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Although some people never seem to have an issue with breakouts over a significant portion of their body, other individuals suffer from this problem on a regular basis. Even if you are prone to body breakouts, you can take charge of this issue and reduce their frequency and severity. Use as many of the following tips to help prevent body acne of all kinds.


Let’s face it, we do dirty work. And if pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads seem to pop out frequently, you might want to give your hygiene routine a new look. After all, a good hygiene routine should involve more than just washing your hands after going out to collect eggs, particularly if you are prone to body breakouts. In addition to cleaning your face daily, you should include a weekly exfoliating treatment to help remove the dead skin cells that can clog your pores. You might also want to use soaps, cleansers, and body washes explicitly designed for people with oily skin problems.


Many medical professionals recommend getting sufficient sleep each day. You’ll know you are getting enough sleep if you wake up feeling rested. If you are still tired, you probably need more sleep. During sleep, your body works hard to rejuvenate itself, which is essential not only to your body’s health but also to the health of your skin.

Healthy Diet

Did you know that eating a healthy diet can help you avoid body breakouts as well as keeping you fit and trim? A healthy diet is full of vitamins and minerals that are good for your skin. Eating fresh produce and lean meats will help to prevent body breakouts, partly because it avoids the fats and sugars that so often lead to clogged pores. If you want to keep your skin clear, you should avoid eating most types of fast food, sugary treats, and fatty meats.

Proper Hydration

Proper hydration is just as important as proper nutrition when it comes to clear skin. The water you drink helps to remove harmful bacteria and toxins that can contribute to acne breakouts. Unless you drink enough water every day, these toxins build up and lead to health issues, including body breakouts.

If you want clear skin, you need to try and maintain it actively. To do so, you should eat a nutritious diet, drink plenty of water, get lots of sleep, and cleanse your skin thoroughly each day. If your body breakouts are severe, you might want to consult your family doctor.

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Basic Toolkits for Household, Garden and Workshop

The house-proud home owner needs more than one toolkit to keep up with odd jobs around the house and yard. These are the basics you will need to have handy in tool kits ready for jobs in the home, workshop and garden.

Household Toolkit

Your household toolkit should be kept in an easily accessible spot in the kitchen or den. It’s handy for making quick repairs around the home, hanging curtains, fixing loose doors and so on.

    • Retractable tape measure: You will use this a lot, so get a strong, well made tape measure about 25 ft in length. Retractable makes it easy to wind up and store.
    • Screwdrivers: You will need both flathead (straight edge) and Phillips (cross head). You will have both types of screws in your home. Get them in the most common sizes around your home and an assortment of replacement screws as well.
    • Utility knife: A good strong metal one with a retractable blade.

  • Duct and masking tape: One large roll of each.
  • Hammer: Get a good quality claw hammer, you don’t want the head flying off while you are working and causing damage or injury. Add an assortment of nails.
  • Pliers: Handy for a number of small jobs, including holding nails in place while you hammer (saves your thumbs!) Get a blunt nosed pair and a needle nosed pair. One pair should have a cutter.
  • Optional extras: A cordless electric drill, all purpose glue and small saw or hacksaw. A stud finder is a handy thing to have if you are putting up shelves.
Workshop Toolkit

Your workshop toolkit will be better equipped than your household toolkit, so you can get started on projects to improve your home and garden. Consider hiring extra tools that you may not use on a regular basis to help you finish a job. Also consider the nature of your projects – if you work mainly with wood, a welder may be an occasional hire item. If you work mainly with metal, a welder will be a necessity.

  • Variable speed corded drill: Able to cope with bigger jobs than your household cordless, also used for sanding and grinding.
  • Saw: What type of saw you have depends on what you will be doing with it. If it’s just for odd jobs, a hand saw will do. If you cut timber or fire wood on a regular basis, consider a circular saw.
  • Spirit level: Let’s get this straight – you will need this! You can get a spirit level built into a T square, combining two handy items.
  • Adjustable wrenches: For removing and tightening bolts and gripping anything that needs to stay still.
  • Assorted screwdrivers – Phillips and flathead: These you will tend to gather as you go along, in a variety of sizes.
  • Nails and screws in assorted sizes.
  • Wire cutter: Scissors do not do a good job. Have the right tool.
  • A good quality claw hammer: Always keep one in your workshop because it’s guaranteed you won’t be able to find the one you keep in the house.
  • Metal files: For coarse and fine work.
  • Ladder or stepladder: Make sure it is sturdy and firm. Safety first!
  • Goggles and masks: Again, safety first.
  • Optional or hire extras: Electric sander, welder, generator for stand by power.

Gardening Toolkit

There are a few standard items that are essential for good gardening. You gardening toolkit need never be any bigger than this.

  • Shovel or spade: Usually the first thing to buy and use. `Test drive’ a shovel before you buy. Make sure you are comfortable with its weight and height. Buy a good quality shovel with a good metal scoop. Anything else just won’t last.
  • Hoe: Again, test it to make sure the handle isn’t too long, or that it isn’t too heavy to be comfortable.
  • Rake: Metal lasts longer although cheap plastic rakes do the job. Bamboo or wooden rakes generally fall apart quickly.
  • Small garden set: A hand trowel, fork and weeder for planting out, removing weeds and aerating the soil around a plant.
  • Garden snippers: For pruning small branches, rose bushes and dead heading spent flowers.
  • Watering can: For spot watering and when water use is restricted.

by Gail Kavanagh

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