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Posted By iamincontrol | May 1, 2014
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Posted By iamincontrol | February 23, 2017
The struggle to maintain clear skin is real. I have tried a lot of different acne products, but I realized that a lot of them were too harsh for my skin and that using something more gentle everyday was a much better way to take care of my skin. Being consistent with how you treat your skin can help to balance out oil or dryness. Here are some of the important things to know when making a skincare routine:
- Determine Your Skin Type. Many products will come in different types for different types of skin. For example, products for dry skin will usually be extra moisturizing, and products that are oil-free or made for oily skin will help prevent you from feeling greasy. Products made for normal skin are usually made to keep your skin balanced and prevent your skin from getting too dry or too oily. Some products are also made for combination skin which is skin that only gets oily around the T-zone, or the part of your face where your forehead and nose make a T shape.
- Cleanse. Wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Don’t over wash your face by washing it more than that unless you were exercising and built up a sweat or went swimming. Be gentle when washing your face. Scrubbing can cause your skin to make more oil which can lead to breakouts.
- Eoliate. Eoliating products are similar to exfoliating products because they help get rid of dead skin cells that can clog pores. The difference is that eoliating products have acid in them that helps get rid of dead skin cells instead of rough beads that scrub your face. If you want to prevent acne, using eoliating products with benzoyl peroxide in them twice a week can help. Again, you don’t want to over-wash because harsh treatments can make your skin irritated and dry or oily and acne-prone.
- Moisturize. Even if you have oily skin, you should still use moisturizer. Cleansers can strip the natural oil from your face which is nice if your face is feeling greasy. But if you don’t put moisture back in, your skin will make more oil to replace what it lost and it can cause breakouts. If you have oily skin and are worried that moisturizer will make it worse, look for oil free moisturizers or ones that say “matte” or “mattifying” to find products that will fight shininess. Look for moisturizers to put on in the morning that have SPF protection in them to protect your face from sun damage that can age your skin.
For more information on skin care and what is right for your skin visit:
Posted By iamincontrol | February 14, 2017
Being a teenager is hard enough! Your body is changing, and you’re under a lot of pressure from parents, friends, and school. What do you think happens if you, or your significant other, become pregnant? Here are the costs of pregnancy:
The medical costs of having a baby range from $10,000 to $15,000, including delivery of the child, tests, and prenatal care visits. Some of these costs are covered by insurance…if the parents have it.
Besides the medical costs, parents need to buy lots of things to prepare for the baby: a crib, crib mattress, sheets, bedding supplies, bathtub, bibs, car seat, diapers, baby wipes, and many others things. These things can cost between $1,700 and $4,600!
Many young parents drop out of school or do not go to college because they cannot handle being pregnant or raising a child while going to school. Two-thirds of teen mothers fail to get a high school diploma, and teen fathers generally have less schooling than fathers who have kids when they are older. Not having a degree can cause financial strains later in life since many people cannot pursue better job opportunities if they don’t graduate high school or go to college.
A lot of the emotional stress a couple may feel can be from having the baby, especially if the pregnancy is not planned. The mother may feel overjoyed, depressed, suicidal, angry and scared. She may be scared of the reactions of the father of her child and of her parents. She may also be scared of giving birth in general and fear for her future.
Having a baby is very physically demanding! It completely changes your body. Teens are more likely to have a miscarriage (loss of the pregnancy) or a premature birth (complications from having the baby too early) compared to older women.
Pregnancy is tough as it is. So is being a teenager! Don’t make things harder by mixing the two. There are plenty of blogs that talk about contraceptives like birth control and condoms. Be smart, and enjoy being young!
