Fight Acne by Going Natural
IANS, New Delhi | Updated: May 20, 2013 12:01 IST
Go green to eliminate red spots from your face. Natural packs made of fruits, herbs can help in getting rid of acne.
Chandrika Mahendra, senior research scientist, R&D, The Himalaya Drug Company, shares few home remedies for treating acne.
Vera-turmeric pack: Aloe vera is rich in enzymes, polysaccharides and
nutrients that exhibit antibacterial and antifungal action. Aloe Vera
acts as a natural barrier against toxins, and nourishes and softens the
skin and maintains its natural moisture balance.
Turmeric is an
excellent exfoliating agent. The herb has strong anti-inflammatory
properties, which soothe your skin gently. It helps minimise scars and
inflammation and even enhances your skin tone and complexion.
can mix a table spoon of turmeric, honey, milk and a few drops of
rosewater. To this mixture, add aloe vera gel. Apply the paste on the
acne affected area and leave it for about 15 minutes. Gently wash your
face with plain water.
Citrus fruits pack: Owing to the
astringent properties in citrus fruits like lemon, orange and
tangerines, they tone the skin, eliminate bacteria and whiten skin.
can gently apply the fruit pulp or the juice on your face or just rub
the rinds and leave it on for around 15 minutes. You can also mix a few
drops of lemon juice with Fuller's earth and water. Fuller's earth
naturally prevents the growth of acne. Apply the mixture till it dries
and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
While these natural ingredients are harmless as they don't have chemicals, Mahendra advises use them on the basis of skin type.
It is a good ingredient for dry skin as it contains fat. Applying milk
on oily skin is not recommended as it intensely moisturises the skin and
can make the skin more oily.
Citrus fruits: If used on dry skin,
can remove moisture, drying it out further. Hence it is prescribed for
oily skin to help control oil secretion. People with normal skin can
apply lime juice in its diluted form.
Honey: It acts as a great moisturizer and is suitable for all skin types.