Acne is a skin condition caused due to the hyperactivity of the sweat glands. This occurs mainly in adolescents and adults. The causes vary from hormonal fluctuations during puberty to heredity and stress.
Though a lot of research has gone into prescription drugs for treating acne, natural and home remedies for acne remain the most sought after modes of cure.
- Prepare and apply a thick paste made from mixing baking soda and water. Retain this pack for around 15 minutes and then rinse it with Luke warm water and moisturize.
- Aloe Vera juice obtained from its thick, leathery leaf can be applied on the pimple prone areas twice every day for as long as required. This is counted as one of the best home remedies for acne. In addition to treating the acne infection, the gel also removes the blemishes and keeps the skin soft and supple. Aloe Vera is a medicinal herb that is widely known for its antibiotic properties.
- The juice of crushed mint is used to reduce the pain and rashes caused by acne. Mint (the peppermint variety) is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is also used in the treatment of acne. But it may not suit some skin types, in which case its application should be stopped.
- Another good face pack is the orange-peel paste made with water. When applied around pimples it provides relief. Orange is a citrus fruit and so is mildly acidic, acting as an astringent. As a rule astringent treatments should be followed by toner application. So, in this case use a natural skin toner such as rose water and rinse thoroughly with it.
- Garlic paste is another application suggested for acne prone skin. However, chewing fresh garlic has been found to be more effective than direct application.
- Mix lemon juice and rose water in 1:1 proportion and apply it directly to your face. The lemon juice acts as a mild antibacterial and an astringent as well. The rose water is also antibacterial and helps neutralize the acidic nature of lemon juice, thus acting as a skin toner.
- The humble tomatoes from your kitchen are known to work wonders on acne scars. It only requires sliced tomatoes to be applied gently on the scarred surface. The lycopene in the tomatoes works well to repair the damage.
Some dietary tips that supplement home remedies for acne:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Include a good 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables everyday.
- Switch to protein rich foods.
- Limit carbohydrate rich foods to 1 or 2 servings per day.
- Avoid sweets and sugars as also refined flour (found in white bread, biscuits and pastries)
- Avoid processed foods as they contain preservatives and trans-fats