Are you having to deal with a bout of acne break-outs all over your face?
Acne or pimples are a common skin condition characterized by small, often round and painful outgrowths or inflammations on the face.
According to data available on the internet, almost 10% of the world’s population gets to have acne break-outs.
A number of factors can lead to these frustrating acne developing on one’s face.
Some of these factors could include – but not limited to – things like
- high keratin and sebum production by skin cells
- blocked skin pores
- presence of acne-causing bacteria on the skin surface
It is estimated that about 85% of people at some point in their lives have had acne.
Some of the more common treatments for acne which mostly focus on eliminating the pimples are often reported to have side effects such as skin irritations and flaking.
However, as a result of this, quite a number of people prefer to go with more natural alternatives
What Does Diet have To Do With Acne?
You might not be aware, but your favorite grain and sugar diet might just be the culprit for your frequent break-outs.
Research has shown that people who eat foods with more refined carbohydrates such as bread, crackers, pasta made with white flour, soda and sweetened soft drinks among other things tend to have acne more than those who consume less of these foods.
Some scientists are of the opinion that what one eat does play a significant role in determining whether or not acne will develop.
One study found that people who frequently consumed added sugars had a 30% greater risk of developing acne, while those who regularly ate pastries and cakes had a 20% greater risk.
This increased risk could possible be explained by the effects refined sugars have on blood sugar and insulin levels.
Also, dairy products have been fingered as likely culprits of severe acne in teens by another study.
Researchers found that young adults who took milk or ice cream regularly had a 400% chance to suffer from an acne break-out.
Even more discouraging is the finding by some studies that eating Western-style diets rich in calories, fat and refined carbohydrates such as fast foods, have been linked to causing pimples.
Chocolate too has been also been suspected to cause acne since the early 1900’s although no concrete data exists to prove that.
How About Food Sensitivity?
Well, science seems to have some answers.
Research has shown that people presenting with acne mostly have higher than normal levels of inflammatory molecules in their blood.
Also, some research has shown that anti-inflammatory drugs, like corticosteroids, are very effective treatments for severe acne.
Do Hormones Have a Hand In It?
There’s such a thing as hormonal acne. This is acne that happens as a result of changes in the levels of hormones in one’s body.
Hormonal acne typically occurs during puberty but has also been known to happen in adults as well.
Women are particularly the major sufferers of this condition.
Among other factors, menstrual changes, as well as menopause, are the major culprits.
Some estimates suggest that up to 50% of women between the age of 20 and 29 have acne.
Hormonal acne affects about 25% of women between the age of 40 and 49.
When it comes to hormonal acne, expert hold varying opinions.
However, some are of the opinion that hormonal imbalances may contribute to acne in adults with underlying medical conditions.
Some factors that may lead to hormonal acne may include increased hormone levels due to one or more of the following:
- increased androgen levels
- polycystic ovarian syndrome
Quite a number of biological treatment products for acne exist in the market, however, we are always keen on promoting healthy and natural alternatives readily available at home.
Home Remedies For Acne
You can try the following very simple and easy to prepare home remedies to help you deal with the acne and break-outs.
Fresh grapes are known to have some acne-fighting properties.
You can pick a couple of fresh grapes from your fridge, and use as an easy facial cleanser.
Simply slice them up into two halves and gently caress the exposed flesh over your face and neck for 3 to 5 minutes.
Then rinse off with clean cool water.
Egg + Lemon Face Mask
Lemon juice which has some astringent properties can be very helpful when combined with raw eggs to fight acne.
Simply mix one beaten raw egg white with about half a lemon and use as a face mask.
Apply the mixture on your face at night and leave the mask on till morning.
Once you awake, wash the mask off with warm water.
Ensure to avoid the mixture getting in contact with your eyes and mouth.
Cucumber+Oats Face Mask
Cucumber is known to have some mild, soothing and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin.
Blend one small cucumber and mix with 1 cup of oatmeal until it forms a paste.
Next, mix 1 teaspoon of this paste with 1 teaspoon of yogurt and apply on your face.
Leave the mask on for at least 30 minutes, and then rinse.
Honey Face Mask
Honey has anti-inflammatory qualities that help prevent the swelling and redness that can come from pimples.
It also is a natural humectant, which preserves moisture on your skin and can prevent some peeling and dryness that other acne treatments can cause.
To make a honey face mask, first of all, rinse your face with warm water to open up the pores.
Next, apply a thin layer of honey on the skin and leave on for about 30 minutes.
Rinse off the honey with warm water, then rinse again with cold water to close the pores.
Cucumber+Sugar Face Pack
Mixing sugar with cucumber can also serve as a good home remedy for break-outs.
Blend one whole cucumber, strain the water, then add 1 tablespoon of sugar, and mix ingredients to form a paste.
Next, apply the cooling paste to your face and leave it on for 10 minutes; then rinse off with cold water.
Turmeric Facial Mask
Turmeric has both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are both beneficial in treating break-outs.
When made into a paste and applied to areas prone to break-outs, can destroy the P.acnes bacteria that cause inflammation and remove excess oil from the skin.
In Indian tradition, brides use a turmeric mask before their wedding in order to have a smooth skin.
Simply mix 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder, 2 teaspoons of sandalwood powder, almond oil and mix with some water to form a paste.
Apply the mask to your face and leave on for about 10 minutes.
Gently scrub off the mask with both palms, then rinse off well with water.
For folks with oily skin – which is a lot more prone to acne – a yogurt+yeast combo mask can not only help clear acne but also reduce the excess oil.
To make the mask, mix 1 teaspoon of fresh raw yeast with a little plain yogurt to create a thin paste.
Next, apply the paste thoroughly to all the oily areas and leave on for about 20 minutes.
Then rinse off with warm water; then use cold water to close the pores.
Oats can help to deal with break-outs as they contain specific compounds that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin.
To make this mask, simply mix 2 teaspoons of oatmeal, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and enough water to form a paste.
Apply the paste gently and smoothly over your face. Leave it on for some minutes.
Rinse thoroughly with water afterward.
Now you know some pretty helpful home remedies for break-outs, share what other home remedies you use to deal with break-outs in the comments section.