One of the most common skin problems that most girls face is that of acne and their pesky after marks. Before you think about going for expensive treatments or hiding under layers of makeup to get rid of acne, why not fight them using some natural herbs? Wondrous herbs not only treat various skin problems effectively, but also do not leave behind any ugly side-effects. If you are on the lookout for natural methods to cure your acne, here are some top herbs you should know about.
While using these herbal remedies, keep in mind, though all these herbal remedies are known to work wonders, you need to use them regularly. Just try out a few different herbal remedies to know which one suits your skin best and stick to it!
This herb is popular because it kills bacteria, which may be one of the reasons for your acne problems. It also helps to purify blood and keep the skin clean. Put some basil leaves in water and let it boil for at least 15 minutes. Strain and let it cool. Bottle this mix and refrigerate it. Apply the solution twice daily on your face with a cotton ball. You will see remarkable results within a short duration of time.
You can also take some fresh basil leaves, clean them properly, and crush them to take out their juice. Now, using a cotton ball, apply this juice on acne marks. Let it stay for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
A well-known and highly effective blood detoxifier and purifier, Neem is a proven remedy for acne. Just dry a few neem leaves and grind them to make a powder. Now, mix this powder with some rose water to make a paste. Apply this on your face, and rinse it off after a few minutes.
You can also make a paste of fresh neem leaves using water. And apply that on the affected parts. Keep it on for at least 20 minutes before washing it off with cold water. You can also buy some neem oil from the market, and use that on your face regularly to reveal a clearer skin.
Thanks to its antibacterial, analgesic and antiviral properties, lavender is great herb to fight acne. Mix lavender oil with rosewater and you get an excellent treatment. Apply it on the acne and use it regularly to also soothe the inflammation and red marks that come with the condition.
Always remember one thing, as lavender oil is very strong, you should never apply it directly on to your skin. Always mix it with something else like, rose water or grape seed oil. You can also mix a few drops of lavender oil in your regular moisturiser and use it every day.
Another amazing herb that can be used for acne treatment is the ‘good old’ dhaniya, also known as coriander or cilantro. It is an effective remedy to get rid of acne and blackheads. Just crush some fresh coriander leaves to extract their juice. After that, apply this on your face, particularly on the marks. Wash it off after a few minutes. For more goodness add a few drops of lime juice in it.
You can also boil some coriander seeds in water and strain the water. This solution can be used as an effective skin toner after it cools down. To keep your skin clean from inside, drink a herbal tea combining coriander, cumin and fennel seeds, regularly.
5. Aloe Vera
This herb has always been an important beauty ingredient for women. It helps control skin breakouts. Also, with regular usage, it prevents the further formation of acne and helps heal acne spots too.
You can use aloe juice or gel that you can find in the stores. You can also break open an aloe vera leaf, extract the pulp and apply it on your skin. After 15 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water.
6. Tea Tree Oil
Studies have shown that the antimicrobial effect of tea tree oil can help to prevent the growth of acne. It can also reduce any existing skin inflammations.
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Prepare a solution by mixing a few drops of tea tree oil in water. Now, soak a cotton ball in this solution and apply over your face. Keep it on for some time before wiping it off. You can keep reapplying this solution throughout the day.
7. Green Tea
Easy to find and use, Green tea is also known as “pimple tea” in many Asian cultures, as it is an effective herbal remedy to get rid of acne. Green tea helps deal with acne in two major ways. You can drink 3-4 cups of green tea every day to help detoxify the body.
You can apply it on your face as well. To apply on the blemishes, take a used green tea bag, allow it to cool down, and then dab it on the affected parts. The antioxidants in green tea help your body to get rid of free radicals that can cause damage to your skin.