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Located in “The Farm” at Banner Elk, the newly constructed Overlook Estate residence combines exceptional architecture, functional design and elegant features to create a luxurious mountain home by Master Craftsman, Paul Lehmann of Lehmann Construction. Situated on a two-acre prominent location in “The Farm”, Banner Elk, NC, this home boasts long-range views of Grandfather and Sugar Mountains, Hanging Rock and Diamond Creek while overlooking the Apple Orchard and Pastures of the Equestrian Facility below. With 7,200 heated square feet of space, this home has a number of exquisite exterior and interior features: Timber Beams, Native Logs, Bark and Stone. Once inside, your eyes are drawn to the Open and Dramatic Floor Plan featuring large Window Walls and Antique Heart-of-Pine Flooring. The entire living area is enhanced with Custom Bark-Accented Doors, Custom Wood Ceilings with Crown Molding and Native Twig Railings. When there’s a chill in the air, you’ll have no trouble relaxing by any one of the three interior Floor-to-Ceiling Fireplaces throughout the house. The Lodge welcomes you with Three Master Suites (one on the Main Level and Two on the Lower Level) designed with In-Suite Baths equipped with Jacuzzi Tubs and separate Oversized Showers. In addition, the lower level includes a Family Room, Children’s Play Room (with a secret tunnel) and an Exercise Room. The main level Master Bedroom features an Electric Fireplace and Heated Slate Flooring in the Master Bath. The Laundry Room, a Guest Bedroom and ½ Bath are on the other side of the main level. The Kitchen (main level) is a “cook’s dream” with High-End Wolf Appliances, Elaborate Custom Cabinetry, Granite Countertops, a Native Wood Top Center Island with 2nd Sink and a Custom Crescent-Shaped Breakfast Bar. The Kitchen opens to the Dining Area and Great Room. This home was built to entertain. Upstairs you’ll find a large open Game Room Loft with an Inviting Full Custom Bar and Rocky Mountain Log Pool Table. There are two Guest Bedrooms and a Guest Bath on this level as well. The Three-Story Masterpiece contains 2,200 square feet of Ironwood Decking off the main and lower levels of the house. Invite your guests to relax by the huge Two-Sided Fireplace in the Outdoor Living Room on one side, or unwind in the Hot Tub on the other. With a Built-in Generator and a Three-car Garage, this home has everything you’ll need. The Overlook Estate residence at the Farm showcases its own distinct look and style with abundant details including a Rock Waterfall Entrance feature. Experience the best of the High Country at Overlook Estate residence at the Farm, where you’ll feel right at home. The Overlook Estate residence at the Farm is nestled in the quiet and cozy town of Banner Elk . The area of Banner Elk has been celebrated for its breathtaking mountain scenery, enjoyable four-season weather, notable attractions, and its unique cultural heritage. The area has exciting outdoor recreation such as skiing, golfing, fishing, hiking and white water rafting. Banner Elk is an invigorating place to explore and experience. The Overlook Estate residence at the Farm is conveniently located within minutes of a number of fine restaurants and shopping venues. The Overlook Estate is only a short drive away from Boone’s historic downtown and the quaint little town of Blowing Rock. Banner Elk has been the destination for thousands who love the great outdoors and mountain culture. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Falsehoods In Textbooks - Ten Icons of Evolution - overview - Dr. Jonathan Wells - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4050609/falsehoods_in_textbooks_icons_of_evolution_jonathan_wells/ Dr. Wells writes a article defending his criticism against the Ten Icons of Evolution in detail here: Inherit the Spin: The NCSE Answers "Ten Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher About Evolution" *******www.evolutionnews****/2008/08/inherit_the_spin_the_ncse_answ.html#more Evolution of the Genus Homo - Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences - Tattersall, Schwartz, May 2009 Excerpt: "Definition of the genus Homo is almost as fraught as the definition of Homo sapiens. We look at the evidence for “early Homo,” finding little morphological basis for extending our genus to any of the 2.5–1.6-myr-old fossil forms assigned to “early Homo” or Homo habilis/rudolfensis." *******arjournals.annualreviews****/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.earth.031208.100202 Harvard zoologist Richard Lewontin wrote in 1995 that When we consider the remote past, before the origin of the actual species Homo