Lois has over ten years' experience in the home/herbal remedy field. She seeks to inform her readers and help them to save money.
Does this sound familiar to you? You look in the mirror and you see several red areas on your face. You look closely at them and notice that there are bumps in these areas; some of these bumps are filled with pus. You have an inflammatory skin condition known as acne. What are you going to do? You are a good person, but people are not going to see your inner beauty because they are only going to look at what is on the outside. It is pretty sad, but true. You decide there is only one thing to do. You reach out with your fingernails and start to pop the pimples to get rid of the pus. You think this will help the problem go away. However, this only makes things worse. This bruises the areas of the face where the pimples are can leave scars. Some pimple-popping acne people can have pocked marked skin for a lifetime.
What are you going to do? Are you going to look through television commercial after television commercial to look for effective products that will get rid of your acne? While these creams, lotions, potions, and powders might seem to be a “cure-all” they might actually be too good to be true. Then if they are as effective as these dealers claim them to be, they may be too expensive for your wallet. Before you get out your credit card for a product that may or may not work, there are more effective and less expensive remedies that you can try.
What is Acne and Who Gets It?
Acne, more commonly known as pimples or “zits” is a skin condition that is common among teenagers. It is where the pilosebaceous gland and the hair follicles become inflamed due to dirt, oil and bacteria collecting in your pores and becoming trapped. While acne might start out as small tender red spots on your face, as your skin works to expel these foreign substances by pushing them towards the skin’s surface, these red spots develop into whiteheads and blackheads.
While acne is found mostly on the face, it can show up on other parts of the body including the neck, chest, upper part of the back and other parts of the body. The outbreaks can last for a short period of time or can last longer with repeated outbreaks. People, who suffer from outbreaks, can experience psychological stress from this condition because they are distressed and embarrassed by the unsightly pimples. Since acne can cause scarring, they become even more stressed by it.
While teenagers are often the victims of acne due to hormone changes, many adults can suffer from this as well. The good news is, the same remedies can work for all age groups who are victims of acne.
Do you know the motto '˜Fight Fire with Fire?' There is an acne motto "Fight Oil with Oil.' Get a glass bottle that you can put a stopper on. Pour four ounces of apple cider vinegar in it. Add 20 drops each of Eucalyptus and Lavender Essential oils. Stopper the bottle and shake the contents vigorously for one minute. Take a cotton ball soaked in the solution and rub it on your face, making sure to get areas that are prone to pimples, such as your chin and your cheek. These two oils can be found in any health food store.
Lemon juice is an excellent astringent. Again, using a cotton ball, soak it with the lemon juice. Apply the mixture to your problem areas. You can also make a facial scrub by combining a teaspoon each of salt and olive oil and 10 drops of lemon juice.
One of the major causes of acne is toxins that are either in your skin or in your body. These toxins contain harmful bacteria. Face masks are very effective in drawing toxins out of the pores of your skin. You can make a face mask out of fresh lemons. Slice a lemon into thin slices and apply them to your face. After 30 minutes, remove them and rinse your face off.
Time for a Facemask
Egg whites also make an effective face mask. Mix two drops of lemon essential oil with two egg whites. Apply this mixture to parts of the face and skin normally prone to acne breakouts and allow it to dry. Wash it off in warm water and pat your skin dry with a towel.
Not only are egg whites effective in drying up your pimples, they are also effective in removing dead skin. The outer part of the skin has cells that are constantly dying, which in turn are replaced by new cells. Egg whites, once they have dried on your skin and rinsed, removes many of the dead skin cells. Therefore, if you use egg whites on a regular basis you may even reduce the number of acne outbreaks.
Oatmeal is not just for eating. It is an excellent way to exfoliate your skin. You need to fill a bowl with dry oatmeal and add a tablespoon of baking soda. Then add warm water until you get a paste-like consistency. Rub the mixture over your face and leave it on until it dries. While the oatmeal is removing dead skin, the baking soda is cleaning the pores. You can also use oatmeal and milk. Another effective method is making a mask of two tablespoons each of oatmeal and plain yogurt. The yogurt contains anti-bacterial fighting properties and can prevent your acne from becoming infected. For this remedy to be effective you will need to leave it on your face for at least on hour before rinsing off.
