Acne is a skin problem that occurs when your hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells resulting to frequent breakout. This often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples. It is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages and can cause low self-esteem.
Effective treatments are available, but acne can be persistent. The pimples and bumps heal slowly, so you need patience to be able to treat acne.
AREAS OFTEN AFFECTED
Pimples and acne usually appears on the face, forehead, back, shoulder and on the chest part of the body.
CAUSES OF ACNE AND PIMPLES
• Hormonal imbalance
• Comedogenic beauty products
• Too much facial cleansing
• Specific diets (especially oily food)
• Specific drugs
• Excessive oil production
EFFECTIVE HOME REMEDIES TO GET RID OF ACNE AND PIMPLES
1. Baking soda and water for pimples and acne:
Take ½ tablespoon of baking soda and mix with water to form a paste and apply on the affected area leave for 5 minutes and then rinse out. It also a good facial scrub that is mild and gently on the skin to eliminate dead cells and whiteheads on the face.
2. Aloe vera gel for pimples and acne:
Extract the gel from a fresh aloe vera leaf and apply on the skin. It soothes the inflammation and clear off scars. It an excellent moisturizer and great for all skin type, apply twice or thrice a week or every night before bed time after washing your face.
3. Raw pure honey for pimple and acne:
wash your face and then apply raw original honey the affected area, leave overnight if you can or leave for about 30- 45 minutes then rinse out. Honey is a miraculous acne mask and removes pimples easily. It a natural antibiotic, it kills the bacteria that cause pimples. It also has hydrating properties and keeps the skin healthy and glowing.
4. Lemon for pimples and acne:
soak cotton ball in freshly squeeze lemon and apply to the affected part allow to stay for 30 minutes and then rinse out. It also helps to remove acne scars from the skin. If you have a sensitive skin mix with little water before use. Lemon helps reduce inflammation and swelling. It is also antimicrobial in nature and kills the bacteria that cause the pimple to swell up.
5. Cinnamon and honey for pimples and acne:
Clean your face, mix the honey and cinnamon powder to make a paste and then apply to your face. Leave it on overnight. Regular application of this mixture is the fastest way to get rid of acne. Honey nourishes the skin and also kills the bacteria. Cinnamon possesses antimicrobial properties. Its wound healing properties aid the body in fast healing of the pimple.
6. Tumeric, milk and honey for pimples and acne:
mix 1 tablespoon turmeric powder, milk, honey and little water to form a paste. Apply the paste on the affected area and allow to stay for few minute when dried, rinse out with lukewarm water and pat dry. Apply moisturizer. This home remedy is suitable for all skin type.
7. Apply heat for pimples and acne:
Pour hot water in a bowl and cover your face with a towel to steam your face and get rid of sebum and unclog your pores. The heat helps to eliminate whiteheads, cyst and papules.
8. Tomatoes for pimples and acne:
Once a week take the juice of fresh tomato and squeeze a little into a bowl. Apply using a cotton pad concentrating on the affected areas. Apply gently in circular motions. Let sit on the skin for around 5 minutes and then rinse out. This is best applied at night. Over time, you should notice a visible reduction in the size of your pores.
Tomatoes are amazing for the skin! it contain lycopene, filled with rich antioxidants, they help to repair our cells and introduce lots of vitamin C to the skin. Lycopene loves our skin, and our skin loves lycopene.
Lycopene is an antioxidant that gives the tomato its vibrant red colour and it boasts some pretty powerful benefits. Not only is it good for our brain and immune system, lycopene also has some fantastic skin benefits too.
9. Neem leaves for pimples and acne
Get a handful fresh neem leaves and grind to form a paste. Wash and apply on the affected area and allow to stay for 30 minutes then rinse out with water. Neem leaves has antibiotic properties which helps to fight bacteria and germs.
10. Egg white for pimples and acne:
just get an egg and gently separate the white from the yoke. Wash the affected area, pat dry and then rub the egg white evenly. Allow to dry after 30 minutes rinse out. Egg white helps to tighten your skin pores and gives it a firmer look. This remedy is best applied after steaming your face.
OTHER ACNE TREATMENT
1. Ayurvedic Treatment
Most of the herbs used in the herbal treatment of acne fall under Ayurvedic treatment. Apart from the ones mentioned above, Ayurvedic medicine also relies on using the right combinations of dried and fresh herbs that treat acne.
2. Homeopathic Treatment
Homeopathy treatments aim at getting rid of the root cause of acne. It is a holistic treatment that can help you to get relief from acne breakouts. Commonly used ingredients in homeopathy treatment for acne include sulphur, kali bromatum, arctiumlappa, belladonna, and nux vomica. Do not take homeopathy medication without a certified doctor’s prescription.
3. Laser Treatment
This treatment method uses pulsed laser light to kill the bacteria present in acne. This brings the current acne under control and also prevents future breakouts. It is usually used in combination with laser skin resurfacing treatment to fade scars and smoothen the skin.
4. Blue Light Acne Treatment
This latest development in the acne treatment field is recommended for people who suffer from red, inflamed acne. The bacteria that cause acne, Propionibacterium acnes, is sensitive to blue light.
This means that when this bacteria that is residing in the oil glands of your skin is exposed to blue light, it dies. Also, the heat that accompanies the blue light causes the oil glands to shrink and reduces the sebum production. A wholesome treatment for acne!
HOW TO PREVENT ACNE AND PIMPLES BREAKOUT
It is difficult to prevent acne. But you can take some measures at home to help prevent acne after treatment and have a healthy flawless skin. These steps include:
• washing your face twice a day with an oil-free cleanser usually morning and night.
• using an over-the-counter acne cream to remove excess oil.
• avoiding makeup that contains oil, use non-comedogenic beauty products.
• Clear-off makeup and cleaning your skin thoroughly before bed.
• showering after exercising.
• eating a healthy diet with minimal refined sugars.
• reducing stress.
• applying mild facial cleanser.
• exfoliating regularly.
• avoid picking and touching your face with your hands or dirty pins.
• steam your face regularly to open clogged pores and ease removal of excess oil.
• Apply facial mask once or twice a week.
• Wash your makeup tools to eliminate build up oil and bacteria.
• Detox and drink a lot of water frequently.