sapiens, we are faced with a fragmentary and disconnected fossil record. Despite the excited and optimistic claims that have been made by some paleontologists, no fossil hominid species can be established as our direct ancestor. My Question: HUMAN ORIGINS. Why are artists drawings of ape-like humans used to justify materialistic claims that we are just animals and our existence is a mere acc^id^ent--when fossil experts cannot even agree on who our supposed ancestors were or what they looked like? NCSE's Answer: Drawings of humans and our ancestors illustrate the general outline of human ancestry, about which there is considerable agreement, even if new discoveries continually add to the complexity of the account. The notion that such drawings are used to 'justify materialistic claims' is ludicrous and not borne out by an examination of textbook treatments of human evolution. My Response in Outline: (a) The field of human origins is actually one of the most contentious in biology, because individual researchers interpret the relatively meager evidence on the basis of different biases and preconceptions. (b) Darwin's followers--like Darwin himself--agree that humans evolved from ape-like animals. This theoretical consensus, however, owes less to the evidence than to materialistic philosophy. (c) One consequence of this philosophy is the claim that there has been no purpose or direction in the history of life. Many biology textbooks promote this view and use drawings of ape-like humans to convince students that we are no exception to it. My Response in Detail: (a) Contrary the NCSE's claim of 'considerable agreement,' the field of human origins (paleoanthropology) is actually one of the most contentious in biology. According to experts in the field, this is because of subjective interpretations of the relatively meager evidence. Berkeley evolutionary biologist F. Clark Howell wrote in 1996: 'There is no encompassing theory of [human] evolution... Alas, there never really has been.' According to Howell, the field is characterized by 'narrative treatments' based on little evidence, so 'it is probably true that an encompassing scenario' of human evolution 'is beyond our grasp, now if not forever.' Arizona State University paleoanthropologist Geoffrey Clark was equally pessimistic in 1997: 'Scientists have been trying to arrive at a consensus about modern human origins for more than a century. Why haven't they been successful?' Clark is convinced it is because paleoanthropologists proceed from different 'biases, preconceptions and assumptions.' And in 1999 Henry Gee, chief science writer for Nature, pointed out that all the evidence for human evolution 'between about 10 and 5 million years ago--several thousand generations of living creatures--can be fitted into a small box.' According to Gee, the conventional picture of human evolution as lines of ancestry and descent is 'a completely human invention created after the fact, shaped to accord with human prejudices.' 21 (b) Of course, Darwins followers--like Darwin himself--agree that humans evolved from ape-like animals. This agreement, however, represents a theoretical consensus. It does not emerge from the evidence--not the meager evidence for human origins, nor (as we have seen) the evidence from four-winged fruit flies, Darwin's finches, peppered moths, vertebrate embryos, comparative anatomy, or the fossil record of the animal phyla. On what, then, is this theoretical consensus based? (c) It seems to me that it is based largely on a philosophical commitment--specifically, a commitment to materialism, the philosophical doctrine that the physical universe is the only reality; God, spirit and mind are illusions. One consequence of this doctrine is the claim that there has been no purpose or direction in the history of life. According to the NCSE, the notion that textbooks use drawings of supposed human ancestors to justify this claim is 'ludicrous.' Yet Guttman's Biology (1999) tells students that living things have developed 'just by chance,' by a roll of the 'cosmic dice,' through 'the action of random evolutionary forces.' Miller and Levine's Biology (5th Edition, 2000) asserts that 'evolution works without plan or purpose,' so 'evolution is random and undirected.' Purves, Sadava, Orians and Heller's Life: The Science of Biology (6th Edition, 2001) states that 'evolution is not directed toward a final goal or state.' And all three of these textbooks include fanciful drawings of ape-like humans that help to convince students we are no exception to the rule of purposelessness. Some biology textbooks use other kinds of illustrations as well as interviews with famous Darwinists to persuade students