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.

Check out more of our honey home remedies for acne:

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