How to Get Rid Of Acne

Did you know that you can learn how to get rid of acne without having to spend on chemical-laden acne solutions? Here are five effective natural remedies for you.


1. Tea tree oil

In a 2007 study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology, researchers found out that tea tree oil dramatically improves acne condition when applied over a span of 45 days. Inflammation is lessened and the reddening of lesions no longer becomes obvious. When compared with acne treatments given by dermatological clinics that usually last for at least two months (at about one session per week), the shorter application period required by tea tree oil makes it a more practical option.

Many experts believe that tea tree oil is the best alternative to benzoyl peroxide, the most common over-the-counter acne treatment today. Both of them have anti-bacterial properties but unlike benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil does not have side effects such as peeling, itching, and stinging.

Apply tea tree oil after cleansing but do not use it together with other over-the-counter products.

2. Green tea

More coffee drinkers have acne than green tea drinkers do. Coffee and tea both have high caffeine content, but the difference is in the level of antioxidants that can fight inflammation. For the past 10 years, it has been observed that people with higher intake of antioxidant-rich foods solve their skin problem faster than those who eat less healthy foods. Moreover, those who drink green tea regularly rarely have problems with acne lesions (comedo).

Green tea is rich in a potent anti-inflammatory catechin called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate). It helps heal acne in its first stage and prevents further breakouts from developing.

3. Lemon juice

Some dermatologists advise against using lemon juice because of its acidity, which can hurt the skin more. Nonetheless, it is an effective remedy for acne because the acid will help eliminate bacteria in the pores and reduce inflammation. It will also harden the sebum that makes the skin oilier than usual, making it easier to remove by cleansing.You can apply lemon juice directly on the affected area, but diluting it with water first will help lessen the sting for those who already have lesions. Avoid rubbing the peel directly onto the skin as this is where the more harmful acids are found.

4. Aloe vera (or aloe)

The gel in this plant’s leaves helps in restoring the pH balance of the skin. It is very mild on the skin, so it is also the best exfoliating agent for those who have lesions. It promotes healing of the skin, so clogged and open pores become smaller once again.

5. Apple cider vinegar

Using vinegar on your face may not seem like a good idea, but you’ll be surprised by how effective it can be. Apple cider is rich in lactic and malic acids, two natural compounds that effectively reduce inflammation and red marks. They also exfoliate the skin without the abrasiveness.

You can mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water to make a homemade toner.

Dermatologists know very well how to get rid of acne using prescription medications. However, many cases can be easily treated at home through lifestyle changes and some natural remedies. You might as well try these remedies first before spending a lot on professional consultations, commercially available drugs, or invasive procedures. For more information on acne read

How to Use the ER Appropriately

The average person believes that the health care system within the United States is broken and that it cannot be fixed. There are many reasons why people have this view and emergency room misuse is a primary factor. Since the mid 1990s many ER departments have been inappropriately accessed by millions of people who did not really need this service. This has been an ongoing problem for hospitals everywhere and it is a key factor to driving of up medical costs. While there is no one solution that will correct this problem, various members of the medical community are working hard to find practical ways to resolve this issue.

Why does ED Misuse Occur?

There are so many different reasons as to why people abuse the ER department. One of the biggest contributors to this problem has to do with lack of insurance. Since 2006, many middle class Americans have lost their medical insurance or they have reduced their coverage. This reduction in health care coverage has forced many middle class people to use the emergency department to deal with medical problems that they encounter. Remember, with the loss or reduction of coverage, a middle class family probably will not visit their regular doctor as often; if at all. Middle class people with reduced or no insurance have significantly increased the abuse of ER visits since the mid 2000s.

Other leading contributors includes mental health patients who do not receive adequate health care on their own, people who abuse and/or sell prescription and narcotic drugs and by physicians who refer their patients to ER departments. Also, there many poor people who do not have health insurance often use the ED as primary way to get care. All of these factors and many more contribute to the overall problem of ER misuse.

