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  1. #11

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    How to Get Rid of Back Fat



    What causes fat to collect on my back?

    Nature, more than nurture, decides when, where, and how much fat will build up on each of our bodies. Gender, for instance, plays a large role. Males tend to store their fat in their midsections; for females, it’s usually the butt and thighs, but some women also get pockets of upper back fat. A poor diet and lack of physical exercise are what usually leads to those unsightly pounds, but where those pounds are added is largely a case of genetics.

    Back fat is not popular with women. Even ladies who are okay with bits of fat in strategic places intensely dislike the back fat that forms ridges around their bras and would like to get rid it.

    You may have gotten the idea from some late night TV commercials that you can concentrate on reducing flab from any specific part of your body by using a miracle “As Seen on TV” device to beat, squeeze, jiggle, or rub fat away from that area. The American Council on Exercise and others tell us that everyone has areas of the body which favor fat formation more than others and that exercising muscles underlying those particular areas of fat will not make them go away. The only way to lose fat from any part of your body is to launch a program to shed pounds from your entire body – exercise combined with a permanent eating regimen that stresses healthier foods in smaller quantities.


    Are there any exercises that can target back fat?

    A fat-burning aerobic workout burns excess fat throughout the body. Choose activities that you enjoy, are easily accessible, within your budget, and effective in shedding pounds. Weight-resistance training is good, but be sure to get some aerobic exercise, too. Even walking helps. Work up a good sweat.

    You may want to tone and firm up the upper back muscles for a better appearance; this is something resistance training can do. Working your back also lessens your chance of back injury, improves your posture, and provides stronger support for your entire body.


    Here are a few exercises for the back:

    ____* Rows: Standing next to a sturdy chair, place one hand on the seat for support, and bend forward from your hips, keeping your stomach sucked in and your back and head almost parallel to the floor. Hold a moderately heavy weight hanging straight down in your free hand. Retract your shoulder blade, bend your elbow, and draw the weight up until your hand is touching your torso. Slowly lower the weight back down. Switch sides. You should feel this exercise primarily in your back, not your arms. Use a weight heavy enough so you start to tire around the eighth repetition.
    ____* Opposite arm and leg lifts: Lie flat on your stomach with your arms extended over your head and your legs straight. Either rest your forehead on the floor or turn your head to one side. Slowly and simultaneously raise your right arm and left leg until it’s difficult to keep your pelvis and chest flat on the floor. Lower and repeat with the opposite arm and leg combination. Don’t twist or rock your body to make this easier. Stop if you feel pain.
    ____* Rear delt fly: Sitting on the edge of a chair or bench, holding light weights in each hand behind each leg, lean forward from the hips with your back flat. Tuck your chin into your chest. Raise your arms to the sides, gradually bending your elbows as they come up. Squeeze your shoulder blades together. Pause at the top of the extension and then slowly lower your arms.

    If a diet and exercise is not your cup of chocolate ice cream, a faster way to remove the fat is liposuction. Although no type of liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise, it’s definitely faster.


    How can I hide my back fat?

    ____1. Stand up straight. Good posture is cheaper than liposuction. It not only makes you look lighter but can make your back smoother.
    ____2. Layered camisoles and undershirts give clothes something else other than your back fat to cling to. Smooth, body-skimming (not body-clinging), fabrics work best in minimizing friction.
    ____3. Stay away from jersey tops and dresses. Favor knits – cashmere, cotton, merino, or viscose. Because of their thicker texture, they are less revealing of back fat.
    ____4. Support undergarments that specifically target the area between your bust and your hips such as waist cinchers, which create a smoother side and rear view. A mid-torso length sports bra worn over a regular bra and under a tight shirt gives better shape, lift, and separation.
    ____5. A lightweight capelet or shawl (wearing a big woolly cape indoors makes you look fatter and kind of silly) that ends midway between bust and belly button makes the waist look slimmer while hiding that back fat.

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    How to Get Rid of Bad Breath



    1. What is the cause of bad breath?

    There are two types of bad breath; transient bad breath and chronic bad breath (or chronic halitosis). As the names imply, transient bad breath is a temporary, self-correcting condition while chronic bad breath indicates a more severe imbalance in the body. Medical science hasn’t yet tracked down every single cause of bad breath so you may have to do a little self-troubleshooting.


    Transient bad breath

    Transient bad breath is usually very temporary and lasts only as long as it’s causative factor. Some of the most common causes of transient bad breath are:




    ____* Recently eaten foods such as: onions, garlic, dairy products, alcohol and high-sugar foods. A mouth coated in sugar is a welcome environment for breath-corrupting bacteria.
    ____* Poor oral hygiene. Bacterias that cause bad breath are often present in the mouth, but a lack of proper cleaning can allow their numbers to increase to smellable proportions.
    ____* Bodily imbalances caused by dehydration, stress, smoking, certain drugs and poor nutrition.
    ____* A state of Ketosis often results in bad breath when one eats more protein than the body can process.


