Coconut Oil for Skin, Hair… and Acne?

Note to my readers: Hi everyone! Whew, I’ve been M.I.A. for awhile. I’ll be honest – it’s hard for me to stay consistent with writing blog posts while being in school and working and everything. Plus, I feel like it takes me forever to write a good blog post with good content for you guys. Maybe I should switch to a different medium, like videos or something. Hmmm… anyways, enough blabbing, onto the blog post!

Coconut Oil and Its Health BenefitsVitamin Shoppe Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is excellent for your overall health, whether you use it internally or externally. It has tons of beneficial “anti” properties in it: antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antioxidant… all of these in one oil!

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Acne and Stress: Back to School Breakouts

A typical acne breakout for me… yikes!

Today was my first day of fall classes, yay! I’m always excited to be back at school, except for one thing: my skin starts breaking out! Throughout the summer, my skin stays fairly clear with a few breakouts every once in a while. Then a few days ago, my acne started flaring up out of nowhere.

My acne always flares up  during the school year, but usually not until the second or third week of classes.It’s odd because I haven’t really been that stressed recently. Actually, compared to the last few weeks, my stress level has been relatively low. It could have something to do with the fact that I’ve been eating more food in general,  especially more junk food. Or my skin could just be playing catch up to my stress a few weeks ago. Who knows.

If you’re struggling with back to school acne breakouts, here’s a little piece of advice that may help you deal with them.

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Natural Hair: To Cut It, or Not to Cut It?


In the natural hair community, I have seen multiple acronyms like the ones above all referring to natural hair length. I’ve also seen many people documenting their hair growth after they decided to go natural. I think it’s wonderful that natural-haired women (and men) are setting hair length goals for themselves. For so long, African-Americans, women especially, have believed this myth that their natural hair does not grow past a certain length without a relaxer. Many still believe that to this day. That’s why I love the “natural movement” because it disproves that belief and empowers us to rock our natural hair!

So, have I ever documented my natural hair growth? No, but when I initially cut the remainder of the relaxer out of my hair, it was already a pretty good length, and I didn’t really have the desire to grow my hair to a certain length. I just wanted to be fully natural.

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The Clear Skin Equation: Three Major Things That Could Help Clear Your Acne

There are tons of factors that could be causing your acne, and what’s causing mine could be different than what’s causing yours. However, I believe there are three main things that we can work on in order to clear our skin for life, not just temporarily. I thought it’d be fun to put it in equation form, so here it is:

Natural Skincare Routine + Healthy Diet + Emotional Health = Clear Skin!

Obviously, this equation is in its most basic form. These are just three major things I feel could make a huge impact on my skin personally and hopefully yours as well. Here’s the breakdown…

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Three Reasons Why I Want to Clear My Acne

I was always told I would “grow out of my acne,” but at age 22 with no end to my acne in sight, I consider that belief a myth. Actually when I was in my teens, I remember one of my aunts was still struggling with acne in her mid-thirties, but I still held on to the hope that maybe I was one of the lucky ones who WOULD “grow out of acne.”

Well, we all know how that story ends. However, now that I’ve learned to accept myself with acne, I actually consider it a blessing. Since I became so determined to clear my skin, it’s led me to this whole other world of natural stuff that I really enjoy learning about.

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