What is Erysipelas?

Erysipelis on Ear Lobe

This is the effect of the skin condition on the ear lobe – swollen and painful
Image Klaus D. Peter, Gummersbach, Germany (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0-de (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

Erysipelas is an infection of the upper and lower skin layers, including the lymph nodes and fatty tissue. The infection causes the skin to appear red, raised and inflamed, also being known as St Anthony’s Fire, Holy Fire or Ignis Sacer.  Other symptoms and health complications may occur as the infection spreads throughout the body.

What Causes Erysipelas?

The infection is caused and spread by excessive colonisation of the Streptococcus bacteria, particularly where skin wounds are present. People with existing skin disorders such as ulcers and eczema are at higher risk of erysipelas.

Streptococcus may set in after skin injury including cuts and scrapes, dog or insect bites and following surgery. We may naturally have a presence of the bacteria in our body, but the bacteria will become harmful if over-colonisation is allowed, spreading infection, toxaemia and sepsis.

Editor’s note: You will find the following video helpful for understanding the causes of this skin condition and the best ways of treating it.

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Home Remedies for Acne

acne home remedies

Try some of our home remedy products if acne is causing you stress!

The bad news is you have acne.

The good news is you don’t have to look to expensive creams and treatments to fight it.

In fact, you need to go no further than your own kitchen, as ordinary items in your pantry can be used for home remedies that will do the trick.

So there’s no need to hide away and be camera-shy, or spend a fortune on over the counter treatments either!

Top 4 Products For Acne Treatment at Home

  1. Apple cider vinegar
    Bragg - Apple Cider Vinegar, 32 oz liquidThis 100% natural product, combined with 3 parts water and applied topically, works as a great acne-fighting formula. It is antibacterial, so it replaces prescription antibiotics and naturally rids skin of acne-causing bacteria. It also works to unclog pores by removing the excess oil that can cause inflammation. Apple cider vinegar also has great cleansing and detoxification benefits when ingested, so it can work to improve your skin from the inside out!
  2. Baking soda
    This multi-purpose superior cleansing agent is another product that works great as a home remedy for acne. It can be mixed with other products, such as water or lemon juice, to make a paste that you can apply directly to the affected area. After letting it sit for five to ten minutes, you simply rinse it off. Baking soda works to exfoliate the skin, unclog pores, and remove dirt and dead cells. By reducing pH levels, it balances the acidity of the skin, making it less prone to breakouts.
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10 Exceptional Skin Care Tips You Can Use Until You Are 50

tips for younger looking skinPreventative skin care, combined with daily maintenance, will result in softer, suppler and more youthful skin as years go by.

It is easier to maintain and take care of skin than it is to wait until it is too late and then try to correct skin damage, wrinkles or signs of premature aging.

Following these ten simple skin care tips can help you to develop a crucial skin care routine that will provide you with glowing, youthful and clear skin for years to come.

Our Ten Tips For Younger Looking Skin

  1. Avoid smoking. Quitting smoking will not only help you to achieve a brighter glow and keep your skin from yellowing, it will also help you to avoid smoker’s wrinkles that accumulate around the eyes, mouth and forehead.

  2. Use sunscreen when outside. Applying a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 is necessary when a person is going to be outside for any length of time. It is also important to apply a heavier SPF if you will be outside in intense heat or for a prolonged period of time.

  3. Use a daily moisturizer before applying foundation and makeup. In the mornings, apply a light amount of daily moisturizer to your face before applying foundation, powder and other makeup.

  4. Invest in specialty creams to help eliminate or reduce the appearance of dark spots. Investing in a quality skin cream that helps to reduce dark spots will make your skin tone more even.

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5 Natural Remedies that Help Blackheads

Blackheads or “open comedo” are yellow or black-colored small bumps that are present on the pores of the skin. They block the hair follicles with sebum and dead skin cells and they usually appear on the forehead, nose, neck, chest, back and other areas containing more oil glands. Blackheads
are black in color because the top portion of the skin pores are open to the air, so the top part of the hardened sebum or oil oxidizes, turning black.

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What are Blackheads?

What Causes Blackheads

Blackheads are basically not making your skin look their best but these can be controlled through your healthy skin regimes and, of course, the right treatment whether natural or not. So if you want to get rid of those blackheads on your nose, here are five simple natural remedies that help you unclog your pores using skin-friendly treatments and get rid of those blackheads. It’s just a matter of cleansing the skin. There is no need to spend much to get a healthy and beautiful looking skin. These natural remedies are as effective, plus they don’t cost you too much.

Try These Inexpensive, Natural Blackhead Remedies

Apple facial
green apple facial for blackheadsApples are known for this: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Did you know that apples are extremely rich in anti-oxidants? Apples are highly-recommended to be included in your skin conditioning routine. You can eat apples but to make the active ingredients effective quickly, you can prepare a
soothing facial. Cut an apple into smaller pieces then place the pieces in a medium bowl and mix it with ½ cup of boiled milk. Use a blender to have a paste of these green ingredients. Apply the mask on the affected sections and leave it there for 30 minutes. Make sure you close the pores that are sensitive to all skin enemies by rinsing off the facial with tepid water. Continue reading