HEALTH EDUCATION: Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Facial Redness And The Anti-Acne Diet

HEALTH EDUCATION: Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Facial Redness And The Anti-Acne Diet

Skin conditions like acne and rosacea may cause red spots or red skin, as can skin rash or sunburn.

Acne and pimples are two of life’s most annoying and prevalent skin curses.

FutureDermDespite popular belief, acne is likely to strike far beyond your teen years. In fact, according to a survey from the American Academy of Dermatology, adult acne strikes as many as half of twenty something women and more than one-quarter of forty something women. Even worse, almost one in six women over 50 are experiencing acne. Yikes! Here’s the breakdown from the AAD:

  • 20 to 29 years: 50.9% of women and 42.5% of men
  • 30 to 39 years: 35.2% of women and 20.1% of men
  • 40 to 49 years, 26.3% of women and 12.0% of men
  • 50 years and older, 15.3% of women and 7.3% of men

Types Of Pimples & How To Get Rid of Pimples: WHAT IS PIMPLE/ACNE?

No matter how careful you are, and how good you treat your skin, we are afraid you will never be safe from pimples. That clogged skin pore infected with bacteria will be on your skin if not when you are teenager then when you are an adult. Pimples are usually red dots that are raised above your skin. You must admit that any breakout on your skin is unwanted. It doesn`t matter if it is a bump or a dot with blackheads you will try to get rid of it in no time. The key here is to find out what exactly you are dealing with and so you will know how to treat them, because different breakouts require different treatment. Things usually go wrong when hormones start to produce too much oil. Your skin is smooth and protected when oil is produced normally. But, if it is produced in excess the oil ends up in the pores, it can clog them, and together with the dead skin cell causes even more blockage, and if there is a bacteria present at the same time, all these represent a perfect ground for a pimple to appear.

Pimples usually occur when the sebaceous glands are overactive. Your face, back, chest and shoulders are the most vulnerable parts of your body.

This may sound harsh for people who are dealing with acne all their life, but having them it is not that bad. Sometimes they are a warning sign that something is wrong with your internal organs. Having acne on different parts of your face or your body shows the condition of your organs, you have to wonder why you always get pimples in the same spot. It is a high time to analyze the problem deeper. Some people believe that the appearance of acne is related to a certain product that they are using, but then again, why do they still get acne on one place and not on their whole face for instance. So, for that reason you should isolate the area in which pimples occur and in that way you can better understand your body too.

Types of Pimples

Depending on the size, redness and what actually happens inside the pores, we can say that there are different types of inflammatory pimples. You can develop a pimple, whitehead, blackhead, cyst, papulae, or pustule.

blackheadsBlackheads usually form from oil and dead skin cell in the pores. They are result of oxidation of the oil plug. They usually appear on the nose, most of the times, and on the chin and center of the forehead as well. The occurrence of blackheads is not related to hygiene, and they are not caused by bacteria. They have to be treated with prescribed medication which contain retinol in their formula, because the problem is deeper in your skin not just on the surface.

whitehead_200Whiteheads are very similar to pimples. They are small, hard, white bumps o the forehead, cheeks most of the times. But do not be surprised if you find them in different are too. At times they can be very difficult to treat. To get rid of them , you must use BHA products once or twice a day. There are times when whiteheads need to be physically removed by a professional.

PapulesPapules are the mildest type of acne lesion. Usually they are pink to slightly red and filled with fluids. This is one of the easiest form of pimples to be treated. You just have to find products that contain benzyl peroxide and salicylic acid.

PustulesPustules are very large pimples. Actually, when papule is large and swollen it becomes a pustule. Teens usually have a combination of papules and pustules. This kind of breakout is not that easy to treat and it takes a long time to heal, and you must use a combination of products to get rid of them.

CystsCysts and nodules are the most difficult acne to treat. The thing is that sometimes they don`t even look like a pimple but like a red, big and swollen lump on your skin. If you leave your cyst and you do not treat them, you will definitely end up with a scar. Cysts occur in the deepest layers of the skin. You must visit a dermatologist, because for Cysts and nodules there are no home remedies and no medications that you can buy without a prescription. A skin doctor may use various treatments to deal with these pimples. And later, he can also help you to deal with the scars and make them fade away.

