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7 Ways to Get Rid of Body Acne For Good March 27 2017, 0 Comments

 Guest Blog By VeganAcneSufferers 

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Back acne, or "bacne" as some call it, can be somewhat similar to facial acne in its symptoms and causes, but the treatment of it does differ. Using our facial products on our body acne probably won't work, and it will be an expensive trial. The skin on your back has larger pores than facial pores, which means they are far more likely to become clogged. This is why it’s best to look for products that are specifically designed for the body to treat bacne.

1. Try A Different Approach

If you've tried everything under the sun and nothing seems to work, maybe acne-causing bacteria aren't the issue. Maybe it's a yeast issue. Pityrosporum folliculitis, a yeast, is actually at the root cause for most people with back and body acne. The treatment for yeast acne germs differs from the traditional bacteria acne germs. Instead of anti-bacterial cleansers, anti-fungal and other skin care practices are needed to get rid of this pesky skin issue.

2. Switch Out Your Body Wash

Like choosing a cleanser for your facial acne, using the right cleanser for your body is key to targeting aggressive bacne. Using things like shower gels may make you smell nice, but they don't really do much else. Instead, use medicated products that can kill yeast or bacteria and unclog pores. Some key elements to look for are pyrithinone zinc, benzoyl peroxide, or sulfur.

Don't forget a good scrub, either. Because our skin can become clogged with dead skin cells, sebum and other things, exfoliation is important.

3. Spot Treat

Just like you should spot treat a pimple that erupts on your face, you should also spot treat any pimples that stand out on your body. This is perhaps even more important, since lesions on your body can be quite painful, and can stick around for a very long time. Not to mention, if you have the type of pimples that tend to snag on clothes, open up and get bloody, you're likely to spread the bacteria to the surrounding area and create more pimples. Treating the pimple will help get rid of it a little faster, reducing the risk of bacteria spreading. You can use benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or tea tree oil - you may need to find the appropriate product for your needs.

4. Shower Away Sweat 

While there's not much evidence to suggest that sweat itself can cause body acne breakouts, there is the possibility, especially if you're dealing with yeast which thrives in warm, moist environments. Regardless, it's good hygiene to shower as soon after exercise/sweating as possible. If this isn't possible, at least try to wipe away the sweat and put on fresh clothes.

5. Wash Your Gear in Warm Water

While all of my exercise gear tells me to hand wash in cold water and not to use the dryer to extend the life of the garment, my body acne cares not for these instructions. When I trialed cold water gentle cycles and hang drying, I got a nice case of Athlete's Foot which then proceeded to Jock Itch. Needless to say, after switching back to gentle warm water cycles and using the dryer on delicate, this problem has been eradicated and my gear is no worse for wear, either.

6. Light Therapy

If you have a local tanning salon with red light therapy machines, it wouldn't hurt to give them a try. While sun exposure can exacerbate acne and skin issues, red light therapy is gentle, safe and has shown to be effective in treating skin conditions like acne.

7. Try A Salt Spray

Try soaking in a salt bath, or making a simple salt spray to spritz on the area. While this may not be ideal, and may result in some dryness, this can be an effective maintenance approach.



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I first got acne in high school, and it came back in my early adulthood. I was able to struggle through those difficult times and come out of it a stronger, wiser, healthier person as a result. I'm here to help you do the same thing!

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O-FISH-ially Obsessed with Sushi March 25 2017, 0 Comments

By: Genevieve 

This Japanese dish has taken over the world in recent decades. Sushi really didn’t start to spread to other countries until the 1970s. But once the world got a taste of this unique dish, we couldn’t get enough. Sushi is great in a number of ways. First off, it’s just fun to eat! I remember the first time I ate sushi, I went to an authentic Japanese sushi restaurant. The woman who owned the restaurant called herself “Bento Mom” and she taught us the proper way to eat sushi from how to use chopsticks to not drinking your water until you have finished eating to allow for proper digestion.  Going out for sushi is just a fun experience to share with your friends. Sushi also is very beneficial to your health. Here are just some of these health benefits:

  1. Fish is High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids:  Omega-3s are vital for our health in numerous ways and are primarily found in different types of fish. 
  2. Rice Provides Protein and Carbohydrates:  Rice, which is depended on by a large portion of the world, is a great source of carbs and proteins.
  3. Seaweed is Rich with Vitamins:  Seaweed is typically wrapped around the rice and fish in a sushi roll.  Nori (or seaweed) is abundant in vitamins including a multitude of B vitamins as well as vitamin A.
  4. Wasabi Aids Digestion:  Wasabi, which contains Vitamin C, is very helpful in aiding the digestion process.
  5. Ginger Fights Colds:  Ginger is another food that helps aid digestion, but it also boosts your immune system.  Ginger is used as a palate cleanser in sushi dishes but it also is beneficial to your health. 

