Acne, or acne vulgaris, is a very common skin condition affecting mostly adolescents and is usually a result of increased male hormones present in both genders. Oil and dead cells get trapped in the pores creating blackheads which in turn become infected and inflamed creating pimples and acne. At least 96 % of the teenage population is affected by this condition at some time or other which appears typically on the face, but can also be present on the upper chest and back, or anywhere where the skin has a thicker density of sebaceous follicles. It is characterized by a combination of blackheads, whiteheads, red scaly areas, pimples, and often scarring.
The degree of severity and duration of acne varies for each individual. It is generally though of as a condition which lessens or disappears beyond adolescence, however it can last into the twenties, and sometimes even into the thirties and forties.
Severe acne can have a devastating affect on teenagers when they are already vulnerable to low self esteem. There are numerous forms of treatments including home remedies for acne which may be tried before resorting to more conventional therapies prescribed by doctors.
To start off with, it is very important to understand that changing behaviors can help improve acne symptoms. This includes a healthy diet, regular exercise and sufficient sleep. I personally have been able to get rid of my acne by changing my diet. The reason I was able to see that it was clearly my diet change that solved my acne problem was that after dealing with acne for 2-3 years it was all gone within 2 weeks! If you are interested, you can read my acne no more review. I can say that the biggest difference for me that I got off this ebook for my lifestyle was that I needed to add more fruits to my diet (my diet previously was quite healthy however, for some reason I barely ate fruits… It seems the lack of vitamin A was a strong factor in making my acne constantly come back). It won’t show instant results but these powerful vitamins for acne will definitely help especially if your lacking in any of these which can often happen if you do not eat at least a few fruits a day! Also, additional tips are that it also helps to wash hands regularly and keep stress to a minimum. Acne can be caused from germs on pillows. Simply sleeping on the side and keeping pillows clean has actually eliminated acne for some sufferers.
However ideally you might want to combine a change of diet with other home remedies for acne so here is a list of acne home remedies that you might want to try out.
- Apple cider vinegar acne treatment is a natural treatment that involves crushed fermented apples mix with vinegar.
-Reduce intake of foods containing carbohydrates with a high GI (glycemic index). These are foods with carbohydrates that break down quickly when digested and release glucose into the bloodstream. Examples of these foods would be white rice, white bread, croissants etc.
-Zinc in pill or capsule form with doses of 50 mg 3 times a day for a month or until there is a noticeable improvement and then reduce dosage to 25 mg 3 times a day.
-Ground orange peel and water paste applied to the affected area is an effective remedy.
-Lime or lemon juice mixed in a bit of water and applied with a cotton ball to areas frequently.
- Rubbing garlic onto the affected areas several times a day or eating 3 cloves of garlic daily. Garlic has long been known for its ability to purify the bloodstream and is available also in pill and capsule form for those not wishing to endure the odour of fresh garlic.
-Turmeric powder and coriander juice or mint juice made into a paste and applied to the area is said to be a very effective home remedy for acne. Wash face thoroughly each night and apply before going to bed.
-Fresh fenugreek paste made from its leaves. Apply before going to bed and wash off in the morning.
-Cucumber pulp applied to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes a day.
-Make a concoction of 3 to 4 drops of lemon juice, 1 tbsp of sour cream, 1 tbsp of yogurt and 1 tbsp of ground oatmeal. Leave the paste on the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes and wash off.
-Make a mask from egg yolks and apply to skin with a cotton ball. Wash off with cold water after 15 to 20 minutes.
-Tee Tree Oil acne solution dissolved in a carrier at 5% strength is said to have the same effectiveness as Benzoyl Peroxide. It works as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory in skin infections.
-Ground nutmeg mixed with milk and applied to affected area for 1 to 2 hours.
-Juice of fresh papaya including the skin and seeds applied to pimples.
-Lime or lemon juice and rose water in equal portions applied to skin and wash off with lukewarm water after 20 to 30 minutes. Use this for 20 to 25 days for the best results.
-Ripe tomato rubbed on area. Wash off after an hour.
-Make a paste of fresh lime juice mixed with roasted and powdered pomegranate skins.
-Sandalwood and black gram (a black lentil like bean) paste. Apply rosewater on face first and then apply the paste overtop. Leave on overnight and rinse off in the morning.
-Ground radish seeds and water paste.
-Ground sesame seed with water poultice for inflamed areas.
-Salt and vinegar paste rubbed on infected area and wash off with lukewarm water after 20 to 30 minutes.
- Fresh mint juice applied to face each night.
-Neem leaves and turmeric powder paste applied to area for 25 to 30 minutes then wash off with lukewarm water.
-Drinking wheatgrass juice.
-Make a paste of 1 tbsp of groundnut oil (the oil from peanuts) and 1 tbsp of lime juice.
-Ground almonds and honey paste applied to face and massaged in, then rinsed off with cold water.
-Make a concoction of ½ cup of mashed potato, ½ cup of cooked oatmeal, 1 slightly beaten egg white, and 1 tbsp of lemon juice. Apply the paste to your face for 15 to 20 minutes and clean off with cold water.
-Other remedies may include herbs such as Thyme, Echinacea and aloe vera for acne.
Along with these home remedies for acne, diet plays an important role, as what we put in our bodies eventually is excreted from our system in many forms, one being through pores. Try to avoid foods high in carbohydrates which break down quickly in the body, sugar, coffee, tea, soft drinks, candies, ice cream etc. as well as processed and refined foods.
As acne affects adolescents who are in their prime years of seeking social acceptance, any mild to severe case can take its toll in psychological damage if not prevented or kept under control and these home remedies for acne methods will provide safe results.