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Hey, people! Beth here with some info. about little old me! I'm a regular writer for The Health Base. My education and passion lies in the skin care & aesthetics field - areas that I'm constantly looking to become knowledgeable in! Get in touch if you wish to know more about me - you can do so here. Bye :)

What is Fluorosis and is it Reversible?


What are White Spots?

A white mark or spot is the layman’s term for the affliction otherwise known as dental fluorosis. There are two aspects to this issue that are pretty much universal – firstly, it is quite a common problem that both men and women suffer from.

Secondly, the vast majority of people do not know why this is the case. So, let’s first look at why do white spots appear and what can we do to get rid of them.

With regards to what exactly this issue is, white marks on our teeth are essentially exactly what they sound like: marks or spots of a white nature that appear on teeth. These marks can appear on any area of our teeth and they stand out against the overall color of our enamel. This is known as discoloration. They can also appear at any age, whether it be on a child’s tooth or an adult’s. [1]

A Common Problem

As I have alluded to, this problem is a widespread one that affects 1 in every 4 Americans according to recent studies. It was first diagnosed in the early 20th century in Colorado Springs where seemingly healthy individuals started to experience discolorations on their teeth.

After extensive testing was done on the populace, it was determined that there was a link between these discolorations and the abnormally high levels of fluoride that was present in the Colorado Spring’s water supply.

In the modern world, the extent of the appearance of white spots can vary from being hardly noticeable to dominating the physical appearance of a person’s set of teeth. Below highlights this range:

  • Minor: slight white discoloration that will only appear as flecks and might not even be visible
  • Mild: white marks that are noticeable but only take up less than 50% of the tooth’s surface
  • Moderate: marks that cover over 50% of any given tooth
  • Severe: irregularities in the enamel’s surface which can even come in the form of deep pits

The next key question is…

How is it Caused?

Dental fluorosis can occur for quite a few reasons other than when our teeth come in contact with excessive fluoride. I have listed underneath the main culprits when it comes to this oral problem:

Excessive fluoride: as was the case in Colorado Springs all those years ago, sometimes man-made water supplies can possess too much fluoride in their makeup. Ironically, this chemical agent is introduced into water supplies to actually combat tooth decay. Excessive fluoride can also be an issue in oral hygiene products such as toothpastes and mouth rinses. This can in particular be an issue for children whose teeth are growing and have not yet fully formed. [2]

Other possible factors:

  • Braces
  • Poor diets consisting of acidic/sugary food & drink
  • Consistent vigorous brushing
  • Accumulation of calcium [3]
  • Overall bad oral hygiene

The Damaging Effects

Now, it is important to note that this issue is very much an aesthetic one. There are no harmful or negative impacts associated with white spots in terms of a person’s health. Rather, the effects of this problem is more of a psychological one. It is much like acne in this way.

However, as is the case with acne, impacts of a psychological nature can be just as serious and damaging as those of a physical one. Below, I have listed some of the aesthetic impacts that this problem can have which in turn can affect people in a psychological manner.

  • Ruins a great smile
  •  Effects Confidence
  • Self-Consciousness
  • Children's growth

This is probably the most damaging impact that this oral aliment can have. Severe cases can lead to heavy discoloration, with teeth turning yellow, brown, and even black. This, as you can image, could have seriously damaging psychological impacts on children that might even lead to social regression. Childhood is a time when we grow and learn by interacting with children and adults, so the last thing is needed is a health condition that causes social shyness or embarrassment. [4]

Therefore, as you can see, this oral issue can indeed have negative impacts on people of a psychological nature. So, what can we do? Can these stains be prevented and can existing ones be removed? I will answer these questions next.

Potential Solutions

One thing that can be guaranteed to come attached to a health and beauty issue is that there will be a plethora of treatments and supposed cures. These range from natural DIY options to products created in laboratories with the latest technology and scientific practices. As always, these endeavors will lead to good, bad, great, and completely rubbish options being created to choose from. The options available for fluorosis treatment are no different.

What is important to note is that it is indeed possible to both prevent and, if needed, remove white spots from your teeth. It is just a case of picking the best option in which to achieve this. Below, I have outlined some of the best practices when it comes achieving this.


Be Vigilant about Fluoride

This is easier said than done. After all, we cannot control the fluoride levels that are present in the local water supply of the place we live. However, what we can do is to keep an eye on fluoride content in certain oral hygiene products that we use on a daily basis. Items like toothpastes and mouth washes are two prime examples. It is also wise to do some research into this area if you are a parent and you are worried about your children experiencing trouble with their teeth. [5]

Maintain a Healthy Diet

There is no question that possessing healthy dietary habits is hugely beneficial for our bodies. Our teeth and our overall oral hygiene are a prime example of this. Things like fizzy drinks; acidic drinks and foods; alcohol; and sugary foods are incredibly harmful to the enamel of our teeth. While all of these things are fine in moderation, excessive consumption can lead to many oral health issues including fluorosis.

Smoking: this baffling habit is something that can be very damaging to a person’s teeth. Smoke and nicotine are not good for a person’s health in general, but they are quite disastrous when it comes to our teeth. If you do not believe me, then just take close like at heavy smoker’s pearly whites! They’ll be lacking in both terms of being pearly and white!!


The Dental Clinic Option

 When it comes to treating this problem there are a few options that can be availed of that stem from the dental clinic route. They are as follows:

  • Bonding: involves the teeth that have been affected being covered by a hard resin like substance. This resin bonds to the enamel of the tooth in question
  • Crowns: otherwise known as a dental cap, this method is only really applicable if the discoloration is located at the top/bottom of the tooth
  • Veneers: these are casings or shells that cover the front surface area of a tooth in order to hide any discoloration
  • Calcium Phosphate MI Paste: a substance that has been designed to realign the color of an affected tooth or teeth

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  • Visiting a dental clinic is a good idea if you have severe discoloration, i.e. if your teeth are black and have pits. For minor or mild issues, a clinic is a bit overkill when you take into account the time, effort, and cost

The Home DIY Option

(Health Base Recommendation)

As is the case nowadays, many people choose to, and prefer to, fix minor aesthetic related health and beauty concerns from the comfort of their own home. This is not surprising as the technology and methods available in today’s world have made such a venture very achievable. Top DIY options are just as good as a professional service and are also usually quite that bit cheaper.

One of the leading DIY methods that centers around teeth discoloration issues is that of teeth whitening systems. These home systems come in varying forms but essentially work to brighten the overall shade of your teeth to the desired level. These products are very easy to use and are usually quite fast acting.

Pros: Just as effective if not more so than the professional options, far cheaper than a dental clinic visit, can control the exact shade of your teeth, require no expertise in which to use, can be administrated from the comfort of your home, time friendly as there is no waiting list

Cons: Does not supply the professional setting, can be difficult deciding which is the best system to choose from

Verdict: this is the Health Base’s recommended option when it comes to this issue, or indeed any discoloration problem. Being relatively cheap and easy to use, these home brightening kits are ideal to quickly and effectively deal with fluorosis

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  • Professional Standard: these home kits are just as effective and efficient as dental clinics
  • More Affordable: while being just as effective, they are also far cheaper than the professional route
  • Complete Control: you can choose which shade you want for your teeth
  • Ease of Use: can be administrated from the comfort of your home with easy to follow steps
  • Time Friendly: no waiting lists or drives to the local clinic
  • Financial Security: the top brands provide warranties or money back guarantees with their products

For full breakdown on our top-rated treatment option, please click on the following image:

Guide to Teeth Whitening

All the best,









Billionaire Teeth Whitening – A Billion Dollar Smile?

Billionaire product review

Hello, guys, Beth here from theHealthBase with another highly recommended home treatment. There are literally tonnes of teeth whitening options out there so it’s kind of hard trying to separate the quality from the fillers. We hope that we can save you the bother, as well as the inevitable headache, with this review.

So, with that said, let's get stuck in!

The Brand

It is no secret that the teeth whitening industry has exploded in recent times. With technologies and methods that are safer, effective, and affordable, as well a whole host of celebrity endorsements, it’s no surprise that this industry is now valued at $11 billion. Somewhat of a monster!

The massive change that occurred in this niche was the shift of popularity from dental clinics to home kits. In the past, the former was the only reliable option. This was problematic as such clinics are very expensive – ranging from $800 – $1000 for just ONE session. This is doubly significant when you consider that you need regular and consistent visits in order to maintain the benefits.

So, as tends to happen, the niche responded to this above problem. Top health and beauty brands decided to put their resources behind creating super effective at home treatment kits that would negate the need to visit expensive clinics. One such brand is the Billionaire brand.

The brand

What Billionaire managed to do was to take the ingredients that are used in dental clinics and combine them with easy to use technology. The result is a super effective product that guarantees results. Ultimately, this is what caught our eye when we set out to find the best possible options available on the market today.

The Reasons We Love This Brand

  • Trustworthy: all of the products & ingredients are FDA, TGA, and ACCC approved through vigorous clinical trials
  • Professional Ingredients: the key ingredient is Carbamide Peroxide, the same ingredient used in the top dental clinics
  • Effective Binding Agents: such agents are necessary to prolong the life of such a product. The scientists at Billionaire have nailed this part
  • Customer support: professional, 24/7, & super helpful! Just what you'd hope & expect from a top brand
  • Suitability: well suited for every type of mouth as the malleable trays are 100% adaptable & flexible - guarantees ease of use
  • Financial Security: the 30-Day Money Back Warranty & super secure order process eliminates any financial risk whatsoever
  • Cost Effective: when the price & results are compared then it’s quite clear that this home treatment is very much a bargain
  • The Market Approves: proven by the endless amount of positive customer testimonials & reviews

So, there are the overall perks of this home treatment. But who does it suit?

Is This Suitable For Me?

The great aspect about the breakthroughs in modern technology is that the onus has been placed on providing adaptability. The top brands are very conscious about creating products and services that are suitable for everyone.

The Billionaire teeth whitening system is a prime example of this. This product is safe, effective, and easy to use which overall makes it ideal for the vast majority of people. Check below to see exactly what I mean.

The Billionaire home kit is perfect if you are…

…looking to remove stains & fluorosis from your teeth

…wishing to improve overall whiteness of your enamel

…hoping to have a health, gleaming smile

…conscious about boosting your oral health

Customer Testimonial

How Does It Actually Work?

OK, so now let’s get to the bones of this product with regards to how it actually works and what’s needed on your part to obtain the benefits.

Each kit contains the following:

  • Teeth whitening gel x 3
  • LED light device x 1
  • Customizable mouth trays x 2
  • Revitalization gel x 1
  • Gold plated tooth brush x 1
  • Instruction manual x 1

 Below I have outlined the easy to follow steps that are required to get the best out of this home kit.

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  • Step Five
  • step six

It’s now time to use the LED light device. When you first use it, you’ll have to remove the transparent tab that is located between the batteries and the device. Remove this and replace the batteries in their correct position.

Press the button located on top of the device to activate it. Then place the LED device over the trays. This process should be done for 45 – 60 minutes to get the maximum benefits. Repeat this process once a day for the first week, and then use it once every 2 – 4 weeks.

Sixth step

TOP TIP: People who have very sensitive teeth might experience some discomfort after using this home kit. To treat this, simply place some of the supplied desensitizing gel into the trays and fit them onto your teeth for 30 minutes after your session. There is no need to use the LED light device for this part.

With regards to how this process actually works, it’s quite straightforward. When combined with the LED light, the unique Billionaire whitening gel will start to slowly break down in the trays that are fitted to your teeth. When this happens, the released oxygen and formula will both remove stains and whiten your teeth.

Important Note: It’s recommended that you brush your teeth both before and after using this home kit. This is just to ensure that there’s no obstructions when you are applying the trays, and then that you remove all the whitening gel afterwards.

Product Breakdown

Now, let’s look at the actual kit and breakdown its individual components. A standard kit will include:

  • Mouth tray x 2
  • Whitening Gel x 3
  • lED Light Device x 1
  • Gold Plated Toothbrush x 1

This is more of a novelty addition and is certainly not necessary for the brightening process. However, in saying this, I actually really like its inclusion! It rounds of the whole kit nicely and gives it a personal touch. Simply put, this item is an Italian-made toothbrush that is gold-plated in design. Also, it’s been created to be a top-grade toothbrush as the perfectly round bristles and angled head result in a perfect implement for cleaning teeth. Pretty cool!

