Have you ever had a really sore spot on your skin? Almost everyone has a bother at one time or another. Here are some wee tips you might like to try to make your skin all soft and lovely, and most importantly, blemish-free! WooHoo! We're done with you, stupid blemishes, or, as another particularly angry woman in a very famous play might say, "Out, out, damn spot!" hahaha! Yes, I'm full of great ideas and terrible jokes, but if you have a laugh and find a remedy that really works for you, and then you share that with a friend, will not the whole world look better ?? lol!
I made this discovery a while back, and I can not believe how well this works. As with anything, try these ideas at your own discretion …
There are so many 'solutions' for problem skin (especially Acne) on different shows and in all sorts of articles, but most of them end in 'see your Dermatologist', but it's my guess that the vast majority of people do not have regular (or any …) access to a Dermatologist, so I think there's room for my little ideas. Pass the info along if you know someone who might benefit from it!
Go to your drugstore or local pharmacy and walk right past the Skin Care Aisle. That's right, I said it. Walk on by! Now get rid of any shame you might have, and go to either the Foot Fungus section (for Athlete's Foot), or to the ever-popular Vaginal Itch section … still with me? Stopped cringing, yet ?? Come on, now, this remedy really works! You want to get whatever is the cheapest tube of any product with Clotrimazole Cream, USP 1% or Miconazole Nitrate 2%. For real! I'm telling you, try it this week, and see if you notice a huge difference in your skin. Worth a try, right? I talked with my pharmacist about it, and she laughed and said they've known that for years, so just in case I'm not the very last one to find out, too, go ahead and give it a shot. These creams are waaay less expensive than what you will find in the regular skin care aisle, and, in my own opinion, much more effective.
Still here? haha! Once you try it, you will not think this is so bad, after all … and you might even want to take a stroll over to the Wart section (this is a good time to make sure no one you are even remotely attracted to is watching you! lol!) and see if you can find a 'Wart Stick'. No kidding. It looks like a chap-stick, but has a really high concentration of Acetylsalicylic acid in it, which is very good for healing skin, but never on any 'open wound' (hope you're not having your lunch while you're reading this!).
If you are feeling extra-brave, and God has punished you with Skin Tags, for some unknown reason (I'm kidding, just kidding … God's probably not punishing you … I do not really know what bad things you might have done last week, I'm just guessing that maybe you've had a little extra fun in your life, and now you have these damn skin tags out of nowhere … and you are afraid of getting them lopped off in some sort of surgical procedure, so if this is the case, you could use a small amount of the 'wax' in the Wart Stick, placed carefully directly on the skin tag, and just let the thing dissolve away. Oooh, sounds so lovely!
Aspirin: Here's what to do: put a couple of regular aspirins on a teaspoon, and add a wee drop of water. Set it by the sink for a minute and it'll dissolve completely. Put on enough of this to cover the Spot, and let it dry. Leave it on all night if it's a particularly sore spot. If you like, you can mix it with a wee bit of your favourite skin cream, then apply it to the area. You'll see a remarkable difference in your skin in no time!
I also tried this in a Mask, mixing the dissolved aspirin (any kind – the coating will not make any difference) with some Liquid Antibacterial Soap. It really tightens up the pores. Take extra care not to get this anywhere near your eyes!
If you feel like it, you can dissolve a whole lot of Aspirin (Bayer dissolves with the smoothest texture …) in a little container (okay, it's a plumbing part, but only because I happen to have a lot of plumbing parts around the house, on account a 'I'm in Construction!). A small handful of Aspirin – they're cheap, so use however many you like.
Anyway, I use them as a Regular Face Scrub, now – just scoop some of the Dissolved Aspirin & Water into the palm of your hand and add some Liquid Soap. Removes all the make-up or dirt (male / female … whatever you get on your face!). Again, watch you do not get this in your eyes and moisurize your skin afterwards. Very refreshing. Make sure you moisturize your skin after any of these little 'treatments'.
