Herbs That Help to Treat Acne
Herbs have been used to treat many skin conditions since ancient times. Herbs help to heal skin disorders naturally and have a long term effect.
Showcasing herbs that help to fight acne by controlling and preventing the condition from becoming worse. Treating acne with herbs is effective provided it is done for over a period.
Here are some of the herbs that help to fight acne and treat the condition effectively -
Basil is an aromatic herb belonging to the mint family. The botanical name of Basil used to treat acne is Ocimum tenuiflorum.
Basil is rich in antioxidants and has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties that help in treating acne. It also helps in preventing further breakouts on the skin.
Basil also helps to treat a severe form of acne called cystic acne that is characterized by swelling and pain. The strong anti-inflammatory property of basil keeps the swelling down and prevents further inflammation.
The International Journal of Cosmetic Science has conducted experiments on Basil being an effective treatment for acne. The experiments proved that basil is very effective to treat and control acne.
How to use Basil to treat acne?
Boil 4 - 5 fresh basil leaves in one cup of water for 5 minutes. Allow the water to cool and then strain to remove the basil leaves. Crush the basil leaves before boiling in water. If fresh basil leaves are not available, use two teaspoons of organic dried basil leaves.
Take a cotton ball and dip it in the basil infused water and dab onto the entire face and leave it on for about fifteen minutes. Make sure to gently dab on the areas of the skin affected by acne.
Wash off after fifteen minutes and gently pat dry. The basil water can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about one week.
Mix 3 - 4 drops of basil oil and two teaspoons of coconut oil in a small bowl. Take a cotton ball, dip it in the oil mix and dab onto the areas affected by acne. Leave on for about ten minutes before washing off.
Basil infused facial steam
Boil few basil leaves in water and take a facial steam in this water to help the basil vapor to penetrate into the skin and kill any infection in the skin and prevent breakouts. This is a preventive measure to fight acne.
The botanical name of the Neem herb used to treat acne is Azadirachta indica. Neem is a medicinal herb that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times. The leaves, flowers, twigs, fruits are all used in the treatment of many ailments.
The anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of Neem is very effective to treat acne. It also helps to ease any itching sensation on the skin and soothes inflamed skin.
Azadirachtin is an organic compound present in Neem that destroys the walls of the bacteria that causes acne. The destruction of the bacterial walls kills the acne-causing bacteria and prevent the spread of acne to the other areas of the skin.
Neem does not dry out the skin totally because it also has moisturizing properties. The healing properties of Neem help to treat skin affected by acne and lighten scar and pigmentation marks on the skin due to acne.
How to use Neem to treat acne?
1. Take two to three drops of Neem oil in a small bowl and use a small cotton ball to apply the Neem oil on the skin affected with acne.
2. Boil Neem leaves in water till the water turns green. Strain the water to remove the Neem leaves and let the Neem water cool down. Dip a cotton ball in the Neem water and apply it on the areas affected by acne. This water can also be used to wash the face.
3. Grind four to five Neem leaves with water to make a paste. Apply this paste on the areas affected by acne. Wash off after fifteen minutes.
The botanical name for Amaranth that is used to treat acne is Amaranthus hypochondriacus. Amaranth is also known as the Velvet Flower, Red Cockscomb, Spleen Amaranth and Lady Bleeding. The leaves and the seeds of this herb are used to treat acne.
One of the triggers of acne is inflammation on the skin. Vitamin B 6 that is present in Amaranth fights the inflammation, thereby preventing acne from affecting the skin. Vitamin B 6 also helps to keep the skin moisturized and prevents the skin from cracking.
Free radicals that damage skin cells can also act as a trigger for acne. Amaranth is rich in vitamin C, and this vitamin C helps to prevent the free radicals from damaging skin cells, thereby preventing acne from affecting the skin.
Amaranth oil to treat acne
Amaranth oil extracted from the seeds is used to treat acne. Dab Amaranth oil directly on the area of the skin affected by acne.
Boil three teaspoons of amaranth seeds in three cups of water after it boils add few leaves of Amaranth. Strain and then cool the water. Apply it on the areas affected by acne and after about fifteen minutes wash your face with the Amaranth infused water.
The botanical name of lavender that is used to treat acne is Lavender officinalis. Lavender has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help to treat acne. It also helps to soothe itchiness of the acne affected skin and reduces the redness.
Lavender kills the acne causing bacteria and inhibits the multiplication of this bacteria. This herb has healing properties that help in regeneration of new skin cells and fading of scars on the skin.
Lavender oil to treat acne
Add three to four drops of lavender oil to a teaspoon or olive oil or almond oil in a small bowl. Use a cotton bud to gently dab the oil onto the areas of the skin affected by acne. Continuous treatment with lavender oil will help to cure acne and heal scarred tissues.
The botanical name of the Peppermint herb that used to treat acne is Mentha piperata. The Peppermint herb has antiseptic properties that help to control the multiplication of the bacteria that causes acne thereby preventing it from spreading to other parts of the skin.
The leaves of Peppermint have an organic compound called menthol. Menthol has a cooling effect that helps to soothe acne inflammation.
Vitamin A present in Peppermint helps to control oil production by the oil glands present in the skin.
Peppermint oil to treat acne
Take few drops of peppermint oil in a small bowl. Use a cotton bud to apply onto the area of the skin affected by acne.
Take a facial steam with a few drops of peppermint oil to prevent acne outbreaks.
Crush a few Peppermint leaves to make a paste and apply this on the areas affected by acne.
Use with caution
Treating acne with herbs over a period will help to control and cure acne. If the condition is severe, consult your physician. If you know that you are allergic to any of the above-mentioned herbs, do not use them.
If you are using an essential oil for the first time, apply a little on the inner area of your elbow or knee and leave on for twenty-four hours, and if you do not have any adverse reaction, then you can safely use the essential oil.
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