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  • What the location of your spots says about your health

     

    Spots are one of the most annoying everyday occurrences we can all relate to.

    They can be painful, they are often conspicuous, and they're always inevitably ill-timed - we've probably all got school photos to prove it.

    The thing to take solace in is that no one who cares about you gives a damn about blemishes or blackheads, in fact, they probably love you more for them.

    But if you're wondering what causes your breakouts, we've made a brief breakdown below:

    Between your eyebrows or on your nose

    According to Dr Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mt Sinai Hospital in New York City, this means that you're either going through puberty or you're experiencing a lot of stress.

    Your fight or flight stress response, an increase of adrenaline, can increase oil production and therefore you're more susceptible to breakouts, especially in these areas.

    Your hairline

    Probably too much hair product, or you've rubbed in into your skin, clogging your pores.

    Either that or you push your hair back frequently with dirty hands, pushing grease into your pores.

    Around your mouth

    Most likely your diet, residue from acidic foods and grease are the most likely culprits to block your pores.

    If you've just had a burger, think twice about putting your fingers on your face and have a quick wash.

    Your cheeks

    More than likely it means you need to wash your hands, as these are most commonly in contact with these areas.

    In addition, it might be time to clean that keyboard or phone.

    Your ears

    These are often linked with dehydration, for which the remedy is simple. Drink more water and less soft drinks.

    Your upper arms

    Often, this is an especially prevalent skin condition called keratosis pilaris, which takes the form of rough and bumpy red spots covering the skin like a rash.

    It's a hereditary condition and is very common, occuring when too much keratin builds up in the skin's hair follicles.

    NHS advice for this is to use non soap cleansers, as ordinary soap could be drying your skin out, making the condition worse, using moisturisers and taking lukewarm showers as opposed to hot baths.

    Anywhere else

    However, as with all things medical, seeing a doctor is far superior than looking for answers on the internet - if you feel you may have a skin condition then its best to get it checked out.

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  • Women prefer Bad and dominant boys

    Why we love bad boys: Women who prefer 'formidable and dominant' men tend to feel more at risk of becoming a victim of crime

    • Previous study says women prefer dominant men who give protection
    • But the latest study claims this is not related to living in high-crime areas
    • It found women prefer dominant men based on how they see themselves
    • Women who think they're likely to be a victim of crime prefer bad boys

    Bad boys attract a certain type of woman.  

    That's according to new research which claims women who prefer 'formidable and dominant' men tend to feel more at risk of being the victim of a crime.

    It follows research that suggests that women who grow up in high-crime areas find dominant men more appealing, perhaps because of the protection they can offer.

    The latest study, however, is different, because it claims women who are attracted to dominant men generally feel more at risk of victimisation - even when their risk of victimisation is low.

    'Physically formidable and dominant mates (PPFDM) appear to be associated with women's self-assessed vulnerability,' said PhD researcher Hannah Ryder from Leicester University. 

    'Women with strong PPFDM feel relatively more at risk, fearful, and vulnerable to criminal victimisation compared to their counterparts,

    '[This] is regardless of whether there are situational risk factors present.'

    The study involved assessing whether the relationship between fear of crime and PPFDM was higher for crimes that cause relatively higher physical and psychological pain, such as sexual assault.

    Across two studies in the lab and field, women looked at images and real life situations that varied in the risk of crime. 

    They were then asked to rate their perceived risk of victimisation - a measure of fear of crime - of various crimes.

    This included male - and female - perpetrated physical assault and robbery and male-perpetrated rape.

    In both studies, the research team also administered a scale that measured women's PPFDM, and assessed the association between women's PPFDM score and their risk perception scores.

    The study found that women's fear of crime significantly differed in response to crime cues – for example location and time of day - and that overall fear of crime was related to PPFDM.

    However, the relationship between PPFDM and fear did not vary in relation to risk situation, perpetrator gender, or crime type.

    This suggests that the psychological mechanisms underlying the relationship between perceived risk of victimisation and PPFDM are general in nature. 

     MEN WITH WIDER SKULLS ARE SEEN AS MORE DOMINANT

     Men with narrower skulls are less likely to be regarded as more dominant than those with wider ones, a study has found.

    Psychologists from Stirling University asked volunteers to look at photographs of students with neutral expressions and rate the dominance of their personality.

    The research revealed a strong link between the breadth of a man's face compared to its height - known as fWHR - and how dominant he was considered by himself and others. The same could not be said of women.

    The study's lead author Viktoria Mileva said that others' perception of men with broad faces could lead them to believe they are dominant.

    She said: 'It is also possible that men with a higher width to height ratio act inherently more dominant, perhaps as a result of increased testosterone.'

    'One potential mechanism which may explain why fWHR affects male self-perceptions of dominance is how others behave towards them.

    'If certain behavioural qualities which signal dominance, such as achievement drive, aggression and cheating and trustworthiness are visible in people's faces through their fWHR, as our study one suggests, then actions towards these individuals may differ.

    'This could in turn lead to altered behaviour from the faces' owners in response to how they are treated by others.

    'However, it is also possible that men with a higher fWHR act and feel inherently more dominant, perhaps as a result of increased testosterone'.

    Previous studies have found that men with wider faces are more likely to be seen as aggressive, but also more attractive for short-term relationships.

     



    Source:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3466331/Why-love-bad-boys-Men-look-dominant-attractive-women-feel-risk-victim.html#ixzz41OWDBrq7 
     

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