Stress causes mental and physical health problems, including halitosis (bad breath)

Stress causes mental and physical health problems, including halitosis (bad breath) - Bad breath, also called halitosis, can sometimes accompany stress or anxiety. While many factors can cause bad breath, such as poor dental hygiene, gum disease, or respiratory illnesses, prolonged stress can aggravate unhealthy oral conditions to make your breath smell unpleasant.
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Bad breath, also called halitosis, can sometimes accompany stress or anxiety. While many factors can cause bad breath, such as poor dental hygiene, gum disease, or respiratory illnesses, prolonged stress can aggravate unhealthy oral conditions to make your breath smell unpleasant.

Stress causes a variety of mental and physical health problems, such as reduced productivity, muscle tension, and unstable moods. In your mouth specifically, stress can reduce the production of saliva, creating a dry mouth.


Without a healthy flow of saliva to wash away food particles and prevent bacteria from becoming lodged between your teeth, bad breath can quickly result from accumulating debris and the resulting sulfur production in the mouth.


In addition to reducing saliva production, stress can also lead to higher levels of stomach acid. Chronic acid production can create acid reflux, which is the backward flow of stomach contents into the esophagus and lower throat. Both these effects of stress result in an unpleasant oral odor that is evident when you speak or exhale.

Bad breath that is caused by stress can be most effectively treated by attending to the underlying cause. Stress can often be managed through support from loved ones, regular exercise, and relaxation techniques.


Prolonged or unmanageable stress should receive psychiatric treatment to determine the causes of your stress and to promote better health. Drinking plenty of water each day is also important, as dehydration further impairs saliva production and can worsen breath.


Additionally, chewing gum and sucking on sugar-free lozenges can increase saliva flow and provide an outlet for nervous tension, thereby reducing the effects of stress-prompted bad breath.


Make sure that you visit your dentist at least twice each year for regular cleanings and exams, as he or she can help you design and maintain an effective daily oral-hygiene routine.


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Dry mouth (xerostomia) can cause bad breath

Dry mouth (xerostomia) can cause bad breath - Bad breath associated with a dry mouth is caused by the reduction of saliva. This reduced saliva flow impairs the natural cleansing mechanisms of the mouth.
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Bad breath associated with a dry mouth is caused by the reduction of saliva. This reduced saliva flow impairs the natural cleansing mechanisms of the mouth. Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, can contribute to unpleasant oral odor and cause discomfort in the mouth.

Dry mouth is not a disease itself. Instead, it is a common side effect of over 400 prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Although dry mouth commonly occurs in most people after a night’s sleep, dry mouth may also occur with the use of certain medications, from prolonged snoring or mouth breathing, or as a result of salivary-gland problems.


Additional reasons for dry mouth include a lack of fluid in the body (dehydration), nutritional deficiencies, the presence of another medical condition or disease (such as in autoimmune disorders like Sjögren’s syndrome), or radiotherapy to the neck and head areas.

If you suffer from dry mouth, you need to pay greater attention to your teeth. When maintaining your daily oral-hygiene routine of brushing your teeth, tongue, and gums and flossing regularly, use an extra-soft toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste after every meal and before going to bed.


Also, avoid using tobacco products and consuming alcohol or caffeine, as these substances contribute to dry mouth and can exacerbate odor by increasing odor-causing bacteria.

To prevent bad breath caused by chronic dry mouth, make sure you are drinking enough water each day. Six to eight glasses of water a day is the minimum recommended amount; this will help reduce oral odor by washing away food particles and bacteria.


Using a humidifier in your bedroom and avoiding breathing through your mouth can also help improve natural saliva flow. If your medications are making you experience bad breath and dry mouth, ask your dentist to recommend an over-the-counter saliva substitute remedy or speak to your doctor about adjusting your medication.


