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5 Common Skin Care Troubles - Which Do You Want To Overcome?

1. Acne (Acne vulgaris)

Acne, the most common skin disorder in the U.S., can be a source of anxiety for every teen. Plus, the incidence of acne is growing in adults, too.

Acne is caused by blocked hair follicles and oil (sebaceous) glands of the skin, often triggered by hormonal changes. The term acne refers to not only pimples on the face, but blackheads, cysts, and nodules as well. Some people get acne on other parts of their body too, such as the back and chest.

Acne treatment by a dermatologist is important because acne left unchecked can often lead to permanent scars and dark facial spots. For more moderate or severe acne, these options may be used:

Adapalene topical (Differin) cream is now available over-the-counter without a prescription.
In severe acne cases, oral isotretinoin (Amnesteem, Claravis, other brands and generics) may be used, but comes with serious pregnancy warnings. This drug should not be used by female patients who are or may become pregnant. There is an extremely high risk that severe birth defects will result if pregnancy occurs while taking this drug.
Tretinoin topical (Retin-A, Avita, Altreno, other brands and generics) is also available in creams, gels and lotions. Discuss the use of this drug with your doctor: tretinoin should not be used during pregnancy unless clearly needed and the benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.
In October 2018, sarecycline (Seysara) tablets were FDA-approved for the treatment of non-nodular moderate to severe acne vulgaris.
See managing and treating acne for other treatment options.

2. Atopic dermatitis (Eczema)

Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common forms of eczema seen in children. The exact cause of atopic dermatitis is not known, but researchers believe it may involve genetics, the environment, and/or the immune system.

Atopic dermatitis can appear on the face (especially in infants), hands, feet or in the creases and folds of the skin. Dry, scaly and itchy skin are the norm, and constant scratching may lead to a thickened area. While eczema often occurs in people with allergies, allergies do not cause eczema. Topical steroids are often used to lessen symptoms.

In March 2017, the FDA cleared Regeneron’s Dupixent (dupilumab) injection to treat adults with moderate-to-severe eczema who cannot use or have failed topical therapy. Clinical trials of Dupixent in over 2,100 adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis led to clear or almost clear skin as compared to placebo, with a reduction in itching, after 16 weeks of therapy. Dupixent can be used with or without topical corticosteroids.

Other forms of eczema include contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis.

3. Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Shingles virus (herpes zoster) results in a red, blistered rash that may wrap around your torso or appear anywhere on your body. A fever, fatigue and headache may occur, too.

Two preventive shingles vaccines are approved in the United States:

Zostavax (zoster vaccine live) is available as a subcutaneous injection to prevent shingles and is recommended for use in people 60 years or older.
Shingrix (herpes zoster subunit vaccine) is approved for the prevention of shingles (herpes zoster) in adults aged 50 years and older. Shingrix is a non-live (inactivated), recombinant subunit vaccine given intramuscularly in two doses, with the second dose given 2 to 6 months after the first. Shingrix is now the preferred vaccine over Zostavax due to a higher rate of effectiveness (>90% effective).
Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox - the varicella-zoster virus. If you've had chickenpox, you're at risk for shingles as the chickenpox virus lies dormant (not active) in your nervous system for years.

Seniors and people with an impaired immune system are at highest risk. Shingles can be painful, but early treatment with antivirals like oral valacyclovir (Valtrex) can lessen symptoms.

4. Hives (Urticaria)

Hives are the familiar welts (raised, red, itchy areas) that can occur on the skin. Common causes of hives include medication, food, and bug bites or stings.

Seek urgent treatment or call 911 if your hives cover a large area of your body, your throat or facial area is swelling, or they affect your breathing. Hives usually go away in 2 to 4 hours; however, in some people hives may persist for months or years; this is known as chronic urticaria.

Avoiding the trigger, whatever it may be, is the best tactic to prevent hives. When that is not possible, OTC antihistamines like loratadine (Claritin) or fexofenadine (Allegra) can be used to control itching.

A drug used to treat allergic asthma, omalizumab (Xolair injection), was approved in 2014 to treat chronic urticaria in those with no response to antihistamines.

5. Sunburn

There's no doubt - it's easier to prevent a sunburn than to treat one.

Sunburns occur when there is too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or sunlamps. The skin turns red, painful, hot to the touch, and may even peel away. It's hard to know how much time is safe in the sun, though, even with sunscreen protection. Repeated sunburns, especially as a child, can boost the risk for skin cancer later in life. Usually sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 2 hours, but you may just need to get out of the soon, too.

The first step in treating a sunburn is to seek shade, get inside if possible, and cool the skin down.

