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Acne is a common skin infection that affects an estimated 85% of people (mostly ladies) at some point in their lives. The WordWeb dictionary defines Acne as ‘An inflammatory disease involving the sebaceous glands of the skin; characterized by papules or pustules or comedones’
While Pimple on the other hand is said to be a small inflamed elevation of the skin; a pustule or papule; which its common symptom in acne.
Pimples are believed to be one of the most frustrating skin disease that most young people encounter at a certain point of their lives… you will agree with me that ladies are the most frustrated victims of the said disease; as it not only mess up their facial beauty but also make them go to any lent just to get a cure or possible solution.
Staying beautiful is the dream of every lady out there, especially with the rate at which the social media is evolving and taking over our everyday life. Everything lady wants to look beautiful and presentable in front of a selfie camera just to update her social media profile. The sad news here is that, many ladies whose faces are filled with pimples don’t usually feel beautiful enough in from of the cameras. But also the good news here is, today I am going to try my best to give you some Natural Ways to Get Rid of Pimples as Quick as Possible.
While conventional treatments can be effective at getting rid of pimples, they are often associated with hostile effects, such as skin irritation and dryness.
Because of this, a lot of people have turned to natural alternatives. There are a lot of natural acne remedies out there, but only a handful are precisely proven to help in this case.
Below are some few natural remedies that have been proven to get rid of pimples quickly.
- Tea Tree: A shrub or small tree native to New Zealand and southeast Australia having aromatic leaves. You may probably be wondering why the choice of tea tree, tea tree has leaves that produces certain oil that is key to getting rid of pimples.
Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of the tree Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to Australia. It is well-known for its ability to fight bacteria and reduce skin inflammation. Specifically, tea tree oil helps fight P. acnes and S. epidermidis, two types of bacteria that can cause pimples.
One study revealed that 5% tea tree oil gel was almost four times more effective at reducing acne wounds and almost six times more effective at reducing acne severity than a placebo. While in another study, a gel containing 5% tea tree oil was proven equally effective at reducing pimples as a lotion containing 5% benzoyl peroxide, a common acne medication.
The tea tree oil treatment also resulted in fewer hostile effects than benzoyl peroxide. These include dryness, irritation and burning. It’s important to note that tea tree oil is very powerful and can cause redness and irritation when applied directly to the skin. For this reason, it should be diluted with water or a carrier oil.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Acne
- Combine one part tea tree oil with nine parts water.
- Dip a cotton swab into the mixture and apply it directly to the pimples.
- Apply moisturizer, if possible.
- Repeat this process one to two times per day, as needed until it is complete cleared.
- Applying Green Tea to the Skin
A lot of people drink green tea for its health benefits, but it will interest you to know that can also be helpful when applied directly to the skin. Green Tea contains flavonoids and tannins, which are known to help fight inflammation and bacteria that may cause pimples. It is also high in the antioxidant epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which has also proven to fight inflammation, reduce sebum production and inhibit the growth of P. acnes in people with acne-prone skin.
Multiple studies have shown that people with acne experience significantly less sebum production and pimples when they apply a 2–3% green tea extract to their skin. There are a handful of skincare products available in the market that contain green tea, but it is very simple and cost-effective to make your own mixture at comfort of your home.
How to Use Green Tea for Acne
- Steep green tea in boiling water for about 3–4 minutes.
- Allow the tea to cool.
- Apply it to your face with a cotton ball or spritz it on using a spray bottle.
- Leave it on for 10 minutes or overnight preferably, and then rinse your face with water the next morning.
- Apply 1–2 times per day, as needed. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a tropical plant with leaves that produce a clear gel. When applied to the skin, aloe vera gel has been shown to help fight bacteria, reduce inflammation and promote wound healing. Because of this, it is a popular treatment for a variety of skin conditions including psoriasis, rashes, cuts and burns.
Although there are limited studies on the ability of aloe vera to fight pimples specifically, but existing research shows it to be promising to an appreciable level. Aloe vera contains lupeol, salicylic acid, urea nitrogen, Cinna monic acid, phenols and sulfur, all of which inhibit bacteria that might cause pimples. A study, varying concentrations of aloe vera gel were added to clove-basil oil lotion and evaluated for anti-acne properties. The higher the concentration of aloe vera in the lotion, the more effective it was at reducing pimples. Another study found that using 50% aloe vera gel with tretinoin cream was significantly more effective at clearing up pimples than tretinoin cream alone. Tretinoin cream is an acne medication derived from vitamin A.
Although aloe vera gel on its own was not effective at treating pimples, it enhanced the anti-acne effects of clove-basil oil and tretinoin cream. Whereas there is a possibility that aloe vera gel could help clear up pimples on its own, it may be more effective when combined with other remedies or medications.
How to Use Aloe Vera Gel for Acne
- Scrape the gel out of the aloe leaves with a spoon.
- Apply gel to the skin at the same time as other acne treatments. You may want to try mixing it with your other treatment, and then apply this to your skin. Or, you can apply the other acne treatment first, with the aloe gel over top.
- Also repeat 1–2 times per day just as the two options above, or as desired.
NB: You can also purchase bottled aloe vera gel, but make sure it is pure aloe and does not contain added ingredients.
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