Body piercings and their effects on one’s skin

Body piercing is something which has been practiced for many years since time immemorial. The practice of body piercing or art as some like to call it is so old that in the Egyptian pyramids, earrings and other jewellery were found in the graves of the mummies. This just goes to show how old the practice of body piercing is. Body piercing can be defined as the act of making an incision in someone’s skin to allow ornaments and jewellery to be put into the newly created hole in that skin. Everywhere you travel around the world, people have been piercing their bodies for various reasons. In most Asian countries like India, china and Japan, body piercing was and is still to this day done for religious reasons, as a rites of passage ritual, as well as cosmetic value. In Japan when a samurai graduated from his sword training, it is said that they pierced their ears to show to the society that indeed they were now fully fledged warriors. In china, when a younger martial arts student attained the rank of a kung fu fighter, he got piercings to show his achievement. In India, body piercings are done mostly for religious reasons. It is common to find people of Punjabi region and tribe with all types of body piercings as a symbol of a certain religious code and god. Some of the Hindu priests have these piercings as a symbol of their religious devoutness. In America, body piercing was practiced by the Native Americans as well as its new inhabitants who continue to live in the present day country that we call the United States of America.

Body piercings can have a profound effect on the skin, most of which is not good. Some of the things that can happen to the skin after piercing it are make it susceptible to infection, lead to the formation of scars in the pierced area, damage the underlying blood vessels that support the skin, make the skin stretch abnormally, and lead to the spread of diseases which are transmitted through open wounds or openings. The skin becomes susceptible to infections because the opening done gives way to flesh which is sensitive to bacteria. Many people may take for granted piercing their skin when in fact it is a very serious situation which can eventually come down to between life and death. This is especially true for piercings which are done particularly in the navel area which is very sensitive and can as long as two years to heal. Any infection that goes through this area can affect intestines and lead to a systemic infection. Scars form in pierced area when the wound done heals. These scars may be unsightly especially when the piercings done are huge with complications such as healing problems which lead to open wounds.

Piercings can cause the blood vessels that support the dermis and epidermis layers of the skin to be damaged. When this happens, the skin may die off leading to it hardening up and becoming scaly. Another effect of the skin hardening is loss of feeling that come with the skin because the skin receptors are no longer working. Body piercings can also make the skin elastic that normal thus making it stretch. This is documented very well by observing those who wear certain jewellery for a very long time. A good example of these phenomena is observed by observing those who wear certain earrings which stretch the skin of the ear leading to it becoming permanently deformed. Once this skin is stretched, the whole process that it goes through cannot be reversed thus forcing you to leave with it as it is. Piercing is also dangerous in that it can lead to the spread of many diseases which are transmitted through blood. This happens if the tools used to make incisions are not sterilized well and are then shared between people. This means that if one of the people who have used the tool is infected with a disease like AIDS, then others who’ve used it also are likely to get infected from the disease. If you have any information about body piercing in general, kindly leave your comment in the section below.

Tuberous sclerosis complex disease

Tuberous sclerosis complex which is abbreviated as TSC is a disease which has a no cure and causes formation of non malignant tumors in many organs of our body. The organs which are commonly affected by it are the skin, heart, kidneys, brain, lungs and eyes. The fact that it affects serious body organs like the heart, kidneys and brain means that it can be fatal if left unchecked in a patient. The disease is genetic meaning it can be passed from parent to child. In fact the chances of a child contracting the disease are 50% if one of the parents has the disease. In United States alone, it is estimated that close to 50,000 people are suffering from the disease and 1 out of every 6000 children born has the disease. Some of the health issues caused by the disease are autism, intellectual disability whereby the ill person has trouble learning like a normal human being, seizures, and developmental delay. Even though these health issues might affect the quality or standard of life of the ill person, many people with the disease still manage to lead normal lives and are able to hold normal careers like those of doctors, engineers, and educators. The average life expectancy of someone with tuberous sclerosis complex is the same as that of a normal person if the person with the disease is attended to by doctors to keep some of its serious conditions from getting out of control.

