Saturday, August 23, 2014

Health Benefits - Evening Primrose Oil for Acne

Health Remedies: Using Primrose Oil for Acne

There are many natural and diy remedies for acne that do not use harsh chemicals and expensive products. Primrose oil is one such remedy. Many people swear by primrose oil, saying that it can be highly effective in the treatment of acne. Many say that the beneficial effects of primrose oil can go beyond acne and treat other skin problems, like rosacea or eczema, as well. Evening primrose oil is extracted from the seeds of the Evening primrose flower and contains the beneficial Omega 6 Fatty Acids Linolenic acid and Gamma Linolenic acid.

The Benefits of Primrose Oil

Primrose oil is versatile, and can be used both externally and internally. Primrose oil is also a popular remedy because it has few side effects and is relatively inexpensive. The Gamma Linolenic acid is thought to have medicinal and healing properties which reduce inflammation. Therefore, if your skin is red and irritated, the anti-inflammatory of the primrose oil could help. Primrose oil is also thought to dilute sebum, a thick and oily substance secreted by the skin. This could potentially reduce your risk of acne flare-ups. Primrose oil is also often used by women going through menopause, as it is thought to have hormonal balancing properties. For those who suffer from hormonal acne, primrose oil may have multiple health benefits for you, not only fighting acne inflammation but also to help balance your hormones. Primrose oil is easy to find, and does not require a prescription.

How Do I Use Primrose Oil?

Primrose oil can be taken orally in capsule form or applied directly to the skin and acne. Ease into using the oil for treating acne to ensure it does not worsen your skin sensitivity. Apply primrose oil to your flare ups every other night for the first week, then nightly. Applying at night allows the oil to work while you sleep. In the morning, wash your face with a gentle cleanser. In about 90 days of regular treatment, most people see positive results. Evening primrose oil is considered safe for most people. However, like any supplement it has side effects which can include mild upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea and headache. If the primrose oil irritates your skin or you experience any of these other unpleasant side effects, stop using it. Primrose oil seems to have multiple health benefits for those fighting acne. If you are looking for a mild and natural skin care product, consider trying primrose oil.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Green Tea for Clearer Skin

Green tea is widely known to offer many health benefits to those who drink it or take it as a supplement. But did you know that green tea can also be very beneficial to those who suffer from acne or dry skin? In fact it is one of organic skin care's best home remedies for acne.

It contains polyphenols that are known to help protect skin from UV rays that can cause cancer and speed up skin aging. Green tea is able to protect the skin by reducing inflammation and free radicals, like toxins and dirt that clog pores and damage skin. This chemical and side effect-free remedy has increased in popularity in recent years as many see the wonderful benefits green tea offers for their skin.

How Do I Use Green Tea for Clear Skin?

You can drink green tea and utilize its benefits, but you can also target its powers to certain areas, like the face, by applying it topically. There are many green tea recipes offered by home remedies bloggers. Here are two that are easy to make and still offer all of the wonderful benefits of green tea:

Simple Green Tea Mask

Steep 1 to 2 organic green tea bags for two minutes
Cut the bags open and, using clean fingers, massage the green tea leaves on your face
Let the mask sit for 20 to 30 minutes
Rinse with warm water
Use this simple “mask” once or twice a week.

Green Tea Mask with Honey

Honey has excellent anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties for skin. Why not combine honey and green tea for even more acne-fighting power?
Steep 1 to 2 organic green tea bags for two minutes
Cut the tea bags open, allowing the tea leaves to fall out
Mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons of organic honey to form a paste
Massage the paste over the entire face, avoiding the eye area.
Let the mask sit for 20 to 30 minutes
Rinse with warm water
It is safe to use this effective green tea mask once or twice a week.

There are many options when it comes to organic skin care. All you need for a green tea mask is green tea, though there are many variations to combine other skin-benefiting items, such as honey for example. Green tea has wonderful cancer fighting and skin renewing properties, with no side effects, which makes it a great option for anyone who suffers from acne or simply wants healthier, glowing skin.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Using Honey to Treat Acne

Why Does Honey Help With Acne?