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17 Naturally Soothing Sunburn Treatments

17 Naturally Soothing Sunburn Treatments  -  The best thing to do is prevent sunburn, but even when you do try to protect yourself, you may end up burned anyways. To avoid peeling and get rid of the redness and stinging, here are 17 sunburn treatments that are simple, fast, and effective.
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Sunburn is the bane of summertime, thwarting tans and forcing people to cover up. It can happen at any time of the year though, because it is the exposer to the ultra-violet rays of the sun that cause it.


When you’re getting bombarded with UV light, your exposed skin ups its production of melanin. Melanin is the dark pigment in the top layer of your skin (the epidermis) that gives it its color, and also determines how tan you can get.


Upping the production of melanin is the bodies’ way of protecting the deeper layers of the skin, and the tan acts as a shield against UV light.


However, the amount of melanin produced to protect you is determined by genetics (so people with fair skin produce less melanin and are more likely to burn) and all in all you end up with a natural shield equal to around SPF 4.


The best thing to do is prevent sunburn, but even when you do try to protect yourself, you may end up burned anyways.


To avoid peeling and get rid of the redness and stinging, here are 17 tips and home remedies for sunburn that are simple, fast, and effective.


17 Sunburn Treatments You Can Try


  1. Potato paste


If you’ve found yourself with searing hot red skin, root up a few potatoes. Potatoes have been known as a pain reliever throughout the years, working particularly well on minor skin irritations and soothing scratches, bites, and burns, as well as possibly reducing inflammation.


Some people feel that the juice of the potato works the best, while others feel just slices are sufficient. Try both sunburn treatments tips, and see which one is the best remedy for your sunburn.


You will need…
-2 potatoes
-A grater, blender, or knife
-Cotton balls, cotton pads, facial tissue, or gauze


Wash and scrub your potatoes thoroughly, and then either grate them over a bowl or cut them up and put them in a blender. There is no need to remove the peels.


If you’re using a blender, give them a whirl until they’ve become quite liquid. If they seem too dry, you can add a small amount of water.


Pour out the mixture, soak cotton balls thoroughly in it, and apply to sunburn.


An easier perhaps more effective method would be to soak gauze and lay it over the burn.


If you’re using a grater, grate the potatoes over a bowl and apply the pulp, trying to get as much juice as possible.


You can also try simply slicing the potatoes, and lying the slices directly on your burn.


  1. Cool milk compress


A cool milk compress is one of the quickest, simplest and low-cost sunburn treatments. It doesn’t get much easier than just heading to the refrigerator for relief-and easy is good when treating anything.


The initial coolness of the milk will ease the heat, while it also creates a layer of protein to protect your skin, help it heal, and further soothe discomfort.


You will need…
-Gauze or a clean, soft, washcloth
-Chilled milk




Pour a bowl of milk high enough so that you can thoroughly soak your compress in it. When the gauze or washcloth is saturated, let the excess liquid drain off.


Drape across your burn, pressing gently so that it stays in place, and leave it on for as long as needed. If the milk in the bowl becomes room temperature chill it before re-dunking your compress.


  1. Cornstarch/baking soda for fighting burns


Cornstarch, with its cool, silky texture, is a good way to naturally soothe your sunburn. Like milk, it is one of those things that you probably have lying around your house regardless of whether or not you planned on sizzling out in the sun.


If you don’t have cornstarch, try some baking soda for quick relief. Both  sunburn treatments can diminish the pain and lessen the blazing red appearance of the burn.


You will need…
-Cornstarch or baking soda
-Cool water


How much cornstarch or baking soda you need will vary depending on how big of an area you want to cover.


Whichever one you are using add cool water-not cold- little by little until it has reached a paste-like consistency.


Smear the paste gently over your burn and leave on until the heat or pain has let up some. Rinse off completely.


  1. Drink up


Sunburn is a burn. It sounds like stating the obvious, but we often don’t think about the fact that we really, truly, seared our skin. As with any other thing that burns your skin is dried out, and your body is probably dehydrated too.


