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Why You Shouldn’t Drink Milk October 21 2016, 0 Comments

By Meghan

Remember all those posters in your school and the nurse’s office that said “Got Milk?” It always had a celebrity on it with a milk mustache. They were encouraging us to drink milk because of the claims it has to our health. Well they were wrong! Dairy turns out to be the worst thing for your skin ever! It actually makes oily skin even oilier! Causing acne and aging.

It is all the hormones inside the milk. From a vegan aspect you have to think about why all this milk is produced. To grow baby cows into big ones! The same thing humans do for their babies. But the milk from a cow has a lot more in it than we need. Especially when the farms pump more crap into the milk. This sadly includes cheese, ice cream, butter and all of it.

The milk we consume comes from pregnant cows so it contains hormones and insulin growth factors that only cause the inflammation, breakouts and aging. Think about what cows natural produce to grow those cows and we put that in our bodies! Some scientists have said that milk is why each generation gets taller and taller. Seems a little unnatural to me.

Since cutting out dairy myself my skin has made a difference. My breakouts are no longer as severe. Some of my friends have even taken it out of their diet and noticed a differenced. There was a time when I decided to not care and I would pour regular milk in my cereal. This was a bad idea I broke out so bad! I knew it was the dairy so I took it out of my diet again and my skin clamed back down. Try the dairy free diet and your skin could really clear up. You will probably even loose a few pounds, especially if you are very strict with it!

For my cereal lovers substitute dairy milk for rice milk! There is no difference in taste and its better for you! Also don’t feel like you can’t have ice cream when your friends want to go to the ice cream stand. I also still eat pizza occasionally. I don’t completely deprive myself from dairy but I never drink straight milk. I try to go a few days dairy free every week. Definitely still treat your self just don’t make dairy a daily thing and it should definitely change your skin.

Be Cautious Using Honey on Acne October 20 2016, 0 Comments

By Meghan

Honey is a delicious thing and we have been told that it can be wonderful for our skin. In my experience it has not been a wonderful skin mask from the pantry. Honey is yet another home ingredient that is praised for its cheap accessibility to our skin. It is antibacterial, antioxidant and prevents acne.

Now of course everyone has different skin and if honey masks work for you then you are very lucky. Recently I decided to try it, I used raw honey, not the sugared up honey that comes in that bear shape bottle and it made me break out! I added a little lemon juice and placed it on my cheeks, my current problem area, and licked it off my fingers.

I will admit after rinsing it off my skin was instantly soft. But the next day I woke up with at least four new mountains on my cheeks. They were red and huge, the worst I’ve seen in a while. It was the only thing I changed in my routine and I wasn’t on my period. I knew it had to be the honey. I write to be cautious of the honey, it might not work for you and it might break you out!

A friend of mine had the same reaction. So I do not think it is just me, it could happen to your skin too. I do not know what it is about my skin that made that happen but I believe that my skin and my friends are very acne prone so it did not react well. If you break out from even going to bed without washing your face because you simply fell asleep before you could, then I would proceed with caution.

A good alternative that is just moisturizing is olive oil. Put it a little bit of this on your skin at night and it will do wonders. Olive oil can even help you grow out your brows thicker. I over plucked mine so I put olive oil on them every night and my brows grew in thicker! You can even use coconut oil as a very deep moisturizer for the skin.

I like to also use this to get my eye makeup off. For the antioxidant aspect, try blueberries. Blue berries are great for your body for the antioxidants inside them, instead of eating them, try putting it directly on your skin.

My Skincare Routine for Oily Skin October 19 2016, 0 Comments

By Meghan

My skin type is very oily not sensitive, if you have similar skin this might work for you. Starting with the morning I like to keep it very simple. I only wash my face with the Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Wash in the morning. It is a very light wash that it is almost like rinsing with water! I then continue with my Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On for under and around my eyes to make them look more awake. This stuff is great I instantly notice my eyes look different.

I then finish off with my Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15. This is mainly to protect my acne scars so they do not get worse. I recently learned that sun makes the hyperpigmentation marks darker and so I added this light moisturizing SPF! After this I put on my make up. I never really wear face make up unless I'm going out or to an event that I want to cover all my acne or scars. I usually never wear anything to work. Its much better for your skin to not clog all those pores with foundation, it’s not good for your skin.

