Monday, June 2, 2008

Herbal Remedies for Acne

Aloe Vera - Herbal Remedies for Acne
Herbal Remedies for Acne
by Richard May

In many cases acne will have been caused because a person's sebaceous glands are actually producing too much oil (sebum). Because of this increased production the pores on the skin are likely to become blocked and then spots caused by bacteria begin to form. Often when a person visits their doctor they will be prescribed some anti-biotic medication in order to treat the condition. But a lot of people are now preferring to use herbal remedies for acne simply because they are less likely to cause unwanted side effects unlike more conventional treatments.

Below we take a look at a few of the different herbal remedies a person may want to consider trying in order to treat their acne. However it is important that before they do they actually discuss their plans with their doctor first.

1. Aloe Vera - This is one of the most effective herbs for treating acne available today. This particular plant contains both astringent and anti-bacterial properties that can help to fight the bacteria, which is causing the acne. Also it also contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce the swelling (spots).

2. Calendula - Although not as popular as Aloe Vera or other herbal remedies for acne this is still an effective one. Not only does it help with healing damaged skin tissue but it contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as well. Many people will apply this herb directly to the skin when it has been made into a cream or when it has been infused with water and then they wash their skin with it.

3. Lavender - Just like all the herbs that we mention in this article this particular one contains both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can help to fight the bacteria that are causing the acne. As with all treatments we mention here this needs to be applied topically (directly) to the affected area and the essential oil should be mixed with water or carrier fluid before it is applied.

4. Tea Tree Oil - Of all the different types of herbal remedies available for treating acne this is one of the most popular. The main reason for this is that the herb contains good antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Again just like the lavender in order for this remedy to be effective it needs to be mixed with water or carrier fluid and then applied directly to the acne.

But as well as these herbal remedies there are plenty of other ones which are both safe and effective to use in treating this skin condition and which you may want to consider trying. One such herb is walnut leaf which has very good astringent properties and is normally mixed with a carrier fluid or water and then used as a skin wash. Otherwise you may want to consider trying witch hazel, which has both astringent and anti-bacterial properties like many of the others.

However, it should be noted that all the herbal remedies for acne that we have discussed above work on treating the condition from the outside. In order to really ensure that the acne does not return you need to look closely at what is the underlying cause for the condition. In many cases it is a person's diet and their lifestyle habits that have resulted in the condition occurring in the first place. So making changes to what they eat and what they do can help to improve not only their skin condition but their health overall.

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