Everyday HealthLearn how an easy home remedy may help ease redness and stinging.

Various conditions can lead to irritated, red skin. Causes can range from a temporary sensitivity to a chronic skin problem. Common culprits of red skin or red spots include:

  • Dry skin
  • Sunburn
  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis)

Red skin may be bumpy or have an itchy, rash-like texture. For some people, particularly those with rosacea, redness may get worse by getting too hot or overly emotional.

Red skin can be hard to hide, but here are some simple home remedies you can try using ingredients you may already have on hand

HOME REMEDY: HOW TO TONE DOWN RED SKIN

Fran E. Cook-Bolden, MD, a dermatologist and director of the Skin Specialty Group and the Ethnic Skin Specialty Group in New York City, suggests that you can manage red skin with:

  • Honey
  • Cucumber
  • Chamomile tea bags (brewed)
  • Aloe vera

For instance, Dr. Cook-Bolden suggests placing cucumber slices directly on any red spots to cool, soothe, and reduce redness.

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Want more relief? She recommends making a simple mask by blending a cucumber and a cup of oatmeal.

Another home remedy Cook-Bolden likes for soothing red skin is a clay mask. Mix water or pureed fruit with facial clay to create a thick paste. Apply the mixture to skin for 20 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water.

Note that if you have rosacea, it’s important to avoid all triggers that make the redness worse, says Cook-Bolden, including smoking, caffeine, and foods that are very hot or spicy.

HOME REMEDY: REDUCING INFLAMMATION

Red skin or red spots on the skin can also occur because of inflammation — due to skin that is too dry or is irritated by an allergen or acne.

Honey has natural anti-inflammatory properties, says Jeffrey Benabio, MD, a dermatologist with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in San Diego, Calif. Try soothing skin with a honey mask. First rinse your skin with warm water, then apply honey liberally to red skin and leave it on for about 30 minutes before rinsing off. However, don’t use honey if your red skin is due to a sunburn.

Oatmeal is another natural anti-inflammatory, says Dr. Benabio. An oatmeal bath is not only hydrating for dry skin, but can also reduce the inflammation that causes red skin.

If your skin is red because it’s extremely dry, try making a mask out of a mashed avocado to moisturize it.

HOME REMEDY: SOOTHING SUNBURN

If your skin is red from a sunburn, Cook-Bolden recommends easing the sting and redness with a mixture of gel from an aloe vera plant, white vinegar, and cider vinegar. She also suggests using these natural home remedy options to soothe sunburned skin:

  • Yogurt
  • Lavender oil
  • Cooled tea (chamomile is particularly soothing)
  • Cucumber slices

Cook-Bolden is also a proponent of coconut oil. Coconut oil can help to reduce red skin caused by sun exposure thanks to its antioxidant properties, she says. “Pure virgin coconut oil is the best formulation for sunburn and, although its exact mechanism of action is unknown, it has been extensively used in ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicinal system.”

It is thought that coconut oil gets absorbed into the skin and the cell structure of the connective tissues, limiting the damage excessive sun exposure can cause. This protects the skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays, she says. Coconut oil also has antibacterial properties that benefit the skin. However, it should not be used as a substitute for a good sunscreen.

If your red skin persists, it’s a good idea to get evaluated by a dermatologist who can determine if you need a prescription treatment or to make lifestyle changes. But to soothe red skin that’s simply irritated, dry, or sunburned, a home remedy may well be a quick and easy solution to restore calm to your complexion.

HERE IS ANOTHER TIPS BY mindbodygreen.com: 5 ALL-NATURAL TIPS TO GET RID OF FACIAL REDNESS

Whether your face flushes easily, is constantly red, or changes from day to day, facial redness can really make you crazy. In my holistic dermatology practice, it’s one of the symptoms my patients find most upsetting by far. Acne sufferers may have background redness all over or, even worse, splotchy red patches. People with rosacea become easily red from triggers like the sun or a glass of wine. A condition called perioral dermatitis causes redness around the mouth, chin, nose and even up near the eyes.

