Frequently Asked Questions
How should I get rid of blackheads and acne on forehead and chin?
Im 20 years old and I never had acne before about a year ago. I have a lot of blackheads on my forehead and it results in little bumps, sometimes red ones. I also have some on my chin, though they turn into pimples a lot more often. The space between my eyebrows has been the place where pimples have come out when i was a teen, about once a month (Im a girl and hormones you know what I mean). I still have issues in that area.
I wash my face once a day before I go to bed, often twice a day if I wash in the morning as well. I use a natural scrub and soft foaming face soap. I haven't found a lotion I like yet so hydration could be part of the issue, but Im sure there is more. It's pretty bad and people who love me have started to pass comments about it. I don't feel Im getting a handle on the situation.
Can anyone help me?
Hello, I am 17 and know what you are going through trust me! Black heads suck! I have finally found something that helped me though and it's cheap and not very hard to do!
I have been through many trial and error and have realized commercial skin products just make things worse.
The supplies I use to maintain healthy good looking skin (as best I can) is different types of salt and a very gentle soap.
My soap is made by Dr. Ohiira (called a beauty bar) which has all natural ingrediants and probiotics to help kill of bad bacteria on the skin but maintain the good bacteria that heal your skin. You can order this soap online, but if you want something from the drug store try Dove's unscented soap bar. I reccomend going to a health food store instead and getting a very natural soap instead though.
Next after washing your face with a mild, gentle cleanser you are going to need:
Epsom salt (salt of magnesium) you can get this at any drug store for very cheap. It is great for the skin, aches, buises, scrapes, etc and it even helps kill bad bacteria and retain moisture in skin.
You can either put two table spoons of this in pretty warm water and stir it around until it is cloudy white ish and tastes bitter. You can use this as a toner for your skin with a cotton ball and let it dry as a mask. You can even sleep with this, but it will dry as a slightly white salty film so I would sleep on a towel or some sort of pillow protector although I never have noticed a noticible salty film in my bed or anything. The toner helps all oilyness and seriosuly reduced redness so much. A less potent toner with less epsom salt would leave a less white residue and could be used for daily wear, under make up even.
The next way to use epsom salt is to grind it up into a almost a powder like form. I do this using a coffee bean grinder (I do this because the grains are to big and don't scrub as much and the sand like texture helps more when using as a scrub). I then mix it with either a creamy gentle cleanser, or just a little bit of water, or some sort of natural home made mask and use it as a scrub / exfolient and the grains will eventually disolves soaking into your face and then you rinse.
There is yet another way to use epsom salt, and this is good for body oilyness and acne. Put two cups of epsom salt into a hot bath and soak. This is very effective plus relaxing as the magnesium sulfate (that makes up epsom salt) is very soothing to your muscles as well as good for taking out redness and inflamation in the skin.
Two other types of salts I use on my skin are Hemilayan Sea Salt (naturally a light pink or greyish color) and I also use Dead sea salt.
Both of these salts are great at fighting blemishes and reducing oils but are a more drying salt for the skin. If you choose to you can add 1 tea spoon of each of these salts to 2 cups of warm water. OR even more effectively you can make a toner using all three, (Hemilayan, Dead Sea, and Epsom salt) into one toner.
I would alternate between using the mixed salt toner, and regular epsom salt toner so you do not dry your skin out to much but to keep it balanced.
Apple cider vinegar used in the ratio 1:1 with water makes an excellent claryfying agent and even lightens the skin (:
You can look up the reviews for most of these items too and see how other people rate them also. The sight acne.org has a lot of info on products and skin even if you don't have acne it can be helpful. ! Hope this helps with everyone’s skin! XO (:
table salt should never be used on the skin because it is bleached and will actually harm your skin as well as your body. Eating pure sea salt is a million times better too!
email me if you have any questions or comment.
Washing Wool / Cotton Clothes?
I have no idea how to wash clothes because my parents always did it for me.. last week I (white)bleached many of my black clothes on accident, when I tossed a wrong colored article into the washer
I don't have parents anymore and no one to really teach me.
but anyway. I was just wondering how I would go about washing a
(backside) 88% cotton, 12% polyester sweater.
anyway thanks. I don't want it to be all shrunken!
How to Wash Whites
Clean Delicate Whites
Gather delicate, white items, such as sheer blouses, shirts or undergarments.
