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Using Orange Peel For Acne: Fact Or Fiction

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Orange Peel For Acne

If you are struggling with an acne flare-up, orange peels might be your secret weapon! These aromatic fruit scraps have antibacterial compounds that can kill acne-causing bacteria, reduce sebum production, and help fight inflammation. To apply, try turning a fresh peel into a juice or make a pimple-busting paste with milk and powdered orange peels.

We’ve all experienced acne at some point in our lives. And while it can happen to anyone, some people may break out more than others. This condition develops when the skin’s sebaceous glands produce too much oil, clogging up pores. The mix of oil (sebum), hair, and cells in the pores encourages the growth of bacteria, causing an inflammatory response. The result is a painful lesion called a pimple.1 Often, it’s filled with pus.

There’s a good chance you’re looking for a way to banish these annoying blisters. Hey, we don’t blame you. Thankfully, the remedy might actually be in the oranges in your kitchen. Now, this citrus fruit might already be a part of your daily diet. Maybe you add them to smoothies or snack on them at work. This is a great way to fuel up on vitamin C for a boost of antioxidants. But don’t throw away those peels just yet, because orange peels might be what your skin needs. They’re packed with bioactive compounds that can get rid of those annoying pimples. Here’s the lowdown.

How Do Orange Peels Help Acne?

Orange peels are multi-talented. They work on many levels to keep your skin nice and healthy. Orange peels can:

Kill Acne-Causing Bacteria

Pimples are basically bacterial infections. Specifically, a kind of bacteria called the Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) is the culprit. These microorganisms live on our skin, playing a key role in acne. They thrive in clogged skin pores, causing inflammation that results in those unsightly zits.2 Fortunately, extracts from bitter orange peels have been found to be effective against P. acnes. One study even concluded that the antibacterial action of orange peels is as potent as that of antibiotics.3 So time to say goodbye to these nasty bacteria – and that too naturally! Give this a shot by rubbing some orange peels on your skin.

Make Your Skin Less Oily

Sometimes, the oil glands in our skin make excess oil or sebum. This can lead to clogged pores and acne. Yet, studies have found that nobiletin, a flavonoid found in orange peels, can actually reduce sebum production.4 If you’re prone to greasy skin, consider putting those orange peels to work.

Fight Inflammation

Having a pimple is bad enough. Inflammation just makes it worse! But this is typical with the P. acnes infection during an outbreak. It causes reddening and swelling, adding to your acne woes. Luckily, orange peels actually have flavones with anti-inflammatory properties. Nobiletin is particularly potent.5 So put that inflammation to rest with some orange peels!

Strengthen And Tone Your Skin

Normally, our skin forms a protective barrier against bacteria and environmental pollutants like chemicals. It also prevents excessive water loss. However, acne can make our skin fragile and impair its protective function.6 This is where an orange peel can save the day. This natural remedy has extracts that can reduce skin fragility. That’s not all, though. Orange peels have astringent qualities and can even tone your skin!7

How To You Use Orange Peels For Acne

Simply rubbing the fresh peel on acne can work wonders. You can also use the blender to turn the peels into a juice. Apply this mixture on the pimples and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes before washing it off.

You can also dry the orange peels in the sun and turn them into a powder. This way, they’ll be ready to use at a moment’s notice. Just sieve the powdered peels and mix with milk to make a paste. This can be left on for 10 to 15 minutes before it’s washed off.8 Keep in mind that orange peels can cause a slight tingling sensation. This shouldn’t worry you, though. But to be safe, do a skin patch test first to make sure the peel agrees with your skin.

Thanks to these simple home remedies, orange peels can give you clear, acne-free skin once and for all. So, whatever you do, don’t toss those peels. How’s that for a cheap beauty product?

References   [ + ]

1. What Is Acne?. National Institutes of Health.
2. Acne. National Institutes of Health.
3. Tumane, P. M., V. G. Meshram, and D. D. Wasnik. “Comparative study of antibacterial activity of peel extracts of citrus aurantium L.(Bitter orange) and Citrus medica L.(Lemon) against clinical isolates from wound infection.” Int J Pharm Bio Sci 5, no. 1 (2014): 382-387.
4. Wood, E. J. “A citrus polymethoxy flavonoid, nobiletin, inhibits sebum production and sebocyte proliferation, and augments sebum excretion in hamsters.” Clinical Dermatology 23, no. 4 (2007): 72-73.
5. Milind, Parle, and Chaturvedi Dev. “Orange: range of benefits.” Int Res J Pharm 3, no. 7 (2012): 59-63.
6. Stalder, J. F., Dominique Tennstedt, M. Deleuran, G. Fabbrocini, R. Lucas, M. Haftek, C. Taieb et al. “Fragility of epidermis and its consequence in dermatology.” Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology 28, no. s4 (2014): 1-18.
7. Suryawanshi, Jyotsna A. Saonere. “An overview of Citrus aurantium used in treatment of various diseases.” African Journal of Plant Science 5, no. 7 (2011): 390-395.
8. Kumar, S. Mahesh, J. N. Chandrasekar, M. J. Nanjan, and B. Suresh. “Herbal remedies for acne.” Nat Prod Resour 4, no. 4 (2005): 328-34.
CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.