HOW TO REMOVE DARK SPOTS CAUSED BY PIMPLES

HOW TO REMOVE DARK SPOTS CAUSED BY PIMPLES

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HOW TO REMOVE DARK SPOTS CAUSED BY PIMPLES

07-13-2020
HOW TO REMOVE DARK SPOTS CAUSED BY PIMPLES
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Living with acne can feel like riding a roller coaster. You finally clear up a breakout and you’re left with a dark spot or acne scar, but you’re unsure how to treat dark spots caused by pimples. Your initial instinct may be to try home remedies like lemon juice, aloe vera or reach for typical skincare with aggressive chemical peels and harsh exfoliating treatments, but here is the best way to diminish dark spots or these acne scars caused by pimples, step by step:. 

HOW TO ADDRESS DARK SPOTS AND ACNE SCARS LEFTOVER FROM PIMPLES, STEP-BY- STEP

1. Be Gentle on New Dark Spots as the Skin is Still Healing

When the spot or acne mark is still red and the pimple has only just faded, your skin is very inflamed. This is no time to use any kind of over-the-counter product or acid, so if you typically use Salicylic Acid or Glycolic acid all over your face as a preventative acne treatment, avoid applying these products directly on the affected areas. Your skin is very tender and irritated, and is not ready to for application of exfoliating treatments. Instead, try Hydrocortisone. Using hydrocortisone for dark spots is an effective way to calm inflammation and address and soothe the red in your skin. It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory Apply this for only a period of few days, as over time, Hydrocortisone can actually thin the skin and make it more fragile.

2. Introduce Vitamin C Once the Blemish has Healed

When the dark marks or affected areas have completely healed and are no longer irritated, it’s time to bring in the antioxidants to help get rid of dark spots. Load up on Vitamin C, especially in the morning, to prevent excess melanin from depositing and making the spot darker. Ask your dermatologist to recommend the best Vitamin C-based skincare products.

3. Use a Retinoid for Brightening the Appearance of Dark Spots

Research skincare products or, again, consult your dermatologist to recommend items that include a retinol derivative that you can use at night to help speed up the regeneration of your skin. This will help push new, healthy, bright skin to the surface.

4. Exfoliate New Dark Spots with Acids

Once your skin has fully healed, you can use exfoliating treatments twice a week. Use a gentle, chemical exfoliant to help even out your skin tone and fade dark spots and discoloration caused by pimples. Mandelic Acid and Azelaic acid are especially good for hyperpigmentation or Melasma, a condition that causes brown spots on the skin.

5. Protect Dark Spots, Acne Scars and Melasma from the Sun

The most important step of all is to protect your acne scars from the sun. Do not start your day without sunscreen. An SPF of 30 or higher is recommended. UV rays do infiltrate windows in homes, offices and cars, so always wear SPF. Wear a wide-brimmed hat if you are going to be outside for an extended period of time. UV rays are the enemy of acne scars, dark spots and other skin conditions. They trigger inflammation and spike melanin production, causing your dark spots and scars to become even darker and harder to fade.

WHAT CAUSES ACNE MARKS OR DARK SPOTS LEFT BEHIND BY PIMPLES?

The technical word for the spot left behind an acne lesion once it heals is Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, or PIH. This type of pigment is different than normal dark spots because it is a result of inflammation. PIH is not specific to acne. These dark spots caused by pimples can also commonly occur as a result of razor bumps and ingrown hairs. PIH is most common in darker skin types, and can last for longer than 5 years if left untreated. Keep skin hydrated when shaving or washing your face. Not only are ingrown hairs and razor bumps painful, they will keep returning. Use shaving products to soften and hydrate skin and don’t rush the process. Cuts on skin also take a while to heal.

Prevent PIH Dark Spots from Forming

You may also get PIH if you pick at a blackhead or pimple. Picking at an active acne lesion or blackhead increases the likelihood of leaving behind a dark spot, which is one of the reasons why dermatologists and aestheticians caution against it. You’re better off leaving it alone and letting it heal over time, as painstaking as that can be or feel. Or, you can go to a professional like a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician to help remove it.

