Everyone wants to have a clear and good skin but some people are not able to achieve this goal due to some skin problems. The most commonly occurring skin problem among these is acne which can be caused due to a number of factors and people from both genders and various age groups are prone to acne problems. A few lifestyle changes like maintaining a healthy hygiene, washing your face frequently, using a sunscreen, exfoliating your skin and various other steps can help you get rid of your acne issues and help you get a clearer skin. In addition to that a huge variety of natural remedies, beauty products and medications are also available in the market which can contribute in resolving your acne problems.
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Causes of acne
Acne is caused when your skin pores get clogged due to the presence of oil, dead skin cells or other such hazardous components. Each pore of your skin is connected to a sebaceous gland which is responsible for production of sebum. If excessive sebum is produced it can clog the pores and cause acne. Acne can also be cause due to genetic factors, diet, stress, hormonal changes in body and infections.
Natural ways to cure acne
Apply Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be prepared by fermenting apple cider; it can also be obtained from unfiltered juice extracted from pressed apples. Similar to other vinegars apple cider vinegars is also known for its amazing ability to fight harmful bacteria and viruses. This type of vinegar contains several types of organic acids which are proven to be effective in curing acne problems.
Specially the succinic acid present in apple cider vinegar is responsible for suppressing the inflammatory effects caused due to acne and also prevents scarring due to it. Lactic acid is also present in this type of vinegar which results in curing acne problems to a great extent. The apple cider vinegar works by drying up the excess oil which is the cause of acne.
Method of usage:
- Take one part apple cider vinegar and three parts water in a bowl.
- Cleanse your face and after that apply this mixture using a cotton ball.
- Let it sit for a few seconds and rinse thoroughly with water. This activity must be repeated twice daily for best results.
- In case of sensitive skin this vinegar can cause burns and irritation so apply it on a small patch before applying it other acne affected skin areas. You can also add more water to the mixture in order to avoid any harmful effects.
Zinc Supplement Intake
Zinc is an amazing supplement which contributes in cell growth, hormone production, metabolism and immune function. It is also proven to be the most effective nutrient in case of acne. People who suffer from any kind of skin issues have low level of zinc in their blood as compared to people with good skin. Intake of zinc orally contributes towards resolving your skin problems and makes you look better. According to studies conducted taking 30-45 mg of zinc daily proves to be very effective in resolving acne problems.
Zinc is available in numerous forms and each form contains a certain value of elemental zinc in it. The maximum limit of zinc which is safe to take each day is 40 mg per day and you must avoid intake of more than this. If you consume more amount than this it can result in adverse effects like gut irritation or stomach pain. Zinc must not be applied on skin for curing acne as its not effective.
Apply a honey and cinnamon mask
Both honey and cinnamon are rich in autoxidation properties due to which they are very effective in reducing acne problems and making your skin clearer. The two most common acne medications include Vitamin B3, linoleic acid and sodium ascorbyl phosphate and they are present in honey and cinnamon. These two amazing natural ingredients have an ability to fight bacteria and also result in reduction of inflammatory effects and avoid acne breakouts.
Method of usage:
- Take one teaspoon of cinnamon and two tablespoons of honey and mix them together to form a paste.
- Cleanse your face and then apply this mask on it. Leave it to dry for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse it off completely and pat your face dry.
Apply tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil with amazing properties and is proven to be effective for treating acne. This oil is responsible for fighting harmful bacteria and result in reduction of skin inflammation. Application of 5% tea tree oil can result in removing your acne problems completely. But application of tea tree oil can also has a few side effects as it can cause dryness, burning sensation and irritation. This essential oil is also very potent so it must be used after dilution.
Method of usage:
- Take one part tea tree oil and nine parts water.
- Dip it in a cotton swab and apply in to the acne affected areas of your skin.
- Apply a moisturizer on your face.
- You need to repeat this twice or once daily in order to get rid of acne.
Apply green tea on your skin
Green tea is famous for its remarkable ant oxidation properties and drinking it regularly can also improve your health. Green tea contains flavonoids and tannins which are effective in fighting bacteria and reduce inflammatory affects which are the two main cause of acne. The major antioxidant component in green tea is known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which results in reduction of sebum production and fight inflammation in order to cure acne prone skin. Application of 2-3 % green tea extract to your face can prove to be very significant in getting rid of pimples. There a number of beauty products which contain green tea but it’s better to prepare a mixture at home for better results.
Other steps which can prove to be quite effective in getting rid of acne are listed below: