Am not good at cooking, but sometimes I try to help my mom in kitchen and end up cutting my index finger or with minor burns. Though the word “minor” seems small the pain you experience is not minor.
As these minor burns are inevitable quick home remedies come in handy for quick relief.
5 Simple Home Available Remedies to Treat Minor Burns
Packed with vitamins and minerals honey is nature’s gift to human. From ancient times honey is been used to treat internal as well as external diseases, this includes minor and major burns. Antibacterial properties in honey fight bacteria and fasten healing process.
Using cotton swab apply honey on minor burns. Or you can also band-aid (which is not sticky) with dollop of honey. Change the dressing 3-4 times a day.
Pimples on face, forehead or on any body part starts with redness, swelling and most of the times comes with pain. These bulging red pimples spoils overall look of your face and you may feel depressed and isolated.
With simple home remedies you can reduce redness and swelling of pimples right away. So, next time when you’ve to visit a party try this quick remedy and wipe out swollen pimples.
Quick and short term fixes to reduce swelling and redness of pimples
Place an ice cube on bulged pimple for few minutes. This minimizes redness and swelling of pimple, as blood underneath pimples contracts.
Aspirin, that old tablet you use for fever you can use it on pimples too. Salicylic acid present in aspirin has an anti-inflammatory property which helps to fight acne.
Procedure: Make gritty paste of aspirin tablets by breaking them into fine powder and mix water. Using cotton ball or stick, apply the paste on pimples.
Use cream tooth paste to apply it on red pimples. Hydrogen peroxide and other chemicals present in tooth paste may leave your skin dry. So, it recommended using this home remedy with care.
Place sliced lemon, cucumber or tomato on pimple. Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties in these natural ingredients fight bacteria and reduce redness, swelling of pimples.
Long term remedies to wipe away pimples
Acne can’t be treated in a single shot, it’s a continuous process. So remember that you need to continue with same home remedy for weeks to see best result. Another important step in treating acne involves knowing and determining your skin type.
Step: 1 Don’t pick or squeeze pimples
Bacterial infection is one of the main causes of acne. When you pop or pick pimple infection spread to other parts of the body. Though it’s tempting to touch we recommend avoiding it. You may try above mentioned short term remedies to restrain yourself from touching pimples.
Step: 2 Wash your face with any cleanser
Daily twice wash our face with mild soap specially made for cleansing. Be gentle on your pimples. After washing pat dry don’t rub hard.
Avoid soaps with fragrance, as they contain chemicals which strip natural moisturizer from skin.
Step: 3 Apply moisturizing cream
Prefer noncomedogenic moisturizer, which doesn’t blocks skin pores. As you determined your skin type select moisturizer that works for your skin. For oily skin consider oil free moisturizer.
First of all let me clear that it’s not fish oil but omega 3 fatty acids present in fish oil matters.
Just by adding fish oil to your diet you can reduce acne by 42% (studies shows). How it works, how much amount you should take, do they’ve any side-effects and why it’s not recommended for everyone? We’ll discuss on these questions in this article.
Let’s start with omega 3 fatty acid as it got a good amount of popularity in nutrition world.
Omega 3 fatty acid belongs to polyunsaturated fatty acid.
The word fatty acid may trigger a concern in you. But let me bust this myth. Not all fats harm your health; there are some fats (like this one) which are not only important for your health but have a bunch of benefits.
And I must clear this, your body can’t make omega 3 fatty acid (they’re important); you must get them from your diet.
Reports says with fish oil you can treat acne by 42%
Experts in Seoul National University College of Medicine (South Korea) carried a study with 42 acne affected adults and distributed them in three groups.
First group advised to take omega 3 fatty acid (1000 mg DHA and 1000 mg EPA).
Second group, 2000mg of borage oil, containing 400 mg of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid).
And the last group with no supplement.
After 10 weeks first and second group shown a positive impact, more than 42% of acne was cured. (source)
One important thing to be noted here is people with mild to severe acne shows good results.
Another study carried out, 13 men with mild to severe acne were given fish oil capsules for 12 weeks. (930 mg EPA, 720 mg DHA and 174 mg DPA)
And the result was, though people with moderate and severe acne shown improvement, mild acne got worse.
Conclusion from these 2 reports
From above mentioned reports it can be concluded that fish oil can treat moderate/severe acne, but for mild acne you’ve to look for some other natural remedies like argan oil, rose water, jojoba oil or honey.
There are lots of researches which proved that omega 3 fatty acid can cure acne.
To know what properties in omega 3 fatty acid help to cure acne, let’s refresh the main causes of acne.
Acne is caused due to excess oil (sebum) production by sebaceous glands and dead skin cells which blocks skin pores. Bacterial infection increases acne. Though these are main causes of acne, stress, depression and some hormone causes excess oil production.
Now come back to fish oil.
Main properties of omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, as inflammation and oxidation stress are main causes of acne it makes sense that omega 3 fatty acid easily treat acne. You know that stress also causes acne; omega 3 DHA fatty acid in fish oil reduces mental stress.
