The skin color of people varies from place to place and is one of the best ways to recognize from which part of the globe he or she is. There are fair skinned people as well as dark skinned people. It is not the color, but the tone of the skin that matters the most.
If you have a good, clear and radiant skin, you need not worry about your looks. But there are many people who suffer from a lot of skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, allergies, itching, scars and other such problems.
Here I will discuss about the home remedies for skin disorders – psoriasis, eczema, acne, acne scars and itching
Home Remedies for Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition but it isn’t contagious. It is characterized by thick, red silvery scaled patches of skin. Psoriasis involves an abnormality in the mechanism in which the skin grows and replaces itself. This abnormality is related to the metabolism of amino acids, the protein chemicals which are nature’s basic building blocks for the reproduction of cell tissues.
Some authorities also believe that this disease is caused by lack of essential acids. Heredity also plays a role in the development of this disease and about one-third of patients have a positive family history.
The factors that aggravate and precipitate the outbreak of psoriasis are injury to skin in the form of cut, burn, minor abrasion, changes in the seasons, physical and emotional stress, infections and use of certain oral drugs for the treatment of other diseases.
The gel or sap of aloe vera has been found to be able to significantly clear psoriasis. You can make your own aloe vera gel by cutting open the aloe stalks or leaves and spooning out the sap and then apply it on the affected area.
Neem oil which is the extract of neem seeds and leaves have anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties and is one of the home remedies for psoriasis that might work for you. You may not like the strong smell so what you can do is mix the neem oil with olive oil or aloe vera and apply on your skin or scalp.
Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties and helps moisturizes the skin. It has shown to be effective in treating skin problems and inflammations. If you are having nail psoriasis, soak your nails in tea tree oil. If you are having psoriasis on your scalp, add tea tree oil to your shampoo, leave it for several minutes and then wash it off. If it affects other parts of your body, add it to your bath or use soap with tea tree oil.
Organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar which is known as the “cure all” may also help as a treatment of psoriasis. To see its effectiveness, apply apple cider vinegar directly on your skin or add it to your moisturizer. You can also use it in your bath and use it to soak your fingers or toes.
Home Remedies for Eczema
Eczema is a term used to describe skin inflammation or dermatitis. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. Atopic anemia mostly affects babies and children below the age of 5. Some other types of eczema only appear later in a person’s life.
Doctors haven’t found the exact cause of eczema but suggest that the possible causes of eczema is the malfunction of the immune system and some gene defects that cause failure for certain proteins to maintain a barrier on the skin.
Organic, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar which contains the mother of vinegar is one of the best natural products to treat various conditions and ailments and this includes dermatitis. It works best when taken internally and applied topically.
Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in an 8oz glass of water and drink it 2 to 3 times a day. For topical application, mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water. You can use it as a wash or apply it on the affected area 2 or 3 times a day. It will sting a little bit but only for a while. Dabbing it on the skin before bedtime is recommended as it helps stop the itch and allows you to have an uninterrupted sleep. Avoid using it near or around your eyes.
Virgin coconut oil is a popular natural product that is used as one of the home remedies for eczema. It is gentle even on babies’ skin because of its moisturizing effect. It contains a high amount of lauric acid which produces anti-microbial activities. It is one of the best home remedies for eczema and other skin inflammations.
Neem oil which is the extract from neem leaves and seeds have been used for centuries in India to treat various skin problems, infections and inflammation of which one of them is in the treatment of eczema.
Home Remedies for Acne
Acne mainly affects teenagers due to hormonal changes during adolescence which trigger excess sebum production which clogs skin pores. Acne can also affect adults especially when they are stress, have menses, pregnant and improper usage of cosmetics or they may have a diet that is high in refined carbohydrates, trans fats and sugar.
One of the active compounds in garlic is alliin which has anti-bacterial properties. One of the ways to use fresh garlic as an herbal acne remedy is to squeeze the juice and apply it on the acne and surrounding area. Leave it for about 5 minutes and then wash it off. You may have to do it for several days before you can see the effect.
Tea tree oil or melaleuca oil contains antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, and antiviral properties. A controlled study found that tea tree oil was able to treat mild to moderate acne vulgaris when compared to benzoyl peroxide which is a popular acne medication.