Whatever the cause of your facial redness, here are some simple home treatments that are both gentle and effective.

1. Cucumber Masks

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Although there’s been no scientific research validating cucumber’s effect on facial redness, it has been documented as a natural home remedy for hundreds of years. Early records date back to 1649, when botanist and physician Nicholas Culpeper wrote of its benefits in clearing red from the face. Many people still swear by it. For best results, grate a cucumber or put it through a food processor to use as a face mask. For added cooling, use a cucumber straight from the fridge.

2. Anti-redness diet

The most important aspect of an anti-redness diet is to reduce systemic inflammation. Step one is to follow the general guidelines of an anti-inflammatory diet.

Also work to clear internal heat from the body. Avoid food and drinks that add “fuel to the fire,” such as alcohol, spicy foods, and drinks that are hot in temperature.

Fish oil supplements and probiotics can be helpful. Cooling foods such as apple, celery, coconut, cucumber, melon, peach, papaya, and spinach should also be included.

3. Colloidal oatmeal masks

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A popular remedy for itching and redness in eczema, colloidal oatmeal is a natural remedy that can benefit any kind of facial redness. Sometimes the best cures can be the simplest ones! Colloidal oatmeal is nothing more than pulverized oats. It has a moisturizing effect on the skin, but also absorbs oil and can be beneficial for acne.

In a 2007 Journal of Drugs in Dermatology article, colloidal oatmeal was shown to have moisturizing, soothing, protective and anti-inflammatory properties. It has a low potential for irritation and very low chance of allergies.

To use, pour a couple of teaspoons of 100% pure colloidal oatmeal into your hand and mix with enough water to make a mask. Let it dry for 10 minutes, then rinse off. This inexpensive treatment can be used up to four times per week.

4. Manuka honey

The stickiness of honey helps remove dirt from your skin.

This special honey is produced primarily in New Zealand by bees that feed on the flowers of the manuka tree.

Rich in antioxidants, manuka is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It has antibacterial effects against the bacteria involved in acne. It additionally benefits rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis, eliminating redness while keeping the skin moisturized.

For topical use, purchase manuka that has a UMF/OMA rating of 15 or above. These rating numbers come from a system developed by scientists in New Zealand to describe the activity level of the honey. Apply directly to the skin as a daily cleanser.

5. Anti-redness teas

I recommend healing teas to many of my clients — both to drink and to use topically. Three of my favorites are peppermint, camomile and green tea.

The polyphenols in green tea have skin cell rejuvenating properties. Research abounds on the health benefits of drinking green tea. In addition, it’s a great topical wash, particularly for rosacea patients. Camomile and peppermint teas can benefit any type of facial redness. Don’t use camomile if you have a ragweed allergy, though; the two plants are closely related.

To make a topical tea compress, steep several bags in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes. Cool the liquid in the refrigerator. Pour onto a washcloth and press onto the face for up to a minute, one to two times per day.

Lifehack: Another Tips to Get Rid of Facial Redness and Pimples 

Tea tree oil is renowned for being good for your skin. In addition to this, it also contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which makes it highly beneficial for acne treatment. In fact, studies that compare tea tree oil to the acne medication benzoyl peroxide shows it to be just as effective. But please remember to dilute tea tree oil before you use it; otherwise, your skin may get irritated.

Directions:

  1. Mix tea tree oil with water in a 1:9 ratio
  2. Wash your face with warm water
  3. Apply the diluted mixture to the affected areawith a cotton wool ball or Q-tip

Aspirin is anti-inflammatory so it can be a quick and cheap way to help reduce a pimple. The other plus is that most of us always have aspirin lying around at home.

Directions:

  1. Make a paste with 3 parts water to 1 part aspirin
  2. It is optional to add honey or plain yogurt
  3. Once the mixture is thickened, take a Q-tip and apply to the aggravated area
  4. The paste will take roughly half an hour to harden and begin to flake off
  5. Wipe the paste off with a west tissue or face cloth.

Baking soda is a well-known natural remedy for pimples. Its antiseptic properties make it effective in destroying bacteria in the affected area. Also, baking soda has restorative function as it stimulates the growth of new skin cells.

