A very common and familiar skin condition known as Acne or Acne Vulgaris, is something which upsets us all, isn’t it? This skin disease is characterized by the presence of pimples, black heads, white heads and nodules. There may also occur scarring due to acne. Acne vulgaris or call it simply acne, occurs at the parts of our body such as face, upper part of the chest and the back.
People who develop acne may have it in mild, moderate or in severe forms. The area of the skin which has the densest population of sebaceous follicles is mostly affected by acne. Comedones or the black or white heads appear when the sebaceous gland follicles are blocked or clogged due to keratin and sebum (natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands consisting of fats and dead cells).
When these conditions appear, a bacterium, Propionibacterium acnes, may cause inflammation there. This inflammatory process can lead to the formation of pimples or nodules around the affected area which can lead to scarring.
Acne is a common skin condition that mostly occurs due to increase of testosterone levels in a person when they reach their adolescence, irrespective of the gender. This skin condition is mostly self-healing and is known to diminish by itself when a person reaches their 20s. There is also a kind of acne vulgaris known as cystic acne, in which, cysts develop on the areas where sweat is collected in the hair follicles, such as in the armpit.
Acne Natural Treatments
Treating acne has been the subject of interest for many dermatologists around the world. It is quite a common skin condition that has not yet developed a proper cure. Many people also try out some natural remedies for acne. Some plants have proved that they have the potential to heal several ailments although human knowledge in this area is still lacking.
The following content of the article contains some acne natural treatments which, besides being available in their raw form, are also being used in many acne treatment medicines due to their acne healing properties.
You may call this herb as an anti-acne remedy. The medicinal properties of thyme have made this herb so useful in treating acne.
Firstly, thyme has anti-astringent properties. Due to which when it is applied topically, helps in reducing the sebaceous secretions which in turn reduces acne.
Thyme possesses anti-inflammatory properties too. As already mentioned, acne leads to inflammation of affected parts of skin, hence, thyme, when applied topically for few minutes, will help reduce redness and inflammation.
Acne is flared up by the bacterium P.acnes. Hence here, the anti-bacterial property of this herb can come in use.
Burdock herb, native to Europe and Northern Asia, is being used since years to treat chronic conditions of the skin. The root of burdock possesses beneficial properties such as those of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial which has made this herb quite beneficial for acne natural treatment.
This herb is famous for its fragrance, is being actively used in perfumes as well as in aromatherapy. Lavender possesses anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It can soothe the damaged areas of the skin which can help in treating acne. Its anti-astringent properties can eliminate skin impurities and stimulate regeneration of new skin cells. Lavender oil has several other medicinal benefits as well. It helps in treating sunburns, can relieve muscle and joint aches when used as massage oils and can relieve tensions and stress when inhaled which is a part of aromatherapy. Lavender oil is quite strong and it is recommended to dilute it with grape juice before using it. Do not ingest it nor apply it to sensitive areas of the skin.
Green tea is known to be quite effective in reducing the skin inflammation and this has made it a potential herb for curing acne naturally. Reducing inflammation due to acne can prevent the development of acne scars. It can be used in both ways; topically as well as in the form of tea. The herb contains polyphenols. Polyphenols are anti-oxidants and will help in eliminating harmful free radicals that circulate in the body and damage the skin. These were some green tea facts regarding acne natural treatment.
Olive Leaf Extract
Olive is a natural remedy for several ailments. The anti-oxidant properties of olive leaf extract will help eliminate free radicals, and hence, it detoxifies the body and cures acne from inside. It also contains flavonoids, the antibacterial agents that will kill the bacterial causes of acne.
Anyone who opts for natural treatment for acne must first bring into their knowledge, the possible side effects of a particular herb they wish to use. Moreover, consulting a doctor before using any herb is advised as some people may be allergic to certain herbal properties.