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The Caramel Factory, LLC Issues Product Recall Due To Undeclared Allergens

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Joseph

According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, The Caramel Factory, LLC of Batesville, Mississippi, has announced that it is recalling the following products for undeclared allergens:

Chocolate covered candies with undeclared milk and soy

  • white and dark chocolate cashew turtles and tortoises
  • white and dark chocolate pecan turtles and tortoises
  • white and dark chocolate pecan krispie clusters
  • white and dark chocolate peanut clusters
  • white and dark chocolate cashew clusters
  • MS molded chocolate
  • sugar free milk chocolate peanut cluster
  • sugar free milk chocolate cashew cluster

Candies with undeclared milk and/or soy

  • fudge
  • pecan fudge
  • peanut butter fudge
  • sea salt caramel fudge
  • salt water taffy
  • Rice Krispcicles

Candies with undeclared tree nuts, soy, and/or milk

  • pralines

Baked Goods with undeclared tree nuts, soy, milk, and wheat

  • cocoons

Candy with undeclared eggs and milk

  • sugar free salt water taffy

Chocolate coated baked Goods with undeclared eggs, soy, wheat and/or milk

  • White Trash
  • Oreos
  • Rice Krispcicles
  • chocolate covered Twinkies
  • chocolate covered pretzels

Baked goods with undeclared eggs, soy, wheat and/or milk

  • caramel sugar cookies
  • caramel cakes

Baked goods with undeclared eggs, tree nuts, soy, wheat and/or milk

  • turtle brownies
  • praline cookies

People who have allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, and/or wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat these products.

The recalled products are packaged, clear plastic packages with the name of each product.

The company said the above retail products were distributed from their retail store in Batesville, Mississippi prior to May 11, 2016.

"The recall was initiated after it was discovered that these products were distributed in packaging that did not declare these allergens." the company posted on the FDA website.

The Carmel Factory said consumers who bought any of these products are urged to return any unused product to them for a full refund. 

Consumers with questions may contact The Carmel Factory at 1-662-563-9900, Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

 

Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?" You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts. Yet you know me, LORD; you see me and test my thoughts about you. Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter! How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered? Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished. Moreover, the people are saying, "He will not see what happens to us." (Jeremiah 12:1 - 4).

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Want To Stop Over Training In The Gym

Want To Stop Over Training In The Gym

Submitted by: Gary Matthews

Let me tell you a quick story, twenty years ago I was very influenced by the bodybuilders and the training systems of the day. Hitting the weights five or six times a week, splitting upper and lower body workouts and working out twice a day was seen as normal.

Every set was taken to positive failure, with three or more forced reps on top of that and if that wasn't enough I would throw in a few negative reps to top it off. This type of training would leave me totally exhausted and render me sore for days after every session.

The constant battering to my body lowered my immune system and I would always be sick or injured. I would take time off training and then go back to it again, all the time gaining nothing in size or strength.

Can you imagine years and years of hard work like this all for nothing. The sad reality is that I still see it going on around me now? The cold hard facts are that over 80% of the regular trainees in your gym are overtraining. That's right, 80%, disturbing isn't it?

Traditional training techniques like volume training are ineffective and downright dangerous, having been passed down from the previous training generations and unquestionably followed at all costs.

The only people making any progress on these systems are the so called 'bodybuilding stars' who have superb genetics (about 2% of the general population) and are taking massive amounts of steroids (very expensive and dangerous).

So please don't fall into the same overtraining trap as many others have, if you haven't made any gains for a long time now and maybe suffer from one or more of the symptoms found below stop!! Stop wasting your time and effort for nothing.

* Reoccurring colds and sickness
* Sore joints and muscles
* Unwillingness to go to the gym to train.
* Loss of appetite
* Insomnia
* Chronic fatigue

Put a stop to overtraining by understanding that the two main components of strength training are the intensity of the exercise and the recovery after the exercise.

Infrequent, short, high intensity weight training sessions, followed by the required amount of time to recover and become stronger is what is needed to increase functional muscle size and stop overtraining.

Have a look at some scientific principles found below and practice them in the gym and you will be on the road to greater gains in muscle size without the problem of overtraining.

