When it comes to acne breakouts the first question is usually; how do I get rid of it? No one wants to wake up to a face full of acne, but hey it happens to the best of us! So what exactly is acne anyway? Where does acne come from? And why does it always come unexpectedly like an unwanted guest at your home. Let's first discover exactly what is acne and then we can put together the rest of the puzzle. Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. The pores in your skin connect to oil glands under the skin that creates an oily substance called sebum. The pores are connected to the oil glands by a follicle that carries oil with dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. At times the oil, follicle, and dead skin cells clump together into a ball, bacteria formed within that ball causes swelling, thus creating "zits" or "pimples." Acne can form on any surface of the body, but the most common places are the face, back, and chest. So now we know how acne is formed, let's get rid of it!
Getting rid of the acne can be easy once you've figured out what's causing the breakout in the first place. Technically doctors do not have a specific cause for acne, but there are some contributing factors that do play a role. For example: hormonal imbalances/changes effects the body in several ways, with acne being one of them. This can explain why some women may experience acne breakouts before, during, or after their menstrual cycle due to the changes in their hormone levels. The use of oily makeup or skincare products can contribute to acne as well, due to the excess oil buildup on the skin. If you already have oily skin be cautious when using products that are oil based because it may clog your pores. And clogged pores equals acne! Now don't fret there are some wonderful oil-based products that are lightweight, not too heavy on the skin, thus making it more "oily skin friendly." Beauty Elixir is a great option for an oil-based moisturizer, lightweight, and formulated with natural oils for all skin types.
Lastly, health and nutrition is an important factor that can contribute largely to acne. If you take certain medications where acne may be a side effect or certain medications may cause hormonal changes. A healthy diet is a major factor because our body needs certain minerals and nutrients to function properly and when we don't provide the body with what it needs, you can see changes on the skin.
So here are a list of things that you can do to get rid of acne fast!
1. Spot treatment- place tea tree oil (make sure it's pure and organic) directly on the area where the acne is forming. Tea tree oil can irritate the skin so be sure to dilute it first with a carrier oil, I like to use castor oil or coconut oil. Tea tree oil is anti-bacteria and anti-fungal, thus helping to kill the bacteria growing in the pores.
2. Fresh lemon juice- lemons have antibacterial properties, which will help reduce acne. Lemons juice cleanses the pores to give you healthy skin. Just squeeze a fresh lemon in a bowl, dip a cotton pad into the lemon juice, and rub on the affected area.
3. Activated charcoal- draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt, and other micro-particles to the surface of the skin. Make a facial mask with activated charcoal, coconut oil, and lemons. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until you form a paste and apply directly to the skin. Let it set for 15-20 minutes and rinse off. If you don't have access to these ingredients or just would rather buy something instead check out Detox Bar by TreasureU Skincare!
Now you have some tricks to get rid of your unwanted guest lol! For more beauty tips and handcrafted formulas, be sure to subscribe to our email list below!
Ugh! Just can't seem to get your skin to behave? Have you ever wondered why your skin continues to break out? You've tried several products, several different ways, but nothing seems to work? There may be a solution for you, something simple, but necessary to obtain optimal skin. Consistency! Yes, you're skin requires consistent care and cleaning methods. Whether it's acne, dry skin or excess oil, everyone deals with their own skin issues. But no matter what your skin type or skin issue, the solution for improving skin is always the same. If you ever want to see blemish free skin you have to adopt a skincare routine that you complete religiously. Keeping a consistent skincare routine will help to treat your wrinkles, even out skin tone, prevent acne, and improve the clarity of your skin. Overall consistency is key when it comes to skincare effectiveness.
Here are some quick tips for a consistent skincare routine:
1. Product usage- Are you using the products correctly as instructed by the label directions? If the product requires that you use it three times a day, but you're only using it one time a day the product may not be as effective. You can't expect to see results from a product that you are not using correctly or consistently. So basically your commitment needs to match your expectations. Follow the product's instructions and use accordingly.