An even easier FaceScrub is with a little bit of Baking Soda, put it in the palm of your hand and add some liquid soap. Use to very gently cleanse your face, but not very often, because you want to stay youthful for as long as possible, so it seems like a Bad Idea to remove facial cells and what-not, too often, right? lol!
I happen to like 'experimenting' with different things, so if there's something else (nothing Internal, of course …!) That you think it might work on, try it. You can always wash it off right away, if you experience any discomfort.
Here's something else I tried that worked – I put some Hydrogen Peroxide on a little disposable cotton pad, cleaned my face with it like you would use any Facial Toner, and I could not believe the difference that made to my own skin in about 10 days.
Do this every night before bed, and then every morning when you get up (unless you have Dry Skin), and you will be amazed at how great your skin will look and feel. After 30 Days, you'll see a remarkable difference, then this will be a habit for life! (Oh, and be extremely careful not to go anywhere near your eyes!)
Use Hydrogen Peroxide as a Facial Toner – it's great! It'll really clean your skin and refine your pores, which is always good, right? You'll see an incredible improvement in your skin within 10 days! Just apply it with a little Cotton Pad. Put some Moisturizer on your face after that … I use Lubriderm Hand Lotion because it's one of the few moisturizers I'm not allergic to …) It's handy to have in your Medicine Cabinet for any cuts & scrapes, too. You can buy Hydrogen Peroxide at any Department Store or Pharmacy – it costs about 97 cents for a bottle – very cheap for an incredibly useful product!
Cold Sores (or anything in that family …) – apply the Dissolved Aspirin and small amount of Vitamin E, Aloe Vera gel or any over-the-counter Viral fighting gel directly to the spot. You'll be shocked at how quickly it goes away.
My favorite new product is this Clear Aloe Vera Gel – I think you can get it at the pharmacy. This stuff is amazing for your skin … I initially got it for a sunburn (because I was reading at the pool and got an annoying burn … you'd think I'd know better by now, right? Haha!)
I have the worst time with Allergies, and now I can only use completely Unscented Items (with the exception of Citrus, which I'm still Okay with!). This site has all sorts of useful products for folks like me!
When we first got Tia (our wee dog), I had a really bad allergic reaction to her, but we all loved her sooo much, I went in search of a product that might help, and I found one – Allerpet / d ( Allerpet, Inc., Farnam Pet Products). You just rub it on your pet (cover all the fur …) and any 'pet smell' disappears. The bizarre thing is that we only had to do it a number of times over the first two years, then rarely after that … this stuff really works!
Hair Tip: One of the best Hair Conditioners that I've tried over the years is straight Olive Oil. I have really long, and some might say, crazy hair, so this works well for taming crazy hair – or just making regular hair nice and smooth!
Pour some Olive Oil into a water bottle with a flip-up top. It's just easier to deal with, that way … and you can leave whatever you do not use right in the bathroom. Anyway, put a towel around your shoulders and pour the Olive Oil right on the ends of your hair and work it in until it's saturated. I never do the top of my hair, since it seems fine on it's own.
If you are lucky enough to live in a Hot Climate, pop out into the sun to let the oil work itself into your hair, otherwise, just go spend some time on the computer or reading while your hair has a nice wee 'Oil Soak' I usually leave it on for about an hour.
Wash it out with a fair bit of shampoo, then follow with your usual Conditioner. Watch you step, though, since the oil can be slippy when you're washing your hair. This is when you might want to rethink your earlier plan to drink your way through the hour wait … ya'ha, ha!
This makes my hair extremely curly, for some reason or another … makes it look like I've got no life whatsoever and have been sitting curling my hair into ringlets all day … which I swear, although I hardly do have any sort of Life, I can not be bothered with that amount of work on my hair. I am willing to comb it, though, which I do right after the treatment, then whenever else I happen to remember. That's the level of special care I allot to 'Fancy Grooming'!
Anyway, this really works, and it's very inexpensive. And you can use the rest of the Olive Oil with a wee bit of vinegar and some spices for a lovely Marinade for the met you might have for dinner! See how practical?