Acne Vulgaris is an inflammatory disease of skin mostly common to teenagers. Acne Vulgaris or simply acne is an inflammatory disease of skin mostly common to teenagers’. It is characterized by scaly or itchy red-skin, blackheads and white heads (comedones) as well pimples.
Acne usually is caused by too much secretion of sebum or oily substance by our sebaceous glands. Sebum moistens and protects our skin and abnormal secretion of it forms plugs which in turn block the pores of our skin and thereby creates pimples etc. Acne affects mostly the areas like face, upper chest portion and the back. Though it is common to teenagers’ during adolescence period and disappears in time by itself, but often for some individuals it lasts beyond twenties!
Although there are a lot of ways existing in different branches of medical science to remedy acne, but many of them are with side-effects. Now-a-days "herbal" remedy of acne is getting more popular being side-effect free. Skin is always very sensitive and even a little side-effect can cause infections of many kinds! And thus it is almost safe to treat acne with herbal medicines available today.
Herbs that can be proved to be very useful for treatment of acne include:
Aloe Vera: It is very useful in healing damaged skin by acne as it has polysaccharide which is ideal and necessary for damaged skin repair. How to use? We just need to take aloe vera gel and apply it topically to the skin after washing.
Calendula: Like aloe vera, it is another important herbal way to reduce acne. This is because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. To use it, we simply have to apply the calendula cream to the affected areas of skin.
Tea Tree Oil: It is the most popular herb for treating acne successfully than any other herbs! Tea tree oil has an ingredient called "terpinen-4-ol" which is proved to be very effective for treating "Propionibacterium Acnes" bacteria responsible for acne. We should use only diluted tea tree oil to treat acne problem, otherwise it may cause irritation or other side-effects! Moreover we have to apply it just directly on the blemishes without washing our face with it.
Moreover, we can use other herbs like witch hazel, rosewater and milk thistle too in order to deal with acne. As we all know, acne is not something which is caused by only outer particles, but it is also due to internal factors like sluggish liver. A liver which is functioning abnormally can imbalance the secretion of hormones, thereby, producing acnes. Therefore we must treat such internal factors too with the use of herbs like “milk thistle - helps in cleanse liver” along with the above mentioned herbs for outer skin treatment.
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