    Chronic bad breath

    Chronic bad breath is most often caused by bacteria or gum disease. There are some clinics that can perform specialized testing to determine which strain of bacteria is causing the bad breath and then prescribe a personalized treatment. Chronic halitosis can also be caused by certain drugs and medical conditions. If you have a case of bad breath that just won’t quit, have a dental exam as well as a physical.


    2. Bad breath remedies

    If you can identify the source, do something about it.
    Correctable causes of bad breath:

    ____* Dehydration. If you’re urine is dark, you’re dehydrated.
    ____* Diet. Try temporarily avoiding onions, garlic, dairy products, alcohol, and acidic beverages like coffee and OJ to attempt to lessen the stink.
    ____* Hygiene. Are you brushing at least once a day? Are you being thorough? Add mouthwash and begin brushing your tongue when you brush your teeth and see if that helps. Brush after every meal if you must.
    ____* Dieting. On a diet? Take a break for one or two days and see if the breath-stench ceases.
    ____* Prescription medication. I don’t recommend not taking your med’s, but maybe talk to your doctor or search the web for the name of your medicine and the phrase “Bad breath” in quotes to see if there is a commonly known link.
    ____* Poor nutrition. What is your ratio of protein to carbohydrate to fat? How many refined carbohydrates (sugars and flours) have you been eating lately? Keep carbs around 50% and don’t let either fat or protein dominate the other 50%.

    Home remedies for bad breath:

    ____* Hydrogen peroxide rinse - diluted to a 1.5% solution (with water) and gargled but not swallowed.
    ____* Chewing fresh parsley. Buy it at your supermarket or grow it yourself.
    ____* Drink unsweetened green tea.
    ____* Brush your teeth or use some mouthwash.
    ____* Use a tongue brush or scraper. Don’t have one? A small spoon can be substituted.
    ____* Bad breath products (mouthwashes, sprays, gums, mints and pills).
    ____* Mouth rinses containing chlorhexidine, zinc gluconate, and chlorine dioxide.
    ____* Increasing saliva by chewing something without sugar or gently pressing on your tongue with your teeth to mimic the action of chewing.

  3. #13

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    How to Get Rid of Belly Fat





    Fat

    Want to become the wealthiest person in the world? Just invent a magic bullet that will make fat people thin. It hasn’t happened yet, and it is unlikely to happen in our lifetimes. if ever. Nobody wants to be fat. Nobody sets out to become fat. Around the world, there are millions upon millions of fat people, most of them getting fatter, wanting to get skinnier, and more of these people are being created every day. Obesity is a pandemic, and a whole lot of people have caught the disease. If there were some easy way to get rid of fat, the world would be full of thin people.


    The Skinny on Fat

    The reason it’s not easy to come up with a cure: weight loss is not a simple case of making the energy going out of one’s body equal to the energy going in. Consciously, we may want to lose weight. But in the subconscious, the body is being told “keep all the fat you’ve got, and add some more if you can. Starvation could be just around the corner.”

    Animal bodies, including ours, were programmed through eons of evolution. Our hunger mechanisms evolved… and then stopped evolving.

    Our early ancestors came into a world where food was not always that plentiful and where they had to work hard to get what they could. They hunted and they foraged. They encountered lean periods, during which they had to get by with whatever energy was stored in their fat. Starvation was common, and it was those who stored fat best who survived. We are the descendants of the survivors who were the kings and queens of putting on the pounds. We now have bodies that, even though we may lose fat, retain all the cells created to store fat – cells that demand to be re-supplied. Our primal body has not accepted the fact that food is now plentiful. We have 400 genes in our DNA geared specifically to maintain weight.

    Thus, most people who go into weight loss programs drop out; the programs simply demand too much will power to overcome the body’s subconscious demands to keep that weight on. Of those who stay in the programs, most do not lose weight. Of those who do lose weight, most will gain it all back, and usually more poundage on top of that. The conscious brain tells us we would look better, feel better, and run less risk of taking on debilitating and potentially deadly diseases like diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and cardiac problems if we would just lose weight. But the subconscious brain wins over the conscious brain every time. Pass the pizza.


    Common Weight Loss Obstacles

    As if this were not bad enough, there are a host of other factors that make weight loss difficult:


    Parental influences


    Your American great-grandparents may have lived through difficult times before food became more plentiful and affordable in the 1940’s. They hadn’t much money and were careful to keep wastage to the minimum. They insisted that their children follow their dictum to “clean your plate.” The dictum then came down from your grandparents through your parents: Eat everything you’re given.

    You’re grown up now, food has been plentiful for a long time, it’s quite affordable, you can toss what you haven’t eaten into the garbage, but you’re still eating everything on your plate, whether you need all that food or not.

    And how about the fact your parents ate few vegetables? Under their influence, you probably don’t eat enough fiber, either. Chances are you prefer to fill up on tastier foods with high fat, high carb, and high caloric content.


