December 3, 2010

Home remedy and Diet for Acne

Acne treatment is the most popular treatment among the younger generation. Acne is a common and chronic skin disorder. This is usually found on the skin of the face, neck, chest and shoulders. Nearly six out of ten young people between the ages of twelve and twenty-four suffer from some degree of acne. Acne causes a great deal of embarrassment at an age when people tend to be sensitive about their personal appearance.

Yoga poses for acne and pimples are poses that help to increase blood circulation and this ensures that your skin receives the oxygen rich blood it requires. It also induces perspiration which the body’s natural method of flushing out the pores of the skin. When this is done on a regular basis, the debris, sebum, and dead skin cells within the pores of an individual’s skin are removed and this results in fewer blockages. Home remedies for pimples and acne treatment are therefore often best used along with yoga practice

                                Causes of Acne                                             

Acne can be Caused by Wrong Eating Habits and Chronic Constipation


Devitalized Condition of Skin

Unhygienic living habits, excessive consumption of tea, coffee, alcohol or tobacco, and sedentary habits, which lead to indigestion and general debility. Quit smoking, or at least drastically reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke per day. Without this, no amount of home remedies for pimples or acne can help.

                             Home remedies for Acne

Acne Vitamin Treatment

Two vitamins, namely, niacin and vitamin A have been used successfully to treat acne. Vitamin therapy should comprise the intake of 100 mg niacin, three times daily, and 50,000 international units of vitamin A, three times daily. Vitamin E, 400 mg, should be taken once daily. Continue this therapy for a month. You may also increase your intake of foods that are rich in these vitamins. Foods like spinach and kale are good sources of Niacin and should be included in your daily meal if possible. Other sources of niacin include asparagus broccoli, celery, and mushrooms. One of the simplest ways to include these vegetables in your diet is to prepare a salad using these ingredients. You can also add strips of lean white meat to your salad as white meat too is a source of niacin. Liver, carrots, sweet potatoes, and cantaloupe are all good sources of Vitamin A and should also be included in your diet. A simple way to include liver in your diet is to blend a small amount of liver along with a dash of lemon, pepper, and olive oil and use this mixture as a sandwich spread.

Zinc Treatment for Acne

Zinc is another effective remedy in the area of nutrition that seems to offer new promise of help for acne. It has shown dramatic results in some cases. Take zinc in therapeutic doses of 50 mg three times a day. Zinc is available in tablet and in capsule form. In tablet form, it is available as Zinfet - 200 mg. The patient can take a quarter tablet so as to get 50 mg of zinc. In capsule form, zinc is available as Ulseal 220 mg. One-fourth of the powder inside the capsule can be taken as a single dose. The patient can take a dose of 50 mg daily upto one month or till there is noticeable improvement and then reduce the dose to 25 mg. It is important to consult your doctor before you decide to try any home remedies for pimples, or include any type of supplements in your diet. You can include foods that are rich in zinc in your daily diet to make sure that you meet your daily zinc requirement. Wheat germ, pine nuts, cashew nuts, and pecan nuts are all good sources of this mineral. A simple way to include these ingredients in your daily diet plan is to crush them together in a blender and sprinkle the resultant powder over your salads and other dishes. The crushed nuts will also help to add flavor to your food.

Orange Peel Remedy for Acne

Homemade Acne Treatment with orange peel has been found very effective. Pound the orange peel with water on a piece stone and apply on acne affected areas. Orange peels are mildly acidic in nature and help to cleanse the skin of excess sebum. You can make a face scrub out of gram flour and orange peels. This is often used as one of the most effective home remedies for pimples and acne. Dry a few pieces of orange peel and grind them lightly so that you get a coarse powder. Mix this powder with an equal amount of gram flour and then add enough water to this powder to make it a thin paste. You can use fresh carrot juice and tomato juice to the powder instead of water as carrot juice is rich in Vitamin A while tomato juice is mildly acidic in nature. Massage your face with this paste and then leave it on for five minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm or cold water.

Lemon Cure for Acne

A simple remedy at home for acne: Apply lemon juice regularly to reduce pimples and acne. This has proven beneficial results. Lemon juice is acidic in nature and also contains Vitamin C which is beneficial to overall skin health. If you have very sensitive skin, you can dilute the lemon juice with an equal amount of fresh mint leaf juice as this will help to reduce inflammation. This is also one of the popular home remedies for blackheads.

Garlic Remedy for Acne

Garlic has been used successfully to cure acne. Rub with raw garlic several times a day. Garlic is known to cure the toughest of acne problems. The external use of garlic helps to clear the skin of spots, pimples and boils. To cure acne further, eat three seeds of raw garlic once daily for a month. This purifies the blood stream and ensures basic cleansing of blood & keeps acne away. Garlic contains Allicin which is a natural antibiotic agent and this helps to prevent the spread of acne. If you have sensitive skin, you could add garlic juice to a spoon of yogurt and apply this mixture to your face. Yogurt contains several vitamins and healthy fatty acids and helps to moisturize your skin without making it oily.

Coriander and Mint Juice Therapy for Acne

A teaspoon of coriander juice, mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder, is another effective home remedy for pimples and blackheads. Apply mixture on the face after thoroughly washing it every night before retiring. Use mint juice in a similar manner as coriander juice.

Acne Fenugreek Treatment

Fenugreek is another useful remedy for acne. Make a paste of fenugreek leaves and apply over the face every night before going to bed. Wash off with warm water in the morning. This prevents pimples and blackheads.

Acne Cucumber Treatment

Grated cucumber applied over the face, eyes, and neck for fifteen to twenty minutes has been found effective. It is the best tonic for your complexion. Its regular use prevents pimples and blackheads.

Acne Treatment with Face Packs

Mix a spoonful of fuller’s earth with a little apple cider vinegar and apply this paste to your face. Apple cider vinegar is acidic and helps to break down oils on the surface of your skin while fuller’s earth tends to absorb them. This reduces skin sebum levels and helps to treat acne. You should use an acne treatment face pack at least once a week to deep cleanse your skin and prevent the formation of acne pustules. To increase the effectiveness of this acne treatment you could steam your face before you apply the face pack. If you are pressed for time, you can have a hot shower instead of steaming your face as this too would help to temporarily open up your skin pores.

Warm-Water Enema

During the initial one week 'all-fruit' diet, a warm-water enema taken daily cleanses the bowels. Apply hot fomentation locally to open up the pores and to bring out the waste matter. Then rinse the affected parts with cold water.

Hot Epsom salts Bath

A hot Epsom salts bath twice a week is beneficial in all cases of acne. This bath is prepared by adding 1 ½ kg of Epsom salts to 60 litres of water having a temperature of about 37.8° C. The patient should remain in the bath tub for 25-35 minutes till he sweats freely. After the bath, the patient should cool off gradually.

If your skin condition gets worse it would be necessary to consult a doctor for the same. Your doctor may prescribe some medicines that would be helpful for treating acne on oily skin. One should remember that there is no overnight acne cure for acne marks on acne prone as also on oily skin. Glowing skin for men and women that is free from acne scars could be achieved, but would require steady and continuous effort.

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