Blackheads are a type of Acne Vulgaris, and are caused by small plugs that develop in the pores of the skin. Blackheads are caused a build up of excess oil in the sebaceous gland mixing with Propionibacterium Acnes Bacteria. This darkens on contact with the air to the color that gives them their name.
Blackheads are also known as comedomes, and can be made worse by wearing excessive makeup, although thankfully they are quite easy to treat effectively in order to really improve the look of the skin.
A person can get blackheads at any time in their life, from early childhood through to old age. Although they are generally less obvious than pimples, sufferers should avoid squeezing them. Although this is immediately satisfying, in the long term, this can leave scars and damage the skin. Squeezing blackheads can also cause them to get infected and swell up. Continue reading »
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This article details one of the easiest weight loss programs ever. You can lose 20 pounds (9 kilograms) in 6 months. It has been proved to work. Well, at least once.
The method described here is most suitable for women of, shall we say, more mature years and the great thing about it is that the regime of exercise and diet is the easiest ever to follow. A little boring some might say but no need to calculate, to cook, or to figure out any complex menu—in fact no menu figuring what so ever. For the no cooking bit to work you do need a moderately (just moderately) cooperative husband, partner, lover, or other household member.
After considerable research on the best way to lose weight—approximately half a life time’s research actually, my wife and I decided on the moderate exercise and calorie counting method as the most likely to be successful for her to lose weight. How right we were. A simple case of less energy in than the energy going out—regular exercise combined with a calculated amount of healthy food. It’s the only way to go! Continue reading »
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Cleaning your curling iron on a regular basis can be essential to beautiful, luxurious locks of glistening glory. Women everywhere spend hours upon hours of prepping their hair with fancy shampoos to leave in conditioners to bodybuilding styling aids to moisturizing treatments to hydrating scalp treatments to strong hold hair sprays to designer colors and more.
If you are going to spend that much time in preparation, then you ought to be able to spend the ten minutes you need to clean one of the most important things in your supply of hair tricks- your curling iron. After all, over time hair spray and hair gel build up on that magical wand. Continue reading »
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Cord blood banking is a relatively new phenomenon in medicine. Umbilical cord blood, harvested from the newborn, is a rich source of stem cells. Stem cells provide the building blocks of the body’s immune system, and cord blood banking allows the family to bank these rich stem cells for use in the future. The baby itself, the baby’s parents, or the baby’s siblings may benefit long-term from cord blood banking, and finding a cord blood bank is a crucial part of preserving umbilical cord blood.
Why is cord blood banking so popular? In recent years, researchers have been able to save cord blood and retrieve it from a cord blood bank to be used to repair damaged immune systems, help chemotherapy patients to overcome cancer, and to help produce red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Continue reading »
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The definition of infidelity, according to Webster’s Encyclopedia Dictionary is simple: “the lack of loyalty.” I pondered this definition for days. The question, “What is infidelity?” echoed through my mind. I came to the conclusion that, even though my dictionary gives a simple definition, that infidelity is really a complex issue.
Infidelity is many things. It is not just the act of having sexual intercourse with someone other than your partner. It is the act of being disloyal in any way.
I have always taken a firm stand against pornography. It is degrading to women and the fantasies that go along with it often lead to serious crimes. The profiles of thousands of rapists, pedophiles and serial killers have one thing in common. They are addicted to pornography. Continue reading »
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For hundreds of years men and women have celebrated their unions with commitment and marriage, only to have those promises eventually shattered by a partner’s cheating ways. It can happen shortly after the honeymoon, or well into the child rearing years, but either way, it can deal a devastating blow to any intimate relationship. Many questions arise after an exposed betrayal – but the most prominent can be – why did this happen and where do we go from here? This is where the differences between men and women become less subtle and a little more predictable. Continue reading »
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According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa plagues approximately .5% of the American female population. Anorexia is much less common among American men, affecting about one tenth of the number of affected women (American Psychiatric Association, 2000).
So often, women who suffer from anorexia are overlooked, until they drop significant amounts of weight. According to the American Psychiatric Association, it is much more common for women to exhibit borderline signs of anorexia, and thus, are diagnosed with Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.
How can you tell if someone you love is struggling with anorexia or a less prominent form of anorexia (eating disorder not otherwise specified)? Tell-tale signs of anorexia include: self-starvation, tearing or cutting food into small pieces, sensitivity to cold, worrying about how “fat” she is, loss of menstruation, constantly comparing herself to other women’s shapes and sizes, and focusing a lot of attention on food and weight. Continue reading »
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Welcoming a new baby into the home is of course an indescribably joyous occasion, but it can be a frightening one as well. One of the biggest challenges faced by new parents is how to properly childproof the home. After all, there are many items in the home that we take for granted, but which can be quite dangerous to little explorers. Before welcoming that new bundle of joy into the home, it is important to go room by room and make sure everything is safe and secure.
Let’s start at the logical place – the nursery or baby’s room. The room where the baby sleeps will need a number of childproofing and safety enhancements, such as:
- Installing a baby monitor
- Wrapping any curtain or blind cords and place them out of reach. Unwrapped curtain or blind cords could pose a strangulation hazard. Continue reading »
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During the summer months, it’s rare to see anyone who isn’t wearing a pair of flip-flops. Although many people consider flip-flops to be a comfortable alternative to real shoes, the popular summer footwear could be causing more harm than good.
One problem with flip-flops is they can cause overpronation. Overpronation is a condition where the arch of a person’s foot flattens when they step down on their foot. This causes the foot to roll inward (toward the center of the body). Everyone’s feet pronate naturally; however, because flip-flops are made of spongy foam, they allow your feet to pronate more than normal. Over time, overpronation can cause pain in your feet, legs, and back.
In addition to causing overpronation, flip-flops can also cause you to trip easily. Because of their loose fit, it is easy to trip on your flip-flops while walking, especially when walking on uneven ground or when walking up or down a set of stairs. In addition, the straps often break while walking, further increasing the risk of tripping. Doctors treat numerous patients each summer for injuries caused by wearing flip-flops. Continue reading »
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Communication becomes especially tricky when your little one becomes a toddler. At this time they are just learning the tools necessary to communicate effectively and parents in particular are a young child’s most important teacher.
When it comes to toddlers there are many barriers to communication; such as vocabulary, maturity, and physical ability. Many times these barriers result in ineffective communication and can cause many troubles, such as behavior problems, self esteem problems, and even learning disabilities. The following are some things to remember when communicating with your little one.
Remember silence is useful many times when it comes to toddlers. They are eager to express their feelings and thoughts but cannot do so if they are always being interrupted or spoken for, try to listen closely and speak clearly.
It is also incredibly difficult for toddlers to communicate. They are not physically able to say all of the words that they understand, or explain how they are feeling. Your toddler may know that he doesn’t like the food you have given him but he cannot say, “Mommy this tastes bad.” Instead he may dump his food in the floor, or even become frustrated and cry. Toddlers are just learning to use words. Try to help them expand their vocabularies by making their one to two word sentences longer. If they see a dog and point saying “Dog” you can try saying, “Yes, dogs say ruff ruff,” or “The dog is very big isn’t he?” Eventually the one word sentence dog may expand into “Dog, ruff ruff!” or “Big dog.” Continue reading »
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