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Embarrassing beauty blunders solved Part 2

Posted Jul 22 2012 12:47pm

This post is sponsored by Dove® ClearTone™ Deodorant - designed to visibly reduce underarm dark marks and even skin tone.

There are few things worse than a big, juicy pimple screaming for attention. I've dedicated this entire post on ways to get rid of this evil little beast.

Drink water

For women, drink roughly 4.5 regular sports bottles of  water per day.
You hear this blank statement all the time, but how much water should you really drink? According to the Mayo Clinic , men should drink roughly 3 liters or 13 cups per day. Women should drink 2.2 liters or 9 cups a day. Your average water bottle is 0.5L, so each one is about 2.11 cups. Keep in mind that this is a rough estimate of total fluids per day. This means everything you drink, including water. If you want healthier, glowing skin, then substitute water in place of sugary juices and even (gasp) coffee. If you exercise, are pregnant, sick (vomiting) or even where you live - this will all affect the total amount of fluids you need to keep hydrated every day. 

Hands off!

Do not pop your pimple! I don't think there is anything more enticing than a pimple on your face just waiting to be touched (ok maybe bubble wrap), but leave it to the professionals. They will extract it without leaving any scars behind. If you scratch or pop a pimple and then try to immediately scrub it with any kind of acne medication, you're just going to keep irritating your face and spreading bacteria - so hands off!
You feel it, but can't see it.
If you're dealing with one you can feel, but can't see, it's an underground one. A moment to warn you again, if you don't listen to me and attempt to pop it, you will only make it much, much worse. It's not going to rise to the surface but only get irritated and get even bigger under your skin.Clean and dry your face as you normally would and then take a piece of ice and gently rub the pimple and a small surrounding area for five to eight minutes. You must keep the ice moving so you don't hurt yourself with the ice. Immediately after apply some benzoyl peroxide onto a Q-tip. Place it gently on the pimple only so you don't dry up any of the surrounding area. Do this three times in a row and you should see your pimple go down significantly.Red like Rudolph.
If you have a red pimple and want to take down the redness grab any over the counter eye drops that says it takes the redness off on the front label. Squeeze a few drops into a Q-tip and gently swab over the pimple. Let it dry and your pimple should be noticeably less red than before. Also, unless you want to get really sick, do not swallow any of the eye drops ok?Use aspirin.This is a great mask to do occasionally - but not if you're allergic to aspirin! People with sensitive skin should always test anything new on smaller patches of skin (like the back of their hand) to check for sensitivity first.This mask works wonders because it the acetylsalicylic acid in them, which is similar to the salicylic acid found in most over the counter most acne medications. Take about three to four regular aspirin tablets that are not coated and place on a small plate. Slowly add two to four drops of water and let it dissolve. Gently stir with a toothpick or Q-tip until it forms a grainy paste. Using clean hands gently apply to your face (avoiding eyes, nose and mouth) and let it dry (about five minutes). Rinse well and moisturize your skin as you normally would. Your skin will look brighter and clearer overnight.Seek professional help.
I'm a big fan of seeking help from the experts! Home remedies like these work but there are certain types of acne, like cystic acne, that need professional help from a dermatologist.

I have a whole arsenal of beauty tips and secrets I've learned from years of competing in pageants and being surrounded by the top medical, health and beauty professionals - maybe I'll write some more one day ;)
I was compensated for this post by the Clever Girls Collective . All the opinions expressed here are my own.
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