At night its much more complicated. On a regular night that I do not use a facemask I either wash with a sulfur wash my dermatologist prescribed me, or my Movis cleansing bar from Lush. If I wore make up I will use the Simple Exfoliating Facial Wipes to get it all off.

After cleansing I use the toner that I made. Its just equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water in an old lush spray bottle! I use a cotton ball to wipe that all over my face. I think all toners do the same, and that’s to just get a deeper clean than the cleanser. Next I put on my Curology. This is an online prescription, kind of like pro active but a personalized bottle of ingredients to fit your acne fighting needs from a real dermatologist. This is new in my routine that I am trying out for my active breakouts.

After I let that sit I put on my Neutrogena Naturals multi-vitamin nourishing night cream. I love this night cream I notice such a difference in my skin right after one night. I stopped using it for a bit, for no particular reason just kept forgetting near finals and then I did one night and my skin was so lovely the next day. I really love the Neutrogena Naturals line, the ingredients are very simple and work so great on my skin.

I finish off with my Neutrogena Healthy Skin eye cream and if I have any huge pimples on my face I will put some Clean and Clear persa-gel on the pimple to treat it over night! This contains 10% benzoyl peroxide. And then I'm done and go to bed!

Why Should I Have A Routine? October 18 2016, 0 Comments

By Meghan

Many times when my friends with good skin have a bad breakout they ask for help. I will ask them what they do for their skin. The answer is always “nothing really” followed with a weird look. That’s where the problem begins. I had a friend once say that their mother said moisturizer isn’t important and I nearly fell over. If you do not have a good skin care routine, of course your skin isn’t going to be pretty sometimes. A skin care routine is like having a balanced meal. It’s all about what you put in the inside and on the outside. The next four steps are the basics in a routine, you can add to it to make it work for you.

The first thing is a good cleanser. Now you want to know what kind of skin type you have. Is it oily, dry or maybe is it a combination. From there you can get any cleanser in the drugstore that applies to your skin type. It will say on the bottle usually which type it is best for. Make sure you are cleaning your skin morning and night.

Next you want a toner. Now this one is easy. All toners work the same because they all have the same job. You can purchase a very simple one or maybe get one they does a little more than tone. I have bought some in the past to fight my acne scars and acne in general. This is personal preference as you learn what works for you.

Next is a treatment. This one is not as easy; this might take more trial error, if you are not lucky on the first try. There are a lot of over the counter acne treatments you can find in every drugstore. I would look at the brands Neutrogena and Clean and Clear. These brands focus primarily in acne fighting so you might have more luck here. Something you will also have to learn is how your skin works with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. These are both acne-fighting ingredients. Everyone reacts differently to these. Only one might work or both, it is good to know because many acne fighting products will contain one of these.

Finally moisturizing. This product should be specifically made for acne prone skin. It should say that it will no clog pores. This step is important for both oily and dry skin. Many oily skin types like myself think that moisturizer isn’t important but it is! It will help control the oil production!

Those are the four basic steps; feel free to change it to fit your skin.

Keratosis Pilaris October 17 2016, 0 Comments

 Guest Blog By VeganAcneSufferers 

What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a genetic disorder of keratinization of hair follicles of the skin.

It is extremely common (keratosis pilaris affects nearly 50-80% of all adolescents and approximately 40% of adults), and is a benign condition that manifests as small, rough folliculocentric keratotic papules, often described as chicken bumps, chicken skin, or goose-bumps, in characteristic areas of the body, particularly the outer-upper arms and thighs. However, KP can appear virtually anywhere on the body.

In general, keratosis pilaris is frequently cosmetically displeasing but medically harmless. So, don't panic! 

Why Do I Get It?

The etiology of keratosis pilaris is not fully known. However, a definite association of hyperkeratinization has been established. Hyperkeratinization is an excess formation or buildup of keratin, and is thought to cause the abrasive goose-bump texture of the skin. In patients with keratosis pilaris, the process of keratinization (the formation of epidermal skin) is found to be faulty. One theory is that surplus skin cells build up around individual hair follicles. The individual follicular bumps are often caused by a hair that is unable to reach the surface and becomes trapped beneath the keratin debris. Often, patients develop mild erythema (redness) around the hair follicles, which is indicative of the inflammatory condition. Often, a small, coiled hair can be seen beneath the papule. Not all the bumps have associated hairs underneath, though. 