    Lack of Exercise

    Fifty years ago, most Americans were employed in factory or farm jobs that involved physical labor. Today, the factories have been replaced by offices where workers sit and stare all day at computer screens. Having done that for about 10 hours, they then go home and keep staring at another computer screen or they watch television. Meanwhile, staring zombie-like at a screen, they eat a dinner they brought home from a fast food joint. Then it’s bedtime, and it starts all over the next day. There simply isn’t time to exercise, and there becomes less and less incentive to do so.

    Exercise, even in the form of games, is no longer a major part of our children’s lives as it was in grandpa’s day, either. Parks and swimming pools are too few, and physical education has been disappearing from the schools.


    Stress

    The increasing difficulty of coping with a world where jobs are not secure, where jobs provide little personal satisfaction, where they pay too little, and where, on the way home from the job, you never know when some jerk is going to sit down beside you on the bus and blow himself (and you) up – all of this has piled more and more stress on us. This has resulted in anxiety and depression, both of which leave internal holes that cry out to be filled up with food, which makes up for the lack of rewards in other parts of our lives. We then get fatter, and this makes us even more anxious and depressed.


    “Strange” Factors

    Did you know that if you are served smaller portions of a given dish, you will end up eating less? Did you know that putting your food on smaller plates makes you feel like you are eating more than you really are? That’s all to the good. But did you know that, when asked to describe how much we have eaten, most of us generally underestimate the amount? Eating is an activity over which we have less conscious control than we believe.


    Unknowns

    Every day, science learns more about the human body and the way it processes food. New hormones are being discovered, and we don’t yet know what their relationship to digestion might be. We now know, thanks to researchers like Dr. Michael Gershin in New York and Dr. Bill Go in Los Angeles that the intestines have their own nervous system that almost rivals the brain’s, that the gut chemically communicates with the brain, and that it has a major effect on such things as telling us when our food intake has been sufficient and we should stop eating.

    Science has discovered that gastric bypass surgery does not necessarily cause people to lose weight as a result of making their stomach smaller; nerves are cut during such surgery, and it has been found that this has a great deal to do with curbing hunger – for awhile.


    A Good Place to Start

    So, what can you do? Not a lot, and none of it is guaranteed to make you lose weight.

    ___1. Use smaller plates, eat smaller portions.
    ___2. Do not bring junk food into your home.
    ___3. Eat more veggies.
    ___4. Eat less meat and eat leaner cuts.
    ___5. Eat more fish.
    ___6. Eat more slowly; chew your food more and suck all the flavor out of it before you swallow it.
    ___7. Eat with others; good conversation improves digestion and makes you eat less.
    ___8. Don’t eat with the TV on.
    ___9. Make time for more exercise by cutting out some sedentary activities like watching television.
    ___10. Walk more.
    ___11. Work to make changes in your community, like more parks and recreation areas.

    If all else fails, you might consider a gastric bypass operation; keep in mind, however, that this operation has a fatality rate that might put you off and that only 5 percent who have the operation eventually get down to a normal weight.

    In summary, weight loss is a highly individual thing. What works for some will not work for others, and we still have not managed to solve the puzzle of overcoming obesity.

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    How to Get Rid of Blackheads


    1. Blackheads

    Let’s face it! Blackhead removal seems to be the most difficult part of maintaining healthy skin. There’s no easy way to get rid of these annoying blemishes. However, there are some helpful tips to prevent and get rid of blackheads when necessary.


    What is a Blackhead?

    Blackheads are technically referred to as open comedones. These bumps are often indented and may look like tiny plugs. The confusion over blackheads and whiteheads has to do with the fact that blackheads accompany oily skin where whiteheads could be present on oily or dry skin.


    What Causes Blackheads?

    A blackhead is caused by excess oil that has clogged a pore. This clog occurs when the built-up oil is unable to flow to the surface of the skin due to a misshapen or impaired pore and dead skin cells blocking the way. When the pore is open, the oil is exposed to oxygen, which reacts and turns it a dark color, resulting in a black head.

    ____* Hormones are the leading cause of increased oil production. An increase in the male hormones, androgens, will increase the natural production of oil in your skin causing more oil to build up in the pores, often times resulting in the appearance of black heads.
    ____* The next big culprit in blackhead formation is the use of skin-care products or make-up. These products will mix with your body’s natural oil and add to the build-up that can block pores.
    ____* Whitehead and blackhead pimple formation seems to be a predisposed condition that is aggravated or increased when combined with the above toxins.


    2. Blackhead Prevention

    There are many things that you can do to prevent blackheads from appearing on your face. Most involve cleansing and some require the use of medications.