Keep a tall glass or bottle of ice cold water on hand at all times to make sure you’re keeping yourself full of H20, which is necessary to heal your damaged skin.


  1. Cool off with mint & tea


Mint naturally cools and soothes whatever it touches, and sunburns are no exception. The tannic acid and theobromine found in green tea also helps relieve pain and heal damaged skin when applied topically.


You will need…
-1 quart of boiling water
-5 green tea bags
-3 cups of fresh mint leaves
-Cotton pads or a clean soft cloth


Bring 1 quart of water to a boil. Remove the strings and tags from the 5 tea bags and add them, as well as 3 cups of fresh mint leaves, to a pan.


Pour the boiling water over the mint leaves and tea bags and cover with a lid, letting is sit for approximately an hour so you can get all the good stuff out of it. Strain and then chill.


When the mixture has chilled thoroughly, use cotton pads or a clean soft cloth soaked in the liquid and apply directly to the burn. You can also pour it over the burn if you wish.


If you find yourself without green tea you can substitute black tea, which also contains tannins.


  1. Indulge in some aloe


Aloe vera gel is many peoples go-to when they have sunburn. It’s cool, soothing, and seems to suck the sting and redness right out of your sunburn.


Because aloe is useful for a number of other ailments (such as acne or heartburn) it’s handy to have a plant growing in your house. They’re easy to maintain, free from any additives, and you won’t have to keep running out to buy more from the store all the time once it’s big enough.


If you would really rather prefer not having the plant, getting some good quality aloe vera gel from the store is the next best thing-it’s also more practical for treating larger areas.


You will need…
-An aloe plant with thick, juicy, leaves
-Enough store bought gel to cover your burn


If using the plant, slit several big leaves down the middle, not cutting all the way through. Spread them flat, and lay on your burn. You can also squeeze the gel out.


If you’re using gel that’s already been extracted, apply however much you need to your sunburn. The plant is usually more practical when treating smaller areas, while the purchased aloe gel is easier to spread over a big burn. A combination of both works as well.


  1. Season with vinegar


Vinegar has been part of family lore for literally hundreds of years. While there is no official research done on how it helps sunburns in particular, there are a vast amount of people out there who swear up and down that vinegar helps heal sunburn, or mildly burned tissue in general.


Pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar seems to work the best, and often times proponents of this method say is most effective after a cool or tepid shower.


You will need…
-1 cup roughly apple cider vinegar
-a spray bottle (optional)
-Cotton balls or something similar for application


Try this after taking a water only shower if possible. Fill a spray bottle with pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar, and spritz it onto your burn, or soak cotton balls and apply. Let it dry.


  1. Wash it with witch hazel


Witch hazel is a staple when it comes to healing a number of ailments and maladies. Witch hazel is a plant, but only the leaves bark, and twigs, are used medicinally.


Witch hazels contain chemicals called “tannins” which, when applied to directly to the skin, can help reduce swelling, repair damaged skin, and ward off nasty bacteria.


You’ll most likely find witch hazel in a distilled liquid extract form, which simply distilled from the dried leaves, bark, and twigs of the plant. It may also be called witch hazel water.


You will need…
-3 tablespoons of witch hazel, approximately
-Cotton balls or a clean soft cloth


The amount of witch hazel you will need will depend on the area of the burn you want to cover. Pour the necessary amount into a bowl, and soak cotton balls or a clean cloth in the liquid.


Dab on just enough to cover the burn-it doesn’t need to be dripping off. Reapply as needed for pain.


  1. Take a bath with the Quaker guy


I should specify that I mean add oatmeal to a bath, and the one with the nice looking fellow wearing a hat tends to be the one most people have. That being said, any plain rolled oats will do.


The polysaccharides in oatmeal will coat and heal your skin, while the water cools you down and keeps your skin hydrated and moist.


Make sure your bath is tepid, or slightly on the cooler side. Cold water will seal off pores and your body will want to trap heat. The burn is hot enough that tepid water will still soothe it.


