Acne

Acne Vulgaris, commonly known as pimples, is a group of inflamed skin bumps, blackheads or whiteheads caused by blocked hair follicles on the face.  Acne affects 85% of the population at some point, and is often triggered by increased hormones during puberty and menstruation.  Increased hormones cause the skin to produce more of a natural oily secretion known as sebum.  When dirt, dead skin cells, and sebum block hair follicles, it can cause an acne infection.

First Aid Treatment for Acne begins with a good facial cleansing routine

  • When cleaning facial skin, use a mild hypoallergenic cleanser and avoid squeezing pimples
  • When outdoors, use oil-free sunscreen for sunburn prevention
  • Women who wear makeup should also choose to wear oil-free cosmetics during acne outbreaks
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, and drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages.  When drinking milk, choose organic milk that is hormone-free.
  • Common over-the counter medications that include Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid can also be used for treatment and prevention of acne outbreaks.

Alternative homeopathic remedies for acne include tea tree oil, oatmeal, and aloe.

  • Tea tree oil can be added to any toner or cleanser, or a drop or two of the oil can be applied directly to the affected areas of your face.
  • A natural home acne scrub can be made by combining equal parts of oatmeal and water in a small bowl, and applying the mixture to facial skin.  Allow the mixture to dry and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
  • Aloe has anti-inflammatory properties that may help to reduce redness and irritation caused by pimples. Be sure to use 100 percent aloe gel when using this method to treat acne breakouts.

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