Limited Energy Level

A strength-training program should be short and simple; you only have a limited amount of energy per training session.

Scientific studies reveal that blood sugar levels (energy) start to deplete after 30 mins, so exercise selection and the time taken to perform them is crucial.

What you should be aiming for is stimulating as many muscle fibres in the shortest period of time available, leaving the gym and going home to grow.

To do this, you will have to perform high intensity workouts consisting of multijoint, compound movements in the shortest amount of time so that blood sugar levels don't deplete.

Progressive Overload

Progressive Overload is the main exercise principle you need to be aware of in order to get the results that you're after with strength training.

The three most important points are:

* Complete your exercise with perfect technique
* Push to total failure when doing a set
* Overload the weight on the bar progressively.

Basically this means that when the body is stressed by high intensity training beyond its normal demands, the body will adapt to these new demands of improved strength.

Once your muscles have adapted to a particular weight then it'll be time to overload them further (add more weight, speed, repetitions). You'll need to keep on repeating this process of overload and adaptation if you want to become stronger.

Training Frequency

The sad reality is that the popular high volume type of training techniques that you find in bodybuilding books and magazines (and used by the stars) are irrelevant to the majority of the population and has a high failure rate.

What is good for the latest bodybuilding star is probably not good for you. Everybody has different genetics; most of us have poor genetics and are not taking steroids like the stars.

The only way the majority of us can make any gains at all is to perform short intense workouts followed by long periods of rest so that you don't over train.

Over Compensation

Many studies at universities, conducted around the world have shown clearly that recuperation from strength training requires far more rest time than previously thought.

Infrequent, short, high intensity weight training sessions, followed by the required amount of time to recover and become stronger is necessary for you to increase your functional muscle.

Here's what you need to do - allow your body enough recuperation time for over compensation to take place, so that the muscles can adjust to their new strength and growth.

Exercise selection for intensity

I can't stress enough of how exercise selection is absolutely crucial. There are only a few exercises that you really need to perform. These exercises consist of multi-joint movements.

These particular exercises are far superior to that of isolation exercises (working 1 muscle group at a time) because you are required to use more muscles from every muscle group.

Make no mistake about it by following these principles you will not only develop greater muscle size but also banish overtraining for good.

About the Author: Gary Matthews is the author of the popular fitness eBooks Maximum Weight Loss and Maximum Weight Gain. Please visit http://www.maximumfitness.com right now for your 'free' weight loss or muscle building e-courses.

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A Walk To Your Health

A Walk To Your Health

Submitted by: Ken Bendor

You can reap some benefits of exercise without joining a gym or running for miles a day. Not to say that doing so is a bad idea but altering your lifestyle to include more activity with your daily tasks offers you convenience and can help you reach the recommended amount of physical activity each day.

A few years ago, the Surgeon General released a report about the obesity epidemic facing this country. The report recommended that everyone get some physical activity in their day to prevent and treat disorders related to obesity. There are plenty of ways to get your physical activity in each day without joining a gym.

In this country, owning a car is a need to us. We use them for movies, grocery shopping and even going to a gym to run on a treadmill. With energy prices and obesity soaring, we don't need any more reasons to drive less.

It isn't realistic to hope that everyone is going to drop their keys and use a bike to get everywhere. What we can do is drive less and bike, walk or run more. Sometimes we drive to the store and only get a few things. Instead of driving, bike there and use a backpack to carry everything. It will save the environment, money (from gas) and time since you won't have to exercise as much later.

Even when we do need to drive somewhere, there are steps you can take. Park further and walk. You'll again save time since you won't be looking for a spot. Once you get in the building, use the stairs. If you don't want to climb all flights, climb half or a fourth. Anything is better than nothing.

The Surgeon General Report recommended everyone get 10,000 steps in per day which is equivalent to about five miles. While it sounds like a lot, if you make an effort not to take every shortcut, you'll reach the 10,000 steps quickly. Using a pedometer can help you count how many steps you take each day.

Adding more activity in your day will help the environment, save you money and most importantly, make you healthier. For such a small commitment it pays out huge dividends.

About the Author: Ken Bendor is a Senior at Florida State University studying Exercise Science and Dietetics. He started http://StraightHealth.com to try and spread easy to understand and accurate information on health and fitness.

