Acne Home Remedies
Acne home remedies have been used for countless generations. Acne is an extremely common condition affecting mostly teenagers of either sex. One of the major culprits in the formation of acne is the presence of increased levels of androgen in both sexes. Androgen leads to increased sebum production, with the accompanying clogging of pores that causes acne to form.
Nearly all teens are affected at one time or another; estimates are that 95% of the teen population is affected by acne–that dreaded combination of blackheads, whiteheads, and even cysts that often lead to scarring.
Some individuals are severely affected by acne for a prolonged period of time, while others escape their teen years with only the odd outbreak of a pimple. Though acne is a “teenage disease” which often improves markedly once the sufferer enters their twenties, acne can affect an individual well into their thirties and even forties.
Along with the physical effects of acne, the feeling of self-consciousness that arises from the skin disorder can be devastating, and cause social isolation from embarrassment. Low self-esteem is very common in teens with acne problems.
Along with medication prescribed for acne from a physician, there are a number of acne home remedies one can take to improve the skin. Paramount is eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and getting enough sleep.
If you would like to try a few acne home remedies yourself, to follow are a few options.
- Many acne sufferers see improvement when they make conscious changes in their diet, and begin to avoid over-processed foods laden with preservatives and additives.
- Adding health-giving fruits and vegetables to the diet can increase levels of nutrients such as vitamin A and zinc that are known to promote skin health.
- A regular routine of washing the face twice daily, washing the hands often and keeping them away from the face aids in washing away excess sebum and avoiding the spread of infection from touching one area of the face and then another.
- An often overlooked factor that can influence the healing of acne is keeping one’s sheets and pillowcases very clean. Acne can be spread by dirty linens, so those with severe acne outbreaks are encouraged to change pillowcases nightly.
- Apple cider vinegar has long been used to fight acne. Just dab a bit on full-strength with a cotton ball, leave on for 15 minutes and rinse.
- Cut down on highly-processed carbohydrates,such as white bread, pasta and pastries. The bacteria that causes acne thrives when blood sugar levels are high.
- Although on the smelly side, garlic is a natural disinfectant and has antibacterial properites when applied to acne lesions. Adding garlic to the diet in pill form also gives benefits to acne sufferers without the smell.
- Egg whites can be whipped and applied to the face as an effective purifying and skin-tightening mask. After leaving the egg-white mask in place for about 20, rinse off with cool water.
- Tea Tree Oil is an all-natural product with powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, but should be used in a carrier oil such as jojoba oil in a 5% concentration to avoid skin irritation.
- Oatmeal and honey have healing and soothing properties for the skin and can be combined into a mask and left on the skin for a period of 15-minutes to help clear up acne.
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