Archive For 10/01/2014

5 Ways to Prevent Acne

Being in the food industry as long as I can remember, I have met people with different preferences when it comes to food. While some people are not very strict on their diet, there are also those who avoid certain foods for health or other reasons. Among women, aside from weight concerns, another reason why many of them avoid certain foods is to prevent skin problems, particularly acne. In fact, I personally know of some people who avoid oily foods because they believe these foods may cause acne breakouts.

Acne, especially the more serious types such as nodular acne, causes skin blemishes and scarring which can be very unsightly if they develop in your face or other prominent parts in the body. Anybody can have acne. But there are also simple ways on how it can be prevented.

  1. Wash your face twice daily.

Washing your face can help remove any impurities in the skin including dirt, extra oil and dead skin cells which can clogged pores and eventually result in the formation of acne. Washing should not be done more than twice as it can also remove the natural moisture in the skin. When washing, it is best recommended to use a mild soap and warm water. Gently wash the skin with your hands and pat it dry with a clean towel.

  1. Moisturize your skin.

Dry skin makes the skin more sensitive to acne. That is why it is important to moisturize your skin daily using a moisturizing product appropriate for your skin type.

  1. Watch out for the beauty products you use.

Oil-based make-ups can clog up the pores, causing acne. If you have to use make-up, use one that is labeled as noncomedogenic and apply it sparingly. It is also important to completely remove your make-up before sleeping.

Aside from make-up, be aware also on what you apply in your hair as it may cause scalp acne. Oil-based hair products including pomades and gels may cause the same effect as oil-based make-ups.

  1. Minimize exposure to direct sunlight.

Ultraviolet radiation of the sun makes the skin prone to sunburn, inflammation, redness and even acne. The sun’s rays are at their peak from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon so avoid going out during those times unless you have protective clothing or have applied sunscreen protection on your skin.

  1. Maintain a healthy diet.

Greasy foods such as fried foods and junk foods can make your skin more prone to acne formation. Avoid these foods and instead maintain a healthy diet by eating more fruits and vegetables.

Most importantly, when you start developing acne, it would be good to visit your dermatologist for advice on how to prevent further acne growth. Early treatment of existing acne through topical products, salicylic acid peel and other forms of treatment can help manage this condition and prevent it from becoming worse.

With these simple tips, you should be able to reduce your risk of acne formation.

What It Takes to Raise a Bunny Pet

Many people consider their pets as an important part of the family. I have visited a number of homes with a cat or a dog and I have seen how their owners really invest money and time to take care of these animals. Animals including the domesticated ones are just like humans with various needs in order to survive. Although clothes are not on top of that list, these animals definitely need shelter, food and care. While many of us are already familiar with caring for common house pets such as cats and dogs, little is known on how to care for bunnies which are increasingly gaining in popularity in many homes.

If you like a docile and quiet pet that suits a house with limited space, a bunny or rabbit may be ideal for you. There is a wide range of bunny breeds to choose from, many of which are ideal for families with children such as the lionhead bunnies. But before you get your pet from a pet store or a breeder, here are some basic personal tips on how to care for these animals.

lionhead bunnies

Housing

The size of housing you will need largely depends on how many bunnies you intend to raise. For one small bunny, the recommended minimum size of the cage should be 30 x 30 x 14 inches to give your pet plenty of space to run around. Larger breeds need a bigger cage of at least 36 x 30 x 28 inches. The best material for bunny cages is that made of wire for sanitation and easy cleaning. If you have to use wood, keep it at a minimum since bunnies normally chew on them.

Bunny cages should be placed away from predators and out of exposure from the elements. It is important that it should be kept away from heating sources as the animal may suffer from illness due to heat.

Food

Bunnies should have a continuous supply of quality hay or grass for food. Aside with hay, you could also feed them sparingly with quality pellets. Certain vegetables and fruits such as carrots can also be used as occasional treats. However, be careful to avoid certain vegetables that cause gas in the stomach such as lettuce and cabbage as they can cause abdominal problems to the animal.

Water

Bunnies must have a daily supply of fresh and clean water especially during warm weather. Aside from ready-to-drink water, you should also add water to its food to keep the animal hydrated.

Grooming

Like most cats, rabbits also spend a lot of time grooming. However, they still need regular grooming by their owners. Short-haired bunnies are okay with brushing at least once a week while long-haired bunnies should be brushed at least three times per week to prevent matting. Bathing is not necessary for bunnies as they consider it a stressful activity. If a bunny gets dirty, early spot cleaning on the dirt will be fine. Additionally, their nails should also be trimmed whenever they get long.

Now that you know these tips, you are more or less ready to get your pet bunny home.