Pregnancy acne and home remedies

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Updated 16 September 2014

Pregnancy acne and home remedies

Pregnancy is a beautiful yet difficult stage in the lives of mothers-to-be. One of the downsides of this period is skin problems, mostly acne.
Although some women don’t face any skin troubles, others must deal with painful and uncomfortable breakouts.
To learn more about this issue, we interviewed Dr. Treva Abdullah Aspir, a master degree holder in dermatology from the American Board and a practicing dermatologist at Dr. Mamdouh Ashi medical center.
We asked Dr. Aspir about acne, its effects on pregnant women and the best facial treatments.
Having acne throughout pregnancy is a natural process that results from the changing hormone levels in the body. The body releases more fat to the skin cells to maintain their elasticity, but this enlarges skin pores which can develop into acne when bacteria infects the pores with excessive fat.

Pregnancy and acne
Recent studies have shown that about half of all pregnant women suffer acne and that pregnant women with a history of acne and skin problems are more subject to having this problem.
Acne usually appears during the first trimester of pregnancy due to the dramatic hormonal changes. Acne tends to disappear during the final months of pregnancy.

Hormone surges in the women’s body as glands increase acne-causing secretions, but this is only temporary.

Prevention and treatment
As this problem is temporary, it’s advised not to pick zits. Also, using medicine could pose hazards to the health of the mother and the baby. However, if the acne is severe, it needs a doctor’s consultation.
Pregnancy acne is a temporary phase that shouldn’t be worrisome so long as women take good care of their skin. Most importantly, women need to identify their skin types and responsive treatments.
According to Dr. Aspir, Vitamin A gel or tablets have much effect on acne. However, Vitamin A has negative side effects and can’t be used by a pregnant woman as it can cause fetus deformation. So, women are advised not to use Vitamin A two months before marriage or when planning to conceive.
Dr. Aspir advises woman to treat any skin problem, particularly acne, after giving birth to avoid harming the baby. However, pregnant women can resort to natural masks to clean the skin, provided they don’t contain any chemicals.
If zits and acne are a continuous problem, it is advised to seek a doctor’s consultation. However, a few home remedies can help alleviate the problem:
Lemon: This citrus fruit is known for its great ability to fight zits. All you need to do is use the juice of half a lemon and apply it directly on your skin using a piece of cotton before going to bed. You can also dilute lemon with water if it has a strong impact on your skin. Don’t use lemon on the whole face as it may cause skin irritation. You will notice quick results within a week of using lemon.
Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is an amazing natural remedy used in numerous beauty products for hair and skin care. Aloe Vera gel effectively helps decrease pimples.
Perfumed oils: Oils such as lavender and tea tree have great results in eliminating acne and pimples.
All of these remedies have different results depending on the skin type. It’s better to try them out and learn what suits your skin the best. Most importantly, it’s always advised not to pick zits and carefully implement a cleaning regimen.

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Numbers prove Bella Hadid is world’s most beautiful

Bella Hadid has been declared the most beautiful woman in the world on the basis of an ancient Greek equation that measures beauty. (AFP)
Updated 18 October 2019

Numbers prove Bella Hadid is world’s most beautiful

DUBAI: US-Palestinian model Bella Hadid has been declared the most beautiful woman in the world on the basis of an ancient Greek equation that measures beauty.

London-based cosmetic surgeon Julian De Silva made the claim using the so-called “golden ratio of beauty,” which found Hadid’s facial features to be 94.35 percent symmetric.

“Her eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, chin, jaw and facial shape were measured and came closest to the ancient Greeks’ idea of perfection,” the surgeon wrote on his Instagram account.

“The golden ratio was a mathematical equation devised by the Greeks in an attempt to measure beauty,” he explained.


The Golden Ratio of Beauty Phi 2/10 #jdsgoldenratio @beyonce - 92.44% Beyoncé came in second place as she scored highly on her forehead and brow area. She looks incredible as she approaches her 40s. She had a near perfect score for her face shape. How is the Golden Ratio of Beauty Phi measured? The Golden Ratio of Beauty Phi originates from the European Renaissance. Artists and Architects used an equation - known as the Golden Ratio - as an aid during the creation of their masterpieces. Scientists have since adapted the mathematical formula to explain what makes a person beautiful. The length and the width of someone's face is measured and then the results are divided. According to the Golden Ratio, the ideal result is roughly 1.6. Measurements are then taken from the forehead hairline to the spot between the eyes, from the spot between the eyes and the bottom of the nose and from the bottom of the nose to the bottom of the chin. A person is considered to be more beautiful if the numbers are equal. Attention is then given to the symmetry and proportion of the face. To be deemed 'beautiful' according to the Golden Ratio, the length of the ear must be equal to the length of the nose and the width of an eye should be equal to the distance between the eyes. #news#beauty#plasticsurgery#harleystreet#beautifacation#beautifulfaces#jdsgoldenratio

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The US singer Beyonce was ranked second with a 92.44 percent symmetry reading.