Acne Is A Part Of Life, But Can Be Beaten

July 27, 2015

anapolJust when a guy or girl is discovering the charms of the opposite sex, experiencing the urge to be independent, opening up to find a whole new social life–pop–he or she looks in the mirror and finds a face closely resembling a small pizza with extra pepperoni.

Almost every teenager gets a pimple now and then, but acne is more than just the occasional blemish. It’s physically uncomfortable, at times even painful, somewhat embarrassing–and it can turn the teen years into an era right up there with the Inquisition. Acne affects 80 percent of all teenagers. Knowing the facts can help you better understand your friends who suffer from acne or help you approach your own with a little more hope.

Beyond Blemishes

Acne isn’t the result of being dirty, eating junk food, or using too much makeup. And it isn’t just a “teen thing” that will always clear up by itself. Acne is a skin disease, but it’s not contagious. Although it usually begins in adolescence, it has both physical and psychological effects that can last a lifetime.

Where Does it Come From?

Acne is very obvious. It means blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples that can make adolescent skin look like raw hamburger. While the face–doesn’t it just figure?–is the most common site, acne can also spring up on the chest, neck, shoulders, back–any area where there are many oil glands. According to dermatologist Joseph Bark, here’s the series of events that makes the “zits” appear.

1. As you make your way into adolescence, hormonal changes are happening all over your body. One of them is increased amounts of the hormone androgen.

2. The androgen sends a message to your oil glands (technically known as sebaceous …


The Heinous Truth Behind Smokeless Tobacco

July 22, 2015

smltco“Suspended! You’ve got to be kidding! You can’t suspend me for a week now. I need all the help I can get to get through chemistry. And the dean says if I’m caught again, I won’t be able to play baseball in the spring.” Tony was furious.

“It’s not like I did anything very serious,” complained Tony later to some friends. “I had a can of smokeless tocacco in my pocket, and somebody saw me take some as I left the school. That doesn’t hurt anyone. What’s the big deal? It’s not like I was drinking or smoking on the school steps.”

Tony felt angry and cheated. He knew there was a school rule about using tobacco, particularly smoking it with a pipe. But he always thought of that as being about smoking on school property. The coaches had warned hom about using smokeless tobacco, but he couldn’t see what all the fuss was about.…


Change Your Life, Change Your World!

July 19, 2015

snoring1You’re tired of hearing it: “You look terrible!” “Did you get any sleep last night?” “Have you tried going to bed early?” You hear these questions from well-meaning friends and colleagues but you are tired of hearing it all the same. No one likes to be told they look like they haven’t slept in weeks. Of course you’ve tried going to bed early but that isn’t going to help when the main cause of your sleeplessness is beyond your control: or is it?

There are many people in this world who are victims of one of the largest bedtime terrors ever to exist. That terror is none other than snoring.

Maybe it’s you who snores and you’re being rudely awakened by a sharp elbow in your ribs or vigorous shaking. Or maybe you are the one who is being disturbed by the snoring and ear plugs aren’t doing much to block the noise.

The main question here is how to deal with it. Snoring isn’t fun for anyone involved. The snorer and the person who has to listen to the snoring are both unhappy that it’s happening. Many people feel like there is nothing they can do to change the fact that they make sure a loud, irritating sound all through the night.

But that’s not the case.

There are several lifestyle changes that can be made to help ease or even eliminate snoring (some are at this site). Of course, these are not all quick fixes and will need to take time and effort put in by the person or people affected. If you are in a partnership with someone …