Acne often includes symptoms such as clogged pores, inflammation and pimples. In some cases, acne can be painful and itchy.
Many over-the-counter and prescription topical medications can help treat acne, but natural remedies also can help relieve the skin condition.
Some herbal remedies can help treat painful and itchy acne. Tea tree oil may help reduce bacteria and relieve inflammation.
You can apply tea tree oil topically to treat your acne, often without side effects. Guggul is another herb that can help reduce acne symptoms.
Taken orally, guggul may be as effective as tetracycline, a prescription medication used for acne.
Guggul can interact with other medications so check with your doctor before you start to take it or any other herbal remedies.
Aloe vera is a plant that produces a clear gel that has been used as a topical treatment for a variety of skin conditions.
Aloe gel has immunomodulatory properties that can aid in healing wounds and helping reduce skin inflammation.
added in many over-the-counter remedies, aloe vera also may have anti-bacterial properties, which can help speed up healing time when you are suffering with painful and itchy acne.
You can buy aloe vera gel in any drugstore and apply it directly to your acne.
Honey and Cinnamon
A combination of honey and cinnamon is another natural remedy for painful and itchy acne. Honey has anti-bacterial properties.
Cinnamon can inhibit the effects of nitric oxide, a component of the inflammation that contributes to painful acne, according to a 2002 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Mixing cinnamon and honey, you can create a paste to apply to your acne. Mix 3 tablespoons of honey with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Dab the paste on your acne before you go to bed. Wash it off in the morning.
Yogurt and Oatmeal
The probiotics in yogurt can help inhibit acne-causing bacteria, according to a 2010 study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.
The cool yogurt also soothes inflamed, painful and itchy skin caused by acne. You can apply yogurt directly to your skin or mix the yogurt with another acne-fighting natural remedy to make a mask.
Oatmeal is a natural exfoliant that has a drying effect, which can help relieve clogged pores in acne. Mix a small amount of oatmeal with plain yogurt and apply directly to acne. Leave the mixture on for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Police arrest man flogging toddler in viral video
- ‘Akufo-Addo must resign; he’s giving us too much headache’ – Kpebu
- Loans to become more expensive as BoG hikes policy rate to 24.5%
- Black Sherif releases ‘The Villain I Never Was’
- Nigerian oil export terminal had theft line into sea for 9 years
- Ghana’s debt to GDP is not properly accounted for – Ato Forson
- BoG dollar auction: Demand outstrips supply by $72.2m as $1 hits ¢10.92
- Brother stands in as groom skips wedding to train
- IMF won’t lend to Ghana if debt levels are unsustainable – Theo Acheampong
- ‘Forget about votes; call Chairman Wontumi to account’ – Martin Kpebu to Akufo-Addo
- 2 women in court over alleged assault on Besease M/A JHS teacher
- Alberta Mortty: I love my breast; I love my life more
- Assistant headmaster of Mpatasie D/A dies in ‘galamsey’ pit
- 36 arrested in Ejisu for alleged network marketing scamming
- Akufo-Addo’s fight against illegal mining is a complete ‘419’ – Sammy Gyamfi
- #NoToGalamsey: Failure to deal with ‘galamsey’ could lead to street terrorism – Prof. Gatsi
- AngloGold Ashanti pleased with community support to ward off illegal miners from Obuasi concession
- Nigerian singer Teni gifts SHS teacher a car
- Prosecute Chairman Wontumi, Charles Bissue, others neck-deep in galamsey – NDC to Akufo-Addo
- Cities and Habitats, Ecobank launch ‘Rent to Own Boafo) home ownership package
- A-G advises Interior Ministry to compensate Ejura shooting victims
- GEPA optimistic of achieving 2029 NTES revenue target of $25.3bn
- Two health institutions in UK award £10 million to fight non-communicable diseases in West Africa
- Parliament warns Herald Editor to cease exposés on controversial GNPC/Genser Energy contract
- Cardiovascular diseases on the rise in Ghana; access to healthcare still a challenge – Report