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Non-Comedogenic Shampoo | Black Natural Hair Care

27 February 2015 - 04:53 PM

Are there any other Black women on this site with natural hair who use non-comedogenic shampoo or hair care products? If so, could you share what you are currently using?


Thank you.

Evolution In Self-Care + Skin Care

27 February 2015 - 04:20 PM

Good day, folks.


Recently reflected on my skin care journey and found myself being grateful for experiencing acne in my 20s. I've experienced cystic acne along with the other types which simply look inflamed. I recall going to a dermatologist and being prescribed Differin. I thought that was a joke and didn't even use it consistently. I remember using over the counter acne creams and observing how its use would darken parts of my skin. I knew that wasn't the fix.


I figured I could do something to affect a change in my skin, so I began to make small adjustments in what I ate (I know this doesn't work for everyone, yet it did help me). My approach to self-care and skin care evolved from the Standard American Diet (canned, frozen, refined and bagged foods) to vegan, which incorporated more whole foods and less processed foods. Then switched from vegan to mostly plant-based with a small amount of animal-based foods. Then I experimented with Paleo for almost a month (didn't see how that would work for me long term). Now, I'm back to mostly plant-based, with a bit of animal protein, and implementing Ayurvedic principles for my dosha. My skin isn't flawless, yet it is at the point in which I don't feel the need to wear makeup.


In addition to what I consume physically, I am also aware of what I consume mentally. Also realized how important it is to exercise each day for overall health. And I am making an effort to drink half my body weight in ounces of water (being properly hydrated improves my sense of well-being). 


Thanks for reading. May you find what works for you.

Suggestions For Probiotic Foods (Or Supplements)

08 July 2014 - 08:36 AM

Good day, folks:


I'm seeking suggestions for Probiotic foods or supplements. What else is available beyond kimchi, kefir and kombucha?


Vinegar-like or pickled foods don't appeal to me at all, yet I would like to add more of these foods to my eating routine.


Thank you for your assistance.



Edibles On Your Face

08 December 2013 - 11:37 AM

decided to delete the content as i don't think folks are ready for the food based skin care tips. lol.


for the 146 who viewed it, hope you were able to receive something from it.



Green Papaya Powder

30 November 2013 - 08:30 PM

good evening or day,


recently thought about using green papaya powder to exfoliate my skin.


am curious if anyone has tried it here. if there is a thread that discusses this please direct me to it.





Found this online...


Unripe or green papaya contains natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and papain.

Papain is an enzyme that helps exfoliate the superficial layer of dead skin cells to give way to new cells.

Gentle even on the most delicate and sensitive skin, simple DIY papaya facial masks provide a chemical-free enzyme treatment to restore radiance and lock in moisture on dull-looking skin.

When papaya is used on the skin it makes the skin glow.  The enzyme papain is known to break down protein and when used on the skin it dissolves dead skin.  Using a facemask of papaya on skin helps to heal acne.  It works for smoothing the skin and creating a healthier looking skin.