Tea tree oil will not cause side effects such as causing red marks like benzoyl peroxide does because it does not contain any harmful chemicals. However, it may be too strong for your skin if it isn’t diluted. One of the best things to do is mix it with either aloe vera gel or jojoba oil before you apply it on the pimple or acne.
Make a paste by mixing 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder with 1 tablespoon of pure honey. Apply the paste on your skin inflammation. Leave it for an hour or two and then wash it off with warm water.
Aloe vera is known to be effective in treating all kinds of skin problems. Apply aloe vera gel on the spots and leave it on your skin until you feel that the active compounds have seeped into your skin. You can then wash it off.
Home Remedies for Acne Scars
Acne scars are marks left behind after the wound caused by picking and squeezing zits are healed.
Tea tree oil is known for its ability to treat mild to moderate acne and is as effective as benzoyl peroxide. It has also shown to have scar reducing activities.
Pure vitamin E oil is one of the most popular products used as acne scar home remedies. According to experts, when vitamin E oil is applied topically on the scars, it will break down the collagen fibers that have caused the formation of the scars. As you repeat the process, the scar tissue will become softer and will eventually fade or become less visible.
Mixing an equal amount of sandalwood powder and turmeric may help treat an acne scar. Wash it off after leaving it on the affected area for about 15 minutes.
Lemon juice is another natural remedy to treat acne scars especially if you have fair skin and the scars have caused skin discoloration. What you need to do is dab the lemon juice on your scars with a cotton pad and leave it on overnight. Wash your face the next morning and apply moisturizer with SPF.
A natural alternative to using microdermabrasion products is to use baking soda. It acts as a natural exfoliating agent. When used as a face wash or facial scrub, it helps remove dead skin cells, softens the skin surface and also stimulates collagen. You can make a paste by mixing baking soda and water.
Home Remedies for Itching
Itching is a very common symptom that can affect many parts of the body. Vaginal itching for example can happen because of vaginal yeast infection or vaginitis. Poor hygiene and bacterial infection are two of the possible causes of itchy scrotum. Itchy scalp can occur because of head lice, psoriasis of the scalp, seborrheic dermatitis and reaction to hair care products.
Itching is also a symptom of fungal infection, allergies, internal diseases and parasites. Jock itch or groin ringworm is caused by a fungal infection. Because of poor circulation, diabetes causes itching at the lower part of the leg. Itching is common among people who suffer from liver disease and kidney failure. One of the symptoms of hay fever is itchy nose, eyes and throat. Scabies which is caused by mites will cause severe and intense itching.
Pregnancy, dry skin, sunburn, reaction to medication and irritating chemicals, insect bites and stings, skin contact with poison ivy or poison oak are also some of the reasons why you itch. High levels of stress are one of the factors that can cause itching or aggravate it.
Placing an ice pack wrapped inside a thin cloth or plastic on the itchy part of your body may provide temporary relief. Taking a cool shower or bath or running cold water on the skin may also help.
You can soak black tea bags, chill it and then place it on the itchy skin or soak your feet or itchy palm in the herbal solution. The tannic acid present in black tea is responsible for the healing effect. It may also reduce inflammation and kill fungus.
Peppermint oil has anti-pruritic or anti-itch properties because it contains menthol. Menthol may prevent and relieve itching and skin irritation. Other herbs that contain menthol are cornmint and spearmint.
Herbs that have anti-histamine properties are also commonly used as home remedies for itching. Some examples are basil, chamomile, ginger, oil of oregano and stinging nettle extract.
You can apply camphor oil as one of your home remedies for itching. Many anti-itch gels use camphor extract as an ingredient because it produces an anti-itch and cooling effect.
Studies have shown that capsaicin which is the extract from cayenne peppers may help relieve itching.
Tea tree oil is helpful as a skin cleaning agent because it has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. It is also used topically to treat all types of skin problems. You can mix it with aloe vera gel or any moisturizer to soothe the itch.
To learn how about other home remedies for skin disorders click on these videos – Psoriasis Home Remedies , Eczema Home Remedies , Allergies Home Remedies , Itching Home Remedies and Acne Scar Home Remedies
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