Hormonal acne is a skin disorder that results in formation of blackheads, nodules, cysts, pimples, papules and pustules on any part of the body though the formation is largely concentrated on the face, the chest and the back. The condition is the result of overproduction of oil by the glands present right below the surface of the skin. The oils clog the skin pores resulting in acne. There are some excellent herbal remedies for treating and preventing hormonal acne.
Herbal Remedies For Hormonal Acne
Milk thistle is primarily known for its liver cleansing properties and for providing strength to both the liver and the gall bladder. Consumption of milk thistle helps increase the production of bile, which is a fluid responsible for breakdown of fatty cells. Bile also helps get rid of the by- products produced by testosterone hormone. It is the by-products of the hormone that give rise to hormonal acne. Drink two cups of milk thistle tea every day to treat and prevent acne.
Chasteberry is popularly known as monk’s pepper as well and is used in treating various forms of injuries and inflammation. In recent times the herb has been used for balancing hormonal levels in a woman’s body to regularize the menstrual cycle in order to help with regular ovulation. However, the herb can be used for treating hormonal acne in both men and women. Drink a cup of Chasteberry every day or take 20-40 mg of the herbal supplement daily. There have been no reported side effects of the herb but it should not be used by pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree essential oil is well known for its antifungal and antibacterial effects and is a popular ingredient in many skin and hair care products. Studies have revealed that the herbal oil has the same effect on hormonal acne as does the commercially available benzoyl peroxide. The essential oil has expectorant effects as well, which helps deal with the skin inflammation caused by hormonal acne. Mix tea tree oil with water in equal parts and apply it over the acne using a clean cotton ball. Perform the treatment twice a day but never use the oil undiluted. The oil is meant only for external use and should not be consumed.
Guggul is a small herb that is found growing in India and belongs to the myrrh family of plants. Inside the stem of the herb is a yellow resin that is used in medical preparations for treating arthritis, obesity and high cholesterol levels. Along with the yellow resin the herb also contains volatile oils and gum that have proven to be effective in the treatment of hormonal acne. The herb is available in capsule form but should be taken only after consulting a doctor.
Women in India are known to apply fresh turmeric powder paste on their faces every day to protect their skin from various infections including acne. The herb has excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help with the treatment of hormonal acne. To treat the condition mix half teaspoon organic turmeric powder with sufficient quantity of pure water or rosewater to form a paste. Apply the paste on your face for 20 minutes and then wash using cold water.