Whether you call those inflamed red bumps on the skin (which sometimes can have puss in them) as acne, zits or pimples, one thing is for sure, you would want to get rid of them and get rid of them fast. Teenagers are prone to getting skin breakouts. This is because puberty brings hormonal changes. Hormonal changes can trigger overactivity of the sebaceous glands which means overproduction of sebum. However acne breakouts is not exclusive to teens. Adults can also have them.
The Role of Sebum in Acne Breakouts
Sebum is the skin’s natural oil which prevents the skin from drying out. Sebum also serves as a nourishment to the acne-causing bacteria naturally found in the skin. When there is too much sebum production, this means that the acne-causing bacteria is allowed to thrive therefore the result is an acne breakout. There are many causes for the sebaceous glands to become overactive and overproduce sebum.
Homemade Acne Treatments
You probably have been given advice by different people on effective treatments for acne. Most mothers pass on homemade acne treatment secrets to their children and such treatments were passed on from generation to generation. Many prefer to use homemade acne treatments and natural products because they tend to be more on the safer side without the nasty side effects of some prescription drugs.
Argan Oil: Is It Effective Against Acne?
Although you are now seeing bottles of Argan oil commercially sold in the market, for many centuries this oil used to be a secret remedy for acne by the Berber tribe of Morocco. The oil of course back in the days were produced only in the homes of the Berber tribe. It was the Berber women who were solely responsible for the tedious extraction of the oil from the nut seeds of the Argan tree. The Berber tribe used this oil for culinary, medicinal and beauty purposes.
Why is the Oil Effective in Treating Acne?
The truth is this oil which we now call as the liquid gold of Morocco is not only effective in treating acne, it is also effective against acne scars. So what’s the secret of this oil? The answer lies on it components. The oil is packed with Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, Polyphenols, Sterols and numerous antioxidants that do wonders to the skin. It can regulate sebum production therefore aiding in the treatment of acne. The oil also has components with anti-inflammatory properties therefore reducing the inflammation of acne. Its antibacterial properties also aid in fighting acne. If you know much about Vitamin E, you would be aware that this potent antioxidant is also effective in preventing tissue scarring. The nutrients found in the oil work individually and together to keep the skin healthy.
Other Homemade Acne Treatments
Are you aware of other effective homemade acne treatments? Your kitchen may just be holding the very treatment that would effectively fight your acne trouble. Here are some of them.
- Tumeric can help eliminate acne. Simply apply tumeric on the area of skin with acne and leave it on for some minutes then wash it off.
- Cucumber is also effective against acne. It stops futher breakout and soothes the skin with its cooling effect.