Acne Treatment and Prevention

Acne isn't a dangerous disease but yes acne can be troubling, making us more self conscious. There are various variants of acne. Among them, the most common is Acne vulgaris. Learn how to identify whether the skin condition is acne or not. Here are self-help techniques that you can use to treat acne.

How to Identify Acne

Maintain good facial hygiene 

Wash your face twice daily with light non-oily face wash that feels good on your skin. Usually there are specific "for acne prone skin" face washes. Papaya based or mainly fruit based natural face washes are recommended. Maintaining a good facial hygiene gets rid of the excess oil and dirt. Thus, leaving your skin healthy and less prone to inflammation by bacteria.

Say no to heavy make-up

Make sure to keep your make up to the minimal. Heavy layers of make up clog the glands on your skin, making them to accumulate their secretions and thus creating a viable ground for infection by bacteria and giving you huge pimples. Put what you have to, like your moisturizer and your sunscreen but make sure you use oil free and non greasy cosmetics. Let your skin breathe!

Keep your hands off your pimples

I know the urge is extreme! But don't do it. Do not squeeze your pimples, do not touch them often. Our hands contain many bacteria, repeated touching will lead to infection of your mild acne and pimples to cause huge pustules or permanent scarring.

Keep yourself healthy

Drink lots of water, eat a balanced diet, keep your stomach healthy and your bowels empty. Keeping your mind stress free and your body happy is a way to keep acne away. Low water intake and unbalanced diet with less vegetables is supposed to make you prone to more acne. Also, it is better to avoid milk and milk products.

Home Remedies to Treat Acne

  • Sandal wood paste
    It is very good for your skin, it leaves your skin soft, shiny and toned and absorbs all the excessive oil on your skin, thus reducing your acne. All you have to do is make a paste of sandal wood powder and rose water. Put it as a mask on your face. Wash it once it dries.
  • Aloevera
    ​Aloevera does wonders on the skin. Aloe is a nature toner and gives your skin an awesome shine. Aloe is supposed to be the best when it comes to acne. All you have to do is apply aloe pulp on your cleansed skin and wash it off when it dries! Cheers to lovely skin. 
     
  • Dried orange peel paste
    Dried orange peel paste is supposed to give you a two in one advantage. It is a face pack plus scrub. All you have to do is, dry the orange peels under the sun for a few days until the peels are dry enough to be grinded by a grinder. The powder can thus be mixed with rose water and put on the face as a paste. When it dries, dab some water on it and then scrub in upward circular motions. Wash your face.
  • Tomatoes
    Squash the tomatoes and put them on your skin for about 2-3 minutes. Don't let the pulp dry on your face, wash them off. Tomatoes act as cleansers on your face, soaking out the oil from it.
  • Honey and milk
    This combination is not recommended for overly oily skin. It can be used for normal and is best for dry skin. Make a paste out of one spoon of honey and one spoon of milk. Raw and organic honey will be the best choice. Put it on your face like a mask, and wash your face after 3-5 minutes. Honey has antibiotic properties, so it reduces inflammation. And milk moisturizes your skin and leaves it soft and supple.
    Combination of honey and milk to treat acne

All the above mentioned remedies should only be tried if you don't have allergies to the ingredients listed. To know if you have allergic reaction to those ingredients, a patch test can be performed, take the specific paste and apply it on a patch of skin and leave it for half an hour to see if you develop any allergy. Use the remedy only after 48 hours of the patch test, to see if any late reaction may occur.