Home Remedy for Pimples & Zits
Pimples and zits are annoying and unsightly skin problems. Some people even experience pain from a certain type of acne, known as cystic acne, which occurs when the inflammation from pimples reaches deep into your pores, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Although cystic acne often requires dermatological treatment, other types of acne, such as pimples, zits and blackheads, can often be alleviated or reduced using home remedies.
Causes of Acne
Several factors can contribute to or exacerbate acne, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Sebum is the most important factor that causes acne breakouts. Your skin produces sebum, a natural oil that helps to moisturize and lubricate your skin. However, certain hormonal fluctuations, stress and other factors such as diet and alcohol use, can cause your body to produce more sebum than you need. When dirt and other substances combine with sebum and get trapped in your pores, you will develop a pimple or blackhead.
Following a basic skin care routine, avoiding the use of certain irritating substances, such as oily sunscreens or hair care products, and making lifestyle changes, such as avoiding touching your face, especially when your hands are dirty, can help to prevent outbreaks of pimples and zits, according to MayoClinic.com. Use cosmetics and skin care products that are labeled "non-comodogenic," which means they won't clog your pores.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an alternative remedy that has been shown to be an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne, according to MayoClinic.com. While you can purchase products containing tea tree oil in most drug and health stores, you can also use pure, unadulterated tea tree essential oil as a home remedy for treating pimples and zits. According to author Cynthia B. Olsen in her book, "Australian Tea Tree Oil First Aid Handbook: 101 Plus Ways to Use Tea Tree Oil," you can add tea tree oil to the toner or cleanser you're already using, or you can also apply a drop or two of the oil to affected areas of your face.
In their book, "A Woman's Complete Guide to Natural Health," pharmacist Lynne Paige Walker and author Ellen Hodgson Brown recommend the use of oatmeal by people with acne-prone skin. Exfoliating your skin helps to remove dead skin cells, oil and dirt, which can clog pores and cause breakouts. You can make a natural home acne scrub by combining equal parts of oatmeal and water in a small bowl. Apply this mixture to your skin and allow it to dry. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, one study showed that the topical application of aloe was effective in reducing acne, when combined with other herbs. Aloe has anti-inflammatory properties that may help to reduce redness and irritation caused by pimples. Authors Walker and Brown also point out that 100 percent aloe gel is effective for treating acne breakouts. You can purchase aloe plants in most home and garden stores. Snip the tip of one of the leaves off and squeeze out the gel. Apply to affected areas as needed.
Inform your doctor before using home remedies, especially if you have allergies or sensitive skin.
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