Causes of Acne and Pimples
- Hormones: Hormonal changes during teenage stimulates sebaceous glands to secrete larger quantities of sebum thus making skin greasier. The problem arises when exit to the glands (hair follicle) becomes blocked. The sebum is backed up in the glands causing it to swell and plug at the exit. On contact with air it causes blackheads.
- Wrong feeding habits: Wrong feeding habits such as irregular hours of eating, improper food, excess of fatty foods and excess of sugar and starches.
- Constipation: Constipation is another major cause of acne. If the waste matter if not eliminated as quickly as required by the body that bloodstream becomes surcharged with toxic matter. The extra efforts of the skin to eliminate the excess waste results in acne.
- Unhygienic living habits
- Excess use of tea, coffee, alcohol and tobacco.
Home Remedies for Acne and Pimples
- Cleanliness: Cleanliness is essential for people suffering from mild to severe acne. Wash your shoulders, face, chest and back with mild soap. Avoid using drying soaps. Rinse well after a thorough wash.
- Stop Popping: Don’t pop acne or pimples. This can cause infection and scarring.
- Water based lotions: Use only water based lotions and cosmetics as they do not clog pores. Stop using cosmetics which aggravate acne.
- Stress: Controlling stress reduces acne flare-ups.
- Lemon: Lemon could be applied regularly to get rid of pimples.
- Orange peel: orange peel pounded well with water on a piece of stone should be applied regularly on affected areas for relief from acne and pimples.
- Potato: Raw potato juice is very valuable home remedy for acne. The cleansing is due to high content of potassium, sulphur, phosphorus and chlorine in the potatoes.
- Cucumber: Healing pack made out of grated cucumber, oatmeal cooked in milk and creamed carrot used externally have been found to be effective in acne.
- Aloe Vera: Extracted juice of Aloe Vera should be taken internally twice a day.