that human beings are merely accidental by-products of purposeless natural processes. Raven and Johnson's Biology (5th Edition, 1999) depicts a speculative reconstruction of the famous 'Lucy' fossil after treating students to an interview with Harvard professor Stephen Jay Gould, who tells them: 'Humans represent just one tiny, largely fortuitous, and late-arising twig on the enormously arborescent bush of life.' Campbell, Reece and Mitchell's Biology (5th Edition, 1999) uses drawings of reconstructed fossil skulls rather than whole animals, and features an interview with Oxford professor Richard Dawkins, who declares: 'Natural selection is a bewilderingly simple idea. And yet what it explains is the whole of life, the diversity of life, the complexity of life, the apparent design of life'--including human beings, who 'are fundamentally not exceptional because we came from the same evolutionary source as every other species.' Our existence was not planned, however, because natural selection is 'totally blind to the future'--the 'blind watchmaker.' For further reading, students are referred to Dawkins's book of that name, in which he writes: Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.' 22 *******www.evolutionnews****/2008/08/inherit_the_spin_the_ncse_answ.html#more The Truth About Human Origins: Excerpt: "It is practically impossible to determine which "family tree" (for human evolution) one should accept. Richard Leakey (of the famed fossil hunting family from Africa) has proposed one. His late mother, Mary Leakey, proposed another. Donald Johanson, former president of the Institute of Human Origins in Berkeley, California, has proposed yet another. And as late as 2001, Meave Leakey (Richard's wife) has proposed still another.,," *******books.google****/books?id=J9pON9yB8HkC&pg=PT28&lpg=PT28 “Dr. Leakey produced a biased reconstruction (of 1470/ Homo Rudolfensis) based on erroneous preconceived expectations of early human appearance that violated principles of craniofacial development,” Dr. Timothy Bromage *******www.nyu.edu/public.affairs/pdf/2007_BROMAGE_IADR_1470.pdf Stephen Meyer - Functional Proteins And Information For Body Plans - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4050681/stephen_meyer_functional_proteins_and_information_for_body_plans/ The Unbearable Lightness of Chimp-Human Genome Similarity Excerpt: One can seriously call into question the statement that human and chimp genomes are 99% identical. For one thing, it has been noted in the literature that the exact degree of identity between the two genomes is as yet unknown (Cohen, J., 2007. Relative differences: The myth of 1% Science 316: 1836.). ,,, In short, the figure of identity that one wants to use is dependent on various methodological factors. *******www.evolutionnews****/2009/05/guy_walks_into_a_bar_and_think.html#more Eighty percent of proteins are different between humans and chimpanzees; Gene; Volume 346, 14 February 2005: The early genome comparison by DNA hybridization techniques suggested a nucleotide difference of 1-2%. Recently, direct nucleotide sequencing confirmed this estimate. These findings generated the common belief that the human is extremely close to the chimpanzee at the genetic level. However, if one looks at proteins, which are mainly responsible for phenotypic differences, the picture is quite different, and about 80% of proteins are different between the two species. *******www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15716009 Bottom Line? The supposed naturalistic evolution of man from apes is IMPOSSIBLE!!! Intelligent Design - The Anthropic Hypothesis *******lettherebelight-77.blogspot****/
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Dane Golden of *******twit.tv along with Michael Sean Wright of *******nicefishfilms**** streamed the live "Tummelvision" netcast from *******texascoworking**** on Thursday night, March 11, 2010. Panelists included Deborah Schultz, Heather Gold, and Kevin Marks. The crew from NewTek provided a tricaster and other video gear. Leo Laporte is netcasting his TWIG and TWIT shows on Saturday and Sunday, March 13 and 14 from Texas Coworking
12 Mar 2010
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*******texascoworking**** Paul Terry Walhus had lunch on Friday, March 12, 2010 with Leo Laporte and his entourage at the Ironworks BBQ, Austin. Leo tweeted the lunch idea so some of his fans and myself showed up for lunch. Texas Coworking is providing equipment and a space at 200 E 6th Street for Leo's TWIT and TWIG podcasts starting at 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. We also had a nice walk with Leo and company through SXSW at the Austin Convention Center.