Garlic: Good for Everything
Garlic is effective in fighting acne because it contains anti-bacterial properties. Take three to four cloves of garlic and slice them in half. Crush the garlic in a bowl and add three to four drops of water. Apply the mixture to your face and, after 30 minutes, wash your face with warm water.
Eating foods with vitamin C is very effective in lessening the occurrence of acne. When you eat that orange, do not throw away the orange peel. That peel can be used to make an effective acne-fighting mask. Grind up the orange peel and add water to it. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for at least ten minutes. Wash your face with warm water.
Honey and apples are excellent for your face also. Grate up an apple into a bowl. Mix in four tablespoons of pure honey; use more honey as needed. Cover your entire face with the mask and let it dry. Let it sit for half an hour and rinse it off. Adding a teaspoon of cinnamon to honey is another skin-friendly option.
Blackheads can be eliminated using different methods. After washing your face each night, apply a paste of a teaspoon each of coriander juice and ground turmeric with 3-6 drops of water to your trouble spots. Wash your face when you wake up. You can also use a combination of fenugreek, turmeric ad water. To prevent pimples and blackheads, apply slices of cucumber to your face and leave on for at least 20 minutes.
Benefits of Dandelion
Dandelion may seem to be just a weed to you. However, did you know that they contain many healing properties? One of them is this plant is a detoxifying herb. It helps stimulate the bile flow and is very effective in removing waste from your body. It removes toxins both internally and externally. Here is a recipe for dandelion tea which you can make either as a drink or a facial wash. Put 4-5 dandelion leaves in a cup and fill the cup with boiling water. After 10 minutes, remove the leaves. In a small bowl add a tablespoon of the tea to four tablespoons of honey and mix. Apply the mixture to your face. Drink the remainder of the tea for further health benefits.
Other detoxifying herbs include:
- Milk Thistle
- Red Clover
Make sure you are drinking enough water each day. Just by consuming eight glasses of water, you are washing a majority of the acne producing toxins. Also, what you eat has a major impact on your skin. You should be eating more fruits and vegetables and less greasy, sugar laden foods and dairy products. I know milk is good for you. However, it contains hormones that can cause acne.
Precautions For the Above Herbs
Some people claim using anise on babies to treat teething and colic is safe. However, before you do this, talk to your child's pediatrician for advice. Anise may counter-react with other herbs and spices if taken together. Some to avoid when you take anise include lemon grass, basil, nutmeg, tarragon, fennel, star anise and Jamaica Pepper Always talk to a qualified herbalist to see what other herbs and spices to avoid. Only use anise essential oil on external conditions. Do not consume it since it will be dangerous to do so. Since this essential oil is potent it is best to mix it with carrier oils such as an unscented lotion and use it only as needed. Do not take more than the recommended daily dosage. If you are unsure of how much to take, talk to your doctor for advice.
Avoid using burdock if you are pregnant or nursing. Avoid using burdock if you are going to have surgery, because it may increase bleeding. After you have surgery, wait at least two weeks before taking burdock. If you are planning to gather burdock from the wild, it is best to talk to a qualified herbalist since poisonous plants can easily be confused for this plant. Before you use burdock to treat any health ailments, talk to your doctor. Even though it is safe to take, it may interact with medications and vitamins you are already taking.
Do not use Echinacea for more than eight weeks. Avoid this herb if you are pregnant or nursing. If you are allergic to daisies or marigold, do not use Echinacea. Stop using if your experience these reactions, hives , rashes, respiratory problems, vomiting
Avoid milk thistle if you are pregnant or nursing. Also, avoid it if you are allergic to the following ragweed, chrysanthemums, daisies, marigolds
Nettle is safe to take. However, do not take more than the recommended dosage. Some side effects of this herb include fluid retention and mild upset stomach. Avoid this herb if you are pregnant or nursing. Do not use nettle if you are currently on other diuretic medications. Avoid using if you have kidney or heart disease.
