Acne is a skin condition that is very common among teenagers. The formation of pimple or white and black spots on the skin look very bad. The skin becomes greasy. The main affected parts of acne are face and neck. In this section of website we will discuss some home remedies for acne. You can safely use these tips to help cure acne in your home.
Causes and Symptoms of Acne - Pimples.
A blockage of the oil glands present at the base of the hair follicles causes the formation of pustules, normally referred to as pimples. Practically all teenagers suffer from a pimple or two, and some from acne, in a mild or severe form. It does not spare either sex, though in boys it often appears in a more vicious form.
Acne is a consequence of a juggling of pre-puberty and puberty sex hormones. Once these settle down, the acne disappears or limits itself to an odd pimple appearing during the pre-menstrual phase. This hormonal imbalance causes over-production of oily secretions by the sebaceous glands that lie at the base of the hair follicle.
Under normal conditions, the secretion is just enough to keep the skin healthy. But, over-secretion coupled with dirt, dust and grime from the environment makes an ideal breeding ground for microorganisms. When a bunch of pustules rupture and coalesce, the base hardens, and nodules form.
If these are now scratched, as teenagers so often do to try and quickly get rid of them, re infection occurs, healing is delayed, and fibrosis and scarring take place. Some drugs also predispose or actually cause acne, e.g. steroids, anti-epileptics, tranquillisers and immuno-suppressives.
Home Remedies for Acne
Since many common kitchen ingredients do have medicinal qualities, perhaps some people will have success using home remedies to treat acne. Keep in mind, though, that over-the-counter and prescription strength acne treatments feature only small amounts of the natural ingredients. Most have long and complicated lists of ingredients that have been formulated through years of scientific research.
Still, as long as you are not allergic to any of the ingredients, you have nothing to lose by trying. Here is a partial list of recommended home remedies for acne:
Honey and Cinnamon: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder. Apply the paste to the face each night at bedtime.
Toothpaste: Simply apply a dab of mint toothpaste over existing pimples and allow to dry overnight. Do not use gel.
Orange Peel: Mix pounded orange peel with water, and rub the mixture directly on the acne.
Lemon Juice: Lemon juice can be applied directly on the blemishes.
Lemon and Rose Water: Mix equal parts lemon juice and rose water and rub the mixture directly on the skin.
Mint: Rub mint juice over the skin.
Witch Hazel: Mix witch hazel with water. Apply mixture with a cloth or cotton ball over the entire face.
Cinnamon and Lemon: Mix equal parts cinnamon powder and lemon juice. Apply the mixture directly on pimples.
Cinnamon and Milk: Mix cinnamon powder with milk, and rub on affected areas.
Garlic: Peel garlic cloves and rub over the skin.
Aloe Vera: Rub aloe vera juice directly over affected skin.
Cucumber: Grind cucumber to a paste and apply over entire face. Rinse after 30 minutes.
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