Doctors can tell if someone has the disease by using a couple of methods. One of them involves observing the skin. According to the website called tsalliance.org which is run by doctors who deal with treating and researching on TSC, TSC manifests itself in someone’s skin through appearance of light colored spots called hypomelanotic macules, and bumps on the skin of several different types. These bumps are like angiofibromas,cephalic fibrous plaques,shagreen patches,and ungual fibromas. Doctors use a combination of these features to diagnose the disease in mostly young patients. It’s only in TSC will these diseases appear together thus making it easier for doctors to make diagnosis. We are going to look at each of the TSC diseases above to see what they are and how they affect a TSC patient. Hypomelanotic macules is one disease that definitely stands out because of its ash leaf spots that appear on the skin. These spots have less than normal skin pigmentation which resemble the leaf of the European mountain ash tree. These less than normal skin pigmentation means that a TSC patient should use sunscreen to protect himself from sun damage whenever outside.

Angiofibromas is characterized by small bumps which appear mostly on the cheeks, nose, chin, and at times forehead of someone. People over 5 years old are the ones who suffer from this ailment. And as one gets older, the disease tends to reduce its severity and can ultimately disappear altogether in time. Cephalic fibrous plaque is sort of similar to angiofibroma. The difference between the two is the elevated enlarged skin that occurs in cephalic fibrous plaque which sometimes may need surgery to be removed. What id depressing for most TSC patients with this condition is the fact that this elevated skin occurs mostly on someone’s forehead and after surgery to remove it; a big scar may be present where it was. Shagreen patches appear mostly on people’s back and come as a result of excess amounts of fibrous tissue. They are elevated thickened pebbly skin and can be removed through surgery if one wishes. Ungual fibromas are located under the fingernails and can cause a lot of discomfort and bleeding whenever they push nails upwards. Even after treatment, these ungula fibromas disease can recur. If nyou have more information about TSC and specifically its effects on the skin, kindly add to this discussion what you know in the comments section below.

What Can You Do About Hair Loss?

Hair Loss Prevention

Did you know that most people shed anywhere from 50 to 100 hairs every day? Since we have over 100,000 hairs on our heads, this isn’t a big deal. It’s when we lose more than that or our hair stops growing back that it can become a problem and hair loss leading to thinning or balding can affect males and females.

Preventing hair loss really depends on the cause of the hair loss in the first place. Hair gradually thins as we get older, but there are other things that can cause us to lose hair, including hormonal issues, scalp and skin infections and disorders, and a medical condition called alopecia areata which is the result of the immune system attacking the hair follicles. Some medications used to treat depression, cancer, and other health conditions are also known to cause hair loss.

You may be surprised to know that medications and medical conditions aren’t the only causes of hair loss. Physical and emotional shock, like a death of a loved one or drastic weight loss can also cause hair loss. There is also a mental illness called hair-pulling disorder that causes the person the urge to pull out their hair. And, just like your grandmother may have warned you—hairstyles that pull the hair too tight can also lead to hair loss.

What You Can Do

While there are options to treat hair loss, like medications and hair transplants; prevention of hair loss in the first place is what we should strive for. Fortunately there are things that you can do to prevent hair loss depending on your situation:

Eat a balanced diet. Malnutrition can wreak havoc on your immune system and the skin on your scalp. Eat a diet that is rich in antioxidants. Beta-carotene in particular helps the hair’s sebaceous glands create sebum, which is an oily substance that conditions the hair and scalp. Your best sources for beta-carotene are fruits and vegetables, mainly those that are orange in color. The American Academy of Dermatology also recommends getting more protein since the body will shut down hair growth to conserve protein when it’s not getting enough.

Avoid tight hairstyles. You want to avoid or at least limit doing anything to your hair that causes traction. These can include ponytails, buns, and braids. Cornrows are particularly rough on the hair and known to cause breakage and hair loss. Weaves that use tight braids or adhesive to secure the artificial hair to your real hair should also be avoided.

Avoid using harsh products on your hair. Products containing harsh chemicals, such as hair dyes and bleaches, and gels and hairsprays high levels of alcohol can cause breakage as well as dry out the scalp. Limit the use of these products or look for natural options that don’t contain chemicals. You want to choose products that moisturize and replenish the hair and scalp and work to keep the hair strong rather than break it down. Look for products that are organic when possible and free of alcohol. Those containing natural oils or vitamins may also be beneficial in terms of keeping your hair and scalp healthy.

Keep stress levels down. Though it’s generally severe shock or stress like those mentioned above that can cause hair loss, stress has been found to impact the body’s immune health and make a person unhealthy. Stress management and relaxation techniques can help, as can getting professional help or support to deal with traumatic events. You can also limit the amount of hair loss from physical stress, such as that from extreme weight loss by adding supplements to your diet to be sure you’re getting adequate nutrition while losing weight.

