Natural remedies to keep your skin clear & healthy

A blemished skin is reflective of a physical imbalance which may reside deep in the body circulation or a superficially on the skin or an external causative factor.

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Your doctor can prescribe drug therapies based on antibiotics and a synthetic Vitamin A derivative to treat your blemishes. But antibiotics weakens the immune system by developing resistance and disturb the beneficial intestinal flora, Vitamin A derivatives may bring with it a plethora of side effects. And hence the natural methods for correcting blemishes are not only preferred but they are healthy as well.

Natural method of treating blemishes will include appropriate skin care, using skin care products, diet, healthy life style habits and some home remedies which can be successful when employed for long terms. If you are looking for a natural, healthy skin and a long term solution to blemishes, please read further.

What is a blemished skin?
Generally the teenage years are marked by blemishes but it is not uncommon to find blemishes bothering the adult skin as well. Chronic pustules, blackheads, whiteheads, and scarring are all characteristics of a blemished skin. There may be numerous reasons for blemishes to raise their ugly heads on your skin;

  • An increase in hormone production stimulates the oil glands to produce excessive amounts of oil which may then combine with dead skin and clog the pores. With time, the pressure build and there is leakage in the surrounding tissues, bacteria flourishes in the clogged pore and the surrounding inflamed tissue results in a blemish. This is mostly common in teenage skin.
  • In adult skin, the blemishes are caused by a disorder in the general health, diet, stress, air pollution, reaction to cosmetics.
  • Illnesses, accumulation of toxins, problems with intestinal flora, food allergies or heredity are also sometime known to characterize blemishes in an adult skin.

Basic skin care of a blemished skin
The first and foremost step to achieve a healthy skin clear of blemishes is to cleanse and detoxify the skin. Compression is a step involving pre-cleansing the skin to soften the skin and loosen the soil and harmful waste to enhance the cleansing process. Cool water compresses are used on blemished skin (cool to tepid water) to refresh, tone, hydrate and suppress the inflammation of the skin. While compressing one should be careful not to use extreme water temperature as it can harm the tiny capillaries and suppress the glandular functions in the skin.

Daily cleansing of the skin is extremely important to remove dirt, soil, waste products and make up. Proper cleaning is the key to prevent blemishes of the skin. Don’t use soap on face. Try to use oil free cleansing gel on younger skin suffering with blemishes while oil free cleansing gel or well formulated cleansing milk should be used to clean the older skin with blemishes.

Using a toner after cleansing he skin acts as the second phase of cleansing as it clears off any residue left on the skin without making it dry; toners are also efficient in conditioning the skin. Look for toners which are natural, and contain herbal extracts along with aromatherapy hydrosols.

Remember moisturizing may be the last step in daily skin cleansing regime, but it is the most important step. Moisturization provides hydration which is beneficial for all skin types. Moisturizer is useful two fold; it provides a barrier layer preventing the loss of moisture and protects the skin from outside environment and secondly it has humectants which retain moisture next to the skin to prevent drying of the skin and signs of ageing.

Lifestyle factors to prevent blemishes
There are many life style interventions which if carried out can prevent a number of skin problems. The common interventions are giving up smoking, regular exercise, adequate rest, reduced alcohol intake, the use of best and standard cosmetics, breathing well, drinking lots of water to stay hydrated, eating the healthy and good food, managing stress efficiently.

Some home remedies for preventing and treating blemishes
There is an enormous collection of safe, healthy, effective and completely natural ways to achieve a beautiful complexion and flawless skin. Some of these therapies and remedies are extremely powerful for generating hydrated, refreshed and rejuvenated skin and are highly recommended to form an integral part of your skin care regime.

Steam your face. Facial steaming hydrates the skin, softens the fine lines and wrinkles temporarily, enhances circulation, increases the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the skin and activates cellular rejuvenation of the skin. It also cleans the pores, eliminates toxins and softens the dead cells on the skin surface along with oil, make up and residual waste. Steaming should be done on a clean face. Blemished skin should be steamed once or twice a week for about 8 to 10 minutes and the steam used should be warm and gentle. Clean the face with your cleanser and pat dry to see a softened, cleaner and refreshed face emerging.

Research today prefers green papaya and alpha hydroxy exfoliating scrubs more than the granular ones. They are effective in improving the appearance of the skin and are uniformly used for almost all skin types. The green papaya is known to digest dead protein (dead skin cells) with an enzyme known as papain and softens and smoothens the skin. derived from a number of natural sources such as apples (malic acid), lemons, limes and oranges (citric acid), sugar cane(glycolic acid), wine grapes (tartaric acid) and sour milk(lactic acid) regular exfoliation reveals smoother, softer skin with fewer wrinkles and fine lines and improved blemish conditions especially alpha hydroxy acids.

Facial masks are used on all skin types and have been found to be efficient. They can moisturize the skin, cleanse, tighten, soothe, stimulate, exfoliate or nourish the skin. Lemongrass oil can be used as an astringent to keep acne at bay and clear off the blemish on the skin. Calendula oil can also be applied directly to blemishes in diluted form. Tea tree oil is beneficial in curbing the source of blemishes. Organic raspberry seed oil can be applied on the blemish to clear it off.
Some home remedies to clear off blemishes

  • Nutmeg paste made with raw milk can be applied on the black and dark spots and even on pimples and acne marks and wash it off after 15 minutes. This can be used daily.
  • Holy basil (tulsi) juice and lemon juice can be mixed and applied directly on the marks left by pimples, dark patches, marks and black spots and washed after 15 minutes. This can also be followed daily.
  • Dried and powdered leaves of holy basil are mixed in butter to make a paste and then applied on affected area.
  • Neem juice is applied on the affected area directly to clear the acne marks and blemishes.
  • Orange peel powder and lemon peel powder are mixed and applied on scars and mark and then washed off with lukewarm water after 15 minutes.
  • Pulp of a ripe papaya is applied to face for a few minutes and then washed with water, then coconut oil or sesame oil is applied on the blemishes for next 7 to 10 days to clear off spots, marks, pimples, and darkness of the skin.
  • Rub some lemon juice on the affected area and leave it overnight, wash off the skin with warm water in the morning.
  • Applying a thin layer of honey also helps in removing the marks.
  • Mash apples and mix honey to make a paste. Apply this paste on face and leave for 20 minutes after which it is washed off.
  • A paste of equal quantities of lemon juice, honey and rosewater is made and applied on your face for home treatment of blemishes.

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