How I Healed Perioral Dermatitis in One Week (After two Months of Trial & Error)

Perioral dermatitis is the trickiest skin condition I have ever dealt with. It is characterized as a red, inflamed thickening of the skin, primarily around the mouth and nostril area. It is sometimes accompanied by papules and pustules - which causes most of us to confuse it with acne. After much research, I found the most common triggers for PD include:

  • use of topical steroids
  • toothpaste with fluoride 
  • sodium laureth sulfate
  • laundry detergent with overactive ingredients
  • hormonal changes
  • birth control
  • stress
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How to Tame Our Ego to Become Our Most Authentic Self

Ego exemplifies so much more than just a cocky character trait. It typically rises to the surface when we are not living in our truth. Instead, we're living to uphold a perception we believe others have of us. Ego appears when we are too comfortable to face a new stage of growth, when we are scared to come to terms with an insecurity - or when we are just being plain selfish. It is an extension of fear. But the bonus here is , without ego we would have no contrast or hope for a brighter light in life.  

That being said - we know that this universal character trait is somewhat of a necessity. Here are a few things that have helped me, and continue to aid in me taming my ego.

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How To Detox Your Underarms

Did you know that it is totally natural to perspire from our underarms? We've been conditioned to believe that we need conventional deodorants with anti-perspirants to, "control" our natural human functioning. The chemicals added to these products are toxic and should be released often. Not to mention, the extreme build up after years of using anti-perspirant has been proven to cause an overproduction of bad bacteria. 

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How to Naturally Treat Endometriosis - Pt.2

I will never forget that one day a little over ten years ago when I experienced stage four endometriosis symptoms for the first time. I had recently given up on birth control after trying six different brands over the span of a year. They all left me with the craziest acne I had ever seen. I am talking big, purple and blue cystic bumps all over my face. - What a sight to see. The birth control I tried also made me emotionally insane. I was naturally a little nuts and temperamental but this took me to a whole other level. After making the conscious decision to eliminate something that my body clearly did not want, I experienced such a change in my menstrual cycle. 

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How to Know if You're Ready for Your One

How freeing it feels to finally know that I am a valuable human being. In my last relationship I had no purpose in life and I was literally just there - along for the ride. My self worth was minimal and my coping skills were terrible. Any issue put me into fight or flight mode and lead me to be reactive as opposed to productive. Clearly not the traits of someone ready for a healthy, conscious relationship.

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What Ethnicity Are You? (The Role Racism Has Played in My Life)

This year has brought out so much warranted hurt and anger. Even as I write this, I find myself being very cautious because this topic is so touchy. I don't want to hurt anyone but I am here on this earth to share my experience and hopefully inspire a few people along the way. So here it goes...

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The Three Goods: How I Keep my Skin Clear

As many of you may or may not know, I have been a long time acne sufferer. I spent several years coming down on myself and feeling like I wasn't enough. Living with such a small amount of self-love pushed me to realize: maybe self-love is the answer to overcome this skin ailment. 

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I know many women can relate to this topic. Since we were young girls we were taught to pop a Midol when our "Auntie Flow" came to visit for the month. I'm here to tell you there are so many other safer and natural alternatives to curb your menstrual cramps, fatigue and bloating.  

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