Our skin reflects all aspects of health and lifestyle, however occasional outbreaks of skin ailments like acne are unavoidable. This article describes the causes of acne and how natural foods can help eliminate such ailments, giving us a healthy, natural, even-toned glowing skin.
Causes of Acne
Acne occurs when the sebaceous glands inside our skin become inflamed. Acne is usually characterized by zits, white and blackheads on the skin surface and also red pimples.
Unfortunately, people often go for the commercially available scrubs that are not only harsh but also expensive. This not only is disastrous to your skin biochemistry and pH balance, but also you are drained financially with no visible results. Moreover, cosmetics industries are businesses out to make a profit and will not consider a product with a favorable working rate.
You should not be a victim of corporate injustice. Moreover, some of these cosmetics have cancer-causing components in their ingredients, so you need to research all products thoroughly.
What if I told you there is a way to treat your skin and clear acne by natural foods? Read on and find out…
Natural foods to get rid of acne
Most treatments to reduce acne and aid healthy and glowing skin include natural remedies and can be homemade, so there’s no need to spend a fortune on expensive cosmetics.
1. Tea Tree Oil
Internet searches on skin problems and various home remedies for skin problems never fail to mention tea tree. Tea tree oil is most certainly the Holy Grail in skin problem treatments. Tea tree oil balances your skin pH, slightly making it acidic, which is ideal for a smooth, acne-free skin. Moreover, this oil contains antimicrobial properties that prevent further infections in the treated area.
Dilute the tea tree oil accordingly in your bathing water and wash the affected area. Do this daily. A point to note is that tea tree oil is harsh and should be diluted. Please read the label for guidance.
This tear inducing vegetable also aids in the removal of acne from the skin. Well, that’s a reason not to complain. Here is how onion help:
- It’s an analgesic/painkiller
- It is rich in compounds that are anti-inflammatory.
There are many ways onion can be prepared for acne treatment, for example:
- You can chop the onion, add some salt to draw out the onion ‘juice’ and apply this on the affected area.
- Blend the onion to a paste and apply on the affected area.
3. Cayenne Pepper
This food increases the pH level of the skin. Moreover, it contains anti-bacterial properties.
Mix the cayenne pepper in hot water and steam your face over it. However, be careful not to get pepper into your eyes! Rinse off afterwards with cool water, and repeat daily until the acne has cleared up.
Caution! Do not use if you have sensitive skin.
4. Zinc rich foods like soybeans and sunflower seeds
Eating foods rich in the trace element Zinc like soybeans, whole grain products, and sunflower seeds will help in the treatment of acne and other related skin conditions.
Water functions as a detoxifier, flushing out toxins that cause acne. There are some benefits to drinking those eight glasses of water after all. This is a great natural way to keep acne at bay. Moreover, water not only rejuvenates your skin but also hydrates it as well keeping it healthy and glowing.
6. Green Tea
Green tea is packed full of polyphenols, a phytochemical which facilitate the removal of radicals that have the potential to destroy cells, and in extreme circumstances causing cancer. Substantially, due to its short fermentation during tea processing, green tea also has a high level of phytonutrients, which may help prevent disease.
Green tea detoxifies your body and restores your skin tone, reducing the presence of acne. Studies have found that 3 to 6 cups a day is enough to start seeing results.
7. Whole grains
Whole grain cereals are packed with fiber, beneficial phytochemicals like anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential macronutrients. They are best for skin care and beautiful face as they can stop acne-causing inflammation.
Moreover, they contain the trace element selenium, which is a natural remedy to cure acne. Switch from fine carbs to whole grain flour such as quinoa, brown rice, oats, barley, and millets for beautiful skin and healthy body.
Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which is responsible for healthy skin and regulation of cell division in the outer skin layers. This prevents acne from forming.
Greek yogurt, or popularly known as plain yogurt, has been getting a lot of attention as a healthier alternative to flavored yogurt. This is because it contains no additives and artificial sweeteners. Those suffering from acne have low stomach acid levels. Greek yogurt provides essential probiotics, which in turn prevent acne formation.
Nuts contain plenty of natural essential fatty acids. Fatty acids are beneficial for your body. They reduce inflammation and have several skin benefits as they are a rich source of vitamin E, which is responsible for skin rejuvenation and protection from minor irritations.
River salmon contains saturated Omega-3 fats which have numerous benefits ranging from improved mental functioning to weight loss to skin maintenance. Omega-3 opens up clogged pores and reduce inflammation.
Cucumbers are most notable for having large amounts of water in them, and water is good for the skin as mentioned earlier. Moreover, it contains vitamin C and fiber which aid in removing acne, skin puffiness and reduces inflammation.
Strawberries are a natural source of alicylic acid (a powerful acne fighting agent), which improves skin tone and helps conditioning.
In addition to these home remedies, maintaining good hygiene is critical, eat a healthy balanced diet to boost your immunity, and wash your bedding separately.
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