What is Acne? Reasons it Happens…

Acne occurs when glands (called sebaceous glands) in the follicles of the skin become overactive. These glands produce sebum, an oily substance that helps to stop the skin drying out. Someone with acne produces too much sebum, which forms a plug with dead skin cells and blocks the follicle.

There are many different reasons why acne happens. One is due to being a teenager. When you get into your teenage years your hormones go through a change. When this happens it can cause an overproduction of natural oils in the skin because the skin begins to interpret this hormone change as giving you dry skin. When it believes the skin is drying out, that causes it to overproduce oil.

You can also blame it on genetics. Sometimes when a family member has had acne in their early years, they pass that down which means you could get it. But none of the reasons I’m giving are saying that you can’t still treat acne.

A few reasons acne can get worse are:

  • Oil that is in skin products (moisturizers, makeup, etc) or grease in a workplace (kitchen, mechanic, etc)
  • environment irritation (air pollution, humidity, high altitude, etc)
  • trying to get rid of acne by popping pimples or squeezing blackhead because of dirty hands
  • STRESS

Easy Facial Cleansing and Pores Routine

Everyone needs their own routine at home. Whether you get to it in the morning or at night or even twice a day is up to you. But sometimes we forget steps to taking care of our skin. I have inserted below a step by step go through that I actually found on Pinterest (where a lot of good things are found) that I started using. Although for me, I have substituted certain steps for others because either the step given did not work for me or I found one that I liked better. For example, step 1 is you tie up your hair and cleanse your face. THAT IS A MUST! Your hair has natural oils that can irritate your skin and make cleansing it not worth it if it has interacted with the skin. Step 2 you don’t have to do a 2nd cleanse if you don’t want to, y0ur choice. Step 3 is a helpful one and if you can, try to find toner tablets that dissolve into hot water, the interaction with the water and the ingredients in the toner will help your pores open up faster. You can try any one of the last three steps in any order or just try one of them. Only do all three if your skin actually needs it. If you go overboard, your skin will get confused and start giving you dry spots or overproducing oils which will create a bigger problem in the long run. So try this step by step any way you choose and let me know how it works for you!

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6 Home Face Masks To Make in 10 Minutes

As I’ve probably stated before, I love those nights where you can stay in and cuddle up with your favorite film or tv show and just relax with some face masks. There are so many out there and luckily, for me, we have Pinterest. I use Pinterest to find new tips and masks to try and I thought I would share 6 of the masks I have tried. Honestly, Some I’ve liked and some have not been my favorite. But each one was at least 3 ingredients that you can find in your kitchen and are easy to do.

  1. Avocado, yogurt, olive oil, honey
  2. banana, baking soda, turmeric powder- this last ingredient was difficult for me to find
  3. Cucumber, milk, honey, brown sugar
  4. yogurt, honey, brown sugar
  5. oatmeal, egg, lemon juice
  6. lemon juice, sugar, olive oil

Try any one of these and let me know in the comments below if they worked for you or if they were fun for you to try! Have that night to yourself, we all deserve it sometimes!Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 12.43.07 PM

Know Your Skin

Over time our skin changes. Your skin is determined by the little things (gender, age, and surroundings). But knowing your skins needs is important. I think many people forget when you take care of your body, then that means everything! You should know the foods your eating, the drinks you have, and how this affects your skin. Some people struggle with knowing the type of skin they have so they end up using the wrong products. First off, know the type of skin you have!

NORMAL SKIN: If you’re one of the lucky ones who has normal skin (I hate you because I wish I had your skin! JK) then you have little discoloration, your pores aren’t visible, and you have no pimples.

OILY SKIN: If you have oily skin then this means your pores are enlarged, your skin gives off a shiny appearance, and you are prone to get acne.

DRY SKIN: With dry skin you can have flakey, dry, or red patches appear. This also can cause your skin to have a less vibrant appearance with makeup and can make you look tired.

SENSITIVE SKIN: This is tricky to tackle. With this type you’ll have blochy patches, redness spots, and could be prone to rashes and irritation, and skin could sometimes feel itchy or like it’s burning.

