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Using Hydrogen Peroxide for Acne

There are quite a few household ingredients that can help with acne. You’ll find a variety of posts on this blog on home remedies for acne. H202 or hydrogen peroxide is a common treatment for acne. Read on for some information about using peroxide for your face as a way to help you treat and prevent pimples and blackheads.

Hydrogen Peroxide: A Cheap & Effective Acne Fighter

One of the big pluses of hydrogen peroxide is that it’s very inexpensive. You can often buy a large bottle for about $1 and it can be used for a wide variety of things above and beyond fighting acne. (More on the many potential uses of H202 below).

What does H202 do for Your Skin?

Hydrogen peroxide has great antibacterial properties. It also has significant oxidation properties as well. It can help clear up blemishes and can help keep your pores clean, reducing the chance of new pimples and blackheads.

Using It:

Be careful not to ingest or to get it in your eyes. Avoid your hair and eyebrows or you could wind up with peroxide blonde hair! Many people use a fresh cotton ball for each use and simply dab it on the skin either on a regular basis or on an as-needed basis. Many recommend using a good moisturiser afterwards as it can be drying. You may want to use it once on a single area of your face in case your skin doesn’t react well (most people are able to tolerate dabbing of peroxide without any major problems)

Additional Reasons to Keep Hydrogen Peroxide in Your Medicine Cabinet

Beyond being an acne remedy, this product can also be used for:

  • Cleaning wounds
  • Whitening teeth
  • Helping clear out ear wax
  • It Helps houseplants
  • It can help kill nail fungus
  • Use it as a rinse when you have a tooth ache
  • Use it in your laundry as a bleach alternative
  • Cleaning and disinfecting at home
  • And more

(Tip: Do some research to get directions on any of the above options for maximum efficacy)

Important Peroxide Tip:

Be sure to use 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide. There are people that recommend taking it orally, as well, for a variety of ailments but there are major debates about this topic and many doctors advise against it so exercise caution with any use of this substance. You can feel fairly safe when erms of topical application, there can be a number of benefits of hydrogen peroxide including helping you get rid of acne.

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Organic Apple Cider Vinegar: Does this Folk Remedy Cure Acne?

Using apple cider vinegar is a popular folk remedy for many ailments as well as for general wellness. In terms of fighting acne, is apple cider vinegar worth the effort?

Acne happens for a number of reasons so it stands to reason that not all acne cures will work for everyone the exact same way. That said, apple cider vinegar is well known as a multifunctional folk remedy so while it could help you fight acne proactively and reactively, even if it doesn’t clear up your acne, you could get some great benefits. Many testimonials and apple cider vinegar reviews do point to success for clearing up pimples and improving the overall look of your skin. Here are some of the facts:

Some Facts About Apple Cider Vinegar and Acne:

  1. You need organic ACV.  Distilled apple cider vinegar that doesn’t have the ‘mother’ (the cloudy substance that sits in the liquid) then it’s not good for much, other than your salad. Organic products are often expensive but organic apple cider vinegar isn’t. (Tip: I often buy Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar in the organic section of my grocery store and it’s just a few bucks a bottle)
  2. You can benefit from apple cider vinegar use both topically and orally. Taking it by the spoonful can help you in numerous ways . By applying it to a pimple, this can be helpful too. Many people put a bit in their bath or simply use it with a cotton ball as an astringent on the face, shoulders, chest, and back (wherever they’ve got a pimple).
  3. Most people don’t’ like the smell or taste  of ACV. It has a really intense taste when you take it full strength. Some people mix it with juice, mix it with honey, or add baking soda to it to take it and opt to apply it topically when they don’t have to go out anywhere.
  4. Apple cider vinegar can be bad for tooth enamel. For this reason, don’t keep it on your teeth any longer than you have to. Some people mix it for this reason or take it through a straw. You can also buy apple cider vinegar capsules (or buy empty capsules and fill them yourself)

Here are some of the other uses of apple cider vinegar:

  • Many say it boosts your metabolism and can help you lose weight.
  • Taking ACV can help with heartburn.
  • It’s often taken as a potential preventative for food poisoning. If you feel like you’ve eaten something dodgy you might want a mouthful or two of ACV to kill bacteria.
  • It’s often used as a spray on animals to deter fleas.
  • Despite being an acidic substance it’s actually alkaline and can help you improve your body’s pH balance.
  • It’s full of vitamins and minerals.