    ___* Avoid using creamy, greasy, and thick (emollient) products. This alone will greatly lessen your chances of sprouting blackheads.
    ___* Use a gentle and water-soluble cleanser.
    ___* DO NOT use bar soap!!! The ingredients that hold soap in a bar form can clog the pores in your skin. They can also cause skin cells to flake off prematurely and clog the pores. If you have dry skin you will need to use a cleanser that has a bit of moisturizer in it, but be careful! The excess moisturizers can cause an increase in oil on your skin.
    ___* Exfoliate to eliminate dead skin cells. If there are no skin cells to clog the pores, the natural oil is able to flow through freely. Exfoliation also removes the built up dead cells from inside the pores that cause them to become misshapen and more-easily clogged. Using an exfoliant that contains 1% or 2% beta hydroxy acids (BHA or Salicylic Acid) will penetrate the lining of the pore. If you are unable to use BHAs, you could use products containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), however these acids are only good for surface exfoliation because they do not penetrate the pore lining.
    ___* Absorb excess oil. If you have oily skin, try using a clay mask that does not contain mint, peppermint or other irritating ingredients. This will absorb the oil that may clog the poor. If you have dry skin, this is not necessary because pimples on dry skin are caused by oil inside the pore, not on the surface of the skin. Also, oil-absorbing papers may help to reduce the oil in your pores.
    ___* Visit your dermatologist. Retinoids, which are a form of Vitamin A, can help regulate the pore shape which will keep oil flowing normally. The most common retinoids are tretinoin and adapalene, found in prescriptions such as Avita, Renova, Retin-A, Tazorac, and Differin.
    ___* Other medications. Hormone blockers and low-dose birth control pills can lower levels of androgens (the male hormone) and Accutane should be discussed with your physician in severe cases of oily skin and breakouts.


    3. Blackhead Removal

    Though the best way to remove blackheads is an area of contention, the most common method for getting rid of blackheads is to gently squeeze them. Removing the “stuff” inside of the blackhead helps the skin because you are relieving the pressure which causes the damage. We know it can be nearly impossible to leave a blemish alone so here are some tips for gentle blackhead removal:

    ___1. Use a mild scrub or exfoliant to remove any dead cells and expose the blackhead.
    ___2. Pat your face dry.
    ___3. Place a slightly warm compress on your face for approximately 10-15 minutes in order to soften the blackhead, making it easier to remove.
    ___4. Pat your face dry again.
    ___5. Place a piece of tissue on the tip of each finger to avoid slipping, which could tear the skin and cause further damage.
    ___6. Gently apply even pressure to both sides of the blackhead by pushing down, then up around the blemish. You’re trying to apply the pressure from *underneath* the blackhead.

    Only attempt this once or twice. If it does not “pop”, you may bruise the skin, make the blackhead worse, and could cause scarring.

    PORE STRIPS: Using pore strips to remove blackheads is not recommended for many reasons:

    ___* The warnings on the box tell you not to use them on swollen, irritated, sunburned skin; not to use them on excessively dry skin; and not to use them on any area other than the nose. Also, the warnings state that if the strip is too difficult to remove, you should add water and remove carefully.
    ___* Removing the superficial blackheads, along with some healthy skin, will only help temporarily.
    ___* Repeated use of pore strips can cause irritation and future breakouts.
    ___* The adhesive on the strips can tear or injure the skin, especially if you are using an acne medication such as those listed above, or if you naturally have thin skin due to psoriasis, rosacea, or seborrhea.

    Vacuum blackhead removers and blackhead extractors are not recommended for the same reasons as the pore strips. Because blacheads are caused by excessive oil production clogging the pores, the most effective way to get rid of blackheads is to control oil on the face by using mild cleansers and by balancing your hormones.

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    How to Get Rid of Blisters


    If you have ever had a blister, whatever the cause, you know just how painful they can be. A blister is a bubble under the skin that is filled with serum; a clear fluid excreted by damaged blood vessels. ‘Blood’ blisters are filled with blood. Blisters are usually itchy and painful. Sometimes you may not even feel them. Here you will find practical information regarding the many causes of blisters, and how to get rid of blisters.


    1. The Causes of Blisters:

    Blisters are most commonly found on your hand and feet, but can also form on other parts of the body from a wide variety of causes. Some of these blister causes are:


    ___Friction. When a single area of skin is repeatedly rubbed over extended period of time, a tear forms under the outer layer of skin (epidermis), causing fluid to leak through and become trapped between layers of skin. This is the cause of most hand blisters and foot blisters because they often rub against shoes, sports equipment such as rackets, and tools such as rakes or shovels. Also, the thick skin in these areas, along with a moist and warm environment creates the ideal conditions for blister formation.
    ___ Irritation. Burns of any kind, including sunburn, can cause blisters to form. Irritating chemicals coming in contact with the skin may also create blisters. Extremely cold conditions can result in frostbite, which can cause blisters when the skin is re-warmed. Also, eczema, a skin condition characterized by a persistent rash that may be red, dry, and itchy, can result in blister formation.
    ___ Allergic Reactions. If you come into contact with a poison such as poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac, blisters may form due to what is called allergic contact dermatitis.
    ___ Infections. There are many infections that can cause blisters to appear on your skin;

    ___* Varicella Zoster Virus; the cause of chickenpox in children, or shingles in adults.
    ___* Coxsackievirus (Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease) infections commonly found in children can produce blisters.
    ___* Bullous Impetigo infections caused by either the staphylococci (staph) or streptococcus (strep) bacteria. This condition is most commonly found in children and appears in small clusters. If impetigo is not treated, it will spread and persist.
    ___* Herpes Simplex Virus (both 1 and 2) can cause blisters to appear on the mouth or genital areas.