Take a cool bath or shower with a mild soap.
Drink plenty of fluids and moisturize the skin with a light, oil-free moisturizer or aloe vera while the skin is still damp.
In some cases, an OTC topical product with lidocaine might be needed.
Taking an NSAID, such as ibuprofen, can help with any discomfort or swelling.
See a doctor if you have a fever, chills or severe blistering over a large portion of your body. Don't scratch or pop any blisters - this could lead to infection.

6. Contact Dermatitis

Most of us have had contact dermatitis - when we touch something that evolves into a skin reaction.

Contact dermatitis is a type of eczema, and may come from plants (poison ivy, sumac, oak), jewelry, latex gloves, and irritants like bleach or soaps.
To prevent contact dermatitis, avoid the object when possible.
To control symptoms, antihistamines, oral or topical steroids, and colloidal oatmeal baths are often helpful.
If your doctor suspects you have contact dermatitis, and the cause is unknown, they may suggest patch testing. In patch testing, allergic substances are applied to your skin. In a few days, your doctor will check for a reaction.

7. Diaper Rash

Anyone who has a child knows about the common problem of diaper rash. A wet or soiled diaper left on too long can lead to red bumps and rash in the diaper area, the buttocks, genitals, and skin folds. Urine and stool can break down skin, and chemicals in a disposable diaper can dissolve out and irritate the skin. Candida (yeast) or bacteria can also take advantage of the inflammed, broken, skin and complicate the rash.

To help prevent diaper rash, change diapers as needed to keep the area dry and expose the baby's bottom to fresh air when possible.

You can use an ointment like Desitin (zinc oxide topical) to form a protective barrier on the baby's bottom. If the rash still persists after 2 to 3 days, consult with your pediatrician.

8. Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic swelling of the face, with redness, prominent blood vessels, and pimples.

Rosacea is most common in women over 30, but men can be affected too. Problems with the immune system, vein problems and/or environmental issues can cause the condition.

Depending upon the symptoms, there are several effective treatments.

Antibiotics, such as metronidazole cream or oral doxycycline can be used.
Azelaic acid gel (Finacea), a naturally-occurring saturated dicarboxylic acid, can be used for the inflammed pimples.
For more severe cases, your doctor might suggest the acne drug isotretinoin.
Beta blockers (to reduce flushing), the smallest dose of estrogen possible, or laser or surgical treatments may also reduce redness.
In January 2017, the FDA approved Rhofade (oxymetazoline) cream, a topical vasoconstrictor agent applied to the face once a day to shrink vessels and lessen the facial redness of rosacea in adults. Other prescription items include Soolantra (ivermectin) and Mirvaso (brimonidine).

The Emotional, Physical And Spiritual Guide To A Toxic Free Lifestyle

A few years ago, some events changed my life and how I took care of myself emotionally, physically, and spiritually. 
I’m sure you are wondering what I mean by a toxic-free lifestyle. This lifestyle encapsulates every aspect of life; from physical, emotional wellbeing to the spiritual.

For me, in the physical sense, it means paying attention to what my family and I consume and put on. This means lots of label and ingredient reading. [ yup, I’m the one in the aisle reading every last ingredient and sometimes googling lol]. Trust me, I invest time in reading and educating myself for this purpose.

In 2014, I wanted to try something new. Every woman wants clear, spotless, and glowing skin. I also wanted to try something new.

This led me to try a Lipstain by a popular brand and the results were disastrous.

My lips turned black, itchy, and swollen.

It got so bad that elderly women would pull me to the side and say "You should stop using this black lipstick. It makes you look ******(you can fill in the hurtful blanks).

It's one thing to struggle with something but it's worse when others don't know the full story and judge you.

Some people who didn't even know me would comment on my photo on Instagram and tell me to stop smoking. smh. 

By God’s Grace, after almost a month I was able to get it back to my usual pink, soft lips (what I did is a story for another day). Imagine my horror when this happened. I couldn’t go anywhere without putting on lipstick to cover the black lips.

I knew I couldn’t keep that up because it was making it worse, after a couple of weeks I stopped wearing any lipstick, except lip balm to keep my lip moisturized.

Someone actually asked me to take off the “black lipstick” since it wasn’t a good look for me. Little did he know it wasn’t a black lipstick I had on but a reaction due to toxic ingredients. How embarrassing!

This episode ultimately birthed what we have today as Kharis Organics. It completely changed the way I looked at body care products. I started researching and detoxing my body and skincare products.

When it came to body lotions and creams, I couldn’t find anything without toxic preservatives. That’s when I remembered my Grandma’s go-to body moisturizer; Sheabutter. I decided to look into the benefits of Sheabutter and what I found amazed me.

I wondered why I hadn’t taken advantage of this natural elixir all these years. I starting whipping the butter with some oils and I shared it with family and friends. They loved it because they started seeing results. This became a staple however the perfectionist in me realized it was lacking something so I went back to the drawing board.