Gold plated toothbrush

Other Additions:

Revitalization Gel x 1: this is a great addition for anyone who suffers from severely sensitive teeth. It’s very rare that the brightening gel will cause any issues due to the fact that it’s been created to be orally friendly. However, if you do find that your gums are being irritated, then simply use this revitalization gel when you’re done and the issue will be solved.

Instruction Manual x 1: always worth having a look at the instruction manual before you begin using your home kit. These manuals are included with products for good reason!

Special Offer – the Best Friend’s Pack

This is a great offer that the Billionaire brand are currently running and is something that I’d highly recommend.

The “Best Friend’s Pack” is essentially where you get two full home kits for a greatly reduced price – this reduction being that the second kit will be 50% off.

This is a great offer if you and a friend/loved one are buying such a kit, or indeed if you are looking to use this product for the long term.

Having a spare LED light device; trays; and plenty of whitening gel is definitely a positive aspect.

Also, it’s worth noting that in time you will need to buy new whitening gel packs or replace your trays/LED lights. So, again, this is where the Best Friend’s Starter pack can really save you quite a bit of money.

This brings me nicely to…


Discount Code & Money Back Guarantee


Discount Code: We are delighted to announce that we’ve teamed up with the Billionaire brand to supply our Health Base community with a significant discount when purchasing one of these kits.

To avail of this offer, simply enter in the following code when it comes time to make your purchase – THEHEALTHBASE2018.

Money Back Guarantee: Billionaire offer a 30-Day full money refund with their products. This means that you can try out this home kit for just under four weeks without any financial risk as you know you can always return the product for a full refund.

Are There Any Side Effects?

The brilliant thing about this product is that it avoids many of the pitfalls that curse other such home treatments. These pitfalls include trays that don’t quite fit properly; ineffective brightening gels; or products that irritate teeth and gums.

The Billionaire home kit does not suffer from any of these above side effects.

If you read the reviews and testimonials that can be found online, then you’ll soon see that this product is renowned for being not only effective, but also super friendly and safe to the human mouth.

It is worth noting some logical points that you should follow in conjunction with using such a home treatment. They are as follows:

  • Always brush your teeth & rinse out your mouth afterwards
  • Try to only use high quality, soft bristle toothbrushes
  • In the immediate aftermath of using this kit, refrain from eating/drinking items that are overly cold, hot, or spicy

Real Users - Before & After Pics

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Q. What are the usual results?

A. You can expect to see brighter enamel in the first 7 days, and up to 12 shades difference in just 2 – 3 months.

Q. How long will the results last for?

A. Indefinitely if you use this treatment regularly though this will depend on your lifestyle and dietary habits.

Q. How often should I use one of these home kits?

A. In the beginning use it once a day for the first week. Then you can scale it back to once every 2 – 4 weeks.This will ensure that your new dazzling smile stays perfect.

Q. Will it affect oral additions such as veneers, filings, caps, crowns et cetera?

A. No, it won’t change the color of these items and it won’t cause any harm to them. These home kits only work on natural tooth enamel.  

Q. When can I expect to receive my home kit?

A. Australian orders: Standard P&P is 2 – 5 business days. Express P&P is 1 – 3 business days. International orders: Standard P&P is 6 – 15 business days.

Q. Can I use this if pregnant?

A. It has not yet been tested for such cases so we recommend not to use it if you are in or are entering a period of pregnancy.

Our Overall Verdict

That brings an end to my review of this home treatment kit. For me, Billionaire have managed to create one of the top whitening kits available on the market today. I’ve summarized below in bullet points why I think this is the case:

Recap of the Benefits

  • Noticeable difference after just one session
  • Dental clinic standard ingredients
  • FDA approved treatment
  • Vegan friendly
  • 30-Day full money back guarantee
  • Targets the complete surface area of enamel
  • Whiteness can be increased up to 12 shades
  • Stellar reputation in the market place

My personal verdict: I personally think that combining the Best Friend’s Starter Pack with the discount code (THEHEALTHBASE2018) is by far the most cost-effective approach. By combining these two offers, you double the amount of discount you get which ultimately results in you receiving a tonne of quality product for a relatively cheap fee.

Of course, deals and discounts come and go so be sure to avail of these two before Billionaire change their mind! 😉

Wishing You the Best of Health,



Best Teeth Whitening Kits in 2019 – A Full Guide

Guide to Teeth Whitening

Hello, Beth here from theHealthBase team with another fully comprehensive guide on a matter that is very much at the fore in the health and beauty industry – this matter being the topic of teeth whitening.

There has been an exponential rise in products related to this niche over the past number years, with numerous brands aiming to take advantage as the popular feeling reaches its zenith.

In this guide, I will address and discuss all the important material that pertains to this topic. This will include all the top methods; an in depth look at the actual process and how it works; the key benefits; some notable warnings; and which brands supply the best at home teeth whitening kits.

OK, so that’s the gist of what this piece is about. Before I begin, please note that you can skip ahead to any specific part of my guide by clicking on the relevant link supplied in the table of contents below. Let’s jump straight in, shall we 😊

What this Method Entails

Believe it or not, but the act of teeth brightening is not a new trend. A lot of people believe that it’s something that has just recently been adopted by modern societies.

Well, a lot of people are wrong 🙂

Though, it does make sense that people would believe this. After all, the top brands and professional services use the latest technology in their products so it’s not surprising that many people think it’s a modern health and beauty invention.

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However, as is the case with pretty much everything in the world today, tooth bleaching can be traced back to the Ancient Civilizations that used to rule this world. There is evidence that the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians all experimented with different methods of enhancing the color of their teeth.

For example, it’s established that the Romans, the guys who took over the vast majority of the planet, used to mix goat’s milk and human urine in an attempt to achieve a lighter tone. Pretty disgusting, unbelievably unsanitary, and quite probably lacking in terms of results, but it does go to prove how far back this health and beauty technique goes.

In terms of what exactly this is process is, it’s quite simple. By using natural or man-made agents, or a combination of both, stains and discolorations can be removed from your teeth. These unwanted blemishes cover the natural, white color that is meant to seen.

In addition, this method is then designed to boost the whiteness to whatever level you would prefer. By achieving these two steps, it is then very possible to return our smiles to their brilliant best.

Whitening & Bleaching - the Difference

Technically speaking, these two processes are actually classed as being different in nature. To clarify, take a look at how the FDA differentiate between the two:

“Teeth whitening is any method or technique that causes the restoration of a tooth’s natural color, while bleaching pertains to a process that whitens the teeth beyond their natural color.”

So, in other words, whitening revolves around removing stains and discolorations on the teeth’s surface with the aim of returning them to their natural shade. Bleaching takes this process to the next level by actively turning the shade of color even whiter. This will of course also remove any stains.

I’ve taken the time to make this distinction clear because many of the top brands pay no heed to this difference – they use the terms “whitening”, “lightening”, “brightening”, and “bleaching” interchangeably, all which means the process of making a person’s teeth as white as they want.

The only time where the difference between whitening and bleaching comes into question is if you were visiting a dental clinic. In such a setting the former would mean cleansing your teeth, while the latter would mean turning the shade of color an unnatural tone.

For the purpose of this guide, I’ll follow these brand’s lead, sod so you can take it that all the above terms mean the same thing. This is so you can get used to the terminology when it comes time to purchasing your own treatment method.

Now let’s next look a little closer at our teeth and how exactly they reach the point where they need to be treated.

What is a Tooth?

The structure of our tooth is more complex than perhaps you might believe. As is the case with the human body, there is so much more going on beneath the surface than the eye can perceive.

The visible part of a tooth is known as the outer layer or, more commonly, the enamel. The enamel is the key part when it comes to whitening. Underneath this outer layer lies the dentin and then the pulp. The pulp is where the blood and nutrients can be found and also where waste is removed.

But, for now, let’s focus on the enamel. As time passes, the enamel on any given tooth can start to change in color. This can happen for a variety of reasons – dietary habits; poor oral hygiene; aging; hormonal changes; excessive caffeine; smoking; excessive brushing; elemental factors; et cetera et cetera.

The bottom line is that your teeth will start to lose their white glow and discoloration will start to appear. Now, for the most part this isn’t a health concern, but it is something that most people aren’t fond of. Understandably so.

Generally, people want to have bright, healthy looking teeth so that they can beam a smile at people. There are a multitude of reasons for this, below I’ve outlined some of the better ones.

The Reasons Behind the Popularity

Possessing a beautiful, white smile is something that we all want. This desire therefore inevitably leads to a rise in methods and techniques that can help.

In this section, I am going to go through some of the reasons where this popularity stems from. There are actually quite a few of these reasons, varying from simply aesthetics to key oral health issues.

As I researched this area and waded through all the online sources, I noticed that the same few benefits and positive aspects came cropping up. Whether it be from clinical studies, the promotional material supplied by the top brands, or customer testimonials and reviews, it was universally agreed that teeth whitening resulted in the following occurrences:

1 – Attractiveness

OK, let’s get the obvious one out of the way! You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize that the better your smile is, the more attention you will receive from the opposite sex.

Don’t believe me? Have a think about it. I bet it won’t take you long to remember a guy or gal who caught your eye because of their beaming smile.

It’s OK to admit it 😉

Having such a smile is massively beneficial for a whole host of social reasons. Whether it be on a date, at a wedding, or at some other social function, if you have a healthy, sparkling smile then I guarantee you’ll attract more positive attention than negative. It’s human nature to be drawn to something that is pleasing on the eye!

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2 – Confidence Being Boosted

If you know that you possess a charming smile, then it cannot help but make you feel better about yourself. This is only logical.

I know that this is true from personal experience. In my twenties, I used to be quite self-conscious about my teeth. I used to be a coffee addict and my drink of choice was red wine – two things that are guaranteed to stain teeth.

It got to the point where I’d reflexively raise a hand to my mouth if I was about to smile. As you can imagine, this was an incredibly insecure and unhealthy way to be! A smile should be the exact of this – it should be a thing of confidence and happiness.

This all changed when I got my teeth lightened. I instantly felt so much more confident in my smile. This alone was enough of a reason to take the steps to brighten my smile.

3 – Oral Health

Healthy mouth

When it comes to irritating pain, there’s very little that beats a tooth ache, or issues in your gums. It can be maddening. Having poor oral hygiene is a sure fire way of one or both of these problems occurring.

While bleaching your teeth will not guarantee that you have a healthy mouth, it certainly will make you more conscious about your oral region. 

It’s like buying a new pair of shoes – you’ll do your absolute best to keep them looking as new for as long as possible!!

The same thing can be said for when you get your teeth cleaned or lightened. You’ll be aware of how good your teeth look and feel and therefore you will no doubt take more care in cleaning and maintaining them. This will then lead to good oral hygiene.

4 – Mental Health

This one is a bit abstract but it’s still worth noting. It goes back to the whole idea that if you possess a healthy, glowing smile then you’ll feel more confident and generally better about yourself.

This will result in you having a positive outlook on life, something that is absolutely vital for mental health.

Now, of course, I’m not saying that a good smile is the key to a happy life, that would be bizarre!! But it certainly can contribute to your overall self-image which is indeed an important factor of being happy.

5 – Helps with Relationships

I’m sure that you’re well aware of the idea that smiles are contagious. This is something that is very true. It’s quite difficult being around someone who is smiling and not have it effect you in a positive way.

We all know that person who constantly has a smile on their lips, a smile that is beaming in appearance. These kind of people are those who we all want to be around. Why? Well, it’s simple, smiles are an expression of joy and positivity. Therefore, it’s only natural that people are attracted to an easy-to-smile individual.

Another great thing about smiles is that they boost trustfulness! A person who is quick to smile often causes people around them to relax and to trust them. This is the phenomenon that is known as “charm” 😊

6 – Increased Professionalism

This is one that not many people might think of, but it actually makes a lot of sense.

It ties back in with the previously mentioned idea that a great smile will boost confidence, boost attractiveness, and make you more likable and trustworthy.

Think about it, if you walk into an interview and begin the process with a solid handshake and a great smile, then you’re onto a winner from the get go!


Of course, it won’t guarantee that you get the job, but it will certainly help your chances.

Just like a dazzling smile can cause you to be attracted to someone, it can also make you stick in someone’s mind. Someone such as a potential new employer for example. Subconsciously, that’s why they will remember you. After all, every little bit helps 😊

7 – Removal of Stains

There are a whole host of different stain types that can ruin our smiles. Three of the worst culprits are caffeine, red wine, and smoking. Unfortunately, I’m a bit of a sucker for two of these!!