Review the care tags to make sure the items are washable. Note whether machine or hand washing is suggested, as well as the recommended wash temperature and drying method.
Machine wash most delicate whites in cold water. Adjust the water level and set the machine for gentle or delicate.
Hand-wash delicate undergarments or items specifically labeled "hand-wash only." Dilute a small amount of soap in a tub or bucket of cold water, and then dunk and rinse your clothes under running water.
Dry delicates on low or by hanging them to dry. Check the labels.
Wash Regular, White Cottons and Synthetics
Place white clothes labeled for warm-water washing in a machine. For instance, a cotton shirt and Tencel blouse can be washed at the same time. Set the machine on warm and normal or gentle operation.
Use topical-stain lifter or pour bleach into the machine as directed. Do this only if it is appropriate for the fabric of all the grouped items.
Dry cottons on high and synthetics on medium or low. Alternatively, you can place them all together in the dryer and take the synthetics out as soon as they are done.
Clean White Towels, Sheets and Socks
Gather white towels, sheets and socks that can tolerate hot washing. Check the labels if you're not sure.
Wash items that are prone to mildew, fungus and mites in hot water. Adjust your water level for the correct volume and set the machine for normal operation.
Add a whitener to your detergent, if desired, according to package instructions.
Dry all of these items on high heat, or dry the sheets separately if you don't want excess towel lint on them.
How to Wash Dark Colors
Categorize Dark Colors by Fabric and Color
Use the care tags in clothing to sort dark colors. Put those that need cold-water washing in one pile and those that need warm-water washing in another.
Make another pile for any items that are to be washed separately and/or by hand, according to their labels.
Put dark-colored towels or sheets in another pile.
Decide what to do about reds. After several washings, some red clothes no longer bleed and are safe to wash with mixed colors. As some red fabric always bleeds, a safe bet is washing all reds together on the lowest setting.
Wash and Dry Dark Colors Separately
Perform a cold-water wash for sheer synthetics, washable silks or other delicates. Adjust the water level for the amount of clothing, and then add soap and clothes. Use the gentle or delicate setting if desired.
Run a warm-water wash for heavier synthetics and all cottons.
Wash dark towels and sheets in hot water to kill germs and mildew.
Hand wash any very delicate clothing. Simply add a small amount of soap to water in a bucket. Soak the garments briefly and agitate them with your hands. Rinse them well, but do not wring delicate fabrics.
Dry clothes washed in cold on medium and those washed in warm or hot on high. Check individual labels, and remove dry clothes promptly to prevent wrinkling.
Air-dry hand-washed items. Either place them on a hanger or spread them flat on a screen or other surface that has good circulation.
How to wash wool
Things You’ll Need:
Tub or sink
Wire mesh basket or other draining device
Wool drying rack or other drying surface
Try this washing technique with a wool item that does not mean much to you. That way, if there is a misstep, little damage will be done to your wardrobe.
Fill a tub or sink with clean hot water. Temperature is not the culprit when you pull a shrunken wool sweater from the dryer. The agitation of the wool while wet is what causes the shrinkage. Hot water is much more effective than cold water as it cuts grease more efficiently.
Gently place the wool item in the water. Do not move the item around or swish or rub at any spots. Even the smallest movements can cause wool fibers to link together closely and cause shrinkage. Allow the water to cover and soak through the wool.
Add dishwashing detergent to the water and gently swish the detergent into the water so that the detergent distributes evenly. One or two teaspoons should do the trick, but you as much or as little as you prefer.
Allow wool item to soak in hot water for a few hours.
Drain the water carefully.
Add clean, hot water to sink or tub very carefully so that water does not agitate wool accidentally.
Rinse with clean, hot water until the water runs clear.
Let water drain from sweater. A wire mesh bowl or some other container with drainage holes will work.
Once most of the water has drained, gently place wool item on a towel on a flat surface. Roll the item up in the towel to soak up the excess water.
After step 10, remove the wool item from the towel and place it on a wool drying rack or other flat surface. Wool stretches when it is wet so you may need to take a few minutes to re-shape the wool so that it dries in the shape that you want.
The wool item may take as long as three days to dry. To speed up the drying process, check on the item every few hours and flip it over so that damp spots can dry out.