There Is Never an Excuse to ignore High Blood PressureThere Is Never an Excuse to ignore High Blood Pressure


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There Is Never an Excuse to ignore High Blood Pressure

I used to thinkt that people in good health just had "healthy genes" and that daily habits didn't affect health very much. Due to that belief, when my doctor diagnosed me with high blood pressure and prescribed a medication to treat it, I didn't take it at first. I soon got a health "wake up call" when I began experiencing chest pains. My wife took me to the ER and, thankfully, they determined I wasn't having a heart attack, like I thought I was. The next day, I began taking my medication and living a healthier lifestyle. Soon, I was able to stop the medication due to my lifestyle changes, but I still monitor my blood pressure at home just to "stay on the safe side." I wanted to share my story to help others and plan to post many more health tips on my new blog.

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Don't Try These 3 Home Remedies for Acne

Acne is the bane of a teenager's existence, and it's not a whole lot of fun for adults either. It may seem like a minor problem compared to other, more potentially dangerous skin conditions, but acne should still be taken seriously. It can hamper your self-confidence and affect the way that you interact with the world. That's probably why there are so many "tried and true" home remedies out there – people often don't see it as serious enough to bother a doctor with, yet at the same time, they're desperate to get rid of it. The problem is, many common home remedies simply don't work and some cause more problems than they solve. Take a look at a few home remedies that you should definitely steer clear of.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol seems like a logical way to try to get rid of acne. You're probably aware that it's a drying agent, so why wouldn't it dry out those pesky pimples? And to an extent, it will. However, the problem is that it works a little too well. Alcohol is simply too harsh to be applied to your skin – especially your delicate facial skin – on a regular basis.

While it removes the oils from your skin, the alcohol will also irritate your skin. The result will be a possibly painful inflammation, and even more redness than you had originally. And it won't stop the pimples from coming back.

Tanning

At first glance, tanning does look like an easy way to get rid of your zits. All you have to do is relax at the beach, and the sun does the rest of the work. You'll notice shortly after a day outdoors that the heat has dried the acne and your skin looks considerably clearer.

Unfortunately, these results are short-lived. Within a few days the acne will return, and it will often return with a vengeance, harder to get rid of than ever before. Like alcohol, the sun is just too harsh to be an effective skin treatment. Plus, overexposure to the sun comes with its own dangers, like melanoma. It's not worth risking skin cancer just to have clear skin for a few days.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is enjoying a surge in popularity, and is touted as a remedy for everything from split ends to gingivitis, so it's no surprise that it's sometimes recommended as an acne treatment as well. There are elements in coconut oil that could be useful against acne – it's an antibacterial agent, so it can help fight the bacteria that causes acne. It also contains an anti-inflammatory agent, lauric acid, that could help bring some of the swelling down.

The problem is that coconut oil is also full of fats and grease. It's very likely to clog your pores, so even if it helps get rid of a few pimples, you'll probably create twice as many in the process. It's best to keep grease far away from your face, especially if you're prone to acne.

If you have acne that isn't responding to gentle face washing or reputable over-the-counter acne treatments, chances are that what you really need is a visit to the dermatologist. A doctor who specializes in skin conditions can come up with a safe treatment plan that really works for your acne issues.