For more information about the costs of teen pregnancy visit: http://www.pregnantteenhelp.org/facts/costs-of-teen-pregnancy/
Posted By iamincontrol | February 9, 2017
When we talk about what to eat, dieting, or just food in general, the topic of calories comes up a lot. But what is a calorie? A calorie is a unit of measurement that tells us how much energy a food will give you. This energy comes from the carbohydrates, fats, and protein in your food and is used by your body to do everything- from moving your muscles, keeping you from getting sick, to helping your brain work properly. If you don’t get enough calories your body will not have enough energy to function properly, but too many calories can lead to weight gain because your body will store any extra calories as fat.
Because we want to have enough energy but not too much fat, it is important to think about how many calories you need to be eating each day. While many people think that the 2000-calorie diet seen on food labels is right for most people, it might be too little or not enough for you. The amount of calories you need depends on a number of factors: how tall you are, how much you weigh, and how much you are growing. Luckily, a tool has been developed to estimate your calorie needs based on your height, weight, sex, age, and activity level.
To learn more about calories, and fat too, visit: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/fat-calories.html?ref=search
To calculate your calorie needs visit: http://www.eatrightwv.org/calcs/
Posted By iamincontrol | February 2, 2017
Adopting a gluten-free diet has become more popular in the past few years, but it isn’t just a trend. You may have heard of celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can develop at any age. The disease causes damage to the large intestine of the person who has it when he or she eats anything with gluten.
People who don’t have celiac disease can also have negative health effects eating gluten. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity can cause some of the same symptoms as celiac disease, but would not show up on a blood test for celiac disease. These symptoms can include headaches, mental fogginess, and joint pain. People with non-celiac gluten sensitivity may not have the same kind of damage to their intestines as people with celiac disease would experience. Eating a gluten-free diet can help relieve these symptoms for these people.
For more information on celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, visit these links:
And for tasty gluten-free recipes visit: https://teenshealth.org/en/teens/recipes/gluten?ref=search
Posted By iamincontrol | January 31, 2017
That is part of the chorus of Macklemore’s song, “Drug Dealer” featuring Ariana Deboo. Prescription drug abuse has been a big topic over the past few years as people all over the country have been crying out for better alternatives. In fact, people are calling the current situation an “opioid crisis” because prescription drug abuse has become widespread across the nation.
What is it?
Prescription drug abuse is when someone takes drugs that were prescribed by a doctor for someone else or takes their own prescription for reasons other than what the doctor intended- like to get high.
Why is it important for teens?
- Prescription drugs are the most commonly used substance by American teens if you don’t count alcohol and marijuana.
- Teens abuse drugs to get high, to numb pain, or because they think it will improve their schoolwork.
- Most teens get prescription drugs from their family or friends, sometimes without their knowledge.
- There is a difference in how boys and girls use drugs. Boys are more likely to use them to get high, and girls use them more often to stay alert in school or to lose weight.
- What types of drugs are there?
There are three main types of drugs.
- Opioids: painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin, or codeine
- Depressants: help relieve anxiety or help someone sleep like Valium or Xanax
- Stimulants: can treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) like Adderall or Ritalin
To learn more about prescription drug abuse, visit: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/prescription-drugs
Posted By iamincontrol | January 26, 2017
If you hate milk, you might be in luck because there is a new alternative. Kind of. A new type of super milk was discovered that is created by the female Pacific cockroach beetle. Unlike other insects that lay eggs, this beetle lays live young and feeds them with pale, yellow milk. After looking into it, researchers discovered that cockroach milk is one of the most nutritious foods in the world!
Does this mean that we will start seeing cockroach milk in stores? Not yet! Although we know that the milk has a lot of nutrients, we don’t know if it is harmful to humans yet. Not to mention that milking a cockroach is a little more complicated than milking a cow. Scientists are currently working on genetically modifying yeast bacteria to produce the same milk as cockroaches. It may be a while until you see it in stores, but keep your eyes peeled! It’s only a matter of time.
FUN FACT: Cockroach milk was first discovered by a professor at the University of Iowa. Hawkeye pride!
To learn more about cockroach milk, visit: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/08/06/488861223/cockroach-milk-yes-you-read-that-right