Celeb-Approved Acne Tips That Will Change Your Beauty Routine

It’s easy for us to assume our favorite celebrities have thee best skin when looking through their Instagram feeds. But many of them, like the rest of us, struggle with acne , blackheads other skin issues.

Though most celebrities wont spill the beans about their chronic skin problems and many forms of treatment they use to achieve flawless complexion, not everyone is as quiet.

Below , these fab stars dished on their skin secrets to keep breakouts away, as well as the surprising yet favored home remedies they use to get rid of pimples

Janelle Monáe

“I won’t sit here and say I’ve never had a pimple, but I try to have a really great diet, you know, lots of vegetables and fish,” the Dirty Computer singer explained to Glamour magazine. “And I think stress plays a huge part too. I’m a believer that the more I’m giving, the happier I am, and the more beautiful my exterior will be.”

Logan Browning

“For someone who’s acne-prone, that’s coming from the overproduction of sebum and bacteria, which will then cause inflammation, this machine [TEI SPA OxyDerm High-Frequency Ozone Facial Tool] can be used at home at night to kill bacteria, and I use it everyday,” Browning shared with New York magazine’s shopping guide, ‘The Strategist.’ “I know not everyone can, but I’ve been loving it.”

Jhené Aiko

“I take collagen pills, drink Kangen water, apple cider vinegar and take SuperFood by Dr. Schuzles [sic] daily,” Aiko wrote on Instagram in March, when explaining to her followers how she maintains her clear complexion. “I [used] to have cystic acne due to ovarian cyst. The b.c. [birth control pills] helps with that.”

Yara Shahidi

“There is this focus on skincare and having a great base that I’ve learned from both sides of my family,” the Grown-ish star told Byrdie. “That starts with eating well, and using cardamom to cleanse is part of it. Cardamom is great for you and has a number of skincare benefits. One of the only ingredients in Persian tea is cardamom. So it’s really about finding those things, whether it’s a tea or juice, that help supplement your skincare routine through your diet. It’s about making sure that you internally take of yourself, that you focus on fixing more than what’s externally visible.”

Ashleigh Murray

“[My acne was] one hundred percent hormonal, and it was really bad, like huge blisters on my face,” the Riverdale star revealed to PopSugar. Murray swears by birth control, the IS Clinical Cleansing Complex cleanser and CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser to combat cystic acne.

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This Is HOW I Got My LOCS to Grow FAST

So here I am 3 years of locs ( where did time go?). My locs are falling down my back and getting longer by the style and I’m holding my head a bit higher than the year before. I’m learning so much about myself on the daily and relishing in each new experience that comes my way. While I can’t wait to see where my locs fall next year, surprisingly, I’ve been thinking of wearing less styles this year. I’ve been feeling so light and carefree that I want my locs to feel the same. So we’ll see. I’m learning that life is full of surprises. xoxo

Peep my detailed loc video below

Eco Styler Gel Has Ingredients That Cause Cancer?!

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What In The Edges is going on?!? I thought I had heard it all when I heard that Eco Styler Gel could contain an ingredient that causes cancer! Ive read a few articles and watched a few videos.

I don’t know about you but the labels on most products are like reading chinese and I have no idea what the stuff listed really is unless i google it.  But thanks to the natural curly community online I was able to find out exactly what is in one of our favorite gel.

According to natural beauty vlogger, AlopeciaFreeWithJass, Eco Styler Gel does contain an agent that is known to cause cancer.  In a YouTube video she breaks down the ingredients in the popular gel and came across one troubling one, Tetrasodum EDTA. 

Tetrasodum is known for causing allergic reactions and is also linked to causing cancer if used.  This ingredient is also said to contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.  Additionally, according to the “U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Cosmetics Ingredient Review (CIR), triethanolamine is best suited for products that should be washed off after application.”

Of course, smaller amounts of Tetrasodum are safe but are you willing to take the risk? 

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It Aint Safe …. It Aint Safe! Sadly everything causes cancer these days. I havent used gel in years but this is a reminder i dont need too. Hicks does magic on my edges.

India Arie Does The ‘Big Chop’ Again & Let Her Haters Know: ‘I Dont Follow Trends’

As the weather gets warmer expect alot of “Big Chops” cause its definitely the season.

Anywho, a day after Tamar Braxton debuted her shaved head, India Arie took to social media to let folks know, she too, has set herself free again.

