Homemade remedies to get rid of acne?
Thank you all! I want to get rid of this ugly acne you get when being a teen!
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Basics of acne treatment
a) Topical agents- Acne can be treated effectively with topical agents, although the response sometimes is very slow.
b) Cosmetics- Abstain from cosmetics causing skin irritation. Use water-based and non-comedogenic cosmetics. Avoid greasy ointments and vegetable oils, parabens, lanolin, glycol, alcohol, petroleum oils and oleic acid in cosmetics.
c) Oils- Oils, like coconut oil, jojoba oil, lavender oil (soothes and heals scars) and tea tree oil (fights infection due to it’s antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties) are good for acne.
c) Diet- Avoid fried, greasy and sweet foods and foods with iodine (fish and iodized salt). Include extra doses of vitamin A in your diet after consulting a dietician.
d) Cleansing and exfoliating- Develop a regular habit of skin cleansing. Remove all your make-up at bedtime. Exfoliate with a gentle scrub 3-4 times per week.
e) Hydration- Drink 8-10 glasses of water throughout the day. Increase intake of water rich fruits and vegetables like cucumber, melon etc. Water flushes out toxins from the body and opens up blocked pores.
f) Humidity- Avoid excessive humid conditions like saunas or cooking in a poorly ventilated kitchen.
g) Picking- Do not pick the pimples and blackheads.
h) Stress- Beat stress. Try the relaxation and deep breathing techniques of yoga.
i) Sun- Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. Use proper protection like a sunscreen.
j) Exercise- Exercise to relieve stress and improve blood circulation to fight acne-causing bacteria more efficiently.
Treatment of different types of acne:
A) Mild acne:
Topical agents like gels and lotions are best for mild acne. For convincing improvement, it might take several weeks of continuous use. Suitable topical agents might be-
a) Benzoyl peroxide (cream, lotion or gel)- Due to excess oil secretion, the pores are clogged and become nests for bacteria which is responsible for inflammation and swelling. This medication eradicates the bacteria and removes dead cells from the skin’s surface.
b) Retinoic acid- This is a very mild topical agent and in some cases might take as long as over a month to show results. At first it aggravates the acne and then slowly treats it by removing the dead cells.
c) Sulfur- This medication helps to heal blemishes.
d) Salicylic acid- This medication cleans up the pores, removes dirt and oil and is specially effective for treatment of blackheads.
e) Azelaic acid- (non-toxic and very mild) Due to it’s antibacterial properties, this medicine attacks the bacteria that causes acne, reduces inflammation with it’s free radicals and restores the skin’s structure. It also removes persistent dark spots left behind by acne.
B) Moderate acne:
In addition to the above-mentioned medicines, this type of acne needs some oral antibiotics which are-
a) Ibuprofen- This medicine is non-steroidal and fights inflammation.
b) Isotretinoin- This drug, derived from vitamin A, is very effective in fighting persistent or relapsing acne and scars made by acne. It markedly reduces sebum production, kills acne-producing bacteria and combats inflammation. If sole use of topical agents fail, then this medication can be used in combination.
c) Spironolactone- This medicine, an anti-androgen, has a direct effect on the sebaceous gland reducing sebum production and comedone formation. It is generally prescribed for females.
d) Tetracycline- This antibiotic kills acne bacteria and is quite effective for cystic acne but not for blackheads.
e) Doxycycline- This antibiotic is used for killing acne bacteria. It is generally more effective than tetracycline.
C) Severe acne:
Individuals with severe acne need help from a dermatologist and also oral medications. It takes quite a long time to determine whether it is moderate or severe acne. Accordingly determining the treatment method is also delayed.
First, oral isotretinoin is tried with the patient. If no positive result is shown within the next few weeks, then high dosage of oral antibiotics or anti-androgens (in case of females) can be used for long term, sometimes a year to treat this kind of acne.
Some other treatment options include:
1. Expression of comedones by diathermy.
2. Brief exposure to sunlight. The anti-inflammatory properties of the ultra violet rays of the sun might help.
3. Extreme cases of acne nodules can be treated by intra-lesional steroid injections.
4. Phototherapy with blue and red light reduces inflammation.
5. Hormone treatment has been known to reduce acne.
6. The freezing treatment (cryotherapy) is useful to check spread of surface skin lesions by using cryogens like carbon dioxide snow or liquid nitrogen. This technique also checks future eruptions.
