Acne sucks, and aside from getting an over the counter prescription meant to literally burn those ooey, gooey, puss filled pimples away, there is really very little that you can do about it. Zits are the result of your skin becoming clogged with naturally occurring oils known as sebum. The trapped oils become a festering ground for bacteria and soon enough inflammation and an outbreak occurs. If you are a teenager, where acne goes hand in hand with awkward dancing and braces, then it would be easy to simple tell you to “buck up” and wash your face once in while. However, there are some people who end up suffering from acne outbreaks well into their 20s and even into their 30s. This is because aside from hormonal changes, others factors that contribute to pimples are genetics, diet and hygiene.
The most common over the counter treatment heaped upon the poor pimpled populace is benzoyl peroxide. This chemical compound which gets rid of acne by drying up the face is responsible for many of the billions of dollars that the multi billion dollar pharmaceutical industry makes each year. This is despite the fact that this chemical can irritate the face and your acne will most likely come back after you are done using it. Aside from this ever popular option, there are also much more expensive prescription drugs that you can opt to have and even laser surgery available for the most extreme cases.
Since these big companies generally foot the ad revenue bills for most of the mainstream media, the fact that safe and completely natural alternatives exist is generally overlooked. One great all natural treatment for acne that might be sitting on your window sill is Aloe Vera. This little green plant features many skin friendly components and has been used as a popular home remedy to treat many skin problems and injuries such as burns, scrapes, cuts and insect bites. The same soothing properties that bring relief from a sting or a bite can also be used to bring relief from the swelling and the itching that acne causes. The inner gel of the plant also contains long chain polysaccharides which are building blocks that can help repair damaged skin. On top of that, aloe contains ample amounts of the powerhouse antioxidant: Vitamin E. Vitamin E is considered by many experts to be your skins best friend. Rubbing the inner gel of the plant on your pimple will also help remove excess oil and bacteria and protect your skin from any future outbreaks.