2. Cleansing- Are you washing your face consistently at night? Your skin actually works harder while you sleep to regenerate. Cell turnover is faster at night and this allows your products to do their job more efficiently. If you are consistent and properly wash your face and remove any makeup every night, your skin will be better able to repair itself, while moisturizers, serums, and lotions will absorb better into your skin.
3. Stick it out- Have you ever purchased the latest skincare treatment or beauty tool promising results only to use it a couple of times before saying it doesn’t work? Don't get so caught up in unrealistic expectations or miracle ingredients that you expect instant results. Real results does not happen overnight. It will take at least 30-45 days before you may see any results. Basically stick to your skincare routine, be consistent, and you will see radiant glowing skin as a result!
Help!! I just purchased a new skincare product and it's breaking me out! Skin purging, Is it a breakout or a skin purge? This is usually the question when confronted with new skincare products and skin breakouts. Skin purging can be treaky, as it can present similar to the form of a skin breakout. Although they both appear the same, they are both very different. Skin purging occurs after the use of a new skincare product that causes your skin to breakout.
Purging happens because these products and treatments make you shed dead skin cells rapidly, aiding in the release of trapped sebum and debris in skin pores. By doing so, it accelerates the rate at which microcomedones rise to the surface and become skin blemishes. Microcomedones are "pre-existing clogged pores." While eventually microcomedones would have risen to the surface of the skin, purging causes it to occur ten times faster and simultaneously.
Stay tuned, there is a happy ending to this story! The rapid skin cell turnover will purge the skin by unclogging your pores and releasing dirt and oil. It's like a deep pore cleansing, a skin detox! After detoxification comes the prize, your skin will appear more radiant. Although this process may take some time, it will be well worth it in the end. So next time around ask yourself? Did you use a new skincare product that may have triggered a rapid skin cell turnover? Is the breakout occurring in your typical problem areas? Did the breakout last longer than 8 to 10 weeks?
Now skin breakouts can be caused by several things. but usually occur when skincare products irritate the skin causing inflammations. The inflammation causes microcomedones to flare up, turning into visible acne. In addition, the irritation causes a disruption in the skin barrier, hence compromising the skin to more acne causing bacteria. If at any time it appears that a product has a reverse effect on your skin, discontinue use immediately to avoid causing more severe or permanent damage to your skin.
Skin breakouts can also occur after the use of a new skincare product, but extends a prolonged length of time. So ask yourself, did the new product irritate my skin while using? Does the new product contain any rapid skin cell turnover ingredients? Is the breakout occurring in new areas of the skin where you usually would not have any breakouts? If any of these relate, than most likely you're experiencing a skin breakout!
But there is light at the end of the tunnel! If your skin is purging, it will get better and better over time, eventually revealing cleaner, clearer, and brighter skin!
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Let's start off the new year with healthy glowing skin; you can achieve this easily, effectively, and cost efficient! I know cost efficient is the most important part because every gal wants to have radiant skin at an awesome price, right? Well let's start with your skincare routine. What products are you using? How often are you using those products? Are those products cohesive with your skin type? And last, but most importantly: how is your diet? As I know I have said this before, but beauty starts within and a healthy diet equates to healthy skin! It's just that easy!
So let's start with some skincare tips that every woman should know:
Skincare Routine: Everyone should have a skincare routine that they utilize on a daily, if not, weekly basis. For some this has even became a "skincare ritual" because it's a faithful practice that has been proven to yield results every time. Now depending on your skin type every skincare routine may differ, which I will discuss in a later post, but for the most part it should include: cleanser/exfoliator, serum, sunscreen, toner, and a moisturizer. The usage frequency of these products solely depend on your skin type.
By incorporating the right products in your skincare regimen and having a consistent skincare routine you are on your way to radiant skin! Remember every skincare routine may be different to include a variety of products, but consistency is always the key to an effective skincare routine! Happy Skincare Resolution!!!!
