Acne, which can be caused by clogged pores, excess oil production, bad food choices, oxidative damage, dead skin cells, poor nutrition, bacteria and hormonal imbalances is exceptionally rampant amongst people within 11 and 25 years of age. Although today, older and much younger people have acne. In fact, acne now affects millions of adult women who had no problems with acne before. This probably explains why the Archives of Dermatological research published a review which discusses issues such as lack of sleep, modern life and stress being linked to adult female acne. Mild to severe cases of acne cause painful outbreaks on the face, back, chest, arms and eventually leads to scarring and low self-esteem.

Other causes of acne

Sad as it may be, genetics is another major factor that causes acne. Acne can also arise as an irritation to sport equipments and backpacks (which results in break outs on the jawline, back, chin and forehead). More also, harsh body care chemicals and prescription drugs are also linked to acne.


Combating acne

Due to the varied type of skin and genetics, there is no magic acne solution formula that works for all. Normally, following your basic skin care routine should ward off acne but also remember that understanding your skin type is of vital importance. To fully combat acne, start treatment from inside, out. Meaning, pay more attention to what you eat and drink lots of water. Prevent the use of harsh chemicals and over cleansing the face. In addition to these, you can try the following home remedies:


Lemon juice: lemon is very acidic and this acidity can be very useful in treating acne. For use, cut out a slice of lemon and rub it on the affected area. Leave for a few hours before rinsing off with water. Lemon will help to clean out accumulated dirt in the pores. It also works as a germicide and astringent to reduce oil abundance. Lemon treatment is not advised for those with sensitive skin.

Holy basil/sweet basil essential oils: the international journal of cosmetic services published a report that holy and sweet basil essential oils can indeed fight acne caused by bacteria. The oil tea supports healthy hormone levels and also blood sugar levels therefore, taking the herbal tea daily will naturally balance your hormones thus fight acne from inside out. You can also apply the tea topically as a toner or add the oils to the mask recipe below.


Yoghurt and honey facial mask: to do this, mix one tablespoon of pure raw honey with one tablespoon of yoghurt. Mix properly and apply to the face with particular emphasis on acne prone areas. Leave for 10 minutes and gently wipe off with damp cloth. Try this two to three times weekly for best results. This face mask will help hydrate your skin and fight common causes of acne. You can also use lemon in place of honey and leave on the face for 15 minutes before washing.


Toothpaste: I know this might sound crazy or outrageous but toothpaste actually works for acne. Wash your face with warm water and apply small amount of white toothpaste on the acne areas before bed and rinse away the next morning. You would see results within a day or two. Toothpaste helps to reduce swelling and dry out acne.


Garlic gloves: garlic is widely known for its antibacterial, antiviral and cell reinforcement properties. To use garlic for acne, cut the garlic clove into two pieces. Rub it on the pimples and other acne prone areas. Leave for five minutes then wash off with tepid water. For best results and if you don’t mind the smell, use this method two to three times daily.


Cucumber juice: rich in vitamins A, C, E and potassium, cucumber juice is also known for its cooling and alleviating impact on the skin. It can be used as an inside out treatment for acne as it is more effective when ingested. For use, cut cucumber into thin slices and leave in water for 60 minutes (1 hour). The supplements (Vit A, C, E and chlorophyll) will exchange into the water. Then you can drink the water or use it to wash your face.

White powder and water: this is surely crazy but it worked for ME! Before trying this method, ensure your powder has no harmful chemicals in it. To use, wash your face, rinse with warm water and with the water still on, apply an ample amount of powder on it till your face no longer feels so wet. This will suck up the oil and dry up the acne. For best results, apply every night on acne and acne prone areas at least an hour before bed and go to bed with it. You will see a rapid change in the next three days.


Aloe vera gel: aloe gel derived from the plant itself has unique antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties useful for fighting acne. It also reduces irritation and pimple redness. To use, wash the face and simply apply the gel to the affected and acne prone areas. Leave for 15 minutes then wash off with warm water.

Try these tips, stick to the directions and watch your acne disappear. Remember that sticking to your basic skin care routine will also help ward off acne and endeavor to wash your pillow case and bed sheet every week. In short, be more hygienic and more careful about the things that come to contact with your face in order to prevent contaminating your face with bacteria and reduce acne problems.

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