Acne sufferers are generally fed up of trying out different types of acne remedies for their persistent skin problem. While some over-the-counter remedies may work for some people, it’s not effective for others. So the next option they have is natural remedies, where one of them involves using garlic for acne treatment.
Though it is not proven that garlic can treat acne, many people vouch for its effectiveness. It is the antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal and antioxidant properties of garlic that make it a viable natural cure for acne. Moreover, it has sulfur, a common ingredient in many over-the-counter and prescribed medicines. Sulfur is a chemical compound and a natural antibiotic; which is another reason for making it an effective acne remedy.
How to Use
- Using garlic to treat acne is easy. You just have to cut a fresh clove and rub it on the acne. For stubborn acne, make a paste of water and raw garlic and leave it on for 5 minutes. If there is a burning sensation, remove the paste immediately as some people don’t react well with this natural remedy. However if there isn’t any burning sensation, leave the paste on for some time, rinse your face and pat dry.
- You could also crush cloves into a pulp using a press, squeeze the juice using a cheesecloth and apply on your face. While you have to concentrate on the problem spots, you also have to apply on the clear areas as the garlic juice can help prevent future breakouts. Leave the juice on for only 5 minutes and wash off. Repeat this cure till the acne disappears. You could even apply garlic juice every day to prevent future breakouts and store unused garlic juice in a refrigerator.
- Vinegar too helps treat acne. Just crush 2 fresh garlic cloves and squeeze its juice out. Mix an equal amount of white vinegar to the garlic juice and using a cotton ball, rub the mixture on the affected regions. While white vinegar helps balance the skin, the antioxidants in garlic help draw out and repair skin infections.
- You can also try mixing and eating a mixture of fresh, crushed or minced garlic with yogurt, applesauce or cottage cheese. It may help prevent future breakouts if eaten regularly.
- Then again, you can always crush a clove and eat it on a sandwich, with pasta or on a salad. However don’t eat too much of garlic as it can upset the stomach.
Even supplements available in capsule form helps treat acne. This is a good option if you or those around you can’t bear the odor of garlic. However check the allicin level while buying garlic capsules as the higher it is, the more powerful and effective is the supplement. Like any other natural or home remedy, it is important that you consult your physician before trying it out. Moreover, remember that garlic helps in treating, but does not cure acne. It can only minimize breakouts and perhaps improve your symptoms.