While sushi can be on the expensive side, it provides a lot of benefits to your health.  Sushi bought in an authentic Japanese restaurant will be more costly than the pre-packaged sushi you might find in a supermarket.  This is because everything they use is fresh and you can literally watch the make your sushi right in front of you. It’s pretty amazing to watch, I have to say.  When the sushi chef presents you with your meal, he or she bows to you and just seems so proud of the food they’ve made.  Going out for sushi is an awesome and unique experience that also is great for your health.  Plus, the Japanese have one of the highest life expectancy averages in the world.  Maybe sushi has something to do with that.

Vitamins and why it's Vital March 25 2017, 0 Comments

By Shadoe

 Vitamins are extremely important not only for your body but also your skin. They often aid in healing, softening the skin, and fighting off diseases. There are 13 essential vitamins that your skin needs to thrive. They are A, C, D, E, K, and 8 B-complex vitamins. There are fat-soluble vitamins which mean that they can be stored in the body, and there are water-soluble which means the body uses and loses them quickly. The fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E, and K; and the water-soluble are C and B-complex. The water-soluble most also are replenished regularly since they leave the body so quickly. Vitamins A, C, D, and E have been proven to have positive effects on the skin's health when consumed or taken as a supplement.

    Vitamin A aids in the health, function, and repair of skin cells. It also supports the overall health of the skin and has been shown to improve elasticity and thickness. Elastin is a protein base that gives skin its ability to stretch and return back to normal or regain its original shape. This vitamin is also found in the starter cleanser for obvious reasons to help our skin’s elasticity and aid in the repair of skin cells.

    Vitamin C is needed for the proper repair of the skin and its tissues. It aids in and accelerates the skin’s healing process and is vitally important in fighting the aging process. This is because it promotes the production of collagen in the skin’s dermal tissues, which keeps the skin healthy and firm. This right here guys is how the banisher works so well paired with its magic serum. The banisher creates these tiny holes in our skin that we cannot necessarily see yet these holes reach the dermis layer of the skin. When you use the serum that is recommended right after you roll your face with those itty bitty needles the vitamin C has a better chance of reaching that dermis layer and changing the way our skin looks. It's absolutely amazing and makes so much sense. Daisy is a genius!

    Vitamin D promotes rapid healing of the skin and enables the body to properly absorb and use calcium.

    Vitamin E helps protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays and has been claimed to help heal damage to the skin’s tissues when taken by mouth.

    All of these vitamins are necessary to keep healthy, beautiful skin and if you are not eating enough foods that contain them throughout find a really good multivitamin. I personally have to still take multivitamins and I feel like I have tried too many. Just find one that works for you and your schedule and stick with it!

Exercising for Good Living March 24 2017, 0 Comments

By: Kristina

Fitness is all the rage, nowadays. Life in the twenty-first century is a lot more complicated, courtesy of the several illnesses that are taking hold of humanity. People are only waking from their slumbers and recognizing the importance of exercising. While there is galore of fitness routines to match your individualistic needs, a well-rounded routine comprising of some cardio, weight training and flexibility will do you a great deal of good. Here are several ways in which you are enhancing your quality of life, by taking the time out to focus on fitness:

  • Whip your BMI into shape – This is one of the main perks of working out. You are able to tone down your muscles and get rid of unnecessary fat. Your Body-Mass Index is a determinant of how healthy you are. The World Health Organization states that, since 1980, worldwide obesity rates have doubled. This means that a lot more people are moving towards a hazardous lifestyle. So, exercise, not just to reduce your weight or increase your height, but to ensure that your body mass is balanced as per your age.
  • Cleanse your skin – Exercising is known to get your blood pumping faster. This ensures that your skin cells are nourished and you have lesser impurities in the blood. Impurities are some of the concerns behind blemishes and low immunity. Notice that flush on your face after an early morning jog? It is as good a sign of the impact that working out has on your skin. Therefore, use fitness as an excuse to get radiant skin.
  • Exercise = Good Appetite = More nutrients – It is a no-brainer that keeping yourself fit takes a lot of work. It involves a lot of sweat, sore muscles, and body aches. But let me not scare you away with that notion. A good workout routine helps to gradually build a good appetite. While your quantity intake may increase, it won’t add the same fat to your body, because you’re constantly burning the fats. Plus, it will encourage you to add some more protein and vitamin rich elements to your daily diet.
  • Avoid period cramps – Ladies, pay attention to this. While it may sound horrid, it truly helps. Exercising is a boon for all those days in the month when your uterus is having no mercy on you. Doing crunches regularly reduces the chance of period cramps and makes the ordeal a lot easier to bear. It relaxes the muscles and maintains your body temperature.
  • Meet new people – There’s a whole other community revolving around fitness. Even if you aren’t a hardcore fitness buff, getting into a workout routine is a way of meeting new people – be it at the gym or at a local yoga class. It will motivate you to stay atop your game while expanding your social circles. Moreover, it is always better to work with others, as they can help you with difficulties and educate you about new exercises and the benefits.