As the holiday season is upon us we're all excited about what this season may bring, laughter, joy, and tons of fun with the people we love the most. The holiday season can be one of the most busiest times of the year for most, which also means the most stressful time of the year as well! And as we all know with stress, comes hormonal changes that may effect our usual glowing skin. Whether it's stress, lack of skincare products due to travel, or change in climate, there are many ways to prepare your skin for the seasonal changes.
Here are a few ways to keep radiant glowing skin throughout the holiday season!
If you're traveling be sure to check the weather to ensure that you pack the appropriate skincare products for your trip. If you're traveling to warmer climate, you want to ensure that you keep your skin hydrated and clean to prevent bacteria build up on the skin. TreasureU Skincare has a great toner Jewelz for hydration and cleansing. If you're traveling to a cooler climate, be sure to pack a great moisturizer to prevent from having dry dull skin. Try Beauty Elixir. If you already struggle with dry skin you may want to try a cream based moisturizer for a more heavier coverage. Another option would be to purchase travel size containers to fill with your skincare routine daily products to prevent from traveling with large containers. Besides we need the extra room in the suitcase for more shoes!
Be careful with the water!! I know you have heard this before, but I must add this to the list because it's one of the most important factors for skin health. Whether it's the water you consume or use on your body, it will vary with location, and definitely have drastic changes to your skin. If you have sensitive skin you may want to purchase a gallon of distilled water to wash your face with, as this may be the area that you may see the most changes in. The water in climates differ and may be more harsh on the skin than you're used to, so MOISTURIZE, HYDRATE, and MOISTURIZE again! Also be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day, as this will help with cell regeneration.
Lastly, enjoy the holidays and STAY STRESS FREE! As we know stress can cause changes in the skin as well as the overall health, so don't be stressed this holiday, be blessed! Ensure that you take some time out for yourself and enjoy the present time with your family. Meditate on the past year lessons and look forward to the new year blessings!
Shaquana Shotwell- CEO & Founder of Treasure Universe home of TreasureU Skincare. Lover of all things beauty, advocate of health and wellness, and spiritual life coach.
Healthy Diet! Healthy Skin! Everyone has heard the saying "you are what you eat," well what if I told you that wasn't just a saying, but a fact! Although diet may not be the only factor in skin health, it is one of the most important key factors. The skin is the largest organ apart of the body and usually the first organ to reveal signs of what's going on inside the body. For example, some patients with chronic kidney disease may experience some unpleasant changes with the skin like: dry skin, itchy skin, and skin discoloration. So in some cases the skin is a direct reflection of what's going on internally with the body.
So where is the connection between diet and skin health? First, let's see what causes acne in the first place. Acne is a disorder of the turnover of skin cells, called keratinization. Improper skin cell renewal leads to retained cells, which in turn block the oil glands and pores, thus causing the pores to trap protein and sebum under the skin. Those proteins and oils become food for P. acnes, the bacteria that causes acne. There are several steps involved in the cycle of skin renewal process, much of which pertaining to the foods that we eat. The body, skin included, is constantly being renewed and it uses vitamins and nutrients from food to repair and rebuild skin cells. Eating a balanced and healthy diet will go a long way for skin health. By providing your body with the essential vitamins and nutrients it needs to properly restore and regenerate skin cells will not only prevent skin blemishes, but it aid in producing healthy radiant skin.
Here are a few things you should consider in your diet for healthy glowing skin:
1. Eating low fat foods- foods too high in fats can produce excessive amounts of oil on the skin, thus clogging pores
2. Avoid processed foods- fast foods, and pre made foods usually have additives and artificial ingredients.
3. Avoid hormone dairy products and meats- both high in fat and bacteria, and the added hormones can cause acne as well.
4. Chocolate and junk food- most junk food is high in fat and oils and do not provide any essential vitamins or nutrients needed for proper cell renewal.