Honey has well-known antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and has been used as a treatment for wounds and other skin problems throughout history.  In fact, the Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal reported that honey has even been shown to kill certain drug-resistant strains of bacteria. Some countries, like Australia, have officially approved honey for medical use.
Honey is effective at healing acne because it attacks two of the main issues associated with this condition: bacteria and swelling. The antibacterial qualities of the honey kill the bacteria that start breakouts. The anti-inflammatory properties of the honey then reduce redness and swelling, making your skin look and feel better.

To use honey for acne treatment, it is important to use the right kind of honey. You want to ensure you buy organic honey that has not been processed. Processed honeys have lost much of their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and will not help. Manuka honey, for example, is a popular option used by many natural remedy seekers. Many claim that this type of honey has significant antibacterial and wound-healing properties, and it is promoted for use as an acne treatment. Check your local farmer’s market or health food store for organic and preferably local honey options.

How to Use Honey to Treat Acne

Using honey to treat acne is simple. All you need to do is gently rub the honey onto troublesome areas. The heat of your hands will help soften the honey while you gently rub it into your skin. Do not heat the honey before using, as heating can affect the natural healing properties. Leave the honey on your skin for about 15 minutes, then gently rinse off. Apply daily to troublesome areas. Many users start to see results in about a week.

Before using honey, it is important to know that some people can be allergic to certain components found in honey. Therefore, test the honey on a small portion of skin around the neck area to ensure you are not allergic. If you experience any type of allergic reaction, stop using the honey.

Honey is just one of the many natural home remedies for acne and clear skin. However, it is one of the most popular and well-studied remedies that has thousands of years of backing. If you are looking for a good natural product to add to your skincare routine, consider the wonderful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of natural honey for acne treatment.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Apple Cider Vinegar for Acne and Clear Skin

Home Remedies: Apple Cider Vinegar for Acne

Apple cider vinegar has long been used in homes as a food preservative, an ingredient in dishes, marinades, and salad dressings, as well as a cleaning agent. But did you know that you had a home remedy for acne in your kitchen pantry?

The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is made from apple cider and has antibacterial and antiseptic properties.  Malic and lactic acids are found in the vinegar are known to soften and exfoliate skin. Therefore, it makes sense that apple cider vinegar might be a great thing to try if you are battling acne.

Unlike other natural products, apple cider vinegar has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties which can wipe out acne causing bacteria and heal the skin. It can also return your skin to its proper pH balance. Your skin’s pH balance is key for keeping acne at bay. Apple cider vinegar has a pH of 3. When used in a diluted solution, the apple cider vinegar’s acidity will balance your skin. With your skin balanced, it will be easier to ward off bacteria. The acidic properties of the apple cider vinegar will also help you shed any dead skin cells and excess oil that might block pores, ensuring that they remain unblocked and your skin stays healthy.

Before using apple cider vinegar as a home remedy for acne it is important to remember that, though it is good for your skin, it still has acidic properties and must be used in a diluted solution, not applied directly to the face. Not diluting the vinegar with water can result in skin burns. Before using this treatment, you must also ensure you are not allergic to the apple cider vinegar. To test, place a small amount of apple cider vinegar on your neck and leave it for a minimum of 15 minutes. If you have no reaction to it, you should be safe to use it.

Making an Apple Cider Vinegar for acne face wash

It is important to dilute the apple cider vinegar with water before putting it on your face. Here is a simple recipe for a basic apple cider vinegar face wash:
½ cup apple cider vinegar (preferably organic)
½ cup of water
A sterile glass bottle to hold the solution
To make, simply mix the water and apple cider vinegar in the sterile bottle. Mix it well before use and apply with a cotton ball. Let the wash sit on your face for no more than five minutes. Rinse well and wash with a gentle soap. Use daily.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Evening Primrose Oil for Acne

Evening Primrose Oil for Acne

Evening primrose oil for acne is one of the lesser known solutions to help to heal your stubborn acne. One of the main causes for flare ups of stubborn acne is hormonal acne. If you have acne on your chin, this might be the due to hormonal changes. What causes hormonal changes? Well, if you are a teenager, you may notice this type of acne more, due to puberty (ladies, if you are going through your menstruation cycle!). It can take months, and even sometimes years to figure out that hormonal fluctuations are causing your stubborn acne. The solution: evening primrose oil (EPO). EPO will help treat acne cause by hormonal changes in your body by balancing out your hormones. There are many other benefits to taking evening primrose oil: it helps your nails and hair grow stronger, while helping make your skin overall more moisturized and supple.

