Introduction to acne
Acne is the single most common type of bacterial infection that occurs on the skin. Of course, acne occurs in teenagers most frequently, due to the hormonal changes that go on in the body during puberty.
However, it is a misconception to believe that adults cannot have acne problems as well. What occurs in acne is that sebum is overproduced. This is an oily substance that lies under the surface of the skin, and when there is too much of it, it can clog the pores of the skin and lead to bacterial infections.
The infections of the skin are caused by the dirt and bacteria that are trapped within the pores. These infections cause acne outbreaks, which can be seen in red and inflamed lumps that appear all over the skin.
Thankfully, there are simple and natural home remedies that can be used to treat acne without subjecting the skin to store-bought chemicals and other possibly harmful materials for getting rid of the acne.
One good natural treatments is using neem leaves and turmeric, which can be crushed and turned into a paste that should be applied to the pimples for 15 to 20 minutes and then washed off the face gently.
Ice packs can be put on the pimples for about five to 10 minutes in order to decrease the inflammation and sooth the skin irritation.
Believe it or not regular toothpaste can be used as an excellent home remedy for acne problems. The toothpaste should be applied to the pimples and left overnight. It will absorb oils and decrease the size of the pimples. In the morning, the toothpaste should be washed off with lukewarm water and then the face should be rinsed again with cold water in order to close up the pores even further.
Honey and cinnamon is another great natural remedy, since, they both have antibacterial properties and can get rid of acne fast. A good idea is to take two teaspoons of raw honey and add one teaspoon of cinnamon to the mixture, then apply the paste to the skin and leave it on for a half hour. This will get rid of the facial redness that is caused by the acne.
Another good remedy is lemon juice and rose water, which can be combined and then applied as a solution to the skin and allowed to sit on the skin for about 30 minutes. It should then be rinsed off with water, and this process needs to be repeated daily for 15 days straight in order to see real results.