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Natural cures and home remedies for Acne

A blockage of the oil glands present at the base of the hair follicles causes the formulation of pimples. Hormonal imbalances cause over production of oil secretions by the sebaceous glands that plug the openings, that lie at the base of the hair follicle. Over secretion coupled with dirt, dust and grime from the environment helps micro-organisms to breed and makes it worse. When the openings are large, these clogs at the base of the hair follicle, takes the form of blackheads.

Acne occurs largely in adoloscence. It starts during puberty between the ages of ten and thirteen. Teenage acne lasts for about ten years and is worse in people with oily skin.

Causes of Acne

Acne is mostly caused by four factors - oil production, dead skin cells, clogged pores and bacteria. When the body produces an excess amount of sebum and dead skin cells, they can clog up the pores, and when these pores get infected with bacteria, the result is infection. Factors that can worsen acne are hormonal changes, certain medications, a diet high in carbohydrate-rich foods and stress. What we are told now is that greasy food, bad hygiene or cosmetics do not lead to acne.

Natural Cures and Home Remedies to Treat Acne

Diet

A good diet and sleep with regular exercise is very important. Drink lots of water (at least 8 glasses a day) and fresh fruit juices. The best course of action is to eat a well balanced diet in which junk food and rich deserts like ice creams are eliminated. Dermatologists believe that pimples will disappear if you have a low fat diet (less of cheese, butter, whole milk). You should decrease the intake of food with high glycemic index, and take more of anti-inflammatory food like omega-3s.

Vitamin A is said to strengthen the protective tissue of the skin and prevent acne. Foods rich in Vitamin A like carrots help to get the required amount of Vitamin A.

Zinc

A diet rich in zinc is also said to help cure acne. A zinc rich enzyme converts Vitamin A into a form that our bodies can use and it also has an anti-inflammatory effect. Zinc is found in high protein diets and also in peanuts and legumes. Vitamin C is excellent for healing the acne lesions. Acne that accompanies menstruation can be cured with Vitamin B6 (found in eggs, milk, red meat, beans and nuts) taken before and during the periods.




Manuka honey

Manuka honey has been lately touted as an acne remedy because of its antibacterial and wound healing properties. Hydrogen peroxide is a component of honey. It gives most honey its antibiotic quality. Another antibacterial component in manuka honey is methylglyoxal (MG). MG is thought to give manuka honey some of its antibacterial power. The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect. Just applying manuka honey on the skin helps with the problem of acne.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is another remedy that is advocated for treating acne. Acupuncture tries to cure acne by treating the triggers that cause acne, rather than the acne itself. If the acne is caused by stress or particular time of the month, acupuncture may help. But it is not really a conventional acne treatment.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is a fragrant essential oil from the tea tree. It is an effective acne remedy, as it has antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Even though it is good for killing bacteria, it may irritate the skin, hence it is advisable to dilute it along with aloe vera or honey, which are also antibacterial. Tea tree oil should only be applied topically.

Aloe vera

We all know that aloe vera is a very effective sunburn remedy. It is also a very effective in fighting inflammations. The gel contains anti-inflammatory compounds like aloesin that are responsible for its appeasing effect on the skin. You can use the gel directly on the skin to treat acne.

Sulphur

Sulphur is one of the minerals that helps you have a clear skin. Sulfur is an inhibitor of the growth of P. acnes bacterium as it has antimicrobial properties. Sulphur has the tendency to suppress the acne-causing bacteria and unclog the pores. Garlic is one natural food that is rich in sulphur. You can crush a garlic and mix it with a little bit of water and apply onthe face. Wash it after ten minutes.

Green Tea Extract

We know that green tea is good for our body, but apparently it is good for the skin too. Cold green tea compress helps reduce inflammation and oil production. It is also known to reduce breakouts. Dip a thin wash cloth in chilled green tea, wring it out, press it gently on the affected areas for a few minutes. Repeat this 4-5 times per session.

Other Acne Remedies

According to the mayo clinic website, in addition to tea tree oil and zinc, azelaic acid and alpha hydroxy acid are very effective in acne treatment. The two acids are natural acids found in whole grain cereals and citrus fruits respectively. Alpha hydroxy acid helps remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. The side effects includes, "increased sensitivity to the sun, redness, mild stinging and skin irritation." Another ingredient that the site recommends is Brewer's yeast. "A specific strain of brewer's yeast called CBS 5926 seems to helps decrease acne."

Simple Home Remedies For Acne From the Kitchen Shelves

Herbs act as a detoxifying agent, as they work on the internal condition of the body. Results are not immedieate but they help improve over a period of time without side effects.