Acne is a skin disease affecting nearly 9.4% of the world’s population. The word acne comes from the Greek word ‘acme’ meaning spot or point. The condition causes an inflammation of the hair follicles leading to pimples, pustules and papules. Acne can affect anyone despite their age or race and while not dangerous, can lead to permanent scars which could negatively impact the sufferer’s self esteem. Today we will study some top natural acne remedies that really do work.
Acne is of different types but the most common type-acne vulgaris- can affect anyone from teenager to adulthood. It is caused by infected sebaceous glands that get clogged with P. acnes bacterium, leading to the development of papules, comedones, blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts, etc., on the forehead, chin, cheeks, and chest (plus pretty much everywhere else there is body hair). Here are some common causes of acne:
• Hormonal changes during puberty, menstruation, menopause, pregnancy, etc.
• Medicines like corticosteroids and birth control pills can also trigger acne.
• Sugary diets
• Picking or touching existing acne spreads germs to other parts of the skin
• Excess exfoliation
• Use of certain cosmetics, beauty products and greasy hair care products, etc.
• Industrial pollution
Following are some natural acne remedies that are known to be very effective. As with anything natural, however, you must be patient and use these remedies diligently to see results:
Apple cider vinegar contains acids that balance the pH of the skin and kill acne-causing bacteria. Dilute apple cider vinegar with water (1:2) and dab the solution over the acne. Use this natural toner every day after cleansing the face to prevent acne. Drinking apple cider vinegar (mixed with water) on an empty stomach also helps to eliminate acne.
Honey is naturally antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Dab a bit of honey on acne marks to fade the blemishes. On cystic acne, honey works well to reduce swelling and pain and also reduces the duration for which they last. Honey is also an effective remedy for acne scars.
Cinnamon has an antioxidant effect that fights acne causing elements. Powdered cinnamon can be mixed with raw honey and applied on the pimples and pustules to reduce redness, swelling, pain and scarring. The antimicrobial properties of cinnamon and honey together prevent new acne breakouts. Use a cinnamon-honey mask once or twice a week if you have acne prone skin.
Turmeric is an effective acne remedy that reduces scars and blemishes. It contains healing, restorative and antiseptic properties that prevent pus. Mix turmeric with plain yogurt or lemon juice or honey and dab it all over the acne prone areas. Use this mask 2-3 times a week to prevent blemishes and scars left behind by acne breakouts. If you have very dry skin, mix turmeric with some raw milk or cream and use it on the skin. Wash off after 15 minutes. Be careful when using this remedy as turmeric can stain the clothes.
One of the most effective acne remedies is the pulp of fruits like papaya, bananas, etc. These fruits contain natural enzymes that are extremely beneficial for the skin. They remove dead skin cells and stimulate skin regeneration. Papaya pulp is especially beneficial in lightening and brightening the skin tone, giving you a soft, healthy and natural glow. Papain enzyme found in papaya is anti-inflammatory and helps prevent pus, pain and swelling in acne. If you plan to use banana for acne, simply rub the inner skin of the peel of a banana on the acne. The lutein in the peel reduces inflammation and decreases swelling. Other fruit pulps you can use are orange peels, strawberry pulp, etc. Strawberries are naturally rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that eliminates bacteria, lightens skin tone and stimulates new skin cells.
Witch hazel is a natural astringent that dries up the acne and prevents scar tissue. It is a wonderful natural skin toner which you can use post cleansing. Simply dab a bit of witch hazel on a cotton ball and apply to a cleansed face twice a day.
Aloe Vera is nature’s gift to mankind. The gel in Aloe Vera is used in hundreds of skin care and hair care products today. Aloe Vera is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. Apply pure aloe gel on the acne and leave it on overnight. This will reduce swelling, pain and redness and also prevent dryness and excess sebum production. Use Aloe Vera gel twice a day as a natural moisturizer. It regulates the skin’s oil production and also forms a protective coat to prevent moisture loss.
Coconut oil is antimicrobial and anti-fungal. It soothes pimples and prevents new breakouts. Coconut oil is especially beneficial when you are using acne medicines which can be extremely drying and irritating to sensitive skin. Always use cold pressed, extra virgin coconut oil. Apply the oil all over the acne and massage gently. Leave it on for a few hours or even overnight. Wash off the next morning with a mild soap or simply with warm water.
Egg whites tighten the skin and shrink enlarged pores. The protein and nutrients in egg whites regulate skin’s sebum production. Egg whites also act as an anti-aging face mask to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Tea tree oil is the essential oil derived from tea tree plants that are native to Australia. The oil is packed with medicinal properties. It is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-septic. Its natural compounds kill P. acnes bacteria that cause acne. Research has proven that Tea tree oil is as effective as Benzoyl Peroxide in eliminating acne, if not more.
These are the 10 powerful natural acne remedies that really work. Good luck with them and be sure to let us know your experiences below!
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