Acne can be defined as an inflammatory disease caused by a bacterial infection of the skin’s pilosebaceous units. These units consist of a hair follicle and a sebaceous gland. Natural oils and secretions block hair follicles. These blocked pores are the perfect medium for bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes or acne bacterium) to grow. In response to the infection, the skin swells and visible reddish lesions appear. Scratching makes things worse since it causes the infection to spread. Areas where acne usually appears are the face, upper back, shoulders and arms.
Acne is a complex disease and what works for one person sometimes does not work for others. However, before going to buy expensive, over the counter remedies or even going to the doctor for prescription treatments, try these home remedies that have been an effective treatment for many people.
As already mentioned, people affected with acne have blocked and infected pores. Steam seems to open up and decongest these blocked pores. An easy way to use steam is to do it when you take your daily shower. Allow hot water to run for a few minutes before taking the shower. Then, with all that vapor floating in the air, take your shower (be careful with hot water). All that steam generated will undoubtedly help relieve acne symptoms and help cure the problem.
Bacterial infection is the main cause of acne so anything that decreases the bacteria count on your skin will help you get rid of acne. A good non-expensive antibacterial soap will help with the task of eliminating bacteria from your skin and prevent bacterial re-infection. Clean frequently affected zones with antibacterial soap often.
Yes, guacamole, that wonderful Mexican condiment can be successfully used to cure acne at home. Avocados contain high doses of vitamin E, a potent antioxidant. Antioxidants will help regenerate damaged tissues and cells.
You will need to prepare guacamole just before applying it to your skin. Here is what you need to make a simple recipe for guacamole:
Ingredients: 2 avocados, 1 diced green tomato, half spanish onion, 2 tablespoons fresh coriander (cilantro), juice of one lime.
Procedure: mash avocados and set aside. Marinate onion with lime juice and tomato. Add cilantro and mashed avocado. Mix everything. If you have a food processor: put all ingredients in processor and mix to a creamy texture.
Wash your skin with water and then apply the guacamole mix to infected area. Leave it there for a few minutes. Let it dry. Afterwards, clean your skin with warm water.
These are three natural home remedies for acne. They have been known to work effectively for a majority of people. Try these at home before going out and buying expensive medications. They are natural, safe, and less expensive.