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Why No One Talks About Home Remedies for Acne Anymore?

No one talks about home remedies for acne anymore. It's all about drugstore remedies, treatments and medicines these days. But that's exactly the problem. It's time we talk about home remedies for acne again.
  • Worldwide acne affects around 85% of adult population making anti acne industry one of the biggest amongst skincare
  • Easy to use home remedies for acne and acne scars can be equally helpful

5 Apr 2022

5 min read

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Introduction

All of us desperately want an attractive, clear, and smooth face that makes us look even more compelling in front of our peers. Unfortunately, acnes are a significant roadblock on our quest to get a clear complexion. Worldwide, acne affects almost 85% of the adult population.

So, instead of rushing out to the market to buy random anti-acne products, consider trying some excellent home remedies for acne that we are going to talk about in this blog. 

What is Acne

The outermost layer of the skin, known as the epidermis, has hair follicles. They are connected with the oil glands beneath this outer layer.

 

Acne is a skin condition that causes these hair follicles to get clogged with dead skin cells and oil. In such a condition, the face becomes intensely stuffed with those stubborn pimples and whiteheads. Before delving into the home remedies for acne scars and pores, let's see what exactly causes acne and some of its main symptoms.

Causes of Acne

Some potential causes leading to acne in both males and females are:

 

  • Hormonal changes - Both boys and girls go through specific hormonal changes during puberty. Such inevitable changes cause the sebaceous glands to secrete more sebum that causes acne.

 

  • Bacteria - Propionibacterium acnes, a bacteria that resides on the skin, is the main culprit behind causing acne. It reacts with the excess oil (sebum) being formed on the skin and makes conditions pragmatic for the nurturing of acne. 

 

  • Inflammation - A steep increase in the blood sugar level causes high inflammation in the body. Such a condition tends to increase sebum production, resulting in acne.

 

  • Unhealthy diet - An unhealthy diet loaded with sugar and unhealthy carbs is the most apparent cause leading to the unwanted growth of pimples and acne.

 

  • Stress - People vulnerable to suffering from high-stress levels due to many issues can be seen having acne and blackheads on their faces.

Symptoms

Though the symptoms vary depending upon the severity of the condition, these are some primary ones:

  • Formation of whiteheads and blackheads on the face.
  • Small red bumps are known as papules.
  • Formation of cysts
  • Large and painful bumps under the skin.
  • Skin irritation.
  • Redness all over the face.

Types of acne

Acne can be categorized as:

 

Whiteheads

Blackheads

Pustules (it contains pus)

Papules

Cysts

Nodules

Fungal acne

Home Remedies for Acne

  • Apple cider vinegar solution

Apple cider vinegar comes out as the by-product of the fermentation of apple cider, the raw juice that is derived by crushing or squeezing apples.

The chemical composition of apple cider vinegar is highly acidic in nature due to the presence of several organic acids, such as lactic acid, gallic acid, chlorogenic acid, and protochanteric acid. 

Using it as a home remedy for acne on the face can be pretty effective as the acids it contains can neutralize and kill some acne-causing bacteria such as propionibacterium and utibacterium. 

Just dilute a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with some water. Then, gently apply the mixture over the face using a clean cotton ball. 

Let the solution stay at least for 5-20 seconds, and then wash your face and pat dry.

 

  • Take zinc supplements

Zinc is bestowed with some potent anti-inflammatory properties. This natural trait of zinc makes it a fruitful method for acne removal.

 

While the body gets the zinc from food, you can resort to zinc supplements to expedite this process. Besides fighting acne, it also provides relief of the redness and irritation developed as an aftermath of acne formation.

 

On the safe side, discuss with your dermatologist once before switching to zinc supplements.

 

  • Exfoliate regularly 

If you want your face to be acne-prone in the long-run, then regular exfoliation on your face will bridge this gap.

 

Exfoliation rejuvenates the brightness and smoothness of your face. Moreover, it alleviates the secretion of comedones in the pores. Comedones are the primary triggers leading to acne and pimples on the face.

 

Just thoroughly study various exfoliating products before cherry-picking the most viable one.

 

  • Apply Tea Tree Oil

Like many natural acne remedies, tea tree oil also possesses effective anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that play an influential role in reducing and curing acne.

Simply take diluted tea tree oil and dampen your face using a clean cotton pad. Let it dry to kill all the bacteria. The best practice is to repeat this in the morning and at night.

Make sure to moisturize your face after washing it.

 

  • Take fish oil supplements

Fish oil supplements come with a whole-some approach to boost overall health.

