Natural Remedies for Treating Acne
Of all the skin conditions there are, acne is probably the one that almost everyone can say they have had to deal with at one time or another.
There are many things that cause acne , but primarily acne affects most of us during puberty when hormone levels trigger the sebaceous glands produce more sebum (oil), which clogs pores. These appear as blackheads or whiteheads (called comedones or non-inflammatory acne) and it’s the beginning of the acne cycle. When clogged pores are not cleared and cleansed they can become inflamed. The result – inflamed acne that we commonly refer to as pimples, pustules, and in the most severe cases, cysts.
Treating Blackheads and Blemishes
Treating blackheads is the first step in preventing blemishes and more severe acne from forming. A daily cleansing routing is key, and while the temptation might be to cleanse the skin several times a day, over-washing will not remove blackheads any quicker. If anything, it can cause more irritation and breakouts. Learn about the Best Way to Clean your Face for clear, healthy skin.
There are loads over the counter treatments for blackheads and controlling acne. These contain Salicylic Acid (2%) like Biore Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser or Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser Scrub – depending on the product you select, these can gently exfoliate or dissolve dirt & oil and deliver a mild dose of salicylic acid medication to prevent the formation of more blackheads.
Then there are natural home remedies that also effectively prevent, treat and heal blackheads and blemishes:
Honey and Egg Mask – Combine one well-whipped egg white with 1 Tablespoon or raw honey and apply to clean skin. Leave on skin for 20 minutes then rinse with warm water. Finish with an oil-free moisturizer to retain hydration. This treatment will gently pull impurities (blackheads) from the skin while the honey will act as a mild antisceptic because of its natural antibacterial properties.
Give this treatment a boost by adding steam for an effective weekly treatment.
Begin by boiling a pot of water and pour it into a large bowl. Then cover your head with a towel and gently lower your face over the steam for 5 minutes. Pat the skin dry. Then apply the egg white and honey mask as directed above. The steam will open the pores, clearing them of debris and oil to reduce blackheads formation – it will also boost circulation and draw blood to the surface of the skin.
Raw Potato – Massage your face gently with a slice of potato. Use a new potato slice for each part of your face to prevent spreading bacteria. The potato will gently exfoliate the surface of the skin, sloughing off dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores. For an acne treatment, place a potato slice over each acne breakout area. Allow the potato slice to rest there for five to 10 minutes. The acid in the potato will work as a mild antibacterial agent, helping your body kill the bacteria causing the acne.
Orange Peel – Peel, then grind the skin of two thoroughly washed oranges into a paste (add a little orange juice if you need to). Once you have a paste-like consistency, apply it to your face and/or problem areas. Wait for 20-25 minutes. Rinse off completely with warm water, pat your face dry, and apply an oil-free moisturizer. According to “Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice,” orange peel as well as the juice is an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne. The acidity in oranges coupled with their high vitamin C content makes them one of nature’s perfect cures for acne. The vitamin C vitamin C also promotes the growth of new healthy cells, keeping your skin in better condition overall.
Strawberries – These are naturally high in salicylic acid (the ingredient found in commercially manufactured acne treatments). Salicylic acid in the strawberries will not only treat the acne, it will tighten the pores and promotes cellular turnover. This helps prevent them from clogging up as much in the future, and encourages new cell growth. Simply mash three washed strawberries (don’t mash too hard – it will get too watery). Apply to your face and let the mixture sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off completely with warm water, pat dry, and moisturize. Use twice a week.
Cucumber Paste – Cucumber juice or paste is an astringent which can lighten the appearance of acne as well as acne scars making them less noticeable. It also helps to open pores to remove the dirt, oil and bacteria that can lead to acne breakouts. Blend a peeled cucumber and apply it to the skin for 20 minutes. Wash with warm water and finish with an oil-free moisturizer.
Click the links below for more information about preventing, treating and healing acne, and for dozens of additional natural remedies and recipes that work!
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