At some point in our lives, we all have tried to find ways on how to get rid of acne and pimples. Listed below are some natural and non-natural acne treatments that are used by people across the world and are proven to be effective.
Witch Hazel Astringent
This powerful astringent comes from the plant Witch Hazel which is a common inhabitant of Canada, Texas, and Florida. To get the potent astringent from this plant, all that you have to do is boil the twigs in a cup of water and voila! The extracts you get from it serve as your all-natural astringent. Cool it before you can use it. It is as powerful as any of your commercially available astringents in the market. The best part is that it is 100% Natural and hence no side effects.
Commercially Produced Astringents
If you cannot get your hands on Witch Hazel astringent, you can always pick any of the astringents available over the counter at your chemist shop. There are lots of brands to choose from with added ingredients that promote healthy skin. The only disadvantage of these is they can be little harsh to the skin because of the chemicals added to create this formula. Use them with extra care as they can leave the skin dry.
The most potent enemies of acne are hiding right there in your kitchen. Explore your kitchen for veggies and fruits like oranges, lemons, raw garlic and raw potatoes.
- Squeeze a fresh lemon. Apply the juice directly on affected areas using medicated cotton, leave it to dry and wash it after 15 minutes.
- Crush Fresh garlic cloves in a mortar and apply the mix directly on your face, wash it off after 10 minutes.
- Cut a raw potato and rub the slice directly on your face.
The Powerful extracts from these fruits and veggies can help lessen the redness at the same time can cleanse the skin deeply.
For severe cases of acne, antibiotics are often prescribed by doctors. These medications are orally consumed to kill the bacteria present inside and around skin follicles. They also decrease the sebum produced by bacteria inside the pimples. Lastly, antibiotics are also helpful in decreasing the inflammation.
Tetracycline is the most commonly prescribed antibiotic for acne treatment. Mostly, you will need to take this antibiotic empty stomach. Also, this should never be used by pregnant women and children under 9. Usually, the starting dose is initially 500 mg twice daily and is to be taken continuously until prescribed, or until considerable effects are visible.
Erythromycin comes close second and can easily be prescribed to everyone including pregnant women. However, its side effects can cause nausea and even upset the stomach. Erythromycin has both anti-inflammatory and bacteria-killing properties making it a better alternative as compared to tetracycline which only kills the bacteria. Erythromycin should be taken after meals and never on an empty stomach. You can discuss other possible antibiotics with your dermatologist based on the severity of your acne.
Externally applied creams are also proven highly effective in treating severe acne cases; however, it may result to drying and flaking. Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most effective topical acne treatments. You can consult your dermatologist for other tropical applications available.