Although we all like to think of ourselves as confident in our inner beauty, there’s nothing that can knock you down like skin problems. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a sudden breakout, an accidental sunburn, or an existing condition, problem skin makes even the most confident women want to hide until the problem goes away. Treating the problems with medication and special creams can get expensive, but you shouldn’t have to blow your savings to get clear skin. Here are some natural home remedies that can treat your skin and keep your conditions manageable. You can also help your skin by adopting some basic healthy habits.
Generally, acne, pimples and skin problems are associated with the hormonal changes which occur during puberty, but young adults, menopausal women, and people who work in unhealthy environments are also prone to breakouts. You can reduce them by adopting a healthy lifestyle – drinking lots of water, eating food rich in fiber, omega-3, and vitamins A and B complex, and consuming probiotics to prevent yeast from developing. However, changes in your lifestyle will reduce the problem gradually, so you could also use naturally remedies to speed things up without damaging your skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar remedy
Apple cider vinegar kills off the bacteria that may be causing your acne by becoming alkaline, and balancing the pH of your skin. This makes it harder for bacteria to thrive. It also dries up excess oil. After washing and drying your face, apply a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water to your face using a Q-tip. Leave on for at least 10 minutes, or overnight, then wash it off. Make sure to use a moisturizer afterwards as well if you feel like your skin is getting dry.
Be careful not to apply too much vinegar at once; this could cause the sebaceous glands overproduce to compensate, therefore triggering an outbreak.
Baking soda remedy
This treatment can help speed up the healing, clearing, and reduction of acne and its scars. Baking soda can operate as either an acid or a base. In this way, it can help to neutralize any pH imbalances on the skin, which are a common cause of acne. Baking soda helps to dry the skin, removing the excess oil which leads to blackheads and breakouts.
Simply mix some baking soda with some water in a bowl to a thick paste. Apply this paste all over your face as a facial mask for 20 minutes, then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Living with psoriasis can vary from person to person. Some regard it as a minor irritation, but those who are severely affected can find it fairly unbearable. Unfortunately, there is no cure, but there are ways you can soothe the worst of the itchiness on your skin.
You might normally avoid baths because hot water is an irritant for your skin. However, a lukewarm bath with Epsom salt, mineral oil, milk, or olive oil can soothe the itching and infiltrate scales and plaques. Moisturize immediately after your bath for double benefits. A heavy moisturizer or petroleum jelly locks water into your skin to help it heal and reduce the redness.
Herbs are commonly used to treat many conditions. Turmeric has been found to help minimize psoriasis flare-ups due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It can be taken in pill or supplement form or sprinkled on your food; it’s usually found in even the mildest of curries.
Symptoms of psoriasis can also be alleviated with a healthy lifestyle. Avoid tobacco and alcohol, eat cold water fish, seeds, nuts, and omega-3 fatty acids to reduce the inflammation of your skin, and consume vitamin supplements that contain fish oil, vitamin D, milk thistle, and aloe vera. If none of these remedies are helping, visit West Dermatology for options.
Stretch marks are caused when the skin rapidly stretches as a result of sudden growth or weight gain. The stretching causes the middle layer of skin to tear, allowing the deeper skin layers to show through, forming stretch marks. Whether they’re a result of weight loss or pregnancy, stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed of. However, if you’d prefer not to have them at all, there are several ways to reduce their appearance.
The easiest treatment for stretch marks only requires a freshly sliced potato. Simply rub the potato gently on the affected area for few minutes. Allow the juice to dry for some time and later clean it with lukewarm water. The presence of antioxidants in potatoes helps remove stretch marks, and the starch has moisturizing properties that soothes the skin.
Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid; an alpha hydroxic acid that stimulates the skin and helps generate younger and fresher looking skin. The small particles in sugar are used in a number of body scrubs to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells.
To make the scrub, you’ll need to add almond oil and a few drops of lemon juice to raw sugar to make a paste. Gently rub the mixture on the affected area for at least 10 minutes, before hopping into the shower. Repeat this treatment monthly until you see an improvement.
Although most of us learn to live with them, ingrown hairs are uncomfortable, itchy, and they cause ugly red bumps on your otherwise smooth legs. You don’t have to accept this is the price to pay for a close shave; eliminate ingrown hairs with these simple remedies.
Sometimes, dead skin can clog up a hair follicle, which forces the hair inside it to grow sideways under the skin, rather than upward and outward. Exfoliating with salt can clear away the dead skin. Make a mixture of one-cup water and 1 ½ teaspoons salt. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply it over the ingrown hair. Follow this procedure daily, but avoid using it if you face any skin complications.