Acne can be an extremely sensitive subject, especially if you were blessed with the genes that give you zits under your skin that never quite reach the outside world where they await a lancing.
However, that doesn't mean you don't want to look your clearest for BlizzCon. And while there's really no one cure to purge them all, there are little changes you can make to keep the situation under control.
If you're not drinking water, you need to drink water. By increasing your water intake, you increase your body's ability to flush away toxins that cause acne. Sure, it might not be able to clear everything up, but it will help.
Including the body wash, face wash and hair wash, showers are more harmful than helpful. It's no secret that Americans, at least, are obsessed with cleanliness. Other cultures are totally cool with not showering every single day because showering that much is overkill.
Now, this doesn't mean swear off showering for weeks at a time, either. You will smell if you don't bathe regularly. Keep bathing regularly.
To ween yourself away from showers, start by jumping in every other day to only wash your pits, genitals and butt crack -- no shampoo, no conditioner, no body wash. Once you get comfortable with that, push the shortened showers to every two days in a row. Three to four days in a row is about the limit you want before you do a full scrub down.
Why would this help?
Soap is designed to dissolve oils. Your body is covered from head to toe with natural oils. As soon as those are stripped away, your body kicks into overdrive to produce more. This overdrive then increases the chances there will be a backup in the production line, resulting in zits. Keep this production steady and there's less chance for error.
Wouldn't the quick shower wash off the oils too?
Though it may wash off some, oil is hydrophobic. This means it doesn't mix with water. If it doesn't mix with water, it won't be ripped from the surface of your body.
What should you expect?
If this is your first time, it will feel different. I, personally, felt like I was caked in oil even though I looked normal in the mirror. Eventually, I got used to it and pushed for a few more days just to see what my personal limit was (3 days, for the curious). As for skin results, this has been the reason why my bacne is now a rare thing. It used to be that even thinking about sweating led to a horrible outbreak along the tops of my shoulders. Now, it only ever gets the occasional zit even though my workouts leave me drenched in sweat.
Pay Attention to Your Diet
For some, soy causes outbreaks. For others, it's really greasy food. It may be that food doesn't affect you this way, but it always helps to pay attention. The more you know you can control, the easier it will be to improve the situation.
Don't Touch Your Face
Your fingers are dirt magnets. Habitually touching one part of your face means a higher likelihood of filling those pores with finger dirt. Stop touching your face unless you need to rub or scratch it.
A Note on Acne
Another popular piece of advice is to change your pillow cases every night. This doesn't have to be the norm if you can get your hair oils under control. After all, it's these oils that transfer to your pillow then cover your face. If your can get your hair to stop being so oily, you can reduce the amount of oil that touches your face as you sleep.
With Blizzcon 6 weeks away, it's time to start the grooming process. After all, you want to look your best when you finally meet the real life avatars of your friends. With that in mind, it's time to cover some grooming basics you may or may not be familiar with.
Though you don't need to cut it, you need to keep it clean. The amount you do to it is really up to you, and with 6 weeks to go, see if you can't spend some time messing around with a nice look for the shape of your face.
If you do get it cut, it's worth the extra $20 to find a local hairdresser that is highly rated. If you go in without a specific style in mind, tell them what you do with your hair (if anything), and they'll cut it so that it works best for you. For me, I tell them that I want it to look good on its own since I don't do anything with it.
If you're starting to bald or are already bald, please don't do a comb over. Please don't grow your remaining hair out. Everyone already knows. It's not that big of a deal. Just go with a short cut or a shaved head.
For both men and women, eyebrows are important. Though no one will say anything, unibrows definitely grab attention but not the kind of attention you're hoping for.
For those with the funds, most hair places or nail salons have a cheap ($10 or less) eyebrow service.
For those who want to do it on their own, you'll need tweezers and patience. For eyebrows, it's all about doing less since doing more can leave you with a funky brow. As for the how-to, this image is all you need to know. If it's not enough, definitely go Google hunting.