Adrienne is a freelance writer and author who has written extensively on all things health and beauty for more than a decade. When she’s not holed-up in her writing shed researching an article or off interviewing health professionals, she can be found frolicking around her beach town with husband and dogs in tow or splashing about the lake trying to master the stand-up paddle board. You can connect with Adrienne on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/writeradrienne.

 

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Receptors

Skin receptors are some of the most important parts of our skin even though many people who are not biology specialists may not have ever heard of them. They play the important role of sending information from the outside world to the nerves. The six different senses that skin receptors are concerned with are pressure, heat, cold, pain vibrations and touch. There are four different types of receptors which are ruffini corpuscles, pacinian corpuscle, meissner corpuscle, and free nerve endings.

Ruffini corpuscle is named after an Italian histologist and embryologist who discovered them in 1898. They are thought to be receptors in the skin sensitive to pressure on the skin. For them to be recognized, Angelo Ruffini corresponded about his work with an English physicist by the name Sir Charles Sherrington. Their friendship blossomed or developed after Ruffini had earlier on shared his work concerning muscle nerve endings with Sherrington. It was Sherrington who made sure that Rufinni’s work was published in the journal of physiology. Ruffini receptors respond to sustained pressure and have low adaptability. They are spindle shaped and play a crucial role in the kinesthetic movement of our fingers. Its because of them that we are able to have a firm grip on an object. They are also sensitive to skin stretch. Some believe them to be heat receptors which respond easily to temperature changes between 25 degrees and 45 degrees. They are found in the deep layers of our skin between the dermis of both hairy and glabrous skin.

The pacinian corpuscle were discovered by another Italian anatomist named Fillipo Pacini whom they were named after. It is very unfortunate that this man did not get to see himself been rewarded for his hard work for at the time of his discovery, many other Italian anatomists did not believe in his work. He was honored posthumously and to these day is respected the world over for what he did. Pacinian corpuscle are found all over our bodies and are the most sensitive types of skin receptors. Some of the places they are found on our bodies are on our sexual organs which are the penis and clitoris and also on our tongue and lips. They respond to vibrations and they are shaped more like onions. Pacinian corpuscle are found in the deep layers of the dermis in both hairy and glabrous skin. Meissner corpuscles are found in the dermis of glabrous skin. They are the ones responsible for you feeling sensitivity when you are putting on your clothes. Because they are highly adaptable, the feeling of the clothes you’ve put on ceases quickly thanks to this corpuscles. The free nerve endings are found throughout our skin and respond to different types of stimulations like thermal, mechanical or noxious. If you have any more information concerning skin receptors, then kindly contribute to this topic in the comments section below.

Blemishes

It is estimated that close to 50 million people in United States alone have blemishes. Though blemishes are not very severe like in the case of blown out acne, they deserve attention for they can affect someone’s emotions by lowering confidence and self esteem. This is especially true for teenagers and young adults who each and every day of their lives are measured by society and their social peers on how beautiful or handsome they are. Blemishes come about when pores under the skin are clogged by sedum which is the excess oil produced by the skin. This sedum when it comes into contact with bacteria found on the skin, a breeding ground for infection is formed. The immune system then kicks to overdrive and immediately tries to get rid of these bacteria by pushing it outside thus leading to inflammation and formation of pimples and blemishes. There are many ways of getting rid of blemishes. Some of them involve use of artificial products while others involve use of purely natural products.

Some of the artificial treatments that you can get in your nearby stores here in the united states are like  neutrogena healthy skin anti wrinkle anti blemish clear skin cream which has been endorsed by the world famous cosmetic queen Paula Begoun, Aveeno clear complexion daily moisturizer which is another product which has also been endorsed by Paula Begoiun, MD skincare all over blemish solution which has been highly rated by one of the leading beauty magazines called Real simple magazine, and Clearasil ultra vanishing acne treatment cream which is packed with benzoyl peroxide which is famous with skin experts for been a good acne treatment cream. These are a just a few of the products found in the United States known for keeping blemishes at bay. There are many more out there in the market which can work as well as these ones if not better. What you as a consumer have to know though as you embark on a journey of seeking the best artificial creams is that there are also sub standard cream products in the market. And because of that, one has to be really careful on which product you choose. It’s best to stick to the established brands just to be safe.

