Discover The Top 4 Herbs to Treat Acne Naturally
You have a pimple on your face! The first sign of acne.
What would probably be your first reaction?
I’m pretty sure the first thing you would do is pop or squeeze the pimple, thus making it worse. Perhaps, you might go to the pharmacy and buy special cream or gel made for acne.
Unfortunately, not a lot of people think about going to their kitchen, or to the herbal store to find the appropriate herbs to solve their acne problem.
Acne is a common skin disorder that occurs in both teenagers and adults, on their face and body. Acne is an ailment of the sebaceous glands which are in abundance on the face, back, and chest.
Though acne doesn’t have any significant effect on the physical health of a person, acne has been shown to cause severe psychological and social problems. Young people who have acne problems frequently possess tremendous anxiety and fear of rejection by the opposite sex. They have a reduced self-esteem and lowered overall confidence resulting in poor performance at school or work.
At age 30 or over, diabetes can be the cause of an acne appearance. Furthermore, stress seems to play an important role in the appearance of acne, as stress hormones come together with testosterone cause an increased sebum production.
In adults, acne is caused by hormones, and pimples are deeper and more painful than those who experience acne in their adolescence.
For many people, acne scars on the face are a wall that separates them from the outside world.
Causes of Acne
There are many causes which give rise to individual acne. And, there are some very obvious reasons why acne may occur, such as:
- Hormonal Disorder
- Excessive sebum production
- Anxiety or Stress
- Kidney problems
- Incomplete skin cleaning to remove dead cells
- A poor or fatty diet
- Use of various drugs
- Skin exposure to several chemical components
Causes of Acne Which are Hard to Imagine
However, there are some reasons of why acne occurs which many find hard to imagine, such as:
- Make-Up that clogs skin pores.
- Use of anti-aging creams which are fatty, thus exacerbating acne.
- The use of a phone, and more specifically, using a mobile phone. So, make sure to clean phones regularly with mild cleaners.
- Too much caffeine found in coffee and energy drinks.
- The lack of daily facial cleansing.
- Dandruff may be responsible for small pimples that occur near your scalp.
- Helmets used by riders and athletes.
What Herbs Helps Fight Acne?
There are herbs that are able to help us in our efforts to clear and eliminate acne or acne scars.
There are many popular natural remedies to fight and heal the scars of the acne.
However, we must remember that natural remedies may take longer and require more patience in order to yield results.
For acne scars, you will need to wait at least a month to notice results. And, if you may develop a skin irritation within a week, try using another herb.
So, let's explore the herbs that are able to help us in our goal of getting rid of acne:
Researchers from Leeds Metropolitan University in northern England have recently announced that there are herbs available that kill bacteria associated with acne even better than benzoyl peroxide, which is an ingredient found in most acne pharmaceutical creams.
The results of this study were presented at the spring meeting of the Society for General Microbiology (SGM) in Dublin. The researchers found that thyme tincture destroys 100,000 bacteria per ml, or half a million per tablespoon.
The researchers tested different herbs and they concluded that thyme is a "remedy" for acne.
Infusion: Pour boiling water into a cup with 1 teaspoon of thyme. Leave the mixture covered for 9-10 minutes and then strain it. Moisten a cotton pad with this mixture and let the pad sit on your pimples for a while in order to the heal acne.
Tincture: An excellent work in treating acne is thyme tincture which can be bought at any physical or online store. Pour a few drops of tincture on a cotton pad and use it as a compress cleaning the affected area.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe has been used for centuries because of it’s medicinal uses. Aloe has been established as a "Miracle of Nature" and called, "The Queen of Plants".
Aloe penetrates deeply into the various layers of skin and reaches the root of the problem in order to address underlying causes of acne.
Aloe Vera is an excellent herb, not only because of its compatibility with the natural composition of skin, but also for its healing and regenerating properties. Furthermore, skin absorbs aloe up to four times faster than water alone.
Surveys have shown that Aloe Vera gel is rich in natural ingredients, and is full of soothing, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial activity inside. Aloe softens the skin and stimulates cell regeneration, helping to eliminate the symptoms of acne.
Cleanse the skin thoroughly and apply a small amount of aloe on acne pimples. You may use an aloe leaf which has come directly from the plant itself, or you could buy a readymade aloe gel from herbal shops.
If you are going to use the aloe leaf from the plant, then you should first rinse the leaf with clean drinking water and then cut it roughly in the middle. You should then spread the jelly that appears from the inside part of the leaf directly onto any acne pimples.
You can find detailed instructions about jelly extracting here:
Caution: Aloe Vera has a strong, distinctive smell that some people may not be able to tolerate.
- Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
The ancient Greeks and Romans used Dandelion for its medicinal properties. Dandelion holds a prominent place in Chinese and Arabic medicine as one of the most valuable medicinal plants.
Dandelion is characterized as the strongest and best natural diuretic as it contains about 5% potassium. This makes it safe to use since it does not "dry out" the electrolytes in the body.
Dandelion is valuable for an overall body stimulation, and is a great broad application liver tonic.
Dandelion is used to combat chronic skin diseases. It also acts as a tonic for the stomach. It’s milk comes out when we cut it and this milk heals pimples, moles, and even bunions.
Use: Soak a heaped tablespoon of dandelion roots in a cup of cold water and leave it overnight. The next day, simmer the mixture for 3-4 minutes. Drink half the amount a ½ hour before breakfast, and the other half of the amount a ½ hour after breakfast.
Caution: Dandelion should not be consumed by people that suffer from infections or any inflammation in the gallbladder.
- Calendula Officinalis
The name “kalendae” means the beginning of each Roman month in Latin. The name of this plant refers to the fact that it blooms on the first day of each month during the year. Calendula, in ancient Greek, Roman, Arab, and Indian culture is used as a healing herb but also as an ingredient in foods and cosmetics.
Calendula has been used for centuries as one of the best herbs for treating local skin problems. Calendula is ideal for any skin inflammation due to infection or physical damage, and acts to combat acne and acne scars, new or old.
Many doctors believe that Calendula is an important drug when dealing with inoperable cancer because it purifies the blood and hastens the healing of wounds.
During the civil war in the U.S., calendula was applied directly onto wounds to heal them. In Paris, during the year 1849, calendula was used by doctors on victims who had fragments of bullets left in their bones.
Compress: Pour boiling water into a cup with 10 g. of calendula. Leave the mixture to sit for 5-6 minutes. Make a compress with the mixture and apply it 2-3 times a day to localized acne.
Tincture: Apply a calendula ointment, cream, or insoluble tincture (5-10 drops) on the acne pimple area, twice daily.
For even better results, use a soap that contains calendula.
- Final Note
Our skin is as unique as we are.
There are lots of foods, product ingredients, and mental situations that some organisms are perfect at matching without any side effects. For other organisms, however, these situations may create problems that our body refuses to accept.
Do not ever forget that our diet plays a crucial role in how often we get acne.
It is vital to eat as healthy as possible and to drink lots of water daily to have any problems reduced.
Do not scrape acne pimples because this will cause skin irritation. Avoid spices, salt, fatty foods, acidic salads, and spirits in your diet.
Cleaning your face twice daily, morning and night, helps the skin to get rid of dirt and grease.
Treatment of acne is difficult, and requires a large amount of effort that could take months or even years. Medication administered by dermatologists is very painful for the skin and can cause additional skin or body problems for the future.
However, skin problems can occur with natural herbs that are present in nature.
Nature is beside us to remind us that she can offer natural remedies for any health problem we may have.
Let us not forget the basis for most medications are herbs, and the principle of pharmaceutical science is botany.
I wish for you to be always healthy.