So, what exactly is evening primrose oil, and what makes it so beneficial for you?

Evening primrose oil is actually a synonym for Oenothera Binnis, which is a herbaceous flowering plant. Evening primrose oil has many benefits as it contains the pain reliving compound phenylalanine. EPO contains a high amount of GLA (gamma-linoleic acid), which is a fatty acid largely responsible for the healing properties in this organic oil, making it great for natural skin care. It contains a certain acid essential to cell structure: linoleic acid (see also: Grapeseed Oil for Skin). As mentioned previously, EPO also has hormonal balancing properties which helps with imbalance caused due to menstruation, puberty, menopause, PMS, and can help in the creation of healthy breast tissue.

EPO also helps cure acne by thinning out the sebum (oil that is secreted by your pores) that blocks your pores and causes acne. When this oil gets too thick, the pores on your face have a harder time clearing out the sebaceous oils. Stressed out? Acne is also caused by stress, and taking EPO can help nerve function and regulate your mood too!  

What kind of primrose oil should you buy?

You should go for hexane free EPO. You can tell if the EPO is hexane free by checking the label. You can take it orally or apply it directly onto your skin. You will most likely notice the most benefits by doing both or at least by taking the EPO orally. Don’t ever exceed the amount you take when decide to go this route. You can purchase evening primrose oil here.
Some people have reported getting healthier over all skin, nails and hair due to taking evening primrose oil. See for yourself and let me know your results in the comments below.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Baking Soda Face Mask to Minimize Pores and Acne

Baking Soda Face Mask to Minimize Pores and Acne

The baking soda face mask for black heads removal and prevention is a great way to minimize pores and make them smaller. It’s crazy how quickly blackheads can develop if you are not paying attention to your skin! You might be wondering what exactly blackheads are. Blackheads on your face are caused by enlarged pores that have been filled with dirt which mixes with the oil and over time turns dirty and “black.” 

If you are struggling with enlarged pores and pimples then the baking soda face mask will definitely help make your pores smaller! The baking soda has properties that help clear out the dirt and oil in your pores and skin exfoliation is the main one. It also corrects the pH balance of your skin, which is commonly overlooked.

The baking soda face mask is an excellent homemade remedy because it is great for minimizing your pores because it has mild antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which aid in the prevention of acne. Acne is caused by the build-up of dirt and oil which then gets infected. If you’re like me and struggle with over active pores that secrete oil, then this may help you. Baking soda helps aid in the absorption of oil which helps prevent it from clogging your pores. That would be an amazing home remedy, if you ask me!

Follow the baking soda face mask recipe below to start minimizing your pores, reducing the appearance of blackheads, and preventing acne:

What you need:

2 Tablespoons of baking soda

1-2 Tablespoons of water


Make sure you are using baking soda and not baking powder. It is very easy to get the two mixed up! In a plate, take the baking soda and mix it with the water. Mix together the two ingredients until they form a paste. If the mixture is too watery or thin, thicken it up to a paste by adding more baking soda. If the paste is too thick, add some more water in small amounts at a time. You want this the face mask to be a creamy paste that is not too thick and not too thin.  

Make sure to apply this face mask to a clean face. Using your finger tips gently apply the paste to your face in a circular motion. Massage gently and avoid your eye area. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. You will notice that the mask will have begun to dry. Rinse off using warm water and dab your face clean. Tone and moisturize as usual. You can use this baking soda face mask twice a week. Just remember to moisturize your skin regularly.

Your pores will be minimized in no time and your blackheads will begin to fade away, leaving you with spotless, clear skin. No longer will you have to wear layers of makeup to hide your acne just so that you can go out to the store without being stared at (or at least feeling like the whole world is just staring at your acne.) Here’s to smoother, brighter skin!

Please note: Keep in mind, that not all skin types react the same way so try this mask on a small section of skin to make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. And, as always, if you have worsening condition, please see your doctor. 

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