Tips For Minimizing Acne Scars

As a teenager, you may have had constant problems with acne breakouts which had a negative effect on your self-esteem and confidence. Once these hormonally charged years are over and you have found an effective way to reduce the chances of acne flare-ups or recurrences, you may still feel the impact of this skin issue. This is because the scars, spots, and other marks of the acne flare-ups you once had are still noticeable on your face or other parts of your body.

As such, dermatological experts say that curing the condition of acne or preventing their appearance is not enough; acne scars need to be taken care of also so that you won’t have to face this problem as well.

For people who are still grappling with acne breakouts and want to minimize and prevent the occurrence of acne scars, below are some useful tips to keep in mind:

Apply Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera sap can be used to treat various conditions including red pimples, burns, and wounds. It is also a natural moisturizer that can help rejuvenate your skin. Applying Aloe Vera sap can effectively hasten the healing process of your acne scars. Simply apply the sap directly on the scars.

Use cold compress. Ice cubes, in particular, will soothe your inflamed skin and reduce the redness. Wrap an ice cube with a clean piece of cloth and hold this right against your acne scars for at least two minutes.

Apply raw honey on acne or pimples. Honey has been effective in treating acne and red pimples. It is a safe, organic antibacterial natural product that can reduce inflammation and soothe the skin at the same time. To get the best results, use raw honey to minimize or get rid of acne scars.

Put lemon juice solution on the affected areas. Lemon juice has bleaching properties and can help to lighten the scars. For the solution, take some fresh lemon juice and combine it with an equal amount of water. Apply this solution directly on these scars. Leave the lemon juice on the scars for about 20 minutes before removing or cleansing it off. Moisturize your skin after washing the juice off to avoid dryness.

Apply cortisone cream. Lastly, if you’re looking for an over-the-counter product that can help you minimize and avoid acne scars, start with cortisone creams. This type of cream can help reduce inflammation and at the same time, promote speedy healing of the scars. To make sure that you will buy the right product, particularly one that is safe for your skin, consult your doctor or dermatologist first.

Chiropractic Manipulation: What You Need to Know

Unless you’ve been happily (or unhappily) living under a rock or in a cave for a while, you’ve at least heard the phrase “chiropractic manipulation.” You probably wondered what it was about and did a search online or asked someone you know for information. There is some confusion out there about what chiropractic manipulation is, so we’ll clear that up and then talk about the benefits it can bring.

What exactly is meant by the term “Chiropractic Manipulation”?

When you hear someone use this term, they are talking about a practice also known as spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustment. It’s a common treatment for lower back problems and neck problems too.

Essentially, a chiropractor manipulates any vertebrae that are not functioning properly or have abnormal movement patterns. This is done with a mix of low amplitude and high velocity, applied to certain parts of the back as needed. There’s a certain level of skill and precision involved here. It is also far more important for a chiropractor to be able to judge when not to apply the adjustment.

What benefits does it bring?

Chiropractic manipulation is reported to bring several benefits. It reduces nerve irritability. A properly-done adjustment reduce subluxation, which refers to the altered position of vertebrae and the associated loss of function. Increased range of motion is another benefit of this treatment method.

It can also relieve headaches, and is something to consider if no other treatments have worked. People with fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis may find some relief thanks to the moderate pressure used (it’s the same pressure used in deep tissue massage).

Can it be dangerous?

As with anything in life, there is a certain amount of risk associated with chiropractic manipulation but it is certainly a far smaller risk than that involved with having spine surgery. There are factors which increase your chances of being injured. For example, it can worsen a herniated or slipped disc. Those who have spinal cord compression or inflammatory arthritis should not undergo chiropractic manipulation.

All in all, the success of chiropractic manipulation starts well before you go in for your appointment. An experienced chiropractor will always want to know about your medical history, including lifestyle factors and whether you are taking blood-thinning medication, have osteoporosis, or have a history of cancer before going ahead with the manipulation.

Please note that a chiropractor may refuse to treat you if they find something in your history that concerns them enough to say no. They may contact your medical doctor if they have questions and to see if they think you will benefit from chiropractic manipulation, but even then, they may not feel comfortable going through with it.