I often rely on caffeine to get me through the day, just as I often love a glass of red wine every now and again to unwind! Now, there’s not wrong with these two vices as long as they are enjoyed in moderation.

However, even when consumed in moderation, caffeine, red wine, and smoking can badly stain our teeth, leaving yellow or brown marks. This is obviously not what anybody wants and thus many people turn to proven solutions in order to remove any stains.

Fortunately, with modern techniques, such stains can indeed be removed quite easily.

8 – Removal of White Spots

White spots on teeth is quite a common occurrence, both in children and adults. The technical term for this is dental fluorosis.

There are many reasons why this might occur, including a calcium build up; braces; poor oral hygiene; eating acidic/sugary food; or even brushing too hard. (1)

Whatever the underlying problem may be, brightening your teeth in an overall sense will result in the white spots fading into non-existence.

Important Note: it’s key that you understand that teeth bleaching is not a one cure fix all kind of deal. There are certain issues of the oral area that will not be cured by this method. I’ve given a list below of such things.

  • Enamel Erosion
  • Plaque & Tartar Build Up
  • Dead Teeth
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    Damage from Excessive Brushing

If you think that you have any of these then the best bet is to make an appointment with your dentist.

Top Dental Life Hacks

In addition to the lightening methods and top tips that I’ll cover in the guide, there are also a few handy life hacks that you can add into your daily routine. These hacks won’t suddenly give you that perfect smile that you want, but, as they say, every little helps! 😊

The majority of these hacks revolve around applying common sense, but there are also a few I’ll mention that people in general don’t consider. Hopefully there will be a hack or two that will improve your own dental well-being.

Let’s jump straight in!

Hack #1 – Change Up Your Toothbrush Regularly

This beginning hack is something that is very logical and obvious but is also one that goes under the radar somewhat. Many people do not change their toothbrushes on a regular basis, and only do so as a kind of an after-thought. I’m also guilty of doing this so don’t feel do bad!!

The reason for being conscious about upgrading your toothbrush is pretty straightforward. A toothbrushes sole job is to clean undesirable elements from your mouth. It’s essentially a cleaning implement which means that it will get dirty and damaged after continuous use.

There are some clear signs that you brush needs to be replaced ASAP. They are:

  • Bristles have started to dull in color
  • Bristles are no longer rigid but rather are sticking out at odd angles

In addition to the above visual cues, it’s a good idea to change your toothbrush every six months regardless. Remember, this tool is used to clean your mouth on a daily basis so it’s important that the tool itself is clean and workable.

Hack #2 – Don’t Just Brush Your Teeth...Hit the Tongue as well!

This is a hack that not only do the majority of people don’t do or understand, they also laugh at the very idea of it!

This is an understandable reaction though there is actually a good reason why brushing your tongue can be beneficial for your oral health.

A person’s mouth is home to various types of bacteria which feeds off the food that you consume. While you may chew and swallow food, there will always be bits and pieces that remain in your mouth.

The aforementioned bacteria, which dwells on the tongue, can then dine on this residue food. This can then lead to this bacteria growing in volume which can result in stains occurring as your tongue comes in contact with your teeth. Not good.

So, to avoid this problematic build up, why not give your tongue a quick up and down to finish off your brushing session! It’ll take all of five seconds 😊

Hack #3 – Using Whitening Toothpaste

If you are hell bent on boosting the color of your teeth, then such a product as this could be well worth adding to whatever whitening method you’ve chosen to go for.

I’ll admit, these toothpastes can be a bit gimmicky – they won’t have a major effect on lightening the tone of your teeth, but they could supply you that extra little oomph as long as you’re also using a top quality treatment.

There are two things to look out for if you’re thinking of buying these special toothpastes:

  • Make sure that the product has been accredited by the ADA (American Dental Association). There are tons of dodgy products out there, an ADA seal at least proves that the product in question has been found to be safe
  • Check that the toothpaste contains the ingredient covarine or hydrogen peroxide. (2) These particular chemicals are the component that will actually whiten your teeth. If absent, then the chances are that the results will be absent as well. Some companies swap the covarine or peroxide with inferior options in order to cut costs so keep an eye out for this

Ultimately, such toothpastes won’t have a dramatic impact on the color of your teeth. However, they can indeed prevent stains from getting worse.

Warning Note: There has been reports that over using such toothpastes can lead to a stripping of tooth enamel so keep this mind. Perhaps it’s best to use such products in a cyclical manner, taking breaks often.

Hack #4 – Eating Raw Foods

Consuming raw foods such as vegetables, fruits, and nuts are a brilliantly natural way of cleaning your teeth. The trick is in the rawness and the crunchy texture that is present in some foods.

Crunchy, raw food works to cleanse your teeth of things that have stuck to them over time. This is just another reason why you should be eating healthy!!

Healthy Diet

Hack #5 – Using Mouth Wash

A top-quality mouth wash has many benefits when it comes to maintaining and improving upon your oral hygiene. Below are the key ones:

  • Helps to breakdown and remove bacteria that builds up on our tongues and in our mouths in general
  • Great at freshening up a person’s breath – this is something that people tend to ignore until they are actually told that their breath stinks!!
  • Can actively prevent teeth decaying

Hack #6 – Rinse, Rinse, Rinse!

Quickly rinsing your mouth after a meal is a great way of removing some of the stuff that can build up on our teeth. Such residue will then lead to stains, plaque, or tartar if not removed.

This is especially important if you have consumed something that is exceptionally acidic in nature. Fruits, sweets, juices, or fizzy drinks are the main culprits in this as they are packed full of sugary elements. (3)

Such acidic foods can actively damage your teeth. Giving your mouth a quick rinse is a great way of stalling this damage until you can have a good brush.

Important Note: All of these dental hacks can be effective in their own way, but it’s vital to understand that they should be viewed as additions to a quality treatment and not as a full treatment option in their own right.

Delivery Styles – the Different Options

When it comes to the delivery styles there are actually quite a number of different methods available. Because of the popularity of teeth lightening in recent times, there has been an industry wide clamor for new and improved options.

This is the case with every hot health and beauty product or treatment – the top brands pump money and effort into creating an option that will see them skyrocket to the top of the market. (4) For us consumers, this is all good as can be seen below via a simple yet spot on equation:

More brands interested = more competition = better products and services

Now, for the sake of applying some organization and structure to all the brightening products and treatment options that are around today, I’ve decided to split them into four broad groups – the top over the counter options; professional dentist services; DIY options; and at home treatment kits.

Each of these four have their own varying options as well, as you will soon see. Let’s jump straight in. Up first it the…

Over the Counter 

(Average Cost: $100 – $150+)

This particular option revolves around products that you can buy in chemists - products that you do not need a prescription for. This option can be further broken up into two separate categories: Brightening Dentifrices and Bleaching Agents - click on the relevant tans below for more.

1 – Brightening Dentifrices

2 – Bleaching Agents

Other Common Over the Counter Options

Pros & Cons of Over the Counter Options


  • Availability: can buy them at will from your local chemist/pharmacy

  • Cost: relatively cheap when compared with a visit to a professional dental service

  • Options: can avail of the pastes, gels, trays or strips, so it gives you plenty of options in which to cycle through


  • Time consuming: the pastes, gels, and strips are very easy in which to apply and should only take a few minutes. However, the bleaching trays, which are seen as the most effective of the over the counter choices, are actually quite time consuming and frustrating in which to use. The whole process of applying such a tray could take half an hour. Then you have to stay pretty much perfectly still for 10 – 15 minutes as it works. Not great.
  • Questionable effectiveness: many of the brightening dentifrices have been proven to be ineffective, or certainly not as effective as other options

  • Time length: these are more of a long-term option, it could take weeks even months of use to see results

Which to Use: if you have your heart set on trying an over the counter option, then there’s a few things that you need to keep in mind in order to make the right choice. I’ve outlined them below:

Severity of your problem: If you only have slightly yellowing or discoloration from foods and perhaps caffeine, then I would recommend you try a paste/gel. Using a bleaching option for only minor to mild staining is overkill!

Check for accreditation: this is quite simple – if an over the counter product does not have a FDA-approved seal on its container, then don’t buy it!! 


Products that do not have this seal have not been deemed safe and effective, or both. Therefore, using such products could at the very least be a waste of time and money, but at the worst could lead to severe damage to your teeth. (5)

Our Overall Verdict on Over the Counter Options

if I was asked to sum up over the counter options in one sentence then it would go like this: frustratingly hit and miss!!

Pastes and gels are very mild products so don’t expect to see a great deal of success with them. They might indeed remove some minor staining, but they won’t supply that overall bright, white smile that we’re looking for.

Bleaching is more effective at boosting whiteness and removing stains, but it can also cause damage to both the gums and the enamel.

Ultimately, the over the counter options are quite tricky when it comes to finding one that is reliable and cost effective. If you intend to follow this route, then the best advice I can give you is to do some thorough research into the multitude of options that are available.

Only by reading the available information as well as customer reviews and testimonials will you have a chance of finding an over the counter product that will be worth the cost.

Professional Dental Service

(Average Cost: $700 – $1000+)

As you can imagine, visiting a professional dental clinic is a sure-fire way of getting a proper job done. These facilities have been specifically designed to do just this. In addition, they are operated by full time professionals who know exactly what they are doing. Safe hands and all that.

In terms of the actual service itself, it usually consists of a more concentrated and better version of the bleaching option outlined in the above section, or else laser treatment. A standard session in one of these clinics will take up to an hour, not including the travel time or waiting time. Outlined below are the top options.

1 – Bleaching Trays

2 – Laser Treatment

Pros & Cons of the a Professional Service


  • Safety: the knowledge that you are being treated by professionals

  • Effective: professional equipment and people tend to result in an effective experience

  • A day out: some people enjoy such sessions as they treat it as a period of being pampered!


  • Expensive: costly compared to the other options, especially if availing of laser treatment (6)

  • Effort: cannot be performed from comfort of your home as you would have to physically visit a dental clinic

  • Waiting: could potentially find yourself placed on a waiting list. Therefore you cannot do it whenever you like
  • Time Consuming: there are several steps involved, each which can take up a fair chunk of your time. These include travel time, waiting time in the clinic, and then the actual treatment duration. This could very well mean that one session could take up your entire day or at least a large junk of it

Our Overall Verdict on Professional Services

Without doubt a visit to a professional dental clinic is right up there as one of the top options. The professional care given will guarantee results. This ultimately supplies a far more efficient and safer whitening/cleansing experience. Results will be achieved at a far quicker rate as well.

Though, in saying this, these sessions are quite time consuming and costly. Visiting a doctor in general can be both these things, but going for a specialist reason definitely amps up the price unfortunately. On top of this, it usually takes a few visits in which to achieve the desired results. This obviously means that the cost can quickly become quite high.

If you have the cash, and the time, then this definitely a worthwhile option. It could also be a very good idea to treat yourself to one of these sessions every now and again in-conjunction with using a top quality at home treatment kit. This would be a very effective teeth brightening routine that would dramatically cut the cost when compared to regular visits to a professional clinic.

The DIY Choice

(Average Cost: Free - $20+)

As with every health and beauty niche and topic, there comes attached a whole host of varying DIY options. (7) 

This makes sense as everything would have once started with using just purely natural ingredients, then evolved as machinery and science got involved.

The same can be seen with teeth whitening – there are numerous DIY options that have been used over the years.


 Before I list some of the more prominent ones, it’s important to note that these DIY options are nowhere near as effective as visiting a professional clinic or using a top home treatment system.

Why? Simply because the two above mentioned methods have taken the positive impact of natural DIY choices and improved upon them by incorporating scientific and manmade elements.

Below are some of the more common DIY options that people try:

Baking Soda Mixed with Lemon Juice

Oil Pulling

Strawberries Mixed with Salt & Baking Soda


Apple Cider Vinegar

The Peels of Fruit

Overalls Pros & Cons of the DIY Choice


  • Relatively cheap, even possibly free!