Practical Solutions for Resolving ER Misuse

Many ER departments across the country uses the Prudent Lay Person Standard with dealing with patients. The Prudent Lay Person Standard is a simple evaluation to determine if a person’s present conditions qualify them for a visit to the ER department. According to this standard, if a person should only be admitted to an ER department if they meet the following criteria:

  1. They are in serious medical harm.
  2. They have a serious impairment to body function.
  3. A serious malfunction of a bodily organ.

If a person meets on or more of these three criteria they should be immediately admitted to the ER department. If not, they should be given brief medical services and then sent away. By the way the Prudent Lay Person Standard is a part of the law pertaining to hospital and ER departments.

Another solution that hospitals use is to eliminate ER abuse is to encourage primary care physicians to redesign their treatment standards and to improve their scheduling so that more patients can be seen. They are also being instructed on how to provide effective services for patients who have reduced insurance.

Hospitals are also setting up non-urgent primary care facilities that can be used to help people to get the care they need without having to strain ER resources and time. Hospitals are also helping individuals with chronic problems by improving their case management. They do this by linking chronic patients to various specialists, physicians and clinics that can help them to find practical solutions with the management of their condition. Unfortunately, ER misuse will not completely go away; but medical personnel are working hard everyday to get this problem under control.

All about Bladder Weakness in Men

Like women, men experience bladder weakness due to a number of different factors. The most common reason for bladder weakness in men is a prostate disorder. Prostate problems are the main culprits behind bladder weakness in men. It becomes enlarged as men get older, and this state is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) which causes bladder disorders in men over the age of 40.

Bladder infection symptoms are similar those of an overactive bladder including increased frequency and urgency to pee. The prostate can lead to declined urine flow in men as the urethra gets shut due to the enlarged prostate that ends up covering the urethra.

There are different types of bladder weakness men can experience including:

  • Urge incontinence – An abrupt pressure to pass urine, which occurs when the brain gets the message that the bladder needs to be emptied (even if it’s not full). This makes the bladder muscle to contract too early and causes an unwanted flow of urine.
  • Nocturia – This is a disorder where men wake up to pee frequently at night. Although it is a symptom of normal ageing process, in some cases it may be due to an enlarged prostate gland.
  • Overflow – When the bladder does not empty fully, it leads to a build-up of urine, which comes out as if it was overflowing.
  • After-dribble – It is a little leak of urine after urination. It happens due to the accumulation of urine in the urethra.
  • Stress incontinence – It is a small leak of urine that occurs when coughing, sneezing or lifting something heavy. It is usually found in men who have had prostate surgery.

Symptoms of bladder weakness caused by BPH can include:

  • Difficulty to urinate.
  • A feeble flow of urine, which can result in having to push or strain.
  • A frequent need to pee, especially at night.
  • An abrupt urge to pee, which causes a leak.
  • A tendency to not completely empty the bladder.
  • Pain while urinating.
  • Traces of blood in the urine.

Treating BPH

BPH should be checked by a doctor to know the extent of the condition. If the symptoms are mild to moderate, the condition is treated with a few lifestyle changes and through bladder training. In case the symptoms are moderate to severe, medication will be prescribed.

Tips for reducing bladder weakness in men

  • Avoid constipation
  • Eat healthy and exercise daily to prevent excess weight gain.
  • Quit Smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects.
  • Avoid drinking any liquids for one to two hours before going to bed in order to reduce bathroom visits at night.
  • Drink sufficient fluids to restore normal bladder functioning.
  • Limit the intake of caffeine-containing drinks such as tea, coffee and cola.

Workplace Safety

The Promise of Change

The history of the workplace is anything but stellar. From squalid conditions to industry being fueled by corporate greed, it almost seemed impossible that workplace safety would ever improve. Even still, there was a light in the darkness. For as many evils as there existed in the world, there were just as many goods, helping lead the way toward a brighter work world, where workplace accidents are prevented.

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