Acne is a common skin condition that causes distress of one degree or another for over 90% of the population between the ages of 12 and 21. Acne is often considered an adolescent skin condition because it often appears during a person’s puberty years when his hormones are just starting to kick in. However, acne is also fairly common in adults especially in women who are pregnant or going through menopause, or anyone who uses steroids.
Acne is thought to develop due to a blockage of skin follicle ducts that trap skin oil and bacteria, resulting in pimples, pustules, whiteheads and blackheads. On the other hand, there may also be underline physical and genetic reasons for the formation of acne. Stress, psychological disorder, and unbalanced lifestyle can also cause acne breakouts. Acne is not life threatening but, if left untreated, can result in scarring.
Getting rid of acne as soon as they crop up will help keep any scarring to a minimum. There are currently many over-the-counter acne treatments available to anyone with mild cases of acne. More severe cases of acne can be treated using more potent medicines prescribed by a doctor. For some people trying to get rid of acne, the harsh chemicals, such as benzoyl peroxide, used in most acne medicines just make their condition worse.
The best and most effective treatment for acne, for most people, is probably a combination of treatments that compliment each other. A sensible alternative to get rid of acne is to use home remedies to treat your acne. Using natural home remedies to treat acne is not only inexpensive, but you also avoid the potential side effects from the chemicals used in the over-the-counter acne products.
Here are just 6 common natural remedies for acne:
When acne does form, tomatoes may be effective for you as a natural treatment for acne. Because of their acidity, tomatoes can be used to reduce large pores and black heads if you have oily skin. To use a tomato to treat your acne, cut one in half and rub the juices on your face. Allow the juices to dry on your face for several minutes before rinsing it off with plain warm water.
2. Fresh Fruit or Vegetable Juices
Vitamin A and carotene have also been found to help rebuild skin damaged by acne, and reduce acne flare-ups. Drinking any fresh fruit or vegetable juices is also an excellent natural acne treatment. Cucumber juice, either by itself or mixed with the juices of carrots, lettuce or alfalfa, has been reported as being an effective natural acne cure. Fresh juices should be made and drunk within 12 hours since the enzymes break down and loses their potency after 12 hours.
Make sure you are getting an adequate amount of vitamin A and beta-carotene in your diet. Vitamin A and beta-carotene are essential for rebuilding healthy skin and prevent acne outbreaks in persons prone to acne.
Other vitamins such as vitamin B, vitamin E and vitamin C have also been shown to be effective for preventing and treating acne.
While no single vitamin stands out as the essential ingredient in the prevention and treatment of acne, when multiple vitamins are used in combination they work together to help the body’s natural healing process.
4. The Sun
The sun is actually a good thing for both acne prevention and treatment but just remember to take the necessary precautions when you are exposing your skin to the sun. Too much sun can speed the aging process of your skin and increases your risk of skin cancer. Be sure to use the appropriate sunscreen, even on cloudy days and in winter, to prevent sunburns on your face and other exposed parts of your body.
5. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been shown to be effective in treating acne. Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifoliais tree that is native to Australia. It is effective in treating acne due to the antibacterial properties of the oils in the leaves. Tea tree oil is used in a diluted form. There are currently very little known side effects from using tea tree oil as treatment for acne.
6. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is another popular natural acne treatment. Aloe is effective in treating acne because of its antibacterial properties and because it is an astringent. The gel from the aloe plant is more effective when rubbed directly on to the acne-affected area of the skin.
The skin is your body’s largest organ and its major function is to eliminate wastes and toxins from your body. The condition or health of your skin is a reflection of your body’s overall health. Correct nutrition is important for a healthy glowing complexion and to avoid the overproduction of oil, which increases your chance of developing acne. Natural acne treatments use the body’s ability to heal it self when given the right nutrients as well as preventative measures to avoid triggers for acne.
But the best treatment for acne is avoiding or preventing the conditions that most likely trigger acne in the first place.
To decrease the frequency and severity of acne flare-ups, eat a diet that includes green leafy vegetables and fruits. Drink plenty of fluids but avoid sodas and juices that have a high amount of sugar in them. Water is the best fluid to keep your body hydrated and to help it flush out the toxins on a regular basis. Drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Avoid fluids that actually dehydrate your body, such as coffee and alcohol.
Don’t ever use soap to wash your face. Soaps are too harsh for the face’s sensitive skin. Instead use a lukewarm saltwater solution in the morning and evening to help remove excess oils from your face without over drying the skin.
Try to avoid using makeup when there is an outbreak of pimples. The chemicals used in making the cosmetics may cause irritation to your skin and aggravate the acne condition.
Keep in mind that just because these home acne remedies are considered natural using natural ingredients, it does not mean that you should let your guards down and be less cautious than if you were using an over-the-counter acne product or prescription acne medicine.