Home remedies for blackheads and whiteheads
Acne is the most common skin problem worldwide and impacts the lives of 85% of people. Acne burst out when the pores get blocked with oil and dead skin. When the extra serum produced by the sebaceous gland blocks the pores, it produces a bacteria called P.acnes. The white blood cells fight against P. acnes causing acne.
The common symptoms of acne are inclusive of whiteheads, pimples, and blackheads. The normative acne treatments are expensive and pose a variety of side effects inclusive of dryness and irritability. However, there are also some natural cures available for acne treatment.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is also known as ACV. It is produced by unfiltered pressed apple juice. It has the potency to fight bacteria. The organic acid present in ACV is effective against P.acnes. It suppresses the inflammation and prevents any scars. It aids in drying up the excess oil.
- Mix one-part vinegar with three parts of water.
- The amount of water can be increased in the case of sensitive skin.
- Thoroughly cleanse your face and apply the mixture with cotton.
- Let it sit for 1 minute and rinse it off. For better results,
- apply it twice a day. It is essential to dilute apple cider vinegar before its application, the concentrated application can result in burning and irritation of the skin.
Tea Tree Oil
- Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of Melaleucaalternifolia.
- It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- The application of 5% of tea tree oil to the skin can reduce acne effectively.
- Although, tea tree oil does not cure immediately like benzoyl peroxide yet its use for an extended period can reduce the outburst of acne.
- However, it is important to understand that the tea tree oil is very concentrated so it should be diluted before application.
Before application, one part of tea tree oil should be diluted with nine parts of water. With the help of a cotton swab apply it to the affected areas. Let it absorb and don’t rinse it off. Repeat the process twice a day for effective results.
Witch hazel is extracted from the witch hazel shrub. It consists of tannins, which depict potent anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to cure a wide range of skin problems. The application of witch hazel can reduce inflammation, redness, and cure bacteria.
Soak one tablespoon of witch hazel bark with one cup of water for thirty minutes and boil it. let it simmer for ten minutes. Strain and store the liquid in a dark container. Apply it to cleansed skin two times a day.
Aloe vera produces a clear gel that is added in lotions, ointments as well as soap. It is widely used to cure rashes and burns. It treats acne due to the presence of salicylic acid and Sulphur present in it. The Sulphur present in Aloe Vera promises extra effectiveness for acne.
Scrap out of the gel from the Aloe Vera leaf. Apply it directly to clean skin twice a day for amazing results.
Garlic poses antiseptic properties that help in fighting off bacteria. It also consists of natural elements like Sulphur. Sulfur helps in instant healing of the skin. For it to be effective the garlic clove should be sliced in half and applied at the pimples directly for five minutes.
Mince three freshly peeled cloves and add them to one tablespoon of yogurt. Mix it well and apply it to the affected areas. Let it sit for twenty to thirty minutes. Apply it twice for the best results.
Jane Scott, is a nutritionist, with excellence in home remedies for a variety of health concerns. She also blogs regularly at home remedies for life