Why do we Get Pimples?
Pimples are red and swollen outgrowths found on the skin. They are highly irritable and painful to boot. An outbreak of pimples is a common occurrence for people with an oily skin type. However, besides oily skinned people, pimples affect adolescent youths, adults, and menopausal women alike.
Often, secretions from the sebaceous glands get blocked behind the pores of the skin. These accumulations lead to the growth of a bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes, among many others. These bacteria are conducive to the irritation and infection that pimples are characteristic of.
Among the youth in the early years of puberty, hormonal influxes often lead to the growth of pimples, while among women, pimple growth relapses on reaching menopause. It is at this point in a woman’s life that hormonal changes happen once again. Besides women and the youth, pimples are noted phenomena among people with rather unhealthy dietary plans and unhygienic lifestyles.
The Benefits of Garlic
With a plethora of herbs and condiments available in the kitchen, one does not need to resort to artificial skin products for the treatment of pimples. Garlic, a common ingredient of the kitchen and indispensable to most culinary preparations has miraculous acne fighting capabilities. Here are some of the uses of garlic:
- The generous presence of allicin in garlic makes it a very strong anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral agent. As an anti-oxidant, garlic helps in making the skin breathe, resulting in smooth skin.
- By being extremely insulin resistant, garlic helps fight acne. Compounds like diallyl trisulfide aids in restoring the body’s capability of responding to insulin properly.
- There are helpful components in garlic; namely selenium, copper, zinc, and vitamins C and B6. These components are known to reduce the chances of acne outgrowth and fight present afflictions violently.
- One of the major components of garlic is sulphur. Sulphur in garlic helps reduce the inflammation caused by the pimply outgrowths. It also facilitates blood flow, giving the skin a healthy looking glow.
How to Treat Pimples using Garlic
There are many effective methods for treating pimples with garlic. It can be mixed with water or used in conjunction with other natural substances.
Method – 1: Garlic with Water
You will need:
- 2 or 3 garlic cloves
- 1 small glass of water
- A cotton ball or cotton swab
Crush the garlic cloves till its juice is extracted. Add it to the cup of water and mix well. After this mixture has been allowed to sit for at least 10 to 12 minutes, use the cotton to administer the mixture directly onto the affected area. Let it dry for a couple of minutes before rinsing the area thoroughly with water.
Method – 2: Garlic with Yogurt
You will need:
- 2 To 4 garlic cloves
- 1 Tablespoon of yogurt
Crush the garlic cloves till they form a paste. Add the yogurt to this paste and stir well to mix. After washing your face thoroughly with water, take some of the paste and massage onto your face in a circular motion. The paste forms a face pack that should be applied on the face and the neck evenly. Leave this mask on until it dries off completely. Wash it off with water and pat your skin dry with a towel. This process should be repeated regularly for best results.
Method – 3: Garlic with Vinegar
You will need:
- Garlic cloves
- Water (lukewarm)
- Cotton dab
Crush the garlic cloves to extract its juice. This juice should be mixed with equal parts of vinegar and stirred well to make a fine solution. Take a cotton dab and apply this solution locally, on the affected area. This treatment should be allowed to dry undisturbed for 10 to 15 minutes before it is washed off with water. As before, this process yields best results when repeated.
Method – 4: Garlic with Olive Oil
You will need:
- Several cloves of garlic
- 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- Air tight jar
After peeling the skin off the cloves, the garlic needs to be put in a blender with the olive oil to extract a paste. This paste can be administered to the face with a tablespoon of water as the previous ones. In order to preserve the paste, the air tight container can be used. However, care should be taken to not use any paste that has remained in the refrigerator for more than two days.
Method – 5: Garlic with Honey and a Dash of Comfrey
You will need:
- Several garlic cloves.
- Comfrey leaves
- A knife
- A piece of soft fabric
With the blunt edge of the knife, mash the garlic cloves till the pulp is extracted. Now, heat the honey mildly and add a dash of pounded comfrey leaves. Add the mashed garlic to this mixture and stir well till it blends finely. The soft fabric needs to be warmed slightly and used to apply the paste all over the affected areas. Leave it on for the night and wash it in the morning for a fresh glow.
Precautions to be Taken when Applying Garlic to the Skin
Garlic is an effective herb with uses ranging beyond the culinary. It is hardly harmful and seldom causes side effects. However, care should be taken not to apply garlic extracts on to the skin directly and without dilution. This is for those skin types that are sensitive and prone to irritation and stinging. In case stinging is to be avoided at all costs, it is advisable to boil garlic cloves in water and make a paste.
How helpful did you find this article? Did it help you understand how to deal with your pimples better? Oftentimes, outbreaks of blemishes are just a problem of unhealthy lifestyle options. Eating right and drinking properly reduces your risk of getting pimples and acne by half. Share with us your experience of treating pimples and what you did to cope with it.