Mary asks…What is this weird lump on my vagina?
I know this sounds gross but I’m freaking out. It isn’t inside of the vagina but it is where your leg meets your crotch area. I do shave down there. I just noticed this today. It feels like the size of a pinky nail and it is under the skin, I cannot see anything on the outside. It is slightly tender to the touch. I don’t know what to do. I am 14 and have never had sex.
It is right outside of the labia.
Admin answers: Vagina = inside your body. Vulva = outside your body.
It could be a zit or an ingrown hair, but it sounds more like a cyst – basically this is where there is a small pocket of fluid under the skin, they can get quite large and uncomfortable but for the most part they aren’t anything to worry about. Cysts are far more common in people who shave, as too are zits and ingrown hairs, and cysts go down but don’t go away so may come back up again from time to time.
Don’t poke at it, try a warm compress to help it go down and take painkillers if it is uncomfortable. It’s best not to shave at all but at very least stop shaving until this goes down, if you have them also opt for boxer-style underwear as tight fitting clothing can irritate the area so make the cyst worse. If it becomes problematic, like if it becomes very sore or red, see your doctor to get it lanced – do not attempt to lance it yourself as it may get infected, it may stay for a few weeks but should go down.
David asks…Will facial cream prevent pimples if I get acne because of a hormonal imbalance?
I noticed I get acne about a week before I get my period. I get really horrible monster zits. Will constant use of facial cream prevent these outbreaks, or do I have to look into hormonal treatments?
Admin answers: I’ve tried a lot of different birth controls, doing the same thing, trying to get my pre-menstrual acne under control. It hasn’t seemed to make any difference in the severity, but that’s just my own personal experience. Elevated testosterone can be the cause of this kind of acne, and there’s not much you can do about that. I’d say use some salicylic acid pads and a good moisturizer, so you’re not drying your face out as you cleanse it. I found this good stuff called Likewise, and it works really well as an overnight cream. It’s got sun protection, moisturizer, anti-aging, and acne fighting ingredients all in one. I wake up and my skin is so soft, I’d really recommend it.
Lisa asks…How do I clear up minor acne?
Well, I have a little bit of acne, nothing bad at all, just little zits here and there. It used to be bad, so the Dermatologist put me on medicine, and it’s been working quite well. But, now it’s stopping, and I’m starting to get, painful, cystic acne, it doesn’t show, it just hurts because it’s deep under the skin. Should I go back to the dermatologist? Get OTC medicine? Or keep using the current prescription?
Admin answers: Your old medicine could be wearing off, but don’t worry here are some steps to help! Ok, this is a long way, and some of it you don’t exactly need, but I hope it helps! First, heat one-two cups of milk in the microwave until hot. Then immediately start a bath and apply the milk (sounds weird huh?). Why? Because milk has antioxidants to help skin look radiant, and it also has a hormone which clears clumped dead skin cells and reduces the amount of oil. Wait for about 10-15 minutes before cleaning. Then use your favorite soap with 2% salicylic acid or 10% benzoyl peroxide, if you have none of these, apply rubbing alcohol, or finger nail polish remover. Ok, keep with me only three more steps. Now, apply lemon juice or some sort of citrus juice (optional). Why? Because citrus helps preserve and clean pores, and other surfaces. Or you can apply a bowl of charcoal to the computer desk (optional). Because it releases a mineral that can be taken in by the skin to help reduce acne and make skin shine with all its strength. And last you can add a bowl of cranberries w/ water to the place you spend the most time. Because it releases a chemical compound which can mix with nitrogen in the air to stimulate good memories in the brain, which can take away stress, and reduce the amount of oil your body produces!
Carol asks…how to get rid of little small bumps on my forehead?
Okay, so there’s like, little skin tone bumps on my forehead. My mom gave me some acne cream to put on it but it never worked. I’ve tried everything to get rid of it! Any suggestions? They’re not heat bumps, either!
Admin answers: Okay, those little bumps are acne; it is just under your skin. This might before difficult to deal with. What I would recommend is to slice a lemon in half, and rub it all over your face. The acidic acids dry out those nasty zits. If you need a great product, buy a face cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide, this also dries out those zits. If this doesn’t work, go to your doctor or dermatologist and they could prescribe you a medication for this.
Linda asks…How can i give myself an at home facial?
To help clear my skin, maybe extract some blackheads, and just give it a fresh feeling cause I’m really hating my skin at the moment.