Seasonal variation is also sometimes described, with improvement of symptoms in summer months. Dry skin in the winter tends to worsen symptoms for some groups of patients. This again leads us back to the same issue with faulty keratinization, as skin that is dry tends to produce flakes. If these flakes of dead skin aren't being shed properly by your body or mechanically by you, they can become trapped.

However, some new evidence suggests that it may not always be a keratinization issue. Keratosis pilaris may sometimes be caused by the circular hair shaft, which ruptures the follicular epithelium leading to inflammation and abnormal follicular keratinization. This means that KP in some people could actually be caused by a hair shaft defect. Of course, more evidence is still needed.

Keratosis pilaris may also be associated with phrynoderma (follicular hyperkeratosis, as mentioned earlier), which may result from a vitamin A deficiency.  In one study, signs of vitamin A and vitamin B-complex deficiency were present in 3.2% and 9.6% patients, respectively. These numbers are intriguing, but not high enough to suggest that there is a cause-and-effect relationship. Interestingly, phrynoderma is believed by some to be a manifestation of severe malnutrition, not necessarily accompanying low vitamin A levels. While the literature supports a link between phrynoderma and vitamins E, B, A, and essential fatty acids general malnutrition seems to be the strongest association. This could result from an improper diet, or at least be exacerbated by it.

A significant association has also been found between keratosis pilaris as common cutaneous manifestations in persons with type 1 diabetes. This isn't necessarily a meaningful finding, however, unless you have type 1 diabetes.

Keratosis pilaris may also be a genetically-based disorder (50-70% affected have a predisposition). This number is high enough to suggest that the genetic aspect could potentially drive the hyperkeratinization and/or the shaft defect.

Treatment Options

No cure or universally-effective treatment is known, and because there appears to be a very strong genetic aspect to it, we can never really expect to be "cured" entirely. The best we can usually hope for with things like KP is long-term remission.

Although symptoms usually remit with increasing age, this is not always the case. Some cases clear spontaneously without treatment, while some patients have lifelong keratosis pilaris with periods of remissions and exacerbations. However, as a general rule, treatment needs to be continuous.

Many patients have very good temporary improvement following a regular skin care program:

  1. Use a mild, soap-less cleanser to clean the area. Each person's skin will be slightly different from the next person, and so you will need to find a cleanser that works for your needs.
  2. Gently exfoliate the area to help remove the small keratin plugs. You can do this with an exfoliating mitt, or you can skip the mechanical exfoliation and opt for step 4, instead.
  3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. 2-3x a day, and with a bland moisturizer (minimal ingredients, no irritants). Coconut oil is often a good option as it deeply moisturizes, and even has some antibacterial properties. Apply immediately after a shower when the skin is still slightly damp to ensure optimal absorption. Otherwise, any bland, rich moisturizer should do the trick.
  4. Treatment with AHAs or BHAs may be especially helpful as a pre-moisturizing option, as they help to slough away dead skin and have keratolytic effects.
  5. Use blue/red light therapy. There has been some anecdotal evidence to suggest benefits from using light therapy.

As always, keep in mind that as with any condition, no therapy is uniformly effective in all people. Complete clearing may not be possible.

  1. Keeping the skin well-nourished with a humidifier may be helpful for some people, as well.

Remember that keratosis pilaris treatment will vary from individual to individual, and it may take some time and careful selection of products to find what works for you.


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Treating Acne on Your Bum October 12 2016, 0 Comments

 Guest Blog By VeganAcneSufferers 

Acne on my bum was never an issue I thought I would have to deal with. Occasionally I would get a pimple or two, but it was never cause for concern.

Unfortunately, once I started working out again (plus starting a full-time desk job probably didn't help), I started getting a lot more bumps on my bum, mostly on one side. While "acne" on the bum isn't necessarily as annoying as acne on the face or upper torso where it's visible to all, it can still be painful and it can still be an annoyance. Regardless, we all want smooth, clear skin - even if it's on our bums.

Is it Acne ... Folliculitis ... or Keratosis Pilaris?

The first thing you need to establish is whether or not the annoying little buggers on your perky cheeks are acne, or folliculitis, or something called keratosis pilaris.

Folliculitis is an inflammation of the hair follicles that can appear as small, red bumps, almost rash-like. It is caused by dead skin cells and bacteria or fungus entering the hair follicle and becoming trapped. 