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Why is it Beneficial to Do Instability Workouts

Why is it Beneficial to Do Instability Workouts

Submitted by: Jennifer Cooper

At first view, most people know that workout is best done in a series of even, smooth repetitions, like pedalling steadily on a workout bicycle or jogging on a treadmill, and so on. The true fact is that even though these exercises may certainly increase your fitness and health, they won’t unleash your entire capacity in either strength or power.

Their very regularity limits their effect to a certain group of muscles. This is the reason why a lot of health and fitness aficionados are unable to equal the fusion of strength or power that farm workers, sailors, ranch hands, & soldiers always exhibit. The artificial limits of stable, constant drills result to essentially “plasticized” health and fitness results. But, this is not the state with instability drills such as sandbag workouts for example.

Instability exercise activities involve utilizing a weight that is unbalanced in some way in order to stress many of your muscles to work at each particular movement. Kettlebells, which are usually a hefty rounded weight with a loop-like handle, are one type of instability-based workout paraphernalia. Even more effective (plus less pricey), sandbags also showcase many of their rare fitness & health advantages since they are asymmetrical and unstable. The weight inside them will displace as you put them in motion in unpredictable ways, driving you to utilize a broader range of muscles to hold them in your grasp then be able to move them where you would want them.

The benefits of instability training workout such as sandbag training exercises involve many more muscles than the standard, “symmetrical” training workouts. Working out in a rowing machine would utilize definitely the same group of muscles in definitely similar action, repeatedly. On the other hand, as the bags of sand change and slide within their duffel bag container as you are doing sandbag training workouts, with the weight changing unpredictably, you’ll make use of a different muscle set each time you raise the sandbag, even if each upward motion is theoretically just another repeat of the same workout.

Apart from the completeness of involvement of muscle groups stated above, instability exercises cause a more severe exercise as well. Sandbag training forces your muscles constantly since your body must adjust each second to keep the altering bulk balanced, under control, and held where you need it. It is exactly for the reason that instability training workout apparatus is hard to control that it moves your muscles more forcefully than the subdued, conveniently manageable forces of an expensive training exercise machine.

People who train with instability training exercises would find their muscular stamina and overall vigor advancing a lot faster than if they were utilising the limited muscle building equipment of a gym. Their muscle tone would also be developed in a far better-rounded manner – no muscles will be left underdeveloped and weak. As such, your fitness would reach higher levels more quickly, and you will be better able to cope with the challenge of certain physical labor.

About the Author: Jennifer James Cooper http://www.sandbagtraining.org/

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Vitamin C Acting as an Antioxidant

Vitamin C Acting as an Antioxidant

Submitted by: Glenn Antoine

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and is one of the most important vitamins for your body with numerous biological functions. Vitamin C helps to prevent a lot of diseases, boosts your body’s immune system and works to help protect your body’s cholesterol from oxidative stress. You can take this vitamin with or without any food, as it can be found in supplement form or in many different juices. Along with being found in supplement and vitamin form, you can find vitamin C in broccoli, strawberries, red peppers, citrus fruits, mustard greens, cauliflower, papaya, and parsley.

Research has shown that the antioxidant properties of vitamin C help protect against heart disease, protect smokers from the vast number of free radicals and is needed by the body to make collagen – the glue of the body. Even though you shouldn’t take excessive amounts of vitamin C, double a blind-trial found that 500 mg of Vitamin C per day taken for one year reduced the risk of developing reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Vitamin C is also thought to protect the body against the accumulation and/or retention of numerous toxic minerals.

Vitamin C is well known as an antioxidant, protecting your skin from the harmful damage of UV rays. If you skin suffers from radiation damage, vitamin C can actually help your skin to recover and reverse some of the harmful effects. If you include vitamin C in your diet and take it every day, you’ll notice that your skin will benefit. If you use vitamin E and C together, you’ll notice that scars and other harmful defects on your skin will start to heal as well.

You can find vitamin C in many fruits and vegetables, although oranges will give you the most amounts. Orange juice is a great way to get some of the vitamin C that your body requires. Even drinking a glass of orange juice in the morning with your breakfast you will want to supplement with vitamin C to ensure that you are getting optimal amounts.