There are many natural products that you can use to get rid of your blemishes. Not only are these natural products cheap, they are also very much easily available. These natural products are like yoghurt, lemon juice, carrot juice, aloe Vera juice, tomato juice, potato juice, facial scrubbers, orange peels, baking soda paste, ice cube attachment, pressing skin with banana peel, just to mention but a few. Each and every product here is supposed to be used differently and it is highly recommended that you seek advice from a skin care expert before you use any of them. For instance, yoghurt which has natural lactic acid which when applied to the skin with blemishes, kills the bacteria is supposed to be applied only once a week for not more than ten minutes. Other products on the other hand can be applied on a daily basis or even three times a day sometimes if one wishes. These are like lemon juice and banana peels. The most widely acclaimed natural product to date is aloe Vera and application of its juice on the skin can have a lot of medicinal value. If you have any more information to add to this topic, then kindly add your opinion in the comment section below.

Scleroderma

Scleroderma is one disease that many people have never heard of. It is solely because of this many people go undiagnosed with it even when the symptoms of the disease are very evident. Scleroderma is a chronic disease which affects the skin and other body organs causing them to dry up which in turn makes them not function properly like they are supposed to. It is not yet known exactly what the cause of this disease is but it is believed that the overproduction of collagens is the root cause. In America alone it is estimated that there are about 300,000 people suffering from the disease and the number would be higher if many people weren’t wrongly diagnosed. The reasons why there are many people suffering from the disease yet do not know it is because scleroderma symptoms can be confused easily with the symptoms of other diseases. This is quite unfortunate because early diagnosis can lead to better management of the disease. Those who are lucky enough to get the diagnosis early are able to live longer lives and can have a life expectancy like that of a normal person. Those who are not lucky enough to get the diagnosis early most of the times are caught unaware. Due to this, they can have a rapid decrease in their quality of life and eventually have an early death.

Scleroderma disease is classified into two categories which are localized scleroderma and systematic scleroderma. Localized scleroderma is the less serious type of scleroderma. This is because it only affects the skin only and most of the time tends to go away without any medical intervention. It mostly affects those people of European descent in America. Localized scleroderma is further divided into two types which are morphea and linear scleroderma. Morphea is the type which affects mostly children and is characterized by waxy patches on the skin. It most of the times disappears on its own with no medicine needed. Linear scleroderma also affects mostly children and can affect the formation of their limbs. Its waxy patches resemble a sword wound and the main difference between it and morphea is that it affects the skin deeper. Systematic scleroderma on the other hand is very serious in that it does not affect the skin only but also affects other organs of the body like the heart, lungs, kidneys, digestive system, and teeth. It affects in America people of African descent and Native Americans. Just like localized scleroderma, Systematic scleroderma is further divided into two types which are limited scleroderma and diffuse scleroderma. The difference between diffuse and limited scleroderma is that in diffuse scleroderma, thickening of the skin occurs in more areas of the skin rapidly than in limited. Fibrous hardening of the internal organs is also higher in people with diffuse scleroderma than in those with limited scleroderma. Limited scleroderma stands out from diffuse in that it takes a longer time for the sickness to really manifest itself in somebody.

Since scleroderma is a chronic disease, there is no cure for it. However one can take various measures to keep the disease at bay so that it does develop into a serious stage. This measures one can take are seeking medical advice from the various medical staff that deal with organs affected by the disease. These people are like dermatologists, orthopedic surgeons, cardiologists, and nephrologists. This is the only sure way of keeping healthy if suffering from scleroderma. If you have any suggestions or information concerning scleroderma, kindly let it be known in the comment section below.

Tattoos and their effect on the skin

Many tattoo lovers would say passionately that tattoos have no negative effects on the skin. Others who have seen the negative effects first hand would beg to differ and explain their reasons for their stand in details if they could. Getting tattoos is something which has been in existence for a very long time in different cultures all over the world. In Asia, many communities in present day India have been getting tattoos to indicate and symbolize different things in their lives. In Japan getting tattoos was and is still practiced amongst some groups of people there. In Australia and other small islands like New Zealand and Samoa, tattoos are and were a norm for the natives. In Africa, many communities like those found in West African countries like Nigeria used to get their tribal members tatted up to show or symbolize different stages of an individual’s life. In the Americas, that is both north, central and South America, the Native Americans like the Cherokee, Aztecs and the Maya also used tattoos to symbolize and give meaning to different things in their societies.

