Acne causes a lot of troubles to many owners of oily and sometimes combination skin. But, happily, many folk recipes can help you to get rid of acne. The main point in the battle for your beauty and confidence is not to hope for a split-second victory, but to complete a full cycle of treatments. Then you’ll get glowing and velvety skin as a reward for your patience!
How Does Acne Develop?
Here are the steps of acne development:
- Excessive accumulation of horny scales.
- Horny scales stick together and form a plug which is known as comedone.
- Comedone clogs a pilosebaceous duct.
- Sebum accumulates in the sebaceous gland.
- Under these conditions, bacteria, which normally live in the sebaceous glands, begin to proliferate.
- This results in inflammation – formation of pimples and pustules.
Causes of Acne
- 70% of women have the exacerbation of the disease a week before menstruation
- depression or psychological stress
- comedogenic cosmetics. (it includes lotions, creams, blush powder and other products containing sulfur, lanolin and squalene)
- skin compression (e.g., by a telephone handset)
- diseases of the endocrine glands
- diseases of reproductive organs
- squeezing out of blackheads and pustules, self-treatment
Pigmented spots, redness of unknown etiology, acne – all of these cosmetic defects may be manifestations of diseases of internal organs. If you have blackheads, pimples or redness most often localized in a certain area on the face, and they tend to reappear, it is better to check the relevant organ the failure of which may cause imperfections. Only by solving the problem inside, you can forget about pimples from the outside.
Photo: possible problems in the internal organs functioning which provoke acne
ACNE IS NOT RELATED TO POOR HYGIENE!
*Too frequent washing can dry the skin and aggravate the course of the disease.
FOOD DOESN’T AFFECT ACNE FORMATION!
Fatty and spicy food, chocolate and butter can’t cause acne. However, some patients claim that certain foods exacerbate the disease. If that is your case, avoid these food products.
REMISSION DOESN’T NECESSARILY COME IN SUMMER!
UV light does have a disinfecting and masking ability. But high UV doses weaken the local immune defense. Furthermore, they intensify formation of sebum. This can cause further exacerbation of the disease. Moreover, UV complicates skin-flakes casting-off in the sebaceous gland ducts. Thus, the number of lesions increases.
Homemade Acne Face Masks
Ordinary juice of century plant (aloe) is very helpful in combating acne. You can use it freshly squeezed, or from the leaves which have been kept in a cool dark place. To enhance the effect, you can add a few drops of camphor spirit into the juice and wipe problem areas of your skin with this mixture.
Many vegetables are also very efficient in coping with acne. For example, juice of pumpkin, cucumber or potatoes perfectly soothes inflamed pustulate skin. Use them as a toner daily, and over time you will forget about the acne!
Mix a cucumber infusion with honey, and you will get a very effective ointment for local action, which is applied for 1/2 hour, and then washed off like any mask.
Garlic face mask could be equally effective. Chop garlic and apply it to the problem areas previously lubricated with any natural oil. Leave it for 15 minutes. Then rinse with cool clean water and wipe your face with lotion for oily skin type.
Mix carrot juice with egg yolk or honey in the ratio 1:1. Use the mixture as a cosmetic mask for removing of blackheads.
Infusion of raspberry berries or leaves can give good results against acne and blackheads. Pour 2 cups of boiling water into 2-3 tablespoons of raspberry leaves or berries and infuse the mixture. Use this infusion as a facial cleanser for problem skin of the face.
In case of teen acne, apply the mixture of chamomile flowers and flax-seeds. Use a grinder or mortar to grind chamomile flowers and flax-seeds into powder. Then mix 1 teaspoon of chamomile and 4 teaspoons of flax-seeds in a small amount of hot water. Next, apply the mixture on your face, cover with polyethylene film and wrap with a towel. Hold the mask for 15-20 minutes. After the procedure, rinse with warm water.