COMBINATION: With this type you generally could have oily skin around the chin, forehead, and nose. Areas that could be dry are around the eyes, hair, and jaw lines. And you could have larger pores.

Take a look at the things you eat and drink throughout your day. Healthier ingredients with a lower concentration of sugars or non-processed foods are best. Processed foods eaten occasionally are okay but an over consumption of this type of food can really effect your skin overtime. Also if you have long hair, try to loosely tie it back when greasy because that does have an effect. Lastly be aware of how often you touch your face, the natural oils in your fingers will overtime have an effect on your skin. I could argue to be aware of your surroundings because that does have an affect but truthfully we can’t always fix that for ourselves!

Food For The Skin

Have you ever heard people say that what you eat affect your body. It’s true. Certain foods affect your hair, your metabolism, etc. Well in this post I wanted to talk about foods that are good for your skin. Some good foods to add to your meals to help with skin are as follows. The first is avocados. Although avocados are seasonal they are a good source of biotin and help prevent dry skin. When eaten or used as a mask within their season they are a good source to hydrate skin cells. Another good source is eggs. Eggs are a huge source for protein (one of my moms biggest issues with me is if I eat enough protein). Eggs also provide biotin. But the protein helps repair skin cells that have been exposed to free radical damage. Next is pomegranates. Although pomegranates are a tropical fruit the antioxidants in them help skin create more collagen and the properties in them can also increase skin healing. If you want skin that can get smoother and healthier add walnuts. Walnuts have a high content of omega 3 fatty acids. It is also a good substitute if you don’t like fish (salmon to be exact, which has the same affect for skin). Try adding these foods to your meals and overtime watch how your skin changes and becomes healthier!

3 Skin Care Products For Less Than 10

My skin is probably the only thing in my life that I have had the longest fight with! (Fights with boys? Please, I can handle them. Fights with friends? Some. But my skin takes the cake!) We all get to an age where acne does happen. You can’t deny it. Even if you are the lucky few who only get a few pimples here and there, you still have to experience the pimple stages of your youth. And why go out of your way to spend tons of money when you can find great products for under $10? We all have different types of skin but they all fall under certain categories. For me, my skin type has been oily with a few dry spots. But one thing that has never changed is that my skin is sensitive.  Some of the brands that have worked for me, you can almost find anywhere. One of my favorites was the Neutrogena Fresh Foaming cleanser. This is a soft cleanser that costs you at least $5 but it works with removing your makeup and clearing out your pores after your days work. Another one I really like is the Olay Total Effects 7-1 Moisturizer & Serum With Sunscreen, which is around $8-10. This one for me was important to try because I live in a very sunny area where there isn’t much cold weather so a moisturizer with sunscreen in it is a must, especially during the summer! Another that I like is the Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Facial Cleanser, which ranges from $6-10. When I tried this I fell in love with it mostly because it LITERALLY woke me up every morning. This is a product that advertises it being able to wake your skin up in the morning & its true! My only issue with it was that it was not meant to remove makeup, which I tend to wear sometimes. I’m sorry to say that the three products I’ve mentioned are all for my skin type and those who are similar to mine but they worked for me. If you have a different skin type than mine & you know there are products under $10 that work please comment below!

Date Nights With Friends or By Yourself!

Don’t look at the title like it’s crazy! We all need those nights with friends or by ourselves! And it’s a great time to give your skin some love! On these nights I find it fun to find a movie or show you love and watch it while putting a mask on (home made masks to be exact!) A good thing to know beforehand is what kind of skin type you/friends have. I always turn to the internet or Pinterest to find interesting masks to make! If you want to make a homemade mask make sure it works for your skin type and that all the ingredients in it are in season (I’ve made this mistake a few times!) Also an easy way to make them is with a blender like you would make a smoothie or a food processor (it’ll go on easier if it’s made smoothly and doesn’t have chunks in it). Once made apply it with your friends, make some popcorn and sit down to watch your favorite movie or tv show together! If it’s one of those nights you want by yourself then make your mask and some popcorn and enjoy your movie in peace. Or go have a bubble bath and relax! I love having those nights! Give it a shot and let me know how a date night with yourself goes or how the movie night with friends goes!