Today’s glamorized culture that places beauty on such a high pedestal makes spotting acne or blemishes more embarrassing compared to some years back. Acne and pimples, which at first are signs of the onset of puberty, can prevail persistently into adulthood leaving the budding adult dealing with the predicament of a scarred and ugly skin. The need for a fair and clear skin is further emphasized by the tabloid and movie industry perception that attractiveness is tied directly to a gorgeous complexion. Such a popularized ideology is the reason behind the diminished confidence levels of anyone experiencing the painful, reddened, pus-filled pimples (acne).
Acne is a medical term that describes a skin disorder characterised by recurring pimples, bumps or red spots. The condition is typically first experienced during adolescence, but it’s still relatively common among adults. The pimples develop as a result of the clogging of the skin pores by a variety of related substances including the oil produced by the skin’s sebaceous gland. This clogging leads to the appearance of cysts, which with time, may deteriorate to pus-filled nodules. The pimples, which are usually itchy and painful may disappear for a while, only to occur afterwards, making it difficult for proper healing to happen.
Fortunately, the strides made in the research of skin care management, has made sure that this does not remain a lifelong disorder to anyone. Several simple, manageable and effective ways of treating acne have been devised and refined over the decades, and this may include;
Natural home remedies.
The benefit of relying on home remedies to treat acne is that both simplicity and effectiveness is encompassed in one affordable approach. Most of the ingredients for a simple home treatment of acne are readily available, and if done regularly and correctly, an improved skin condition is mostly guaranteed.
1. Honey mask treatments
Honey has been known to have antibacterial and medicinal properties since time immemorial. This has recently been extended to suit your acne woes. Raw honey has a copious amount of anti-oxidants relevant in maintaining clear and unclogged pores. Also, this naturally formed substance also contains healing proteins, minerals and essential vitamins necessary for blemish removal. To reverse the undesired effects of acne:
- Apply a medium film of pure and undiluted honey on the face, at least twice daily. Preferably, this can be done in the morning and at night before going to bed.
- Wait for 20 minutes before rinsing off.
2. Lemon juice treatments
Fresh lemon juice contains natural oxidants and acidic minerals. The two act as excellent exfoliates when used on the skin. Since lemons are easily and cheaply obtainable in fresh food stalls, purchasing a generous quantity for your skin care routine shouldn’t be much of a problem. You can even incorporate a glass or two per day of fresh lemon juice, to boost the results.
For external use:
- Squeeze the lemon juice into a cup and sieve out the seeds.
- Add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and make a light paste.
- Using a piece of cotton wool, dab the infected area lightly but evenly, with the paste, just before going to bed.
- Wash off the treatment with warm water in the following morning.
3. Using toothpaste to get rid of persistent pimples
Surprised? Conventionally manufactured toothpaste has been known to contain skin healing properties. Using it is even easier, though it can also be used with icing to enhance the results. In this case, white toothpaste is better suited for this job, unlike the cream and jelly-like one.
- Apply the paste on the severely affected areas on the face. Not entirely the whole face.
- Leave the paste in contact with the pimples for at least 30 minutes, you can also choose to leave it overnight.
- Wash off the toothpaste with lukewarm water and apply a suitable moisturizer dressing.
4. Using garlic
The medicinal properties of garlic can also be applied to help you blemishes lose prominence on your skin within a day or two. Garlic is also a well-known anti-bacterial food additive, and this come in handy when battling acne breakouts.
- Grind fresh garlic to extract the juice out of it, you may also choose to mash the cloves with warm water.
- Add a teaspoonful of aloe-vera gel to the resulting mixture obtained.
- Dab out the infected areas using the a cotton swab. The treatment should be left intact for at least 3-6 hours for optimum results.
- You may also choose to integrate garlic into your diet to prevent re-emergence later.
5. Momentary relief from pimples using ice
Ice can be used to promote blood circulation and increase tightness of the skin pores around the affected region. This reduces swelling and accumulation of oil on the skin.
- Wrap the ice in a piece of cloth, this could be either cubed or crushed ice.
- Place it on the pimple and hold for about 10 minutes or until relative numbness sets in.
- The soothing effect can also be administered by covering the ice cubes using an aluminium foil and a ziploc pack. Repeat the procedure for a few more times.
The reddening and pimples will be less visible after a few ice sessions.
6. Orange’s peel and juice
Oranges are a rich source of vitamin C. The intake of this vitamin is also synonymous with a well toned, healthy skin. To enjoy the magical skin healing properties of oranges, you need to follow these steps:
- Begin by washing your face with warm water and mild soap, this rids it of any accumulated germs or pollutants. It also serves to widen the pores.
- Peel the orange, and rub the peel on the influenced area lightly. Do not use one peel for rubbing more than one pimple to prevent cross infection.
- Dab piece of cotton with some drops of the orange juice. Rub the acne thoroughly, making sure you change the cotton ball regularly.
- After this rinse the face with cold water and allow to dry without toweling it off.
Repeating this twice for two days in a row is proven to rid most types of zits breakouts.