My daughter reached puberty and she’s dealing with stubborn acne. I took her to see a dermatologist and she recommended several moisturizers to balance the appearance of pimples. As the acne isn’t caused by any bacteria, I searched over the internet for more information in the treatment of acne. I will always choose natural remedies first, given the fact that she’s just a teenager and she doesn’t have to age her skin so soon. And here is a list of different herb remedies, very handy to get rid of these annoying pimples.
The main causes of acne are sebum excess, hormonal imbalance and bacteria, followed by improper hygiene, genetic predisposition, high fat diet, and even the presence of a fungus in your body which helps the growth of bacteria on the skin surface. To prevent acne it’s important to follow some basic rules:
Avoid harsh hygiene (don’t touch your face with your hands, use neutral-pH soap, don’t wipe the face with a rough towel, just dab it with paper towels);
Follow a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, avoid sweets and processed food, fatty foods, fried meals;
Take long walks and outdoor sports;
Avoid stress as much as possible;
Don’t use any kind of cosmetics and have patience because acne can’t be cured overnight;
Consult a dermatologist or see an endocrinologist if symptoms persist for long, regardless the followed treatment.
Below are a few herbal recipes that can help you fight with this nasty acne:
1. Cabbage juice lotions – are highly effective in combating sebum excess, the main factor that leads to pimples. Dab your face, several times a day, with a cotton pad dipped in cabbage juice (natural cabbage juice) or apply crushed cabbage leaves on the affected areas.
2. Lettuce – apply boiled lettuce leaves with a few drops of olive oil.
3. Raw turnips – eat daily one raw turnip, washed and cleaned, chewing it well, to be easier to digest. It can be mixed with a drop of olive oil and lemon juice.
4. Nettle compresses – boil a heaping tablespoon of nettle in a pint of water and let it boil for fifteen minutes. Strain the liquid and before bedtime apply compresses on the areas affected by acne. This treatment should be done for a month, followed by a break of one month, then can be resumed.
5. Sorrel root – drink 3 cups of sorrel root tea daily, prepared as it follows: 40 grams of shredded root, boiled in one liter of water for 4 minutes. Leave it to infuse then strain.
6. Soaked dandelion (recommended for rheumatism, too) – recommended especially for juvenile acne. Pick dandelion flowers before they start to whiter, and let it soak overnight a handful of dandelion flowers in one liter of cold water. Strain the liquid and wipe your face with this solution several times a day.
7. Tomato and sorrel juice – dab your face with a ripe tomato, cut in two, and let the juice to act at least 30 minutes. Then apply on your face crushed sorrel, let it act for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
8. Lavender vinegar – fill a jar with dried and crushed lavender flowers, without stuffing them, then pour over the maple cider vinegar and mix well. Seal the jar and leave the composition to soak for 2 weeks. Then filter it. In a half a glass of water glass pour one tablespoon of lavender vinegar and dip a cotton pad in this solution then apply on your face for 10-20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
9. Apple slices – rub your skin 2 times a day with a slice of apple or you can grate an apple, squeeze its juice and add 2 teaspoons of honey. Apply the mixture on your face, just like a mask, leave it to act for 15 minutes and remove it with cotton pads soaked in chamomile tea.
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