In order to get adequate and/or optimal amounts of vitamin C in your diet, you will want to use vitamin supplements. When looking for supplements, you should always check to see how much vitamin C is in the supplement as vitamin C is provided in a wide range of dosages. In order to get the most benefit from your vitamin C it is best to take several times a day as vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin and will not remain in your system as long as fat soluble vitamins. As long as you monitor your intake of vitamin C and use it on a daily basis, you’ll find that your health and immune system will be better than ever.

The most common signs of a deficiency in vitamin C include fatigue, swollen/bleeding gums, an unexplained weakness, and nosebleeds. Deficiency is common these days, with the most common reasons being alcoholism, smoking and poor diet. Additionally people with kidney failure are at increased risk of vitamin C deficiency, but should only take vitamin C under the supervision of a doctor.

About the Author: Glenn has combined his passion for health and fitness with a great business model that allows him opportunities that would have otherwise not been possible. For more information visit: http://www.aginghealthier.com/ or http://www.opportunityofyourlife.com/

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Montero Farms Recalls Orange Habanero Peppers Because of Salmonella Health Risk

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Joseph

According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Montero Farms of McAllen, Texas has announced that it is recalling Orange Habanero Peppers, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

The Orange Habanero Peppers come in 8 pound cardboard boxes marked with lot #41142-41143 on the top. Montero Farms said a total 154 boxes are being recalled.

The company says the Orange Habanero Peppers were shipped to Indianapolis, Indiana and to McAllen, Texas from April 28 2016 to present date.

Montero Farms said the potential for contamination was noted during routine testing by the FDA. The company said that production of the product has been suspended while FDA and Montero Farms continue their investigation as to the problem's source.

The company said no illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Salmonella can cause serious or fatal illness in the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, frail persons, and young children. Healthy people who become infected may experience the following symptoms:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea (possibly bloody)
  • fever
  • abdominal pain

Sometimes the bacteria gets into the bloodstream and travels to other parts of the body where it can cause arthritis, arterial infections and endocarditis.

Montero Farms urges customers who bought any Orange Habanero Peppers from the lots #41142-41143 to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. 

Montero Farms said consumers with questions may contact the company at (956) 686-8959 Monday thru Friday between 9am to 7pm central time.

 

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Seven Good Reasons to Get on Your Bike.

Seven Good Reasons to Get on Your Bike.

Submitted by: Maxwell Starritt

Like many people I lead a hectic lifestyle and don’t have much free time to go to the health club to boost my health and fitness. I’ve always enjoyed cycling outdoors and I fully grasp the health and fitness benefits I could achieve from cycling but poor weather conditions, heavy traffic and traffic fumes generally put me off. A better decision I imagined would be to look into a piece of equipment I could use in the home and believed a stationary exercise bike to be a great investment. After investing much time and effort taking a look at the best alternatives around and what would be probably the most suitable bike for me, I chose a somewhat fancy Proform product costing £300. After six months it ended up being a rather fancy, high priced clothes horse.

What is it that keeps us motivated to maintain a health and fitness regime? I glanced around at my clothes bike right after watching a news item on the recent Tour de France and decided I needed to revisit the motive why I chose to invest so much hard cash on the bike and to get me back on it. This is what I came up with:

1)Drop weight: somebody who weighs 12½ stone can burn 650 calories by cycling for one hour, and can tone the legs and bottom in the process.

2)Improve heart and cardiovascular system: any cardio vascular exercise such as cycling will improve the role of the heart. Cycling is excellent as it can train the heart to be stronger which results in significantly less strain on the heart. The risk elements that result in a heart attack can be decreased by frequent cycling so you are 50% less prone to have a heart attack.

3)Strengthen muscles and joints: as we get older the strength of our muscles reduces and our muscles start to shrink. Cycling activates each of the body’s muscle groups, and because the muscles hold together the skeletal system, strengthening the muscles supports and protects the skeleton. Cycling could also avert slipped discs by stimulating the muscles in the lower back and being a non weight bearing exercise, cycling isn't going to impact and damage the joints in the hips and knees.