Admin answers: Tomatoes aren’t just foe salads and burgers. Grab one, cut it in half, and rub the juicy part on your face. Let it soak into your skin for at least 10 minutes, and then wash it off with water. Repeat this process every day. The acidic traits of tomatoes help thoroughly clean the skin and clear clogged pores that become blackheads. Soon, you’ll notice your blackheads disappearing.
And also try you must use oil & soap free cleanser. I recommend Neutrogena or Aveeno. Follow this with an aspirin scrub: Melt two or three UNCOATED aspirins in a cupped hand, using a few drops of water. They will dissolve almost instantly; Aspirin has salicylic acid, one of the best acne fighters out there. Rub your hands together and then gently but firmly exfoliate your face for about a minute. You will feel a mild sting, but that’s OK. Rinse thoroughly. Pat your face dry and then use an ALCOHOL free toner. If there is any alcohol in the toner (or in any of the products you use) your face will produce more oil and you don’t want to do that if acne is the problem. Finally apply an OTC acne medication with salicylic acid. Neutrogena and Aveeno both make excellent ones. You should also use an eye cream to prevent wrinkles and keep the delicate area under the eyes properly moisturized.
You should steam your face once a week, to purge your pores. Open two tea bags (one chamomile, one peppermint) into a large pot and fill about 2-3 inches with water. Bring this to a boil and boil until the water turns dark (about 3 minutes). Carefully pour the water into a microwave/heat safe bowl and place bowl on a potholder on the table. With a towel draped over your head put your face over the bowl and steam your face. Stay as long as you can, but don’t get too close to the water or you’ll burn yourself. You should steam your face for at least 5 minutes. Follow this with an oatmeal, honey and egg white mask (mix two egg whites with 2 tablespoons of oatmeal and one tablespoon of honey). The oatmeal and egg whites will help dry the skin of excess oil, while the honey provides essential moisture. Let the mask dry for about 15 minutes, rinse with warm water first and then finish off with cold water to close your pores.
Put on your acne medication and sun screen. Aveeno Positively Radiant is an excellent oil free sunscreen and moisturizer. You MUST wear sunscreen… No matter what your skin type. At night, skip the sun screen and just use acne medication.
Now, if you want to really see some magic, order Joppa mineral makeup. It is a pure and natural makeup that is good for your skin. I wear it at night time for its healing properties. It has kaolin clay which is healing and therapeutic for all skin types. You can order an inexpensive sample and see for yourself. If you decide to go this route, you would apply it over your acne medication at night time. You can also mix it with your sunscreen in the daytime, for a lovely, natural glow. No… I don’t work for them… I just love the stuff.
You must be consistent and wash your face as I’ve described day and night, whether you wear makeup at night. You should never go to bed without washing your face, as your pores get filled with grim and pollution and you must wash away the dead cells that accumulate everyday. If you find that you’re sometimes too sleepy to be bothered washing your face, get a pack of Clearasil Facial Wipes with salicylic acid. They’re pre-moistened wipes that do a good job of quickly riding your face of gunk… But try to wash the “old fashioned” way whenever possible.
If you do this skin care routine on a regular basis, you’ll find that those occasional zits will be far and few between. For the ones that do pop up, dissolve an uncoated aspirin in the tiniest amount of water to make a paste and using a Q tip, dit it on the pimple. Let it dry and leave it on overnight. The zit should be greatly reduced, if not completely gone, by the next day. DO NOT POP YOUR PIMPLES! Good luck!
Sandy asks…How do you make your makeup look like you have flawless skin?
School is getting ready to start I’m going to high school and I want to do my makeup so pretty on the first day I’m dressing up on the first day so I want my makeup to look flawless on my skin.
Admin answers: I’m in high school and trust me this may sound like a lot, but if you put it on right it won’t look unnatural. First put on a primer, which will make the foundation go on smoother. Primers are either colored or clear. The colored ones do certain things, but if you’re starting I would go with just a basic one. Even if it looks kind of white or pink it’ll blend in clear. Then put on concealer on any zits or bags under your eyes or redness. Some people use more than others. Use a foundation. Make sure to get it in the right color. If you don’t have any experience with makeup, I’d go to the makeup counter at a department store or Sephora so they can make sure you’re buying the right color. Apply it with a foundation brush sparingly. You actually use less on your face if you use a brush to apply it, I think. Then top it off with a powder that can either be translucent or colored, depending on the coverage you want. If you want it be more natural use the translucent. If you want colored, again go to Sephora or the department store to make sure you’re buying the right color. Use a big fluffy brush to apply it.