Are You An Adult With Acne? Do You Have Post Pubescent Pimples?

If acne has hit you later in life, and you now have more pimples in your twenties or thirties then you ever did as a teenager, you should know you’re not alone, and you should also know that the same things that work to fight acne on teenagers usually work for adults too.

You thought you were done with pimples because you haven’t been a teenager for years when suddenly your face (or neck, back, arms, chest, or buttocks), looks like you should get a marker and connect the dots. Well, don’t lose hope. As I stated above, treatment when you’re an adult isn’t all that different than when you were younger, just maybe a little more refined.

Treatment for adult acne is more common than one might think, as the condition is more prevalent than people realize. Options for treating adults with pimples include topical (lotions, creams, and washes) as well as antibiotics prescribed by doctors, along with chemical peeling in the case of scarring.

Face-washing is a self-prescribed and often overdone (think less is more) technique, which is a must but should not be done more than twice a day as any more can cause irritation and possibly even more skin-related problems.

A solution or lotion containing benzoyl peroxide is usually put on the affected area immediately after washing followed by a mild, noncomedogenic moisturizer to counteract some of the drying properties of the peroxide. Sometimes there is a mild to severe reaction to benzoyl peroxide in which case you will need to discontinue use and see your doctor.

Salicylic acid (a metabolite of aspirin), is also used as a topical treatment for acne. It’s available over the counter, and is often found in lotions and solutions that also contain benzoyl peroxide. This topical treatment should also be monitored for adverse reactions.

Chemical peeling is done by a doctor, and is usually performed when outbreaks have led to scarring. The chemicals used in this process cause “controlled” damage to the skin, thereby initiating re-growth and rejuvenation, which in turn minimize the appearance of acne scarring.

Other treatments that can be prescribed or initiated by your doctor are, blue light therapy, laser therapy, photodynamic therapy (PDT), Radiofrequency therapy, microdermabrasion, various antibiotics, and Accutane.

Accutane is very effective but is generally a last resort, and in the case of women capable of child birth it must only be taken under strict supervision of the prescribing doctor, and in conjunction with two specific forms of birth control, as severe birth defects can happen.

If you’re an adult with acne, don’t lose face (yes, terrible abstract pun intended), as very effective treatment is available whether it be from the local drugstore or your doctor. Whatever you do, don’t delay treatment just because you’re ashamed of your outbreak. Instead try and remember my rather lame attempt at a memory retention trick regarding treatment of acne…”If you delay, the scars will stay”. Yeah I know, reading that probably hurt worse than having adult skin problems but when you’re done cringing over it, don’t forget to treat your condition!

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Decorating With Wall Dots

Wall stickers are a revolutionary idea for adding interest to your décor. Wall stickers give the illusion that you took the time to paint, but you know it took about a fourth of that time to make your space look fantastic!

These wonderful creations are ideal for just about every room of your home and can be used on most smooth surfaces. Wall stickers are easily removed without damaging the wall. Spruce up your mirrors, walls, finished wood, ceramic and glass tiles, and dressers.

Friends and family will want to know how you did it, so here are a few tips on how to decorate with wall stickers.

Child’s Room (Boy or Girl)

· Use stripes and blocks to accent the area above a headboard or dresser.
· Randomly place larger flower wall stickers across the wall.
· Use individual large circles to create a huge flower. Create the stem from a green strip and then cut the leaves out of a block or circle wall sticker.
· Rockets can be created from simple geometric shapes and fly all around the room – on the walls and the ceiling (if the ceiling isn’t textured).
· Mirrors can be decorated with them too. Create a border around the edge with cut-outs, polka dots, or bold stripes.
· Use a few small decals in your theme on the lampshade.

Master Bedroom

· Create just the right spark of romance with gentle pops of color using wall stickers. Ivy leaves and vines are easily cut out of green stickers. Cascade them down the wall or around the ceiling.
· A bold look in the bedroom can be created with blocks and dots alike randomly placed in either clusters or individually on the walls.
· Mirrored closet doors instantly compliment the decor with the addition of stickers.

Bathrooms (Child or Adult)

· Wall dots are perfect for making those glass doors more attractive.
· Add a few wall stickers to the wastebasket and mirrored medicine cabinet.
· Toilets can even look spiffy with the addition of a few attractive decals.
· “Tattoo” your tiles with individual decals, creating a “border” around the room.

Playroom

· This is the perfect room to decorate with character wall stickers, such as Disney characters, Dora the Explorer, rockets, fairies, or other things your children enjoy.
· An entire scene on a large or small wall can be created with them. Use a combination of shapes to create fences, castles, flower gardens, or a house and then add animals and people.
· Decorate storage bins with color too!

Wall stickers are the perfect solution for those living in an apartment, dorm room, or rental home since they are easily removed when you move out. But, in the meantime, you can create your very own custom space and truly enjoy it!

