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Home Remedies for Acne

Acne is a skin disease caused by changes in the pilosebaceous units(the unit consists of the hair shaft, the hair follicle, the sebaceous gland which makes sebum, and the erector pili muscle which causes hair to stand up when it contracts) of a person. It usually strikes during adolescence but rarely continues till adulthood. Commonly referred to as pimples, blemishes, spots, and zits, acne lesions generally occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. It may range from being mild and moderate to a severe form. While an increase in sex hormones, during puberty, is the leading cause of acne, there are other factors as well that add to its occurrence.

Causes:-

  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Over-activity of sebaceous glands
  • Follicle fallout
  • Bacterial infection
  • Inflammation
  • Sluggish Liver
  • Alcohol
  • Hereditary factors
  • Taking too much stress
  • Misuse of drugs
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Glucose intolerance
  • Smoking
  • Essential fatty acid deficiency
  • Foods like pizza, chocolate, and fried items
  • Cosmetics that are pore-clogging
  • Pressure from helmets, chinstraps, collars, suspenders, etc
  • Exposure to industrial products, like cutting oils
  • Environmental irritants, such as polluted air and high humidity
  • Squeezing or picking at blemishes
  • Hard scrubbing of the skin
  • Change of hormonal levels in women, mainly before, during and after menses
  • Congested colon and constipation
  • Food allergies and food sensitivities, especially to milk
  • Medications that contain bromides, iodides or steroids
  • The contraceptive pill can improve acne for some, but worse for others, depending on the balance of estrogen and progesterone in the brand of the pill.

Symptoms:-

  • Greasy skin
  • Blackheads
  • Cysts
  • Scars
  • Nodules
  • Papules
  • Whiteheads
  • Red or yellow spots (pustules)
  • Deep, inflamed lesions
  • Pimples on the face and upper torso

Foods to Avoid:-

  • Alcohol
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Chips
  • Coffee
  • Cookies
  • Cream
  • Deep-fried food
  • Pasta
  • Pork
  • Processed grains
  • Red meat
  • Salami
  • Sausage
  • Soya sauce
  • Sugary and carbonated
  • Ham
  • Ice cream
  • Liver
  • Tea
  • Vinegar
  • White bread

Foods to Eat:-

  • Apricots fresh or dried
  • Avocado
  • Cantaloupe melon
  • Carrots
  • Cherries
  • Chicken
  • Egg
  • Flaxseed
  • Grapefruit
  • Green tea
  • Guava
  • Lean red meat
  • Mango
  • Multi-Grain Bread
  • Oatmeal
  • Oranges
  • Plantain
  • Pomegranate
  • Salmon
  • Skim or 1% milk
  • Walnut
  • Watermelon

Remedies:-

  • Mix equal quantities of glycerin rose water and lime juice and store it in a bottle. Massage with this liquid daily on all the exposed parts of the skin to get a glow in a very short time.
  • To get a glow on the skin, mix a little curd with radish juice and massage with this mixture daily.
  • To get soft and glowing skin, squeeze the juice of a whole lime in a bucketful of warm or cold water and then bathe with it.
  • To cure any kind of old skin diseases apply bitter gourd juice on the skin, let it dry for a few minutes and then take a bath.
  • To bring a glow, apply sesame seed oil daily.
  • To get a wrinkle-free skin, apply cucumber juice, let it dry and then wash it off.
  • To get a blemishes free skin, dry a few orange peels, make a powder and make a paste by mixing little rose water, apply this on the face, let it dry, and then wash it off with cold water.
  • In cases where there are cracks in legs and hands or even prickly heat, mix 1 portion of lemon juice with 3 parts of sesame oil or coconut oil and apply it to the affected parts.
  • To get a fairer and glowing skin, mix little water and ghee with gram flour and apply during the bath, instead of soap.
  • In cases of scars left over after burns, apply coconut oil regularly over the scars.
  • To cure many skin diseases like irritation, boils and scars mix 20-22 gms honey with cold water and drink it daily in empty stomach.
  • To get beautiful and glowing skin, mix water with which rice has been washed; with turmeric powder, apply just before bathing.
  • Apply malai (fresh cream) on the face half an hour before bathing, scrub it off with hands-on drying and then wash it off to get a beautiful and glowing skin.
  • To make skin soft, scrub raw potato peel over the skin.
  • To unclog the pores and to get glowing skin, scrub used the lime peel for a few minutes on the skin.
  • To get a fair and beautiful skin mix amla (Indian gooseberry) powder with turmeric powder and milk and apply it and wash it after drying. Repeat this process daily for a few months.
  • Boil 1 liter of water till it reduces to half, and then mix equal quantities of glycerin and lime juice, mix thoroughly and store it in a bottle. Wash your face with this liquid 2-3 times in a day. It keeps your skin cool in the summer and prevents it from drying in winter.