Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Home Remedies for Acne

Home Remedies for the battle of the ZITS;)

Everyone past puberty has had a nasty dot on their face one time or another. Below are a list of habits and remedies anyone can use to battle that ugly sucker once and for all.

(1) Eat healthy,
(2) exercise regularly,
(3) don’t sleep on your face,
(4) get enough sleep,
(5)wash your hands regularly,
(6) manage your stress, and
(7) use your home remedy for acne on a consistent basis.


1) Tea Tree Oil

  1.  Pure tea tree oil is very strong and may cause an allergic reaction if placed directly on the skin; so you may need to dilute it depending on your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin, take a tablespoon of tea tree oil and mix it with 9 tablespoons of water. If your skin is a little sensitive mix the tea tree oil with aloe vera gel instead of water. The gel will neutralize the chemical reactions to make sure you do not develop rashes.
  2. Before you use the tea tree solution, wash your face with a mild cleanser first. With a cotton ball, apply the solution to form a thin layer on your skin. When it’s dry, put on a moisturizer (preferably oil-free). Do that before you go to bed too.
  3. Experiment with tea tree oil for acne. Add a few more drops when you feel like your skin is reacting well to the solution. But if you notice some redness, dilute the oil a bit until you get the perfect solution.
  4. Once or twice a week, make a tea tree oil mask so you can control acne breakouts more effectively. Get a hypoallergenic green clay powder and add two or three drops of the tree oil. Pour water on  (little by little) until the solution turns in to a paste. Use the mixture as a facial mask and you are set.
2) Honey

You can use a honey mask like a regular mask and you can apply it every day if you have the time. Take a spatula of honey and spread it evenly on your clean face.  Let it dry for 20 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. You will instantly feel that your skin is softer and it will look healthier and refreshed:). This remedy is very effective for scars left behind from acne


   Mix one part vinegar to 8 parts of water. Place the solution in a closed-lid bottle and mix a grounded tablet of aspirin. The salicylic acid in the drug can help dry-up your acne. Use the solution like you would your toner – wash your face like you normally do and apply the solution afterwards. Since apple cider vinegar has a really strong stench, it is best to use it at night before going to bed.

Hope this article helps every make some more happy faces out there:) 



“Living Naturally You”

Real People Real Answers
What’s your name?

My name... Aevin Dugas.

 How old are you?


 Where are you from?
Small town called Napoleonville, La.

 What is your occupation?

I work in a family business with women with developmental disabilities

 How would you describe yourself?
My style is just whatever I want, I always liked things that were different, no matte what other people thought!!

 When did you first decide to become natural?

I decided to go natural 12 years ago. I got tired of the chemicals and just stopped!!!

 If there was one word to describe your style what would it be? 
  I would describe myself as kind of unique

Who are some people that inspire you the most?

My mother always taught me to be an individual, so she would be my biggest inspiration. Besides her I love looking at women of the past for everything from fashion, to makeup

 What do you want to be when you grow up?

Lol, since i,m already pretty grown up, I just love giving women advice on how to deal with their natural hair. It truly is a journey to go from chemicals to nothing and I never mind giving my suggestions to help them get through it.

What advice would you give to others who wanted to go natural or live a more natural based lifestyle?

I would say to be patient, learn your type and what your hair likes. Also remember every product or style that works for one, may NOT work for you, even if you think ya,ll have the same hair type. Where you live, medications, genetics, etc all play a part in how your hair responds

 What’s your favorite quote?

My favorite quote would be " I love being a natural sista"!! 

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Another GREAT Article about curly hair from CoCo and Cream

Have you ever looked at your naturally curly hair and studied the way your curls look, feel and react to different products and hairstyles? If so, you’ve probably noticed that each strand of hair has a defined curl pattern of its own. Curly hair has several curl patterns, sizes and textures.
You might see soft waves, smooth S-shaped curls, tight corkscrew curls, or tight Z-shaped coils throughout your head but what does all of this mean? It doesn’t mean that you have good or bad hair (whatever that is). This guide will help you identify your curl pattern so you can jumpstart a healthy regime for your waves and curls.

Type 2 Hair

Type 2 hair has more of a wavy curl pattern that’s shaped like the letter S. There are two subsets of wavy hair: Type 2a/2b. Type 2a hair is very fine while Type 2b hair has a thicker, medium texture (Think singers Chili and Mya.) Wavy hair warrants a variety of styling options. It can be straightened easier than tighter curl patterns but beware of frizz. Use light products to enhance to avoid weighing down the curls.

Type 3

Type 3 hair has a more defined, springy curl pattern with lots of body full of loopy curls. It’s very thick but isn’t coarse; it’s actually fine. Type 3 hair has a lot of body and is categorized as 3a, 3b and 3c. Type 3a hair has a loose curl pattern while type 3b is a little tighter with ringlets. It’s common to see a combination of type 3 a/b curls. Type 3c hair is very thick and looks a bit more like kinky corkscrew curls. Type 3 hair easily absorbs the water so shrinkage occurs when it’s wet but it is very springy. So when it’s dry if you pull it, it bounces back to the original curl pattern. Use light pomades and cream to enhance curls.

Type 4

At first glance, most assume that type 4 hair is coarse but it’s actually quite fine. It has fewer cuticle layers than the other hair types so when it is brushed or combed, the hair is more susceptible to breakage. That’s why keeping hair moisturized and conditioned is very important for all curly hair but especially tighter curl patterns like this.
There are two subtypes: type 4a which is tightly coiled with a defined curl pattern and if stretched has more of an S pattern and type 4b which doesn’t have a distinctly defined curl pattern but bends in sharp angles like the letter Z. Type 4 hair type is prone to shrinkage of up to 75% of hair’s actual length. The hair can range from fine and thin to coarse with many strands densely packed together. Type 4 hair is versatile for styling and holds styles such as twists, braids and afros well without the aid of several products.

Do you pay attention to “curly hair type” classifications? Why or why not? If you do, what type is your hair? What products have you found work best for your hair type?

-Margaret Francois

Mya was rockin her natural curls in 98:) Newer old school natural ;)