Relax and Stick to the Plan to Cure Dark Spots Fast

Whether you pick at your pimple or let it heal naturally, PIH may occur either way. It’s important to treat the inflammation and use antioxidants like Vitamin C to inhibit melanin production. Most importantly, use daily sun protection to prevent your spot from worsening. Even a well-healed spot can suddenly become dark if you spend too much time in the sun. We hope this post has helped inform you about how to cure dark spots caused by pimples, and how to prevent further dark spots forming.
Stick to a skincare regimen best suited to your skin.

Start a skincare routine beneficial to your specific skin type, issues and need.

Choose a cleanser, moisturizer with SPF, toner and night cream that will address what skin needs, so you can avoid pimples, dark spots and acne scars from starting. Do your research, listen to your skin…and to your dermatologist.

Female Oral Sex

14 Tips for Female Oral Sex

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14 Tips for Female Oral Sex

Did you know most women only have an orgasm from vaginal stimulation- oral sex?

By Ana Lefebvre

07-10-2020
Female Oral Sex
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Oral sex is important for both parties. Statistically, it is the best way for females to reach an orgasm.  Here are 14 tips to help with the female orgasm. 

  1. Try doing it the way you are comfortable with before adding anything.

  2. Communicate with your partner when stimulating them orally and with your hands. 

  3. Try different angles.

  4. Stroke across versus up and down. 

  5. Try stroking the sides of the clit and the clitoral hood.*

  6. Stimulate the area between the anus and vagina, if your partner is open to this.

  7. Try giving oral with her hips lifted (use a pillow).

  8. If anal play is liked, trying stimulating in doggy position. 

  9. Try vibrators.

  10. Try lubricants.

  11. Watch how she masturbates.* 

  12. Watch lesbian porn.*

  13. Tease

  14. If you care, don’t give up.

The key is to communicate and to have fun with it. Both parties should enjoy it. Have fun exploring the female sexuality.

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Female Sexuality Part 2

Female Sexuality

Love & Lust Podcast

Female Sexuality

Sexuality- your attraction, behaviors, feelings and thoughts towards others, sexually.

By Ana Lefebvre

07-10-2020
Female Sexuality

I wrote this podcast series because of the misconception about women’s sexuality.

I believe it is best to start at the very beginning to actually understand the cultural and economic circumstances that surround female sexuality measuring cup.

1. Female sexuality is culturally and economically related.

2. Females are traditionally supposed to make themselves desirable, but nothing more. If a woman is sexually forward, negative innuendo are often said about her. 

3. Society throws the fairytale view of romance to women and they often subconsciously use this as the romance measuring cup.

4. We as women, must change the current narrative of the female sexuality. 

Related: 14 Tips for Female O

  • The female libido depends on the individual. 
  • I have explained in previous podcasts that about 70% of women do not have an orgasm from sexual intercourse. My question to you, if you were used to not having an orgasm, would you always want sex?
  • Female Oral Sex is extremely important since this how most females reach an orgasm, but is seen as optional*.
  • There’s no female viagra (think about that).

Did you know that females can have multiple orgasms and different types?

2.

Watch the After Show Here

Covid-19

How to Breathe Through 7 COVID-19 Changes

LIFESTYLE

How to Breathe Through 7 COVID-19 Changes

By Jennifer Scott

6-27-2020
Covid-19

As a premiere resource for millennials, we get that many young adults are facing some serious changes due to coronavirus. From adapting to restrictions to adjusting to now adjusting to reopenings, it’s been a roller-coaster spring for sure. Of course, some shifts may be easier to manage than others, including these common COVID-19 changes: 

Buying Your Dream Home 

With so many things uncertain due to COVID-19, it may seem silly to buy a home right now. If you’re in the market for a new home, however, this may in fact be the perfect time to begin looking for your dream home. Interest rates are at record lows, and this means you could end up paying a lot less per month for a new house. If you are worried about COVID risks, you can also turn to online tools throughout the homebuying process, which can include 3D tours and virtual showings. 

