Acne is a skin disease characterized by the presence of “pimples” or “pimples.”
These form when the hair follicles under the skin become clogged, and can appear on the face, neck, back, chest and shoulders.
Certain factors can promote excessive oil production, clogged follicles or the appearance of bacteria that cause acne, namely:
- Hormonal changes during adolescence or pregnancy.
- Start or stop taking birth control pills.
- Diets high in fat, fried and processed foods, while low in fruits, vegetables, grains and seeds.
- Hereditary factors.
- Taking certain medications (such as steroids, estrogens, or testosterone).
Although it is a common skin disorder, acne can often be bothersome and even painful. Therefore, it is important to consult a dermatologist to make a diagnosis and determine the best treatment.
You can also use the following herbal home remedies:
Although garlic (Allium sativum L.) is a recognized food and condiment, at first people used it for medicinal purposes, since it is rich in vitamins, especially B and C, and minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus or magnesium, among others.
It also contains allicin and sulfur, substances capable of killing acne-causing bacteria. If you use it for this purpose, it is important that it is raw, since cooking can hinder the production of allicin.
You can opt for another of its variants, black garlic, which has similar but enhanced properties, since it has an additional compound called S-allyl-cysteine.
This makes it more effective, allows the body to better absorb its essential nutrients and gives it almost double the antioxidants.
How to use it
Rub a sliced raw garlic clove (not crushed since that way you can lose many of its beneficial compounds) on the affected areas a couple of times a day.
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You will soon notice how the skin rash is deflated, however, if you suffer adverse effects, such as irritation, you should abandon the treatment as soon as possible and consult a dermatologist.
Also known as aloe vera, aloe vera is a remedy that has been used for centuries, and is very popular for fighting acne or pimples.
This is because different studies found that it has great healing, toning and deep penetrating power into the skin, making it one of the most used ingredients in the cosmetic industry.
How to use it
Aloe vera is very easy to use, you just have to cut its stems crosswise and place its pulp directly on the affected areas.
Let it act on the skin and then clean with warm water and mild soap.
Also known as buttercup or mercadela, calendula (Calendula officinalis) is an herb that is characterized by its yellow-orange flower and its medicinal use throughout history by different civilizations.
Currently, it is recommended by many professionals to treat acne and dermatitis, thanks to its antioxidant, antibacterial and regenerative effects on the skin.
How to use it
Prepare an infusion by boiling a cup of water and then placing a tablespoon of calendula leaves in it.
Let them sit, strain, and then use the infusion to make face washes or apply with a cloth on the areas affected by acne.
It is advised to use this home remedy at night, before sleeping.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a native plant of India, where it began to be used as a flavoring and coloring for rice and meat, a use that later spread to dye cotton, leather, wool, paper or silk.
It is the main seasoning in curry, and one of its components, curcumin, is responsible for its color and most of its benefits.
From traditional medicine, turmeric is recognized for its antioxidant and antibacterial properties, ideal for reducing pimples and acne.
It is also useful for lightening the skin, fighting dryness, and slowing down the skin aging process.
How to use it
In some regions of India turmeric paste is applied to the bride and groom before marriage to make their skin look healthier and brighter.
To combat acne, prepare any of the following options to use as a mask:
- Mix one teaspoon of turmeric with two teaspoons of basil, mint or sage infusion.
- Mix one teaspoon of turmeric with two tablespoons of honey.
- Mix one tablespoon of turmeric with two or three tablespoons of coconut oil.
Once the preparation of your choice is ready, apply it on the acne-damaged area and leave it to act for 15 to 20 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and mild soap.
Dandelion or dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is an herb native to the Northern Hemisphere that is found wild in prairies, pastures, and even wastelands in temperate climates.
Although most of the scientific evidence for its benefits comes from in vitro and animal studies, experts believe that dandelion could be used to treat certain skin disorders, such as acne.
This is possible because it stimulates the production of healthy and new cells, its anti-inflammatory properties, which increase collagen production, and its antimicrobial effects.
How to use it
The best way to take advantage of dandelion to fight acne is by preparing an infusion.
You just have to mix a tablespoon of dried dandelion in hot water, let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes and then apply with a cotton ball or cloth on the affected areas.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is an herb that is often used for gastronomic purposes, although it is also a great option to combat acne, since one of its active compounds, thymol, has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral action.
Some studies even pointed out that it would be more effective than benzoyl peroxide, the most common active ingredient in acne treatments.
How to use it
Make a thyme lotion to rub over acne-affected areas and let it absorb without rinsing.
To do this, you must boil a cup of water and add a tablespoon of dried thyme. Then let it rest, strain and use once cold.
In addition to the aforementioned risk factors for acne, certain habits can make this condition worse:
- Excessive washing– Acne-prone skin is sensitive, so washing it many times a day can irritate it and make acne worse. Dermatologists advise only washing when you wake up or perspire.
- Don’t pop the pimplesTouching or pressing the pimples seems like a good idea to eliminate them quickly, but the truth is that you can worsen the condition and increase the risk of infection, leaving marks or wounds.
- Don’t forget cleaning: in this case we refer to the cleaning of those surfaces that are in continuous contact with the areas of the body affected by acne. Remember to regularly wash pillows, cushions or clothing, as bacteria, dead skin cells and dirt can accumulate on them, capable of clogging pores.
Until significant scientific evidence from human trials is available, people interested in using herbal therapies and supplements should exercise extreme caution.
Do not abandon or modify your medications or treatments, first talk to your doctor about the potential effects of alternative or complementary therapies.
Remember, the medicinal properties of herbs and supplements can also interact with prescription drugs, other herbs and supplements, and even alter your diet.
Sources consulted: Comprehensive Natural Drug Database, US National Library of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine .