Herbs to Look for in a Natural Acne Cream
Selecting an all natural acne cream is easy as long as you know what to look for in an all natural acne cream.
“All natural” creams draw upon nature’s resources and incorporate their goodness into the cream. This makes the cream safe and effective naturally.
1. Aloe vera
The antibacterial properties of aloe vera help to kill acne-causing bacteria and prevent the bacteria from further infecting and aggravating the already existing acne condition.
The astringent property of aloe vera helps to remove dirt and excess of oil secretions from the skin thereby preventing a breakout. This herb helps to subside itching and soothes the skin due to the presence of magnesium lactate.
Aloe vera slowly erases scars by promoting the growth of new skin cells. The cells of Aloe vera contain salicylic acid that helps to unclog pores and restores the pH balance of the skin. Unclogging of pores prevents the formation of blackheads and whiteheads.
Aloe vera has antioxidants that fight against free radicals and prevent cellular damage to the skin cells.
Turmeric is a herbaceous plant belonging to the ginger family Zingiberaceae. This plant is well-known for its antiseptic properties that deep cleanses the pores and eliminates harmful bacteria. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help to cure acne, heal and soothe the skin.
Turmeric is a strong antioxidant that helps to fight damage caused by free radicals and helps to fight acne-causing bacteria.
Turmeric powder is obtained from the underground stem of the turmeric plant. Applying turmeric on the areas affected by acne helps to treat this condition.
3. Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel is a herb that helps to clear acne. The barks, twigs, and leaves of witch hazel are rich in tannins. This gives the witch hazel plant astringent like properties.
Astringents kill bacteria, tightens skin, reduces the size of pores and removes excess oil – all these properties help greatly to clear acne.
The Chamomile herb has a number of wonderful properties that help to clear acne.
Chamomile cleanses the skin, kills bacterial infections, heals scars and reduces the intensity of red patches. It also dries up any pus in the pores of the skin due to acne.
5. Tea Tree
Then Tea Tree plant helps to kill the acne causing bacteria Propionibacterium acnes. It prevents the onset of acne by dissolving the excess oil secreted by the oil glands present in the skin and by preventing the clogging of pores.
Tea tree oil has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties that help to effectively kill any infection and prevent further breakouts.
Lavender oil has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. The antibacterial property helps to kill bacteria that causes acne and the antioxidant property of lavender oil protects the skin from free radicals that can damage the skin.
Lavender oil soothes the skin and helps to heal scars caused by acne.
Look for herbs that help to treat acne when selecting an all natural acne cream.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Nithya Venkat