Help! There is an outburst at home. What do you think it is? It is one of the worst nightmares for any teenager. Yes, acne outburst. Before you run out to the nearest pharmacy to buy an over the counter medication for teenage acne treatment, you will want to find out how to treat acne naturally.
Herbs and spices have been used for medicinal purposes all over the world for centuries. They are the best gifts Mother Nature provides. So, let’s find some natural ways to clear acne using herbs and spices.
Firstly, let’s take a look at
What are Acne and Pimples
A pimple is formed when the skin pores are blocked with dead skin cells being held back by sebum (skin's natural moisturiser).
When sebum, skin cells and hair follicles cluster together, a plug will form. Once this plug is infected with bacteria, it swelled up forming acne.
In simple words, pimples are a subset of acne. So are blackheads and whiteheads.
Blackheads and whiteheads are pimples that are not inflamed. Blackhead turns black because air oxidises it. Whitehead is as is because the opening skin pore is too small for air to oxidise it.
Pimples are inflamed when the clogged pore ruptures under pressure and gets infected with bacteria. The pus pushed to the surface causing a raised white, puss-filled tip.
Now, the answer to how to treat acne naturally.
3 Common Herbs and Spices for the Treatment of Acne
Cinnamon with its antimicrobial properties, help to stop bacteria from getting out of control. Make a simple natural remedy using cinnamon and honey to improve the condition. Honey’s antibiotic properties help to wipe out bacteria.
Mix a bit of cinnamon powder with a bit of raw honey to form a paste. Dab a little of the paste on each pimple or apply on your face as a mask. Rinse off completely after 20 – 30 minutes. Repeat a few days if necessary.
Honey also has anti-inflammatory properties that help avert swelling and redness caused by acne.
Important note: Use raw honey and NOT processed honey products which can irritate your skin, making acne worse.
Mint contains menthol and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It will not cure acne but is effective at reducing acne breakouts and is soothing to the skin, helping to ease the discomfort caused by swelling and redness.
Crush a generous handful of fresh mint leaves thoroughly, using a blender or pestle and mortar. Rub the juice and crushed leaves on your face. Rinse off with cold water completely after 10 – 15 minutes.
Crush 2 tablespoon of fresh mint leaves with 2 tablespoons of oatmeal in a blender. Add 2 tablespoons of plain yoghurt and apply this concoction on your face. Rinse off thoroughly after 10 – 15 minutes.
Turmeric with its powerful antimicrobial properties helps destroy bacteria. It also assists to remove excess oil. High in antioxidant, turmeric helps in treating pimples and the inflammation caused by it.
Same as the cinnamon with the honey combination, mix a bit of turmeric with raw honey to form a paste. Dab a little of the paste on each pimple or apply on your face. Rinse off completely after 10 – 15 minutes. Repeat once every day if necessary.
Mix ½ teaspoon turmeric with 1 tablespoon lemon juice and apply on the affected area. Rinse off completely after 10 – 15 minutes.
Lemon contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can stop bacterial growth. Its citric acid acts as exfoliate, helping to remove dead cells and oil that clog the skin pores.
Mix a bit of turmeric with a few drops of olive oil and apply on the pimples or face as a mask. Rinse off completely after 15 – 20 minutes.
Cautionary advice – Your face will turn slightly yellowish after rinsing but don’t worry, it is not permanent. The yellow colour is due to curcumin, a substance in turmeric. It does not stain your face as it will fade off after several washes.
To overcome this, wipe the affected area using a few drops of mild facial toner on a cotton ball. Worse case, mix some water with sugar and scrub your face with the solution. Your skin will be stain-free as well as super-clean.
A kind reminder to cleanse your skin thoroughly before applying these home remedies. If you experience inflammation, itching, or burning, discontinue use and/or, if the problem becomes severe, please see a dermatologist.
Go for Natural Remedies
Well, that’s the 3 common herbs and spices used to treat acne naturally. Cinnamon and turmeric are always available in my pantry. Are they yours? Cinnamon coffee being my morning companion. Mint growing in my backyard garden.
Do you know that cinnamon, mint and turmeric help relieve stress too? Click here to read more.
If you noticed, all the concoction above contains 5 other ingredients that we have readily in our kitchen. Raw honey, oatmeal, plain yoghurt, lemon and olive oil.
If you do not have raw honey, you should have olive oil or lemon. Or vice versa. Alternatively, you may
You can now treat acne at home with these simple and effective ingredients from your kitchen. Isn't it wonderful?
Last but not least
Before I leave you to manage your acne treatment (if you do), below are some advice for teenagers who are facing acne outburst.
Keep skin clean. Dust, pollutants and oil can clog the skin’s pores and worsen existing acne.
Teens should wash their face thoroughly but gently twice a day. Do not over wash or scrub overly because by doing so, it will over-stimulate the sebaceous gland causing it to produce an excessive amount of sebum, making acne worse.
Decrease toxin. Increase water consumption. The toxin, in the form of sweat, escapes through the skin causes skin conditions that include acne.
Teens should reduce or stay away from processed food that contains saturated fats, artificial food colouring/flavour, high level of sodium and sugar. This is one way to reduce ingesting toxins that will seep through the skin.
Additionally, teens are encouraged to increase water consumption to flush toxins out of the body.
Use makeup sparingly. Chemicals added dyes and oils will clog pores and causes an acne breakout.
Teens should avoid wearing foundation, powder or blush during an acne breakout. If need to, use natural, water-based cosmetics.
Keep hands off. Dirt and oil on the hands will make acne worse. Bacteria will spread and irritate the already inflamed facial skin.
Teens should avoid touching their face or pinch the pimples.
Exercise regularly. Perspiration helps to eliminate toxins, dirt and chemicals.
Teens are encouraged to workout regularly. Perspiring and hydrating more often can prevent acne. As they drink more water and perspire, sweat is cleaner and clearer, helping to prevent pore blockage, oily skin and acne breakouts.
Hope these can help teenagers to prevent their acne outbreak from worsening.
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