  • Multitude of options so you can constantly be trying new methods


  • Risk of danger: enamel can possibly be stripped away and/or irritating gums and the soft tissue of the mouth can occur

  • Frustration: nothing worse than putting in considerable time and energy put in and then no results

  • The Unknown Factor: can never really know if you’re doing it correctly; even if your teeth are turning brighter, you could be causing more harm than good
  • Ineffective Results: some DIY options can be somewhat effective, but it would be wrong to think that they could achieve the results of the other options

Our Overall Verdict on the DIY Option

In all honesty, DIY options won't deliver massive results. They might help with some minor staining or plague/tartar build up, but they’re not going to supply dramatic results in your efforts to boost the whiteness of your teeth.

In saying this, using a few DIY options in conjunction with some better methods is indeed a worthwhile venture. Having as many tools in your toolbox as possible is certainly not a bad idea.

At Home Treatment Kits 

(The Health Base's Recommended Option)

(Average Cost: $50 - $100+)

OK so now let’s turn to the last option and the one that we here at the Health Base believe is the best – this being the top home treatment systems that are available on the market today.

Why do we think this is the best option?

Simply put, because we believe these kits incorporate the best elements of the professional clinics, the DIY choices, and over the counter options, while at the same time nullifying the negative parts of these other methods.

This can be seen below:

  • Cost – far less expensive than regular visits to professional clinics
  • Effectiveness – far more effective than DIY or over the counter options while being on par with a professional service
  • Reliability – results are guaranteed, which is not something DIY or over the counter methods can boast
  • Ease of Use – unlike professional clinics, these kits can be used in the comfort of your own home. They have been designed to be simple to use
  • Safety – the top home systems put an emphasis on safety, something that can go awry with DIY options or over the counter ones
  • Guarantees – the top brands supply warranties and money back guarantees with their at home kits. This removes any financial risk and is something that professional clinics do not provide

As with the other methods I’ve mentioned in this guide, home kits also come in different forms. The best brands all have slightly different ways of providing a top quality product, with each having their own pros and cons.

In general, home treatment kits come in the form of a hydrogen peroxide solution combined with a device that emits light/heat. This light/heat works to increase the effectiveness and speed of the bleaching session by activating the hydrogen peroxide solution.

Below are the top methods that these brands tend to go for.

1 – The Custom Tray & Blue Light Combination

2 – Bleaching Pens & Gel Brushes

Our Overall Verdict on Home Treatment Kits

Ultimately, the reason why we believe that the home treatment kits are the top choice is because they combine the best elements of the other methods while at the same time minimizing or negating many of the negatives that are associated with these other options.


Beware the “Miracle” and/or Cheap Fixes – no matter what health and beauty niche you are interested in, there is going to be “miracle cures” and super cheap options that promise unbelievable results!

It doesn’t take a cynical mind to understand the importance of being wary about such products.

If something is super cheap, or is promising results that border on magical, then you can bet it’s not legit! 


These type of scammy products exist because there is a certain amount of people who are gullible enough, or perhaps desperate enough, to be sucked in to the lie…don’t be one of these people!!

A well-established rule in the market place is that you’ll end up getting what you pay for most often than not. Yes, the top products might cost a bit more, but there’s a very good reason for this. That’s because these options are both safe and effective, as proven by the response they receive in the market place. It really is as simple as that.

Feel Your Way In – it can be very easy to go a bit mad when starting a new health and beauty regime. It’s exciting; it’s new; it’s hopefully going to solve a health and/or beauty issue that you’ve been having problems with. Therefore, it’s understandable that you want to jump straight in and begin to see those results ASAP.

However, it is definitely worth keeping in mind that patience and logic is needed if these results are to be reached in a safe manner. Products such as teeth brightening options supply recommended guidelines for a reason – because the brands behind these products have done the necessary scientific and consumer testing in order to pinpoint what is needed to be done to achieve the maximum benefits.

The reasons for adhering to this thinking:

  • Using too much, too soon can cause damage to your teeth. It only takes a short time for the top brand’s products to start doing their magic but rushing it can upset the whole process

  • If you overuse such products, then you’ll be wasting it's potential as well as having to resupply at a quicker rate. This is ultimately a waste of your money and time

Celebrity Endorsements – What to Think About Them?

It’s commonly known that there are whole host of A list celebrities that openly advertise different teeth whitening brands and their products.

These individuals include Chris Pratt, Kylie Jenner, Floyd Mayweather,  Ashley Benson, Conor McGregor, Amber Rose et cetera et cetera. The list really is endless and always being added to.

But what are we, the mere mortals, to make of this?

Does this mean that these products are good?

Should we now trust a certain brand because our favorite celeb is endorsing them?


Are the ones being endorsed by celebrities better than the ones that do not have such backing?

Well, the first thing to note is that the fact some of these brands can hire such A list celebrities to actively promote their product shows just how much cash they are making!! The names I’ve mentioned above are global super stars. This means that they command a hefty fee from potential advertisers.

In my opinion, this is a positive sign. If these brands have that type of cash to burn, then it means they are being successful in the market place. Being successful in the market place indicates that they have top quality products.

What about the trust question? Should we just blindly follow a celebrity’s lead and choose the option that they use? Well no, you shouldn’t blindly follow anyone!! What I would say is that the fact that these type of celebrities are endorsing certain products and systems is overall a positive aspect.

Why? Simply, because these celebs are attaching their name to the product that their showing off on Twitter or on Instagram. This means that their reputation is intertwined somewhat with the brand. If the product turns out to be rubbish or god forbid harmful then the celeb will receive quite a strong negative backlash from their social media followers.

If we were talking about little-known celebrities, then I’d advise caution – such people will often attach their names to any type of product once there is a pay cheque coming their way.

However, as mentioned at the top of this section, the type of celeb associated with the premier brands are pretty massive names with massive reputations.

What does this mean? It means that they are not just randomly selecting products or brands to be endorsed by. These types of celebs have managers and teams of people who carefully select the type of product that best fits their client’s image.

These management agencies are very thorough when it comes to endorsements – they understand that promoting a bad or faulty product could forever stain their client’s reputation.

So, all in all, I think it’s a positive thing that such high-grade celebrities are promoting some of the top brands. If I were you, I certainly wouldn’t base my purchase on this factor, but it is something that ultimately works in the favor of these brands in my opinion.

Is this Process Safe?

As with everything in life, the safety and effectiveness of any given venture really comes down to the user. Personal responsibility is vital in every aspect of life. It’s as simple as that.

If you approach things in a logical and responsible manner, then you will not have problems with this health and beauty technique. You will achieve the desired results without any risk of causing damage to your teeth or the surrounding parts of your mouth.

However, if you are reckless and don’t follow common sense then there’s always the possibility that you can cause damage. Below are some obvious things that you should be avoiding.

Steps that could lead to difficulties:

  • Buying over the counter products that do not have an FDA seal of approval
  • Trying DIY remedies without doing proper research into them
  • Ignoring recommended guidelines
  • Purchasing and using cheap products that make unbelievable promises
  • Abusing an effective method

Avoid these above pitfalls, apply some logical thinking, and you will have no adverse issues 😊

Is it All Just a Fad?

As you can imagine, there is a lot of cynicism and skepticism surrounding this particular issue. Detractors use the following arguments and complaints to belittle enhancing your teeth:

  • It popularizes a fake Hollywood reality
  • It’s harmful to our self-image
  • It pressurizes people to follow suit
  • The end result looks phony
  • It’s only a money scheme
  • They are no health benefits

The above are the common points anti-teeth lightening people roll out whenever the topic pops up. I personally don’t particularly agree with any of these complaints and I think they are a bit OTT.

These detractions could easily be made about any number of beauty techniques. Makeup; tanning; hair styling; beard grooming; you name it. All of these and many more could also be targeted by some of these arguments, if not all of them.

Teeth whitening is no different to any health and beauty technique. It’s designed to boost a person’s appearance to a certain degree, just like makeup or a well-groomed beard will do. Are any of these things absolutely necessary in order to fit into the modern world? Absolutely not!

In my little circle of friends, I’m one of the few people who has had her teeth enhanced. Does this make any real difference? Not that I can see! Every now and again someone might complement me on my smile, but, unsurprisingly, more often than not my whitened teeth are not the main source of conversation 😊

Look, teeth bleaching is a great way to achieve a beautiful, gleaming smile. It’s also very proficient at cleaning your teeth of any stains that might be present. But it is by no means the be and end all of a person’s physical appearance.

If you would like to give it a go then fire ahead, I'd bet you'll be delighted with the results. However, if it's not for you, then that’s also perfectly fine! You should never feel pressurized into adopting a beauty trend that is popular at a certain time. If you do, then you need to take a step back and do some internal pondering.

Top Tips

  • Get to Grip with the basics
  • Key an Eye on certain food & Drinks
  • Smoking...why bother?!
  • Be Mindful Of The Percentages
  • Purchase From Reliable Sources
  • Consult The Instructions
  • Check For Warranties/Money Back Guarantees
  • Respect The Pain
  • Understanding The Limitations

Whenever you are thinking about delving into a new area or niche, it’s a good idea to understand the basics of what you’re getting in for.

With regards to this topic, this can mean the reasons why people get their teeth boosted in color; how the process actually works; and the different methods in which people utilize. Hopefully I have addressed all these issues in this here guide.

In terms of the individual brands and their products, make sure that you take a look at the reviews we’ve created – all the pertinent information will be included.

Recap of the Pros

  • Stain Removal: a top-rated whitener will remove the vast amount of stains and discolorations
  • Speedy Results: a great aspect about this treatment method is that it is super quick in affecting the color of your teeth. Results can usually be seen within two weeks
  • Proven Effectiveness: a gleaming white smile is guaranteed if you incorporate the correct product into your routine 
  • Confidence Boosting: if you have more confidence in your physical appearance then you will be more confident as a whole. A healthy, glowing smile is a sure-fire way to achieve this
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    Healthier Mouth: it has been proven that teeth whitening can help to boost the overall health of your oral region
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    Ease of Use: the best products are incredibly simple to administer as they have been designed to be user friendly
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    Completely Safe: once used in an appropriate manner this treatment method is practically risk free
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    Cost Effective: ultimately this is what matters: whether or not the product is worth the financial cost that is attached to it. The top ranked at home treatment systems are very cost effective as they deliver results for price that isn’t going to burn a hole in your pocket

The Key FAQs

Q. How to whiten teeth?

A. There are multiple ways and methods from bleaching to using light and heat.

Q. What’s the best way?

A. The safest and most effective option is a top-rated home treatment kit that has been tested and proven to be top grade in the marketplace.

Q. Can I do it at home?

A. There are tons of DIY options, though the results are very up and down. It’s worth experimenting while you look for a proven method.

Q. Is this treatment ultimately safe?

A. If you apply common sense and follow the guidelines supplied then there is no danger. There is of course a big risk associated with DIY methods as these will have no concrete testing attached to them. Also, beware of any over the counter product that does not have an FDA accreditation seal.

Q: When will I see results?

A. This will be dependent on which option you intend to utilize. The top at home treatment systems will start to show results within two weeks of consistent use.

Q. How often should I use this beauty method?

A. Again, you will need to read the instructions to ascertain the answer to this question. Most methods can be used on a daily basis.

Q. Will it hurt?

A. There should be no pain or irritation associated with this process. If there is, then it means the method you are using is aggravating your gums or soft tissue in your mouth. It could even be stripping your teeth of its enamel. This is an ever-present danger with DIY options.

At home treatment kits will not encounter the above problem as they have been refined to do their work without damaging the mouth in any way.

Q. Is it safe to use while pregnant?

A. It is best you make this inquiry with your local health professional. There should be no issues but it’s always best to air on the side of caution.

Our Final Word & Overall Verdict

I hope that you found this guide helpful and informative. I feel that I’ve touched upon all the important elements surrounding this particular niche. However, if you think I have missed something, then please feel free to drop me a message in the form provided below.

As you can see in the guide, there are tons of different methods and options when it comes to improving the tone of one’s teeth. The list really is exhaustive, and it can be infuriating trying to figure out which is the best one.

To help you do this, I’ve condensed the above guide into an overall verdict of each potential option.

  • Over the Counter Options: Can be hit and miss, some are effective while others can be ineffective or damaging. Overall these are cheap, easy to find products. Some are very good, but you will have to do some research into separating the good products from the frauds.
  • Professional Dental Clinics: Very effective and safe. By far the most expensive of the options as you are paying for a professional service. If you have the money, then this is the best option. However, you will need several visits to such clinics to see results so factor this in as the cost can get quite high.
  • DIY Methods: Shouldn’t be viewed as a full treatment option. Some natural choices can indeed help with your teeth whitening, but the impact will be limited. It's a good idea to use a DIY method in conjunction with another, more reliable choice.
  • Best at Home Teeth Whitening Kits: Our top pick in terms of cost effectiveness. The top brands have really stepped up to the demand in the market, delivering super effective home kits at an affordable price. Results can be seen within a couple of weeks and these kits are also very easy to use.

Wishing You the Best of Health,














Proactiv – Celebrity Endorsed Acne Care

Review of Proactiv Acne Kits

Hello, Beth here! 😊 Welcome to my review where I will be discussing one of the most recognizable and top-rated acne treatment brands on the market today.

The issue of acne vulgaris is one that dominates the modern world – there are so many people who suffer from this skin ailment on a daily basis.

Therefore, there is an obvious massive demand for products and treatment systems. In particular, home treatments are all the rage.

Why? Well, because they are far cheaper than going to a medical specialist and they can also be used in the comfort of a person’s own home.

With that said, the vital question revolves around discovering which brand supplies the best home treatment. I will next examine one such option that is a contender to be the answer to this question – that being Proactiv and its treatment systems.

Let’s have a look!

The Brand & Its Reputation

Established in 1995, this brand has been a leading figure in the area of providing methods for treating skin ailments ever since.

This year saw them reach the 20 million customer mark – something that is a glowing testament of their impact and effectiveness in a niche that is super competitive.

Seen as being the number one rated acne brand in the United States, Proactiv has long since established themselves as a permanent fixture in this niche – proven by their reputation and the countless glowing testimonials and reviews attributed to their products.

Brand reputation

Why is it so Effective?

When it comes to any skin ailment there are two areas of knowledge that are vital for a brand if they’re to produce a competent cure – 1) the nature of the problem and 2) the human skin.

This is where Proactive excels. They understand acne in terms of what exactly it is and why it can appear on our skin. In addition, they also understand the human skin in all its varieties, whether it be oily, dry, sensitive, or combination.

By bringing these two knowledge bases together, this brand is then ideally placed to come up with the perfect way of treating the issue of breakouts.

Who Does it Suit?

  The Proactiv treatment systems…

…are suitable for both teens & adults

…can be used by anybody who has acne prone skin

…effectively treat mild to moderate to severe acne cases

…prevents the risk of future breakouts

…can be used by both men & women

…can be effective in treating cystic acne occurrences

…overall aims to provide you with the best skin complexion possible

The Three Kit Options

This brand supply three distinct acne battling home treatments – each that is very effective in their own way. Below I will examine these three.

ProactivMD 3-Piece System

The Three Elements

1 - Deep Cleansing Face Wash:

 - Uses tiny exfoliation beads to clean out the dirt and bacteria that are ultimately the problems behind a breakout.

- Can be used to treat the whole of your face, just make sure to avoid the eye area.

2 - Daily Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30:

- Works to replenish and rehydrate your face after you have cleansed it.

- Contains a SPF element which keeps your face safe from the harmful UVA rays of the sun.

- Can be applied to the face and neck region.

MD 3-Piece System
3 - Adapalene Gel 0.1%

- This is an extra weapon in addition to the cleansing agent.

- Topical retinoid medication that is specifically designed to treat acne.

- Perfectly suited for adults or children over 12 years of age.

- Can be used on all areas of the face minus the eyes – best to apply a thin layer.

The Benefits

This three-step system will…

  • Cleanse & exfoliate your facial pores to a thorough extent

  • Minimize enlarged pores & return them to a natural size

  • Provide protection from the sun & other harmful accumulative dangers

  • Remove excess shine that can appear on oily skin

  • Provide safety of use due to its FDA-approved properties

Full Ingredients List

Deep Cleansing

Face Wash

Daily Oil Control

Moisturizer SPF 30


Gel 0.01%

- water

- cocamidopropyl betaine

- distearyl phthalic acid amide

- synthetic wax

- stearyl alcohol

- cetyl alcohol

- jojoba esters

- sodium chloride

- sodium methyl cocoyl taurate

- citric acid

- aloe barbadensis leaf juice

- camellia sinensis leaf extract

- coconut acid

- menthol

- PEG-120 methyl glucose dioleate

- caprylyl glycol

- hexylene glycol

- ethylhexylglycerin

- ascorbic acid

- butylene glycol

- disodium EDTA

- isopropyl alcohol

- sodium hydroxide

- phenoxyethanol

- sodium benzoate

- sodium sulfite

- potassium sorbate

- fragrance

- chromium hydroxide green

Active Ingredient:

- avobenzone 3%

- octisalate 5%

- octocrylene 7%

Inactive Ingredients:

- water

- isopropyl lauroyl sarcosinate

- glycerin

- dimethicone

- diisopropyl sebacate

- polymethyl methacrylate

- aluminum starch octenylsuccinate

- sucrose tristearate

- silica

- pentylene glycol

- polysorbate 61

- dimethiconol

- sodium stearoyl glutamate

- phenoxyethanol

- caprylyl glycol

- tocopheryl acetate

- glycyrrhetinic acid

- panthenol

- triethanolamine

- allantoin

- carbomer

- potassium sorbate

- zinc gluconate

- xanthan gum

- disodium EDTA

- hydroxypalmitoyl sphinganine

Active Ingredient:

- Adapalene 0.1% (retinoid)

Inactive Ingredients:

- carbomer 940

- edetate disodium

- methylparaben

- poloxamer 182

- propylene glycol

- purified water

- sodium hydroxide.

Might also contain hydrochloric acid in order to adjust the pH levels.

How To Use

Step 1: Apply the Deep Cleansing Face Wash: this will exfoliate your pores and remove the inflammation associated with this bacterial infection. Simply apply a small amount of the gel to your fingertips and gently rub it into your face for a minute or two.

Then rinse your face with some lukewarm water. Ensure that your hands are clean and that the water isn’t too hot!!

Step 2: Apply the Daily Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30: next you will need to replenish your skin with the vital nutrients that have been removed in the exfoliation process. Apply it liberally and to all areas of your face.

This moisturizer can be used before or after applying your makeup and is super quick at being absorbed into your skin.

Step 3: Apply the Adapalene Gel 0.01%: can be used before or after applying the moisturizer. If you have sensitive skin, then it’s advised you apply a moisturizer before this gel.

Cover the entire affected area with a thin layer of this product and allow to dry. It takes very little time in which to do so.

What to Expect – The First 6 Weeks

  • week one
  • week two
  • week three
  • week four
  • week five
  • week six
  • The benefits & effectiveness of this treatment are now in full effect

  • Your skin will look healthy & in prime condition

  • Keep up the usage for another 6 week period to ensure that the acne is banished from your life! 

Proactiv Solution 3-Step System

The Three Elements

1 - Renewing Cleanser: 

 - This is a preparation tool for the acne-clearing product that is also included in this system.

- It works to clear the canvas of any dirt, excess oil/sebum, dead skin cells, or other impurities.

2 - Revitalizing Toner: 

- Use this to wipe away any remaining unhealthy elements as well as boosting your skin with a blast of energizing ingredients.

- Apply it all over your face and allow it to dry. Do not rinse off.

Solution 3-Step System
3 - Repairing Treatment: 

- Finish off this treatment by using micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide which will vigorously attack the bacteria that is the crux of this problem.

- Again, apply this to every affected area of your face and do not rinse off.

The Benefits

This three-step system...

  • Works in perfect harmony to attack & remove acne as well as boosting the overall health of your skin

  • Uses micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide to provide a super smooth experience that is also very fast acting

Full Ingredients List

Renewing Cleanser

Revitalizing Toner

Repairing Treatment

Active Ingredient: 

- Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5%)

Inactive Ingredients:

- water

- magnesium aluminum silicate

- glyceryl stearate

- PEG-100 stearate

- sorbitol

- dimethyl isosorbide

- disodium PEG-12

- dimethicone sulfosuccinate

- tridecyl stearate

- neopentyl glycol

- dicaprylate/dicaprate

- polyethylene

- cetyl esters

- anthemis nobilis flower extract

- sodium hyaluronate

- sodium PCA

- xanthan gum

- tridecyl trimellitate

- propylene glycol

- imidazolidinyl urea

- methylparaben

- propylparaben

- fragrance

- water (aqua)

- glycolic acid

- sodium hydroxide

- polysorbate 20

- hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract

- anthemis nobilis flower extract

- rosa canina fruit extract

- aloe barbadensis leaf juice

- sodium PCA

- panthenol

- glycerin

- propylene glycol

- allantoin

- hydroxyethylcellulose

- benzophenone-4

- tetrasodium EDTA

- imidazolidinyl urea

- methylparaben

- propylparaben

- fragrance (parfum)

- blue 1 (CI 42090)

- yellow 5 (CI 19140)

Active Ingredient:

- Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5%)

Inactive Ingredients:

- water

- ethoxydiglycol

- cyclotetrasiloxane

- cyclopentasiloxane

- cetearyl alcohol

- dimethicone

- glyceryl stearate

- PEG-100 stearate

- propylene glycol

- panthenol

- allantoin

- xanthan gum

- ceteareth-20

- carbomer

- sodium hydroxide

- diazolidinyl urea

- methylparaben

- propylparaben

- fragrance

How To Use

Step One: Renewing Cleanser – apply twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. Apply a small amount to your skin, ensuring that you have first wet your skin’s surface. Use your fingertips to gently massage this gel into your face.

Finish by rinsing your face with warm water and gently pat dry.

Step Two: Revitalizing Toner – also apply twice daily as above. Best to use this toner directly after the Cleanser. Use on the whole of your face.

Using a cotton pad or clean cloth, apply this toner and leave it on so it can dry. Do not rinse off.

Step Three: Repairing Treatment – cover all the affected areas with a thin layer of this gel. This can be used up to three times a day.

The best practice is to start with one application a day and then gradually increase it to three. This is simply so as to allow your body to get used to the new treatment type.

What to Expect – The First 6 Weeks

  • week one
  • week two
  • week three
  • week four
  • week five
  • week six
  • Your skin will be blemish free and now it's time to keep it that way

  • It's important that you keep up this treatment as acne can be cyclical in nature

Proactiv+ 3-Step System

The Three Elements

1 - Skin Smoothing Exfoliator:

- This product prepares your skin for the incoming bacteria-clearing product.

- It helps to clear your facial canvas of any unwanted substances that may be clinging to the surface layer of your skin.

2 - Pore Targeting Treatment: 

- This is the star of this particular treatment system as it works to actively attack the bacteria that comes from this problem.

- It injects its specifically designed formula directly into your pores where the battle for your skin’s health is waged.

Plus 3-Step System
3 - Complexion Perfecting Hydrator: 

- Exfoliating can be tough on the skin, this is why it's key to use a top-quality moisturizer afterwards. This particular moisturizer has been specifically designed to be used with an acne treatment kit.

- It works to hydrate and re-energize your skin while ensuring that no blockages of your pores will take place.

The Benefits

This three-step system...

  • Uses Smart Target technology to increase the amount of anti-clogging formula that penetrates into your pores

  • Works in perfect harmony with one another to deliver the ultimate acne battling treatment

  • Will have the same positive impact on all skin types
  • Check Circle
    Is completely safe as each product has been dermatologically tested, & are paraben & comedogenic free
  • Check Circle
    Has been specifically designed to deal with current breakouts as well as preventing future ones

Full Ingredients List

Skin Smoothing Exfoliator

Pore Targeting Treatment

Complexion Pefecting Hydrator

Active Ingredient:

- Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5%)

Inactive ingredients:

- Water (aqua)

- sodium cocoyl isethionate

- glycerin

- polyethylene

- lauryl/myristyl benzoate

- linoleic acid

- linolenic acid

- butylene glycol

- dimethicone

- ethylhexylglycerin

- acrylates/C10-30

- alkyl acrylate crosspolymer

- glycolic acid

- sodium hydroxide

- phenoxyethanol

- fragrance (parfum)

Active Ingredient:

- Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5%)

Inactive Ingredients:

- Water

- ethoxydiglycol

- glycerin

- prunus amygdalus dulcis

(sweet almond) oil

- polysorbate 80

- polysorbate 60

- sorbitan stearate

- carbomer

- potassium hydroxide

- disodium EDTA

- fragrance

Active Ingredient:

- Salicylic Acid 0.5%

Inactive Ingredients:

- Water (aqua)

- butylene glycol

- cetearyl alcohol

- dimethicone

- sodium polyacrylate

- scutellaria baicalensis root extract

- sophora angustifolia root extract

- morus alba root extract

- glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract

- arctostaphylos uva ursi leaf extract

- kojic acid

- zinc gluconate

- alpha-glucan oligosaccharide

- sodium hyaluronate

- bisabolol

- allantoin

- squalane

- safflower oil/palm oil aminopropanediol esters

- C12-15 alkyl lactate

- caprylic/capric triglyceride

- caprylyl glycol

- ethylhexylglycerin

- glycerin

- ethylhexyl palmitate

- hydrogenated polydecene

- hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin

- PPG-5-laureth-5

- polyquaternium-11

- ceteareth-20

- aluminum starch octenylsuccinate

- polysorbate 60

- hexylene glycol

- PPG-2 myristyl ether propionate

- sodium hydroxide

- disodium EDTA

- phenoxyethanol

- fragrance (parfum)

How To Use

Step One: Cleanse: Skin Smoothing Exfoliator – apply some of this product to your fingertips and gently massage it into your face for a minute or so. Ensure that you skin is wet beforehand.

