Did you know that your skin is a reflection of your overall health? That is why a glowing beautiful skin is mostly a result of proper hydration, care and eating nutrient-dense diets. But then, skin ridden with blackheads, whiteheads and other forms of pimples may indicate poor nutrition, hormonal imbalance and oxidative damage.
What is acne?
Acne Vulgaris refers to a group of skin conditions that cause acne pimples. Acne exists in two main categories: inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne. Acne can also be moderate, mild or severe. The symptoms of acne highly depend on the specific type and the main cause or skin inflammation/irritation. Acne is not only common in teenagers; it also affects adults in their 20s and 30s.
Treatment of the stubborn pimples, whiteheads and blackheads should start with gentle but thorough skin cleansing. To cleanse the face without irritation, use a combination of coconut oil, cider vinegar, honey, essential oils such as tea tree oil and probiotics.
The honey will soothe your skin while the coconut oil fights fungus and bacteria. The tea tree oil invigorates the skin. Use warm water to dampen your skin and massage into your neck and face. Finally, rinse properly and pat the skin dry. Do that two times in a day – morning and evening. Cleansing more often will lead to skin irritation and overproduction of oil.
Restore the PH balance:
Toning, which helps restore the PH balance, is another important step in acne treatment. Apart from removing residues after cleansing, toning also helps restore the natural PH levels. Use apple cider vinegar – with mother culture – as the morning and evening toner.
Actually, apple cider vinegar contains magnesium, potassium, acetic acid in addition to several enzymes that will kill the bacteria on your skin. Chronic acne may be a result of fungi and bacteria that grow and spread on the skin surface. Use a cotton ball to smooth apple cider vinegar over your skin paying closer attention to the acne prone areas and active breakouts.
Use healing masks:
Apply masks several times in a week, as they will help heal and hydrate the skin. Use honey, yogurt, essential oils and cinnamon to make a soothing mask that will hydrate the skin and fight the causes of acne.
To make a honey and yogurt mask, mix a tablespoon of yogurt with raw honey. Apply it to your face paying attention to the jawline, hairline and any other acne prone areas. Relax for at least 10 minutes and use a damp cloth to wipe it off gently.
To make honey and cinnamon mask, mix a teaspoonful of coconut oil, ½-teaspoon of cinnamon and raw honey. Smooth the mask over your face. And because cinnamon can be irritant, keep the mask away from your eyes. Relax for at least 5-10 minutes and remove the mask gently with a cloth. The combination of cinnamon and honey will fight acne due to its strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
During active acne breakouts, add tea tree oil to the masks. Tea tree oil is among the most effective acne remedies.
Acne prone skin has to remain moisturized. Do not use a topical that dries out the skin, as it will trick it into producing more oil, which is a contributing factor to more acne and clogged pores.
Coconut oil is among the most healthy and versatile oils under the sky. Even though it might be heavy for some skins, it is a wonderful moisturizer. The oil contains lauric acid that demonstrates stronger bacterial activities against acnes resulting from bacteria. That is the primary reason why demand for coconut oil beauty products has highly increased.
To make an effective daily skin moisturizer, you just need to warm 1/4 –teaspoon of coconut oil and smooth it over your neck and face. Allow it to soak into your skin for 5 minutes and use a dry cloth to wipe off the excess oil gently. Any excess oil can cause an acne breakout.
Take probiotic supplement:
To fight acne effectively, you need both internal and external treatments. Live probiotics are known to support immune system functioning and healthy digestion. Moreover, they fight acne to improve skin health. A more recent study published on Dermatology Online Journal shows that supplements and probiotics food are safe and promising acne treatment.