Acne is a common skin infection that many teenagers dread to experience. Often, it
can affect adults too. Hormonal activity during puberty releases more sebum in the
skin. While this fat prevents dehydration of the skin, its entrapment under the skin
due to clogged pores encourages certain bacteria that thrive in absence of oxygen
and cause infection. Inflammation around acne is natural reaction of the body to
fight the infection. Other factors that can cause acne are stresses and fatigue,
excess oil and fat in diet, etc.
Home Remedies for Acne
Located in upper layers of the skin, acne infection is easy to treat with home remedies.
Acne is best treated with topical applications which give fast relief as well as
taking other measures which will prevent recurrence of acnes.
Immediate Acne Treatment
There are various types of treatments of existing acne condition which can be done
from home. These include topical application of essential oils like tea tree oil,
clove oil, lavender oil, peppermint oil (or menthol) and bergamot oil which kill
acne causing bacteria due to their anti-bacterial properties. Along with these, other
oils like those of rosewood, jojoba, cedar wood, etc are used for improving the condition
of the acne affected skin. Additionally, exposing skin to vapors of these oils (a
few drops in hot water) is also effective.
Using hydrogen peroxide is another effective way to treat acne due to its antibacterial
as well as anti-septic activity. Treatment with hydrogen peroxide should be followed
by applying creams that that tone the skin, e.g. witch hazel, rose water, chamomile,
etc. Lastly, a good moisturizer need to be applied on the skin to restore glow.
There are many other home remedy concoctions that are being used for treating acne
like vitamin E along with honey, aloe juice for quick healing, application of ground
nutmeg with milk, lemon juice to name a few. One can find a number of kitchen remedies
online to treat acne.
Maintaining Healthy Acne-free Skin
Another important factor is maintaining one’s skin after getting acne cure. This
is necessary as acne can recur very easily in adolescence. Healthy diet and active
life style will encourage formation of glowing skin through proper circulation of
the blood. Exercises can help by throwing out toxins in the skin through sweat.
Use gentle soap over the infected parts. Excessive exposure to sunlight is best
avoided. Use of cosmetics should be restricted to types which contain more moisture
Young people are known to be a bit care free when it comes to diet. To keep acne
at a bay, consume adequate fruits, vegetables, and, supplement your diet with vitamins
and minerals, if required. Healthy skin reduces chances of scarring. Active lifestyle
and exercise tone the body and help improve blood circulation and cleanse your skin
by throwing out the toxins in the skin through sweat.
Water is one of the cheapest ingredients necessary treating acne problems. It maintains
hydration in the body which is necessary for discouraging acne formation and helps
flush out toxins and impurities from the body. Drink at least 8 glasses of water
daily; maintain radiance of your skin.