You will need…
-Roughly 2 cups of rolled oats, uncooked
-a clean tube sock


Fill a clean cotton tube sock with uncooked oatmeal and tie off the top. Make sure the top is really cinched off; otherwise the oatmeal will leak out and float around.


Run a bath full of tepid water, only a little on the cool side if you feel even tepid is too warm. Toss in the sock and let it soak for a few minutes before getting in the tub.


Squeeze the out the sock to get all the healing goodness, and repeat every few minutes. The water will get cloudy, and your skin may feel somewhat slick-which is a good thing. Let yourself air dry, or pat dry gently with a clean soft towel when you’re finished.


Note: Don’t linger for hours, as a super long soak may dry out your skin more in the end.


  1. DIY burn cream


Whipping up a cream to soothe your sunburn at home can be easy, provided you have the right ingredients. Not surprisingly, this cream contains water, witch hazel, aloe vera gel, mint leaves, and baking soda, all of which relieve sunburn for various reasons.


You can experiment by adding or subtracting other helpful ingredients to find out what works best for you.


You will need…
-1 tablespoon of witch hazel
-1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
-2-4 teaspoons of baking soda or cornstarch
-1-2 cups of fresh mint leaves, or 1 teaspoon of peppermint oil
-2 tablespoons fresh, clean, water


Put 2 tablespoons of fresh water, 1 tablespoon of witch hazel, and 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel, in a small mixing bowl. Stir together and then cover, letting the mixture blend and infuse for 2 hours. After 2 hours, add 2-4 teaspoons of baking soda or cornstarch, and 1-2 cups of roughly chopped fresh mint leaves.


If it seems too runny add more baking soda or cornstarch slowly, or if it’s too thick, add small amounts of water slowly until desired consistency is reached.


Transfer to a jar or similar container with a tight fitting lid, and store in a cool dark place for 24 hours to let the cream fully infuse. You can than apply as needed.


Making some ahead of time and keeping it in the refrigerator ensures you always have a handy cream to heal any sunburn you get during the hot summer months.


  1. Don’t get burned


This had to be listed at some point-the best way to treat a burn is to not get burned in the first place. Forget about getting a ridiculous tan a.s.a.p. and apply some sunscreen. You’ll darken your skin gradually, and in a much healthier way.


  1. Use plain yogurt


Live cultured plain yogurt contains an abundance of probiotics and enzymes that help heal our skin. When you find yourself red and sunburned, it can help you recover faster. Make sure it’s truly plain yogurt, not vanilla, and that it has probiotics.


You will need…
-1/2 cup or so of plain live cultured yogurt


A half cup of plain yogurt should be sufficient to treat facial burns at least, but feel free to use more if you want to cover more area.


Wash your hands and apply cool yogurt directly to your burn, and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. When the pain has subsided, gently rinse it off with cool or tepid water.


  1. Avoid suds

Do not soak your burn in soapy water, or take a bubble bath. Soap can dry out and irritate your already irritated skin.


If you want to soak or submerge it, do so in a cool or tepid bath. When you’re done, pat yourself gently dry with a clean soft towel (be sure not to rub.)


If your skin feels tight or dry afterwards, apply aloe vera gel or a similar moisturizer.


  1. Double check your meds


Various antibiotics, creams, pills, and antifungal medication can make you ultra-sensitive to the sun. When I was treating my acne I would awe people with how I functioned in spite of my sizzling red my skin (if you count taking 30 minutes to pull on clothes functioning.) The medications I was on made me extremely sensitive to sunlight, and I burned after about 10 minutes outside.


Check with your doctor or read the side effects of your medications if you find yourself getting burned easier and on a more frequent basis than usual. It could be that you have to use a little extra protection if you’re compromised due to medicine.