How to Stop the Urge to Pick your Face March 24 2017, 0 Comments

By Emily

Acne sucks. But what sucks even more is self-inflicting yourself with scars from picking your acne. I am a severe offender of face-picking and it's one of my most shameful habits. Not only is it gross, it makes your acne hurt more and makes the marks stick around longer. But when your face is covered with huge protruding bumps that are often dry and flaky from your acne medication, it's often all too tempting to pick at them.  Picking scars inhibits the healing process, so if you occasionally indulge (like me) you NEED to stop! I haven't stopped completely yet but I have come up with a few ways to resist the urge:

  • Stay moisturized: if your skin is dry and flaky it's very tempting to pick. But if you put moisturizer on, it becomes a lot more difficult to find spots to pick. Whenever I am in my apartment, I wash all my makeup off and repeatedly put facial moisturizer on to make sure I never feel those dry, flaky spots.
  • Wear a face mask: if I'm sitting around doing work on my computer or reading a book, I sometimes mindlessly pick my face. To prevent this, I'll put a face mask on. Then there is literally a barrier between your fingers and your face to stop yourself from picking.
  • Keep nails trimmed/paint nails: if your nails are short it's a lot harder to pick at your face. Trim them down on a regular basis and file them to make the edges dull.  Also, if I paint my nails or get my nails done, picking my face can cause the polish to chip. As an incentive to not ruin your manicure, you’ll pick your face less
  • Wear gloves: I wear gloves whenever I'm outside and sometimes in the house to avoid touching/picking my face. A lot of times just mindlessly running my fingers over my face causes a full on picking attack. Wearing gloves helps prevent this.
  • Spend time in crowded places: because I know how disgusting picking your face looks, I'm a lot less likely to do it in public places. I do work or read in coffee shops (especially places with a lot of attractive people) so that if I do get the urge to pick, I'm reminded that someone could be watching me do it.
  • Tell your friends/significant other to stop you if they catch you: I don't personally do this because I don't have a significant other and I'm not close with my roommate, but I have noticed my friend’s boyfriend telling her outright to stop picking her face if he sees her do it. My mom had our family members do this if we see her bite her nails. Yes, it's embarrassing and yes, the person who gets caught will probably be a little mad, but it's surprisingly effective.

Well, those are my tips! I implement them whenever I can. Hopefully, soon I will have kicked my picking habit and won't beef them anymore. Until then, good luck everyone!

Top 5 Homemade Remedies for Acne Prone Skin March 23 2017, 0 Comments

By: Kiya 

If you suffer from acne prone skin then you have probably spent a fair amount of money on expensive products that claim to give you a new face. Whilst there are a lot of products out there that really work, the cost of trying to achieve clear skin can sometimes be overwhelming. 

I have suffered from acne since I was a teenager and I have probably put anything you can think of on my face. From toothpaste to egg whites, I’ve tried it! In my experience there a few remedies that I have found really do produce good results. 

  • Honey

Honey has natural antibacterial properties so is great for calming down those pesky pimples. I tend to use it as a mask and leave for 10-15 minutes. It is also very moisturizing. You can also mix it with other ingredients such as lemon or avocado. 

  • Lemon

Lemon is also antibacterial so helps to kill off the bacteria that are causing you to breakout. It is also a natural bleaching agent so assists in fading red acne scars. I always see results using lemon in my skincare routine. I usually mix lemon with honey and use as a mask as I find putting in directly onto my skin can be too harsh and sting, as I have sensitive skin. 

  • Egg Whites

Whip up some egg whites and apply to your face with a brush and leave for around 5 minutes, or until dry. This is intense; you can literally feel your face getting tighter as it dries. Once I use have removed the egg whites my skin feels instantly tighter and I can see fewer lines and dark spots. 

  • Sugar

When it comes to eating sugar, it’s not the best for keeping your skin healthy. However, you can use it as a scrub to gently exfoliate. I tend to find a lot of face scrubs are too harsh for my skin, this is natural and gently removes dead skin cells without irritating my skin, and I love it! 