    ___ Diseases of the Skin. Many skin diseases can cause blister formation. Some of these include dermatitis herpetiformis (a sensitivity in the intestine to gluten in the diet), epidermolysis bullosa (a rare hereditary disease that makes the skin highly susceptible to blisters as a result of minor friction or irritation), and porphyria cutanea tarda (a condition that causes the skin to be extremely sensitive to sunlight, resulting in sunburn and blisters).
    ___ Medication. When taking medications you should be aware of all side effects as many can cause skin blisters to appear. One such antibiotic prescribed to patients with urinary tract infections (NegGram), and another which is prescribed in cases of high blood pressure and to reduce swelling/water retention (Lasix) can cause blister formation. Other medications, such as doxycycline (Vibramycin), an acne medicine, can increase sensitivity to sunlight, thereby increasing the likelihood of getting blistering sunburn. A more severe reaction to medication such as valdecoxib, penicillins, barbiturates, sulfas, and lamotrigine, could cause a severe and life-threatening condition that affects the skin by causing blisters to form that could cover more than 30% of the body. These allergic reactions are called erythema multiforme (known in extreme cases as Stevens-Johnson syndrome) or toxic epidermal necrolysis syndrome (TENS).


    2. Blister Treatments:

    When caring for and treating blisters, you can choose to either let them heal on their own, or drain them yourself. If the blisters are not obtrusive it’s best to let them heal on their own as puncturing the outer layer of skin will create an open wound and increase the likelihood of infection.


    Protecting Skin Blisters:

    If the blister is not painful or obtrusive, give it a chance to heal on its own. The serum inside the blister works to pad and protect the injured skin. Cover the blister with a gauze bandage to protect it. The blister will eventually heal by itself, the fluid will be reabsorbed and the skin will return to its normal state. If the blister ‘pops’ or breaks, wash the area with soapy water, and apply a bandage to protect it while it heals.


    Draining Blisters:

    If your skin blister is large and/or painful, and you choose to drain the fluid - take care to leave the outer skin intact. Follow these steps carefully in order to help your blister heal faster and continue to protect it.

    __1. Clean the blister with rubbing alcohol or antibacterial soap.
    __2. Sterilize a straight or safety pin by using pliers to hold it over a flame until the pin glows red and then allowing it to cool.
    __3. Using the pin, puncture a small hole in the base of the blister.
    __4. Using GENTLE pressure, drain the blister.
    __5. Apply an antibiotic ointment to the area like Bacitracin and Polymyxin B – triple antibiotic ointment. Avoid products containing neomycin as this is more likely to cause an allergic reaction.
    __6. Cover the area with an absorbent, non-stick bandage and change it daily. You may need to change it more often if it becomes wet, dirty, or loose.

    In the event that the blister forms a small tear in the outer skin, treat it in the same way as if you had punctured it using the above steps. If the tear is larger, “un-roof” the blister by carefully removing the loose skin with sterilized scissors. Then cleanse the base of the blister with antibacterial soap and water, and apply antibiotic ointment and a bandage as described in steps 5 and 6 above.


    Blisters caused by various diseases and illnesses are treated in different ways;


    __* If eczema is the culprit, a simple corticosteroid cream may be all that is necessary to get rid of blisters.
    __ * Blisters resulting from Herpes Simplex or shingle infections are sometimes treated with antiviral medications.
    __* An antibiotic cream or pills may be prescribed to eliminate blisters that have come from impetigo.
    __* In cases of chickenpox or coxsackievirus, the blisters are usually left to go away naturally.
    __* To lessen the discomfort of the itching, an OTC anti-itch cream, such as Calamine lotion, can be used.
    __* If you have dermatitis herpetiformis (sensitivity to gluten, found in most grains), you may benefit from a gluten-free diet.
    __* In the severe case that you have developed erythema multiforme from an allergic reaction to a medicine, you should immediately discontinue the medication and you may be prescribed a corticosteroid cream.



    3. Know when to contact your doctor:

    If you have blisters accompanied by other signs of illness, such as a fever or malaise (an overall sick feeling), immediately contact your doctor. Also, if the blisters are from an unknown cause or are very painful, you should see your physician. At any sign of infection (increased pain, redness, or swelling; oozing pus or blood; or red streaks in surrounding skin), it is imperative that you consult a physician immediately.