13 Mar 2010
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Part 2 of 2 part video of Leo Laporte having lunch at the Ironworks BBQ in Austin, TX. This is Leo's first SXSW and he is netcasting two shows (TWIG and TWIT) from Texas Coworking on Saturday and Sunday nights, March 13 and 14 at 5 pm CST. Texas Coworking is at 200 E 6th Street, Austin, TX, 78701. Details at *******texascoworking****
13 Mar 2010
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Leo Laporte did his "This Week in Google" or TWIG netcast live at Texas Coworking on Saturday, March 13 during SXSW 2010 in Austin, Texas. *******texascoworking**** is carrying full coverage of SXSW along with its sister sites *******spring**** and *******austincast****
15 Mar 2010
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Part 2 of Leo Laporte behind the scenes at Texas Coworking on Saturday, March 13 during SXSW. Leo netcast live his "This Week in Google - TWIG" podcast. More pictures and videos from SXSW at *******texascoworking**** *******spring**** and *******austincast****
15 Mar 2010
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WELCOME TO PERU TRAVEL AGENCY: As the car bounces along a dirt road high in the Peruvian Andes, I notice several figures scampering on twig-skinny legs alongside the vehicle. Behind them a massive volcano emerges like a pointy hat from the arid landscape. My driver explains that the orangey-brown-and-white mammalian oddities are vicuñas, the smallest of all American camelids, prized for their fine — and very expensive — wool, and that the safe haven of the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, where they are roaming, has protected the animals from near extinction. To me the bizarre creatures look like art-directed props signaling the unfamiliar land that lies ahead. *******www.peruvacationtravel****/
15 Jun 2010
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Originally seen on Viddler: *******viddler****/explore/djsteen/videos/917 --- Every year these bees arrive and sleep on the dead bushes (it's an art thing) on our porch. They buzz around in the afternoon, settle on a twig, and fall asleep. I have a feeling they could also be doing some mating somewhere in there. Amegilla cingulata on Wikipedia: *******en.wikipedia****/wiki/amegilla_cingulata
3 Oct 2010
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Massage in Singapore (www.singaporemassage.sg) is a great experience worth going for. There are different therapies and techniques to make you feel relaxed keep the body happy, balanced and healthy. Many massage agencies in Singapore provide fabulous body massage by adopting the techniques that can best suit you. The agencies make sure to treat you with honesty and reliability, thus providing high satisfaction level to you. You can also experience a variety of soft and erotic massage by beautiful Singapore therapists while in Singapore. If you prefer to get some sexual massage along, there are various places that can be approached for the same. Some of the common ways of erotic massage in Singapore are: \\\" Erotic massage Singapore - it is a surge of latest experience providing you the sexual pleasure. The massage is sluggish and sensitive which makes it Pleasant and superficially exciting. Your muscles are completely relaxed along with your senses. The erotic massage Singapore brings your body at ease and an orgasm makes you forget all the concerns and troubles of this world. It generates a special energy and provides extraordinary pleasure. Sexual fantasies arouse in the mind and the prevailing erotic inoculation indicts in the body. \\\" Sakura twig - it is an Singapore exotic way of Japanese massage. In the process, girl picks up the water drops off the body by lending slow and extensive budge of her tongue. Bites of lips and hips add to the melting ice in the massage. Those who fancy the joy of high quality erotic massage, must experience this Japanese massage. European style - it is a soft and smooth Erotic Massage Singapore, which originated in Europe during crusades. Palestine people were masters of this massage for flawlessly using the art of touch. Because of crusades, the massage gradually spread to all the parts in Europe and came to be known as European massage. \\\" Body milk massage - this soft and erotic massage is a blend of European, Thai, and American with certain essentials of Swedish as well. The girl does the body massage in a bath filled with water and milk. \\\" Ancient Egyptian- Greek massages - the massage is established on the contrast of sensitive points of body. In the first half, it comprises of tough pointing elements and in another part it is soft and relaxing. Many massage agencies in Singapore strive to provide you with the best value to service and constantly keep a bring together the traditional methods of massage and at the same time keeping in mind the high priority of modern demands and comforts.<br /><br />
