Acner.org: Acne treatment

Acner.org: Acne treatment

Severe Acne Home Remedies

Acne--particularly when it's severe--can be uncomfortable and socially distressing. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that sufferers of severe acne see a doctor, but for people interested in at-home treatments, there are some home remedies that may offer relief. It's also important to understand that acne, like all infections, is exacerbated by touching and picking--this can lead to further infection and scarring. Since it's easier to prevent acne than it is to treat it, at-home preventive measures are also worth considering.

Mint

Granny Med, an Internet compendium of home-remedies, suggests crushed mint for acne treatment. The site states, "Peppermint is preferable to spearmint as a medicinal herb because it contains menthol ... which is a natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory." The site suggests crushing a handful of mint leaves with a mortar and pestle (though you could also use a bowl and the back of a spoon). This helps release the menthol oil. Then rub the leaves and their juice on acne-affected skin. Let the compound sit for up to 10 minutes, and then rinse with cool water.

Toothpaste

Some people have success shrinking individual or small groups of pimples with toothpaste. Because the chemicals in toothpaste make it drying to the skin (which probably the reason it reduces the inflammation of a pimple), it's not advisable to use it over large areas of the face. However, Acne Home (an Internet side dedicated to providing information about acne remedies) does suggest that a dab of toothpaste can be helpful in emergency situations.

Don't Exacerbate Existing Acne

The American Academy of Dermatology warns that even though clean skin is less acne-prone than oily or dirty skin, too much scrubbing can make existing acne worse by causing irritation and dryness. Gently wash your face twice a day with lukewarm water and a mild cleansing soap. Further, since dry skin overproduces oil to compensate, a light, non-pore clogging lotion can help the skin stay appropriately moist without causing more acne.

Avoid Acne Triggers

The sun, excess makeup and facial care products containing dye can lead to increased breakout severity, according to the natural care Internet site, Mother Nature. James Fulton, a dermatologist consultant for the website, suggests choosing mild beauty products, using a non-pore clogging sunscreen (and reducing sun exposure) and washing makeup off before bed.

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