Selling Your Current Home 

Now if you are thinking about selling your home, you may also want to think about listing it sooner rather than later. That’s because despite COVID-19 impacts, buyers are still out searching for their perfect home. So you don’t want to miss out on a hot real estate market! You can also use the same online tools mentioned above to virtually sell your home. Although, you will also want to complete a few staging projects to help your home compete with other listings. 

Sprucing Up Your Home 

So maybe you’re planning on staying put in your current home. Even so, with more free time on your hands, home improvements may be top of mind. Some simple DIY projects you can use to keep yourself busy and keep your home looking its best include changing out the hardware on your kitchen cabinets, upgrading your walls with wallpaper or changing out your light fixtures. 

Changing Up Your Career 

Another major change people are dealing with right now is career shifts. With so many industries still at a standstill due to COVID-19 restrictions, people are looking for new ways to generate income. If you’re out of work or looking to supplement, online freelance job boards make it easy to find clients and customers in your industry, so you could even think about freelancing as a full-time career. For example, if you are a creative type who has a passion for writing, you could supplement your income with a creative writing gig. There are also jobs for people in law, marketing, engineering, IT; the options are truly limitless. 

Evolving Your Existing Career 

If you’re still working and happy in your current career field, you could also think about using any extra time you have to polish your skills. Many prestigious colleges are still offering free online courses in subjects like computer science, risk management and design. Another way you can boost your career is by using this time to work on your resume and cover letters. 

Boosting Your Remote Work Game 

A smaller job change that millions of Americans are dealing with right now is the transition from working in an office to working at home. This transition has become more difficult if you have kids who are out of school and stuck at home as well, but there are ways to find balance. For instance, you could set up a home office to create separation between your work and home life. You can also create a schedule and establish some rules for your family during this time. 

Giving Yourself a Brand New Look 

Depending on where you live, salons and barbershops may be opening back up. Still, many of these businesses may be operating at reduced capacity for the foreseeable future. If you want a simple change, like new bangs, you also may not have to wait for an appointment to freshen up your look. There are even quite a few tutorials you can follow online. If you want a bigger change, like highlights, you really should wait until you can see a professional. 

We’re all trying to deal with a lot of unpredictability right now. However, if there’s one thing that’s certain about life, no matter what, it’s change. So whenever you face shifts in your life, whether trivial or monumental, make sure you have the right resources to adapt and cope. 

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What is Hyaluronic Acid?

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is one of the most popular serum ingredients for hydration, but what is hyaluronic acid really?

Updated 10.05.2020
What is Hyaluronic Acid?

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is substance that is naturally found and produced in the body. It is a humectant as it holds water to the surface of your skin. The largest amount of HA is found in your skin, eyes and joints (connective tissue) (1, 2).

What does it do?

The main purpose of Hyaluronic Acid is to keep your tissues lubricated and moist by retaining water (1).

Where can you find it in beauty products?

It is found in some lip fillers and other topical beauty products (1, 2).

It comes in the forms of injections, eye drops, serums and supplements (1, 2).

What else does it treat?

When taken orally, studies have found that it can help increase skin moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

When used topically, it can soothe redness and improve the suppleness of the skin.

It is also used to treat osteoarthritis (1).

Hyaluronic acid in beauty

It is popular in skin care because of its ability to restore moisture barriers and keep skin hydrated. Since the body produces it naturally, allergic reactions to it, are slim to none (3).  

Here is what it is known to do/treat:

  • Moisturizing
  • Anti- Aging
  • Anti-Wrinkle
  • Increase Skin Elasticity/ Plumpness
  • Wounds
  • Eczema/ Facial Redness

How is it made?

Non-vegan HA is made from rooster combs and other animal tissue. Vegan hyaluronic acid is not plant based. It is actually made from bacteria such as horse flu (1, 2, 4).

Tips

Enhance your body’s natural production of Hyaluronic Acid by eating foods that aid in reproduction like drinking a bone broth or eating green leafy vegetables (4).  

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