Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Acne Treatment Tips

By M.D. Stracener

Acne is a broad term which includes blemishes, blackheads, and whiteheads. Acne can strike at any age. Effective acne treatments are sometimes difficult to find, and understanding acne and prevention can be frustrating. Here are some acne treatment tips that have worked for many.

Although acne isn’t life threatening it can be uncomfortable and hard on your ego. There has always been a debate about the actual cause of acne. The actual cause isn’t as important as finding a cure.

So is there a cure for acne. Well yes and no. There are many products available and for some they are a cure, for others they do not help. A cure is only a cure when you find a product that works for you.

Most acne treatments will take time to work. It usually takes around 8 weeks before you see any significant improvement so you are going to have to be patient. Once you’ve got your acne cleared up it’s important to continue with the treatment that’s working so it does not return.

If you have serious acne it is best to consult a dermatologist. However in milder cases you will often be able to get it under control by yourself just by preservering. Try these tips to conquer your acne.

Regular exercise helps keep your whole body in shape. It builds your immune system and helps eliminate toxins from the body. It’s a great start to fighting acne.

You need to eat at least 5 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables each day. Fresh fruit and vegetables are full of nutrients that your body needs. They boost the immune system and are good antioxidants. They can work towards helping you get rid of the acne. Try to avoid refined sugars and fatty foods which have are not good for you or your skin. You also need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to flush your system of toxins.

Choose cosmetics that are water based and hypo-allergenic. Avoid oil free products, coal tar derivatives, and heavy creams. Make sure you wash your skin thoroughly every night to remove makeup residue.

Hormones can play a role in acne flare ups and they can be used to reduce outbreaks. Your doctor may decide to use HRT to eliminate or reduce your acne outbreaks.

Clean Skin
You need to avoid harsh scrubbing of your face but you also need to thoroughly clean your skin nightly. Use a mild cleaning regime every night. Once or twice a week you should also use an exfoliator to gently remove damaged skin and unplug pores.

Is actually a great exfoliating treatment the removes dead skin. However you should never shave an area that is infected or inflamed. Always use a shaving cream if your skin is sensitive.

Can be a contributing factor to acne so try to relax and unwind. Emotions trigger chemical reactions in the body which can cause an outbreak.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Acne Adoloscent Style – How To Deal With It?

By Sher Matsen

Adolescent acne is referred to by many names, teen acne, acne adoloscent, and hormonal acne to name just a few. Whatever you want to call it, it can be frustrating, painful, and embarrassing to a teen.

Living with acne over a prolonged period during your teen years can be emotionally devastating, after all this is the age where your appearance is most important. Teen acne is very hard on the ego, often resulting in teasing and razzing from peers. Some teens suffer from not only acne but sever depression.

During the adolescent years almost every teen will have at least an occasional whitehead, blackhead, or pimple. Adolescent acne usually occurs between the ages of 12 and 20, and is usually the result of fluctuating hormone levels. Once the hormones stabilize out the acne will normally disappear.

So what’s the bet way to deal with adolescent acne? The simplest and most important thing a teen can do, is to learn to take good care of their skin, keeping it clean and as oil free as possible. This is not a cure but can help keep acne breakouts to a minimum.

Eating healthy and drinking plenty of water will also help by keeping the skin hydrated and the body flushed. Girls should use oil free cosmetics. Lightly exfoliating once a week will help open pours, and remove dead skin debris.

Milder cases of acne can be controlled by using conventional over the counter medicines that are applied directly to the skin. These medications usually include benzoyl peroxide or retinoic acid as an active ingredient.

Some natural products that can be used to treat acne are tea tree oil or Echinacea. Wash your face twice a day with a mixture of these herbs to reduce the number of break outs. Both have anti-inflammatory and anti-septic qualities.

In more severe adolescent acne a Doctor may try various oral medications such as antibiotics, oral contraceptives or Accutane.

As teens get older and hormones stabilize, fewer outbreaks should be seen, however some people do continue to have outbreaks well into adult hood. If the teen acne condition worsens or becomes emotionally debilitating it is important to seek medical help from a dermatologist.

You do not want an adolescent to grow up with skin and emotional scars as a result of acne, so treat not only their physical scars but their emotional scars

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Extreme Makeover Guest Stylist Michael O'Rourke Donates Hair Styles Makeovers

By Perriann Rodriguez

Ron Paul Salon, Virginia Beach, VA, and Sexy Hair Concepts team up to support cancer research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

By Perriann Rodriguez

With the popularity of makeovers these days, the Style for a Cure Makeover event by Ron Paul Salon and Sexy Hair Concepts, founded by Michael O'Rourke was a huge success. Anyone who made a donation to the hospital during the month-long event this summer had the opportunity to win one of three makeovers by ABC “Extreme Makeover’s” guest stylist and “Stylist of the Year” Michael O’Rourke.

Style for a Cure is a fundraising effort that allows stylists to use their professional talents to raise money for the hospital. Ron Paul Salon and Sexy Hair Concepts are the first to participate in the Style for a Cure nationally.

All proceeds went to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. At St. Jude, children who meet medical requirements are treated without regard to a family’s ability to pay. Families never pay for treatments that are not covered by insurance and families without insurance are never asked to pay. So when you donate to St. Jude (see www.stjude.org) you are directly helping children get treatment for catastrophic childhood diseases.

The three makeover winners received fabulous makeovers that enhanced their facial features and style. See photos online at www.hairresources.com. Michael O’Rourke, the makeover master, first studies the person to decide what drastic measures can be made for improvement. He looks at the most enhancing features and the personality traits of the person. Then he tries to go after these features by exaggerating and/or enhancing them to bring out the best in the person.

Michael O’Rourke is the founder of Sexy Hair Concepts, (see website www.sexyhair.com ) a fast-growing hair care products company. Sexy Hair is distributed in more than 60,000 licensed salons within the United States and is also distributed in over 20 countries worldwide.

Sexy Hair puts high-quality products right into the hands of celebrity hairstylists with a whole new styling philosophy. Hollywood stylists include Gwyne Redner (“The O.C.”), Lisa Marie Rosenberg (“Desperate Housewives”), Mary Guerrero (“Reba”), 2002 Emmy Award Winner Michael Moore (“Enterprise), Cynthia Romo (Vanna White), Anthony Miner (“Charlie’s Angels 2”), Pauletta Lewis-Irwin (“The Fast and the Furious 2”), Lucia Mace (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Linda Arnold (“American Wedding- a.k.a. American Pie 3” with Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan and “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” with George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Drew Barrymore).