28 Oct 2010
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Massage in Singapore (www.singaporemassage.sg) is a great experience worth going for. There are different therapies and techniques to make you feel relaxed keep the body happy, balanced and healthy. Many massage agencies in Singapore provide fabulous body massage by adopting the techniques that can best suit you. The agencies make sure to treat you with honesty and reliability, thus providing high satisfaction level to you. You can also experience a variety of soft and erotic massage by beautiful Singapore therapists while in Singapore. If you prefer to get some sexual massage along, there are various places that can be approached for the same. Some of the common ways of erotic massage in Singapore are: \\\" Erotic massage Singapore - it is a surge of latest experience providing you the sexual pleasure. The massage is sluggish and sensitive which makes it Pleasant and superficially exciting. Your muscles are completely relaxed along with your senses. The erotic massage Singapore brings your body at ease and an orgasm makes you forget all the concerns and troubles of this world. It generates a special energy and provides extraordinary pleasure. Sexual fantasies arouse in the mind and the prevailing erotic inoculation indicts in the body. \\\" Sakura twig - it is an Singapore exotic way of Japanese massage. In the process, girl picks up the water drops off the body by lending slow and extensive budge of her tongue. Bites of lips and hips add to the melting ice in the massage. Those who fancy the joy of high quality erotic massage, must experience this Japanese massage. European style - it is a soft and smooth Erotic Massage Singapore, which originated in Europe during crusades. Palestine people were masters of this massage for flawlessly using the art of touch. Because of crusades, the massage gradually spread to all the parts in Europe and came to be known as European massage. \\\" Body milk massage - this soft and erotic massage is a blend of European, Thai, and American with certain essentials of Swedish as well. The girl does the body massage in a bath filled with water and milk. \\\" Ancient Egyptian- Greek massages - the massage is established on the contrast of sensitive points of body. In the first half, it comprises of tough pointing elements and in another part it is soft and relaxing. Many massage agencies in Singapore strive to provide you with the best value to service and constantly keep a bring together the traditional methods of massage and at the same time keeping in mind the high priority of modern demands and comforts.<br /><br />
28 Oct 2010
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There are Four-Phases to leverage Flaming Hot Cheetos as a gag. Phase 1 - Review this video to better assist in grasping the fundamental idea. Phase 2 - Secure the following items: One (1) Bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos, One (1) facial wipe (moist is recommended), One (1) twig/Stick or similar object (approximately 6-7 inches long) to hold the wipe. Phase 3 - Provision the Facial Wipe (3-Steps): Step 1: Begin munching on some Flaming Hot Cheetos, Step 2: Incrementally, wipe-Off your hands, Step 3: Pierce the wipe into the stick (make sure it remains near the head of the stick). Phase 4 - Execution: Gently place the wipe on your friend's desk** **Please Note - this phase is flexible; be creative, based on your situation. -Rudy Falcon
22 Feb 2011
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*******www.KellieGentile**** - The neighborhood invites you; the home welcome you! Wonderful space in this expanded, custom built Colonial, nestled on a large corner lot... Great room with field stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings. Updated kitchen, open space feeling throughout. First floor options with room that can be used as bedroom/ office or sun room that opens to private backyard and hot tub. Finished third floor and basement with options to expand. This Twig Rush neighborhood offers common waterfront... Real estate video tours & photography by *******www.NashuaVideoTours****