7. Skin resurfacing techniques like dermabrasion can help in evening of facial scars and lesions.
8. Certain affordable home remedies with lasting effects have proved to be quite effective in treating acne.
a) Sandalwood powder- Add a few drops of water to half a tablespoon of the powder. Apply all over the face. Avoid eye area. Let dry. Rinse. This fights acne and blemishes.
b) Almond meal and lemon rind- Make a facial scrub with 2 tablespoon almond meal, 1 tablespoon ground lemon rind and 3-4 tablespoon milk. Gently scrub your face and get rid of excess oil.
c) Clay mask- Mix 2 tablespoons of green clay with 2 drops of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of yogurt and 2 drops of lavender oil. Make a paste with water. Apply all over the face. Avoid eye area. Let dry. Rinse. Clay mask gives maximum benefit to the oily skin for it’s deep cleansing properties.
d) Cedarwood and sandalwood oil- Mix 2-3 drops of these two oils and gently massage over the face area. The combination of these two oils has a soothing effect, is an excellent skin conditioner for oily skin and treats acne and eczema.
e) Face mask- Take the white part from an egg. With it, mix 2 tablespoon clay/kaolin, 1 tablespoon oats, 1 tablespoon cornflower and enough rose water to make a paste. Add lavender oil and/or juniper berry oil. Mix well. Apply all over the face. Avoid eye area. Let dry. Rinse. Enjoy your soft, oil-free skin.
- PaulaLv 44 years ago
NATURAL ACNE PROTOCOL
1/ Never, ever touch your face.
2/ Use 3 facecloths to wash your face, one to soap on, one to soap off with very hot water, one to rinse off with ice cold water, in that order, once a day.
3/ If you are under 18 take 5,000 IU of vitamin A once a day with a full meal
4/ If you are over 18 take 5,000 IU of vitamin A twice a day with a full meal.
Do not get pregnant while taking vitamin A. Do not take any more, like Accutane, it will stop you growing.
5/ Never, ever. pick, squeeze or pop your spot. Read number 1 again.
6/ Do this for 90 days.
7/ Invest in a brand new pillow and 2 new or more pillow cases to ï¿½double bag' your pillow. HOT wash every couple of days.
A bit of advice given to me as a teenager, a bit of science as I am studying allergic reactions and vitamin A is a part of that. A bit of research: I sat in a lecture at the back and watched the acne prone pick at their faces, those with the worse acne touched their faces 32 times in an hour, the clearest complexions didn't touch their faces even once. I have circumstantial evidence that acne is the result of dermatophyte transfer from hands to face...where it does not get washed off and is well fed by hormones, sweat a
nd oil...just a hypothesis... But it would explain why vitamin A is so effective as vitamin causes skin to remove dermatophytes.
The secret is never to touch the spots
Tips on how to treat acne and achieve perfect clear skin in as little as 7 days?Source(s): https://bitly.im/aL16i
- 1 decade ago
I don't know about all that mixing and putting things on your face...but I like to use a Neutrogena "oil free" acne face wash, orange with a pump...usually if you have breakouts you have oily skin...so you need oil free face wash...also if you already have a pimple, a hot compress of a wash cloth and really hot water pressed on your face for a few minutes will help with the swelling, last...DO PLAY WITH IT!!! You will only make things worse! And if you must....use tweezers that are clean and not your fingers...less pressure & dirt on your face!
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- 1 decade ago
A great juice remedy is Carrot and Spinach.. Its naturally and good for you for acne and your health.
- 1 decade ago
Okay take some orange peel shred it finely then add nutmed cocanut cinnamon water and a little bit of cream and boil it then let it cool for ten minutes it works really well.
- 1 decade ago
There are several great tips at Care2.com's healthy living channels. For example:
The site has lots of non-toxic solutions as alternatives to all sorts of toxic commerical products.
- ♥ to ......Lv 51 decade ago
toothpaste works good-dab it on leave it an hour and wash it off.
- 1 decade ago
try toothpaste. it worked for me.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Try sperm. I heard it works great. SERIOUSLY!