Do the cleansing of the brows one day before the event as yanking them out leads to swollen, red skin.
Practice this now! Better to screw up with enough time for the hair to grow back than right before Blizzcon.
It's preferable if you shave them. If you don't, just make sure it doesn't smell. Also recognize it will be an attention grabber (like the unibrow) if you go sleeveless.
Trim your hairs. To do this, grab the hairs, stretch them out and then fold them over to the side of your arm. Trim any hairs that leave the armpit area.
There's no shame in some discolored facial hair. It's just genetics. However, it can be embarrassing. To deal with this, you can pluck, wax, shave or bleach any areas that stand out. If it doesn't bother you, awesome! Again, just know that it will draw some attention.
Because this hair shapes your face, you need to make sure you sport a style that compliments your bone structure. If, for instance, you have a round face, you'll want to avoid a chinstrap because that will only accentuate those curves. Check here to get the lowdown on your face shape and what works best to compliment it.
This is just like facial hair. If there are any dark hairs on the chest, arms or back, feel free to deal with it in any way you choose fit.
This one comes with two notable mentions. While chest hair can always be appreciated, nipple hair with no chest hair is not attractive -- shave it if you plan on going topless at any point. Back hair is never attractive -- get it waxed or shaved if you plan on going topless at any point.
If you're looking to get lucky this Blizzcon, do not underestimate the importance of a well groomed fun zone.
In general, the rules are the same for both sexes. If you enjoy just skin, shaving or waxing are the two best ways to approach it, with waxing lasting a tad longer than shaving. If you enjoy hair, be sure to trim the hedges with a pair of scissors. You'll also need to go around the outer edge with some tweezers to get rid of any outliers. Nice trims have a definitive outline and are unapparent when clothed.
Shave or wax your legs (this includes any hair on your toes and tops of the feet). Again, keeping the hair here is fine but it will attract the same attention as a unibrow or unshaven pits.
Do what you want.
Apart from getting really, really, ridiculously good looking, there are some responsibilities you need to take on when you start working out regularly. Namely, you need to make sure you keep yourself squeaky clean so that people can admire you without being dazzled by just how rank your BO is.
This doesn't mean avoiding hard work in the gym. You should kick your ass with hard work in the gym. It's just when it's time to join society, you need to remember some crucial hygiene facts.
Tip #1: Shower
You don't need a full lather every day. You can save that for two days out of the week if you want. But if you want to keep the body acne at bay, a quick rinse will do wonders for keeping the skin clear.
Tip #2: Wash Your Junk
Thought the lather doesn't need to be a full body thing every day, it is vital you always rub down your armpits, genitalia and butt crack. These are where the most odorous bacteria reside and they need to be flushed out every day if you want to smell clean.
Tip #3: Water
A daily rinse off alone won't keep the acne at bay. Drink water and drink lots of it. If your pee isn't clear, your body is dehydrated. Will this mean having to go to the bathroom once every 30 minutes? Yes. But it also means a much reduced chance of suffering back zits. Believe me. I've been there.
Tip #4: Floss
Another source of stink that you probably won't notice resides within the cracks of your teeth. Every day, you introduce bacteria into your mouth that gets stuck as food particles, eventually hardening and turning to plaque. It's these bacteria that can give you terrible breath no matter how often you brush. Make it a habit to floss at least once per day. Try it right before bed and you'll soon notice an absurd difference in your morning breath.
Tip #5: Deodorant
You need this and you need one that is an antiperspirant. Most major brands are but a lot of new age-y individuals go with options that aren't. Again, from experience, the new age-y stuff does nothing to mask the pungent aroma of armpit bacteria.
Tip #5: Cologne/Perfume
You don't need this. So long as your clothes are clean and your body well taken care of, you really won't give off much of a noticeable aroma. Plus, if you end up dousing yourself in a cheap brand, the smell will scare away others almost as quickly as the body odor. Save this stuff for special occasions.
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