Home Remedies for Acne

From the Treasury of Granny – 28

Acne is a very common skin problem found all around the world. It is estimated that around 85% population suffer from it at some point of their lives.  Many creams or lotion are available in the market for acne. However, all these are of no avail. In fact, they are more harmful than useful. They have many undesirable effects like dryness, irritation and redness.

Causes of Acne

When the pores in the skin get clogged with sweat, the cells of the skin get dead. As a result the growth of bacteria takes place. It leads to the skin inflammation and causes acne. Some cases of acne are more severe, but the common symptoms are whiteheads, blackheads and pimples. Factors causing acne are genetics, diet, stress, hormonal imbalance and infections.

Home Remedies for Acne

Following are some of the home remedies to control and prevent acne:

 

Apple Cider Vinegar: It is made of fermenting apple cider or the unfiltered juice of pressed apples. 1 part of apple cider vinegar should be mixed with 3 parts of water. After cleaning the face, it should be applied on the face. After 20-30 seconds, pat it dry. This process could be repeated 2-3 times every day.


Foods with Zinc:
Meat, fish, cheese, milk, legumes, nuts, etc. are some foods that have zinc in them. These foods can help prevent acne.

Honey and Cinnamon Mask: Honey and cinnamon are excellent source of anti-oxidants. These are effective cure for acne.  2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of  cinnamon should be mixed. This paste should be applied on the face. The face should be washed after 10-15 minutes.

Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is helpful in fighting bacteria and reducing skin inflammation. It is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifonia tree which is native to Australia.  1 part of tea tree oil is mixed with 9 parts of water. Then it should be applied on face with a cotton swab. Moisturizer can be applied if required.

Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is helpful in healing wounds, treating burns, fighting inflammation and acne. The gel should be scrapped from the aloe plant. This gel should be applied directly on the skin. It should be repeated 2-3 days.

Fish Oil Supplement: Fish oil is very helpful in acne. It contains omega-3 fatty acids.


Reduce Stress:
Stress causes skin inflammation, which may make acne worse. Stress can slow down wound healing, which may slow down the repair of acne lesions.

Regular Exercise: Exercise increases blood circulation. It nourishes the skin cells, which may help prevent and heal acne. Exercise also helps a role in the regulation of hormone. It reduces stress and strain. Thus in this way, exercise is highly beneficial in acne.

Grape Cleanser: Grapes can be highly beneficial in acne. Two or three grapes can be cut to half and applied on the face.

Cucumber Face Mask: In case the inflammation develops within oil gland and follicle, the result is acne. Cucumbers have hydrating and soothing effect.


Turmeric Facial Mask: Turmeric is traditionally used in India during the marriage by brides for beautiful skin. This spice is anti-inflammatory. It has the ability to reduce pimples and acne. ½ cup of chickpea flour and teaspoon of turmeric powder, sandalwood powder and ghee or almond oil should be mixed. This mixture should be applied for 5 to 10 minute on the face and then wash it with water.

Homemade facial masks can help rejuvenate skin and clear acne. In fact, acne is not a very serious trouble.  In case the problem is severe then the doctor should be consulted. Any delay in treatment can lead to permanent scars on the face.

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