Handy home remedy for acne

Skin treatment

Acne, which is a long-term and common skin disease, appears due to the clogging of the skin pores on which the acne-causing bacteria, known as ‘propionibacterium’ acne thrive. Acne is not a dangerous skin condition but certainly makes the affected area look ugly with its unsightly scars.

There are many natural ingredients that are used to treat acne effectively. One such ingredient is lemon, which is not only cost-effective but also easily available at home. Dr Aakriti Mehra, consultant dermatologist, Enhance Clinics has shared some tips on how to remove acne with the goodness of lemon.

Lemon juice application

* Things you need: Lemon, water, cotton ball and a small bowl

* Process: Take the lemon juice in a small bowl, soak a cotton ball in it and squeeze out the excess juice. Apply the lemon juice to the acne-affected area. Leave it on the skin for 10 minutes or till the lemon juice dries out completely. Rinse the area with normal water, and then pat dry with a clean towel. Repeat this remedy twice daily to get rid of acne completely.

Lemon juice and honey

* Things you need: Lemon juice, honey and a small bowl

* Process: Take the lemon juice and honey in a bowl and mix well. Apply this mixture to the acne-affected area with your finger tips and leave it for five minutes. Wash the area with normal water and pat dry with a clean towel. Follow this remedy once in a day to get desired results against acne.

Lemon and egg white mask

* Things you need: Lemon juice and egg

* Process: Take an egg and separate the white portion of it. Add two tbsp of lemon juice to it and whisk well. Divide the mixture into three parts. Apply the first layer of the mixture to the skin and leave for five to seven minutes and then apply the second layer. After five to seven minutes, apply the third layer to the acne. Again after five to seven minutes, clean the area with warm water, and then pat the skin dry. Follow this remedy regularly to get rid of acne soon.

Lemon and cinnamon

* Things you need: Lemon juice and ground cinnamon

* Process: Take two tsps of lemon juice and one tsp of ground cinnamon in a bowl, and mix well to make a paste. Apply the paste on the acne and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse the area with lukewarm water and wipe your face with a clean towel.

Note: Cinnamon may cause a burning sensation for some people. So before applying it on the skin, do a patch test by applying it to a small part of your arm.

Lemon and chickpea

* Things you need: Lemon and chickpea powder and lukewarm water

* Process: Take the chickpea powder in a small bowl and squeeze the lemon juice on it. Mix the ingredients well to make a smooth paste. Apply it on the acne-affected skin and leave for a few minutes. Rinse the area with lukewarm water and wipe the skin with a clean towel. You can apply your regular moisturiser to your skin if you feel that it has become very dry. Use this remedy once daily to get a complete cure from your acne problem.

Lemon and yogurt

* Things you need: Lemon juice and yogurt

* Process: Take lemon juice and yogurt in a bowl and mix well to make a paste. Apply this paste on the acne-affected area with your fingertips. Leave it on the skin for a few minutes, and then wash the area with normal water. Repeat this process regularly to get rid of acne soon.

After using all these lemon-induced home remedies for acne, if the condition does
not improve, then you are advised to consult a dermatologist to confirm whether it is the outcome of some other disease.

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