29 Apr 2011
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Bernard K. Passman was the world’s most well known and ornate sculptor of black coral. Having discovered this rare and unique gem in 1974 at the age of 58, Passman brought black coral into the public eye through his magnificent sculptures, intricate carvings and elegant jewelry designs. Passman’s talent for design and sculpture came to fruition, surprisingly, when he retired from a career as the CEO and President of a land developing company. In 1967 he opened his first art gallery in Galt Mile, Florida and found immediate success with his sculptures featuring exotic woods, stone, metal and clay. In 1974, Passman moved to Grand Cayman so he could further explore his passion for sculpting. He discovered black coral when a child brought him a bag of what he termed “dirty old twigs” and asked him to carve them. These “twigs” were in fact broken pieces of black coral. Passman became enchanted with the stone’s hidden beauty, which he translated into a new medium of sculpture and design Passman’s sculptures range from grandiose and whimsical to nature inspired wildlife. His vast admiration for Charlie Chaplin was the catalyst in his creating four sculptures of Chaplin, each reflecting a different period in the late actor’s prolific life. His first Chaplin sculpture, which was carved from one piece of black coral, poignantly remains unfinished as Passman ceased working on it at the moment he learned of Chaplin’s death. All four sculptures are not for sale and are on display at the Passman Museum in his Rodeo Drive gallery. *******island-showcase****/bernard-k-passman-galleries.html Your Ultimate Virgin Islands Vacation guide: *******island-showcase****
3 May 2011
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BY PAUL ROLFE ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource health news analysis from Newsy. “Nutcracker man” may have been more of a “grass-eater man”. A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows the ancient hominids -- whom scientists once thought ate primarily a nut diet -- were actually grass-chewers, more like a cow or pig. A researcher from the University of Colorado says this latest discovery is the result of years of work. “Frankly, we didn't expect to find the primate equivalent of a cow dangling from a remote twig of our family tree … If we had presented our new results at a scientific meeting 20 years ago, we would have been laughed out of the room.” (Live Science) ZME Science reports, University of Arkansas Anthropologist Peter Ungar first suggested the possibility that Nutcracker Man ate grass way back in 2007. That hunch was later confirmed by analyzing carbon in tooth enamel. “[W]hat they found was two types of carbon, one which is produced from tree leaves, nuts and fruit (C3 photosynthesis), and another from grasses and grasslike plants called sedges (C4 photosynthesis) … The high proportion of C4 vegetation in the diet of Paranthropus boisei makes it different from any other hominin to date.” Oh -- and the 50-year-old nickname, “Nutcracker Man” which was given to Paranthropus boisei, is now out the window. But South African Archaeologist Nikolaas van der Merwe tells Science News -- “Grass-eater” may not be completely accurate either. “Grasses grow seasonally in East Africa, so van der Merwe suspects that Nutcracker Man’s menu gravitated toward papyrus, a more dependable, year-round fixture of freshwater swamps that requires big teeth and considerable effort to chew.” Scientists believe P. boisei were walking around East Africa 2.3 to 1.2 million years ago, with grassy-plants making up three-quarters of their diet according to the study. The lead researcher tells The Salt Lake Tribune -- they were in competition with four-legged grazers, like the ancestors of hippos and horses. “They were eating at the same table … What surprised me was that over this length of time and space it was eating a restricted diet. It was extremely specialized and for a long time.” All this research was funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Colorado. 'Like Newsy' on Facebook for updates in your newsfeed. Get more multisource science video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy.