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    How to Get Rid of Body Hair



    Body Hair Removal

    There are four approaches to removing body hair:

    ___* Shaving it off with a razor.
    ___* Trimming it off with clippers.
    ___* Pulling it with wax or a sugar solution.
    ___* Plucking it with tweezers or an epilator.
    ___* Burning it off with depilatory creams.


    Shaving Body Hair

    Shaving is best reserved for small, hard to irritate areas like armpits. It tends to grow back quickly and cause a little too much itching for large areas like your back or chest. When you shave, it’s best to do it immediately after a hot shower, when your skin is hydrated and your hair is soft.


    Waxing Body Hair

    This method uses absorbent cloth strips soaked in hot wax applied to the areas to be stripped of hair. Before the wax cools completely, it is spread over the area to be treated. Once the wax has dried, the attendant tears the cloth off in one swift motion, along with the hair that was beneath it. The method is painful at first, but most people say the pain diminishes with each session, besides, waxing lasts much longer than shaving.


    Trimming Body Hair

    Arms, legs, hands, feet, and your crotch can all be trimmed using a good beard trimmer (a set of clippers with an adjustable guard). Trimming will also save you the itchiness and ingrown hairs that can often result from shaving.


    Tweezing Body Hair

    Face it, tweezers are good for plucking eyebrows, nose, and ear hair. But a battery-operated nose and ear hair trimmer is faster and less painful. Tweezers do however come in very handy for fine-tuning the edges of facial or pubic hair styles.


    Depilatories for Body Hair

    Depilatories are chemical creams that dissolve your hair. You basically smear the stuff on and wait until it burns its way through you body hair; then you remove it with water and a cloth before it burns its way through your skin. These products do work, but they are rough on skin, smell horrible, and need to be re-applied often as they only remove hair that’s already above the skina surface.


    Permanent Body Hair Removal

    Should constant trimming, waxing, and plucking be driving you crazy and you’ve got a bulging wallet, you might consider permanent hair removal through laser treatment. The way this works is that the hair germinative apparatus located within hair follicles is heated by a laser until it’s destroyed. Nothing is guaranteed, though, and several treatments costing upward of $500 each are needed to finish the job.

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    How to Get Rid of Body Odor


    1. Smelly Pits are the Pits!

    Nothing is sexier to than stinky, sweaty, smelly musk. Wait.. maybe not. hmmmm…


    2. Getting Rid of Body Odors


    You are what you eat

    The number one factor in the average person’s odor is FOOD. There is a direct correlation between the quality of food that you eat and your resulting body-odor as the food is processed and distributed throughout your body for energy. Spend just one day drinking nothing but water and staying away from fats and sugars and you will notice a big difference.

    That being said, there are other possible causes of bad body odor including kidney and liver disease, fungal infections and poor hygiene. If you suspect a medical problem is at the root of your odor then go and see your doctor.



    Tips for Getting Rid of Body Odor

    __* Stay away from refined sugar - it feeds bacteria and will increase your body odor many times over.

    __* Go for a jog or sit in a sauna. You’ll be stinking it up at first, but after a while you’ll flush out your pores and notice that your sweat no longer stinks.

    __* Anti-perspirants work to reduce odor, but they do so by clogging your pores and locking the odor-causing toxins and bacteria underneath the skin. This can lead to underarm cysts and pimples.

    __* If all else fails, spot wash with soap and water.

    __* Try and stay cool, sweat is a transmitter of the odor.

    __* Apply an absorbent powder such as baby powder to your underarms after bathing.

    __* A baking soda+water paste applied to the areas of smelliness can help neutralize existing odor.

    __* Alcohol and tobacco are known to contribute to foul body odors - cut back on the day of your big date.

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    How to Get Rid of Boils


    What is a Boil?

    The difference between a pimple and a boil is that a boil occurs deeper in the skin. A boil is an infection that can spread, so it can also get a lot larger and meaner. A boil is a pimple with problems.



    Also known as an abscess, a boil is red, tender, and painful, appears suddenly, and proceeds through several stages, eventually becoming a pus-filled lump that comes to a head. Once it does that, it may burst and drain itself, or it may have to be surgically lanced. Bacteria are involved, and should the infection spread to adjacent skin, the lump may become several lumps that join to become a much larger lump, a furuncle (carbuncle), with accompanying chills and fever. It then needs medical attention.

    Boils are like a very bad case of acne. In fact, there is one type of boil known as cystic acne that affects deeper skin tissue than the more common form of acne, Acne vulgaris.


    What Causes Boils?


    __* Hidradenitis suppurativa: When sweat glands become inflamed, multiple abscesses may result in the arm pits and/or the groin. If this condition can’t be cured with antibiotics, the sweat glands must be surgically removed to stop the skin inflammation.
    __* Pilonidal cyst: Prolonged sitting produces a firm, painful, tender nodule in the crease of the buttocks.