  • Coconut Oil

When I first read about the benefits coconut oil had on acne, I thought ‘but my skin is already oily, why would I add more?’ Coconut oil is a natural oil that dissolves the oil that builds up in your pores. It’s full of antibacterial agents and is super moisturizing. I tend to wash my face with it with my usual cleanser or use it as a mask for 10 – 15 minutes. It’s also great for conditioning your hair! 

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Review March 23 2017, 0 Comments

By: Vindra

I was never deeply into makeup, or a huge follower of makeup trends while growing up, but how that time has changed in my life! 

As a teenager in university, I am absolutely in love with makeup. It gives me the self-confidence I need to go win and have an awesome day. Usually, after concealing my under eyes, my skin looks a little dry and uneven. After concealing, I ‘bake’ as some call it, using the amazing Laura Mercier translucent powder under my eyes, just to brighten up my skin, and set my concealer in place. This product has completely revolutionized my makeup. It gives me just the perfect amount of coverage I need and makes my skin look smooth and oil-free. 

It’s a great step to add to the makeup routine, especially for a flawless finish, and mostly working on preventing too much of a cakey look. The powder works wonders to cover up my obvious dark circles and sets my face so wonderfully. It is a bit expensive, for setting powder, but the investment is so worth it, and the powder goes a long way. I usually just blend this in with a makeup brush or use a beauty blender to conceal under my eyes and highlight my forehead. The product comes with a petite puff, but I prefer using a makeup brush to effectively blend the powder into my skin. 

If you suffer from combination skin, like mine which is both oily and dry, this product is perfect for you. I would recommend it a 100% since it eliminates all the extra shine and gives you a flawless matte finish. This powder is perfect on the go, I got my travel sized powder from Sephora, and it’s great to use for a little touch up to keep my skin looking bright and fresh all day. What I absolutely love about this product is the sheer finished look of it, it doesn’t look like you applied any sort of powder on your skin, yet it brightens your face, and highlights all your features in the right places. 

This is an amazing application before a photo shoot, and it gives you the perfect coverage for a natural look. I would recommend this product for anyone who is not satisfied with average loose powders that wear off by the end of the day. Believe me, this product can hold your makeup in place and looks so beautiful with it if applied correctly. I love testing different products, and this is by far one of the best loose setting powder that came my way so far.

My Accutane Journey March 22 2017, 0 Comments

By: Carly 

I am currently taking an oral medication called Accutane and this medication is supposed to get rid of most of my severe acne. Accutane is an extremely harsh treatment that gets rid of all of your acne by using a high dose of vitamin A. This is a very scary medication to be taking because if you were to get pregnant on this medication your baby will become deformed when born. It also causes severe dryness all over the body. Your hair, lips, and skin will be extremely dry but that is how the medication works.

I took this medication for about 7 months and it was a hard 7 months because of the symptoms. I had to be on two steady birth control methods while on this medication and I also had to once a month get either my blood was drawn or a pregnancy test to ensure I was not pregnant on this medication because of the birth effects. 

But through the cons comes the pros, this medication was a LIFE CHANGER. My skin has improved immensely and I don't see as many pimples as I used to. Even though this medication has so many scary side effects and even the extreme dryness it is 100 percent worth it. This medication has changed my skin in so many crazy good ways and it did it fast. 

I am so thankful I got to try this medication because it's improved my skin so much! It also improved my depression and self-confidence, because now, I can feel happy and beautiful without so much makeup all over my face. Due to my skin being so dry and flakey it feels like a 7-month long chemical peel on my face and body. I am so happy that the acne is going away finally after years and years of ugly awful skin. 

I love washing my face and putting face masks on in hopes for perfect skin someday. What I am left with are a bunch of nasty scars from the dry patches that were caused from the Accutane. I would pick on the dry patches trying to get rid of the flakes and dryness but it left a lot of scarring and all of the acne scarrings from years before which is really horrible. I have a lot of acne scarring on my cheeks and it's a result of the years and years of acne and picking and also the dry patches I would pick at. 

Why You Should Be Careful with DIY Skincare March 22 2017, 0 Comments

By: MaryJo

DIY skincare has increased in popularity over the past few years. The pseudoscience of minimal ingredient skin-care as been heavily promoted on the internet. Especially amongst the YouTube community. Yes, minimal ingredient skin care can be especially good for your skin. But, using “natural products” (products that you can find in your cupboard) aren’t always great for your skin. The two that I’ve tried myself are the lemon juice masks & the baking soda scrub. 

These two, in particular, are the two that you need to be extremely wary of. 

