Are Natural Remedies Safe For Acne Treatment
Acne is increasingly becoming an issue with teenagers (which is expected) and adults as well (a steep rise in numbers, indicating other causes). Sometimes it could also be a result of pregnancy or a family history of acne. It can sometimes also occur to teenage boys. And it is also seen that it is more common in urban cities where the affect of industries is larger and people are often eating fast food on a regular basis.
Even though there are antibiotics available to help acne, some of them may be harsh due to its side effects. Hence, many are looking for alternative ways to heal acne these days. But we have to be careful which natural remedies to look for as well. All natural remedies are not suitable and can even work on the reverse.
Here’s an analysis of three of the most commonly used natural acne remedies:
Tea Tree Oil
Even though there are many natural ingredients available over the counter which may seem to be more effective for acne, there is no scientific proof available for these, yet. For example, when 5% of tea tree oil was compared to 5% of benzoyl peroxide, it showed that benzoyl peroxide worked better than tea tree oil. So, one must be very careful when using any type of essential oils like tea tree oil which could be allergic to some skin types. Tea tree oil is known to dry out the skin or even have the tendency to cause rashes.
Now, let’s take the case of Manuka honey. This is a specialized honey that originates from New Zealand and is derived from the bees found in Manuka bush. This particular honey is a favorite for many having acne related problems. Its anti-bacterial properties are four times that of natural honey. Manuka honey has higher level of enzymes than any other honey available today. It is also known to help in immunity and inflammation. It is an excellent natural antibiotic. And also very effective for the bacteria called P. acnes which causes acne. However we need to understand that sometimes it may not be effective on P. acnes bacteria as they might contain natural defense mechanisms which stop the treatment to work on the bacterial cells.
Zinc is also known to be a good source for balancing hormones, reducing inflammation and healing the aggravated and infected skin. Sometimes deficiency of zinc due to vegetarian diet can also cause acne. An increase of zinc in diet has been seen to heal acne problems. But, again there is no scientific proof available for zinc yet.
Do not use strong cleansers whether natural or otherwise. This is the time the skin is most sensitive and needs to be handled with utmost care. Many get into the habit of bursting the pimples to open it up. This can also be very harmful and can even leave scars.
Though natural remedies can help acne, we must be careful when choosing them