Acne, Skin care

Questions about Acne Home Remedies Answered (Part 1)

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Daniel asks…home remedies to get rid of acne? Anyone know home remedies to get rid of acne?

Admin answers:

Lemon Juice

The acidic property of lemon can be very useful in treating acne at home. Lemon will clean dirt accumulated on the pores and will harden the sebum. Just take a slice of lemon and rub it on the affected area and leave it for few hours before rinsing your face with clean water. Another way to treat acne is to mix lemon juice with rose water in equal amount and then with this solution wash the affected area properly.

Toothpaste

The toothpaste that you use regularly to clean your teeth can also be used to get rid of your acne problem. Take small amount of toothpaste and apply it on acne before going to bed. The toothpaste will reduce the swelling and dry out the acne. Within a day or two there will be no acne at all. This is in fact one of the easiest home remedies for acne.

Tea Tree Oil

Another popular natural cure for treating acne is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil acts like an antiseptic and this can help in removing damaged skin cells by slightly irritating the skin. When tea tree oil is applied on the affected skin, it produces bacteria-fighting cells which help in treating the acne. Just apply one drop of tree tea oil to the affected area three times a day.

Fenugreek

The herb fenugreek can also be used in the treatment of acne. Take fresh fenugreek leaves and mix it with water to make a smooth paste. Apply the herbal paste on the affected areas and leave it for about ten to fifteen minutes and then finally wash your face with warm water. Repeat the process for three to four days to allow the acne to heal properly.

Aloe Vera Juice

The medicinal properties of Aloe Vera can treat the problem of acne in a matter of few days. You just have to apply the juice of Aloe Vera on the affected area twice daily. Aloe Vera juice is also helpful in healing the scars caused by acne. You can buy Aloe Vera juice from the market or use fresh juice from a plant by cutting a leaf from the aloe vera plant and squeezing the gel from the middle.

Indian Lilac

Indian Lilac or Neem can be used for the treatment of various skin problems including acne. It contains fungicidal properties and this is why it is very effective in acne treatment. Make a paste of tender Indian Lilac leaves by adding little water. Add some turmeric powder to the paste and then apply it on the affected area. This is one of the easiest ways to cure acne at home.

 

Honey

Honey has both antiseptic as well as moisturizing properties and thus when honey is applied on the affected skin for half an hour it makes the acne disappear within a few days. Try to rinse the honey off with warm water first and then use cold water so that the pores get closed. You can also make a face mask by mixing honey and powdered nutmeg in same amount. Apply this mixture on the acne and leave it for half an hour and then wash your face. Use this mask regularly to stop the problem of acne completely.

Cucumber

The cooling and soothing effect of cucumber will help in treating acne. Take one small cucumber and with the help of a blender make a paste out of it. Then add one teaspoon of yogurt and apply it on the affected area. Leave it for half an hour or more and then wash it off. Well, cucumber is one of the easiest treatments at home to get relief from acne.

Orange Peel

The acidic property and high Vitamin C present in an orange makes it the perfect element for treating acne. The orange juice as well as its peel can be used to treat acne but it is better to use the orange peel. Take the orange peel and allow it to dry under the sun. Take the dried orange peel and grind it into a powder form. Add water to this powder to make a paste and then apply it on the affected area. Allow it to sit for ten to fifteen minutes and then wash your face with warm water.

Grapes

Rich in vitamin C, grapes can be very effective when it comes to acne prevention. Try to include grapes in your diet regularly. In case you have acne, take fresh chilled grapes and cut them in half and then rub the flesh of the grapes over the affected area. Leave for ten to fifteen minutes and then wash your face with cool water. It will give you relief from the pain of inflammation and will also close the open skin pores.

 

William asks…Home remedies for acne? Any home remedies for acne?!

Admin answers:

Here are some tips that might be helpful:

1) Tea Tree Oil

2) Lemon juice

3) Apple cider vinegar

4) Bamboo extract

Tea tree oil is a popular home remedy for acne. It is an essential oil that is diluted and applied topically to acne lesions.

