Four Ways To Get Rid Of Acne Scars

Acne is an unsightly skin condition that occurs when dirt and oil clogs the pores of the skin. At one point or another, most people have had to deal with this annoying skin issue. While it may be tempting to pick at or pop a blemish, this can cause scarring. If you have acne scars as a result of picking pimples, there are four good ways to rid your skin of these permanent reminders of an acne problem.

Removing acne scars

1. Chemical Peels.

A chemical peel uses a powerful mixture of both natural and artificial ingredients to help remove damaged areas of the skin. Once the damaged areas are removed, a healthier layer of skin will grow in its place.

2. Microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive way to get rid of acne scarring. This acne scar treatment will give your skin back a healthy glow while ridding it of unsightly acne scarring. Microdermabrasion removes a very thin layer of skin and encourages the skin to renew itself in a way that will eliminate acne scars.

3. Collagen Injections.

Collagen injections are one way to fill in deep, pitted acne scars. A collagen injection will fill in the areas of the skin that are damaged by acne scarring and the result is even, smooth skin.

4. Laser Skin Resurfacing.

For deep acne scars or dark spots that just won’t go away, try laser resurfacing (also known as laser skin rejuvenation). Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic laser procedure that, when performed in the hands of the proper licensed medical professional, can have amazing results beginning with the very first treatment. Laser resurfacing uses high-energy light to remove damaged and discolored skin. Laser resurfacing may also be used to minimize brown spots, wrinkles and fine lines. If you want the best chance of ridding your skin of unsightly reminders of acne, you might want to consider laser skin resurfacing.

If you are a person who has had to deal with acne, you know that acne scars leave a forever reminder of this skin problem long after the acne itself is gone. Fortunately, though, there are some ways to rid your skin of acne scarring so you can have healthy and smooth skin.

Be realistic with your expectations, and explore your options with your doctor or skin care professional.


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Seven Must See London Beauty and Shopping Locations

Traveling to London? It is a wonderful city for shopping and salon services! Check out these seven must see stops for all things in makeup, hair and beauty.

Fenwick London

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(1) Fenwick describes itself as the UK’s most exciting department store. Fenwick began as a hair accessories boutique, and is now a full department store featuring luxury goods. It is an especially good stop for shoes, handbags, and exclusive cosmetic lines. For luxury shopping at it best, make it a stop on your beauty and fashion shopping tour.

(2) Harrods is another top department store worthy of any shopping trip experience. With seven floors of luxury goods, you could spend all day, and easily spend a small fortune in one location. This is the go-to place for all of the top luxury brands.

(3) Need a new cut or style? When it comes to finding hairdressers in London, there are many great ones to choose from. From celebrity and television favorite Andrew Barton to Daniel Hersheson, a favorite of Vogue staffers, you can find a top notch cut or style for your days and nights out visiting the city. Some salons also use salon appointment software for easy scheduling, or simply ring them up and book your appointment.

(4) Check out Spa London for good values with a full menu of services. This full service spa offers everything from standard treatments to pools and steam rooms.  With its extensive selection of items, it is a great choice if you want to be able to get a variety of services or just plain can’t decide what you want. There is something there for everyone.

(5) As  a runner up to Spa London, if you likes pools and baths, try the Porchester Spa, which also offers affordable basic services and a great selection of pools and baths. This is the perfect place for all of you Turkish bath lovers, but you can also get an affordable massage while you are there too.

Fingernail Art

(6) Get chic nail art done at the trendy WAH Nails salon. The salon specializes in nail art and, with locations in TopShop stores, they are easy to find and are also affordable. Indeed, some credit WAH with making nail art into the current trend that it is today. While at TopShop, also do some shopping for affordable and highly on-trend clothes.

(7) Boots on Oxford Street is a must do affordable beauty stop in London. this large store is perfect for stocking up on all of your favorite Boots skin care items and cosmetics. Aside from their own line of products, Boots sells the popular Models Own nail polish line and the truly wonderful Soap and Glory line of skin and bath products. I particularly love Soap and Glory hand cream!


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Deep Tissue Massage: When To Get It And Why It Hurts

Many seeking massage therapy for stress release or as a pleasurable pastime have shied away from the deep tissue variety.  Spas that offer massage therapy are popping up everywhere.  Each one provides a long list of various massage techniques to choose from.  Opposed to Swedish and Thai traditions, deep tissue massage is often associated with that “hurts so good” experience that isn’t quite for everyone.  But why do some flock to it?  Does it have real benefits for the body?  How do you know when you need a good deep tissue experience?  And why does it hurt so darn much?


Pressure Points

Deep tissue massage triggers pressure points that alleviate pain, improve circulation, release endorphins and aid the detoxification process.  Pressure points play a vital role in all of the above.  Our general understanding of pressure points stems from ancient Chinese medicine.  These points, which run along the major body systems from head to toe, help move life energy through the body when triggered.  There are over three hundred pressure points in the body; most of which are sensitive when pressure is applied.  The magic happens when pressure is placed in these target areas.  Many receiving massage therapy report that after initial soreness, their muscles are more loose, agile and they report a general sense of feeling more energetic and balanced.

Loosen Up

Deep tissue massage also loosens tight muscles, coaxing them out of their holding patterns.  Repeated actions can cause our muscles to create a memory–actions that derive from daily habits such as hunching over a computer screen, lifting heavy objects, or even rigorous exercise routines.  Day after day our bodies assume familiar positions and our muscles take notice.  They adjust in response to make these patterns more comfortable.  As a result, we develop knots where our muscles contract repeatedly.  Deep tissue massage can help our muscles “unlearn” these patterns, release, and return to a more normal state of rest.

Tear Down The Build Up

Some blame lactic acid for the soreness and pain that follows a deep tissue massage.  While the connection between lactic acid and muscle soreness is still disputed, massage therapists are hip to the release that massage can provide.  The idea is that routine and strenuous exercise create a build-up in the muscles.  Massage therapy helps release that build up by getting the blood and oxygen flowing.  Toxins are released and passed through the system and out of the body.  This process can create soreness.  It’s important to drink lots of water after a deep tissue massage to help aid the flushing out of junk your body doesn’t need.


Deep tissue massage also activates the drainage areas of the lymphatic system.  Lymph nodes are responsible for removing waste from your system.  When your lymph nodes are in their optimum working condition your immune system skyrockets leaving you less susceptible to disease and fatigue.  Most kinds of massage will cover these areas, aiding in detox and keeping them in tip top shape.  Have the inclination to help others with deep tissue massage? Consider enrolling in massage therapy classes to start helping others release their tension and pain.

Jazmine Green lives and writes in Los Angeles, CA. As a wellness practitioner, she recommends massage therapy classes to serious students seeking a career in health and wellness.

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