Stubborn acne on the face usually indicates low levels of omega-3 EPA in the bloodstream and high inflammatory levels in the body. 

High in omega-3 fatty acids and exceptional anti-inflammatory properties, including fish oil as a home remedy for acne, can do wonders. 

The debate between eating wholesome fish and consuming fish oil is quite contentious. Therefore, it’s better to seek expert advice to avoid complications.

 

  • Grape cleanser

Using grape cleanser is one of the most effective home remedies for acne on oily skin. Research conducted by the University of California concluded that grapes contain resveratrol. A naturally occurring antioxidant combats the bacteria's growth that nurtures acne on the face. 

Grapes are packed with Vitamin C, A, B6, and folate. All these micronutrients significantly improve the health of skin cells. Moreover, it can also cure the inflammation that usually bothers people with high acne and pimple accumulation on their faces. 

Avoid using a scrub as it may cause skin irritation, leading to redness. Use a clean cotton ball to spread it gently over the face.

 

  • Eat food with a low glycemic index

The glycemic index indicates/measures how much rise a particular food is causing in the body's blood sugar levels.

 

Food items loaded with sugar spike the blood sugar levels, eventually leading to inflammation in the body. High inflammatory levels trigger the formation of an oily substance in the skin known as sebum.

 

As a result, that troublesome acne and pimples will overpower your face. 

The most obvious solution is to add food items with low glycemic indexes, such as green vegetables, fresh fruits, kidney beans, chickpeas, and healthy cereals like oats and raisins. Eliminating or replacing refined sugar with healthier options like honey or jaggery powder will naturally help you get rid of acne.

Home Remedies for Acne Scars

Having discussed home remedies for acne cysts, we cannot overlook how annoying and painful the scars acne leaves behind them.

Try these natural face masks to heal those scars and acne removal with home remedies:

 

  • Turmeric and Honey Mask

Both honey and turmeric have antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, using a turmeric and honey mask heals and nourishes the skin from deep within.

Ingredients:

½ a tsp. Honey

½ a tsp. Unadulterated turmeric

½ a tsp. milk

Mix all these items thoroughly to obtain a thick paste

Apply this face mask all over your face. Leave it for 10-15 minutes. Wash it with soft hands, and you will see the magic.

 

  • Plain Honey Mask

Using honey solely can also help you accomplish the task of getting a clean and bright face. 

Ingredients:

1 tsp. of raw honey

1 tsp. of coconut oil

Make a slightly thick paste using both ingredients. Now dip your fingertips into the paste and gently massage over the scars to pacify those ruthless and sore scars. Continue in a circular motion for about 2-3 minutes.

Consider doing it on alternative days until the scars disappear.

 

  • Aloe Vera Mask

Aloe vera secrets a compound known as aloesin that attacks the scars from the core and heals them to give you clear and smooth skin.

Ingredients

2 tsp. honey

1 tsp. Aloe vera

¼ tsp. cinnamon powder

Stir the items to obtain a slightly thin mixture. Don’t over dilute it. Instead, gently apply it and then give the mix 5-10 minutes of sitting before washing it to show its commendable work in neutralizing the scars.

 

  • Yogurt and Yeast Mask

Having natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, yogurt prevents the breakdown of acne and scars. In addition, yeast is rich in vitamin B3, shields the face against acne, and fastens the healing period of acne and the leftover scars.

 

Ingredients:

½ tsp yogurt

½ tsp. yeast

Mix the yeast in the yogurt and stir it properly. Apply this mixture to your face and leave it for 30 minutes.

Now turn on the tap and wash your face correctly. Its effects will leave you spellbound.

 

  • Oatmeal Mask

Antioxidants and the presence of fiber in oatmeal masks remove acne and heal up the scars and reduce irritation and dryness.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup of natural oats

1 whole egg (optional)

1 tsp. of almond oil

 

Grind the oats and mix them with almond oil. Add the egg yolk if you are using it. To get the required consistency, pour a few drops of water.

Let this mask cover your entire face for about 10-20 minutes to prove its efficacy in combating the scars.

Conclusion

To ensure reaping the maximum advantage of the above-mentioned home remedies to reduce acne and pimples, you also need to keep in mind a few essential prerequisites:

  • Maintain optimum hydration levels of the body. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily.
  • Exercise daily so that the body flushes out toxins.
  • Always use a clean face towel or napkin to dry your face.
  • Meditate regularly to deal with anxiety and stress levels.
  • Avoid using alcohol-loaded face wash or face care products.
  • Always wash your face gently to remove sweat and dust particles.

 

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