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Suffering from acne, eczema, warts or skin ulcers? Try colloidal silver!
‘Colloidal silver’ refers to tiny particles of silver, usually in the size range of 2-10 nanometres (often called nano-silver), suspended in a liquid or a colloidal base. Colloidal silver was commonly used as a medicament in Europe and the United Stated in the 20-40s of the last century. Once the antibiotics were invented and promoted as a panacea, the interest in colloidal silver has dropped significantly.
However, in the recent years, colloidal silver has managed to regain public interest. This was because some scientists, medical practitioners and patients claimed colloidal silver can combat such serious conditions, as: cancer, HIV or Lyme disease. At present, the scientific evidence on these matters is fragmented and numerous clinical studies shall be carried out until we can obtain a fuller picture.
This article focuses on the scientifically proven abilities of colloidal silver to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses and its application in treatment of common skin ailments, such as acne, eczema, warts, inflammations and others.
How colloidal silver can help with acne and other skin problems?
How colloidal silver can help to fight acne? It can destroy bacteria causing it.
Acne occurs when the sebaceous glands of the skin produce excessive amount of oil, as result of increased androgens activity in both males and females. This process is accompanied by an increase in the flaking of the skin lining the hair follicles. As a result, the skin pores get blocked by the peeling skin and sebum.
The bacteria responsible for causing acne, Propionibacterum acne (P. acnes) normally live on the skin surface. They grows on the mixture of oil and cells in the hair follicles. The bacteria produce chemicals that stimulate inflammations resulting in various forms of acne lesions: pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, etc. Often, other bacteria invade acne lesions causing secondary infections that can be even more serious.
Colloidal silver destroys P. acnes, as well as numerous other pathogens living on the skin surface. It also removes the excess of sebum that blocks the pores and enabling P. acne to grow.
Colloidal silver is also effective in other common skin ailments. The mechanism is simple but effective: it kills the pathogens that cause or aggravate the condition and deeply cleanses the skin stopping the infections from re-occurring. According to Dr. James F. Balch, colloidal silver has been proven to kill 650 species of pathogens, including bacteria, fungi and even viruses.
Below, you can see a test carried out to illustrate colloidal silver’s antibacterial properties.
Colloidal silver test
Is colloidal silver safe?
Yes it is. Colloidal silver is even applied to open wounds and on skin burns to prevent bacterial, fungal and viral infections. The silver nano-particles kill the germs, while leaving the surrounding tissues unharmed. This is why there is no unpleasant stinging sensation when colloidal silver solution is applied on the sore.
Colloidal silver is used for skin treatment in the mainstream medicine. For example, in the United Kingdom, silver-based dressing are recommended and widely used by the National Health Service in the treatment of infections in burns, chronic wounds, such as leg ulcers, and surgical wounds. The treatment is safe and well-documented in a scientific literature.
However, there are few exceptions:
- Do not apply colloidal silver on skin if you are allergic to silver
- If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or suffering from any chronic illness, consult the treatment with your doctor.
Colloidal silver skincare products – what is available?
The simplest product is colloidal silver water, which is a mixture of aqua and colloidal silver nano-particles. Such a mixture can be used as any other skin tonic – just place a couple of drops of the solution on a cosmetic pad and wipe the skin avoiding the area of eyes.
The best results are achieved when the solution is applied twice a day: in the morning and at the end of the day. Colloidal silver tonic effectively cleanses the skin surface from bacteria, fungi and other impurities. It also removes the excess of sebum, leaving skin looking matte. Remember not to expose your skin directly to the sun after applying colloidal silver on.
Those suffering from acne are advised to apply colloidal silver solution even four times a day – first rinse the face and after each rinse apply solution onto the most affected areas. A skin massage with a piece of cotton or tissue is also recommended. The described treatment can be applied as a precautionary measure, preventing an acne breakout.
Many people find it practical to carry a small (50 or 100 ml) bottle of colloidal silver solution with them to school, uni, or work, so that they can carry on with the routine throughout a day.
If suffering from skin rash or eczema, you may apply a few drops of colloidal silver water on the affected skin area a couple of times during a day. You can also bandage the area with the dressing moist with the solution. Change the bandage on a daily basis of more often. The same treatment can be applied on warts or ringworms, to make them disappear. Once you stick to your routine, you should see the effects very quickly.
Bottle containing colloidal silver solution should be kept in a shaded place
Colloidal silver water is sold in bottles of various sizes (quantities) and colloidal silver concentration, usually from 10PPM (particles per million) to even 50 PPM (the higher PPM value, the higher concentration of colloidal silver nano-particles). Always buy your colloidal silver from a trusted source. Also remember to keep the bottle in a shaded place.
Cosmetics containing colloidal silver are also available in a form of ointments, serums, sprays, creams or gels, soaps and also – in combination with natural clays, as masks. Some of the colloidal silver-based acne treatments have been even patented, as they are believed to be so effective and unique!
Colloidal silver soap - silver particles are suspended in natural glycerine
Although an extremely effective bacteria and fungi-killer, colloidal silver, should not be treated as a miraculous solution for all skin problems. The battle against acne, dermatitis, psoriasis or other skin ailments should be supported by a well-balanced diet (avoiding fats and sugar is extremely important) and healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise that improve blood circulation in the skin and enhancing the immune system.