Acne is the most common skin disorder. It mostly affects the teenagers, although it is not rare in persons in their twenties or even forties. It is a result of improper function of sebaceous glands in the skin, whose job is to secrete oil called sebum, which lubricates and protects the skin.
Parts of the body that are most affected by acne are those with the greatest number of sebaceous glands. This includes face, neck, back, upper arms, chest and shoulders.
When the excess oil plugs the pores, it results in whiteheads or blackheads. Another form of acne are pimples, which are in fact tiny cysts or nodules in the skin.
Causes and factors contributing to acne
As it is said above, the main cause of acne is the excess production of oil in the sebaceous glands. Dirt and debris stick to the oil and make a favorable ground for bacteria. Also, toxic waste that is supposed to be cleared through pores gets stuck.
Factors that in some people contribute to acne flare-ups include improper diet habits, like eating at irregular times, eating greasy, fatty, starchy and sugary foods, smoking and alcohol consumption.
Constipation is also a factor that may lead to acne. When the bowels fail to move properly, waste matter is not eliminated on time and it lingers for longer in the body. The bloodstream becomes infested with waste, the skin makes extra effort to eliminate it and it results in skin disorders like acne.
Acne home remedies
One effective home remedy against acne includes boiling 50 grams of raspberry, blackberry or strawberry leaves in 1.5 liter of water for three minutes. After the infusion is cooled down, it should be applied to the affected skin with gauze.
Natural yogurt and fine ground oatmeal can be mixed into a smooth paste that works as a facial mask against acne. The paste should be left to dry on the skin and then rinsed. It helps to follow up with an antibiotic lotion.
Aloe vera has been found to be very beneficial against acne. It can be used in form of gel or juice, and there are also cosmetic soaps and lotions containing this plant.
A paste made from honey mixed with some cinnamon, applied to the face in the evening and rinsed in the morning is a very effective remedy against acne.
Fresh lime juice mixed with half a glass of boiled milk makes a great lotion for skin prone to acne and for cracked and damaged skin as well.
Ripe tomatoes can also be used against acne. The method is simple, the tomatoes should be peeled and deseeded and their pulp should be applied to acne and left there for an hour before rinsing.