Acne is a skin condition that affects the oil glands at the bottom of the hair follicles. It is mostly common during puberty although it can affect adults too. Acne is not a dangerous health condition however, it gives a lot of people concerns due to the damages and scars it causes the skin.
Acne usually occurs when the oil glands at the base of the skin known as the sebaceous glands are stimulated by male hormones produced by the adrenal glands in males and females.
The glands produce an oily liquid known as Sebum. This liquid transports dead skin cells to the surface of the skin through the follicles causing the follicles to become blocked and oil to accumulate under the skin. It also causes accumulation of bacteria which eventually causes acne.
Acne is very common and can affect people of all races and ages. It doesn’t discriminate amongst the sexes either as it may also affect males or females. Acne can affect anyone between the ages of 11 and 30.
Types of Pimples
There are different types of pimples. Some of them include:
- Blackheads: This type of pimples appears as a black spot on the surface of the skin.
- Whiteheads: Whiteheads are very small types of acne that remain under the skin.
- Pustules: Pustules appear at the top of the skin, contain pus and are red at the bottom.
- Papules: This type of acne appears on the skin as small, pink bumps.
- Cysts: Cysts are large, painful pimples often filled with pus and may leave scars on the skin.
- Nobules: Nobules are also large and which are very solid and deeply embedded in the skin.
Some home remedies that work very well for acne include:
1. Lemon Juice: Lemon juice contains acidic properties effective for curing acne. It also helps to remove accumulated dirt from the pores. However, lemon juice should be used carefully as it may dry out the skin when overused. To use lemon juice as a cure for acne, you should do either of the following:
- Mix lemon juice with rose water and use as a face wash once, every three days.
- Cut a whole lemon in half and rub the open part on your face. Leave for few minutes and wash off with water.
2. Baking Soda: Baking soda contains exfoliating properties which can help to unclog the pores. It also contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. You can use this remedy in two ways:
- Make two or three tablespoons of baking powder into a paste and rub it on the affected area. Rinse off after five minutes.
- The second method is to mix two spoons of baking powder in five spoons of honey and one spoon of cinnamon powder. Rub the mixture on your face and wash off after few minutes.
3. Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is another effective remedy for acne. It acts as a disinfectant to kill bacteria and an exfoiliant to clean out the pores. Tea tree oil should be used with care however as it may dry out the skin. Simply apply a drop of tea tree oil to the affected area once daily.
4. Oatmeal: Oatmeal exfoliates the skins and absorbs excess oil which causes acne. To use oatmeal as a cure for acne, mix half a cup lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey in a cup of cooked oatmeal and rub it all over your skin. Leave for 30 minutes and wash your face with lukewarm water afterwards.
5. White Toothpaste: You’ve probably heard about this remedy since you were a teenager and wondered if it really works. Well, it does work as it helps to dry out acne. Simply rub the paste on your face before bed time and wash off first thing in the morning. This treatment helps to diminish the appearance of acne within a day or two.
6. Orange Peel: Orange peels contain acidic properties and vitamin C, two essential ingredients for curing acne. To use orange peel as a cure for acne, you should do the following:
- Peel out your orange and sun-dry the peels until completely dried.
- Make the dried peels into powdery form and then to a paste.
- Apply the paste on your face and leave for about 10 minutes before washing it out.
You can use this treatment daily.
7. Fuller’s Earth: Fuller’s earth (multani mitti) helps to absorb excess oil from the affected are, and helps to unclog the pores. It can also help to diminish scars. To use Fuller’s earth as a cure for acne;
- Mix half a cup of Fuller’s earth with half a cup of sandalwood powder and half a cup of rosewater.
- Apply the mixture on the affected area and leave to dry up.
- Wash off after few minutes.
8. Aloe Vera Gel: Aloe vera gel contains anti-inflammatory properties. Just applying aloe vera gel to the affected area two times daily can help to reduce the appearance of acne and acne scars.
9. Neem Leaves: Neem leaves, also known as Indian lilac, contain anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties to help cure acne. You can use this remedy in either of the following ways:
- Two times a week, make the leaves into a paste and add some turmeric powder. Apply the mixture to the face and leave to dry up. Wash after few minutes.
- As an alternative, you can make use of neem oil. Simply apply the oil to the affected area three times daily.
10. Fenugreek: Fenugreek leaves are another highly effective herb for acne. It acts as an anti-oxidant, and also contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. To use Fenugreek as a cure for acne, make the leaves to a paste and add some water. The rub the paste on the skin and wash off after few minutes.
11. Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar also contains anti-bacterial properties. To use apple cider vinegar as a cure, mix three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a quarter of a cup of water and use it as a cleaning astringent.
12. Coconut Oil: Coconut contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and help to fight acne-causing bacteria. Simply use it to massage the skin or add some of it to your body cream and use few times a day.
13. Egg Whites: Egg whites can be used as a very good facial mask for eliminating pores and cleaning up the skin.
14. Garlic: Slice a clove of garlic and apply it topically on the affected area. Wash after 30 minutes.
15. Ice Cubes: Ice cubes can be rubbed on the affected area too as it helps to reduce inflammation and soothe the skin.