Treating Acne – Chemical

Alrighty, folks. You want to get rid of that acne quick time, here are some chemicals that you can use!

  1. For those acne that are caused by the accumulation of bacterial cells in your pores (whiteheads, papules and pustules), you’re going to want to treat them with some sort of chemical agent that kills bacteria. This will prevent the bacteria from growing further. Two common chemicals are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. These will kill the bacteria and also causes the skin around the pore to peel, which will stimulate your skin to regrow. Make sure to dab the smallest amount of a 2.5% concentration. Seriously. You don’t want to expose your skin to too many chemicals.
  2. You can also crush a few tablets aspirin and turn it into a paste with some drops of water to reduce the redness of pimples. Aspirin has a natural anti-inflammatory chemical, so it will reduce the inflammation of your pimple!
  3. A tiny swab of tea tree oil can also kill bacteria! A bit confusing, seeing as it has the word oil in it, but it actually won’t clog your pores. And, really, a tiny swab using a cotton swab is all you need. Too much can burn your skin. It’ll take a little more time than benzoyl peroxide, but it thought to be safer to use.
  4. For reducing the size of pimples, a little bit of toothpaste can also do the trick. Weird right? I would save this as a last resort though, if you have any of the other things in your household, they’ll be more effective!

If you have a cyst or nodule, I suggest that you go to your doctor because they might have better creams for your purposes. There is also the extreme of getting a steroid shot, but those are pricey.

I know, the last one is strange. Why would toothpaste be able to help reduce the size of pimples? Well, we’re talking  brushing your teeth next week and toothpaste the week after, so you’ll find out then!

WikiHow. 2013. 3 Ways to Get Rid of Acne. WikiHow.com. <http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Acne>. April 10, 2013.

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Fun fact and a couple opinions: Feminism

“Know Your Body” was the name of a series of informational courses created by feminists for women in the 70’s to become more familiar with their bodies. I thought this was a bit funny because my blog is called ‘Know your body and health’.

Now, this is off-topic in regards to the goals of this blog, but I think it’s important to explore feminism the tiniest bit as it has an impact on a variety of fields, such as health.

I, too, am a feminist, but not in the same sense as the term that is being tossed around today. The term ‘feminism’ now has a negative stigma around it, something that I’ve been slightly caught up in too until I looked into it a bit more. Feminism is defined as ‘The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men’ (Thanks Google, you’re wonderful, don’t change). Notice that it says ‘equality’ and not anything to do with women wanting to be superior to men.

So why do so many people scoff at the idea of feminism? Is it because of the few individuals who may take it to an (I think) unnecessary extreme by wanting to be superior to men? Why let the actions of a few individuals dictate an entire sex’s right to equality? Not as many people scoff at the idea of holding faiths such as religion, though there are several individuals who take that to an extreme as well.

I know there are some people out there that actually believe that women deserve the subordinate position in life or that it’s their role to serve men, or something else along those lines. I also understand that roles differ greatly across different areas of the world and that some women in societies are perfectly content in what roles they’ve found themselves in.

But for all of you who just believe women should be in the subordinate position or that feminism is unnecessary, women are pretty great. A woman gave each and every one of you your life. Think of your mother or maternal figure; would you not want her to be happy? Does she not deserve to be treated with respect? Should she not receive the same attention as your father or paternal figure from society, and health care and legal systems?

I, for one, think feminism is important. Don’t let the few extremists scare you away, if that’s what’s stopping you. Don’t let a stigma dictate how you feel about a certain topic. Don’t let other people pressure you into thinking that something’s silly or unnecessary.

Doing your own research and learning about the things you want to form opinions on is the best way to really understand where you stand.

Welcome to Know Your Body and Health!

Hi there!

My name is Meera and welcome to Know Your Body and Health! This blog will focus on the biological processes that happen in the body and explaining why the body does some peculiar things, like sweat or shiver.

I was really nervous about starting this blog, but I love learning these things. And because I was anxious about starting this, it only seems natural that my first post would be about explaining anxiety. Stay tuned, it’ll be out very soon!

I will be making posts every week on Friday at 0:00MST/02:00EST. I hope you enjoy! 🙂