There are some great natural remedies for acne. Have you had any success with apple cider vinegar for acne? If so, we’d love to hear about it so feel free to leave a comment!

 

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Do Epsom Salts Help with Acne?

There are some great natural acne remedies. If you’re someone who wants help with acne, Epsom salts are a readily available, are quite cheap, are natural, and are often an effective solution that can have a multitude of health benefits including helping with your complexion and body acne. Read on for more information about Epsom salts and how they can help you.

About Epsom Salts

Epsom salts, also known as magnesium sulfate are completely natural. They are used for a variety of ailments including infusing your body with magnesium. They have great detoxification qualities as well, helping to cleanse the pores.   You can find them in pharmacies, discount stores, and in department stores, too.

Epsom Salts and Acne

Whether you apply it to your skin or soak in it, Epsom salts can be helpful for clearing up acne. Many people say that they use them at the first sign of a big pimple trying to get through and that it dries them out to a head quickly without causing irritation and that it’s particularly helpful with cystic acne. Epsom salts used as a scrub can also help with blackheads, too. (Be careful, scrubbing acne, particularly inflamed acne, could cause irritation. It’s often best to apply as a paste and then rinse, rather than scrub later on. Exfoliating can cause irritation for some acne sufferers).

Epsom Salts Soak – Pour 2 cups of Epsom salts into your bath and soak for 15-20 minutes. An Epsom salt soak will help with body acne on your chest, back, and shoulders, and it’s also a great way to relax muscles, fight stress, and help induce sleep.

A Paste – Mix a 2:1 ratio (2 parts water and  1 part Epsom salts) and apply. You can also buy Epsom salt pastes that are already mixed (although they may have additives, depending on where you buy them). You can also mix Epsom salts with your favourite cleanser or face cream.

A Scrub – Simply apply with fingers or a sponge for a body or facial scrub and exfoliation. If you like you can mix with olive oil or coconut oil for this purpose.

A Mask – Blend with homemade mask ingredients, such as honey and put on a detoxifying and purifying face mask.

Tip: Keep Epsom salts out of your eyes!

Epsom salts aren’t just used for people, either. They’re also used in gardening, for animals, and around the house. Keeping them on hand and researching the many uses of Epsom salts can be a great natural and frugal remedy.

 

 

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Tips for Covering Up Pimples

Want to hide an ugly zit that has turned up unexpectedly? They always show up at the worst possible times, don’t they? Sometimes it happens due to hormonal changes, it could be that you’ve used something on your skin that triggered a pimple, or that you’re stressed to the max (stress can cause acne, too!)

We recently talked about the fact that choosing the right cosmetics is important, especially if you’ve got problem skin. We promised some tips on covering up blemishes so that you don’t simply plaster make-up on them and make them look even angrier! Here are some ideas.

Concealing Pimples:

  • Put a Band-Aid on it. No, not permanently, but for a few hours with a dab of honey. Many women say that this can dramatically diminish the look of that zit. Honey has significant antibacterial properties. If you’ve got time, use a strong blemish fighter. Even 24 hours can help make a difference in how noticeable it is.
  • Exfoliate and then moisturise before putting make-up on. This can help brighten your skin and slough away dead skin, especially around the area that you’re trying to not draw attention to.
  • Avoid the urge to squeeze!
  • Use a concealer — but sparingly. Apply with the tip of a clean finger. There are some great ones on the market. Avoid putting too much makeup in that spot or it could look cakey and flaked and draw even more attention to the zit. Some skin clearing concealers exist, too, that contain ingredients that can help clear up the pimple while diminishing the look of it. (Tip: Apply your cover-up agent after foundation. Foundation often does a good job of concealing on its own so you can then see how much more concealer is needed. It’s a good idea to read reviews of the best concealers so you can figure out which ones to try)
  • Go for smoky eyes. Smoky eyes or something else that’s dramatic can draw attention away from the pimple on your forehead, cheek, or chin.
  • If your pimple is on your cheek, go with a more neutral blush than usual. If it’s near your mouth, go with a lighter shade of lipstick than usual. These can help diminish the look of it rather than draw attention to it.