Fish oil contains bioactive chemical which helps in regulating sebum production.
Note:Pregnant women are asked to consult a doctor before taking omega 3 fatty acid capsules.
Omega 3 fatty acid in fish oil notably DHA and EPA treats acne. These are important fatty acid for our body which you can get through diet. There are various studies which prove that omega 3 fatty acid can treat acne. But for mild acne it’s not recommended.
You can get omega 3 fatty acid or fish oil capsules from local store. 3000 mg of dosage is recommended.
Other health benefits of omega 3 fatty acid or fish oil include
Witch hazel is an astringent extracted from leaves and barks of Witch hazel shrub. A chemical found in witch hazel called tannins helps to break down excess oil; controlling sebum (oil) production is the main criteria in terminating acne cycle.
Because of anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties of witch hazel, many cosmetic products include it. After shave cream is the best example, witch hazel in this cream helps to tighten the skin, and many other medications include this astringent to slow down bleeding.
Both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are used to treat acne and both have their side-effects too.
These drugs are included in most recommended home remedies to treat acne.
Note: Consult your doctor before using any of these drugs.
Let’s start with Salicylic acid.
Salicylic Acid for Acne
Also known as beta hydroxy acid is commonly used to treat skin diseases. Salicylic acid promotes shedding of dead skin cells; this is a great way to exfoliate your skin. Many cosmetic products already included salicylic acid to their ingredients list.
Acne which is caused due to accumulated dead cells and excess sebum clogging pores can be treated when you can shed dead cells clearing pores. Anyway excess oil can’t be effectively control by salicylic acid. For this purpose (to control excess sebum) use jojoba oil or aloe vera gel.
Salicylic acid is a keratolytic and belongs to same class that of aspirin. If you’re allergic to aspirin don’t use salicylic acid.
Concentrations of salicylic acid in products vary from .5% to 2%. Get the one prescribed by dermatologist. Follow doctor or instructions given on product.
Various forms of salicylic acid found in market are, salicylic acid pads, a salicylic acid lotion, cream, gel. Use any one among them.
Wash the area before applying medication. Pat dry and apply medication on bumps, avoid medication coming in contact with eyes, nose or other sensitive parts of the body, wash immediately if medication gets in these areas.
It’s important to continue using salicylic acid for best results.
Not every skin loves these remedies. You may see redness, dryness or irritation on your skin. Stop using salicylic acid as soon as you feel irritation.
This is one of the most recommended and inexpensive treatment for acne. Many over-the-counter products include benzoyl peroxide as an ingredient; even in medication this drug is prescribed.
Acne is mainly caused by excess sebum (oil), dead cells and bacteria. These bacteria are called P. acnes. When pores gets blocked oxygen is not allowed, so this oxygen less environment is favorable for P.acnes to grow and multiply. Applying benzoyl peroxide will promote oxygen into pores thus making it difficult for these bacteria to survive; also it reduces number of break outs on skin.
Directions to use Benzoyl Peroxide
Get a lotion or gel with 2% of benzoyl peroxide, higher percentage may irritate your skin.
Wash the affected part and then apply a thin layer of benzoyl peroxide, leave it for few minutes and rinse it off. Avoid nose, eyes and other sensitive parts getting in contact with this lotion or gel.
If you see no result after using for weeks, try increasing the dosage.
Like salicylic acid bezoyl peroxide may leave your skin dry and flaky. Though you may see acne is treated, you‘ll have dry skin left.
Consult your dermatologist before continuing with these remedies.
Beauty of natural resources is, they come with lots of benefits for human and have less or no side-effects. Same goes for argan oil; this gold liquid of Morocco is extracted from nuts of argan tree. (Argan trees are found in Morocco)
Argan oil comes with bunch of natural antioxidants, vitamins, fatty acids and carotenoids. The antioxidant property of argan oil helps to cleanse the skin pores that are clogged by sebum and dead cells. These nutritional properties of argan oil grabbed attention from cosmetic industries and most of them are now including argan oil their cosmetic products for skin and hair.
Traditionally unroasted argan oil is used to treat various skin diseases. We will be discussing about this later in this post.
Skin benefits of Argan Oil
Antioxidant is a molecule which breaks chemical chain reaction that result in free radicals which damage skin cells. Vitamin E in Argan oil is primary antioxidant which helps skin in reducing acne inflammation and balances the skin moisture levels by controlling sebum production.
2. A Great Skin Moisturizer
Dry skin is the main cause of most skin diseases like itching, eczema and psoriasis. Essence of argan oil is a great skin moisturizer. Absence of cholesterol makes argan oil more effective than other natural moisturizers like olive oil and shea butter.
Wash the affected part with water and pat dry with smooth towel. Massage in circles with few drops of argan oil. For best result repeat it regularly.