Apparently, a few folks didnt act like they knew and accused her of following a trend ; she quickly had to school them.

🎼 I AM NOT MY HAIR I AM NOT THIS SKIN I AM NOT YOUR EXPECTATIONS NO I AM NOT MY HAIR I AM NOT THIS SKIN I AM THE SOUL THAT LIVES WITHIN. BEEN Black Girl Magic since before we were CALLING it Black Girl Magic. Don’t get it twisted now! #wakandaforever – But THIS me being ME. This is who I BEEN. I can’t even COUNT the times I’ve cut my hair lol ~ ya’ll know me. 1. Some one said, I need a line up – I am VERY intentional about my hair. I think line ups ar masculine – i Iike my edges soft. #Imjustsaying 2. those how think i was wearing wigs – I wasn’t – usually i had a nice sized fro and would add BRAIDS to it – not wigs. And I wore a wig or two. SO WHAT #justdoyou 3. Your opinion doesn’t matter to me ( unless you like it! Lol is which case HEY BOO! hahaahahah!) #worthy Love to all #Soulbirdsworldwide #iamlight #iamnotmyhair

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Bye, Wig! Tamar Braxton Goes Bald

So I guess Tamar Braxton had a Bernadette moment last night and shaved all hair off or was it all damaged anyway ijs.

“I’m over feeling captive to a wig, weave, people, people’s comments & opinions hell…even my OWN feelings! WE can choose to stop these things from having the power and victory over us!! And for me, that starts TODAY,” she captioned a photo of her newly bald

✂️ finally free

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Its aight…..Maybe itll grow on me 🤔🤔🤔

My Favorite Natural Skincare and Wellness Products

After using some skincare products for a few months , you decide it wasn’t worth the coins.

The results are just “blah.”

In fact, you notice better results with a $7 coconut oil and a $2 box of baking soda you bought at the drugstore.

But how were you supposed to know that before buying the product?!

The department store brands is high-end and reputable, after all ( or so you think).

If you’re like me, you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars trying and testing different formulas (shit aint cheap.

So below im sharing my secrets to great natural and glowing skin.

I HAD an awful breakout from milk. See how i got my glow back and blackhead FREE

Black Women Are The True Pioneers Of Acrylic Nails 

Think back to the moment when you got your first manicure or the time your mother gave you the okay to get acrylic nails. How did it make you feel? Powerful? Feminine? Grown up?

For most young Black women, getting our nails done is the ultimate act of self-love and care. And with the success of TV shows like Claws and Boss Nails, acrylic nails are having a beauty resurgence.

The modern acrylics we see today on influential stars, like Rihanna, Zendaya and Keke Palmer, are less than 70 years old. But it’s well-documented that Black women have been wearing artificial nails for decades — long before acrylics became mainstream.

Actually, you can thank a dentist named Frederick Slack Jr. for the invention of acrylics. In the 1950s, he broke his nail and used different chemicals and dental acrylics to create an artificial-looking nail to go over his old one. Of course, the trend trickled down to the African-American community and was very prominent in Hip-Hop culture in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

1966

Donyale Luna was the first Black model to appear on the cover of Vogue, and she sported acrylic nails in Twen Magazine in 1966.

1970s

Legendary singer and actress Diana Ross paired her signature red lip with red artificial nails. She soon swaped the long, round shapes she wore in the ‘70s for more of a square shape in the ‘80s. 

1979

Singer-songwriter Millie Jackson wore red talon-esque nails on the cover of her album A Moment’s Pleasure.

1980s

Olympic track star Florence Griffith-Joyner’s claws were often the topic of discussion, even more so than her athleticism. Having worked as a nail tech, Flo-Jo brought her skills to the track, wearing four-to-six inch acrylic nails.

1990s

Although many R&B stars wore long acrylic nails in the ‘90s, it was girl group SWV who was most known for it, especially lead singer Coko. As a young child, growing up in a religious home, Coko rebelliously began growing her nails long. By the time SWV hit the music scene, her curved nails often commanded more attention than her incredible voice.

1998

Janet Jackson embraced pierced acrylic nails in the ‘98 video for Busta Rhymes’ sensuous song, What’s It Gonna Be

Today, there are more than six different nail shapes, including almond, square, coffin, oval and, the increasingly popular, stiletto. Not to mention, today, nail art enthusiasts can glam their digits up with jewelry, rhinestones and different painting techniques.

This Article Was Originally Featured on Essence.com