Acne is usually caused by the gland under the skin producing an excess of sebum to keep the skin smooth and healthy. Sebum is a fatty substance that is produced by the gland and too much of this sebum will cause clogging of the pores. The clogging of the pores will lead to an ideal mold for the growth of bacteria. Therefore, most skincare products target the production of sebum.
One of the main reasons for excessive sebum production is hormonal imbalance. This usually happens during puberty or in adulthood where the hormone plays a very serious role in a person's life. Men are said to be more prone to hormonal imbalance than women during this period. Pregnancy and the menstrual period can also cause hormonal imbalance and possibly an outbreak of acne. Other sources of the outbreak include stress, skin irritation, food allergy and some medications such as steroids.
Now, it comes down to how herbal products can help reduce the appearance of acne. There are several types of herbs that we can plant in our own yard. Aloe Vera is one of the herbal remedies that is commonly used and widely available. Aloe Vera contains astringent and antibacterial properties that can be applied directly to our skin. We can use the sticky substance of the leaf when it is broken in half. Calendula can be used as a facial vapor for healing purposes and it is usually offered as a cream when you get it in local pharmacies. Lavender is used to relieve the infection and Golden Seal can be used to stop oozing with its antimicrobial properties.
The tea tree oil is also a powerful antiseptic that must be diluted before application. Surprisingly, the nut leaf can also be used as an astringent when washing our face. It will contract the pores to make sure that there will be no accumulation of acne. Witch hazel is often used as an antibacterial remedy. Burdock root and dandelion contain insulin that helps eliminate bacteria from the skin. And finally, the Milk Thistle, this plant can be considered as one of the most commonly used products to cleanse and strengthen our liver, which leads to healthy skin.
Some of the herbal remedies can be eaten and not just be applied to the skin. For example, a mixture of dandelion and milk thistle will help cleanse the liver and blood inside. It is also common for us to mix several of these herbs together to treat acne and one of the known ordinances include calendula, lavender, tea tree oil and witch hazel.
Most of these herbs can easily be found and we can plant them ourselves. It is safe and less harmful when compared to medications and other acne medications. Therefore, I still believe that herbal remedies like acne treatment is still the best treatment.