  1. Apply, reapply

To get the most out the SPF (sun protection factor) of your sunscreen, apply it 30 minutes before you even go outside. Don’t neglect sensitive areas like your ears, the back of your neck and shoulders, and the backs of your legs and arms.


If you’re sweating or swimming, reapply as needed. Don’t get too big for your britches when you’ve been cooking yourself on the beach all day and haven’t gotten burned.


A sunburn doesn’t truly set in until 24 hours after sun exposure, and chances are you’ll be feeling the consequences of not covering up later.


  1. Watch the clock


While it would be impractical to advise people to stay indoors during the prime hours of the day, keep an eye on what time it is. The sun is the most powerful, and damaging, when around its highest point.


Between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm is when it’s at its strongest, so make sure you’re being wise about how you expose yourself.


  1. Cool it, cucumber


Instant relief-that’s what a cucumber is to scorched skin. Not only is a cool cucumber soothing to the burn simply because it is cool, but its antioxidant and analgesic properties promote healing and further relief from discomfort. You can apply it in a couple of ways, but however you do it, the swelling, redness, and pain should diminish soon.


You will need…
-1 or 2 fresh cucumbers, chilled
-A blender or a knife


If you’re going for mainly quick pain relief, slice up a chilled cucumber and lay the slices on your burned skin. Flip the slices when the first side heats up, like how you flip a pillow to get the cool side up.


For a longer lasting effect, chill 1 or 2 cucumbers and toss them in a blender to create a paste. Feel free to add in some aloe vera gel or cornstarch if you want it a little thicker.


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Sunburn is the perfect case of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That being said you’ll still get burned from time to time, no matter how diligent you are.


Sunburn is also a great example of an ailment you can treat at home, without needing a bunch of special creams. On top of that, home remedies for minor sunburns are generally easy to whip up, and usually cost little to nothing.


Also, forget racing to get a tan, the long term effects just aren’t worth it. Be patient; protect yourself from harmful rays, and rest assured knowing that when you get older you’ll radiate a healthy glow that can’t be beat, no matter what color your skin is.


By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.


It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.


It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.


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Aloe Vera benefits for skin and hair


Aloe Vera benefits for skin and hair - Aloe Vera benefits for skin and hair
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The aloe vera plant is a perennial plant of Lily family and grows up to 60 cm high. Earlier it was found in the dry climatic conditions of Northern Africa and parts of India, today it is grown in many parts of the world for its inexplicable qualities and remedial powers.  This small plant has yellow flowers which look like bell-shaped pendants that are up to 2.5 cm. long in terminal spines on cylindrically shaped woody stems.


Aloe is easy to grow and care for which makes for a great houseplant. Preparing the soil for planting is essential before aloes can be planted outside. Caring for aloe vera is similar to the care needed to grow cacti – bright sunlight and infrequent watering. The aloe plant can grow quickly given ideal conditions, while being relatively carefree about soil type.


Aloe vera plant contains green leaves that are long, stiff, and sword shaped with a series of menacing points on each edge. The aloe vera plant’s leaves grow directly from the ground. After nearly 3 years of plant life of aloe vera, the beneficial gel content in the hard outer green leaves gets enriched with maximum nutrition and value. This gel has medicinal uses which can be used as a topical remedy for sunburns, skin irritation, abrasions, and scrapes.


If you like to use plants and herbs for healing purposes, you won’t find many plants that will give you the numerous benefits that you get from the aloe vera plant. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of aloe vera.


Aloe Vera for burns


How Aloe Vera Can Help For burns of any kind, including sunburn, aloe has a very well-deserved reputation. It contains salicylic acid, which is the same pain killing agent found in aspirin, and is a highly effective pain reliever.


Aloe vera also contains gibberellins and glycans, 2 natural anti inflammatories that can help reduce redness and swelling. It has a cooling effect on your skin and because it is made up of 95 per cent water, can effectively moisturize your skin and regain its elasticity. This will reduce the appearance of wrinkles.