4)Improve the immune system: cycling will help strengthen the immune system and contributes to a healthy and balanced life. Moderate activity such as cycling can enhance immune response to tumour cells and prevent other ailments.

5)Mental health: cycling has a relaxing effect because of its uniform and cyclical motion. Stabilising the physical and psychological activities of the body by cycling can serve to eliminate anxiety, depression and mental stress.

6)Looking good: Cycling improves body shape, but it also improves the condition of the skin because the improvement in metabolism and circulation will help carry nutrients to the skin and carry away impurities. Cycling also helps boost your notion of yourself which influences how individuals see you.

7)Reduce blood pressure: cycling can help to reduce your blood pressure which in turn may help to prevent a stroke as well as other conditions.

So, as well as improving physical fitness and stamina, cycling incorporates a wealth of other wellbeing benefits. Naturally there's nothing like the open road, but a stationary exercise bike can be used any time of day and in any weather, without having the concern of inhaling traffic fumes. You are able to ride safely whilst listening to tunes or watching your favourite TV programmes, and never have to be concerned about getting knocked off. It’s time to get back again on the bike, and establish some physical exercise into my daily regimen.

About the Author: Fitness, exercise, bodybuilding and strength training advisor for a number of years Max Starritt has helped many people to achieve their goals http://www.powerandmuscle.com/compare_exercise-bikes-3.html

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Acid Reflux - Heartburn

Acid Reflux - Heartburn

Submitted by: Amanda Baker

Everytime you turn on the television these days, there is a downpour of over-the-counter and prescription medications for the relief and prevention of acid reflux. As with medications for any ailment, there are theories regarding the disease and how well the medications work.

From a medical point of view, acid reflux is a condition caused by acidic contents from the stomach moving upward into the esophagus, which results in a burning sensation. When the valve found at the lower end of the esophagus is dysfunctional, it allows the acidic content of the stomach to be regurgitated, where it would block this behavior when functional.

Another belief is that acid reflux is caused by an individual's eating habits. As the civilized world eats more and more junk and processed foods, the majority of the food ends up in the stomach undigested. This undigested material turns into acidic waste, which causes stomach spasms. These spasms create stomach gas which pops open the valve between the stomach and esophagus, allowing the acidic content to return to the esophagus.

Others believe that acid reflux is related to aging. As we age, the activity of the stomach is reduced. This also reduces the ability to produce hydrochloric acid. The result is the stomach turning into a breeding ground for infection which can cause stomach pain and acid waste irritation.

Whatever the cause behind acid reflux, it is often a chronic disease. Therefore, most medications for the disease merely relieve the burning and other symptoms and cannot actually cure the condition. As medications relieve the symptoms caused by acid reflux, they can cause several undesirable side effects due to the fact that they cut down the acid production in the stomach, leading to a reduction in ability to digest food. These medications can make you more susceptible to diseases and microbes transmitted through food. This may increase your risk for food poisoning and a host of other problems.

Before you choose a medication or a natural method to rid yourself of the burning that accompanies acid reflux, you should first make a thorough assessment of the food you eat and your lifestyle. Studies show that foods such as citrus, chocolate, garlic, onions, spicy, fried and fatty foods all contribute to and can aggravate acid reflux. Limiting your intake or avoiding such foods as much as possible is a good first line of defense against future acid reflux bouts.

Lifestyle modification, such as losing weight, cutting back on alcohol and caffeine, sleeping with your head raised six to eight inches, and waiting three hours after eating before going to bed can assist in reducing the number of acid reflux episodes you may have.

Though you should discuss your options with your physician, something as simple as lifestyle improvements and dietary changes can help to keep you from adding an acid blocker or acid reflux medication to your daily diet.

This article is for information purposes only. If you have or think you might have a health condition, consult your primary care physician for proper diagnosis and treatment.

About the Author: Amanda Baker writes for To Be Informed: http://tobeinformed.com - a site for health, fitness and wellness. She also writes for http://allthingspondered.com - All Things Pondered.

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Whole Foods Market Issues Voluntary Recall Due To Undeclared Peanut and Coconut in Korean BBQ Sauce

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Joseph

According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Whole Foods Market has announced that it is voluntarily recalling one batch of Whole Foods Market™ Korean BBQ Sauce because it contains Peanut Coconut Sauce and therefore includes peanut and coconut allergens that were undeclared on product packaging.