How is tea tree oil believed to work? Tea tree oil contains a constituent called terpinen-4-ol that’s thought to be responsible for most of tea tree oil’s anti-bacterial activity. Because tea tree oil can kill bacteria, applying topical tea tree oil to acne lesions is believed to kill Propionibacterium acnes, the skin-dwelling bacteria involved in acne.

Apply lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to face or you can drink it through using it in water a few drops a day. Will help with both acne, and scars as well. Also another way you can get rid of acne is by taking bamboo extract something I started when I had the problem really does work. Hope this works for you.

OR: Here are seven best methods to clear up blemishes.

Tea-Tree Oil

To treat mild, occasional breakouts.

How it works: Distilled from the leaves of an Australian shrub, tea-tree oil contains antibacterial and anti-microbial compounds called terpenoids that help kill the bacteria that, when trapped behind oil in a plugged pore, lead to acne breakouts. Try Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick ($8, burtsbees.com). A roller-ball tube makes for easy application.

Studies testing tea-tree oil against the gold-standard acne treatment, benzoyl peroxide, have shown that while the latter works more quickly, tea-tree oil is equally effective over time. And it results in fewer annoying side effects—namely, dryness and redness.

Sulfur

If you have sensitive skin.

How it works: A time-tested, gentle acne fighter, sulfur “acts like a sponge to draw oil out of blocked pores,”. This dries up pimples and keeps sebum production in check, helping to prevent future blemishes.

Sulfur has a distinct smell—think rotten eggs. Most preparations that use it contain a masking fragrance. However, to play it safe (and avoid scaring off co-workers), apply these products at night.

Salicylic Acid

To treat and soothe red, inflamed blemishes.

Salicylic acid can have a calming, anti-inflammatory effect on pimples. “It also breaks down the ‘cement’ between cells in clogged pores to help unplug them”.  Salicylic acid is less irritating than more potent treatments, so it may be better for those with dry skin. It also tends to work well on stubborn blackheads.

Benzoyl Peroxide

To spot-treat a blemish fast.

How it works: This top acne treatment is an antibacterial agent, killing the bacteria that cause pimples to form, says Gross. Because benzoyl peroxide is so powerful, it helps blemishes go down quickly; just make sure to use a non-comedogenic moisturizer first to minimize dryness. Initially, it can cause dryness and redness. Also, “it bleaches towels and clothes”.

Retinoids

Nightly to prevent breakouts.

How they work: Retinoids, which include over-the-counter retinol and prescription-strength Retin-A, reduce acne by altering the oil chemistry on the skin. “They help stop dense sebum from getting stuck within the pores,” says Gross. Without oil deposits, bacteria can’t grow and cause blemishes. Since retinoids can make skin sensitive to the sun, doctors recommend using them at night (and being diligent about wearing sunscreen during the day). To avoid irritation, apply every other evening to start, gradually working up to nightly use. Bonus benefit: Retinoids have been shown to increase collagen production and plump fine lines, making them a good choice if you’re dealing with acne and wrinkles.

Blue-Light Therapy

If you want the latest preventive treatment—and don’t mind plunking down some cash for it.

How it works: Once or twice a week, you use a handheld device to aim a beam of blue light onto your skin. “Its wavelength hits and kills acne-causing bacteria,” so any brewing pimples never come to the surface.

This method will not address existing blemishes. Doctors typically suggest combining blue-light therapy with other remedies, such as topical treatments. To make things easy, consider a blue-light device that comes in a kit. At-home devices are smart alternatives to multiple costly treatments at a doctor’s office.

Oral Antibiotics

If you experience painful bumps below the skin surface and your pimples leave lasting marks. “Oral antibiotics act from the inside to kill the bacteria that cause acne,” says Keri. They also reduce the inflammation associated with pimples, so deep-seated blemishes hurt less and leave fewer scars.

Doctors usually prescribe them to get a severe condition under control and may then switch to topical treatments. Some antibiotics must be taken on an empty stomach, so read the label carefully.

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