Acne vulgaris or acne is a common skin problem faced by a number of teenagers and young adults. It is caused by over activity of the sebaceous glands that clog the pores of the skin and result in a breakout of pimples. Acne can be a rather troublesome problem, if left untreated and can lead to various psychological issues such as low self esteem, stress, anxiety and inferiority complex.
Acne can be aggravated by hormonal fluctuations, infections, hereditary factors, intake of steroids and other medications and poor hygiene. There are various forms of acne vulgaris. These include whiteheads, blackheads, papules and cysts. The action of germs and bacteria can cause redness, inflammation and development of pus leaving behind ugly black scars.
Herbal remedies for acne vulgaris:
In order to combat acne, you need to follow a two-fold approach i.e. treat your condition both externally as well as internally. Some of the most common herbs recommended for warding off acne are:
Aloe Vera gel: Aloe Vera is a multipurpose herb that can be used to treat acne vulgaris. It is known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties and can be applied on the acne infected area in the form of gel.
Calendula: This herb is known to augment the process of healing of the skin tissue and can be used to treat acne. Take 1 cup Calendula flowers and add them to boiling water. Simmer for about 10 minutes and use the steam to help treat acne eruptions.
Haemafine syrup is a powerful blood purifier that attacks acne by working on it from within. It can be taken on a daily basis to treat acne and get a clear and glowing complexion.
Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree is a herb belonging to the clove family and is a powerful remedy for preventing and treating skin ailments. Tea tree has powerful anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties and is quite helpful in treating acne. Add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil to carrier oil and apply to the acne infected area.
Milk Thistle: This herb helps in the elimination of excessive hormones through bile production. Silymarin is a compound found in Milk Thistle that helps cleanse and tone the liver. This herb can be used for treating acne internally.