Ayurvedic skincare and the best over the counter acne treatment
It’s safe to say that everyone is looking for the holy grail– the best acne face wash. The one, cheap treatment that eradicates acne in totality, erases all signs of post acne scars, leaving the skin looking like a super model and costs under a few bucks. Oh, and lasts for months with zero side-effects. Maybe I left off a few but that’s the gist. Unfortunately, this isn’t that acne face wash, but I try not to make perfect the enemy of pretty damn good. And this product is pretty damn good.
When I’m at a crossroads for anything in life, I order Chinese food and get a fortune cookie. I follow the advice to the letter. It may explain why my life is full of fits, sputters and jumps. Anyways, the same held true with picking the next topic for this blog to cover. The fortune cookie said: “discuss hormonal acne on your blog,” and who am I to disagree with a cookie.
This is me right after the Chinese buffet. Of course, thirty minutes later I’m ready to eat again. Go figure.
This post will be about oil-pulling acne techniques and how it relates to helping curb inflmmation. Unfortunately, that will involve using Ayurvedic techniques once more. For those of you who may find the vernacular of this post not suited to your tastes or interests, this is the head’s up. For those that read the last post, I’m sure you’re all getting closer to being members of some Justice League or neo-Avengers superhero elite club or maybe at least the anti-villain in the story you’ve written. Kudos.
A quick backtrack
Now, before I get on track, I need to twirl around the beaten path a time or two, so bear with me.
I empathize with everyone experiencing acne. It sucks. When you have it, your life feels like it’s on standstill. Social life? Say what? LOL I know. Believe me, I know. So it may seem like I’m having a bit of fun with this blog and with some of the real meat yet to be delivered, my internal dialogue rages about dropping the goods so to speak. The treasure chest with all the holy grail techniques that were discovered long ago.
My guide has some of them, but it’s more like an outline with some basic ideas. The real top-shelf material is coming, but I can’t release it all at once or the Internet will break and a chasm between dimensions will open and nothing will ever be the same again.
The reality is there are so many different ideas, products and interesting practices that can help. If you are reading this blog in its early inception, you are like a pioneer, waiting with galling patience to find out what’s over the next hill as you pass all the sun bleached remnants of what’s come before. If you’re reading this blog in a year, you’ll likely have an acne fighting tool box that overfloweth into a tool shed.
Occasionally, I like to keep things fresh around this website. While its chief purpose is the end of acne, a bit of stray into the realm of humor from time to time is in order. It keeps the stress levels steady and the blood from being angered.
With that in mind, I feel called to share a story—a parable really.
If you’re like Gene Simmons from Kiss, you’ll need a tongue scraper the size of a snow plow to get the job done.
When pondering ideas to blog about I’m often fond of reflecting on the simplest, easiest practices that you can do combat the acne scourge. Sometimes simple, means cheap and easy—a creed by which many live their lives. By going after the “low-hanging fruit” of the acne world, we may find solutions present themselves in corners of study we never knew existed.
We all have routines and rituals that start the day. For some, a cup of coffee is an outright necessity, mandating almost obsequious dependence—the smell, the intoxicating aroma that lures the user in, is worthy of worship. How many times have you bleak, weary eyed souls, staggered out of bed, belly crawled along the floor, seeking reproach from your slumber, in the hopes that a steaming pot is brewing at the end of your miserable journey?
Unless you have a butler or maid, or someone that approaches this approximate skill set, then you probably have to make it yourself or stomach the kind made by what ever type of creature you cohabit with (pets not included). Either way, an almost unholy banshee of a monster is craving that first sip to re-chain the savage beast and welcome the embrace of civilization.
I theorize that modern society would fall back a thousand years into a second dark ages the day coffee or its equivalent were banished from our existence. Maybe tea could fill the gap, but that would be a pretty wide chasm, requiring quick thinking or some mad sick run on energy drinks and hyper-caffeinated products. Ah, there’s the rub. Caffeine. It’s not the coffee or the ritual that goes with it that has us so ensnared, but the caffeine– the juice that fuels the engine of society.
After looking over the stats of this blog to rid acne, it’s become painfully obvious to me that a fair share of readership is coming from the great north expanse known as America’s 51 st state–Canada. The Canucks have forced me to readjust my entire outlook going forward.
Readers may start seeing more shout outs to puckchaser greats of yore like Gordy Howe, Bobby Orr, Eddie Shore, Wayne Gretzky, Red Kelly (the original R. Kelly, but without the legal problems) and Maurice Richard. This homage to old school hockey will be sudden, swift and severe. It may even cause a kerfuffle or two. You may see the tone of this blog shift to covering minor league hockey and the focus of a post or ten fixating on ice fishing, moose wresting and the top ten curling shots of the 2000s.
This will be done to reflect the needs and wants of the readership and will allow me to take on sponsors like any number of skookum Canadian beer companies. There may come a time in the near future when you see a banner for such a beer brand and forget this blog used to target the teenage geared skin care acne niche. Darwin always said it’s not the strongest or smartest that survives, but the most adaptable.
This is one of those damned if you do, damned if you even think about it articles. An acne cure? For real? How about an acne vaccine? The subject of vaccines inspires passion, polarization and precious little middle ground. The very mention of the topic does more to stir up people than most. Passions fly. Arguments ensue. Civility takes a flying leap.
Well, I’m going to do my best to keep the beehive sedate. I’m not here to find middle ground or stir the anthill to action. I’m here to drop a few facts, offer up some hilarious reflections and maybe get you to see some videos or something. If at the end, you are lesser informed than before you entered, consider yourself forewarned. Kidding.
I can’t concur enough about looking into interlinking role between diet, dairy and acne. In later posts, I’ll go into some interesting ideas for researching treatments but in essence most remedies are responses to the symptoms and not a bead on the cause or source. For me, diet played an overwhelming role in the cure, as my cystic acne outlived adolescence and thrived into adulthood.
Starting with dairy, I found that the elimination of certain food items made a profound difference in the condition, which in turn led to greater control. At first, I kept thinking no, there must be some mistake. My doctor, dermatologist along with conventional medical wisdom was most assure that I could crush pizzas buffets without abandon, devour sweets in epic amounts, consume chocolate in excess, and quaff gallons of milk with little or no bearing on my condition.
Well, they weren’t encouraging the excess part but they did seem to think that acne from dairy in the diet had nothing to do with my pimple turmoil. It was in all probability hormonal and whether I ate pounds of veggies or a bag of candy, the results would stay somewhat consistent and steady.
One issue that tends to get glossed over is the emotional aspect of acne anxiety. Many suffers are teenagers and emotions are already bubbling up and over like a super volcano waiting to go boom. Stress plus hormones and rapid life changes equals massive upheaval. I mention this to remind adults that bad acne vulgaris and acne rosacea can have severe and devastating impacts on a person’s psyche and that it’s not merely a rite of passage and easy burden to brush off.