The traditional type of tattoos were not that complicated like the way present day tattoos are. This is because most of them used natural dyes from plants to color the tatted area as opposed to present day ink which is extracted from metallic compounds. These compounds depending on how the tattoo has been inserted can sometimes be harmful to one’s skin. If the tattoo artists is very gifted or talented at what he does, then chances are you won’t have any serious issues with the wound and its normal healing process will take normal course as expected. The modern day artificial metallic inks are made from different metals. The differentiating factor between them is color because different metals produce different colors. The following metals are used in making tattoo ink. Barium produces white, copper produces blue and green, aluminum green and violet, chromium green, nickel black, lead yellow green and white, iron brown red and black, titanium white, cobalt blue, zinc yellow and white, cadmium red yellow and orange, and mercury red. The problem with using this metal ink for tattoos is the toxicity effect of them in someone’s body. It has been proven that even after many years of been with a tattoo, these metals can cause irritations to someone’s skin and cause some serious side effects.

one of the negative effects of tattoos are scaring. This may happen when all does not go well as planned and the wound becomes serious and out of control. Another one is the spreading of bacteria on the skin which can result in diseases. These bacteria spread when incisions are made by the tattoo artist to get the ink under the skin thus creating small puncture wounds. These bacteria if left unchecked can lead to infections which sometimes can be serious enough and force the person with it to seek amputation.  Another side effect of tattoos is loss of natural pigmentation on one’s skin due to the metallic ink. This happens a lot especially when someone is undergoing tattoo removal when the skin is been heated with laser. Even though tattoos have their own advantages, the above negative side effects are some of the disadvantages which have been experienced by some who had to go through the process of getting tattoos. If you feel that you may have anything more to add to this topic, then kindly state your opinion in the comment section below.

Skin complications which come from diseases

There are many diseases which bring with them many skin complications every time somebody suffers from them. Some of these skin disease complications are so severe to the extent that you can immediately tell what the person is suffering from by just looking at his skin. Almost every disease ranging from sexually transmitted diseases to those caused by malnutrition and viruses have an adverse effect on the skin. Here we are going to look at how some diseases affect the skin. One such disease which has a direct negative effect on the skin is diabetes. When one is suffering from diabetes disease, his or her skin is likely to have the following characteristics. It becomes dry and itchy most of the times, The reasons for dryness of the skin in people with diabetes disease is because of the following. One is because most people who are diabetic tend to have high glucose levels. This high glucose levels are formed by using a lot of water and moisture present in our bodies. This process results in the use of all the moisture meant to keep our skin moist thus the drying effect. Second reason why people who are diabetic disease have dry skin is poor circulation. Diabetics tend to have loss of circulation and nerves which then hinders the normal functioning of sweat glands. When sweat glands completely shut down, our skin becomes dry because there is no sweat to keep it moist.

Another disease which is notorious for damaging our skin is cancer. Even though there are many types of cancers like lung, prostate and pancreatic, the most harmful of them all when it comes to our skin is skin cancer. According to doctors in a research facility in the United Kingdom, skin cancer manifests itself or has the following characteristics. The first characteristic that many people see is the change of pigmentation of the skin. Dark patches may appear on one part of the skin and then start spreading quickly to other areas. Another characteristic of skin cancer is bleeding, scaliness, and oozing of a bump or nodule in your body. To add to the above symptoms, skin cancer also causes a rise in the sensitivity of the skin. Because of these sensitivities, you may start feeling pain or tenderness on your skin because of things which in a normal person are not of concern. Like for instance, it may become harder for you to stay under the sun because of burning effect of its ultra violet rays. Another indirect effect of cancer on the skin can be dryness of the skin that comes due to some medications like chemotherapy. Chemotherapy which kills fast growing cancer cells also ends up destroying fast growing healthy cells thus causing the interruption in the way the skin works.

Another disease which is mostly sexually transmitted and has some serious side effects on the skin is AIDS. AIDS is an abbreviation of the words acquired immune deficiency syndrome. What AIDS does is attack the immune system in our body thus making us defenseless against any disease no matter how weak the disease is. This scenario leads to opportunistic skin infections that make the life of the sufferer unbearable. The above diseases are just a needle in the haystack of diseases that have adverse effects on the skin. Kindly add your opinions in the comment section below and add to the body of knowledge that we already have concerning this topic.