Take comfort in the fact that it probably sticks out like a sore thumb to you much more than it does to the people that you’re with. Try not to stress too much about it!  And, make sure to experiment and look for cosmetics that won’t irritate your skin whenever possible!

Do you have any pimple concealing tips? If you have any to add, please add your suggestions in the comments section.

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Using Garlic to Combat Acne

The benefits of Allium sativum, known more commonly as garlic have been recognized and appreciated by numerous societies throughout the course of human history. Cultivation of the root originated in central Asia and found its way into the culinary and medicinal traditions of European, Mediterranean and Asian societies; with good reason.

In recent years medical studies have discovered a host of health benefits linked to garlic consumption, giving credence to the use of the plant as a colloquial health remedy over the past millenniums. These studies have discovered the anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. When crushed, raw garlic releases high levels of various sulfur compounds, which act as natural antibiotics and antifungal treatment. Use of garlic as an antibiotic was illustrated during the Second World War when antibiotics supplies were running short. Since then use of the root has been growing steadily as the medical profession has continued to recognize its benefits. One of the most widespread benefits of garlic that has been found has been its affinity for fighting acne.

The idea that garlic could help someone’s skin problems is probably the last thing on the mind of someone either chopping or eating garlic. However, garlic’s antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties fit perfectly with the needs of those suffering from acne.

Acne begins with hair follicles that rupture, releasing oil and bacteria into nearby pores. As the oil and bacteria are released, the affected pores begin to swell as the surrounding tissue gets irritated. The pore closes up around the resulting infection, causing an accumulation of fluid and an unpleasant appearance on your face. These pimples may also result in deep scars if they are not taken care of properly. Luckily garlic can provide an appropriate solution when this occurs.

By eating freshly crushed raw garlic, by itself or with a meal, you can take advantage of its strong antibiotic effects, which will prevent the infection of what would have become an unsightly pimple. The anti-inflammatory properties of garlic will also go to work preventing the large red dot of irritated skin that is most commonly associated with acne. Another huge benefit of garlic is the fact that because it is a natural antibiotic, you do not need to up your intake to achieve the same antibiotic effects down the road. By adding crushed raw garlic to your current diet on a consistent basis you can protect yourself from future acne outbreaks.

There has been some debate over the exact method that should be taken when ingesting garlic for the purpose of fighting acne. Most sources agree that simply adding a small amount of crushed raw garlic to three or four meals a week will result in the desired effect. Cooked garlic will not have nearly as high nutrient content as raw garlic, so it is much more efficient to use raw. It is not advisable to apply garlic directly to acne outbreaks, as the acidity of the root could result in burning or further inflammation of sensitive facial skin.

Effective Home Remedies For Acne

You can find a host of anti-acne breakthrough methods used by extremely expensive cosmetic brands flooding the market. Due to this, many people have taken refuge in some milder, inexpensive and easily available homemade acne treatments. There are many methods that can be used and most of these home acne treatments are really effective and also quite inexpensive. They are in stark contrast to their much hyped and expensive counterparts available in market.

Although before going for any kind of acne treatment, it is important to remember that the only real method to remove acne permanently is to treat all the acne causes. This includes excess oil on the skin, acne causing bacteria, clogged skin pores and skin inflammation. These four factors are responsible for triggering acne must be kept in mind in order to find a single effective method for ending the acne problem and its other effects such as low self esteem and depression.

Benzoyl Peroxide

This is one of the best acne treatment solutions available, especially due to its presence in almost all face washers, creams, bar soaps and other acne formulas of today. This treatment also should not be overdone so you need to ensure that you use the treatment with care in order to avoid drying or reddening the skin.