I began researching the benefits of other kinds of butter, oils, and herbs for our skin. That’s when I came across the huge benefits of mango butter, calendula, lemongrass, avocado oil among others. I kept learning and researching and mixing up my recipes until I got the perfect mix. Shoutouts to my family and friends for allowing me to use them for my experiments lol.

As a new mother, I have come to appreciate the body soufflé even more because I want to ensure that I am using the best ingredients in our home and also for every home the body soufflé goes into.


Today after shipping thousands of packages to women all over the world, Kharis Organics is a blessing to so many people.

I have been able to give back to my community, church, and even pay bills for complete strangers. 
This line of skincare treats is guaranteed to give you visible results fast without compromising on the ingredients.

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Emotionally, I make sure to steer clear of dramatic situations and anything with toxic traits. I observe a lot of things around me and If anything tries to stress me out, I quickly eliminate it from my life. I’m not an advocate of being so quick to cut people off BUT if an individual is consistently problematic then Cut itttt! Like the song says lol.
Spiritually, I build myself up with the study & mediation of the Word of God and prayer. I’m always refreshed with this. I find that it keeps me in a Toxic-Free Zone and even when contrary situations arise I’m unshaken.
Now, tell me, what does a Toxic-Free Lifestyle mean to you?


Our skin is the largest and also one of the most important organs on our body. It performs several vital functions for the body including protecting the other vital organs, bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves. It only makes sense to be extremely mindful of what we are putting on our skin.

Here’s Why:

Up to 60% of what we put on our skin gets absorbed. That means that the products we put onto our bodies affect our health and overall well being, either negatively or positively. Because the FDA does not regulate skin care, almost any ingredient can be incorporated in the formula, some of them being super dangerous to your health.

A lot of ingredients found in traditional skincare products (face washes, lotions, sunscreen, etc) have now been linked to health issues such as allergies, eczema, cancer, hormonal disruption, and reproductive problems. So yes your skincare can make you sick!

The Top 12 Ingredients To Avoid In Your Skincare:

You want to feed your skin nutrients, not poison it. Below are “The Toxic 12” ingredients to avoid in skincare products. We explain why they are dangerous and where they can be found.


Toxic metal that can have estrogen-like effects in our systems, disrupting the healthy functioning of the endocrine system.

Usually found in almost every personal care product, especially antiperspirant deodorants.

2. DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), and TEA (triethanolamine)

Clear, colorless, viscous liquids with ammonia-like odors.

Usually found in products that foam like facial cleansers and soaps. They are also found in eye makeup , fragrances, hair products, and sunscreens.


3. DMDM HYDANTOIN & UREA (Imidazolidinyl)

Preservatives that often release formaldehyde which may cause joint pain, skin allergies, headaches, and loss of sleep.

Usually found in skincare products, cosmetics, shampoos and conditioners, and detergents.



A petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging its pores. This is incredibly harmful because it interferes with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, therefore increasing likelihood of acne and other disorders.

Usually found in creams, lotions, ointments, and cosmetics.


5. PARABENS (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl)

Not always labeled, used as preservatives, and may contribute to hormone imbalance.

Usually found almost everywhere including skincare products such as moisturizers and deodorants.


6. PEG (Polyethylene glycol)

The ingredient that can alter and reduce the skin’s natural moisture factor. It adjusts the melting point and thickens products.

Usually found in cleansers to dissolve oil and grease.


Chemicals used to increase flexibility and strength of plastics, and not often listed among the ingredients on products.

Usually found in cosmetics such as fragrance oils and listed under the term “fragrance".


Gaseous hydrocarbons which in a liquid state act as “surfactant”. They penetrate the skin so quickly and can weaken the protein and cellular structure.

Usually used to make extracts from herbs.


Look for ingredients ending in "-siloxane" or "-methicone." Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant (Cyclopentasiloxane). Harmful to fish and other wildlife.


Detergent that makes products foam, lather, and bubble.

Usually found in 90% of personal-care products that foam!


Anything that is synthetic or artificial should always raise a red flag. These are made up of hundreds to thousands of different ingredients not listed on the label, so you are never sure what you are actually being exposed to.

Usually found in cosmetic and skincare products but also many household products such as candles, air fresheners, and scented trash bags.


A synthetic antibacterial agent that may disrupt thyroid function and can degrade into a form of dioxin, a class of chemicals linked to a broad range of toxicities including cancer.

Usually found in soaps, mouthwash, shaving cream, deodorants, toothpaste, etc.

The last 3 are derivatives of toxins that we will share in future posts. Make sure to bookmark this page.

Taking all of these into consideration the next time you are shopping for skincare products, it is really important to read the ingredient lists thoroughly and not skim over words, especially the ones you can’t pronounce. Your skincare products should be made with pure, organic ingredients and should not contain any toxins that could affect your health. 


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