Lemon Juice:

Lemon juice is extremely acidic first of all. While the pH of your skin sits at about 5.5, lemon juice has a pH of about 2, which is highly acidic! Something with that level of a pH can be truly damaging to your skin. Overall, you want to use skin care with a pH level that is close to the pH of your own skin. 

 Citrus oils such as lemon juice are also extremely phototoxic; meaning that if you sit in the sun, the sunlight can irritate your skin and causes chemical burns! That will definitely lengthen the process of lightening your acne scars and possible make your scars worse than before! 

My own experience with it is that it stung my face like crazy! Something that makes your skin irritated and burns like that can not be good for your skin. Remember, your skin is a living organ. It is a vital part of you. Treat it nicely! Anything you use that is soothing and calming is always a good sign. 

Baking Soda:

Baking soda is a huge no-no! Whatever you do, please do not apply this to your face. Baking soda is a whopping pH of 9! That is completely different from your own skin’s natural pH level of 5.5. 

I sadly believed that baking soda would do exfoliating wonders that all the bloggers and YouTubers raved about. After using the baking soda scrub on my face, my skin started to flake…It was a horrible experience. My skin became irritated, itchy and flaky for a couple weeks. It took that long to heal. The reason my skin was flaking was because the baking soda compromised the acid mantle of my skin. Basically, I ruined the protective layer of my skin that fights against bacterial infections! I was just asking to get more acne breakouts. 

That being said, be careful what beauty tips and advice you read or watch about online. Always do your research and only use the best products for your skin. Sometimes the “natural” route isn’t the best for it. 

5 Things That Make Acne Worse March 21 2017, 0 Comments

Are You Making Your Acne Worse with these Bad Skin Habits?

 Guest Blog By VeganAcneSufferers 

We may think we are doing everything right to clear our skin, but could our good intentions be steering us off the path? Of course none of us would intentionally exacerbate our skin condition. After all, all we really want is clear skin, why would we do anything to make it worse?

Unfortunately, a lot of people simply don't understand how the things they do to their skin can negatively affect it, and so what seems like a good idea, may not be. 

For example, Korean researchers gave 136 acne patients a questionnaire to gauge the patients’ understanding of proper skin care and determine their skin care habits. They then published the results in the International Journal of Dermatology. The results are exactly what I would expect based on the questions I get asked.

The questionnaire answers highlight several problems, including:

1. Excessive face washing.

42.7% of respondents washed their face excessively, with 28.7% washing “vigorously until it feels silky,” and 14% washing “until I cannot detect sebum at all.” Physical irritation of the skin is one of the major factors that keep people stuck in a cycle of acne. Instead of washing vigorously, we should choose gentle, hydrating cleansers and cleanse only briefly.

2. Misguided self-diagnoses.

When asked what they thought caused their acne, the most common answer was stress at 27.2%. Excessive sebum production came in tied for second with diet at 14.7%, and insufficient cleansing was next at 14%. Stress can definitely be an aggravating factor for hormonal acne, but it is nowhere near as causal as underlying factors such as hormonal imbalances, poor diet, etc.

3. Impatience.

Everyone wants clear skin, and they want it yesterday. Unfortunately we don't have anything that works quite that fast, so we really need to adjust our expectations. Acne treatments can take weeks to start showing results, so be patient, and don't jump from product to product without giving them their due chance to work. It may be a bummer if your product doesn't end up helping your skin, or makes it worse, but what if you stopped using it prematurely, and it could've helped improve your skin had you given it a little more time?

4. Using too much.

Whether you're using too many different products or you're using too much of a product at once, this is a very common problem. Using too many products, especially irritating ones, is bad for your skin and your acne. Similarly, using too much of a certain product can affect its efficacy - it may not work as well, or it may work too well, and cause excessive dryness or irritation.

5. Picking and popping.

For some reason that is beyond my comprehension, there is still information circulating that suggests it is ideal to pop pimples to get rid of it faster. This couldn't be farther from the truth; popping and picking at pimples is a great way to reduce swelling (temporarily), while also increasing redness, inflammation, and spreading bacteria to surrounding unaffected pores. A surefire way to guarantee that pimple is sticking around a while longer, and it's bringing some of its friends, too.

Just keep your hands off your face. Period.

Maybe you're not making all of these mistakes, but maybe you're making a few of them. Eliminating these exacerbating factors might help to calm your skin.

5 things that make acne worse


Navarete-Solis J, et al. “A Double-Blind, Randomized Clinical Trial of Niacinamide 4% versus Hydroquinone 4% in the Treatment of Melasma.” Dermatology Research and Practice. 2011


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