Natural Acne Care
Acne outbreaks of pimples or blackheads, anywhere on the face or body, effect 85% of U.S. teenagers each year, notes the American Academy Of Dermatology. Acne forms as a result of the pores becoming blocked with oils from the sebaceous glands in the underlying layers of skin. Experts believe that hormonal imbalances are the cause of this sudden over-production of oils which lead to acne, notes MayoClinic.com.
Natural treatments can be used to help reduce mild forms of acne. Their main advantage over cosmetic products is the price difference. Medicinal herbs like aloe vera can be kept as houseplants and, according to the GrannyMed website, are successful at soothing, reducing swelling of pimples via antioxidants and promoting healing. "Readers Digest: 1001 Home Remedies" notes that ice cubes can be used to reduce swelling of pimples, while lemon juice can be used to fade acne scars.
GrannyMed recommends using Aloe barbadensis to treat acne, over the hundreds of other species of aloe. After cutting a leaf from the plant, split the leaf down its spine, drain off the yellow juices and then remove a piece of the thick textured gel from the leaf. Rinse under cold water and then simply massage some of the gel into the acne lesion.
Tea tree oil is as effective for treating acne as an over-the-counter product containing benzoyl peroxide, according to The University Of Maryland Medical Center. The UMMC website cites a study in which the participants using tea tree oil reported less side effects than those using the benzoyl peroxide, which is a highly regarded treatment for acne, according to Acne.org.
Consult your doctor for advice before using natural treatments for acne as they can cause mild skin irritation in some skin types. Aloe vera extract is found in many popular skin care lotions and treatments. According to MayoClinic.com, even though results look promising for aloe vera, more research must be done to fully understand its properties.
Medline Plus documents the use of products containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide for acne care. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid and helps to remove dead skin cells and oils from the surface, preventing further acne. Benzoyl peroxide cleanses deeper into the pores to remove bacteria and reduce inflammation. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can either be used as separate treatments or in tandem as part of a daily skin care regimen.
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