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Curable Conditions That Keep Us From Looking Our Best

 

Looking your best isn’t just about being in shape, wearing the right makeup and dressing like a fashionista. There are plenty of nuisances that can keep you from feeling attractive. I’ve dealt with a few of these before and managed to successfully overcome them. So, here are some tips for you on how to handle these curable conditions that affect your looks.

Stretch Marks
These unsightly lines tend to show up during pregnancy as your skin gets stretched out. Since I didn’t want to be stuck with these after giving birth, I did quite a bit of research on how to get rid of them once I saw those first reddish brown lines showing up. Lucky for me, that’s the best way to go about it. You have the best chance of making stretch marks go away if you start working on it early, before they take on a whitish or silver hue.

I started by applying moisturizing cream to them on a daily basis. Keeping your skin moisturized means that it can stretch more, which might sound like a bad thing but it’s not. If your skin can stretch more, it actually keeps it more pliable and less likely to form lasting marks. I recommend using something with shea or cocoa butter and applying it at least three times a day. What also helped was taking vitamin C supplements, which boosts your body’s ability to form collagen. Having more collagen means that your skin has more elasticity, which helps reduce stretch marks. If your marks are really bad, you can try other types of treatment, like laser treatments or glycolic acid treatments.

Toenail Fungus
Having to miss out on wearing sandals and avoid the beach thanks to toenail fungus can make for a miserable summer. A few years ago, that’s exactly what happened to me. I tried to cover it up with toenail polish, but having to reapply it so often became annoying. I was wary of using over-the-counter drugstore creams or prescription ointments because some of these can end up affecting the liver. Instead, I focused on finding other treatments that would work.

The first thing I did was put vaseline on my toenails to stop the fungus from spreading to new nail growth. I made sure my nails were completely dry and applied a layer of vaseline each night. Next, I mixed orange oil with vinegar and rubbing alcohol and applied it to my toenails. This seemed to help a bit, but the fungus wasn’t going away as quickly as I wanted it to. I ended up finding a great topical antifungal cream, which helped a lot. I also followed some basic advice, like keeping my feet dry and wearing shoes with good air-flow.

Acne
Acne is the bane of many teens’ existence, and it’s even worse when it makes an unexpected appearance in adulthood. I battled acne as an adult last year, and it wasn’t fun. I started treating it by washing my face twice a day and avoiding using anything harsh. I also made a conscious effort to not touch my face with my hands and spread oil or dirt around, which would have led to more breakouts. Believe it or not, toothpaste actually helped reduce the acne. I applied a white, non-gel paste on the areas that broke out at night and washed my face off the next morning. Steam also helped get my pores open, which helped get rid of oil and bacteria. Using these basic tips helped clear up my acne pretty quickly.