Acne is a skin disease and its most common form is acne vulgaris (common acne) which includes Seborrhoea, Papules, Comedones, Nodules, Pustules and Scars. Causes of the disease are changes in the activity of sebaceous glands due to various factors which may be hormonal, genetic, puberty, psychological, diet or infection. These glands produce sebum (oil) to keep the skin moist naturally. When these glands produce excessive oil blocking hair follicles along with dead skin cells, bacteria that already present on the skin get chance to cause infection. Acne mostly affects the face, back, upper part of chest and arms.
It is treated by different methods like hormonal treatment, chemical (topical or oral) treatments and surgery. But, these methods have one or more side effects and limitations like cost factor in case of surgery. Herbal or natural remedies for acne are best way to keep the skin safe from hazardous chemical as well as it is cost effective. Here are some natural ways to get rid of acne naturally.
Herbal remedies for acne
Aloe Vera is a medicinal plant for variety of diseases due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties and acne is one of those. It acts as anti-inflammatory drug and natural moisturizer to skin which is essential to avoid acne, because over-dryness also stimulates the sebaceous gland activity. Best way is to manage fresh aloe Vera and applying 2-3 times per day. However, aloe Vera gel can be used as an alternative.
Hormonal acne can be controlled by some adaptogenic herbs like Siberian Ginseng which balances the hormonal irregularities in the body. This plant has been used to resolve the hormonal disorders which are responsible for acne.
Oatmeal is very good skin cleansing agents, removes the skin impurities and oil that are contributing factor to acne. It can be used as facial mask by applying the oatmeal on face for ten minutes followed by rinsing with water. After that, apply Rose-water which acts as natural tonner.
Garlic contains a compound allicin which is antifungal/antibacterial agent. Moreover, garlic also has a lot of antioxidants which give the skin a fresh and younger look by stopping the production of free radicals. This is why it can be used for acne treatment topically as well as orally. Facial remedy is simply to cut the garlic glove, and gently rub on the affected area.
Tea tree oil is extracted from a tree Melaleuca alternifoliais is very effective to treat acne. It has antibacterial properties due to the presence of some secondary compounds like terpenes.
Application of Apple Cider Vinegar on the skin balances the pH of skin and reduces the oil by absorbing it. Dilute the Apple Vinegar according to the sensitivity of your skin and apply with cotton balls. Rinse the face after ten minutes when it dries up. If this does not suits to your skin, lemon juice can be used as an alternative.
Use plenty of water which cleans your body from impurities, reduces clogging in the pores and keeps the skin fresh.
Improve your diet by adding more fresh fruits and vegetables especially rich in vitamin E and zinc. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and zinc strengthens the body’s immune system and skin repair. Healthy and balance diet also increase overall skin freshness and radiant look.
Regular exercise especially yoga is helpful to improve skin health and to cure acne by increasing blood circulation through which body will get more oxygen. Vigorous exercise make you sweat due to which toxins are flushed out of the body. Exercise also reduces the stress which is acne contributing factor. During the exercise, a neurochemical endophrins releases into the body that turn the mood happy. Moreover, it also helps to protect the body from infectious microbes by boosting the lymphatic and immune system, thus helping to protect from acne.
Proper and regular skin cleansing is very essential to avoid acne. Choice of right cleanser is very important. Natural cleansers are the best choice but if you do not have enough time, make sure to buy the one which suits your skin. Face should be washed twice a day, but avoid too much washing. It removes the natural skin oil, thus activating the sebaceous glands to produce more oil.
Prefer to shower daily after your workouts. Before bath, apply the mixture of fresh tomatoes, honey and rose water to your face for twenty minutes. At night, cleans the face by applying glycerine, lemon juice and rose water.
Fresh air and sunlight also helps to cure the acne but beware of applying sunscreens. Sunlight helps to get rid of acne acting as an antiseptic especially when it is on full state between 11am-2pm.
Touching the affected area. Never touch your face with your hands unnecessarily
Use of heavy makeup, it’s better to avoid completely as it block the skin pores.
Lessen the use glacemic diets.