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Pimple Be Gone: Remedies for Adult Acne

Everyone loathes those pesky blackheads and annoying pimples that just happened to pop up the night before a big day. And let's not mention those dark blemishes that acne tends to leave behind to remind you of their presence. Back in the day, acne was only thought to be for preteens entering puberty or teenagers whose hormones are all over the place. But adult acne can plague your face well into your 20s, 30s or even 40s.

There are many reasons one can break out as an adult. Stress, changes in your hormone levels, like your menstrual cycle or switching or stopping birth control pills, are two possibilities. Prescription medications, like lithium, anti-seizure drugs can cause acne. But just because a pimple wants to play house on your face, doesn't mean it has to. Turn the page for some proven and budget-friendly remedies and preventative methods to combat those nasty breakouts.

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Face Wash

Wash Your Face: Washing your face daily may seem like a no-brainer, but many people don't know you should refrain from washing your face more than twice a day. Turn off the hot water, too, and use cool or warm water. And when you're done, it's important to pat your skin dry, not scrub or rub.

Cleaners: Cleansers are an effective way to cleanse the skin of dirt, grime, makeup and pollution. A good cleanser will also let other skin products reach your skin and work better. Choose gentle cleaners that won’t strip your skin.

Home Remedies:  Sometimes you can skip the drug-store run and check your medicine cabinet, instead. Use a dab of toothpaste overnight, a bit of contact solution, or a drop or two of tea tree oil which can help reduce redness dry out a blemish rather quickly.

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High-Tech Solutions. For extreme cases, when crèmes or lotions just won't do, the use of light therapy may be effective from a dermatologist. Some users may say it hurts and although high-tech solutions may come with a hefty cost, it provides lasting relief from acne.

Check Your Smartphone, Hair Products: Another way to treat acne, is to fight it before it begins. Everyday we touch numerous surfaces, then touch our phone, transferring bacteria and germs to a device we ultimately place against our face. Yuck. When your phone rubs against your jawline, it can irritate pores, creating inflammation, a cause of acne. Clean your phone with a disinfecting wipe a few times a week.

And don't forget about those hair products, too. Acne along the hairline can pop up when heavy ingredients settle into the skin or on your forehead. Always rinse your face after washing out conditioner, and if you are breakout prone, apply a thin barrier of skin moisturizer along your forehead before styling your tresses.

Fine Tune Your Diet: After you fight the outside elements, acne can build up below the skin long before it rears it's ugly head. Check your diet. The culprit may be chocolate, dairy or a salty snack food, and it's different for everyone. Try keeping a food diary for six weeks and when you experience a breakout, look back at the foods you ate two days earlier. Once you've figured out the suspected acne trigger, eliminate that food from your diet. Oh, and drinks lots of water! Water is a natural resource to cleanse your skin from the inside out.

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Off the heels of her debut project, the Atlanta songstress shared Drake's admiration for her project Sunday (Oct. 6) which included collaborations from Jhene Aiko, Usher. 6LACK and Bryson Tiller. Drake had a strong reaction to "Fun Girl," a track that speaks to the acoustic aura of her precious project, CLEAR.

Sharing his love with more than a few emojis, the rapper reveals the song inspired him to pen two new songs at the crack of dawn.


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So I guess fun girl is his favorite song on the album, mines isss... BODY🥰 what’s yours ?

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Summer and Drake worked together for the remix to her breakout hit, "Girls Need Love." In Billboard's  “You Should Know” series, the singer says the two met via Instagram after he gushed about her visuals to the original track. "He said, 'I saw your video on a bowling alley monitor. Thought it was cool,'" she recalled. She added it was Love Renaissance's Justice Baiden who talked her into asking Drake for the remix. The singer is signed to the label along with Grammy-nominated singer 6LACK.

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Tinashe fans rejoice! After a hiatus, the Joyride artist resurfaced on Instagram Saturday (Sept. 28), in a brief video expressing that she's “back and better.”

After a tumultuous relationship with her label RCA, the singer-songwriter broke ties with the company. Since then, she's been hibernating in her “cave,” as she puts it.

"Creatively, I just feel like I needed to go through what I went through in order to be the person that I am today and to get back to my roots," she explained. "You pretty much put your heart and soul and emotions into all these songs and then you put them out there for the world to judge and tear down and pick apart. It's terrifying and it can really mess with your head."


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In an interview with VIBE, Tinashe expressed how important it is for her to stay true to herself and artistry. “It’s not even necessarily speaking up but coming to your own conclusions yourself and owning your own instincts and trusting in yourself and creative power,” she said. “I think that’s something that is always important to continue to maintain. It’s easy for that sometimes to get derailed, and it’s important to come back to that.”

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"Music and art are supposed to be these wonderful beautiful things that bring people joy and happiness, and that's really why I started making music in the first place—to give people something that means something to them,” she said.

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In late September, Eva Marcille gave birth to her third child, a boy, Essence reports. The model/actress announced she was expecting in May, over a year after she gave birth to her second baby and first child with husband Michael Sterling. Their son, Michael Todd Jr. is 17 months while Marcille's first child, Marly Rae, 5, is from a previous relationship.

In a 2016 interview with Rolling Out, Marcille discussed the importance of having a close network of supporters to help in raising a child. "You know, I have a great mother myself and if it wasn’t for my mom and my support system—my friends that helped me out—I don’t know what I would do, honestly," she said. "It’s a balancing act and you know they say 'it takes a village to raise a child,' I have definitely cultivated my village to raise my child."

A year ago, the couple tied the knot which was showcased on Bravo's hit reality television program Real Housewives of Atlanta. The series is set to return in November.


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