Directions:

  1. Mix equal portions of baking soda and water to form a thick paste
  2. Apply the paste on your skin for 30 minutes
  3. Rinse it off with warm water

Steam can be helpful for treating acne because it helps to open up your pores, which prevents them from being clogged. Steam also moisturizes and detoxifies your skin.

Directions:

  1. Boil a small pot of water and pour it into a bowl
  2. Add herbs or essential oils into the water
  3. Drape a towel over your head and hold your head over the water for around 10 minutes
  4. Close your eyes and breath deeply
  5. Use a mask to pull the impurities from the pores on your face

mindbodygreen.comAs frustrating as it can be to battle facial redness, the good news is, it’s usually quite easy to resolve. That said, many people I work with have highly sensitive skin that’s easily irritated by any topical product (including botanical ones). If your skin fits this description, use caution when introducing new treatments. Stick to just one new treatment a week and do a spot test on a small area before using all over the face. And for sufferers of perioral dermatitis, I very often recommend doing nothing at all topically, simply treating internally with herbal remedies and dietary changes.

A true holistic approach to treating acne, rosacea and peroral dermatitis never relies on topical products alone. As the body’s largest organ, the skin can reflect any number of internal imbalances. Healing from within is always the most effective road to a lasting cure.

The Ultimate Anti-Inflammatory Detox

Want a hormone-balancing, brain fog-clearing, tummy-soothing detox with a side effect of weight loss?

Although food allergies are still rare (affecting about 5% of the population), food intolerances are quite common. And for many allergic and food intolerance issues, patients should go on a food restriction diet ranging from one week to one month. After following this plan, many of them experience weight loss, fewer menopausal or PMS symptoms, a decrease in acid reflux, better energy, better sleep, a clearer complexion, and more.

Try this detox for at least 10 to 14 days and I have a feeling you’ll want to continue some portion of it permanently.

Why do this before the holidays?

  • You don’t have to buy any crazy products.
  • It’s natural.
  • It’s healthy (and some detoxes are not!).
  • It does not require every expensive food intolerance testing.

Why does this work?

Turns out that food allergy researchers may be on to something in the diet world. In non-allergic patients, these foods may be irritating the gut, thus causing inflammation, which triggers our body to release inflammation “soothing” hormones. These hormones also store away calories. The overall inflammation in the body is also likely the source of the bloating, acne, brain fog etc.

So why not try eliminating potential these food triggers? If it helps at the end of two weeks, just add one food back each week to see which foods you may consider eliminating permanently from your diet.

The downside: You may see no results at all or may want to extend it for a week. If nothing else, you’ll probably eat more vegetables and fruit than you ever have in your life!

Now, let’s get down to the details:

Foods to Avoid:

  1. Soy
  2. Wheat
  3. Dairy
  4. Nuts
  5. Egg
  6. Corn
  7. Shellfish/fish
  8. Limit sugar and artificial sweeteners

Lucky for you, the FDA has mandated labeling of the top 8 food allergens on any packaged food—this includes milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish. So that even if it doesn’t specifically say soy in the ingredients, it must be labeled somewhere on the package as having soy.

What can you eat?

Try eating predominantly vegetables, with a rice or sweet potato side.

Fruit or seeds can be snacks.

Vegans will find it hard to avoid nuts and soy, but hemp seeds, chia seeds and oils are a good substitute.

While you should limit the sugar intake, it’s not absolutely banned.

Lastly, you should not be hungry on this detox!

A typical day may look like this:

  • When you wake up: 1 glass green juice
  • Breakfast: Chocolate Cherry (Green) Smoothie: spinach, raw cacao, frozen organic cherries, chia seeds, coconut milk
  • Snack: Herbal tea
  • Lunch: Large salad with avocado, olive oil, balsamic dressing, and tomato soup
  • Dinner: 3 to 5 Black bean burgers (no bun) with guacamole, and salsa. (Optional: sweet potatoes, veggies, and kale chips)
  • Dessert: 1 serving of dark chocolate (my favorite is Green and Black’s 85% dark)