Wall sticker use isn’t limited to just your residence. Use them in your office or place of business as well. You’re only limited by your imagination, so get creative and have fun decorating your space!

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Joining the Team Building Dots

As a kid I loved dot-to-dot books. Being completely lacking in artistic talent, both then and now, I found it fascinating that I could “create” an image out of nothing. Well, almost nothing. Sometimes the dots gave it away beforehand, but the clever ones seemed able to hide the big picture until the last of the dots were connected. Then suddenly I had drawn a bear. Or a dog. Or a clown. For a few fleeting moments I was as good as Rolf Harris. There’s an argument that I still am, but we’ll save that more adult topic for another article perhaps…

Oh how useful it would be to have a dot-to-dot like facility for building effective teams. Assemble a group of individuals, then, using the numbers that magically appear above each of their heads, connect them together and suddenly it all makes sense. An effective team appears, ready to go above and beyond the call of duty. I’d take some of that.

It may not be as easy as that, but connecting individuals is what effective team working is about. Just putting a group of individuals together and calling them a team isn’t enough. As a colleague of mine often quotes, great teams don’t just happen. They need good processes to call upon – good methods if you prefer. Methods that connect the dots between individuals and indeed the team’s work in a way that makes sense and adds to the individual strengths within the team. Methods that help team members work with one another and the external teams and individuals that they deal with in the course of discharging their duties, whatever they may be.

How do you go about finding the best dots to connect? There are three main ways:

The team puts time aside to explore the way that it works specifically for the purpose of uncovering better ways of working.
The team puts time aside to do some “proper” team building, selects an activity that has real parallels to their working environment and then uncovers relevant learning from how it tackles the activity.
The team makes mistakes and learns from them.

For me, they are listed in the reverse order of effectiveness. Setting time aside for even the best of facilitated navel-gazing sessions is difficult to say the least. Team members can find it hard to be honest about improvements that they would like to see happen as they feel their comments may be interpreted negatively. They also find it hard to see the wood from the trees, so can miss spotting opportunities to improve team practices.

You’d think that the Managing Director of a team building company would recommend team building sessions as the best option for improving teams, but no. This one at least makes it the second best way of developing teams. Carefully selected team activities with plenty of parallels back to the workplace offer an excellent way of uncovering team problems and finding ways to improve the team performance in a safe environment, but doesn’t hit the top spot.

Without doubt, the best way is for a team to make – and learn from – its mistakes in the workplace. That is not as daft as it sounds. I’ve always thought that a manager’s job was, in part, to stop his or her team from making critical mistakes but encouraging them to make non-critical ones. Providing they learn from them. It’s by far and away the best way of developing a team. Forget conventional wisdom and ditch the sadly almost traditional blame culture and instead create a learning culture where (non-critical) mistakes are actively encouraged and celebrated, providing they are only made once.

But supplement this with good, professional team building sessions. Well run team building sessions offer a different perspective, great motivation and recharge a team’s batteries superbly. And, of course, by their very nature, they offer an environment in which mistakes are not only expected and encouraged but which don’t matter one iota. It’s a great place to start.

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Dot to Dots Teach Children Counting Skills in Fun Way

Dot to dot puzzles, a classic activity many of us remember from our own childhood, is still a favorite of teachers and parents hoping to encourage kids to work on their counting and small motor skills. And, of course, the kids love them, too.

The development of fine motor skills is important for academic success, and working dot-to-dots puzzles gives children a chance to practice gripping a pencil correctly and understand how numbers work in sequence. Besides being a fun process, dot to dots offer a reward in the form a completed picture that can be colored in and displayed.

Dot to dots may be worked in pencil, with crayon or even pen. But when working dot to dots, as in life, mistakes can happen, so using a pencil with an eraser can avoid frustration, especially with the littlest kids, or junior perfectionists.

After first introducing children to dot to dots, you may want to offer a little supervision. Encourage kids to seek out the next number in the sequence. It’s best to draw a straight, even line from one dot to the other, and don’t forget to connect that final dot or the image won’t be complete! At the same time, don’t insist that everything be “just so.” Kids need to be able to experiment and be creative, even if it means coloring outside the lines.

Dot to dots have many variations, and some are worked using letter sequences alphabetically rather than numbers while some spell words. The skill level needed ranges from preschool-age on up. Sometimes, it’s immediately obvious what the picture is, while other designs will keep you guessing almost until the final line is drawn.

Highly portable, dot to dots, like coloring pages, are great for travel. They’ll keep kids busy and guessing for a fair amount of time. Be sure to provide a good pencil and plenty of crayons.

Dot to dots are such a proven favorite that there are now versions available for adults as well as online dot-to-dot activities. The Internet makes it especially handy to instantly download and print dot-to-dot puzzles, often for free.

Whether you’re just looking for a fun activity or you’re looking for ways to build fine motor skills (where the small muscle movements work in coordination with the eyes), it’s easy to “connect the dots” and see why dot to dot puzzles and activities are a great choice for home or school.

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