Nov 12

Treat Acne Naturally Using Tea Tree Oil

Many people who suffer from acne are put off by all of the harsh chemicals used to treat acne. They can smell strange, and cause irritation to skin, and for all that they also tend to be expensive. If you’re looking for a more natural, less harsh treatment for acne that won’t empty your wallet, you should consider tea tree oil.

What is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is found in Narrow-leaved Tea-trees. It smells like camphor, and is clear. People in Australia, the native location of the tree, had been using it for medicinal purposes for years before it became commercially popular. Tea tree oil has been used successfully to fight viruses, infections, and bacteria.

How Tea Tree Oil fight acne?

The reason it is such a popular medication for acne treatment is that it has antimicrobial properties, and appears to kill the bacteria on skin that contribute to acne. Acne occurs when a pore becomes clogged with dead skin cells or oil produced by the skin. Once this occurs, bacteria becomes trapped inside the clogged pore. This causes swelling, and more swelling and redness occurs when white blood cells attack the bacteria trapped in the pore. By attacking these bacteria, tea tree oil can reduce occurrences of acne breakouts.

Tea tree oil also acts as a toner, especially on oily skin. Tea tree oil reduces the current amount of oil on the surface of the skin, which can help cut down on the amount of pores clogged by oil, thus preventing acne from even forming.

How do I use Tea Tree Oil?

You should never use pure tea tree oil on the skin, it should be diluted to about a five to ten percent concentration. You can mix this yourself by combining 9 parts water to one part tea tree oil. You can use aloe vera, rather than water to dilute the tea tree oil, if you have sensitive skin. Start out with a lower concentration until you can be sure that your skin will not dry out, and increase the concentration over time. People with dry, or sensitive skin, may want to start out by using it once a day, and then after skin adjusts, using it in the morning and evening. Tea tree oil if used to often, or in a mixture that is too strong, can cause irritation, redness, and drying of the skin. To combat these issues if they develop, an oil free moisturizer is recommended. Tea tree oil also can work as a spot treatment, using a slightly stronger concentration of tea tree oil, apply to problem areas using a q-tip.

Will Tea Tree Oil Work for Me?

More than likely, yes. While tea tree oil has not had as many studies done as other acne medications, all of the tests that have been done show that tea tree oil works comparably to benzoyl peroxide. The advantages of using tea tree oil is that it is less expensive than most acne treatments, it is less harsh, and it is completely natural.

Nov 11

Cucumbers: Do they really work?

With so many acne products on the market, it is very hard to choose the one that will work for your skin type. Many acne products do not work and some cause acne to flare-up even more. Not only is it hard to keep trying the many different acne products out there, they are also extremely expensive. I have suffered from acne since middle school; it went from mild to severe after I turned 13. But since then, I have used every product that you can think of and they either made my acne worse or gave me horrible dry skin, but still I tried. If you have or currently suffer from acne, then you have probably tried everything. I am that person who has tried everything both prescribed and over the counter. I have tried everything from Nature’s Cure, Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Proactiv, Skin ID, Murad, Olay, and finally Clearasil. There comes a time when people actually reach their breaking point and try other natural ingredients for their skin, and depending on how often they are used, they actually work. They most certainly worked for me. Cucumbers and Zeno actually saved my life! Not only are cucumbers healthy and can be used for other things, but they are very inexpensive only about .79 cents.

Cucumbers are a natural way to cool the skin down. I even drink cucumber water to start the cleansing from the inside out. Cucumbers can even be put on the eyes to help with swelling and dark circles, so imagine what it will do to your pimples. Cucumbers hold very healthy substances in them that help skin heal and become healthy; these include water, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and amino acids. The vitamins are extremely potent antioxidants and will reduce the effects of free radicals on the skin. The Vitamin E in the cucumber helps with skin restoration (clearing up any acne scars). Cucumbers are also known to have a tightening effect on the skin. It removes impurities and dead skin cells from the skin’s pores and makes them appear smaller.

Cucumbers are good to eat; however, they also hold some healing properties, especially when it comes to acne. I use cucumbers for my skin every chance I get and it always leaves my skin feeling smooth and clean.

