Home Remedies for Acne and Facial Blemishes
What Causes Acne and Facial Blemishes?
Facial blemishes affect nearly everyone and are often identified as scars, dark patches, freckles, blackheads, whiteheads, acne marks, and age spots.
Acne and pimples occur due to excess oil or sebum production by the sebaceous glands. When this oil is unable to reach the surface of the skin because of dead cells, excess oil, or dirt, bacteria proliferates and causes acne.
Acne can manifest as an inflamed or non-inflamed condition. Inflammatory acne is characterized by redness and breakouts of pimples, pustules, etc.. Non-inflammatory acne is present in the form of blackheads and whiteheads.
Though acne is mostly encountered during adolescence due to hormonal and biological changes, it is also seen in preteens and adults. Acne is commonly caused by:
- excess hormones produced during adolescence
- hormonal changes during pregnancy
- medications (steroids, estrogen, etc.)
- oily makeup
Common Triggers for Skin Problems
overactive sebaceous glands
Home Remedies for Acne and Facial Blemishes
Lemon juice is an effective home remedy for treating acne. Be sure to test for skin sensitivity before applying it to larger areas. Use as follows:
- Soak cotton balls with lemon juice.
- Apply to affected areas of the face.
- Let it stay on for 15 minutes.
- Wash it off with warm water.
For dark circles under your eyes, mix lemon juice with fresh cream and apply regularly.
Apply amla (Indian gooseberry) with oil every morning and evening by massaging it into the face. Prepare as follows:
- Soak 2 teaspoons of amla powder in a glass of water (avoid using metal).
- In the morning, strain this water and wash the face with this every day.
Over a period of time, it will lighten the wrinkles and dark patches.
Regularly consume or apply coconut water twice a day to the face to reduce blemishes.
Cucumber is a natural astringent and reduces the oiliness of skin. Rub cucumber juice on the face and leave it on for 5 minutes. Wash it off with water.
Grind mint leaves and apply them to the face at bedtime.
Rub warm milk on the face at bedtime. Wash your face after 30 minutes. Apply a thin layer of milk cream on the face thereafter.
Ghee (Clarified Butter)
While going to sleep, apply ghee to the face. Leave it on overnight and wash it in the morning. Ghee removes black spots and marks left by injuries.
Mix ground gram flour (besan) with castor oil and apply it to the face. Massage it into the skin.
- Soak 5 almonds overnight.
- Remove the skins in the morning, grind, and add them to a bottle.
- Add 60 grams of rose water and 15 drops of sandalwood oil. Mix well. (Use topical essential oils with caution.)
- Apply 3 times a day, on the face and body.
- On darker areas, leave it on for 30 minutes.
- Take 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and 1/4 grams black sesame powder.
- Mix in hot milk to make a paste.
- Apply to dark patches.
Use aloe vera gel or harvest gel from the leaf of the aloe plant. Apply to the affected area.
Lavender Essential Oil
Apply lavender oil on pimples with a cotton swab; dilute lavender in a carrier oil to avoid hypersensitivity.
Chamomile is anti-inflammatory and an astringent. Apply it to the affected area for relief, or drink it as a tea as well.
- Keep the face clean of dirt and grime by washing it regularly.
- Protect skin from the sun.
- Do not touch the face without reason, and take care not to pinch or squeeze pimples, pustules, etc..
- Use oil-free makeup.
- Get fresh air.
- Get regular exercise.
- Consume raw, green, leafy vegetables, and fruits or fresh fruit juice.
- Drink lots of water to keep skin hydrated and to avoid the accumulation of toxins.
- Avoid junk food and excessively spicy or oily foods.
The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician or healthcare provider before taking any home remedies, supplements, or starting a new health regimen.
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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.
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