting against these age spots.

    Use Coconut Oil to Get Rid of Age Spots Naturally

    If you want to use coconut oil for getting rid of age spots, it’s best to use virgin coconut oil since it is rich in antioxidants.

    How to use coconut oil?

    Clean your face and then pat dry with a soft towel. Now take a few drops of coconut oil and apply it on the age spots. Gently massage the spots with this oil. It is supposedly more effective it you go for upward strokes on the face. Coconut oil should be applied for age spots not just on face but on other parts of your body as well.

    In order to prevent age spots from occurring it is best if you apply coconut oil immediately after you have come back from outside and have been exposed to sun rays. Continue applying coconut till the age spots disappear completely from your skin

     

    2. Lemon Juice

    Lemon is a natural bleaching agent and can go a long way in reducing age spots. Owing to its bleaching properties lemon juice is considered to be a dark spot corrector too.  Apply the juice from a fresh lemon to age spots at least twice a day to naturally reduce their appearance.  Allow the juice to remain for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Lemon juice contains mild acidic agents that may slough away dead cells from the skin’s outer layer and lighten dark spots on the skin.

    3. Yoghurt

    Yoghurt is known to whiten your skin naturally. Just apply some plain and unsweetened yoghurt on your brown spots and massage gently. This will not just fade away the spots but also make your skin brighter and even out the skin tone too.

    Use Yoghurt for Age Spots removal naturally

     

    4.  Pineapple

    Rub a piece of fresh pineapple over age spots to gently lighten their appearance.    Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which is a mild bleaching agent suitable for reducing age spots.  Do this at least once a day for best results.

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    5. Papaya

    In order to naturally get rid of age spots, you can apply papaya too. This is so because papaya contains an enzyme called  ‘Papain’ which helps in evening out the skin tone, removes freckles, age spots as well as dark spots caused by acne. Just rub the papaya peel on your spots regularly.

    Get Rid of Age Spots with Papaya

     

    6.  Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Oil)

    Tea tree oil helps to get rid of dark spots from acne but also reduces age spots too. Apply tea tree oil with a cotton pad on the spots daily.

     

    7. Onion Juice

    If you do not mind the pungent odor of onion juice, you can squeeze the juice of onion and apply it on the affected spots. Do this at least 2-3 times a day.

     

    8.  Aloe Vera

    Apply aloe vera gel directly on age spots to help reduce their appearance. The Reader’s Digest book, “1,801 Home Remedies: Trustworthy Treatments for Everyday Health Problems,”  recommends using gel fresh from the living plant, if possible. Aloe vera contains chemicals that gently remove dead skin cells and encourage the growth of new, healthy cells. Apply once or twice per day until you achieve the desired results.

     

    9.  Buttermilk

    Apply plain buttermilk, an old folk remedy for age spots, directly to the spots several times in a day to get rid of age spots. Buttermilk contains lactic acid, which gently exfoliates pigmented and sun-damaged skin while mildly bleaching.

     

    10.  Witch Hazel

    Use witch hazel to reduce age spots naturally. This is also effective in treating skin discoloration. Apply it in the same way as you would with tea tree oil.

    Tips

    While getting rid of age spots naturally is possible, it takes commitment, patience and time to see results.  Many natural remedies work slowly, over time, so stick with it patiently and you should notice improvement over time, depending on the severity of the condition.

    Avoid excess sunlight and always use sunscreen to prevent age spots from becoming dark again. Bleaching them with natural materials won’t last permanently if you expose your skin to the elements that caused the damage in the first place.

    You may also try applying vitamin E oil to the skin after spending time in the sun to prevent the formation of age spots.

     

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  • 25Oct

    My once flawless face is pretty prone to pimples lately.  I guess this has got to do with not getting sufficient sleep and not getting sufficient ‘sweating it out’ moments.  I used to exercise vigorously everyday which made me sweat profusely.   Exercising and sweating can improve one’s skin and complexion.  Ever since the maid left,  I have lesser time and lesser energy to exercise vigorously.   So I guess these two factors are encouraging the zits to pop out.  And oh yes, the hot and humid weather has a role to play too.

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  • 19Apr

    I recently discovered that  my used face mask can be utilized to ‘mask’ my super dry feet and cracked heels too.  I don’t know if anyone else does that too. I find that such an expensive facial mask can be put to better use instead of throwing it into the bin after 15 minutes of application on my face. So I used the still wet facial mask moisturizer and applied it all over my body, feet inclusive and put on a pair of socks before going to bed. The next morning, my body and feet felt silky smooth and really moisturized 🙂


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