People whom are allergic or sensitive to peanuts or (tree nuts) coconuts risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat the recalled product.

The recalled product was packaged in 12-ounce glass bottles with UPC code 9948244812 and a best-by date of Oct. 19, 2017 and was available nationally at Whole Foods Market stores.

The company said all of the recalled product was removed from store shelves.

"One of the grocer’s team members discovered the mislabeled product while receiving a shipment at the store. Whole Foods Market contacted the manufacturer and confirmed that a lot of Peanut Coconut Sauce had been mislabeled as Korean BBQ Sauce." Whole Foods Market posted on the FDA website.

The company said no illnesses have been reported.

Whole Foods Market said that customers who purchased the product and wish to return it or a valid receipt into the stores for a full refund.

The company also said that consumers with additional questions can contact their local store or call 512.477.5566 ext. 20060 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday.

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Types of Acne Treatment Solutions For Your Skin

Types of Acne Treatment Solutions For Your Skin

Types of Acne Treatment Solutions For Your Skin

By: Ashley Green

Treating your acne can be an overwhelming task what with all of the medications available these days. The best way to find treatment for your acne is to first learn about your skin. There are 3 main skin types. Knowing what type of skin you have is the first step to effectively controlling your acne. If your skin is oily a gel product is best; if it is dry, you should choose a cream based product. People with sensitive skin should choose products with lower concentrations of active ingredients.

It may be best to visit a dermatologist when choosing acne treatments. With so many different factors affecting what causes acne and there are so many treatments to choose from you may feel more comfortable getting the help of a professional when making your decision.

If you would rather control acne your own way, understand that it is very important to read all labels and always, always use as directed. As with all medications, educate yourself on any side-effects or warnings.

Acne treatments are available in several different ways including:

  • Prescription Medications
  • Creams and Gels
  • Facial Masks
  • Topical Treatments
  • Over-the-Counter Treatments
  • Home Remedies

Prescription Medications

Oral antibiotics (tablets), taken daily for around 3 months, can be prescribed for inflammatory acne. These pills act to kill off the bacteria infecting the skin. However, it may take four to six months for the benefits to be seen. For women, a standard combined oral contraceptive pill (containing an estrogen and a progestogen) can improve acne symptoms. Antibiotics do not prevent pores from becoming blocked so treatment to prevent blackheads, such as benzoyl peroxide, is often also prescribed at the same time.

Creams and Gels

Lotions that contain benzoyl peroxide dry out the skin and encourage it to shed the surface layer of dead skin. Benzoyl peroxide also has an antibacterial action. Together, these effects make it harder for pores to become blocked and for infection to develop. When used as directed, these products can make a big difference to the overall appearance of your skin.

Facial Masks

Facial masks can be a great addition to your basic skin care regimen by offering extra deep cleaning and exfoliation to troubled skin. Masks send a concentrated dose of proven acne fighters to your skin and deliver them deep down. A good facial mask can act to keep even the most troubled skin clean and clear, reducing the frequency and severity of breakouts.

There are several benefits of using clay masks. As a facial clay mask dries it tightens the skin, shrinks the pores and naturally pulls excess oils and impurities such as whiteheads and blackheads from your skin.

Topical Treatments

Topical antibiotics work by killing the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria. This helps reduce the small infections in the pores, and also indirectly keeps the pores open.

Over the counter Treatments

Over-the-counter remedies are available anywhere from your local pharmacy to the grocery store and are intended to treat mild to moderate acne. These treatments include the creams and gels mentioned previously.

Home treatment

It's important to keep spot-prone areas clean, so wash the affected area twice a day with an un-perfumed cleanser. Never, ever pick a zit! This could lead to scarring as well as spread the infection. No home treatments for acne will work immediately. It can take weeks, if not months, for significant effects to be noticeable. Never sleep in makeup and wash your face in the morning when you wake up and at night before you go to bed.

 

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Ashley Green has extensive experience in the Dermatology field and shares his knowledge openly on his very resourceful site Proactiv Skin Care Solutions

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