Acne

Here’s How To Tackle Period Pimples

That time of the month is bad enough without adding period pimples to the mix. 

This Is How You REALLY Determine Your Skin Type

If you already know this, you’re a genius.

How To Get Rid Of Back Acne

So you can wear that low-cut dress with confidence.

6 Things You’re Doing In Your Sleep That Are Ruining Your Skin

You’re not getting any beauty sleep if you make these mistakes.

6 Beauty Products That Are Destroying Your Skin

Turns out they’re actually doing you more harm than good…

6 Ways To Get Rid Of A Pimple Immediately (Like, Right Now)

Stop covering that pretty face. We have the solution to nix that zit in a jiffy. 

6 DIY Treatments For Acne That Actually Work

You’ll find everything you need in your kitchen.

What Your Acne Really Reveals About Your Health

It’s what’s on the inside that matters most.

How To Tame Adult Acne

Adult acne can often feel a little embarrassing, especially if spots show up in time for work events or special functions. It is important to stick to a solid skincare routine which regulates the natural production of oils, but also keeps your skin looking its best. Try a few of our favourite treatments and tricks below to tame acne without letting it ruin your social life.

RELATED: How To Eliminate Back Acne

Exfoliate regularly

To remove the build-up of excess skin from your face, make sure to use a light exfoliator at least once per week. Stay away from abrasive scrubs which could actually be aggravating your acne and use lightweight formulas with warm flannels to carefully cleanse the skin.

Apply a toner

Toners usually have a bad reputation as alcohol-heavy treatments that only emphasise the scars on your skin. Make sure you’re using a lightweight formula on selected areas of your face such as the nose and forehead. Toners are used to minimise the appearance of pores and prep the skin before applying a serum or moisturiser, so there is simply no need to apply them all over your face! Instead, think of a toner as a concentrated spot treatment.

Hydrate the skin

Follow-up an exfoliator with a hydrating moisturiser that won’t leave skin feeling tight afterwards. Apply it in an upwards motion onto the skin and pay special attention to your eyes and neck – they are the most sensitive areas!

Remove your makeup

This tip might seem a little obvious, but removing your makeup with a wipe just isn’t enough. For those lazy days, use a micellar water to pick-up any excess makeup and dirt from clogging your pores.

Use a serum

Get into the habit of using a facial serum which can dramatically alter the appearance of your skin, especially if you’re suffering from premature sun damage. Just 2-3 drops is enough to nourish the face, neck and decolletage area. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive either – rosehip oil is a fantastic serum that is available at the supermarket.

Apply a daily SPF

While SPF won’t heal your acne-prone skin, it can save it from scarring due to overexposure of the suns rays. Make sure your foundation is equipped with at least an SPF of 15+ to protect your skin from premature sun damage.

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5 Tips For Using Green Concealer

Do you have a nasty spot of acne or hyperpigmentation that just won’t go away? Concealer might help, but not your standard shade  it’s just not powerful enough!

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To counteract the darker dimensions of your face, you require a shade which is on the opposite side of the colour wheel. In this instance, green concealer is the perfect makeup trick to cover-up all night, or simply give your face a glowing appearance.

Rule 1: Use in moderation

Don’t go too overboard with the colour! A little goes a long way. Especially if you want to keep your makeup looking as natural as possible, as opposed to drawing the wrong kinds of attention to the area. Apply the product first onto your fingertips, then directly onto your face and blend immediately.

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Rule 2: Layer the product

Rather than applying the concealer directly onto your face, use it in layers for a more natural look. If you suffer from dry or combination skin, try using a damp cosmetic sponge to work the product into your face otherwise it will crease and won’t last very long.

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Rule 3: Set with a powder

Even if you don’t have oily skin, it’s always a good idea to set your concealer with a powder. Not only does it keep the product on your face for longer, but you won’t get any crease lines  especially under your eyes!

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Rule 4: It’s safe to use on rosacea

If you suffer from redness or rosacea on your face (or body), a green-based product is a temporary way to even out the colour of your skin.

Even though green concealers will initially feel a bit different on the face, they won’t interfere with the long-term state of your skin and are safe enough to use on a daily basis. Just remember to remove your makeup every night before going to bed!

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Rule 5: Conceal, then apply foundation

To achieve a flawless finish, it is important to apply your green concealer before foundation. It creates the perfect base to the skin and the foundation won’t dry-up or draw attention to any of these areas. Use a stippling brush to push the product into your skin and set soon after with a translucent powder for a long-lasting look.