I have many more recipe and snack ideas (since I am prescribing this all day long!) but this is just a sample. So, I’m excited for you to try it and please share in the comments how it’s working for you so we can all learn from your experience! – Dr. Amy Shah

 

Credit: Dr. Anita Chopra

livestrong.com: ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS FOR ACNE

Acne causes pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, skin bumps and redness in up to 45 million people, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, making it the most common skin disease the United States. Although the specific cause remains unknown, excess oil pairs with dead skin cells, triggering inflammation, or swelling, within your skin. In addition to positive hygiene and medical treatments, when necessary, a diet aimed at reducing inflammation may improve your symptoms. SOURCE: livestrong.com

Theories

Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fats. Americans tend to consume too many omega-6 fatty acids, however, which have pro-inflammatory properties, and too few omega-3 fatty acids, which may help reduce inflammation. Although research is limited, according to a “Skin Therapy Letter” report published in 2010, eating more anti-inflammatory foods may help reduce acne by improving hormone levels and minimizing skin follicle inflammation. Other nutrients believed to reduce inflammation and other acne-related symptoms include antioxidants, such as selenium and vitamins E and A, and phytochemicals, which occur naturally in plants.

Research

A selenium deficiency has been linked with an increased risk for acne, according to a report published in “Lipids in Health and Disease” in 2008, and increased intake of selenium, vitamin E and green tea, which is rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants, has improved inflammatory skin symptoms in some people. No large, published studies prove whether omega-3 fatty acids improve acne symptoms. People who eat diets rich in fish — a prime source of omega-3 fatty acids — and fiber and antioxidant-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, however, tend to exhibit fewer symptoms of acne and other inflammatory conditions, such as heart disease.

Helpful Foods

Colorful fruits and vegetables, including berries, citrus fruits, bell peppers and leafy greens, are particularly high in antioxidants. Whole grains, such as oats, barley, quinoa, whole wheat, brown rice and wild rice, provide rich amounts of fiber and antioxidants, such as selenium. For increased omega-3 fatty acid intake, consume cold-water fish, such as salmon, herring, mackerel and halibut, regularly. Plant sources of omega-3s, which are also high in vitamin E, include flaxseed, flaxseed oil, walnuts and canola oil.

Foods to Limit

No foods are known to cause acne. Eating fewer pro-inflammatory foods, however, and limiting high-glycemic foods, which may offset your blood sugar and hormone levels, may improve your symptoms. Pro-inflammatory foods contain saturated or trans-fats and include fatty, red and processed meats, butter, margarine, fried foods and processed snacks, such as crackers and commercially baked cookies. To lower your glycemic load, choose whole grains over refined grains, such as white flour, and limit foods and drinks high in added sugars, such as candy, regular soft drinks, jellies, jams, pancake syrup, frosting, frozen desserts and pastries.

Dr. Glam- FutureDerm: THE ANTI-ACNE DIET

The relationship between what we eat and what breaks out on our face has long been speculated. What you put in your body will, for logical reasons, affect your body but does it have a relation to acne? There have been countless researches and studies done and published regarding this topic and this debate is still very much open among dermatologists.

The important thing in my opinion is to understand what causes acne in the first place and whether that has any relation to what we eat. Through this article I would like to educate my beautiful followers in the simplest way possible so they can decide for themselves.

What causes acne?

There are 4 mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of acne i.e this is what leads to acne:

  1. Ductal hypercornification (Increased cell production within the follicular unit causing it to become blocked)
  2. Sebaceous gland hyperplasia (more sebaceous glands= more sebum= more oiliness)
  3. Propionibacterium acnes (acne causing bacteria)
  4. Inflammation (redness,swelling and pain)

Lifehack : How Acne is Formed?

Image credit: Lifehack 

Inflammation caused by hormonal changes forms the red spots on our skin.

Popping pimples can lead to loss of tissues that finally results in acne scars.

Popping pimples seems to be the quickest way to make the red spots on our skin disappear. But it can permanently damage your skin! When you squeeze a pimple, you’re actually forcing the oil substance and dead skin cells deeper into the follicle. The extra pressure exerted will make the follicle wall rupture, and spill the infected materials into the innermost part of our skin. This skin damage will lead to the loss of tissue, and finally cause acne scars.