Rinse your face with warm water and then pat dry.

Step Two: Treat: Pore Targeting Treatment – this acne killing serum is best applied in a similar fashion as the Cleanser. Gently massage a liberal amount into all areas of your face.

However, unlike the Cleanser, do not rinse of this serum and instead allow it to be fully absorbed into your skin.

Step Three: Repair: Complexion Perfecting Hydrator – after you’ve treated your acne, it’s now time to hydrate your skin and replenish it with all those vital vitamins and nutrients.

Apply liberal amounts of this moisturizer to your face every time that you exfoliate with this system. Allow it be absorbed into your skin which it will do very quickly.

What to Expect – The First 6 Weeks

  • week one
  • week two
  • week three
  • week four
  • week five
  • week six
  • You are now well and truly winning your acne battle

  • It is important to keep up the treatment so as to ensure that this problem never again rears its ugly head

The Key Question – Which Treatment System to Choose?

OK, so as you can see, I have outlined the ins and outs of the three treatment systems that this brand has to offer. At this point I’m sure you’re musing as to which one is the best option?

Well, all three are very effective at treating this issue, but, in my opinion, the Proactiv+ 3-Step System is the way to go.

Why? Simply because this is this brand's latest system – this means that they’ve taken the best elements from earlier kits, combined them with new technology and knowledge, and then instilled them into this latest product range.

Also, this system comes in three unique forms which are catered for specific cases. You can see this below.



Proactiv+ Teen Kit

Proactiv+ Complete Kit

Proactiv+ 3-Step System

Skin Smoothing Exfoliator

Pore Targeting Treatment

Complexion Perfecting Hydrator

Emergency Blemish Relief

Cleansing Body Bar

Clarifying Night Cream

Green Tea Moisturizer

Success Stories

The Free Gifts

A nifty element to this brand is that they offer a free gift with every purchase. These gifts are acne related products that serve to enhance your treatment.

They are by no means vital or necessary to the healing process, but they are certainly very welcome, as are most free gifts. 😊

Back to School Problem Solver

This cool little pack includes a purifying serum which works in-conjunction with a Body Bar to absorb excess sebum/oil. Such oil is very detrimental as it blocks pores and also can cause bacteria to spread. Also, these products come in a handy carrier bag for convenience.

Charcoal Brush Gift Set

This brush has charcoal-infused bristles that remove any unwanted debris from your face. A cleansing Body Bar works to treat the acne efficiently while the Green Tea Moisturizer will add nutrients and hydration to your skin.

Detox Hydrogel Mask

This extra addition works great to extract and remove any nasty elements that might be sticking to your skin. Created using activated bamboo charcoal and Moroccan lava clay, this mask is perfect to reduce the size of pores and make the skin more toned.


This brand offers a 60 Day Money Back Guarantee which is an exceptional warranty length in this particular niche – most offers only come in at 30 days.

This ultimately means that you could try out one of this brand’s treatment systems for two months, then, if you’re not happy with the results, avail of a full refund!

The only thing that you’d have to do is to return the product bottles. It doesn’t matter if they’re full, half full, or completely empty.

Money Back Guarantee

Overall this is a brilliant addition as it completely removes any financial risk. It also goes to show just how confident this brand is in their products.



Is it worth signing up for a membership?

I believe that it is. There are considerable benefits associated with being a member. They can be seen below:

  • Discounted Prices: members avail of a cheaper price when it comes to the products and kits on offer.
  • Automated Orders: every 12 weeks you’ll receive a new batch of your preferred option at a cheaper price. This overall removes the need to reorder as well as the risk of forgetting to do so. You will also have the option to pay in three installments rather than one lump fee.
  • Full Customization: you can make changes to your order at will. This is a great way to upgrade your treatment and experiment with the different products that this brand has to offer.
  • Monthly Promotions: Proactiv are constantly running deals and coupon offers. These will be sent directly to your email if you become a member.
  • Schedule Shipments: You have ultimate control over when you receive your next batch. This is perfect if you find yourself running out for whatever reason.
Are these treatments FDA approved?

Yes, all of the products supplied by this brand have been FDA tested and certified.

Have the kits been Dermatologically tested?

The products and kits have all been dermatologically tested to the highest standard.

What package types are available?

Each home treatment kit is available in a 30-day and 90-day bundle.

When will I see results?

Everyone’s skin is different but normally you will start to see the impacts within week 1 – 6. A lot of people have experienced positive effects within the first 2 weeks.

Are these products suitable for all skin types and ethnicities?

Yes. These products have been created to suit all the different types of skin, no matter the complexion or ethnicity.

Our Final Verdict

The bottom line is that there’s very good reasons why this brand has such a lofty reputation in this niche, with the main three being:

  • Maintains a top-class customer rating level year after year

  • Possesses a proven track record of delivering top of the range products & home kits

  • Successfully hits both of the above goals even though operating in a super competitive niche

BOTTOM LINE: If you’re looking for a treatment system for any type of acne related issue, then you really cannot go wrong with trying a Proactiv home treatment system.

All of their products have been proven without doubt to combat the bacterial infection that essentially is acne with the aim of restoring your skin to optimal levels.

In addition, the 90 Day Full Money Back Warranty completely removes any financial risk. This seals the deal in my opinion. 😊

Wishing you the Best Health,



Home Acne Treatments – Updated for 2019

Acne Treatment guide

Hi, Beth here! 🙂

Before I begin, I understand that some people mightn’t fancy reading our full guide. That’s no problem! 

If you’d prefer, you can instead have a look below at the summary table of the top 5 acne treatment kits that our research has uncovered. Alternatively you can also jump straight to my #1 recommendation - Here.

In saying this, we at theHealthBase always recommend that you read our guides in full - it really is the best way to get properly informed!







Exposed Skin Care
Revitol acnezine
clearpores face wash

Skin suitability:

All Types & All Degrees of acne

All Types & Minor to Medium degrees

All Types & Minor to Medium degrees

All Types & Minor to Medium degrees

Multiple Varieties of Home Kits Available

Main ingredients:

Salicylic acid

Hyaluronic Acid

Alo Vera

Salicylic Acid & Benzoyle Peroxide

Salicylic Acid & Benzoyle Peroxide

Side effects:





Slight dryness

Our Rating:

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Painful Problem - The Reality

This affliction is really horrible. There is no other way to describe it. Whether it's an everyday ailment or just a random breakout, it is never a welcome occurrence.

Why is it so bad? Because it has a detrimental effect on how we perceive ourselves. Also, it affects how we think others perceive us. It knocks our confidence and makes us self-conscious. This is the same for everyone, nobody is immune to the psychological impact that this problem can have.

“I had just started ninth grade when I got my acne…I wouldn’t look people in the eye. It was not a good time for me – it just killed my self-esteem. I thought when I didn’t look at someone, they couldn’t see my face.”

- Kendall Jenner

Personally, when I think of these unwelcome pimples two things come to mind – spotty teenagers and unhealthy people. Why these two things? Probably because my own acne years occurred when I was an unhealthy teenager! Thus the association. [1]

But it isn’t as simple as that. This issue can occur no matter how old or healthy you are. Unfortunately, there are far more reasons other than poor hygiene or the changing hormones of an adolescent.

Yes, the above factors do cause breakouts – something I learnt from painful experience. But so does such things as stress, allergies, poor diet, excessive consumption of certain foods, a rundown system, and a whole host of other reasons.

In recent years I have banished this skin affliction from my life, but, like everyone else, I still get the odd zit or breakout from time to time despite my best efforts.

Such annoyances are usually caused by one of the above mentioned factors. However, despite this, it is most certainly not all doom and gloom!

This bacterial infection is a problem that can be controlled. This is the good news. The better news is that you have happened across our site where we provide the solution to this problem.

The Health Base team have done the leg work for you and constructed a foolproof, comprehensive acne battle plan. Extensive testing and product comparison studies have given us knowledge that I would now like to share with you.

The following is a detailed guide to everything that you need to know about this dreaded skin ailment. This includes the five best over-the-counter home kits on the market today.

In addition, the Health Base’s comprehensive treatment plan will also help you discover which product is best suited for your complexion. I am confident that you will find this guide both informative and helpful.

What is Acne?

The technical term for this issue is acne vulgaris. In a nutshell, it is a disorder that causes blockages in your skin’s pores. These pores connect to oil glands which lie under the surface of your skin. [2]

An oily substance known as sebum is pushed up through these glands and out through your pores.

Why? So as to rid your body of dead skin and dirt that has accumulated over time.

Sometimes this mixture of dirt, oil, and skin can cause these pores to become blocked. This is when problems can occur. 

Question mark

It can come in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, oily skin, breakouts, and even scarring.

This problem is normally located on the face, back, and upper portion of the chest. These areas are worst hit because they have the highest number of oily glands. What a lot of people don’t realize is that there are several different types of this issues. And to make matter even more complicated, each of these types has its own causes and effects as well as methods of prevention. [3]

I'll explain below the different types of this ailment as well as a little bit more about pores.

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The Three Types of Acne Vulgaris



More commonly known as whiteheads and blackheads, a comedo occurs when a hair follicle/pore becomes blocked by emerging keratin (skin and dirt) and oil/sebum.

A blackhead is when the surface is breached by a comedo. A whitehead takes form beneath the skin. The factor that dictates whether the comedo will be a whitehead or blackhead is what depth the blockage in your pore occurs.



Also known as a zit or spot. Pimples are a type of comedo. They are also caused by blockages in the pores. In addition, pimples can take the form of pustules and papules.

Pimples are what comedo’s become when they reach the point of inflammation. This occurs when the blockage is it at its zenith.



This is a rare type of this skin problem. Also known as seborrheic eczema or seborrheic dermatitis. Unfortunately, its rarity is equalled by its memorable appearance. Seborrhoea is a type of mild dermatitis. It usually effects the upper torso, scalp, and, of course, the face. 

Seborrhoea only occurs on people who have existing severe acne. It takes the form of red, crusty, and flaky skin that looks very irritated. The best thing to do with Seborrhoea is to visit a dermatologist immediately. As indicated, this type is far more serious than a comedo. [4]

Each of these types suck. There's no getting away from this fact. But what causes them? Read on to find out!

10 Major Causes

  • Overload of Sebum/Oil
  • Cosmetics
  • Bacteria Spreading
  • Allergies
  • Stress

This one is a bit of a puzzler. It has still yet to be scientifically proven that stress does indeed induce this bacterial infection. Conversely, it is widely acknowledged that stress can indeed be a factor.

There are reports that indicate that certain hormones are triggered by stress which cause an increase in the production of sebum. This increase can then lead to pore blockage. [6]

Therefore, how to avoid stress? Simply put…don’t get stressed!! Easy? Not quite. We all know that in the modern world stress is unavoidable.

However, it is possible to control stress to a manageable level as many factors behind stress are self-induced.

  • Run-Down System
  • Poor Cleansing Routine
  • Dietary Habits
  • Puberty
  • Dead Skin Builds Up

There are three primary reasons dead skin can build up and lead to pores being clogged. These are the aging process; the lack of a proper cleansing routine; and dry climates.

As we age, our skin stops being as efficient as it once was. This leads to dry skin forming as well as dead skin. This build up can then lead to blockages in your pores. Thus, the older we get the more we have to look after our complexions.