    Boils are caused most commonly by:

    __1. Cuts or scrapes that become infected.
    __2. Ingrown hairs.
    __3. Foreign material lodged in the skin.
    __4. Plugged sweat glands.
    __5. Certain diseases like cat scratch fever.
    __6. Stress.
    __7. Toxicity.
    __8. Allergy.
    __9. Thyroid imbalance.


    Skin Boils from Diabetes and Skin Infections

    Even otherwise healthy people can develop boils or carbuncles, but some factors can increase the risk:


    __* A compromised immune system opens one to getting infections that turn into boils. Diabetics, for example, need to avoid dry skin and skin infections. Staphylococcus aureus (staph) is the same bacterium responsible for pneumonia, meningitis, urinary tract infections, endocarditis, and food-borne illnesses; Candida albicans is a fungus. Both cause skin infections most common among people with diabetes; these skin infections include boils.

    __* Constant irritations like those caused by a tight collar can cause rashes; continuous irritation breaks the skin, and bacteria may then enter through a cut or a scratch. White blood cells, neutrophils, collect at the site to fight infection, creating inflammation. Pus forms.

    __* Other skin problems – acne, as one example – create susceptibility to boils and carbuncles.

    __* Corticosteroids that suppress the immune system, such as prednisone, increase susceptibility.


    Treatment for Boils

    Never squeeze or pop a boil, as this could cause it to burst internally, creating an even worse infection.

    Hot compresses may relieve pain and make a boil heal faster. If a painful boil persists, see a doctor, who may drain it and prescribe antibiotics.

    Tea tree oil, which is the oil from the leaves of the Australian tea tree, may be used to directly treat the skin where the boil is located. It’s an antibacterial and germicidal agent. Apply a light coating 3 to 4 times a day, and continue for 2 weeks after the infection has disappeared.

    Steeping the leaves of goldenseal, Echinacea, and burdock makes an herb tea that is said to help clear up an infection.

    To prevent boils, try changing your diet. Incorporate fresh garlic, an effective antiseptic delivered through the circulatory system. Drink at least a liter of water a day, put fiber in your diet, and avoid foods which constipate and make skin problems worse by forcing more waste to be eliminated through the skin. Eat fresh and unprocessed foods, including green leafy vegetables. Except for fresh fruits, avoid high glucose foods and also refined foods such as white bread.

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    How to Get Rid of Bruises


    1. Why Do I Bruise So Easily?

    Some people seem to bruise at even the slightest nudge, and if you’re one of them I’m sure it gets old. Here are some of the most common reasons a person may bruise easily:

    __* People with platelet and blood coagulation disorders can bruise easily.
    __* Deficiency in vitamin C can make a person more susceptible to bruising.

    If you’re worried about excessive bruising or if you have spontaneous bruising you should consult your physician.


    2. Treatments For Bruises



    There’s not a whole lot that you can do to make a bruise heal overnight, though you can minimize the swelling and cover up the mark itself. Following are some tips to help you deal with the pain and speed healing.


    Bruise Pain Remedies

    __* Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be taken to help deal with the pain. Follow the usage instructions on the label.
    __* An ice pack applied directly to the bruise will help with the pain and minimize swelling. Placing some Play-Doh in a zip-lock and then into the freezer makes a handy form-fitting cold compress.

    Bruise Treatments

    __* Applying a cold compress or ice pack will reduce swelling.
    __* Elevating the bruise above heart level will reduce swelling as well.
    __* Applying a compression bandage (such as an ACE bandage) will restrict blood flow and keep the swelling down, but may hinder proper healing.
    __* Use Arnica cream on the bruise to hasten healing. Arnica is a herb that will help the body flush out the trapped blood.
    __* Apply melted chocolate directly to the bruise and wrap it in gauze overnight. Clean it off the next morning.
    __* Apply vitamin E and/or K cream directly to your bruise.

    If you’re bruise is excessively painful or accompanied by headaches, nausea, or disorientation you should see your doctor immediately. This may indicate a more serious injury!


    Hiding a Bruise

    Got a hot date? Need to hide that ugly bruise? Use cover-up! If you’re not skilled enough to choose the right stuff and do it yourself, visit your local department store’s cosmetics counter and have one of the sales people pick out the color you need. They’ll even be able to show you how to apply it.

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    How to Get Rid of Burns


    Ouch, That Burns!

    In treating a burn, your goal, should you survive it (some burns can be really serious, you know), is getting rid of its aftermath with the least damage to your dermis, scarification of your skin, impairment to your pelt, or harm to your hide. In other words, you first want to live through the experience, contain the pain, and then, to the greatest extent possible, get rid of the evidence (unless you want to wear your injuries forevermore as red badges of courage).

