Home Remedies for Acne

Acne respects no one. It crosses class and cultural lines and affects people of all ages and socioeconomic groups. It isn’t just something that teens have to deal with. Acne is a skin condition that can cause scarring both to the body and to the psyche. Home remedies for acne can help you get your life back.

What is acne

Acne is an inflammation involving the skin’s oil glands and there are more than 17 million people in the United States alone who are sufferers. Acne can cause embarrassment, depression and low self-esteem. Sufferers develop a negative self-image and withdraw from social contact. For all these reasons, acne needs to be treated. But before you can treat it, you have to understand it.

Different types of irruptions fall under the blanket title of acne. It may appear in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, nodules and cysts. In its more severe forms scars will result. Acne can be found not only on the face but on the neck, back, chest and shoulders. Acne has no respect for age and affect people in their 20s, 30s and 40s and can result from changes in hormones.

All of us have at one time or another woken up to find that huge zit on our face. Acne is much more severe than just that lone zit. Almost 75 percent of teens will suffer from some form of acne and with their bodies already going through tremendous changes this is the last thing anyone needs. The good news is that acne is treatable. You can of course choose over the counter treatments or see a dermatologist. However if you want to take the natural route there are many options that you can try.

Many popular home remedies for acne exist but they need to be supplemented with a good diet and getting enough sleep. You need to drink plenty of water and take a multi-vitamin, if you do all of these things you may be able to solve the problem for the inside out. Another thing everyone needs to know is that eating chocolate and fatty foods isn’t going to cause acne, though the urge to eat these things may be a sign of hormone activity which can cause acne.

Face Masks

  • Oatmeal  Oatmeal is one of the most popular home remedies for acne. Not only is it delicious and good for you to eat if it is made into a face mask it is also very good for your skin. This can be used alone or can be combined with strawberries into a paste that is applied and allowed to stay on the face for five to 10 minutes. Cook the oatmeal first.
  • Honey and Apple  You should grate up an apple until it is very fine then mix with 4 tables spoons of honey, Apply to the face and leave for 10 minutes.
  • Egg Whites  Egg whites are a very popular home remedy for acne. Beat the eggs and apply to the face; allow to dry 15 minutes on the face. Some people like to add a few drops of witch hazel and a few drops of lemon juice to the mask as well.
  • Tomatoes  Mash a ripe tomato and drain off the excess water. Apply the tomato to the face and just lay back and relax for 15 to 20 minutes then rinse. You can use tomato paste if you don’t have fresh tomato.

Washing your face

Try crushing an avocado and using it to wash your face. You may also want to try baking soda or oatmeal as a facial scrub. Just don’t over scrub or exfoliate. If you cause your skin to become too dry your oil glands will kick in and this just acerbates the acne condition.

Treating an outbreak.

  • Oregano oil  Oregano oil is suggested by Dr. Alan Dattner, MD, a holistic dermatologist. He suggests applying “oregano oil on the surface of the skin since it is such a powerful anti-microbial agent.”
  • Aloe vera  This plant has been used since time immemorial to treat many different irritation of the skin. It is known for its soothing properties.
  • Baking soda  Made into a paste and applied directly to the affected area baking soda is very soothing.
  • Honey  A small amount of honey applied directly to the outbreak and covered with a band-aid will cause a reduction in redness if left overnight.
  • Tea Tree Oil  Tea tree oil can be applied to the affected area in the form of oil or gel. If you choose the oil it can be diluted with jojoba oil for larger application.
  • Toothpaste  The toothpaste should be applied directly to the outbreak.
  • Apple cider vinegar  Acne is another of the uses for the versatile household staple. Apply with a cotton swab to the affected area. This helps to balance the PH of your skin.
  • Lemon or lime juice  Again use a cotton swab to apply to the affected area. This can be used as an alternative to apple cider vinegar.

If acne is on the back, shoulders and chest you may want to try an oatmeal or Epsom salts bath . Just pour either into a warm to hot bath and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Both of these products have a very soothing affect.

Acne doesn’t have to ruin your life. Try these home remedies for acne first and if all else fails you can always seek the advice of a dermatologist.

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