A a lack of an effective facial cleansing routine can cause dead skin to accumulate. Going prolonged amounts of time without cleaning one’s face will result in large amounts of dead skin piling up. This will then lead to blockages. Remember, the human body is constantly shedding millions of cells.

Dry climate is another factor that can lead to dead skin piling up. Climates that are in the extremes are not particularly great for our complexion. This ranges from dry climates that are lacking in humidity, to freezing conditions that can be found in the depths of winter. Both extremes can expedite or worsen the problem. A key way to battle these environmental effects is to always moisturise.

Acne Care - The Key Dos & Do Nots

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What is My Skin Type & the Importance of Knowing

Identifying your skin type is something that many people would like to be able to do but a large majority don’t actually know how to go about gaining this knowledge. Why so difficult?

Simply because there are quite a few different types, all which have varieties. It is also very common for a person’s face to consist of different types rather than just the one.

For example, I have quite a dry and sensitive complexion around my cheeks and neck. Yet, in contrast, my nose and forehead (the T area) consists of oily skin. The fact though that I know these differences is hugely beneficial as I can then treat both types accordingly.

And this is the key to the importance of knowing – each type is unique and therefore needs to be treated differently. Only by correctly identifying your skin type can you then take the necessary steps in order to prevent facial maladies.

Again, using myself as an example, I would exfoliate my nose and forehead regularly in order to remove the excess oil/sebum.However, I would very rarely exfoliate my cheeks as it would only irritate the sensitive skin that’s located there. Instead, I gently wash this area and moisturize daily.

So, you can see the importance of identifying the different types that makeup your face and body. Next, I’ll look at these types and how they are broken up in a broad, general way.

The Different Types

The varying skin types can roughly be broken up into five different categories – normal, oily, combination, dry, and sensitive. These categories are quite broad with each having varying levels of intensity. For example, most people have an oily complexion somewhere on their faces, but some might have excessively oily skin that needs to be cleansed every second day.

Below is a description of these five types and some of their most common characteristics – have a look and see which ones you believe best describes your own unique complexion.

  • Normal
  • Combination
  • sensitive
  • dry
  • oily

This is exactly what it sounds like – having two different categories. This results in certain parts of your face having standard or excessive oil production, while other areas having distinctly lesser oil production levels.

Combination usually manifests itself with the upper portion of your face, nose, and chin being oily. In contrast, your cheeks would be quite dry in composition. This can leave this area becoming flaky and irritated.

Combination is quite common as a follow-on from oily. People in their twenties and thirties often have combination, perhaps after having oily as a teenager. This is just another example of how our bodies are always in a state of flux as we grow. This is why it is important to keep on top of your health as what worked five or ten years ago may not be as effective now.

The tricky (and annoying) part of having combination is that you may be forced to use two types of treatment. One for your oily part, and one for your dry. This may seem like a lot of hassle, but once you get into the routine it will become second nature.

Our advice for people with combination is that you use the same method as outlined for the oily sections of your face. This will be a mild cleanser/acne product without alcohol. You should probably not use this on the dry parts of your face as there is no need. Instead, apply a moisturizer to these areas so as to supply relief and freshness.

4 Methods to Manage to Oily Skin

Method One: Cleanse Both Regularly & Properly

Method Two: Moisturize Regularly

Method Three: Get in Your Vitamins & Minerals!

Method Four: Clay Masks

DIY Home Clay Mask



- Combine 1 teaspoon of clay in a small bowl with 3-5 drops of Witch Hazel

- Ensure that you mix thoroughly


- When the mixture is settled, gently apply it all over your face

-  Allow the mixture to dry on your face


- Rinse of the clay mask with lukewarm water

- Pat dry your face with a clean towel or face cloth


- Repeat this treatment twice a week for best results

- Use for one month at a time

Alternatively, if you don’t fancy the DIY version, take a look at Zenmed’s Derma Cleanse Mask for a top quality version – it’s located in the Table of Contents under Product 3.

Identify Your Skin Type - 4 Quick Methods

There are a lot of people out there that are a little bit unclear on how to differentiate these varying skin types. This is understandable as it can be a little hard to separate a few of them.

However, despite the confusion, it is key to appreciate the importance of identifying the different skin types that cover your face and body.

Only by correctly doing this can we hope then to pinpoint exactly what we need to do to improve and enhance our complexion.

Below I have complied four easy-to-do methods that will help you to correctly gauge the different skin types that is present on your body.

Skin Types

Method 1: Use Blotting Paper

This method is straight forward and very useful. It involves using blotting paper in order to determine the skin type in question. It is most pertinent in attempting to discover if you have excessively oily skin or a complexion that is severely lacking in sebum/oil.

The trick it to use the blotting paper on skin that has not been washed recently or come in contact with cosmetics. The best way to ensure this is to wash your face before you go to bed, ensuring that you remove all the makeup or other cosmetics that you may have applied.

Also, refrain from moisturizing as you’ll want you face clear of even beneficial elements. Then, in the morning, gently press the blotting paper to the different areas of face that you want to check. Don’t rub your skin with the paper as this will cause irritation, so instead just blot. The result will be that you’ll be able to see the amount of oil that is present in the different areas of your.

If you have an excessively oily complexion, then there will be quite a large amount oil present on the blotting paper. In contrast, if the paper is absent of oil then you’ll know you have dry or sensitive skin in that area.

Take a look at what we think is the best blotting paper available today.

Method 2: Take a Close Look in the Mirror

This may seem a bit obvious and simple, but sometimes the best methods are indeed are obviously simple!! When it comes to discerning what type of skin type you have, more often than not you can figure this out by simply taking a good look at the chosen area.

This is particularly relevant for an oily complexion. This type is very noticeable to the eye as the skin will look more shiny than usual. It can even look somewhat greasy which is not what we want for our faces.

Below is a quick guide to what to look for when it comes to differing types:

Skin Type

Visual Characteristics


Healthy & smooth


Inflamed & irritated


Normally oily in T-Zone area, dry on cheeks & under eyes


Red & flaky


Shiny & greasy


Method 3: The Sense of Touch

Again, this is another straightforward method but one that is very effective. We use our sense of touch every day of our lives to ascertain the nature of things. Understanding what type of skin you have is also something that your sense of touch can help you with. Oily complexions will leave visible residue on your fingertips, while healthy, fresh skin will feel smooth to the touch.

I would add thought that it is most definitely advisable to wash your hands before you go touching your face!! Some of my colleagues are avid believers that people should never touch their face.

There's no real danger, however, as long as your paws are clean. 🙂 Below is a quick guide of what the different skin types feel like:

Skin Type

Visual Characteristics


Will feel irritated & a tingly sensation


Visible residue will be evident when touched




Coarse to the touch & will feel tight


A mixture of the above types

Method 4: Seek a Professional’s Opinion

This is probably the last one that people would actually consider as it takes a bit more time and effort than the other three. Also, you’ll have to pay for a consultation fee in the process – dermatologists and doctors don’t work for free after all!

I personally think that you’ll be able to pinpoint your different skin types from the first three methods that I have discussed thus far. However, if you want a concrete opinion, or if you’re struggling to identify the type in question for whatever reason, then don’t hesitate in choosing this method.

Also, and this is important, if you are suffering from any type of persistent malady then it’s key that you visit a dermatologist or doctor in the near future.

Key Note – Skin Changes!!!

It’s very much worth noting that our complexions gradually change over the duration of our lifetimes. Therefore, they way we treat it has to evolve and develop as well. Aspects like puberty, hormonal changes, age, diets, exercise regimes, and changing climates are some of the most common reasons that can cause our complexions to change over time.

Fret not though. Now that you have the necessary information pertaining to each skin type, you can comfortable treat your skin and ensure that it is at its best 24/7, 365 days a year.

Essential Ingredients - the Right Stuff

A vital part of your search to cure your skin problems is to ensure that the right stuff has been put into the product. As with everything, if the ingredients are not proper then the outcome will mirror this. Just imagine trying to make chicken noodle soup without the chicken…or noodles! No good. [7]

The following two ingredients are absolutely vital for an effective home kit – benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. It is worth your time to read a little a bit about these two ingredients if you are determined to rid acne from your life.

Benzoyl Peroxide

- Also known as peroxyde benzoyle. This ingredient supplies oxygen to your skin which works to kill the bacteria that brings about pimples and breakouts. The scientific name for this bacteria is Proprioni Bacterium. This bacterium thrives in oxygen-less areas. Therefore, oxygen is needed to battle this bacteria and this is what benzoyl peroxide delivers.

- This ingredient also succeeds in ridding your face of dead skin cells. Dead skin accumulates on the surface of your skin which can block pores. Furthermore, this accumulation can also expedite the growth of Proprioni Bacterium.

- Warning: it's worth noting that benzoyl peroxide is quite a strong ingredient. It can lead to excessive drying of your skin which can then result in irritation. This ingredient has also been known to cause allergic reactions as well as bleaching clothes or towels, so be careful where you apply it.

Salicylic Acid

- This is a beta hydroxyl acid that originates from willow bark. Sometimes it might actually be listed as willow bark instead of salicylic acid, so keep that in mind when you are scanning the ingredients.

- In scientific terms, salicylic acid works as a bacteriostatic agent. It reduces the spread of bacteria by nullifying the bacterial protein from being produced. In addition, this ingredient also works to remove dead skin cell, excess sebum/oil, and dirt from your body’s pores.

- Overall, this process will succeed in opening your clogged pores and cleaning them out. It will aid in inducing cell growth which will ensure that your skin grows at a faster rate. This will then help to remove any scarring that might have occurred. It will also cure lesions and discoloration. [8]

​​The Big Decision...Benzoyl or Salicylic Acid?

In terms of their effectiveness, both these ingredients are beneficial. Any related product worth its salt will have either one of these in their formula. In fact, some products incorporate both. However, in saying this, our research has provided conclusive proof that salicylic acid is the one to choose. Below are the main points as to why we think this is the case:

  • No bleaching – salicylic acid does not have the same effect on textile material that benzoyl peroxide has. This alone, for the sake of your clothes, is a major plus 
  • Anti Aging properties – salicylic acid has the added benefit of increasing the creation of cells which helps to rejuvenate your skin. This can help in the reduction of age lines and any blemishes of the skin
  • Reduces inflammation – salicylic acid is a chemical relative of aspirin. As with aspirin, it also helps in the reduction of inflammation and redness that can occur due to this bacterial infection. This benefit is very welcome as it greatly helps to negate the aesthetic damage that can cause be caused

What are Other Vital Ingredients?

Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide may be the two prominent ingredients, but there are other ingredients in products that prevent whiteheads that are also worth being familiar with. The following is a quick guide to each of them:



Alpha hydroxy acids

(glycolic acid or multifruits acids)

- significantly aids with exfoliation by clearing blocked oil glands

- not as effective as salicylic acid so therefore should never replace it


(Vitamin C & A, retin A, tretinoin, retinoic acid)

- supplies needed vitamins

- usually only found in prescription products 


- natural mineral

- works to suck out excess oil, dirt, and dead skin from pores

- hugely beneficial for the exfoliation process


- antifungal properties

- regulates the production of oil/sebum

Rose extract

- similar benefits to that of peppermint


- found in all sorts of acne kits, including facial masks

- works to decrease oiliness

Ensuring the Formula is Correct

We cannot stress how key this is. A lot of inferior brands and products will make one of two mistakes – either they’ll refrain from using benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, perhaps choosing a cheaper option instead.

Or they won’t do the necessary research and will add too much or too little of these vital ingredients into their formula. Either eventuality can prove detrimental for the quality of the product.


If these ingredients are overused in any given product then serious damage could occur. Abuse of such ingredients as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can cause your skin to become heavily irritated and even burnt. The only time these ingredients should be used in high doses is under the supervision of a qualified dermatologist. Even then, this should be a last course of action.

Correct amount of benzoyl peroxide: this ingredient usually falls into the 2.5% - 10% concentration range. The temptation is to automatically go for the 10% so as to get the strongest, most impactful treatment. Our advice would be to start with a smaller dosage, perhaps the 2.5%.

The reason for this lies in the strength of benzoyl peroxide. 10% could very well be too much for your skin type, even though it can be bought over-the-counter. So, to avoid irritation, the best course of action is to buy a product with a lesser percentage and see how that goes.

