The problem known as acne, in the form of red, white, and dark spots and bumps on our skin, skin discoloration, and scars or bruises, has been battled by humankind and skincare experts since time immeasurable. What if we told you that you could prevent or reduce it over time make it disappear at home with some simple tips and practices or home remedies?
The most common misconception is that acne is equal to pimples. Acne refers to the following:
- Blackheads and whiteheads, flat black spots.
- Red bumps that we refer to as pimples.
- White pus-filled bumps can be cysts.
These last two can cause pain when they are around and may leave scars and marks that you would not like upon getting popped. Not to mention most people are anyway annoyed by the way these marks look on their skin.
Acne, of any kind, can be tackled if treated at an early stage, and even if treated later during middle age can be lightened. Although severe conditions may sometimes need some medical treatment, home remedies are effective.
First, we should understand the causes:
- Hormones during puberty and formative years.
- Haphazard eating, excessively loaded in a specific food group.
- Exposure to pollution and dust.
- Irregular sleep schedule and lack of sleep.
- Excess stress.
- Usage of heavy makeup that may not suit the skin.
- Scars are caused by popping pimples or whiteheads that you already have.
Hence, as the title suggests, while treating acne, you can make significant improvements to your lifestyle as well.
Remedies and preventive home treatments that have proven to work:
Orange Peel Powder:
You will need orange peel powder and honey in equal parts usually, a teaspoon each will work.
The citric acid present in oranges can lighten your skin tone and dull the color of the marks. Honey’s antibacterial and moisturization properties can help with acne and oily skin, making the combination effective.
This paste needs to be mixed thoroughly with no lumps and can be applied once in two days regularly on the marks. The usage of the paste can lighten acne over a while. Apply between 10 to 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Coconut Oil is rich in Vitamin K and E, filled with antioxidants, and is a superfood. It can cure many skin conditions and promotes skin and hair health due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
You can dab coconut oil over the acne-affected areas, leave it for at least an hour or preferably overnight and wash afterward. The results may take a few weeks to a few months to show, but add this habit to your lifestyle, and you won’t ever regret it.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Once renowned as a weight loss remedy, this has benefits for the skin.
A teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with two teaspoons of honey and a few drops of water to dilute it can be applied onto the marks using a cotton pad. Leave it on for between 15 to 20 minutes, and then rinse off.
The size of your pimples may reduce over time due to this easy treatment, and it might benefit the skin over a long-term period.
The well-known king of the cosmetic and skincare industry, this cooling therapy can get those bumps and scars in check quite efficiently. It even helps in speeding up the wound healing process for bruised skin.
You can extract your aloe gel from the leaves or buy a high-quality aloe gel. Apply a thick layer over the affected area and leave it overnight and use it as a full face mask so that while your acne is being fought, you can get younger and plump skin over time.
This is another remedy that can be applied as a pack for between 10 to 12 minutes daily. Mix 1 tablespoon of water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and apply directly onto the affected areas. Let it dry over the mentioned time and rinse.
Remember that you have to use baking soda, NOT baking powder. Being an exfoliating and bleaching product, it can work wonders for your skin, and being alkaline can restore the pH balance of your skin.
Two remedies widely used in India are stated below. Knowing the Indian climate and variety of skin types judging by the wide variety of population, these could work wonders in most parts of the world.
Besan (Gram Flour):
Gram flour may have another great use other than making our culinary experiences more enjoyable, that is, skincare.
When mixed into a paste with rose water and lemon juice or with a bit of curd, gram flour makes for a great face and neck mask. It helps maintain the pH balance, treats acne-related scars, and cleanses the skin.
You may choose to do it every day or every alternate day, or even twice a week, which is sure to increase your skin health and make you glow.
Turmeric is the oldest form of medicine known to humankind and a well-talked-about superfood.
This is so common in Indian and Indonesian kitchens, being an antiseptic, antibacterial, and an essential flavor in dishes. The antiseptic and antibacterial properties work well on the skin as well.
Make it into a paste, either with lemon juice or honey and apply it to your skin. It needs to be left on for 30 minutes at a time and then rinsed off.
The only precaution is it releases yellow color, so you could wear a glove on your hand while applying it to avoid getting stained. You can use this remedy up to as often as daily.
Lifestyle changes that you can incorporate:
- Maintain a healthy and regular sleep cycle.
- Find ways to de-stress like yoga, meditation, exercise, and similar activities.
- Regular exercise helps in flushing out toxins and keeps you in shape.
- Avoid a heavy diet in any one food group, for example, too many fats or too many acidic or spicy foods.The effects will be positive on your skin and your health.
- Follow Ayurvedic principles while planning and consuming your meals. The ‘three doshas’ balance keeps you healthy and keeps acne and many health conditions at bay.
- Wash your face with either just water or a mild soap when returning home or from a very polluted or dust-filled area.
- Avoid using heavy makeup or cosmetics and consult your doctor to see what kind would suit your skin type.
Various cosmetic procedures can be done, but these should be considered only after the advice of your dermatologist, and we would recommend avoiding these unless your acne is severe.
Some of these include:
- Over-the-counter medications and creams that contain compounds like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and sulfur.
- Surgery: Invasive surgery wherein a doctor uses invasive techniques to remove your scar and then heal it using a skin graft.
- Chemical peel: Doctors use a solution to remove the upper layer of skin in the area of a scar. The side effects could be a change in your skin’s color.
- Dermabrasion: A procedure wherein an abrasive spinning brush is used to remove certain layers of skin. It may have side effects like scars and a change in skin color.
- Laser-related methods: There are laser-related treatments that may work at the surface or deeper levels of your skin. These may have healing periods between a few days to a week or 10 days.
- Injection-based treatments: These include fillers, Botox, or steroids and may be used depending on the individual case.
What you can understand in general about Acne:
While the appearance on the skin can bother many people, as we have explored, you can see it to be moreover a lifestyle-related disease. Hence, the positive takeaway can be that while treating your acne, you can essentially improve your lifestyle if you make consistent efforts.
For the majority of the cases, people manage this at home by altering our lifestyles. Hence, we wouldn’t recommend surgical or invasive procedures unless you have a severe case, as these may cost a lot and have some side effects.
Moreover, If no change in lifestyle and diet does not take place, you may land up suffering from acne again. Hence, the amount of time and effort you put into invasive and cosmetic procedures may not solve it entirely.
Hopefully, widespread use of the tips to prevent acne would help a lot of people and help us win over this nuisance, and lead healthier lives.
After all, if you can look better, why not feel better at the same time?