Apply a mix of mashed bananas+coconut oil, powdered orange peels+honey, or baking soda+water to the skin in soft, circular motions to exfoliate. Brush on some egg whites or slather on some honey, lemon juice to the area to prevent new breakouts. You can also steam your face and purge the blackheads. Avoid salt and toothpaste remedies and never pick at the zit!
Whiteheads are nothing but acne and is formed when the oil beneath the skin breaks through the surface. There are various natural ways to remove whiteheads. Steaming, where the heat expands the skin pores, followed by a sugar scrub will easily remove whiteheads. Natural products like lime juice, fenugreek leaves, oatmeal, yogurt, etc are excellent at getting rid of whiteheads and leaving the skin soft and supple.
By restricting the intake to just water, the body gets an opportunity to flush out toxins and harmful substances. Blood circulation in the body also improves resulting in efficient oxygen supply to the cells all over the body. Skin health also improves and many conditions like acne, pimples, scars and dry skin can be cured by water fasting.
Our skin is sensitive and falls victim to irritation, inflammation, and allergy quite easily. Some of these conditions do not have a permanent cure. Our desire for glowing, clear skin makes us resort to harmful cosmetics and intense chemical treatments to achieve a better look. But there are several natural remedies with natural ingredients that can help control and alleviate the discomfort. Some of these include honey, coconut oil, aloe vera, and yogurt, which are gentle on the skin and do not harbor the possible harmful side effects of medication or cosmetic treatments.
Brewer’s yeast, or Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is full of selenium. This mineral has anti-oxidative properties that can protect your cells from radical damage and ward off chronic disease. The potassium, calcium, and magnesium in yeast will even reduce hypertension in diabetics. Other types of yeast, like Saccharomyces boulardii, have probiotic effects. This means it can treat diarrhea, gut imbalance, and acne. Researchers have also found that a yeast protein may prevent nerve cell clumping, a factor of Parkinson’s disease.
Coconut oil has beneficial medium chain fatty acids like lauric acid and capric acid which fight against acne-causing bacteria. The anti-inflammatory property of the oil also helps reduce the swelling and redness linked with acne. Coconut oil also enhances the lipid layer in the skin which serves as a protection against external pollutants. It can also maintain the skin's pH balance. Apply a thin layer on the skin and wipe off after 30 mins.
Tea tree oil is effective against acne, thanks to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial activity. TTO can fight 27 of the 32 strains of the bacteria that cause pimples. While it works well against mild-to-moderate acne, a study on cystic acne has shown only negligible improvement. TTO is also found to be effective against acne scars and blackheads. To make the most of the oil, use only 5 percent of the oil and in combination with other oils or ingredients like witch hazel or aloe vera gel.
Milk thistle’s benefits come from its active compound silymarin. This substance can protect the liver and reverse damage by regenerating cells and tissue. It’s also an antioxidant, so it can kill cancer cells and offer protection from oxidative stress. This anti-cancer effect extends to the skin, as silymarin prevents damage from UV rays. And thanks to silymarin’s anti-inflammatory properties, breakouts and hay fever can be relieved with milk thistle.
Chin acne is caused by hormonal imbalances like polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid problems, stress, and menstruation. Hormonal acne may also show up on the jawline, but pimples here are usually from digestive issues. Fiber and probiotics can help. Breakouts on the nose and T-zone point to liver problems, while forehead acne means poor kidney function. Avoiding dehydration will fix this. Poor lung health may cause cheek acne. If breakouts are on the lower cheeks, mouth and gum problems are likely.
Instead of tossing fruit peels, reuse them for skin health. Orange and lemon peels can fight acne by killing bacteria and controlling sebum. You can also tone the skin and prevent wrinkles with peels from oranges and mandarin. Dried peels can be turned into an exfoliating powder, while banana and avocado peels will moisturize the skin. At home, citrus peels can infuse vinegar and be made into potpourri. Banana peels are perfect for adding extra nutrition to plant water.
Full of healthy fats, vitamins, and antioxidants, avocados do not just work wonders for your health, they are great for your skin too. When applied topically, the fresh pulp, can help moisturize dry skin, reduce acne flare-ups, heal minor cuts and nicks. Avocado oil may also protect skin from sun damage and even add years to your aging skin.
Extracted from the seeds of wine grapes, grapeseed oil is a viable, all natural alternative to chemical-based cosmetics in skin care. It is known to treat acne, sunburn, tanning, even delay skin aging. Thanks to its antioxidant properties. In addition, the emollient properties of the oil makes it an effective moisturizer and a safe carrier oil for dilution of essential oil(s).
Evening primrose oil is a popular component of many a remedies and cosmetic products. Its moisturizing, astringent, anti-inflammatory properties combined with essential fatty acid content, make it a good skin and hair care component to battle wrinkles, aging, sun damage, and even atopic dermatitis. However, solid evidence might be lacking for some claims.
Cleanse your face with gentle products such as an infusion of marigold flowers, pulp of a ripe tomato, plain yogurt, or a mix of beaten egg whites and lemon juice, to remove dirt and oil that can clog your pores. Avoid greasy makeup and do remember to always remove makeup before going to bed. Be sure to exfoliate your skin regularly (about once a week!).
Used as a popular base note in perfumes, patchouli oil is a time-tested remedy for relieving stress, depression, and sexual anxiety as well. Applied topically, the oil is not only a potent antidote for skin infections like staph/candida, but can take care of acne and dandruff too. It can even help keep off mosquitoes, bedbugs, thanks to its insecticidal properties.
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