Wouldn’t it be just swell, if we had a clear face throughout our lives? Our face is one of the most exposed parts of our body. It’s pivotal in making the first impression; for studies show that a clear and happy face is more liked and trusted upon. But alas the world is not a wish granting factory hence we have to deal with ‘Acne’. Every one of us has to face this problem every once in a while. Acnes show up completely unannounced and mostly just before we have an important meeting or a party to go to.
So what’s the science behind acnes? Is it what we eat or it depends on the skin types? Let’s find out….
Believe it or not, a lot of things about acne are still a mystery. The list of conjectures about puberty, food habits, genetics, and environment we live in. However, one of the prominent conjectures is by world renowned evolutionary biologist Stephen Kellet and Paul Gilbert that the oil glands in our body did not evolve as fast as we lost our fur. To simplify it, we lost the excess body hair with still a lot of conditioner in our body. This conditioner called as sebum then clogs our skin pores and causes acne.
According to the above study, it’s the oil that’s creating all the trouble. However, we also cannot ignore the bacteria lead infection. Overall, the most important thing to focus here is that acnes are evil and must be dealt with strict measures that are gentle on your skin.
Here are 10 strategies that will help you to wage a war on your acne.
1. Aloe Vera and Ice Cubes
Precaution is better than cure. The best way to handle acne is to prevent them from showing up. For that you can apply fresh aloe vera gel ice cube on face daily at bedtime to prevent acne and nourish the skin.
2. Neem and Tea Tree Oil
Apply Neem oil or Tea tree oil on pustular acnes. Neem is an oil regulator with strong antibacterial quality which acts as a strong weapon against acne. Tea tree oil has more of the similar effect it quickly enters the pores, disinfects it and removes the oil.
3. Healthy Food
Avoid spicy oily fried food. Though it has been completely proved but based on number of experiences it has been observed that oily food can lead to acne.
4. No Make Up
Avoid heavy make-up. This is often recommended by doctors for makeup clogs up your skin and keeps your skin from breathing freely. Also remember to wash your make up instrument often to avoid infection.
5. Drink Water
Hydrate your body. Our body is 60% water hence it is necessary for us to keep refreshing the supply to keep your body healthy and keep the infections at bay. A normal person should have twelve glasses water every day.
6. Lemon Juice with Sandalwood and Turmeric
Apply lemon juice with pinch of sandalwood powder and turmeric on face to reduce acne. Lemon juice quickly reduces the redness of your skin with its astringent properties. The sandalwood and turmeric helps in cooling down the skin, turmeric also has antiseptic qualities which fights the infection.
7. Tomato or Curd
Use tomatoes or curd to reduce excess oil on skin- apply it ten minutes before bath. Tomatoes are full of vitamins and natural acids that keep the oil on your face in check and the nourishment up to the mark.
8. Cinnamon and Honey
Pinch of cinnamon and honey with half lemon can be applied if the skin has open pores and prone to acne. The potent mixture of honey and cinnamon has antimicrobial properties that fight infections. The acidity of honey keeps the growth of bacteria in check.
9. No Milk of Dairy Products
Avoid milk and milk products, pasta, bread and bakery products. The mentioned food items are high on fats and can lead to acne. Also if you eat rice frequently, you might see big acne coming on your face and back.
10. Berries, Melons and Pomegranate
Have berries, melons, and pomegranate to prevent acne. All the mentioned fruits are acidic in nature and very good for skin as they avoid the growth of bacteria on your skin.
The battle of acne is something that can stay on for our entire lives but with the above measure you can always have an upper hand and win it before it starts!
Word of Caution – Usage of home remedies is not generalised! Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for consuming any of the above.