This plant also consists of lignins. Lignins are chemical compounds that are a crucial part your skin’s cell walls. It increases blood circulation and will help your skin to heal much faster.


Aloe Vera for acne


In addition to helping with sunburns, aloe vera juice can be good for skin conditions like acne. Acne can be treated in many different ways: diet, exercise and through a skin care regimen. Almost all cleansers and toners contain harsh chemicals that damage and rob your skin of its moisture; aloe vera juice is all-natural and adds moisture.


The aloe vera juice contains many vitamins and minerals that you need for not only healthy and clear skin, but for a healthy body. Containing calcium chromium, copper, potassium, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, sodium, folic acid, niacin, as well as Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E aloe vera juice is perfect for your acne treatment.


This is a long list of vital vitamins and nutrients that are the exact ingredients that you would include in a natural skin product. Regular acne treatments can’t stop the itching and burning that acne sores produce; however, by treating it with aloe vera these symptoms will vanish.


Aloe Vera for hair and dandruff


Use of aloe vera benefits hair growth too. It is considered to be a safe and natural product that improves the quality of hair, nourishes hair and prevents loss of hair too. It is extremely beneficial for the scalp, as it treats the scalp properly, provides adequate nutrients and nourishment and ensures growth of hair.


Sometimes there is a non-threatening bacterial or fungal infection that affects the scalp. This can be the main reason why so much sebum (oil) is produced. The aloe vera gel from the plant possesses very strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties which neutralizes the affected area. Hence, leading to accelerated hair growth.


About 10-15 minutes before you wash your hair, rub a lot of aloe vera gel into your scalp. Leave it on for 10 minutes, and shampoo your hair like you regularly do. If you do this every day the dandruff will stay away.


Aloe Vera for digestive health


Another advantage to taking aloe vera juice is that it can help your digestive health. Of course, you can help your digestion with many other natural foods as well. If you have any kind of problems with your bowels, a good way to treat this is by consuming more fiber. The active cultures in yogurt can also aid your digestion.


There is now research proving that aloe vera juice can help your entire digestive system, which runs from your oesophagus down to your stomach and bowels, work better. If regularity has ever been a problem for you, some of this stuff could help fix you right up!

Just two to four ounces a day is all that is required to have the benefits of aloe vera juice. Drink it daily, and aloe vera can aid your digestion, improve your circulation and detoxify your body and cleanse your colon.


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12 Holistic Ways to Treat Acne Prone Skin


Although many pharmaceutical products are available to treat acne prone skin, these treatments often have unpleasant side effects like irritation or skin drying. You might be surprised that you only need to open your refrigerator and pantry door just to find staple ingredients you can use for effective treatment of acne.
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Acne can leave you embarrassed and completely fed up with the constant eruptions and following acne scars. Acne is typically caused by the interaction of bacteria, hormones and sebum (oil from the hair follicle).  The causes of acne include hormonal changes, reduction in collagen production, free-radical damage, poor nutrition, solar radiation and pollution.


A conscientious skin-care regime can combat some causes. Your skin has the ability to heal, renew and protect itself with the proper care. Although many pharmaceutical products are available to treat or eliminate acne problems, these treatments often have unpleasant side effects like irritation or skin drying.


You do not necessarily need to spend a lot of money and subject yourself to such problems in order to attain physical beauty. You might be surprised that you only need to open your refrigerator and pantry door just to find staple ingredients you can use to make homemade beauty products.


By using products such as these for acne scar removal, you will save yourself a lot of money and will improve the quality of your skin. They are safer in comparison and have no side-effects whatsoever.


The first most important thing you need to take note of to treat acne prone skin is hygiene. A healthy skin care regime should include no harsh scrubbing or over-washing, because this can cause possible skin irritation or over production of oil to replace what has washed off, clogging pores in the process.