    We Homo sapiens folk – that’s you and I – have found many, many ways to raise our external body temperature to dangerous and painful levels, i.e., ways to burn ourselves. A burn can result from:

    ____* Thermal contact with an open flame
    ____* Getting splattered with scalding water or steam
    ____* Making physical contact with a really, really hot object (and by that we mean something like a frying pan, not someone you’ve met at Hooter’s; the latter is a subject for another, very different, lesson in “how-to-get-rid-of”).


    It can also be produced by:

    ____* Spending too much time in the sun with too few body coverings
    ____* Using your body to complete an electrical circuit
    ____* Getting frostbitten (which should really be called “frostburned”) while tramping about in the North Woods barefoot
    ____* Deluding yourself into thinking a can of sulfuric acid you’ve just dumped into your bathtub is really a container of bath oil, thereby giving yourself a radical chemical peel when you lower yourself into it.



    Types of Burns

    Chemical burns, electrical burns, radiation burns, or cold burns obtained from obsessively seeking the perfect tan, messing with the North American power grid, spending too much time inside the reactor core at your local atomic power plant, or insisting on body surfing on glaciers, are also subjects for separate lessons in “how-to-get-rid-of,” lessons which we may or may not cover another day. Here we’re concentrating on getting rid of the ravages of garden variety thermal burns.

    The severity of a thermal burn is a factor of how many layers of skin you have injured. If only the top layer (epidermis) is affected, it’s a superficial burn which, while it may be somewhat painful, generally cures itself in a matter of days. These are familiar to you if you have ever picked up, without benefit of a pot holder, what you thought was a cold frying pan – and wasn’t. You also know it from biting into a hot pizza. We used to call these first degree burns, but the medical fraternity (and, one assumes, sorority) has dropped that term, along with first degree and second degree burns. This change may or may not be the result of people getting confused at having to keep track of which was worse – a third degree or a first degree burn. Nowadays the three classifications are called superficial, partial thickness, or full thickness burns – much easier to figure out than having to count.

    The superficial partial thickness burn reaches the second layer of skin (dermis), typically producing a blister; it’s much less serious than a deep partial thickness burn which may go deep enough to destroy nerve endings and sweat glands. The worst kind is the full thickness burn, which may go all the way through two layers of skin and down to muscle and bone.



    Treating Burns

    By now, you should have gotten the point that the deeper the burn, the more serious it is, and the seriousness is amplified with the growth of the burn coverage. Serious burns can kill. They require medical treatment, possibly even hospitalization. Getting rid of them is up to a doctor, not you. Extensive full thickness burns are difficult to treat, the prognosis generally is not good, and they may represent the most painful long-term trauma a body can suffer. And you will never get rid of the scarring. So, by all means, try to avoid them.

    Minor superficial burns are another story. These are so commonplace that chances are you will apply treatment yourself. Keep in mind that how you treat the burn will play a large part in whether it is going to leave something of itself behind on your body long past the time it has healed:


    __1. You do not want to create burn scars from minor wounds. So, the first thing to remember is to NEVER put ice on a burn. Apply cold running water to it as soon as possible, as this will probably limit the damage and ease the pain. Try to get it under cold water within 30 seconds. But icing the wound will result in permanent scarring. (A note of caution here: even applying cold water to a major full thickness burn must be avoided, for it can cause shock.)

    __2. Keep a cold, but not icy, compress on the wound to keep the pain down, and take a pain relief medication. The compress should keep the wound’s swelling to a minimum. If the compress and pain relievers do not control pain sufficiently, you may have to visit a doctor to obtain an application of local anesthetic.

    __3. After the immediate pain settles, apply a topical antibiotic. Then keep air away from the wound by loosely wrapping it with non-stick gauze bandages, never using cotton on the wound. Change the dressing twice a day, washing the wound with soap and water each time, patting dry, then applying more antibiotic and again wrapping with a sterile gauze bandage.

    __4. Partial thickness burns may also be treated in this way if the area affected is no more than a couple of inches in diameter. In the case of this type of burn, should blisters appear, leave them alone. Don’t open them. They are nature’s way of keeping the wound moist.

    __5. Increase protein in your diet. It helps in healing wounds.

    __6. Wounds may take up to two years to heal fully. For at least a year, avoid injuring the area again and don’t expose it to radiation from the sun. Instead, use a sun block, for further exposure may lead to further change in pigmentation. Applying sun block and moistener to it regularly should limit the scarification and discoloration. But when the wound heals, there will still probably be some change in pigmentation of the skin.

    Should burns leave you with disfigurements, there are a couple of things you can do. One is to claim you obtained them dueling when you were a student at Old Heidelberg University and that they are an emblem of honor. This story is unlikely to fly if you are a young female bookkeeper at a Midwest trucking company. Your best bet would be to obtain and use something called cosmetic camouflage which can correct irregular contours, correct discolored skin, and conceal scars. Or you can try cosmetic surgery.

    But the best route to happiness would be to find a partner and friends who love you for who you are, not for what you used to look like before you stuck your head in that campfire to retrieve a lost marshmallow.

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