They say our skin’s appearance is a clear reflection of our overall health. So if we have blackheads, whiteheads, cysts and other skin imperfections, something is out of balance in our bodies. Poor diet, medications, stress, sleep deprivation, smoking and hormonal changes affect our skin significantly. Acne whether mild or severe is a condition that many people, young and old, have to contend with on an ongoing basis.
What it boils down to, is the over-production of sebum from the sebaceous glands which results in the pores being blocked by a mass of oil and dead cells. This creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to flourish and your skin to explode in copious pimples. Although acne is brutal on our self-esteem, there are things we can to do improve this condition. Cutting back on sugar and using various herbs can help.
Knock off the Sugars
High-glycemic foods saturated in sugars, saturated fat and iodized salt are some of the biggest culprits. Junk foods, processed foods, chocolate bars, salty snacks, soft drinks and alcohol offer no nutrition but instead encourage acne eruptions.
Garlic has antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties, so it’s ideal to use on acne. Take a clove of garlic and score it release its juice. Then rub the clove all over your acne several times a day.
Aloe Vera has potent antibacterial properties, so it’s very effective in treating conditions associated with acne, like redness and swelling. Its antifungal properties are beneficial for treating inflammation like boils and cysts on the skin.
Neem is a potent antibacterial herb that has been shown to clear cystic acne. There are many skincare products that include neem as an ingredient, but you can make your own toner by boiling about two dozen leaves in about two cups of water. Strain the mixture and store in a bottle. Dip a cotton ball in the prepared neem water and cleanse your face.
Freshly squeezed lemon juice is a great astringent and has some great acne-fighting qualities. Its acid cleanses and flushes the pores, kills bacteria and leaving skin clear and soft. It’s great for spot treating acne patches.
Basil acts as an astringent and antiseptic and has antibacterial properties. Basil has the ability to break up clogged pores, remove dead skin cells, and keep skin inflammation or pimples from returning.
Chamomile tea has been used for centuries as a traditional medicine. Its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties benefit the skin. You can drink the tea or rub fade acne scars by rubbing the powered leaves on the affected area.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to offer any medical advice whatsoever. If you have any health concerns, see your healthcare provider.