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Natural Remedies for Acne and Redness

Most of the youngsters suffer from acne and the blemishes it leaves behind on their face, scarring their beauty. The recent boom of fast food, increase in intake of potato chips, chocolates and ice-creams are not helping the cause of controlling the problem. Hormonal changes taking place during the teen years is another contributor to the eruption of acne and pimples.

When these lesions are accompanied by inflamed redness, it makes teens self conscious about their appearance, besides being very painful. Rosacea is a type of acne, mostly seen in adults, which is usually triggered by direct sunlight, stress and some irritant which does not suit the body.

Instead of using harsh chemicals on the facial skin to control acne and the accompanying redness, it is best to use safe and effective home remedies which can heal the skin, and give it a healthy look.

Word of precaution


Even if you are opting for home remedies, always consult a dermatologist to determine the cause of infection. Different types of skin respond in a different way to home remedies. Increase intake of vitamins A, C and iron, at the same time give up on sweets, fats and carbohydrates. This healthy diet can help in clearing your skin, as well as controlling acnes. Give up sedentary lifestyle and start on regular exercise. Avoid make-up which can block the pores, suffocating the skin which can lead to breakout of acnes.

Chirata and neem

The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of these herbs aid in controlling skin inflammations including pimples and acnes. Grind the leaves of chirata and neem to a smooth paste and apply it over the face like a face pack. Wash it off with cold water. Besides controlling acnes, it gives you a healthy looking, blemish free and soft skin.

Tea tree oil

The antiseptic property of tea tree oil can reduce inflammation, as well as bring down the redness when applied directly on the acne overnight. Applying refrigerated tea tree oil brings down swelling immediately.

Applying toothpaste

Though it does not sound like a fancy medicine, applying toothpaste reduces acne and redness caused due to it in few hours. Do not use gel based toothpaste, as they are not as effective as paste based ones. Apply the toothpaste thickly over the inflamed area for 20-30 minutes and wash it off with warm water in which salt has been dissolved. You can see the change immediately.

Ice packs

Applying ice packs or cold compression to the acne soothes the irritation and brings down inflammation.

Lemon and rose water

Extract juice from a fresh lemon and add equal amount of rose water to it. Dip cotton into the mixture and dab in on your face. Wash the face clean after half an hour with warm water. This may not show immediate results, but the eruptions of acnes will diminish with continuous treatment, in addition it will lighten the blemishes and scars left behind by the acne infection.

Egg-white face mask

Separate the egg whites and yolk. Mix the egg white thoroughly with 1 tsp of lemon juice. Apply this thickly over the face and allow it to dry before washing it off with warm water.

Cucumber face mask

Prepare a face mask by blending slices of cucumber into a mushy paste. Apply it thickly over the face and leave it for 30 minutes. Cucumber will hydrate the skin, balance the pH levels and cure inflammation and redness caused by acnes.

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