Home Remedies for Acne

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If facing the mirror in the morning is becoming an increasingly daunting task because of the dreaded pink dots, whiteheads and blackheads that seem to appear from nowhere on the face, it’s time you did something about your acne. This annoying condition of the adolescent years can follow you into the middle age and beyond! According to the dermatologist, Dr. James E. Fulton, Jr., founder of the Acne Research Institute, California, women can experience flare-ups at 25 or 35 or even older.

Understanding acne

Acne actually consists of a variety of symptoms, such as pimples, whiteheads and blackheads. However, their cause remains common, that is, clogging of the skin pores that result in the eruption of inflamed and non-inflamed lesions. There can be many reasons for getting this condition, the main one being heredity.

Other reasons can be stress, sun exposure, seasonal changes and climate. Certain types of makeup and taking birth control pills can also cause a breakout[1].

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Acne home remedy treatment

Although over-the-counter products are available and are quite effective, they have some awful side effects. However, there are some excellent home remedies for acne that are both safe and effective:

a. Cleanliness:

Cleaning your face by washing it in warm salty water will leave it oil-free without aggravating the acne. Cotton dipped in rose water may be used for cleaning the skin and to remove the makeup, especially the oil-based one, since it’s responsible for acne outbreaks.

b. Diet:

A healthy diet acts as a natural acne home remedy. So, include fresh fruits and vegetables, at least five servings a day, in your diet.

c. Drinks:

Drinking lots of water generally prevents most skin problems. To find out how much you should drink, divide your body weight in half and drink at the least that many ounces of water a day. Nettle tea is another herbal solution that effectively counters acne.

d. Exercise:

Regular exercise, which may include some form of aerobics, generally helps bring oxygen to your cells and gives you a healthy skin.

e. Ice:

Icing down acne lessens the swelling noticeably. It works best on larger pimples that have not yet formed a head.

f. Topical remedies:

There are plenty of topical remedies, like putting toothpaste on the pimple before going to bed to reduce the swelling; applying paste of fresh fenugreek leaves on the face and washing with warm water to prevent acne, pimples, blackheads, and wrinkles; placing strawberry leaves on the acne to reduce the swelling, because of its alkalinity; and applying the paste of orange peel on the affected parts to rid it of acne.

g. Juices:

Lemon juice mixed with rose water not only cures acne and pimples, but also reduces blemishes and scars. Applying fresh mint juice on the face helps rid the skin of acne, pimples, insect stings, eczema, scabies and other skin infections. Aloe vera juice is another excellent home remedy for acne scar removal.
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h. Face mask:

Mixing a mask base powder, such as fuller’s earth or kaolin powder with a few drops of essential oils, making it into a paste using distilled or filtered water and using it as a face mask will not only clear acne, but give your skin a smooth and soft texture.

i. Birth control pills:

Certain birth control pills, like Ovral, Loestrin[2], Norlestrin and Norinyl can aggravate acne. So, consult your physician to switch medication or use another birth control method.

These acne home remedies have worked wonders for many people. However, before you adopt one for your own use, do consult your physician.

Resources

[1] http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a601050.html

[2] https://www.loloestrin.com/loloestrin/index.html

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