Another day, another beauty ailment and a bunch of natural ingredients to bust that bad boy. Adult acne. Sounds familiar? When you were a teenager you couldn’t wait to grow up cz you know, no more acne or pimples yeay! Who knew that these teenage problems would be making a comeback..that too in your twenties. But you are older and wiser now so don’t go about hopping to the drugstore, try some naturopathy instead. Give it a shot and lemme know how it goes. And my dearest Manisha, if you are reading this-hope it helps ^_^
First up, let’s try to analyse the main causes of this unwanted passenger.
1. HORMONAL CHANGES : According to a leading health website, your body experiences a spike in male hormones, such as testosterone specially around your menstruation, causing an increase in oil production. This leads to clogged pores, hence the acne.
2. STRESS: When you are under stress, your brain signals your body to release cortisol, a hormone which produces pore-clogging oil.
3. DIET : Chinese medicine states that cysts and nodules associated with acne come from a build up of phlegm and dampness. Ice cream, cheese, milk and other dairy products cause excessive phlegm production. Sugar is the cause for dampness, which accelerates the development of cystic acne.
So what is it that you can take from the world of Holistic Medicinal Therapy that can help you treat the existing acne and keep them from recurring. Take a look!
Origin:USA About: Bentonite is a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals, it helps open and clean out pores. It also removes excess sebum, is an excellent exfoliant and has anti-baterial properties.
How to: i) Face mask- Make a paste of the clay and water and apply to your face as a mask . Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and wash off. Use this mask twice a week. ii) Detox- Add a small cup of Bentonite Clay to your bath for a skin softening detox experience.
Origin: Morocco About: This clay is quarry mined from deep beneath the Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco and is known for its incomparable ability to absorb impurities from the skin and hair and supply helpful minerals.According to various studies it lessens dryness, enhances skin clarity and elasticity and has extractive abilities(Removes surface oil and oil from inside and around clogged hair follicles ).
3. GREEN TEA
Origin: China / Japan / East Asia About: Green tea, contains polyphenols, which are known for their antioxidant properties . Acne is mainly the activity of bacteria and green tea helps in killing these microorganisms, thereby reducing further skin damage. It also helps reduce rashes and scars formed due to acne, by fighting against skin inflammation.
How to: i) Drink a cupful of green tea after every meal to load on those antioxidants. ii) Boil a green tea bag in some water and let it cool. Splash your face with this every morning and night. Don't rinse off, let the goodness seep in!
4. TEA TREE OIL
Origin: Australia About: Tea tree oil is an essential oil obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia. It contains terpinen-4-ol,which is responsible for most of tea tree oil's antimicrobial properties.Applying topical tea tree oil to acne prone areas destroys Propionibacterium acnes, which is the skin-dwelling bacteria that causes acne.
How to: i) Dilute 4-5 drops of 100%pure tea tree oil in 2-3 teaspoons of water. Use a cotton bud to apply it to affected area. Leave overnight. Always apply on clean, dry skin. ii) Mix a couple of drops of tea tree oil into a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and apply directly onto the pimple. Wash off after 30 minutes or leave on overnight.
Apart from this, make sure to take plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoid sweets, dairy and spicy food because you are what you eat, right?Here’s to acne free, healthy skin ppl!
Until next time..