Conversely, keratosis pilaris could also be the sinister bumps lurking on your tush. Keratosis pilaris (KP) causes numerous small, rough, tan or red little bumps around hair follicles

Acne, on the other hand, is usually more defined pimples, nodules or cysts and is usually caused by hormonal imbalances and sometimes bacteria.

At the end of the day, the "acne" on your bum is, more often than not - not acne at all - it is usually folliculitis. 

Why Do I Have It?

There are several potential reasons for developing "acne"/folliculitis on the bum.

As is the case for me, working out was my trigger. But it wasn't actually the working out that caused the issue, so much as it was the combination of sweat and tight, non-breathable pants. Tight clothing that isn't breathable, like yoga pants, and certain fibers, can all trap sweat and bacteria against the skin, which can cause irritation and clogged pores, leading to pimples. Sweating in and of itself is a good thing - it's great for the skin! However, sweating in gym clothes can again trap that sweat and bacteria right against your body, allowing it to enter the pores.

(Ideal fabrics for working out: bamboo is light, breathable, and moisture-wicking; nylon is soft, mildew-resistant, dries quickly, and wicks sweat away from the body; polyester is durable, lightweight, breathable, and non-absorbent; polypropylene is completely water-resistant and wicks sweat away from the body; spandex (a.k.a. Lycra) is breathable, wicks moisture, and dries quickly.)

Dry skin can also cause bumps on the bum, and this was more of the cause for me when I had the occasional pimple. The skin on the bum is sensitive to lack of moisturizing, and pores on dry skin can easily become clogged. Since your bum is ALWAYS touching clothes, sometimes tight, non-breathable clothes, it is especially prone to irritation and pimples.

In the event that your bum actually does have acne (which is often accompanied by back acne, as well), it is likely caused by hormonal imbalances.

So What Can I Do?

Determining if it's the sweat/clothing issue or a dry skin issue will determine how you handle the situation. Sometimes a simple change in clothing fabric can alleviate the problem, or simply moisturizing the area daily.

However, some bum bumps are a little bit more persistent. Here's what you can do:

  1. Make sure you always wash your bum (not that I ever thought you didn't!). Using an anti-bacterial soap can be especially helpful, particularly if you workout regularly and that seems to be the cause. Sometimes switching from a scented soap to a gentler one is all that's needed. 

  1. Use an acne treatment that has benzoyl peroxide in it. Acne treatments geared for the face can also be used on the bum, and benzoyl peroxide would even be helpful for folliculitis.

  1. If workout pimples are the issue, take a look at your clothing fabrics and make sure you change out of them and shower soon after.

  1. Use a tea tree oil spray! Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial and can do wonders for acne. 

  1. Moisturize every single day - twice a day, if possible! Keeping the skin moisturized will keep it healthy and help fight off acne. However, keep in mind that the wrong type of moisturizer could be the issue - pick something lightweight.

  1. If you have a job where you sit for long hours, try to get up and walk around periodically.

  1. Exfoliate your bum with an exfoliating shower mitt (be sure to replace the mitt regularly to prevent bacterial build-up exacerbating the issue).

For more persistent bumps, you may sometimes need a prescription-strength solution, or a hydrocortisone (do not overuse this). For fungal-driven folliculitis, an anti-fungal will help to clear it up. Antibiotics should only be used in cases where it is absolutely necessary.


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Banisher Mistakes That Slow (or worsen) Your Results October 07 2016, 0 Comments

By Grayson T

The Banisher has proven to be an effective way of lessening the appearance of acne scars. It’s relatively cheap, non-invasive, and is generally easy to do. However, many people struggle with it and often not see results because of a few, common mistakes that hinder progression. I have made a list of common mistakes for using the banisher that people make and solutions to them.


1. Rolling too often

This is quite possibly the most common mistake. It is crucial that you give your skin time to heal and recover after every treatment. Failing to do so can cause loss in collagen, irritation, inflammation, slow results, and all types of nasty things you don’t want on your face. For .5mm , this is what the folks at Banish provide; you want to give your skin at least two weeks to heal. This means that if you roll on Friday, take a break next Friday, and roll on the Friday after that. For larger needle sizes, you should give even more time for your skin to rest, but you shouldn’t even be using large needle sizes anyway because they are dangerous if not handled by a professional. Additionally, many people believe that .25mm is safe for daily use when really they are not. I advise sticking to a weekly treatment for this needle type.