Correct amount of salicylic acid: the same can be said for this ingredient. It is far better to start with a smaller dosage than to go straight away for the highest percentage. In saying this, salicylic acid is naturally far easier on your face than benzoyl peroxide.

Salicylic acid usually comes in just the 0.5% - 3% concentration range. While the 3% concentration probably won’t cause any issues, it is still advisable to start with a lower does – our recommendation being the 0.5% - 1.5% range.

Also, the higher the concentration of these two ingredients then the higher the price of the product will be. So, to spare yourself possible side effects as well as needless spending, it really is best to start with lower dosages.

Next I'll discuss some warning signs that you need to be on the lookout for regarding the formula.

Formula Alarm Bells

As with every niche and product line, there’s going to be so dodgy ones. Unfortunately, for every one-hundred honest merchants, you’re going to have a few that are lacking in ethics. These people are more concerned with lining their pockets than your health concerns.

As a result, this leads to shoddy and potentially dangerous products. The same can be seen in the niche of acne treatment. So, what are the main things to look out for?


The first one is an overuse of ingredients. Companies who do not know, or care, what they’re doing will sometimes pack in as many ingredients as possible into their creations. They do this to try and impress consumers. We are programmed to think that more is better. However, this most definitely is not always the case.

An overload of ingredients in an product can actually work to further clog pores – exactly the opposite effect of what it’s meant to be doing! Over using such ingredients such as paraffin oil or some silicones can cause this to happen. So, keep an eye out for an overload of ingredients.

It is important to note that the above mentioned ingredients aren’t necessarily bad for your skin. They work to sooth and refresh, thus the reason they are added to formulas. Once the dosage of these ingredients is low then there should be no problem.

The second thing to look out for is the use of alcohol. AVOID THIS LIKE THE PLAGUE. We really cannot stress this enough. The sad fact is that alcohol is used in quite a large amount of brand's products, something that in this day and age shouldn’t be the case.

Companies and brands use alcohol in their products for two reasons. Firstly, the alcohol gives the naturally thick cream a lighter composition. This may seem trivial, but then again this is the beauty industry we are discussing.

The second reason is that alcohol is super at removing oil from the skin. The problem lies in the fact that alcohol removes too much of this oil. This can cause your complexion to become raw and irritated. Also, your glands will react to the sudden lack of oil/sebum by trying to generate more and more. As noted before, this will result in a viscous cycle that will be disastrous for the well-being of your skin.

The Must Have Moisturizing Agents

As we have stressed, benzoyl peroxide and/or salicylic acid are vital ingredients.

But they can also have a certain drying out effect on the skin. In order to compensate for this, many cosmetic brands make sure to include ingredients that are used to ease dryness and increase freshness.

These top moisturizing ingredients can be seen to the right ---->

The ideal formula will include a variety of the above moisturisers in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide and/or salicylic acid as well as other elements.

  • Passion flower extract 
  • Arnica
  • Aloe Vera
  • Glycerine
  • Chamomile
  • Vitamin B5
  • Calendula

Choosing & Sticking with the Correct Brand

This is common sense yet something that a lot of people don’t adhere to. People often swap and mix different brands.


The logic for staying with the same brand is quite simple and straightforward. The products from the top brands are all designed to work together – this is how they have been formulated. Messing with that formula by introducing a product from a competing brand can very easily unbalance the whole enterprise.

This is clearly evident in the niche I'm discussing here today. Each brand uses different dosages and measurements in terms of their ingredients. All the products from any given brand are designed to be compatible, something that is definitely worth keeping in mind.

Now, in different areas of your life it is perfectly OK to mix and match the different brands. For example, it really doesn’t matter if your hair gel and body spray are both produced by Lynx. It’s far better to find ones you like rather than worrying about brand loyalty.

However, when this health issue is considered, it is absolutely the correct decision to stick with the same brand.

Another key thing to keep in mind is that you must give your chosen product/kit enough time be effective. A common mistake many people make is that they abandon a treatment after a week or so because there are no immediate results.

These things take time so don’t be hasty in dumping a product. In fact, you should only ever move onto a new method or product if the one you’re trying is having an adverse reaction on your skin. Or if you’ve been using it for months without any visible improvement.

Is the Guarantee Guaranteed?

If you don’t read the small text, it’s time to start! We have reiterated continually throughout this guide that we all have different types of complexions. This means that it might take some time to find the right product for your particular type. It’s highly preferable that this search doesn’t also cost a small fortune!

That’s where the Money Back Guarantee comes into the equation. Now, some brands try to be sneaky. Like only giving a 15-day money back guarantee. This is laughable. These brands know full well that an treatment plan cannot be accurately judged after just two weeks.

Therefore, it is key that you choose a brand that offers a substantial period in which you can return the product. And, of course, get a full refund.

Avoid the Marketing Traps

Brands and companies make products for a sole reason – to make money. There is nothing wrong with this, that’s how business works.

To achieve this all-consuming goal, manufactures sometime employ marketing tactics that give them the edge over their competitors.

Again, there is nothing wrong with this. What’s wrong is that we as consumers sometimes fall for these traps!! Below are some of these machinations that you mightn't be aware of.


The Volume Trap: A pretty common one. Brands will make their products slightly smaller or lighter than their rivals. This will save them money on the production costs. This might mean that your facial cleanser is 25ml or 50ml lesser than another product…though it still costs the same! If this happens, you really only have yourself to blame.

The trick is to your due diligence. Don’t just buy the first product that you see. Compare and contrast them.

The Autoshipment Trap: The next tactic or trap that brands use is to try and get customers to select Autoship. For those unaware, Autoship is a service that allows you to receive your favorite products in an automated fashion – usually every month or so.

This saves you the effort of having to physically go through the buying process every time you need a top up. It also saves you money on shipping.

For the merchant, Autoshipment is also beneficial as people are more likely to stay with their product. Let’s face it, people can be quite lazy! Most people won’t bother cancelling their Autoship selection unless they have a major problem with a product.

Don’t get us wrong, this little marketing trap isn’t necessarily a bad thing as Autoshipment does bring down your overall bill.

However, it's important to understand what Autoship entails – otherwise you’ll end getting hit with a second charge in a month’s time even if you have no wish to get a repeat batch of the product.

What is Exfoliation? 

Whether it be treating acne, or simply cleansing your face on a daily basis, exfoliation is a vital component if you are to be successful. But what exactly is exfoliation? What does the term actually mean?

Well, simply put, this involves the removal of unwanted substances and agents from your face – both from the surface and from the pores. These substances and agents can include excessive oil/sebum; dirt and debris; dead skin cells; and accumulative elements such as sun damage, air pollution and many more examples.

Only by removing these unwanted undesirables can our faces hope to achieve their healthiest appearance as well as their optimum performance. Next, I’ll discuss some of the key benefits that exfoliation can deliver.

Four Top Benefits of Exfoliating

  • Superior Complexion & Texture
  • Battles Acne & Lessens Breakouts
  • Combats Father Time
  • Increases the Proficiency of Skincare Prodcuts

This benefit is especially important when it comes to the treatment of acne vulgaris. Using healthcare and beauty products on an uncleansed face is both a tremendous waste of time and money! In order for these products to work properly, the canvas that they are being applied to has to be pristine and at its most receivable.

Why is this so important? Because layers of dirt and grim and other stuff can create a barrier between any products and the skin that these products are meant to be beneficial. Simply put, the product won’t impact the skin as it won’t be able to penetrate the overlying layer of dead skin cells, dirt, sebum and god knows what else! I love a good analogy…so imagine trying to paint a wall that’s filthy!!! Pointless.

This is where exfoliation comes into the equation. A good cleansing session will remove this layer of dirt and grim and leave your face (or wall :)) at its most receivable for whatever health and beauty products that you plan on applying.

The Correct Cleansing Routine

When it comes to exfoliating and cleansing your face, there are two key boxes that you need to tick if you are to be effective.

The first is that you choose the correct products in which to incorporate into your cleansing routine.

Inferior products can range from being utterly useless to downright harmful, especially if they are acne treatment product.

The second box, and just as important, is the actual physical process of exfoliation. OK, so you’ve got the best of the best in terms of products, but this will still mean very little if you apply said products incorrectly. 

Acne Care

This is where a quality application method is needed. Below is what I believe to be the best cleansing routine. Hopefully, you’ll find it helpful!

  • Step 1: Choose the Correct Products
  • Step 2: Wash Your  Face
  • Step 3: Use Clean Towel

- Clean being the essential word here!! There’s no point in using a dirty rag to clean your face, I hope we can all see the sense in that!

- The easiest way to ensure that you’re not stuck with a dirty cloth is simply to have a few spares. This way you can use the cloth, throw it in the wash, grab the next one, and repeat

- It goes without saying that this rule of cleanliness also goes for any implements and tools that you plan to use

  • Step 4: Bring the Heat
  • Step 5: Apply the Cleanser
  • Step 6: Rinse Your Face

- Once the cleanser has been rubbed into your face, you can then rinse it off. If the cleanser has done its job you will also be rinsing off all that unwanted nonsense that accumulates onto our faces

- The only other thing that I’d say about this step is that you use cold water. As warm water naturally opens our pores, cold water does the opposite and causes them to close. This is why we’re always advised to have a cold shower after using a sauna or steam room!!

  • Step 7: Time for the Acne Treatment
  • Step 8: Dry Your Face
  • Step 9: Finish with a Top Quality Moisturizer

- I’ll go into this in more depth in a later paragraph, but it’s safe to say that it’s vital that you finish your facial treatment with a good moisturizer. For an example of such a top notch moisturizer, check out the one that can be found in our Zenmed article - look for the Omegaceramide Moisturizer in the Table of Contents.

Extra Step – How often to cleanse: this is quite an important factor in the cleansing routine. Too often and irritation may occur; not frequently enough, and skin ailments may form. Everyone’s skin is different – what might work for one person, may not be as beneficial for the next.

I personally cleanse every three to four days. I find this to be enough. Any less and I can feel my skin (especially my forehead) becoming oily. Any more and my complexion will start to get irritated. The best advice I think is to experiment yourself and see what works for you.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the above routine and advice is something that I use and stand by. However, it is important to acknowledge that every person’s skin is unique. We may be able to divide types into categories but these categories are quite broad. Just like no two faces are exactly identical, skin has the same variations and differences. [9]

As the good doctor says…

“There isn’t a ‘formula’ because we all have different skin types, we live in different climates and we engage in different sports and activities.”

- Brandith Irwin, MD

Key General Tips


Improve Your Shave

This is a tip that I personally treasure so I can only imagine how valuable it will be for men. For years, shaving used to be a real hit and miss kind of deal for me. Sometimes I used to have a perfect shave, and other times my skin would be left raw and irritated. At first, I thought it was the razor blades that were the issue. I thought that perhaps it was the fact that the blades were getting dull or that they were nicked. It got to the point that I started using a different blade every time I shaved!! Not exactly practical or financially economically, I know. 😉

Eventually, and it took me a heck of a lot longer than it should have, I realized that it had nothing to do with my razor – it was the state of my skin that was the issue. If my skin was suitably clean and fresh, then it would adversely affect the quality of my shave.

So, as an experiment, I decided to cleanse and exfoliate my skin prior to shaving. And, well, I haven’t looked back!! My shaving routine became far more productive and effective because my skin was more receivable to the blade. Of course, I still have my bad days (I can be quite clumsy!!), but these days are far and few between.


Be Wary of Ordinary Soap & Shower Gel

Many people, when in the shower, wash their faces with an assortment of products. Whether it be a generic bar of soap. Or a top of the range body wash. Keep in mind though that your face is far more delicate than your body. It takes far less to damage your face or block your facial pores than any other area of your body.

A lot of soaps and body washes are only really designed to be used on the body – not the face. It is important to keep this in mind. The reason for this is that these products often contain ingredients and mixtures that are not suitable for contact with your face. This can often lead to allergic reactions or blockages in your pores.


Never Scrub Your Face

This ties back into what I was saying about your face being delicate. The way you clean your underarms, or chest, should most definitely not be the way you clean your face. The former body parts are washed by scrubbing, usually in a vigorous manner. Your face is far too delicate for this. Rough scrubbing on your face will only irritate it and cause problems.

Instead, use a wet cloth to dab your face when you are showering. This will soak up and remove any excess oil, dirt, or dead skin cells. It will also stop your face from being damaged.