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What Is Your Body Acne Telling You?

Did you know that those annoying little bumps on your back, chest or even legs are caused by variety of factors including poor diet and even subtle allergic reactions.

We are debunking the old wives tales which have been boasting for years that a poor diet can only show on your face – it’s actually quite the contrary! Here is everything you need to know about body acne, and what it actually means.

RELATED: How To Eliminate Back Acne

Neck

Any red bumps on the surface of the neck can stem from a few different factors. Sometimes a build-up of skincare can cause itchiness and irritation on supersensitive skin. Other factors include hormonal imbalances, and even a diet with an excess of sugar.

Back

Not only is back acne extremely common in both men and women of different ages, but it can also be easily cured. Common factors include too much sweating, body lotions clogging the pores and becoming infected, and eating too much fried food.

Chest

Did you know that eating too much spicy food can cause chest acne? This is a really common issue which both men and women can suffer from, due to a poor diet, and even drinking too many icy beverages.

Arms

You may find that the little pores on your arms can swell-up and turn into irritable acne spots. This is due to a build-up of body lotions, fake tan, and makeup which can clog up pores. Keep the area clean by regularly using a thermal water on your skin.

Bottom

This happens to the best of us! Small red bumps on the bottom or crotch usually mean that the underwear you’re wearing is too tight, and the skin can’t breathe. Choose 100% cotton, especially during the summer months!

Legs

Keep skin clean as much as possible by reducing the amount of lotions and fake tans you apply. This can often result in itchy red spots on the knees and inner thighs which can cause scarring. If you do suffer from any in-grown hairs as a result, clean the area with a wipe, and avoid the urge to pluck!

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What Does Your Acne Mean?

Ever wondered why that blemish on your jaw keeps popping up every few weeks, or why your cheeks are constantly red and acne-prone? The location of pimples has a lot to do with what’s happening on your inside – this includes the food you eat, alcohol, soft drinks, refined sugar and even that time of the month. Face mapping can easily determine which part of your body is causing the skin on your face to completely betray you and break out into spots, or in some cases, even serious acne.

1 and 2: Digestive System

The area on the forehead is usually set off by consuming too much junk or highly processed food which immediately disturbs the digestive system. Too much food which is high in refined sugar, makes it difficult for the body to break down. Instead, drink more water and opt for cooling foods such as cucumbers to de-stress your skin.

3: Liver

Breakouts located right between the eyebrows and the beginning of the nose are usually from consuming too much dairy, alcohol and junk food which can irritate healthy skin. This is also the first sign of possible food allergies, so be sure to monitor this area of your face if you notice any irregularities. Make sure to engage in some light exercise at least 1 hour a day, and have enough beauty sleep to combat these breakouts.

4, 5, 7, 8: Kidneys

Irritability and zits around, under or on the eyelids are directly linked to dehydration. Make sure to have at least 1.5L of water each day, and cut down on soft drinks which contain large amounts of unnecessary sugar. This will also decrease the visibility of dark circles under the eyes.

6: Heart

Ever had an annoying pimple on the bridge or very tip of your nose? These are often too difficult to cover with concealer, and feel painful as well. To avoid these kinds of breakouts, make sure to check your blood pressure regularly, and increase vitamin B levels. Whole grains, fish and vegetables are packed with vitamin B and will help to fight any future breakouts in this area. Also, try and replace bad fats with omega-3 and omega-6 ‘good fats’ instead. These are healthy for the body, and include avocado, nuts and flax seed which are easy to incorporate into your meals.

9 and 10: Respiratory system

This is the most common area on the face where people have breakouts, especially in relation to food, drinks and allergies to ingredients found in various makeup products. The effects of smoking and allergies would show up on the cheekbones and lead all the way to the nose. Instead, go out and get some fresh air, avoid foods which make the body acidic, and regularly clean your phones and change your pillowcases. Built-up bacteria have the ability to cause some seriously painful breakouts in this area of the face.

11 and 12: Hormones

Jawline and right under the lips is where hormones will usually wreak havoc on skin. Stress and hormonal changes are often unavoidable, but getting enough sleep, water and exercise will help to keep breakouts under control.