Some side effects of red clover include headaches, nausea and muscle pain. Avoid taking this herb in large doses. Find out what the recommended dosage is and how long your should take it from your doctor. Taking too much of this herb can lead to liver damage. Stop using red clover if you notice yellowing of the skin and eyes, upper abdominal pain and dark urine. Stop taking this herb if you notice rashes on your skin and swollen lips, face and tongue. You may be allergic to this herb. As with many other herbs, do not use this herb if you are pregnant or are nursing.
Your Diet May Be the Cause for Acne Outbreaks
If you are suffering from an outbreak of acne think about what you have eaten during the past few days. Most likely the food is the culprit for those annoying pimples.
You may have thought it was just a myth that greasy food and chocolate causes acne outbreaks. While there is no direct proof that this is true, if you are not eating a proper and balanced diet you are not helping your skin. Therefore, knowing what foods to include and which ones to avoid will do wonders for your skin.
What to Include in your diet:
- Green Tea
- Fresh Fruit (Avocado, Bananas, Oranges, Grapefruit, Lemons, Berries, Watermelon)
- Vegetables (Dark Green and Orange)
- Lean Meat
- Olive Oil
What to Avoid:
- Junk Food
- Soft Drinks
- Caffeinated Beverages
- Fried Food
- Sugary Food
- Processed Food
- Red Meat
Skin Cleansing Recipes
The most important thing to remember is to keep your skin clean. To prevent acne breakouts the oils and dirt need to be removed every night.
While simply washing your face every evening and morning with soap and hot water is effective you might want to try one of the following recipes.
Mix two tablespoons of oatmeal with water to make a paste. Scrub your face with this mixture. This exfoliates your skin and cleans it.
Place three chamomile tea bags in a bowl. Pour a cup of boiling water into the bowl. Wait for the water to cool for ten minutes or until it is lukewarm. Remove the teabags and add one cup each of buttermilk and oatmeal. Mix it until you have a thick consistency. You might have to add more oats if the mixture is too watery. Use this as either a facial wash or a face mask. You can store any unused mixture in a sealed container for up to three days.
Mix a teaspoon each of apple cider vinegar and glycerin to two ounces of witch hazel. Add 10 drops of one of the following essential oils:
- Tea Tree
Then break apart a vitamin E oil capsule and add the oil to the mixture. Take a cotton ball and apply this mixture to your face. The witch hazel contains cooling astringent properties and will not strip the skin of its natural oils.
Take four ounces of perfume free liquid hand soap and mix two drops of sage, five drops of peppermint and one drop of chamomile essential oils. Then wash your face with this mixture. You can store any of the unused mixture in a jar or bottle and save for future uses.
Take a tablespoon of dried neem leaves and mix them with two tablespoons of turmeric powder. Add water 2-3 drops at a time to make a paste. Apply the paste to the face. Wait for a half hour and wash the face with lukewarm water.
Carefully cut an avocado and scoop out the inside. If the meat is hard, warm it up in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften it up. Mix water in the pulp a teaspoon at a time to make a paste. Apply it to your face. Leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off with water. Pat your face dry with a towel.
Precautions For The Above Essential Oils
|Only use essential oils on external ailments. Consuming them can be harmful or fatal. Talk to a qualified aromatherapist to see which ones are safe to take internally.|
Some essential oils, suc as bergamont and lemon can cause skin reactions if you are out in the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure if you use essential oils to on skin conditions.
Before using essential oils, test a small section of your skin. If there is any redness, rash or other irritation, do not use that essential oil.
Before using essential oils dilute them in a carrier oil such as unscented body lotion.
Fill a bowl with steaming water and hang your head over it. It is a good idea to drape a towel over your head, covering the bowel to get the best results. You can also add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the water since this ingredient plays a role in neutralizing the PH levels of the skin. Doing this for 10 minutes a day helps keep the pores clean.
