What is your ACNE trying to tell you?

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Sunday, 13th October 2013

Acne, medically known as Acne Vulgaris, is a skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. It commonly occurs during puberty when the sebaceous (oil) glands come to life – the glands are stimulated by male hormones produced by the adrenal glands of both males and females.

Most of us have suffered from the demon in our teenage years and some of us may well be affected by it even in adulthood. There are a million topical “cures” of acne flooding the market including face washes, packs, toners, lotions, treatments etc. But, have you ever wondered what your acne is trying to tell you in disguise?

The place of your zits can tell you a lot about what is wrong with your body.

1. Forehead : Acne on this area signals a problem within the digestive system. Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up your water intake and opt for cooling foods like cucumber and watermelon.

2. Center Of The Forehead and Middle Of The Eyebrows : This shows liver dysfunction. Cut out alcohol, dairy and greasy food. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first so keep a check on your ingredients. Besides this, do a 30 minute light workout and sleep well so your liver can rest.

3. Temples : Anything around the eyes ( including dark circles ) points to dehydration. So, drink up!

4. Nose : Pimples on the nose may be due to a heart problem. Check your blood pressure and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy and pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seeds. Also, since this area is chock full of dilated pores, check that you do not apply expired makeup and use non-clogging products on your face.

5. Ears : There might be something wrong with the kidney function. Again, drink up. Cut down on aerated drinks, coffee and alcohol as all these will cause further dehydration.

6. Cheeks : Zits on the cheek signal respiratory system issues. Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also, keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic ( meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar ) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice. Another thing that most of us forget – Dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this area is what they affect the most.

7. Sides Of The Chin : This shows hormonal imbalance. This the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy vegetables and keeping the skin scrupulously clean. Another interesting point; breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating ( and on which side ). To prevent pimples that occur during or before your periods, use an anti acne face wash during PMS, preferably something with Salicylic acid and/or Benzyl Peroxide.

8. On The Chin : This area indicates problems with the stomach. Increase your fibre intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.

9. Neck : Pimples on the neck may be due to an underlying illness. Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything will be fine!

I hope this was helpful.

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Quick DIYs for Beautiful Skin!

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Saturday, 24th August 2013

1. Exfoliate!

Instead of using a Loofah Mitt everyday in the shower, use bath gloves like these :

These gloves will help to deeply exfoliate your skin and when combined with a moisturizing body wash, they will leave your skin dream soft!

Using a bath brush will also help the skin age better as it will promote blood circulation, dead skin removal and skin renewal.

2. Dry Skin?

Try this mask for instant moisture and to soften the skin :

Mix one Whole Egg, 2 tablespoons Full Fat Milk and 1 tablespoon Honey together. Apply on freshly cleansed skin and leave for 15-20 mins. Wash away with lukewarm water and the last few splashes with cold water.

The egg white helps to tighten the skin and shrink pores whereas the egg yolk is an instant shot of moisture and softens the skin. An egg is full of proteins and vitamins A,D and E.

3. Oily Skin?

Only apply egg whites without the yolk. Leave for 10-15 mins till dry and wash away with lukewarm water and then with cold water. It will tighten the skin, shrink pores and inhibit excess sebum production.

4. Lip Scrub :

Mix together Honey & Sugar to form an instant all natural Lip Scrub! Rub into your lips slowly in circular motions and wash off. Your lips will be instantly moisturized from the honey and the exfoliating action from the sugar will leave them soft and plump. Say goodbye to chapped lips!

5. Body Scrub From The Kitchen :

Its important to exfoliate the skin before any method of hair removal. Scrubbing removes dead skin and helps grip the hair better. After exfoliation, you will get better results from waxing and you will also get a much closer shave.

No need to spend on expensive scrubs! Mix together one cup of Chick Pea Flour / Gram Flour ( Besan ), 1/4 cup of Milk, 1 tablespoon Honey and a pinch of Turmeric. Scrub your whole body with this ( you can also use bath gloves for better exfoliation ) and your skin will feel so soft you will not be able to stop touching yourself! 🙂

6. Relieve Puffy Eyes :

Thinly slice cucumbers and put them on closed eyes. Lie down for 10-15 mins. Cooled white potatoes do the same trick too! You can also keep spoons in the refrigerator and put them on your eyes for an instant cooling effect to reduce puffiness.

7. Rice Flour :

This mask will benefit dry skin, dull skin, oily skin, acne prone skin, prevent wrinkles and sun damage!

Just mix 2 teaspoons of Rice Flour and 3 teaspoons of Honey. You can also add a teaspoon of Green Tea for extra anti oxidants. Apply it on cleansed skin and leave on for 20 mins. Massage for 30 seconds and rinse off! Your skin will feel better and look brighter.

You can also mix the leftover with sugar to make an instant facial scrub!

8. Fade Acne Scars :

Mix 4 teaspoons Lemon Juice, 3 teaspoons of Plain Yogurt, 4 tablespoons Honey and 1 Egg White. Apply on clean face and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Lemon, Honey and Yogurt are all natural skin lightening agents.

9. Lastly, Drink Up!

We have been told and told to drink more water and for good reason!

a) Drinking more water can help relieve dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, wrinkles and spots.

b) Water significantly increases our ability to think and makes us energetic.

c) Water removes toxins from our body. Less water makes the heart work harder to pump fresh oxygenated blood to our organs causing severe health issues.

d) Drinking a glass of water before meals helps reduce weight since you will eat less. It keeps you fresh and healthy!

e) Dehydration is one of the most common cause of headaches so be sure to keep yourself hydrated at all times!

f) Regular intake of water improves metabolism and improves the digestive system. It also helps relieve constipation.

g) The kidneys work really well in cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of water is adequate.

I hope you enjoyed!

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