2. Using the wrong needle size

A lot of people think that larger needle size means better results and although it may be true, many people do it wrong. Larger needle sizes have a lot more downtime and require more skill to handle. I’d say that the safest size I would go for is 1.0mm. Anything above would require skillful hands. Some people however, use sizes not big enough such as .25mm. These smaller needle sizes are good for product absorption but not effective for collagen production needed to lift depressed acne scars.


3. Using low quality rollers

Many rollers on the internet are very low quality. Rollers on eBay, amazon, or any other online marketplace are generally very low quality especially if they are sold at a low price point. If you do however believe to have found yourself a quality roller, inspect the needles for bentness and test the roller slightly on the top of your hand to test if the needles are dull. Bent and null needles are a recipe for disaster. If you are shopping for derma rollers, make sure to read reviews on the company and email if necessary. Luckily, the folks at banish provide quality rollers so they are reliable.


4. Not using sunscreen

Whenever you do some sort of treatment on your skin, sunscreen should always accompany it. Assuming you roll at night, if you have to, HAVE TO, go out the next day, and apply sunscreen. I typically recommend to not go out the next day after a session of rolling because your skin may still be red and little irritated.


5. Using the wrong products afterwards

Derma rollers enhance the absorption of products, which can mean good and bad. Never use an exfoliating product right after derma rolling or the day after. Do not apply makeup for at least 24 hours after derma rolling. Do however apply a vitamin c serum such as the one Banish provides or a retinoid. If your skin is sensitive, the serum is a better option because not only can retinoid be expensive, they can be very irritating.


6. Rolling too hard

When you are rolling, you do not want to be applying pressure or any at all. You are simply a guide for the roller and any exerted pressure may cause damage. To give you an idea of how much pressure it should feel like, imagine that you have a swollen, red pimple that hurts to the touch. Now apply enough pressure on the pimple so that it doesn’t hurt; If you press on it and it starts to hurt, you are pressing too hard; That isn’t much pressure at all is it? That is how much you should be applying to the derma roller. Remember that you are dealing with needles and that they can cause harm if not used properly.


I hope you have enjoyed reading and learned a thing or two. Lastly, there is one big mistake that almost all fail to follow, being consistent! This treatment takes time and do not expect results overnight, though some may even find that they do. If by month 2 you are not seeing results, keep going and as long as you follow these simple guidelines as well as the guidelines Banish provides on their website, then you are guaranteed results.

Breast Cancer Facts You May Not Know October 07 2016, 0 Comments

Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women and it's currently the largest diagnosed cancer for women in the US.  The craziest thing is that researches still aren't exactly sure what causes it other than some generic factors such as obesity, history, and factors that affect hormones like age you had your period, whether or not you had kids, and age where you start menopause.  

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The reason why it is so common and hard to detect is because for most girls, breasts are naturally lumpy and do go through small changes because of our hormone changes so it can be hard to determine an abnormal bump even at home.  

Although breast cancer is quite common, due to early dectection methods and better treatment we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older.

Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and from less doctors prescribing hormone replacement therapy drugs for women after menopause.  

The best chances for a high survival is to detect possible signs of breast cancer early so it can be treated.  

at least 44% of all breast cancers are discovered from a self breast exam.  

Early detection signs include:

- Feeling any small lumps in breast tissue

- Difference in size of breasts

- Textured skin or enlarged pores around breast.

- Discharge coming from the nipple

- Dimpling on the breast

- Itchy, Red, or Scaly Skin

To best protect yourself from breast cancer you should get your annual physical.  If you feel uncomfortable, you can look for a female doctor and they may be able to detect something that you may miss if you perform self breast exams at home. 

Right now, researchers don't know exactly what causes breast cancer yet, but they do think that the hormones estrogen and progesterone play a role in activating certain genes that contribute to breast cancer.  

Men can also get breast cancer too however it's not nearly as common for men.  

Get your checkups and perform monthly self examinations a week after your period. Waiting a week is recommended since breasts can naturally be more lumpy and tender during and right before your monthly cycle starts.  

If you notice anything unusual, make an appointment with your doctor who can diagnose you.  There are other conditions that may mimic the symptoms of breast cancer so it's best to get it checked out and properly treated.  




