Herbal Facial Masks for Treating Acne
May 18, 2011 by admin
Acne is a common skin condition and there are many ways to treat it. However, some treatments should be used with caution. Acne treatments can be varied from chemical-based peroxides, or acids, to herbal facial masks or even hormones and medication.
Many studies have now shown most over the counter acne medication to be harmful to pregnant women - even to the point of causing birth defects! So, use extreme caution when choosing your acne treatment. When in doubt - go for the most natural or herbal method available; treatments like anti-acne herbal facials and clay-based or herbal based anti-acne facial masks can do wonders without all the abrasive chemicals.
HOW ACNE STARTS
Acne is common in young adults, teens and pre-teens and may cause emotional and self-esteem problems. In severe cases, medical treatment may be needed. There are many over-the-counter products that can help treat acne.
Acne is caused by inflammation of the oily glands in the skin - they are called sebaceous glands - that contain a fatty material called sebum. When the duct of the gland becomes blocked either by layers of skin, fatty secretions or dirt, a mini-cyst or pimple forms. The cyst can become infected with acne bacteria.
Treatment of Acne
Just as acne can range from mild to severe, acne treatments also vary, depending on how serious the problem is. The basic treatment is to remove what is plugging the duct of the gland and, if necessary, kill the acne bacteria. This is usually done either by applying a product to the skin topically or by taking medication internally.
Herbal Facial Masks
Topical prescription products may contain antibiotic ingredients such as erythromycin that help control inflammation but they may also be dangerous to delicate systems. These chemical products are designed to clean the area, dry up the oiliness, peel the skin and eliminate the acne bacteria present, but there are many other herbal options you can choose that do the same thing.
Oatmeal - will help relieve redness and itching and inflammation associated with acne
Rosemary - is a natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial
Lavender - is a natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial and anti-microbial
Yogurt - will lighten and even out dull, patchy skin tones
Chamomile - will soothe redness and inflammation
When in doubt, choose a natural facial mask to help heal acne scars and prevent further breakouts.