Shampoo your hair daily, especially if it is oily. Comb or pull your hair back to keep the hair out of your face. Avoid tight headbands. Control your dandruff. Use a mild antidandruff shampoo. Avoid oily hair care products, such as oil-containing gels and pomades as they can drip onto the skin and clog the pores to give rise to acne.


The cause of acne can be due to unhealthy eating habits. Eating of spicy and fatty food in excess can lead to acne. Certain kind of food can aggravate the condition in some people. Drinking plenty of water is the easiest thing you can do to maintain your skin. Have diet rich in Vitamin A.  Avoid high glycemic index food (that can raise blood glucose levels). Also skip alcohol.


If you do spot acne-troubled areas, do NOT mess with them. Pricking or squeezing pimples and blemishes will only aggravate the risk of skin inflammation and acne scars  For best acne skin care effects, using a mild cleanser or toner once in the morning, noon and evening, and after doing a heavy work out, will help you achieve a clear skin.


Avoid hand contact with your face for better acne skin care results. For men, shaving should be done with care. Choose the best electric shavers and safety razors you can trust for years. Doctors advised men to shave lightly, and shave only when necessary for acne skin care maintenance. Changing your pillow covers regularly also helps prevent frequent breakouts.


The trick to blending acne and anti-aging skin regimens is to choose items that contain ingredients that have multiple benefits. What you have to remember when using these common household items is that they take longer to clear up your acne symptoms as compared to commercial treatments. When you are undergoing treatment and it takes time, it is easy to get frustrated. It is important for you to maintain a positive outlook and think that things are going to get better.


The following though not an exhaustive list, are the healthy choices you can use to get rid of acne.


Manuka Honey


Manuka honey is renowned for its antibacterial activity and this makes it helpful in the treatment of skin problems. If you are prone to breakouts or suffer mild acne, apply this facial mask after cleansing skin. Simply massage 2 teaspoon of manuka honey onto your face and leave for 30 minutes. Remove with a warm, damp flannel. After a few weeks, you will notice your skin start to improve.


Aloe Vera Leaves


Aloe vera, has been proven to be effective for people with acne prone skin. Aloe vera is widely known as a skin healer providing skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties which are good for treating acne aggravated and inflamed skin. Aloe vera not only kills germs, it also acts as a natural moisturizer and skin conditioner leaving the skin looking and feeling soft, smooth and healthy.


The gel inside of the aloe vera leaves has both anti-inflammatory as well anti-bacterial properties. This gel is also recognized for calming not only acne prone skin but burns and eczema. For best results, use fresh aloe vera gel from the plant or look for an organic clear aloe vera gel with aloe vera as the only ingredient.


Tea Tree


Tea tree oil is considered to have some of the best natural antiseptic / antifungal properties in the world.  Tea tree oil is made by steam distilling the leaves of the tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), which is native to Australia.


Tea tree oil treats acne just as effectively as benzoyl peroxide and causes fewer side effects. Pure tea tree oil is 100% natural and is a great alternative to harsh chemicals on your skin. But some people may find tea tree oil to be irritating, so do a skin test before applying it directly to your face.


To treat acne prone skin, saturate a cotton swab with tea tree oil and apply the oil directly to the acne breakout. Do not rinse. Perform this process in the morning and evening. You can also make an astringent rinse by adding 4 drops of tea tree oil to a cup of water. Use the rinse no more than once a day.


You can also prepare a facial acne mask by adding 4 drops of tea tree oil to one egg white. Whisk well and apply the mask to your face. Leave it on for 15 minutes, and then rinse well with lukewarm water. Use the facial mask no more than once per week.


Lavender Essential Oil


The main benefits of using lavender oil to treat acne come from its ability to calm nerves and soothe damaged skin. To use lavender oil to treat acne prone skin, you have to dilute it first by mixing 1 to 4 drops of lavender oil into 1 teaspoon of a base oil like almond or olive oil before applying it to the skin.


