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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 skin pores. The mix of oil (sebum), hair, and cells in the pores encourages the growth of bacteria. Sensing this, the body sends white blood cells to fight the infection, thus causing an inflammation. The result is a painful lesion called a pimple.1 Often, it’s filled with pus.

One natural way to deal with the problem is to use orange peel for acne. Orange peel is packed with bioactive compounds and vitamin C, which are great for pimples. So don’t throw away those peels just yet.

Why You Should Use Orange Peel For Acne?

Orange peel is multi-talented. It works on many levels to keep your skin nice and healthy. Orange peel 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

3 Ways To Use Orange Peel For Acne

Method 1: Squeeze the fresh peel lightly to release juice. Rub it on pimples.

Method 2: In a blender, blend the peel with some milk into a paste. Apply this orange peel paste on the acne and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes or till it dries before washing it off.

Method 3: Dry orange peel in the sun for a couple of days and grind it into a powder. Sieve the powdered peel and mix with milk to make a paste. This can be left on for 10 to 15 minutes before it’s washed off.8

Before you use orange peel on your face, remember to clean both your face and the peel. 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.

References   [ + ]

1. What Is Acne?. National Institutes of Health.
2. Acne. National Institutes of Health.
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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.