Misting your face throughout the day is an excellent way to keep your skin clean. You will need a spray bottle. You can take any of your old spray bottles and clean them out. You can also purchase them from a wide variety of stores. Add four ounces of distilled water to the bottle. Then add five to seven drops of one of the following essential oils:
- Ylang Ylang
This daily spray can be used throughout the day whether you are at school, at work, at the grocery store or any time when you are on the go.
Skin Discoloration after Acne Outbreaks
So are you one of the unlucky many who has an outbreak of acne? Do you wonder why you are finding pimples all over your face? It could be any reason. Not only do you feel like the world is ending when you see your beautiful face is getting marred by pimples, the aftermath is just as bad. Acne can damage your face and leave scars behind.
Even if you are careful by not touching your face, you may notice there is a discoloration when your pimples are gone. When you have runaway acne, it causes a trauma to your face. More melanin is produced when you have an outbreak. The good news is this is your body protecting your skin. However, with good news there is the bad. It takes a while for the skin color to return to normal. However, these are some home remedies to help the discoloration to go away quicker:
* Dampen a paper towel with lemon juice. Apply the towel to the discolored area for five minutes. Keep doing this every day until the discoloration disappears. Make an overnight solution of equal amounts of lemon juice and rose water in a bowl. Take a cotton ball and soak it with this solution. Apply this mixture to your face before you go to bed. Wash it off in the morning. Not only will this reduce the discoloration, it may even prevent scars from forming.
* Put vitamin E oil on the discolored area.
* Apply crushed garlic to the discolored area.
* Apply apple cider vinegar to the discolored area.
* Put egg white on the discolored area. Leave it on for fifteen minutes. Wash it off.
* Apply hydrogen peroxide to the darkened areas. This has a bleaching agent that will help the dark colors fade.
* Apply a paste of honey and nutmeg to the area. Leave it on for fifteen minutes and wash it off.
*Add two tablespoons each of sandalwood powder and turmeric. Add enough water to make a paste. Apply it to your face and leave on for up to fifteen minutes.
*Purchase lotions that contain marigold or calendula. This has a good reputation for reducing the appearance of scars.
*Aloe Vera contains antibacterial properties. Applying it to your face helps rejuvenate your skin and helps prevent scarring. While you can purchase lotions that contain aloe, you can also buy an aloe plant. All you need to do is break off a part of the leaf and squeeze the pulp out and apply it directly to your face. You can refrigerate any unused pulp.
.*Drink plenty of water. Doing this is excellent for your skin because it helps the skin to shred the dead skin cells and allows the new cells to grow.
*Take daily vitamin C and zinc supplements. These both play a role in healthy skin growth.
There are many ways to keep acne from leaving behind any discoloration or scars. The above remedies are just a few of the many that are known.
The most effective home remedy is to prevent acne from knocking at your door in the first place. The following are some excellent prevention tips:
* Prevent acne by drinking eight cups of water each day. This will flush and impurities from your body.
* Avoid touching your face.
*If you notice that most of you acne outbreaks occur on your forehead or around your hairline, your hair may be causing these outbreaks. Your hair also contains oil. Therefore, it is important to either keep your hair away from your face or wash your hair more often. If you currently shampoo your hair every three days, you might have to wash your hair every other day. You might even need to switch the products that you normally use when you shower.
* A good sweat is also good for your skin. When you work out, the sweat will eject the impurities from your skin.
* Avoid junk food. This is a major culprit of acne. It is better to include fruits, vegetables, and nuts in your diet.
* Purchase Lemon Grass soap from a health food store. Not only will this clean your clogged pores, but it also has antibacterial properties.
*If you do have acne, avoid squeezing the pimples. This will only make the condition worse and may also cause them to become infected.
These are a few of the many effective home remedies to help your acne problem. It is more effective than going to the drug store and purchasing these expensive acne medicines. There are too many treatments to list here. If you want a wealth of information go to google.com and type in "Home Remedies for Acne." However, if nothing seems to work, talk to your dermatologist.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2019 Lois Ryan
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 27, 2019:
Thanks for these home made remedies for acne. I've used oatmeal for other skin conditions too. All your product blends are interesting and worth a try.