7 May 2011
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*******www.tinyurl****/pimples-no-more. Natural acne treatments-the perfect formula as pimple-free skin! Natural acne cures deserves positive reviews than acne OTC-clearing medications every day. That's because acne natural cures. Acne No More Book: Unique Holistic Acne System Guaranteed To Cure the ROOT Cause Of Your Acne Naturally and Permanently...Giving You LASTING Acne-Free Skin. Home remedy and natural acne treatment to cure pimples, zits, acne, blackheads. view the text of the steps for this how-to video. Check out How cast for other do-it-yourself videos from Beauty Girl and more videos in the Grooming & Hygiene category. You can contribute too! Create your own DIY guide at *******www.tinyurl****/pimples-no-more. *******www.tinyurl****/pimples-no-more. When dealing with <b>acne skin care</b>, most of the medical professionals commonly suggest that people affected with acne must practice certain acne skin care methods that will help improve the condition of their skin. Acne, as you may already know, is a very severe skin disorder that affects thousands of people from all over the world. It not only affects the surface of the skin but also the inner layers of the skin. Acne usually occurs on the face, neck, chest and back, and it starts during the adolescence period. During the past several years, a good number of acne experts and skin care professionals have conducted many studies on how to prevent the formation of acne. And fortunately, these skin care specialists have come out with certain acne skin care tips that can be of great help for fighting acne. I have selected the three simpler yet most powerful acne skin care tips that you can follow in order to have a healthier skin. These are mentioned below: <B>Acne Skin Care Tip # 1: You Should Always Clean Your Skin Very Gently</B> First of all, personal hygiene is very necessary for fighting acne. So as what most experts usually suggest, you should gently clean your skin with a mild cleanser at least twice a day. This simple acne skin care step is deemed important for fighting acne since washing your face or the other affected areas will wipe away the acne-causing bacteria found on the skin. Also note that although you are sometimes told to scrub your face, scrubbing is not a good acne skin care move since it will just trigger the development of acne, worsening the condition. In addition to this acne skin care step, it is worth noting that astringents are not always suggested unless the skin is very oily. And, they must only be applied on the oily spots. <B>Acne Skin Care # 2: You Should Refrain from Frequently Holding Your Skin</B> Another helpful acne skin care tip is to avoid frequently handling of the skin. Don’t pinch, pick or squeeze your pimple since it will only worsen the condition. Many of the people have considered this acne skin care step as one of the most important acne skin care pointers knowing that it may only cause infection and scars formation. As this acne skin care tip holds, you should avoid rubbing and touching your skin lesions if possible. <B>Acne Skin Care # 3: Always Choose Cosmetics Carefully</B> This last acne skin care tip holds that people who are being treated for acne must change some of the cosmetics they use. Note that in order to avoid the onset or the development of acne, the cosmetics you plan on using like the foundation, blush, moisturizers, and eye shadow should be oil free. Aside from that, this acne skin care tip also holds that you must avoid oily hair products for they may cause closed comedones. Therefore, those products that are labeled as noncomedogenic should be applied. It is a fact that many of us are very conscious of our skin condition. And as such, we are always wanting to have a fresh, good-looking skin as much as possible. Unfortunately, many of us also fail to come to the conclusion that simple steps are the best ways to accomplish this goal. We often are blind enough that we don’t see what’s really right or wrong for our skin. We often fall in so much frustration and desperation that make us go buy any high-priced beauty products that in the end just turn out to be a waste of time and money, and even worsen our acne. Hopefully, the above mentioned <i>acne skin care</i> tips will be a good start to help you enhance your skin condition. *******www.tinyurl****/pimples-no-more. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do everyday to make sure your skin is less prone to flare ups. Here are five tips for taking control of your acne starting today. 1. Exercise - Keeping in shape can help fight acne by fighting off negative stress levels that can come from negative self-esteem and depression. However, some safeguards need to be in place to ward off acne that can result from your workout routines. Watch what you put on your body with regards to clothing, sports gear and equipment. For example, tight lycra and nylon exercise outfits might look great in the movies and on magazine models, but if you are susceptible to acne problems, avoid these synthetic fabrics that tend to trap in body moisture and heat resulting in a bacteria frenzy. Instead, choose loose clothing made of cotton or natural blends to allow more air to get to your skin. And when you are finished with your workout, get out of clothing wet from perspiration or water sports. Shower and change into dry, clean clothing. And keep your sports gear and equipment clean, too. Dirty headgear, for instance, can irritate forehead areas prone to acne problems. So toss headbands into the washing machine after workout sessions. 