Home Facial ACNE Remedies
The face is the most visible part of the body that enables us to recognize one person from another. You cannot just cover it if you wish to hide something. It shows your outer beauty, youthfulness, sophistication, as well as emotions. As much as we want to have a flawless look, times may come when come across various facial problems that come along with age (puberty). Proper hygiene and the consumption of healthy foods are therefore necessary.
Compiled in this chapter are common acne facial problems and their respective remedies.
Medically known as Acne Vulgaris, this can appear not only on the facial area but also on the neck, shoulders, chest, and back. It can start as our skin’s sebaceous/oil glands produce greasy secretions. Once the tiny pores get clogged, it can then contribute to having whiteheads if pores are small and blackheads if they are bigger. As a result of that, irritation develops in the form of inflammations known as pimples. Acne can appear mild as having a few pimples. It is moderate with the presence of inflammatory papules while in its severe form, cysts and nodules are present. This is a common occurrence to those who reach the age of puberty until their 30’s although studies have shown that there are still those who get acne even in their 50’s.
- Green Tea Miracle Detox
Green tea contains an antioxidant known as Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which can effectively reduce bacterial growth, inflammation, and the production of sebum, which are the main culprits for acne breakouts. To make your miracle detox, you can steep for 5 minutes 2 teaspoons of loose organic green tea leaves in half cup of boiling water. Strain the leaves and allow the water to cool. Get a cotton swab and gently apply it directly on your face. If you have green tea bags instead, that is just fine. Steep it for 3 minutes, remove the bag and apply it directly on your face.
- Minty Rub
Mint has menthol which is both useful as a pain killer and anti-inflammatory. While this does not take away your acne, it will ease you from pain and minimize its redness. To prepare, crush a handful of fresh mint leaves and rub it directly on your face. Leave it for 10 minutes and rinse it off with cold water. You will surely feel refreshed.
- Honey and Avocado Mask
Avocados can give us a lot of health benefits. It can quickly provide a cure to dry peeling skin as it contains antioxidants, healthy fat, moisture, natural oils, and phytochemicals. For that reason, avocado-based topical solutions came into being and have grown popular over the years. One of these is the honey and avocado mask. To prepare, mash a quarter of an avocado and mix it with a tablespoon of honey. Apply directly into your washed face and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat your face with a clean, dry towel. This is also recommended for those who have very sensitive skin.
- Honey and Oatmeal Scrub
Oatmeal is effective in removing oil and dead skin cells that can clog your pores and lead to having acne. It can also reduce inflammation. To prepare, just add 2 tablespoons of raw honey to a serving of cooked oats. Allow it to cool and apply it on your face then leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat it dry with a clean towel.
- Egg White and Avocado Mask
Egg white is known to be effective in removing excessive skin oil that can clog your pores causing blackheads and acne. Avocado, having natural fats, can nourish your skin and is a good remedy for dry skin. If you are wondering why did we come up with such combination knowing that their purposes seem contrasting, well this just makes the mask great for both dry and oily skin.
To prepare, just mash a quarter serving of avocado and 1 egg white and massage it gently on your face. Make sure to cover all areas. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Pat your face dry with a soft, clean towel.
- Cinnamon-Honey-Nutmeg Mask
This mask is also very easy to prepare. Just mix freshly grated nutmeg, cinnamon, and honey (enough amount to form a paste). Allow it to stand for at least an hour before applying. Leave it on your face for 15 minutes then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Dry your face with a clean towel.
- Baking Soda Exfoliant
An economical way of gently exfoliating your skin is through the use of sodium bicarbonate or baking soda. Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and unclog your pores. Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in about the same amount of water enough to create a paste. You can also add lemon to it. Apply it directly on your acne and leave it there for 5 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water and patting your face dry with a clean towel.