Look better naked

Friday, 24 August 2012

Look better nakedWho doesn’t have body issues when it comes to stripping down? Luckily Allure’s found solutions to a few of those body-skin issues.

Stripping down – whether it’s in a bikini in front of everyone at the beach or fully naked for just one other person – can make even a confident girl quake. Tackling these common skin problems will help shore up your body love.

BODY ACNE

Since sweat and oil production ramp up in the summer, pores on your chest and back get clogged more easily. The best approach starts in the shower: Use a body wash with at least 1.25% salicylic acid. If that doesn’t do the trick, once you’re dry, add a layer of a prescription antibiotic lotion.

CELLULITE

These lumps are among the most vexing beauty problems – there is no cure (not even liposuction). For a quick and temporary approach, caffeine creams dehydrate fat cells for a few hours, so skin appears tighter.

BRUISES

Short of living like the girl in the plastic bubble, it’s hard to avoid an occasional bruise. When a splotch first appears, massage it daily with a botanical anti-inflammatory lotion, which may speed up healing. In the meantime, try this genius tip from make-up artist Scott Barnes: Dab red lipstick on the mark, then set it with powder and apply a creamy foundation; the red helps neutralise the dark bluish tone of a bruise more than foundation alone can. Pat it on with a make-up sponge and blend it outward to the non-bruised area.

SPIDER VEINS

The standard way to zap veins is sclerotherapy, an injection that irritates the vein, causing it to shut down and get absorbed back into the body. Sclerotherapy, available at Skin Renewal, can cause bruises for about two weeks, and the veins won’t disappear completely until your treatment is completed.

ARM BUMPS

If the backs of your arms look like gooseflesh and feel scratchy, like sandpaper, and you’re prone to dry skin or eczema, you could have a benign, common condition called keratosis pilaris. (It’s caused when keratin, a protein in the skin, forms hard plugs within hair follicles.) Whatever you do, don’t try to scrub the raised bits away with rough exfoliants – you’ll just irritate the skin, making the bumps inflamed. Instead, use washes and lotions with alpha hydroxy acids. Then use a hydrocortisone cream to reduce the redness, and the bumps should clear up in three weeks.

SKIN TAGS

These small, loose pieces of skin tend to appear on women’s necks and underarms during hormonal changes. Skin tags are harmless, but easy for a dermatologist to cut out if they bother you. With a few numbing shots, you can get several removed at once.

Written by Sarah Wexler, this article originally appeared on Allure.com.

Image: Shutterstock.com

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. WAFIQA ABBAS

    I have one or two of these problems so these tips will come in handy.

    4 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    Very helpful as I have some of these problems.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I have some of these issues thanks for the tips, LOVE articles like this

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Need to get the caffeine cream!

    7 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    Have a few of these “problems” will try these tips!

    7 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Need to just Love your body and be positive about it. Eat right and workout…

    7 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced caffeine cream to bust the horrible cellulite???

    7 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    I actually thought the article was going to educate us on accepting your naked body flaws. :(

    7 years ago •

  1. Charles

    I am VERY clumsy and always full of blue bruises :( Thanks for the tips! Even had a bruise on my forehead on my wedding day HA-HA! Thank goodness I had a brilliant make-up artist :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    use washes and lotions with alpha hydroxy acids – Could you name some for us?

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Disheartening to know that nothing helps for cellulite (sad face)

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Thanks for the article, very formative.

    7 years ago •

  1. CarolynMcM

    Such an informative article. Thanks! I have never heard of Skin Tags before.

    7 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Cellulite.. Its Eve’s curse! Exercise ang get toned helps.
    Any clinic recommendations for skin tag? And how much does it cost?
    In asia they cauterize or burn them..
    I never know that its the hormonal changes that causes them..

    7 years ago •

  1. Gee Whiskers

    My sister battles with the bumps on her arms – glad I can suggest this to her. Great article!!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Thank you for an informative article.

    7 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    If only we could all look that good naked. My legs are covered in bruises and I have no idea why. Haha. And like all woman I have cellulite….

    7 years ago •

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