Embarrassing Beauty Questions You Need the Answers to
Not all our beauty questions or concerns are as simple as, “how do I clean my make-up brushes?” or, “what face cream should I be using?” – in fact, some can make you feel a little uncomfortable to inquire about. Firstly, there’s no harm in asking (and it’s more than likely that your medical practitioner has already seen or addressed that same issue many times before). Secondly, some of these embarrassing beauty questions are quite easy to answer and simple to fix. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about beauty concerns you’d rather not share…
Embarrassing beauty question #1: Can I get rid of razor bumps?
Razor bumps occur after you’ve shaved and the stubble curls back on itself and into your skin. Most of us know the feeling of having razor bumps – they are not appealing to look at and can be quite irritating to your skin. If this is a common concern for you, then it may be time to look at your other hair removal options before decided to shave again. However, if you’re persistent to keep shaving, then remember to shower in hot water, use a shaving gel and the sharpest razor you can get before you get going. If you’re dealing with a razor bump situation at the moment; use some tea tree oil, aloe vera or a hot compress to sooth and clean the area.
Embarrassing beauty question #2: What takes bad breath away?
Brushing teeth twice a day, flossing and using dental wash is sometimes not enough to get rid of bad breath. And if you’ve got that funny taste in your mouth, you can be sure you’ve got bad breath as well. While it’s not necessary to jump to conclusions about your health immediately – as the most common reason for bad breath is actually diet and eating foods such as garlic and onions – bad breath can be a sign of a lurking health problem. It could be a sign of a sinus infection, dry mouth, heartburn or even gum disease. If your bad breath persists no matter your diet, it’s worth visiting your medical practitioner and getting to the bottom of it.
Embarrassing beauty question #3: Do I have pimples on my buttocks?
I know it may look like it – but rest assured, it’s probably not. If you see little red or white spots on your bottom, or even on your upper arms and back, it’s likely to be from a common skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris. This condition is totally harmless and comes about when there is a build up of keratin (a protein that protects your skin from infection and other external harms). If you see these bumps, you must: avoid all urge to scratch the area, use a thick moisturizer, limit your time in the bath or shower and make sure the water is moderately warm (not hot), and do everything you can to keep your skin as nourished as possible.
Embarrassing beauty question #4: Why do I have calluses under my feet?
They’re not nice to look at, I know. But they are there for a reason, and if you get them frequently you need to take note of it. Calluses are harmless layers of thickened skin that form from consistent friction in that specific area – given our feet experience friction every time we walk, it’s very common to see calluses form there. If you get calluses under your feet often, it probably means you’re wearing ill-fitted shoes, you walk a lot, or you do high impact sports such running. Always make sure you have well-fitted footwear, and take proper action to treat any calluses you already have as they can lead to ulceration or infection when left untreated. Try and do foot soaks with hot water every two weeks and use a foot file to remove the dead skin gently; you should also get a highly moisturising foot balm with active ingredients such as glycolic acid, which can exfoliate your skin chemically.
Embarrassing beauty question #5: Should I be concerned about skin tags?
Skin tags are small excess pouches of skin that hang from your skin surface and can be found on approximately 25% of adults. They are completely benign and often develop from the friction between skin surfaces touching or between clothing and skin. What makes you more likely to get them? Unfortunately, the answer is genetics. However, people who suffer from obesity or who are very overweight can increase their chances as well due to the quantity of skin-on-skin contact they may have. That’s why you’re likely to get skin tags in places such as your neck, groin folds, underarms, and upper chest. The most effective way to treat skin tags is with removal – make an informed decision about skin tag removal (be it freezing, snipping or burning) by visiting your dermatologist.