Acne is a common skin disease that causes pimples. Pimples form when hair follicles under your skin clog up. Most pimples form on the face, neck, back, chest and shoulders. Anyone can get acne, but it is common in teenagers and young adults. It is not serious, but it can cause stress and scars.
No one knows exactly what causes acne. Hormone changes, such as those during the teenage years and pregnancy, probably play a role. There are many myths about what causes acne. Chocolate and greasy foods are often blamed, but there is little evidence that foods have much effect on acne in most people. Another common myth is that dirty skin causes acne; however, blackheads and pimples are not caused by dirt. Stress doesn’t cause acne, but stress can make it worse.
If you have acne:
Clean your skin gently
Try not to touch your skin
Avoid the sun
You can discover everything about acne on next page including some useful advices and medical treatment but here you can discover natural remedies for acne.
M. balsamea (peppermint) – Peppermint is preferable to spearmint as a medicinal herb because it contains menthol. But if you can’t find peppermint or aren’t sure which type of mint they have at the market, use whatever is available. Peppermint is easy to grow in most climates; consider growing your own supply.
Method: Take a handful of mint leaves and crush them thoroughly with a mortar and pestle. Rub the leaves and juice on affected skin and leave for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Repeat as often as desired to alleviate pain and inflammation. Oatmeal is a product of ground oat grouts that can be used to treat acne.
Method: Cook a single serving of plain oatmeal as you would for eating. Add approximately ¼ cup honey and mix thoroughly.
Allow to cool. Apply to face, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 10-20 minutes. Do not leave it on too long or it will become difficult to remove. Nettle is the general term for herbaceous plants of the genus Urtica. “Stinging nettle” (Urtica dioica) is the best-known variety and is regarded variously as a garden nuisance, an edible green, and an herbal remedy. Stinging nettle has been used worldwide for centuries as a natural remedy. Drying it or soaking it in hot water removes its inflammatory properties and makes it suitable for handling and ingestion.
Nettle tea as an acne remedy: Wear gloves when handling fresh nettle plants. Remove leaves from stems and discard stems. Fill a teapot full of nettle leaves. Pour boiling water over the leaves. Steep for 5 minutes. Add honey and/or lemon if desired and drink. The tea will be somewhat bitter. However, it is quite nutritious an especially high in calcium. Dried nettle is also available in tea bags but will not be as effective.
Dried nettle as an acne remedy: Nettle can be purchased in pill form. The pills contain freeze dried nettle and can be taken as recommended. Be sure to drink plenty of water along with dried nettle.
Aloe. There are hundreds of varieties of aloe that grow all over the world. Most have medicinal properties. However, it is aloe barbadensis that is known as aloe vera, the species with the most value as a natural remedy. Aloe arborescens, the fast growing aloe with spiraling leaves, is more common as a houseplant and wild succulent in North America and its gel has healing properties as well but it is less powerful than aloe barbadensis.
The gel of the aoe vera plant has a cooling, soothing effect on acne sores. It is also a natural antibiotic.
Method: Remove a whole aloe leaf from the plant. Take an outer leaf and remove it as near the trunk as possible. Cut a slit down the middle and allow the yellow latex to drain. The latex has other uses but is not good for irritated skin and might cause inflammation in some people.
If you want to use the aloe immediately, use a serrated knife to remove the thick skin. This will take some practice but after a few tries you will be able to remove the skin and end up with a nice thick piece of gel and rinse the gel under cold water. If you are using aloe arborescens, it is not necessary to drain the leaves. You can open the leaf and apply the gel directly. Cut a piece of the gel and apply it directly to the skin as needed, avoiding the eyes.. The gel will keep for about a week if stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Lemon juice and rose water. Citrus Lemon juice and rose water are recommended for acne treatment.
Method: Mix equal parts lemon juice and rose water. Apply directly to skin. You might feel an initial sting from the lemon juice.
Rinse after 15-30 minutes. Flaxseed is an essential fatty acid which is very helpful in the treatment of hormonal imbalances which can lead to acne breakouts. Flaxseed can reduce the size of sebaceous glands. When sebaceous glands are reduced, there is the prevention of the glands from getting clogged. Clogging of sebaceous glands can give rise to whiteheads and blackheads.
During acne outbreaks, skin dries out and may flake but flaxseed can keep the skin moist which aid in healing and reducing inflammation linked to acne. Flaxseed can also improve the skin’s texture and thereby give you young-looking skin.
Although there are many products containing flaxseed in the market, there is a need to be sure that you are able to meet or exceed the daily recommended levels of flaxseed. You can try ground flaxseeds rather than depend on breakfast cereals which contain only small quantities of flaxseed. Since flaxseed contains high fiber content, it would be better to consume small amounts first and slowly increase until you are able to have the desired amount. Otherwise, you will experience abdominal cramps, diarrhea and bloating. Care should be taken with people having irritable bowel syndrome because they may exhibit strong reactions to eating flaxseed.
Aside from being a natural cure for acne, flaxseed also possesses anti-cancer, anti-viral, and antibacterial properties.
Tomato is known to remove acne scars. You can easily get tomatoes from your kitchen and slice it. Apply the tomato slices to your scars. Regular application of tomato slices on your scars can visibly give you excellent results. Still another easy to make homemade recipe is a face mask made up of oatmeal, yogurt and sour cream with a few drops of lemon juice. These ingredients are mixed together and applied on affected areas for 15 minutes before washing your face with water.
Another technique frequently used to get rid of acne scars is rubbing ice cubes against the pimples to reduce inflammation and slowly erase the scars.
Fruits. Well this is not the most well known way of treating acne, but it has had some amazing results. This involves more of a “dieting” tip, but also requires that you use fruit as a mask as well. What you will need to do is to plan on eating nothing but fruit for only one week. Things like peaches, apples, pears, grapes, and especially grapefruit are a good choice among the fruits you can choose to eat. You need to eat at least three full meals each day with nothing but fresh fruits. You also need drink only water to help cleanse out your system. Along with this little diet, a homemade fruit mask can be made. Using regular yogurt, cucumbers, and avocado is the best choice. Blend all of these ingredients together until they are a thick enough to form a mask that will stay on your face. Let the mask stay on for about 15 minutes and then wash off with a wash cloth.
Mint. There is something that will give your face a cool and fresh new appeal. Treating acne can be hard and the products you use can be very harsh on your skin. Using natural treatments may be a bit better than trying to use a product that contains tons of chemicals that could damage your skin even further. Using mint to treat acne is actually a very good choice. You get the potency that comes along with the mint, as well as, a refreshing feel to your skin. Mint also helps to smooth over wrinkles and helps with those dark circles under your eyes. If it can do all of this, imagine how well it can treat acne. Cucumber is just as good as mint treatments as well. It also helps in treating acne, but also gives your face tons of added moisture so you can get rid of the blemishes and not have to worry about dry flaky skin as a side effect.
Acne Scars. Getting and then trying to treat acne can be difficult. Once you find a treatment that works, you often think that this will be the end of your long journey of treatment, but it may not be. For some people, it last much longer than this. This is because of a problem that not a lot of people have; it is called acne scarring. Acne scars are basically the dark scars that are left once the acne has gone away. In other words, the acne has actually damaged your face much like when you get a cut or bruise. There are few things that you can actually try, that are completely natural and safe, to try to get rid of the acne scars. Using grated cucumbers, orange peels, or even lemon peels, have been proven very effective in treating the scars and still leaving your skin well conditioned. You can also try using turmeric powder and coriander juice as well.
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Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.