Drink Yourself Beautiful

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If you drink alcohol, eventually other people will look more attractive, but that’s not at all what we’re talking about today.  It’s basically just drinkable skin care.  This is more for youth and skin elasticity than anything.  The appeal is the even distribution and the quick use.  You get used to putting products on your face, but it’s mostly a necessary evil.  Few people enjoy that part of it.  And that’s time consuming.

The video from Popsugar covers the LAC Taut Collagen Drink ($96).  8 come in a package and intake recommendations are 3-4 times per week.  So it’s $96 for a 2 week supply.  That’s a bit of an expense.
Meiji Amino Collagen

Less expensive alternative
: Meiji Amino Collagen.  This is a 28 day supply for about $33.  Meaning unless the original product more than 6 times better, you’re getting a good deal on this.  This product has 4.5 out of 5 stars and seems to work well for a lot of people.  Some even report that it helped clear up their acne.

 

What might throw people off of this is that it is a Japanese product, written only in Japanese.  If you’re okay with that, I’d say give it a shot if you want to try these sorts of beauty drinks.

 

The other product from the video is Fountain the Beauty Molecule at $40 for 240 mL.  This is more about Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which is all about making sure that the skin stays hydrated and healthy.  They take a shot in the video, but the serving size says it’s only 1 teaspoon per day.  So one bottle will last you the better part of 2 months.

Cosmedica Skincare Hyaluronic Acid

Really not that bad.

Currently there are no drinkable alternatives to this (and it can be difficult to find the original), but there are plenty of comparable products in topical form.  HA also helps with acne and is great in the winter time when you’re likely to get dry skin from the elements.

Alternative topical HA
: Cosmedica Skincare 100% Pure HA has 4.5 out of 5 stars.  It only takes a few drops of this stuff because it is powerful.  It runs around $14 for 2oz.

How to Get Rid of Blackheads

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Recently someone on twitter asked me for tips on how to get rid of blackheads.  I hate to give short, canned responses, so I’m writing this post.  Maybe it will help someone else as well.

To start off, I would like to say that few treatment options actually differ for whiteheads and blackheads.  The cause is the same, but what forms is determined by the size of the pore and consequently how much air gets to the sebum underneath.  If you have a treatment that works for whiteheads, it should work for your blackheads as well, given time and consistency.

Quick Tips:

Cleanse your skin, but no more than twice a day.  It will both irritate and dry the skin.

Use a moisturizer after cleansing.  Your body will overcompensate for dryness by producing more of the oil or sebum that leads to acne in the first place.

Eat clean foods (natural is better and so is alkaline) and avoid milk.  Acne thrives in an acidic environment, so the more alkaline foods you can take in, the better.

Try and avoid stress.

Be careful with the make-up.  It can clog pores quite badly.  Make sure you remove it completely at the end of the day and after exercise.  If possible, only use make-ups with non-comedogenic ingredients.

I’d also recommend checking out this article: 10 Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Deal With Acne

All of these tips (the ones linked to as well) will combine to help prevent acne as opposed to simply dealing with it as it comes up.

Treatment Options

Desired or recommended treatment options depend on the severity of the blackheads.  I’ll cover your basic and over the counter options.  Most of these are for mild acne.  For anything more severe you’re going to need to see a dermatologist for a prescription, meaning he or she will cover any further options with you and do better than I can with the personalization.

Blackheads are more common in those with oily skin, therefore most treatments end up drying your skin out.

Over the Counter (OTC) Options

Your primary over the counter topical options include benzoyl peroxide and some retinoids.  Usually retinoids are deactivated by peroxides so these two should never be used together unless prescribed.

Benzoyl peroxide is one of the main ingredients in most of the major acne systems and creams you see (IE Clearasil, Proactiv, Oxy, etc.).  This is pretty much a staple anti-acne recommendation that kills bacteria and helps with inflammation.

Most retinoids are not OTC, but a few are.  They help unclog pores, tend to be a bit stronger, and do have other benefits for the skin aside from acne treatment.  Be warned, these will increase sensitivity to sunlight and may cause peeling initially.

One at a time method: If you only have a few to deal with, there is a blackhead removal tool that is sold either at drugstores or you can buy them online.  I was just introduced to these myself so I can’t say much about them yet.

Alternative Treatments

Chemical peels are becoming more popular for treating acne.  They rapidly exfoliate the skin, helping clear oil and reducing pore blockages that can cause acne.

Sea salt soaks do wonders.  Sea salt has antibacterial properties which help kill off the P. acnes bacteria.  But I believe this is one thing that will work especially well for blackheads because it shrinks pores.  Smaller pores don’t get as much air underneath, which makes you less likely to get blackheads.

There is also a post where I found several collections of home remedies for acne.  There are quite a lot of them, and no others really stuck out to me.  But if you’d like to check them out you can do so here:  Acne Home Remedies Collections

 

Ultimate Recommendations:

For moderate acne or higher, you should really see a dermatologist.
Aside from that, chemical peels work well for the more extreme end of the spectrum.

For everything else, pay attention to as many of the things from the quick tips list as you can handle.  A non-comedogenic moisturizer is not optional.  Beyond that I’d start with a benzoyl peroxide and maybe some sea salt soaks.

There is some experimentation involved due to individual responsiveness to treatments though.

I hope this helped.  Let me know if you have any other questions.

All the best.

Stages of Acne

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Anyone of any age can have acne.  Some age groups are expected and some you wouldn’t see coming.  Certain age groups can be more serious, so it’s important to know the right course of action for yourself and your loved ones, should it pop up in your lives.  This article by Angela Palmer covers the age groups and what to look for in each.

Read the article here: http://acne.about.com/od/acnebasics/tp/Acne-Ages-And-Stages.htm

Are Over-the-Counter Acne Treatments Right for Me

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This Palmer article covers over the counter acne treatment options.  It will tell you who they are for, when you should use them, what to look for, and how to use them for maximum effectiveness.  If you have typically mild acne, usually it will be for you.  It is worth a read and will only take you about 30 seconds to get through.

You can find the article at: http://acne.about.com/od/otcacnetreatments/f/Are-Over-The-Counter-Acne-Treatments-Right-For-Me.htm

10 Interesting Facts About Acne

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Health Happy Hub has an article about ten interesting acne facts that seems, in areas, actually interesting.  A few of the facts I can’t personally back and some I’m not sure if I agree on, but it is an interesting list never the less.  Specifically, licorice extract for acne treatment I don’t remember hearing about before.  And I don’t think I believe that acne is truly curable.  Yes, you can treat it and clear it, but there is always the ability to form new acne.  Your pores will always have the ability to get clogged, and under that clog bacteria will thrive, so you always have that potential.  There are a few misconceptions cleared up with the other points on the list though.

To read the full list go to: http://happyhealthyhub.com/2012/05/06/10-interesting-facts-about-acne/

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