How to Build Muscle While Being Skin Friendly October 06 2016, 0 Comments

Sometime in my struggle with acne, I figured that because my skin did not look its best, I might as well make the rest of my body look as good as I could manage as a busy student and son. Fortunately, I was lucky that I had already been educated on trigger foods for acne because if I had not, I would have been in a whole heap of trouble. For any of you who have tried to build muscle or bulk up, you know what kind of foods they recommend, heavy, starchy, and most often grainy and dairy products such as cottage cheese. With this, I thought it was almost impossible to build muscle while battling acne but with a bit of research, the two can be done in the same.

First, if you are skinny, you may want to consider bulking up a bit meaning increasing your calorie intake above what you usually eat. There are many resources and calculators online that help you cater to your needs. Bulking up doesn’t necessarily mean eating 20 burgers from White Castle. What it does mean is eating healthy, foods that go over your regular calorie intake. Eat plenty of vegetables and protein. Any green is fine but stay away from sugary vegetables such as carrots and starchy vegetables such as anything potato to keep your skin happy. As for protein, munch on almonds, hazelnuts, and for protein in meats, consider organic turkey, beef, steak, and fish. Stay away from processed meat such as hot dogs and bacon as this can make your skin upset. Eggs are also a great way to add protein to your diet. For a little bit of extra protein, I recommend adding a bit of quinoa or ground flaxseed to smoothies of your choice. Your ideal diet should also eliminate anything sugary, including fruits with a few exceptions like berries. If you are planning to lose weight while retaining muscle, consider the options above, but eat below your normal calorie intake. Again, utilize online sources to figure out what works best for you.

Now, in comes the exercise. The fundamentals of building muscle is simple, during exercise, your muscles are put under stress causing tiny little micro tears in the tissues of your muscle. These tears eventually heal back bigger and stronger than before. However, your body needs your help with the right diet otherwise your risk losing muscle mass. To do this you must eat plenty of protein which is the building blocks of muscle and I have already provided skin friendly protein options above.

Many recommend eating between .5-.8g of protein per lb. or kg which is a good start if you are active. Speaking of which, let’s get into actual exercising. The problem with most people is that they are too hung up on which are the best exercises for building muscle that they don’t do anything at all! Yes, there are better exercises than others but the point is to get started and not get hung up on the amount of sets, reps, and any of the small details. Starting is the hardest part and once you get into it, the fine details you can work out for yourself on the internet. I cannot help you with because there is too much information to cover in one article.  Now for getting started, you generally want to split up your week for certain muscle groups. In my case, I focus on the lower body on Monday and Tuesday, rest on Wednesday, focus on my upper body on Thursday and Friday, and Saturday and Sunday are rest days since it’s my only time to relax because of school. You can modify it to whatever you feel like doing but this is a general, safe guideline and make sure to plan it out and follow it.

I hope you enjoyed reading and learned a thing or two. Building muscle and battling acne is a daunting task and is difficult to do, but with commitment, you will be able to do it. Stay on task and if you find yourself falling behind, forgive yourself, and get back on track. To your health!

Common Home Remedies That Worsen Acne October 05 2016, 0 Comments

By Grayson T

Those who have scoured the internet for acne treatments find that at the top of the results are natural home remedies which frighten me as many of them are very harmful. Remember that a lot of things on the internet are not regulated and people can put the stupidest things on there and sadly many people will believe them. There is some reasoning to most of these home remedies, but many are often over exaggerated and misinformed. Without further ado, let’s get into it.


I don’t know how rubbing citrus fruits on your face became a thing but they are all over the internet as a supposed treatment to red marks with the claim to exfoliate and brighten skin. The truth is, lemons can’t exfoliate properly, can cause irritation, and even cause light sensitivity. Just don’t do it.

Baking Soda:

Baking Soda is basic on the pH scale and can throw off the natural pH of your skin causing it to freak out. Many like to pair this baking soda mask with an acidic toner such ACV but the damage is already done and your skin is already feeling the effects of it so not much can be helped with it.

Walnuts, scrubs, sugar, etc.

Scrubs are not a good idea for anybody, especially those with acne. Many scrubs tear at the skin causing mini lacerations that can open homes for infections or cause irritation. I would generally stay away from anything ending in scrub.


Cinnamon is actually good for you, but only when ingested such as in tea. On your face, it becomes a recipe for irritation.


There are tons of other home remedies out there but I’ve covered the majority. There are however good ones to try too. Raw honey and clay masks are actually good for you so consider them if you really want to get into natural remedies. Thank you for reading. To your health!