Acne. All those horrid pimples, zits, blackheads and spots. We all get it, usually during our teens but in some cases later in life. Acne is unpleasant both for us and for those around us.
If you’re a teenager then to be honest nothing is likely to totally cure your acne other than time. However there might be ways that you can help to alleviate the acne symptoms.
Acne is a skin condition associated with trapped oil and bacteria.There’s no single “cause” of acne, all sorts of things such as hormones and stress can contribute. Acne can occur at any time of life but is especially common in teenagers.
There’s some doubt as to the connection between fatty foods and acne, however many people have claimed that they can aggravate the condition.
If you have serious acne then the first thing you should do is see your doctor for advice. There are a number of powerful “over the counter” medicines available to buy from the pharmacist that can help to reduce acne symptoms. Your doctor can prescribe even more powerful and more effective acne treatments.
In terms of DIY home remedies for acne, diet is usually considered the most important. It won’t cure your acne but might help to reduce its severity. It’s all the stuff you’ve heard before, but it’s worth repeating: Avoid fatty and greasy foods along with processed food and refined sugars. Eat more natural whole foods including fruit and veg.
Drinking water is particularly important, not just for acne treatment but for skin and general health. Most nutritionists agree that you should try to drink between six and eight glasses of water a day. That’s pure water, nothing added.
Is Garlic an Acne Cure?
I’m not aware of any scientific reasearch into any possible link between garlic and acne, however it has a reputation in folk medicine. No-one claims that garlic is a miracle acne cure – personally I eat loads of garlic but still get the odd bad spot. However many people believe it can help treat the symptoms. It is said to do this in two ways: internal and external.
As always, consult your doctor before attempting any home treatment.
First of all, garlic is a powerful antibiotic and blood cleanser. Eating garlic might help your system internally to clean itself out and hence reduce acne symptoms. Garlic’s most powerful medicinal effects are felt when it is eaten raw and crushed. A little raw garlic can be sprinkled on top of a meal at the end of cooking, added to a salad, included in a sandwich, etc. Be warned that the taste and the smell of raw garlic is very stong.
The antibiotic and cleansing properties of garlic also give it a reputation in folk medicine as being an effective acne treatment when a little is applied gently externally. However although some people seem to think it works, others have reported nothing other than skin burning and reddening. So for safety I wouldn’t use garlic externally.
Note: Raw garlic is very powerful and can cause problems. Some people are actively allergic to garlic. Do not use garlic if you suspect you are allergic. Even if you don’t have an allergy, use garlic with caution and don’t overdo it.
If you suffer from acne, garlic is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a doctor, professional dermatologist or nutritionist. However as part of a healthy routine garlic might be useful in the control of acne symptoms.