Acne or acne vulgaris is commonly referred to as pimples. It’s a skin disease that commonly occurs during puberty. This condition is caused by clogging of the skin follicles, which are tiny passages that connect oil glands in the body with the tiny opening on the skin. These oil glands produce a substance known as ‘sebum’ that helps carry the dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin. Follicles also contain thin hair growths. At times, the hair, sebum and the dead skin cells clog together to form a lump on the skin. This causes bacterial growth in the affected area causing swelling which may lead to pimples.
Though the exact reasons are not known, there are few known factors that might trigger clogging of skin follicles and cause acne. These include:
- Hormonal changes in teenage years & during pregnancy
- Using birth control pills
- Genetic factors
- Excessive use of make-up products
Few natural remedies that might help to improve your acne are mentioned below:
- Ice for reduction of pores
People having a very porous skin can take ice cubes and gently scrub it over the affected areas. The cold temperatures of ice constrict the blood vessels under the skin reducing the irritation and inflammation.
- Tea tree oil (Melaleuca oil)
Melaleuca oil has significant anti-fungal and antibacterial herbal remedy, hence very useful for mild to moderate acne.
- Egg oil
Egg yolk oil contains immuno globulins which kill bacteria and reduce inflammation. The Omega-3 fatty acids help naturally heal pimples without leaving scars. Apply egg oil on the acne affected area twice a day, massaging gently for 2-3 minutes. Leave it on for an hour and then wash it off with a mild face wash. Continue use until the pimple is completely healed and continuous (unbroken), healthy skin appears. Stopping mid-way may cause the acne to spread again.
- Honey Mask
Apply raw honey directly onto your face, or mix it with a little bit of water or green tea. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes for optimal absorption. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat your face dry. Always apply moisturizer after rinsing off a mask.
- Potassium alum
It can usually be found in the spice aisle in some grocery stores. Alum is a natural antiseptic and astringent, meaning that it shrinks skin tissue. Try to get a big block instead of in powder form. Powdered alum can be a little too abrasive. Gently wipe the alum over the affected areas, being careful not to irritate or inflame any pimples.