Much has been said and written on acne and its treatments. Most of the commercially available treatments for acne are expensive and come with various side effects like dry and peeling of the skin. Redness of the skin as well as inflammation are also common side effects of these medications. Some medicines are so strong that they cause blisters on exposure to the sun. Also, acne is mainly a disease of the teens and not many teenagers are able to afford the medical treatment available for acne.However, there is no need to despair. Simply because you cannot afford acne treatment does not mean that you have to live with acne forever. Acne can be cured with simple yet effective remedies that are available right in your kitchen.
Most of these remedies have been around for a long time; how else do you think our grandmothers and the generations before them were available to maintain flawless and glowing skin?Before you begin any of the following treatments it is important to know that these remedies do not work like magic. You need to use them regularly for a certain period of time if you want a blemish free and glowing skin.
Home Treatments For Acne
In this article we have compiled a list of various ingredients that help with the treatment of acne; all these ingredients are easily available in all kitchens.
Nutmeg is used in many non-vegetarian preparations to give taste and aroma to the dish. However, nutmeg is also used widely in ayurvedic medicine because of its antiseptic properties. These antiseptic properties make nutmeg beneficial for the treatment of acne.Take two teaspoons of nutmeg powder and mix it with a little water to form paste. Do spot applications of the nutmeg paste over the acne on your face. Leave for two minutes and then gently start massaging the acne spots using the tip of your index finger. Nutmeg powder will gently exfoliate the skin getting rid of the dead skin cells. It will also unclog the skin pores that are accumulated with dirt, sebum and dead skin cells. In order to avoid acne it is important to keep the pores clean and unclogged. The antiseptic properties of nutmeg will also kill the acne causing bacteria that live on the surface of the skin and feed on the dirt accumulated in the clogged pores.
Turmeric too is antiseptic in nature and is therefore widely used in curing many skin infections including acne. Take turmeric powder and mix it with a little lemon juice to make paste. If you have sensitive skin then do spot applications of the turmeric paste over the acne otherwise apply a thin layer of the turmeric-lemon paste all over your face.Allow the paste to dry and then wash face using lukewarm water. Acidic properties of lemon combined with antiseptic properties of turmeric will effectively kill the bacteria that cause acne. Lemon juice also has exfoliating effect on the skin. Turmeric will help with the reduction of acne scars as well.
Cucumber extract is used widely in many cosmetic products formulated for oily and acne skin. Cucumber has soothing and drying effect on the acne. This leads to reduction in the size and inflammation of the acne. Cucumber draws out the extra oil from the acne leaving it dry. Maintaining oil balance in the skin will quickly help get rid of acne.Take a medium length cucumber and chill it for 10-15 minutes in the freezer. Peel the skin of the cucumber and grate it. Squeeze the grated cucumber and collect the juice in a spray bottle. Use the cucumber juice spray on your face when the skin becomes oily. The juice is also a good cleanser so use it to clean the skin. Use the grated cucumber on your face including the eyes as a mask. Use the cucumber face mask every day for fastening the process of healing of acne.
Mint is very effective in soothing the skin and in the reduction of acne. Prepare a mint face mask by grinding fresh and clean mint leaves with a little water. If themask is too watery then add some chickpea powder to make a smooth paste. Apply the mint face mask on your face avoiding the eyes. Leave the mask on for 15-20minutes and then wash off with cold water. This face mask should be used every day for a couple of months. You will see considerable improvement in the acne as well as acne scars.
Gram flour powder is good for removing excess oil from the skin without disturbing the balance of the natural oil present in the skin.
Prepare a paste of two teaspoons gram flour, a pinch of turmeric powder and rose water. Apply a thin layer of this paste on your face and neck. Do not use it over the eyes. Allow the paste to dry completely. Remove the dried paste using cold water. Gently massage the face while washing off the paste.
Squeeze juice of one lemon in a small bowl. Add a few drops of water in the bowl. Wash your hands and dip your index finger in the lemon juice. Using the tip of your index finger apply the juice all over the face avoiding the eyes. Do this treatment at night before going to bed. This way you will be able to keep the solution on your face for a longer time. Wash face in the morning using lukewarm water.
Honey is good for treating acne because of its antiseptic properties. However, people with oily skin should always use honey with a little lemon juice mixed in it. Adding nutmeg powder or black pepper powder to the honey will help in the exfoliation of the skin as well.Take a teaspoon of honey and warm it a bit. This will make it easier to spread the honey on the face. Apply only a thin layer of honey to kill the acne causing bacteria.