Especially serious acne often benefits from a mixture of one part of lavender oil and 4 parts of tea tree oil. The best lavender oil treatment for body acne is to add a few drops of it to a tub of water and soak for at least 15 minutes.




Mustard contains natural salicyclic acid which helps in clearing up acne. To treat acne prone skin, mix turmeric powder with a few drops of mustard oil and lemon juice. Apply this paste on your pimples, leave it on for 15 minutes and then scrub gently. Wash off with plain water. Do this 2-3 times a week to keep chronic acne spots at bay.




Garlic contains medicinal properties that can help with the clearing of any complexion outbreaks. Crush the garlic, and then put it on the area of your face with the acne. Be sure to keep it away from the sensitive eye area. It may sting, but the garlic kills off the bacteria that cause acne in the first place. Let the garlic work on the infected area for several minutes. Wash off the garlic and gently pat your skin dry.


Apple Cider Vinegar


Apple cider vinegar is used to detoxify the skin, and it functions like a laxative. It gently, but effectively pushes away dead skin cells and restores the natural pH balance to the skin, allowing the natural healing process to continue.


The vinegar can be taken orally, but is most effective when applied directly onto the scarred skin. Mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 teaspoon of water and apply to the affected area with the help of a cotton ball. No need to rinse.




To treat acne prone skin, mix 1 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon with 3 teaspoon of honey, apply to the affected area and leave it on overnight. Rinse off with warm water in the morning. In place of honey, you can either mix cinnamon powder with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or with equal portion of milk.


Blackstrap Molasses


Blackstrap molasses contains powerful antioxidants, which are believed to contribute to good skin health and lower the risk of lines, wrinkles and other skin conditions associated with premature aging.


To treat acne prone skin, take 1 teaspoon of unsulphured blackstrap molasses and apply it to the affected area. Rinse off after 10 minutes. You can also take 1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses orally to treat acne.


Basil Leaves


Basil leaves has many medicinal properties. This is because it’s antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory by nature. For this acne solution people need to take two to three teaspoons of dried basil leaves and add them to a cup containing boiling water. Then the leaves need to be steeped for ten to twenty minutes and left until cooled. Using a cotton ball the solution will then be applied on the acne affected areas.


Consuming some fresh basil can boost your immune system. But, basil is more effective as a topical remedy for acne. The simplest way to use basil for acne removal is to apply basil tea on your skin. Mix 2-3 teaspoons of dried leaves with a cup of water, boil for about 15 minutes, strain and cool. If you use fresh basil, make sure that you crush the leaves to release its natural oils. Use a cotton ball to dab the tea on your skin. Follow this twice a day and your complexion will become noticeably brighter and smoother. You can refrigerate the unused tea for a week.




If you have parsley on your garden, well, this is the best time to put them in use. Create a concoction by boiling fresh parsley leaves in water. Let it boil for at least 15-20 minutes. Put the finished products on a bottle. Get a ball of cotton and wet it on the mixture of parsley. Swab it on the dark blotches on your face. This is much like using a cleanser, but a bit more of a natural and green method.




Wash a tomato well and cut it into half. Apply directly all over your face letting the juice spread generously. Let it dry and wash it off with cold water. Tomato being a natural astringent also closes the open pores and gives the skin a blemish-free smooth look. It works very well for skin regeneration too by promoting cellular growth.


Alternatively, you may mix tomato pulp with some honey and spread on the face as a mask. Let it dry and wash off with water. It would help in clearing acne scars as well as help moisturize the skin well.


You can also prepare a face mask with a mixture of tomato and avocado pulp which is also effective in controlling oil secretion of the skin and keeping the skin acne-free.


Another simple way to treat acne prone skin is by using cucumber and tomato astringent. Slice the cucumber and neatly squeeze out the juices of these slices. Take a tomato and blend it in a blender to get a smooth pulp, strain the tomato juice. Mix the cucumber and tomato juice together and apply it on your face with the help of a cotton ball. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and wash it off with warm water.


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