13: Stomach

Often mistaken for hormonal changes, the chin is actually attributed to stomach and digestion problems. To avoid these kinds of breakouts, drink plenty of water, green tea, and avoid processed foods.

14: Illness

Pimples and inflammation on the neck area are a sign that the body is fighting bacteria. Avoid stressful situations, take a break and enjoy something relaxing such as a yoga class to get your body back on track.

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Skincare Saviours For Acne-Prone Skin

Anyone with adult acne-prone skin can tell you that treating your skin with less product will help it over-time. The ‘less is more’ approach works wonders on helping skin breathe and repair itself. Although finding these holy-grail products can be prove difficult, since testing them on sensitive acne-prone skin can be a nightmare. Below are a handful of products which won’t break skin out, and are gentle enough to use everyday.

PanOxyl Acnegel 5, $5.00

This solution works to diminish the appearance of nasty spots and decrease any blemishes or redness that come along with it. Simply apply a tiny amount of the gel onto affected areas, then wash off after 1-2 hours. Don’t leave the solution on while you sleep, since it needs to be washed off to achieve the best results. A great product to use if you see an incoming pimple and want to stop it before it hits the surface.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, $27.99

The Effaclar Duo is mentioned so many times, but that’s simply because it works very well at reducing the severity of breakouts. Apply onto the entire face 1-3 times a day to help blackheads, whiteheads and breakouts diminish in just a few weeks. The formula is fragrance-free and won’t cause any incoming irritation or breakouts.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 500mL, $13.19

Finding a great cleanser which won’t strip the skin from it’s natural oils is the first and most difficult part of a stable skincare routine. Cetaphil is ideal for any skin type (even infants) since it cleanses without removing the natural protective oils from the face. The product can be used with or without water, and it’s one of the most gentlest non-soap cleansers on the market.

Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque 60mL, $51

If you’re on the hunt for a rich deep cleansing face mask, Aesop have formulated one especially for acne-prone skin. The clay-based formula is packed with purifying botanicals which absorbs excess oil, calms problem areas and deeply refreshes the skin making it feel brand new. Use 1-2 times a week for best results.

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Face Wash for Acne 150mL, $12.99

Tea tree oil extract is another ingredient to look out for when choosing acne-friendly skincare products. It removes a build up of excess bacteria on the surface of the skin by gently cleansing away impurities. With just a touch of chamomile also found in the formula, it soothes skin keeping it fresh and soft.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

Cameron Diaz Regrets Botox Injections

Cameron Diaz has revealed she tried Botox, but refuses to use it anymore.

“I’ve tried Botox before, where it was like a little tiny touch of something,” the 41-year-old actress said. “It changed my face in such a weird way that I was like, ‘No, I don’t want to be like that.”

The Counselor star has been promoting her new book Body Book, which promotes positive health and body image.

“I’d rather see my face ageing than a face that doesn’t belong to me at all,” she told  Good Morning America.

Since ditching the Botox injections, she’s become proud of her wrinkles. “I love them,  I don’t mind. It’s like, “Guess what this means, I’ve smiled my whole life.” I love life,” she said. “I’m happy I don’t have a problem with that.”

The former model admits she struggled with “terrible, terrible skin” and serious acne in her teens and 20s,

“It was embarrassing, and I did everything I could think of to make it go away” she writes in her book. “I tried to cover it with makeup. I tried to get rid of it with medication: oral, topical, even the harshest prescriptions. Nothing helped for very long.

How did she cure her acne? “I used to have bad acne and little white bumps. I cut out dairy and my skin changed completely.”

She also offers a tip to help achieve her enviable butt.

“Squeeze your butt muscles,” she writes. “Yes, right now, while you’re sitting….With the recognition that we can build muscle by engaging it anytime, anywhere, all of our movements can become strengthening movements.”

And if you want to know what one of the best bodies in Hollywood eats for breakfast? Savoury porridge.

I’m always looking for new ways to build flavor and have fun with my carbs,” she writes in Body Book.

“For instance, I prefer savory over sweet, so in the mornings when I make oatmeal, instead of eating it with something sweet, I make a yummy concoction of sautéed zucchini with collard greens, caramelised shallots, and egg whites.

“I top it all off with ponzu sauce (a Japanese sauce made from rice vinegar and citrus) or some lemon juice. It’s a breakfast that is delicious and savoury and all the things that I love to taste.”

What do you think of Cameron Diaz’ ageing and body advice?

 

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