2. Cosmetics - To avoid pore-clogging and skin irritations that are similar to acne and that can contribute to acne, use products labeled noncomedogenic or oil-free. Shimmering facial colors can contain a flaky mineral called mica that can cause skin irritations and clog pores. Other additives in coloring that can cause similar reactions are coal tar derivatives, carmine and heavy cream in blushes. More preventative measures include using a lip gloss that promotes a matte finish instead of a high gloss for less pore-clogging; note the more the shine, the more then comedogenic content and the more the pores can clog. Beware that eye creams can contain heavier concentrations of moisturizers than regular creams and lotions, meaning they have greater potential to clog pores in the surrounding facial areas. 3. Diet - Studies show that diet does not play a role in either the cause or the treatment of acne. However, what is recommended for acne preventative care is this: what is best for your body is best for your skin, especially since your skin is the largest organ of your body. So remember to watch your diet and consume healthy vitamins, minerals and other supplements. This will help to prevent and help conquer acne breakout. 4. Hygiene - A healthy skin regimen should include no harsh scrubbing or over-washing, because this can cause possible skin irritation or possible over production of oil to replace what has washed off, clogging pores in the process. Products with gentle exfoliation ingredients are OK to use; i.e. not scratchy nut or fruit shell pieces that can tear skin. And skip alcohol products when possible; these can take off the top layer of your skin and cause your glands to product more oil, clogging pores in the process. If you do spot acne-troubled areas, do NOT mess with them. Remember that these are already weeks in the making, and squeezing or picking blemishes can force the infected area to regress back inside, further troubling the region and possibly leave a scar. If necessary, seek help from a dermatologist for alternative treatments. 5. Shaving - Shaving for both genders is actually an excellent way of exfoliating or removing dead skin to help with the prevention and spreading of acne instead of leaving the remains to clog pores. And for some light acne cases already in process, shaving can help rid whiteheads and blackheads from the face. A word of caution: for areas with infection or high inflammatory activity (redness, sensitive, open acne, sores, etc.), do not shave. Or at the very least, use a shaving cream for sensitive skin! *******www.tinyurl****/pimples-no-more. At one point all of us have been trying to find ways on how to be completely acne-free. Here are some natural and not so natural acne treatments that are proven to be effective. <b>1. Witch Hazel Astringent</b> This astringent comes from the plant with the same name. It is widely spread from Nova Scotia in Canada down to Texas and Florida. Simply steam the twigs of this plant and voila! The extract you get from it serves as your astringent. Remember to cool it though. What’s good about this is that it occurs naturally and even the process it has undergone is all natural. You can be assured it is less harsh compared with commercially-produced astringents. <b>2. Commercially Produced Astringents</b> There is no doubt that astringents we can buy over-the-counter are also effective. There are lots of variants to choose from with additional ingredients that promote better skin. The only downside is it can be a little harsh because of the chemicals added to produce this formula. Use them with extra care as they can dry the skin. <b>3. All-Natural Treatments</b> Kitchen and acne are two enemies we may not be aware of. Scout your kitchen for stuff like oranges and lemons, fresh garlic and raw potatoes. - Oranges and lemons just need to be squeezed on cotton balls. Apply the extract on affected areas and wash it after about 20 minutes. - Fresh garlic is used much easier. Just remove its peeling and rub it on your face. - As for raw potatoes, peel them and rub its flat surface on your face. The natural extracts from these fruits and vegetables can help minimize the redness at the same time can clean the skin. <b>4. Oral Antibiotics</b> For severe cases, antibiotics are prescribed. These medications are orally taken to reduce the amount of bacteria inside and around skin follicles. They also decrease the exasperating chemicals that the white blood cells produce. Lastly, antibiotics diminish the concentration of the free fatty acids found in sebum, also creating an anti-inflammatory action. Consult your dermatologist for the right antibiotic and dosage. Tetracycline is still the most commonly prescribed antibiotic for acne treatment. Most of this antibiotic should be taken on an empty stomach. Also, this shouldn’t be used by pregnant women and children under 9. Usually, the starting dose is initially 500 milligrams twice daily and is continuously taken until prescribed, or until a considerable dropping off of lesions is visible. Erythromycin comes close second and can be prescribed to pregnant women. However, it can cause nausea and even upset stomach. Compared to tetracycline, which can only kill bacteria, Erythromycin has both anti-inflammatory and bacteria-killing properties. Also, this antibiotic needs to be taken in a food-filled tummy. You may discuss other possible antibiotics with your doctors regarding the effects and side-effects of each. <b>5. Topical Treatments</b> Externally applied creams are also proven effective for acne treatment. However, it results to drying and flaking but it is said to be the most effective treatment for severe acne. Benzoyl peroxide is one very common and effective topical acne treatment.
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