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Acne – a common teenage problem. What are different home remedies to treat acne? – Part 2

• Acne vulgaris (cystic acne or simply acne) is a common human skin disease.
• Acne affects mostly skin with the densest population of sebaceous follicles; these areas include the face, the upper part of the chest, and the back.
This is characterized by areas of skin with:
• seborrhea (scaly red skin)
• comedones (blackheads and whiteheads)
• papules (pinheads)
• pustules (pimples)
• nodules (large papules)
• scarring

Signs and symptoms of Acne

• Scars
• Pigmentation
• Boils
• Eczema
• Blackheads
• Whiteheads
• Allergies
• Freckles
• Moles
• Age Spots
• Skin infections
• Hormonal changes
• Stress
• Sunburn
• Pollution

Causes for Acne

• Hormonal
• Genetic
• Psychological
• Infectious

Home Remedies for Acne

1. Arnica flower
• Topical preparations are especially helpful for wound healing.
• It is effective as an analgesic (pain reliever), antiseptic and anti-inflammatory cream.
• this treatment is recommended for bruises and swelling due to trauma or surgery.
• It is also helpful in speeding the healing of simple skin abrasions, insect bites and for soothing joint pain.

2. Calendula flower
• It is used in the treatment of burns, bruises, skin infections, cuts and rashes.
• Compresses made with calendula tea are also useful.
• The tea can be used as a mouth rinse to treat painful lesions in the mouth.

3. Comfrey
• Both the roots and leaves of comfrey have been used for centuries to improve healing of cuts and bruises.
• It has also been useful as an anti-inflammatory for treatment of rashes.
• It is thought to promote healing of closed fractures when applied on the skin over the site of injury.
• Application over broken skin can lead to toxicity.
• Tea made from the comfrey leaf is also useful but should not exceed three cups per day.

4. Tea tree Oil
• The leaves have been used for centuries as an antiseptic.
• They were used in World War I as a disinfectant.
• The oil from the leaves has been harvested to treat cuts, insect bites and other common skin problems.
• The oil has been shown to kill both fungus and bacteria.
• Tea tree oil may be toxic and should never be taken by mouth.

5. Chamomile
• It has been used for thousands of years for treatment of various medical problems.
• Dried and fresh flowers made into a tea have been used for minor stomach upset.
• As an oral rinse to treat gingivitis and painful mouth lesions.
• Topically to improve wound healing and treat mild skin problems, such as itchy lesions, hives and sunburn.

6. Cayenne
• This spicy red pepper has been used for a multitude of medical problems such as high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, poor circulation, and lung and skin infections.
• There are many formulas that combine capsaicin with other herbal products to maximize antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.

7. Calaguala Fern and Pine Tar Products
• Calaguala fern is known for its use in dry, itchy skin and scalp problems, has been combined with pine tar.
• Skin creams, bath products, soaps, shampoos, and conditioners have been made from this combination.
• They are very helpful for dry, itchy skin and scalp problems.

8. Flaxseed
• Flaxseed comes from the herb flax and contains those omega-3 essential fatty acids.
• These are necessary for the proper synthesis of immune and anti-inflammatory compounds.
• It is useful in the management of skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, which are associated with inflammatory processes.
• One to two tablespoons of cold-pressed flaxseed oil should be taken daily, preferably with other foods.

9. Olive Oil
• Due to high amounts of Vitamin E present in olive oil it can manage eczema.
• It restores the lost moisture on the damaged area.
• It helps in relieving the dry, scaly and thickened skin.
• Apply olive oil on the area after taking a bath in order to retain the moisture for long periods of time.

Diet for Acne

• Balanced and nutritious diet with special emphasis on vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and selenium rich foods is highly beneficial.
• It is best to include oranges, lemons, carrots, gooseberries, guavas, watermelons in fruits and in vegetables to include red and yellow bell peppers, broccoli, beans and seeds, nuts and whole grains in the diet.
• It is best to stay away from fatty and oily foods, caffeinated items like tea, coffee and even chocolates.
• Drink adequate amount of water to keep the skin in a healthy and glowing condition.

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