Acne is a skin condition which usually occurs at the age of puberty (12 years to 24 years), but it can occur at any stage of the life. It mainly appears on the face but it may also affect the arm, shoulder, back neck and chest etc. Acne causes spots and pimples. Almost 50 million American suffer from this annoying condition yearly. Acne affects 3 in every 4 Americans aged between 11 to 30 years. Let us know what acne is, its causes are and what are the home remedies for acne cure.
Acne is a skin condition that is not harmful but it leaves the skin with black or white patches, pimples, cysts etc. Acne tends to appear on the face, back, chest, shoulders, and neck.
We know that skin of the human has a number of small pores which are connected to the oil glands or sebaceous glands which are activated by the hormones of the adrenal glands in both male and female at the age of puberty.
Sebaceous glands are connected to the hair follicles (small sacs that produce and secrete liquid) and secrete oily liquid known as sebum through the follicles. Sebum is a liquid of dead cell which comes out through the hair follicles; as a result, hairs come out. In this way, hair grows on the skin.
But sometimes these hair follicles get blocked and a process of the clumping of hair follicles, skin cells and sebum start. This process will make a plug which is easily affected by bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). These bacteria live on the skin and contribute to the infections in the form of pimples. Research suggests that the severity and frequency of acne depend on the strain of bacteria.
Causes of Acne:
There are several reasons like some medications that contain androgen and lithium, greasy cosmetics, poor diet, hormonal changes, emotional stress, menstruation, which cause acne. But the rising of androgen level is the main reason behind acne. The high androgen level can grow the oil glands. If oil glands are large, they will produce more and more sebum. Excessive sebum can break down cellular walls in the pores, causing bacteria to grow.
Lemon and Cinnamon For Acne:
Cinnamon has antioxidant and antibacterial properties which can kill the harmful acne causing bacteria. Lemon contains anti-bacterial, astringent, phytoncides, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The phytoncides and anti-bacterial properties in lemon fight and prevent the growth of bacteria.
Lemon’s critic acid acts as a cleansing agent which removes the dead cells and oil that clog pores resulting in infection.
The astringent property due to the presence of L-ascorbic acid in lemon shrinks and constricts the skin pores. It also dries out the acne lesions.
Lemon is full of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that fights against free radicals causing breakouts. Lemon helps balance the skin’s pH levels. It reduces redness and inflammation caused by acne.
How To Apply Cinnamon and Lemon:
Mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice. Using a cotton ball, apply the mixture or paste on the affected area. Leave it on for at least 15 – 20 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel. Repeat this process regularly to obtain the best results.
Note: The application may cause mild burning sensation while it is a positive sign that it is killing the bacteria. If you experience burning sensation and it is unbearable, rinse off the application immediately.
As we have already told you that acne is a skin condition which is not harmful, you can easily get rid of it with these two natural ingredients. You can use above of home remedy to cure any acne problem. This will give you best results. But remember, a good thing also has some limitations. Lemon and cinnamon also have some drawbacks. Avoid applying lemon juice to open wounds or cuts as it may hurt you a lot. Also, if you have dry or sensitive skin, always dilute lemon juice with water. If you are using lemon and cinnamon for acne, make sure you don’t leave the lemon juice on the skin longer than recommended as it may cause extreme dryness. Lemon juice makes skin sensitive to sunlight. Avoid sun exposure for at least an hour and wear sunscreen to prevent negative effects. Or follow the lemon remedies at night time. Well, lemon and cinnamon are the best acne treatment ever. These are the thing which you have to remember whenever you will face acne. If you remember the above points, you will easily cure your acne problem. So stay fit and healthy.