3. Anti-aging property
Lack of hydrate makes skin lose its natural elasticity forming wrinkles; aging is the main cause of wrinkles. Applying argan oil topically helps rehydrate the skin and reduce wrinkles.
4. Controls Sebum
Acne causes when sebaceous glands releases excess sebum (oil), this oil along with dead skin cells gets clogged at pores blocking oxygen. Topical application of sebum as mentioned above helps to moisturize and control sebum level throughout the skin.
5. Reduce Stretch marks
Argan oil along with maintaining pH level helps to fight free radical that causes blocking of pores. Pregnant women can use argan oil to reduce their stretch marks.
6. Treating Acne with argan oil
Acne is not a single skin disease condition. Pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and cysts all fall under acne. Main causes of acne are:
Dead skin cells.
Excess sebum production which blocks skin pore not allowing oxygen.
And bacteria grow rapidly due to lack of oxygen.
Applying argan oil on pimples or acne flare-ups, balance sebum level on the skin and terminate chain reaction that causes free radicals.
Acne, which spoil your appearance act as a spoilsport even after treating by leaving scars on your face. Studies prove that daily application of argan oil make acne scars disappear.
Dry skin is main triggers behind these chronic skin diseases (though main cause is still unknown). Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes sliver patches on skin, applying argan oil helps retain skin moisturizer and reduce psoriasis symptoms.
Likewise, eczema triggers with dry and unhealthy skin, antiseptic property in organic argan oil reduces itching and regain moisture.
8. Boost Immune System
Argan oil is made of 80% of fatty acid this makes it more resistant to oxidation. Oleic acid is effective in lowering cholesterol improves circulation and boost immune system.
Did you ever use argan oil to treat acne or any other skin disease? Please share in comments.
Honey manufactures, Bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide making honey anti-bacterial.
Apart from treating heart, cancer and other diseases, the earth’s old sweetener proved that it can treat skin diseases too.
Reddit user cthulhuandcats shares how raw honey helped her to treat acne.
Like everyone she decided to see dermatologist, who insisted her antibiotic medicine. Yes, it worked! But on a high price and skin became dry and started cracking. Now, she decided to try out few natural remedies to get rid of these flaky marks. After a long research she decided to go with honey and you won’t believe it transformed her skin.
After months of honey treatment skin is now hydrated, soft and no blemishes. Have a look at her photos.
Raw honey has more nutritional values than heated honey. Heated honey is turned into pure sucrose making it lose many nutritional values. It’s difficult to get raw honey in grocery store; you can get organic raw honey from farmers market.
Since many years honey has been used by human as healing medicine. With its antibiotic properties honey can help in healing process.
Though our skin is naturally made to lockup the moisture, at times it fails to do its job because we fail to supply nutritional elements to our body.
Also, change in climate like winter or dry air makes skin dry. Dry skin is most common skin situation where bacteria may invade triggering itch and sometimes leading to chronic skin diseases. (Read tips to get rid of dry skin here.)
Well you can fight this itchy, flaky patch and literally wipe them out.
You don’t have to think about a beauty spa or a pricey moisturizer. Check out your kitchen, it’s stocked up with all the natural moisturizers.
Wait, wait… don’t rush to kitchen now! Take time and read these homemade moisturizers to treat dry skin.
Not just sweetening your tea, honey is equipped with a bunch of nutritional value to soothe skin. It’s a natural humectant, which helps to keep things moist by drawing water molecules from air. Antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in honey benefits skin to fight dryness and infection.
With amazing benefits of health, honey can help you get a smooth, good complexion and acne free skin.
Recently a Reddit.com user shared her experience with raw honey and how it helped to get rid of acne. (source)
Dissolve equal amount of honey (2 tbsp) and water then add 6 tbsp of water. Apply the solution on face or any other part, rinse smoothly after 15-20 minutes.
Besides being consumed as food avocado has many health and beauty benefits. It contains vitamin A, biotin and antioxidants which is essential for healthy skin. Vitamin A helps in purging off dead skin cells and biotin helps to prevent dry skin. Emollient properties in avocado oilhelp to keep skin moist.
Apply mashed avocados on affected part and rinse it off after 15-20 minutes.
3. Olive oil
Olives is enriched with vitamin E, vitamins A and K, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and amino acids. Apart from treating diabetes, breast cancer and lowering blood pressure olive oil can help your skin to get back its moisture. Not just dry skin; with olive oil you can treat stretch marks, oily skin and other skin diseases.
Mix honey, egg yolk in olive oil and stir well. Apply it on affected part or whole body including face leave it for about 15-20 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water.
4. Shea Butter
It’s a fat extracted from nuts of African Shea tree. Apart from using it in medical ointments it also used for skin and hair benefits. Most of soap industries include Shea butter as ingredient.
Similar to natural fats found in upper layer of skin, Shea butter is rich in Vitamin A. Skin conditions including dry skin, eczema, dermatitis, sunburn and insect bites can be treated.
Check out its manufacturing date is no more than 18 months. As old Shea butter have less moisturizing benefits.