Brief facts about skin laser surgeries

There was a time when the mention of laser beams was only done in science fiction movies. But thanks to modern science, these days laser technology has become widespread and is in use in many places. Many people may not know it but the word laser is an abbreviation of the words Light Amplifications by the Stimulated Emissions of Radiation. It is the Russians who were the pioneers of laser technology. Since then others have followed suit through research and expounded on it. Here we are going to look at how laser treatment is been used in the medical professions by dermatologists to improve the lives of people. It is not known when exactly dermatologists started using laser treatments. But it is beyond doubt that right now many of them have it amongst the many options they offer for their clients. It is estimated that in America close to 250,000 people undergo laser resurfacing of the face surgery treatment every year. This statistic is proof enough to show that this treatment business is very popular and possibly worth multi millions of dollars if not billions.

Dermatologic lasers can be generally classified into two categories which are ablative and non ablative. Ablative lasers are ones which heat and remove the top layers of the skin. Some of the popular ablative used are carbon dioxide laser and erbium yag. According to the website belonging to the American society for dermatologic surgery, Carbon dioxide laser is broad and can be used in these three ways. It can be used in a focused state which means that it can be used to cut Skin without bleeding. In this type of focused treatment, the main aim of the surgery is to resurface the skin and give it a cosmetic improvement. This technique is best for repairing sun damaged skin, skin  on the face which has wrinkles, skin which is aging, and skin which has acne scars. Secondly it can be used in a defocused state where the dermatologist can treat precancerous growth, warts, and tumors. The third carbon dioxide laser state is called ultra pulsed where the laser beam is used to cut skin by concentrating the laser beam on one area.

The non ablative lasers are the opposite of ablative lasers in that they work underneath the skin and not over it. These non ablative lasers come in different colors and each color of laser plays a different role. For instance the yellow light lasers are used in the treatment of blood related illnesses while the green light lasers are used in the treatment of benign brown pigmented lesions. There are many advantages of using laser treatments in dermatology. One is that a majority of lasers provide a bloodless surgery, secondly is that they provide less scarring, and thirdly is their reduced risk of infection when compared with other types of surgeries. This reduced risk of infection comes about because there are no wounds like in the case of normal surgeries where bacteria can be transferred from tools to the patient been operated on. If you have anything more to add concerning laser treatments, kindly contribute to the discussion in the comment section below.

Herbal remedies for treating acne

Many people who suffer from acne have gone to great lengths to get rid of their skin problems unaware that they can utilize herbal remedies which are cheaper and much more effective to maintain their problems. Here we are going to look at some of the natural products and herbs that you can use to reduce acne. Number one on our list as an acne herbal remedy is garlic. Many people have praised this herb for its healing powers and magnificence. Those who do not know it often confuse it with onions which even though belong in the same category of plants, are a bit different. Skin experts have come to the realization that garlic has got the strongest antioxidants of all plants needed to bring acne to a halt in a patient. What antioxidants do in our body is very important. They prevent free oxygen atoms in our bodies from taking energy away from body cells which are needed in the normal function of body organs like skin. Garlic has a compound called allicin which decomposes into sulfenic acid, an acid considered to be the ultimate antioxidant. It’s this acid which gives garlic the unique smell and taste. Those in the medical and research fraternity are often amazed at how fast sulfenic acid reacts with the free oxygen radicals which steal energy from body cells. The reaction rate between these two is comparable to no other thus making sulfenic acid which comes from garlic the best antioxidant for treating acne. Other benefits of garlic which help reduce acne are its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.

Number two on our list of herbal remedies for treating acne is aloe Vera. Aloe Vera helps battle acne by removing excess oil and dirt from the skin since it is a natural astringent. This excess oil is what primarily causes bacterial infection every time it clogs a pore. There are two important plant hormones found in aloe vera which help in treatment of acne. They are polysaccharides and gibberellins. These two hormones kill the bacterium that is the root of all acne so to speak.  The third herbal remedy for treating acne is lemons. When lemon juice is applied to the acne prone area, it does the following things. It first of all kills the bacteria that is the culprit in making the acne worse. Its able to do this because it is acidic and normally bacteria have a hard time thriving in acidic environments. It would be true to compare the citric acid found in lemons to an antiseptic since it more or less does the same job as an over the counter anti septic. The citric acid also plays the role of an astringent by removing oil from the surface of the skin. To add to all these, citric acid from lemon juice is believed by many to reduce the size and severinity of scars. You don’t have to be a genius to realize that lemon juice has many clinical uses besides been a fruit.

Other fruits and herbs which are good for the treatment of acne are neem, amaranth,beet, grape,basil,chickpea,cucumber,coriander,just to mention but a few. If you have any more information concerning herbal remedies for acne, then kindly state your opinion and information in the comments section below.