Acne is a very common condition of the skin that affects people of all ages. It develops when the pores get clogged. While it commonly affects the face, acne can also develop on other parts of the body such as the back, neck, shoulders, and chest.
In a previous article about acne, we discussed how to get rid of acne quickly through maintaining a good skincare routine. The second aspect involves the use of certain herbal products. This will be tackled in this article in more detail.
There are several herbal products that can help minimize or even effectively treat acne, such as the following:
It has been proven by studies that sea salt protects against harmful UV rays and helps with anti-aging and anti-inflammation. You can also use it to create a mask for your face that has stress-relieving properties. Sea salt products can be safely used by individuals with mild to moderate acne.
However, if your acne is moderate to severe, or if your skin is sensitive or dry, you first need to ask your dermatologist because sea salt can cause irritation or dryness.
Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel is very easy to find and is quite affordable. It is widely available in the majority of drug stores. As much as possible, go for 100% pure aloe vera gel. It is an antibacterial substance that can help substantially decrease the swelling and treating acne. It also prevents acne wounds from getting infected by bacteria, therefore speeding up the healing process.
However, some individuals could possibly have an allergic reaction to aloe. If any itching or rashes develop, discontinue the use immediately and consult your doctor.
This is a natural astringent that has antiseptic properties. It can be used both for cleansing and toning. It is effective in clearing clogged pores and treating eczema, dermatitis, and acne.
To use, apply a few drops of it to a cotton ball and wipe your cleansed face with it. Do not use too much though, as it can also cause irritation.
Jojoba oil is very similar to the skin’s natural sebum, the substance that your skin produces and keeps it hydrated. Too much sebum though can make your skin oily.
Unlike natural sebum, jojoba oil does not cause oiliness or clog pores. It is a very good natural moisturizer. To use, apply a few drops on a cotton ball and dab gently over any active acne. In most cases, jojoba oil will not cause the skin to become irritated, but if you have sensitive skin, it is best if you consult a dermatologist first before using it.
Tea tree oil
This is a very popular substance known for its effectiveness not just in treating acne, but also other skin conditions such as lesions, infections, and wounds. Do not use pure tea tree oil though, as it is too strong. Dilute it with water to create a 5 to 15% diluted solution.
Then, apply a few drops of it to a cotton ball and dab over any active acne after cleansing your face. Tea tree oil should never be taken orally.
Also, try not to expose it to air for extended periods of time as this may cause oxidization, which can even trigger more irritations or allergies.
Those are just five of the many herbal products that can help in treating acne. The next aspect of treating acne naturally is a well-balanced diet.
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