Acne or acne vulgaris is a chronic condition where hair follicles are clogged with oil and dead skin cells resulting in oily skin, whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and scarring. It usually affects areas where there are more oil glands such as the upper part of the chest, face, and back. Acne can be debilitating as it may result in reduced self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation.
In 80 percent of cases, acne can be attributed to genetics. Some implicated factors such as cigarette smoking, diet, and cleanliness are still unclear. Treatment options include lifestyle changes, topical treatments such as salicylic acid, and oral medications like antibiotics, birth control pills, and isotretinoin pills.
While there are medications available, acne is a condition that can make the affected person feel as if they are anxious, depressed, or losing control. Here are some home remedies for acne that can be beneficial.
Home Remedy #1: Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a succulent plant that has both medicinal and culinary uses. Medicinally, it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Used in patients with acne, it can help reduce acne breakouts and reduce the inflammation associated with acne. Since it contains a lot of water, it is also an excellent moisturizer and is especially suitable for those who experience dry skin after using various acne products.
A study in 2014 found that individuals with mild to moderate acne experienced significant improvement after using a combination of tretinoin cream and aloe vera gel for 8 weeks. Aloe vera gel is easily available from stores and online.