Functions

To help heal acne from deep within the pores
Promotes clear skin
Clears skin of scars
Cleanses, tones, and hydrate the skin

Natural?

Very natural
No harsh chemicals whatsoever
No pills needed

Time frame

You’ll be surprised at how quickly it works
1 week for me (when used every day)
When using a slice of cucumber, rub whole face with the slice and leave on for about 20 minutes. I usually do this at night before going to bed, but I allow the water from the cucumber to dry on my skin and then I put a moisturizer on over it. But if the skin becomes too tight, then rinse off with warm water. You can also make cucumber water and have a glass before bed, to help cleanse from the inside out.

Ingredients

Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Amino Acids

Who can use cucumbers?

Anyone with problem skin can use cucumbers. They can be made into masks or moisturizers.

Side effects

I did not experience any side effects from using cucumbers for my acne. There was only as small issue, which was tightness in my face.

Cost

About .79 cents
Can be bought from health food stores or other supermarkets

Like I stated above, everyone’s skin is different and different acne products will affect each person differently. I personally have had a wonderful experience with using cucumbers for my acne. They work wonders on my skin and use them every day along with my Zeno. Not only are cucumbers healthy to eat, but they are great for the skin. They work on all skin types. I know this because I have friends with different skin types from my own and cucumbers work for them. Give cucumbers a try, you have nothing to lose but your acne.

Oct 18

Fighting Acne From the Inside Out with Vitamins and Minerals

Your skin tends to reflect the state of the health of your body. If you are unhealthy, skin can look dry and sallow. Having a good diet, and taking vitamins can improve the way skin looks, and help reduce and prevent acne. Drinking water is also very helpful in preventing acne; if you do not drink enough, you can become dehydrated, and toxins are not able to be flushed properly from the body. Dry skin from dehydration can lead to pores becoming clogged with dead skin cells, and toxins can build up in skin; both of these conditions can lead to and worsen acne.

Vitamin A

In addition to staying hydrated, there are many vitamins that are important to skin health. Vitamin A is one of the most well-known skin improving vitamins. Retinol, and retinoids, are a form of vitamin A and one of the most commonly used ingredients in skin care. Isotretinoin, also known as Accutane, is a vitamin A derivative, and one of the strongest and most successful acne medication that can be prescribed. These chemicals can increase the rate of skin cell turnover, helping clear up pores; they also can help limit oil production which helps to reduce the severity and frequency of breakouts. Vitamin A can be found naturally in carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, pumpkins, eggs, mangos, peas, and broccoli; additionally, retinol can be found in many lotions and serums as a topical treatment.

Vitamins C and E

Both vitamin C and vitamin E are important in helping limit the amount of damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals contribute to the destruction of elastin and collagen. These are the support structures of skin, and lack of collagen is part of what leads to acne scarring. Vitamin E specifically has also been shown to reduce damage done to skin by the sun, and improve the texture of skin. Vitamin C is in a slew of foods, most fruits, and especially citrus, contain large volumes of the vitamin; drink and pill supplements are available almost everywhere. Sunflower oil, green leafy vegetables, mangoes, broccoli, avocados and kiwi are all rich in vitamin E.

B Vitamins

B vitamin are also critical to clear skin. Specifically, vitamin B3, also known more commonly as Niacin, has many anti-inflammatory properties, which help reduce the appearance of acne. B3 also helps increase and maintain skin’s moisture; this keeps skin from drying out and clogging pores with dead skin. Additionally, this vitamin speeds up the separation of skin cells, which helps keep pores clear and clog free. B5 is another important vitamin in the reduction of acne, it is a major part of the production of Coenzyme A, which is a chemical that helps metabolize oil in the skin. If enough Coenzyme A is not produced, it can lead to a build up of oil in the skin, which leads to acne. B vitamins are commonly found in meat, but there are vegan forms available as supplements.

While topical application of acne treatments is still critical to combating breakouts, you can do a lot to assist the process by staying hydrated, and ensuring you have enough vitamins to help combat and prevent the causes of acne.