Friday, January 11, 2008

Top Ten Natural Acne Home Remedies

Acne is a condition that affects a wide range of people, though it is more common in teenagers and young adults.

The cause of acne has also been attributed to a variety of reasons ranging from dietary, genetic to even environmental. Whatever the cause of acne the fact remains that when acne is not well managed or treated it becomes a problem. There are numerous acne treatment products available nowadays but a closer look at what we have available to us in our immediate surroundings will reveal unusual but effective acne cures.

This article brings to you 10 very effective acne home remedies:

1. Garlic

Here there are two methods which you can either use together or choose one. The first option is to crush two or more bulbs of garlic and apply it to the affected areas twice daily. The other option is to chew and swallow one or more bulbs of garlic daily. You just have to cope with the strong smell of garlic.

2. Egg White

Crack some eggs and remove the yolks, leaving only the egg whites. Beat these egg whites for some time and apply this to your face. Wait for fifteen minutes and wash off the egg whites from your face. The egg whites help to remove excess oil from your face, egg white also heals and rebuilds the skin.

3. Toothpaste

As far as I know no scientific findings have proven how toothpaste can actually cure, the spread of acne but it still remains one of the most widely used acne home remedies. It might be a result of trial and discovery that made the toothpaste serve not only to clean the teeth but also as an unusual acne home remedy. Apply it directly to your acne before sleeping. This is believed to help control the swelling overnight. Just make sure that it is not the gel but the paste.

4. Baking Soda

It is widely available in all homes. Apart from its primary function in baking it is also good as a facial scrub. The purpose of a facial scrub is to exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin that can eventually clog pores and lead to acne spots. Add water to a small amount of baking soda and make a paste out of this. Gently massage the paste into your skin for ten to fifteen seconds. Then rinse the baking soda off, and pat your face dry with a clean towel. Dont allow the baking soda to stay on your face longer than fifteen minutes.

5. Salt and Water

Prepare a salt solution by adding salt into warm water. Use the resulting solution to wash your face twice a day, morning and evening. This will remove the excess oil from your face.

6. Vinegar

Most people that use vinegar to treat acne use the apple cider form of vinegar, you can also use plain old regular vinegar. Regardless of which type you use, vinegar can be very helpful when it comes to clearing up acne. It can kill off acne causing bacteria, balance your skin's pH, and absorb extra oil on your skin. Starting with clean, dry skin, apply diluted vinegar (eight parts water to one part vinegar) directly to your skin with a cotton ball, and leave it on. If you want, you can also use a stronger vinegar solution (say, 2 or 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar), and apply it directly to problem areas, rinsing it off after ten minutes.

7. Cucumber

Cucumber is capable of helping the digestive system function normally. Since the digestive system is closely related with the health of the skin, it should help reduce acne breakouts.

8. Lime Lemon or Orange

Take your pick from any of these members of the citrus family. Lime and lemon are very rich in citric acid which is a very good exfoliator. You can also apply fresh lemon juice mixed with rose water in your face, leave it there for 15 minutes. A continuous application of this for 15 days will give you amazing results. Ground orange peel added with water to make a paste and applied to the acne can also make your face free of acne again. Lime combined with rose water is also a recommended acne home remedy. Just apply it on your face and leave it for 15-20 minutes then rinse with warm water.

9. Oatmeal

Oatmeal can absorb unwanted oil and draw out impurities which reside deep in the skin. Cook some plain oatmeal like you would for consumption. Let it cool off, and rub it over your clean skin. Let it stay for a while, like you would a mask, and then rinse off. If you do this on a regular basis, you should notice results soon.

10. Aloe Vera

This helps prevent acne scars it also heals acne spots. As you may know Aloe Vera is used in a wide variety of home remedies.

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