Acne or pimple is a common ailment in young people during their teen age. This occurs due to some hormonal changes in the
body. It particularly occurs in the young age, from 12 to 16 years of age, and is more common in those who have an oily skin.
Chronic forms of acne may occur over the shoulders, the back and chest as well as face and neck.
Diet is not responsible for acne but certain foods may produce this condition, especially in some patients. Rich foods such
as chocolate, nuts, soft drinks, fatty meals and increased sugar, may produce this condition. Certain drugs such as those
containing bromides and iodides may also produce acne in some patients.
Some girls develop pimples before menstruation. These remain for only one or two days. When acne remains for months or years,
something should be done to remove the condition. Nervous tension due to family trouble may also play an important role in
creating this problem.
Acne rosacea is an abnormal redness and irritation of the face and nose. It may also occur on the cheeks, chin, and forehead
at times. Acne rosacea occurs more commonly in middle-aged people. But sometimes it is also seen in children and young adults,
particularly if there has been similar trouble in past generations of their family. Excess of heat, cold and wind may also
produce more pimples on the affected skin. It is not a serious problem as it disappears with the age.
To prevent the acne keep the skin clean by washing two or three times a day with fresh water. Apply warm moist towels to the
face for ten or fifteen minutes. If pus has formed under the skin, do not open the pimple until it is ready to drain. Squeezing
and pinching of the skin may extend the inflammation and delay healing, and may also cause scarring of the face.
Most of the acne occurs due to wrong eating habits, such as irregular eating, excessive eating of starch, sugars, fatty foods
and fried foods. Chronic constipation can also lead to acne. If the stools are not passed properly, the waste matter remains
in the body as it is not discharged and makes the blood toxic. This accumulation of toxic substances in the body leads to
acne and other forms of skin diseases. Other causes of the skin diseases are the unhealthy conditions of the skin, habits,
excessive use of tea, coffee, alcohol, or tobacco, and sedentary habits, which lead to indigestion and general debility.
Diet: Avoid all rich foods, excessive amounts of sugar, and particularly chocolate and nuts. Choose a plain, well balanced
diet containing plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink water and fruit juices, but avoids highly sweetened drinks. Extra
vitamin A tablets should be added to the diet.
Try to sleep at least eight hours every night. Avoid all strains, and follow the principles of good health, as these are essential
There are many natural home remedies for acne that we have in our kitchen or we can get from the health food store. These
are not very expensive.
HOME REMEDIES FOR ACNE
· Orange peel has been found very effective in the local treatment of acne. mixed well with water on a piece of stone, the
peel should be applied to the affected areas.
· There are several things that you can do with fresh lemon. Slice a lemon in half and rub it on the effected area and leave
it over night and rinse your face in the morning or squeeze the juice and mix it with rose water and apply to the effected
· Aloe Vera juice applied twice a day can greatly help in healing of the scars of the acne. Aloe Vera juice can be found at
most health stores.
· Cucumber is one of the easiest and refreshing treatments used for the treatment of acne and to refreshen up the skin. It
makes our skin feel looking young. Blend the cucumber into a paste and apply it on the affected area. Leave it for 30 to 45
minutes and then wash it off.
· Paste of sandalwood (chandan) powder with black gram (masoor) dal can be used on facial skin to treat the acne. Keep it
overnight and wash it with cold water the next day.
· Tomato can also be used for the treatment of blackheads and to open the pores of the skin. Cut the tomato and rub it on
the skin. Leave on for fifteen minutes. Wash it off with water. This will reduce open pores and blackheads. This treatment
is good particularly for oily skin.
· Garlic has been used successfully in the treatment of acne. Rub raw garlic on the affected skin several times a day, it
will help to remove the scars. Chronic forms of acne are also healed by this method.
· Make a paste of nutmeg (jaiphal) with unboiled milk and apply on affected area. This works as a wonderful ointment. Pimples
disappear without leaving a mark.
· Egg whites are also used to get rid of acne. Apply it on face and leave overnight. Wash off in the morning.
· Neem is used for the treatment of all sorts of skin problems. It contains Nimbidol and Gedunin, which have very good fungicidal
properties. Neem has proved to be beneficial in skin disorders such as warts, scabies, psoriasis, eczema, and even dandruff.
It is extremely effective in acne treatment.
· Take 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Make a paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping
and wash it next morning with warm water. Repeat for two weeks, pimples will disappear forever.
· Before going to bed apply ice on the face. This will reduce the inflammation and burning sensation on the skin and also
lighten the scars of the acne.
· Mix 1-tablespoon groundnut oil with 1-tablespoon fresh limejuice to prevent formation of blackheads and pimples.
· Make a paste of fresh methi (fenugreek) leaves. Apply it over the face every night for 10-15 minutes and washed with warm
water. This will prevent pimples, blackheads, and wrinkles.
· Niacin and vitamin A are used for the treatment of the acne. It is recommended to take100 mg niacin, three times daily,
and 50,000 international units of vitamin A, three times daily. Vitamin E, 400 mg, should be taken once daily. This therapy
should be continued for a month.
· Take a teaspoon of coriander juice; mix it with a pinch of turmeric powder. It is a very effective home made ointment for
pimples and blackheads. The mixture should be applied to the face after thoroughly washing it every night before going to
bed. Mint juice can be used in a similar manner as coriander juice.
· Juice of raw papaya (including the skin and seed) can also be applied on swelling pimples.
· Cornstarch when combined with water can be used as a mask to absorb oil.
· Hot fomentation can be applied locally to open up the pores and to bring out the waste matter. The affected parts should
then be washed with cold water. The patient should take sun and air baths by exposing the whole body to the sun and air.
· Do not wash face with soap and water, wash it in the morning and night with lukewarm salty water. Soap is a drying agent
and may worsen the acne, whereas lukewarm salty water may help remove oils without drying the skin.
· Fresh limejuice mixed to a glass of boiled milk can be applied to the face as a face wash for pimples, blackheads, and cracked
· Make a paste of roasted & powdered pomegranate skin with fresh lime juice and apply over boils, pimple, blackheads and whiteheads.
· Drinking of wheatgrass juice may remove acne.
· Apply a small amount of toothpaste (paste, not gel) on pimples before bed; this helps dry out the pimples.