Dealing with scars and acne isn’t never fun. Here are some natural remedies to reduce blemishes and acne scars.
Lets start from the beginning, where it originates form.
When the hair follicles in our faces are clogged with dead skin cells and oil, they produce pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and even scarring if left untreated.
It’s the disease officially designated as acne vulgaris, and it is vulgar indeed, an unfortunate and unsightly affliction that plagues 60 million Americans, among them 85 percent of people aged 12 to 24.
For many years, it was treated as simply an embarrassing rite of passage for pubescent youths and teenagers. But acne can and does lead to permanent scarring, for 25 percent of the young people suffering from the condition.
It’s not enough to just pop your pimples and wait for the symptoms to pass.
Many products marketed for treating acne have inconsistent results and negative side effects—the popular medication Accutane has even been linked with depression and suicidal ideation.
Here are five natural remedies for those who would like clearer skin, but would prefer to retain their mental functioning.
Green Tea- There’s seemingly nothing green tea doesn’t help with.
The antioxidant-loaded herb can be consumed as a beverage or even applied directly to your face. A cooled cup of green tea can be used as a face wash before bed, and it won’t dry out your skin like the salicylic acid treatments sold in stores.
Apple Cider Vinegar- Like green tea
This is another multipurpose organic element that has seemingly endless uses.
While it’s been proven to be great for gut health (a key aspect of acne management we’ll address a bit later), it can also be applied to acne-afflicted skin.
Dilute it heavily with water (about 1 tbsp. vinegar to two cups water) and apply it to your blemishes with a cloth or cotton ball.
A Change In Diet– Eating greasy foods leaves grease on your face.
Obviously contributing to acne, but washing your face immediately after demolishing a cheeseburger isn’t enough: the connection goes deeper.
Cow’s milk, sugar, high-glycemic foods like white bread and cookies, junk food, and fast food all contribute to spikes in blood sugar that can increase inflammation across the body. Cow’s milk, in particular, contains high levels of insulin, which stimulates the production of sebum (skin oil), and other hormones linked with acne.
Honey- This one sounds weird, but it works.
Make sure to use raw or minimally processed honey. Apply a small amount to particularly affected areas, leaving it on for a few minutes before cleansing. Its natural antibiotic properties can reduce the severity of outbreaks.
Aloe Vera- The magic goo of the Aloe Vera plant
One of nature’s most soothing gifts to mankind, and it doesn’t just work on sunburns. Inflammation is what turns a minor breakout of blemishes into a cloud of pimples, and aloe contains aloin and aloesin, two compounds that fight this inflammation.
This makes aloe vera the perfect emergency treatment if you feel a breakout coming on. As a bonus, it has a uniquely cooling feeling that soothes the pain that severely inflamed acne can