Olive Leaf Extract

The tremendous power of olive leaf extract annihilates the acne viruses within the cells by interacting with the amino acid making syndrome and also at the same time stops virus shedding inside the body of the cells. This extract has powerful anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that kill the micro organisms thereby preventing the production of mycotoxins which affect both hormonal regulation and toxic elimination adversely. Because of its amazing attributes, it will certainly be extremely useful to have the olive leaf extract in your house for domestic acne treatment. It is pretty much certain to get rid of your disgusting acne problem quickly. In addition to this, the olive leaf extract is capable of breaking the acne bacteria’s external lining thereby destroying it completely. This also stops spreading of the distressing disease condition.

Salicyclic Acid

The salicyclic acid is also present in all facial pads and washes. It has efficacy that gets the skin pores unclogged in order to prevent skin diseases such as skin scars, pimples and it also allows the acne skin to re-group. You have to be careful while using this solution as well and not over apply it as this will lead to harmful side effects on the skin.

Summary

It has to be remembered that while using any home treatment, the human response to it is going to vary from person to person, however to get the best acne results you need to be patient and consistent in the weeks during the ongoing home acne treatment. First you need to consult a dermatologist for starting any acne home treatment. Otherwise it might cause even bigger problems than before. The expert advice will keep you out of the harm’s way. You might want to try some natural treatments such as tea tree oil, Aloe Vera gel and try following the acne diet.

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Natural Remedies to Help Treat Acne

No one wants to be plagued by acne. Acne is caused by a blockage of the follicles, a symptom that can be affected by factors such as hormonal imbalance, environmental conditions, daily stress and dietary reasons. Acne breakout may also be hereditary.

Those who suffer from acne breakouts are usually desperate to seek ways to have their acne treated but many of them are reluctant to try medicinal treatments due to the side effects that may or may not happen. However, there are also many home remedies and health tips about acne treatments that DO work. Read on to find out how these simple tips can help you with your acne problem.

Importance of water: It is common knowledge that water can clear toxins, and has hydrating properties. Consumption of water also aids in rejuvenating your skin. With more fluid in your body, not only your blood circulation is improved, it also quickens the process of growth and shedding of the cells.

Release stress: Working or studying under stress is a major factor may aggravate your acne problem. It is also proven that by reducing stress levels, acne breakouts are less likely to happen.

Aloe Vera: You can use the gel or the juice from the Aloe Vera plant to help treat acne. You can easily find the Aloe Vera plant anywhere, even at your home. The flesh of the Aloe plant can be applied on the acne-prone areas of the skin for rejuvenating effects.

Tomato mask: Unknown to many, tomato is rich in Vitamin A that is useful in halting the production of acne-causing sebum. You may slice the tomato and place them on your face to do a facial mask. It is also a good antioxidant that can help rejuvenate your skin.

Eat more vegetables and fruits: These food contain good vitamins and minerals that are much needed in your body. The water content in fruits also helps in keeping your body hydrated. The fibre in the fruits and vegetables also prevents constipation, and thus, ridding your body of harmful toxins.

Honey: Honey is also a natural remedy for acne. Its antibacterial properties will kill off the bacteria in your skin to prevent any blockage of your pores. The honey can be applied directly on the acne-prone areas of your skin or you may also drink it so that your body can absorb the nutrient from the honey drink.

Lemon juice: Lemon juice can help rejuvenate your skin by accelerating the shedding of dead skin cells. Therefore, new skin cells will grow faster and better, and to help keep the elasticity of your skin.

Good oil: Oil with dermatological properties such as olive oil, lavender oil and rosehip seed oil are good for both your body and skin. For example, lavender oil and olive oil moisturizes and softens your skin. Applying it on your skin helps diminish acne scars and keeps your skin looking young and healthy. As for the rosehip seed oil, it contains anti-aging properties that help to prevent any wrinkling of the skin, and also to give your skin a radiant colour.

Even with these tips, it is prudent for you to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Always remember to eat a balanced and nutritious meal, have a regular sleep cycle and to exercise regularly to help keep you and your skin healthy and free from acne.