Dr. Glam – FutureDerm: The great thing about this list is that is doesn’t have chocolate listed in it , you see where I’m going with this? Most of these mechanisms are under the effect of your hormones. Your hormones, specifically androgens, cause ductal hypercornification and sebaceous gland hyperplasia which ultimately blocks the oriface of the pilosebaceous unit (your pores) which causes the formation of comedones , more commonly known as black heads and white heads, which are essentially made of plugs of keratin and sebum trapped in your pores. This is not where the story ends! The innocent bacterium called Propionibacterium Acnes, who by the way was living on your skin all along, suddenly realizes how much food (sebum) is available for it to grow and colonize and so it does! It eats (breaks down) the sebum and releases free fatty acids. This process continues until you have a huge family of Propionibacterium acnes living off your sebum and producing more of that ‘oil’ on your face! Not cool!

What makes it worse you ask? When you decide to pinch at your blackheads in order to take them out, the pressure you apply not only takes some of that debris out but pushes some inside causing the canal of the pilosebaceous unit to burst into the dermis leading to inflammation and all those tiny breakouts! Now what does that teach you?

Why do certain foods aggravate your acne then? 

Like I mentioned there is a huge role of hormones in the pathogenesis of acne and a lot of the processed food we eat these days has hormonal content in it including milk and dairy products which may be responsible for the effects. Similarly foods with high-glycemic index are also thought to aggravate acne.These effects have been studied so for any of you medical students reading this you should read up on these interesting research articles .The food item itself is never the culprit.

Our diet effects our overall health and for these reasons the food that is bad for our body is bad for our skin as well. The food we eat can influence how our skin deals with the acne and how rapidly it heals. Many dermatologists advise what is called the anti-acne diet.

www.adult-acne.net: The acne diet cleanse- Step by step plan

Now, we will discuss the acne diet cleanse.  You will need to clean out your pantry before you can start your anti acne diet meal plan. As already stated, you will need to stay away from anti diet acne foods. You need not overwhelm yourself by cutting everything. Start small-take baby steps. Here is how to go about the anti-acne cleanse:

  • Start the acne cleanse when you have holidays or time off from work or school.
  • Drink a liter of water upon waking up.
  • Take probiotic capsules- these supplement your intestines with colonies of friendly bacteria and keep away harmful, acne causing bacteria.
  • Eat as much food as you want in its raw form- fruits, vegetables, smoothies and juices are best.
  • You can eat Chia seed porridge or smoothie for breakfast. The gelatinous texture of Chia seeds sticks to toxins and bacteria in the body to flush it out.
  • Snack on fresh fruits, sugar-free dried fruits and nuts or seeds as a mid-morning snack.
  • Have a salad for lunch- sprouts, tomatoes and lettuce are some of the best ingredients. You can also use lean meat like chicken or turkey which is recommended in the acne diet meal plan. In case of vegetarians, one can add tofu, soya nuggets, chickpeas, beans, grilled cottage cheese etc.
  • Throughout the day, drink at least 8-10 glasses of water. You can also drink green tea, herbal tea and fresh fruit juices. Stay away from packaged juice boxes which contain sugar.
  • Dinner can be a stew or soup made with vegetables and lean meat. You can eat gluten free bread made from sprouts. It is available here.

Some people follow this acne free diet plan for 30 days to obtain clearer skin. If this seems hard for you to do, you might want to start small. Do the above steps for 2 days but make sure you stay away from packaged items and sugar. The above diet plan for acne sufferers will definitely show results. In the beginning, you might experience following symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Smelly breath
  • Fatigue

These are common symptoms of detox that should get better within 2-3 days. Continue drinking lots of water to help flush out all toxins. Follow this best diet plan for acne prone skin and start seeing a positive difference in the symptoms.

Dr. Glam – FutureDerm: Does that mean you can eat anything you want if you have acne? 

Drumroll please!…..YES! May be lay off the junk food if you don’t want to have other medical conditions? Keeping everything balanced should be the philosophy of any diet and you never have to miss out on that yummy dessert that you crave for every once in a while.

itchybabyco.com.auHow does colloidal oatmeal help treat eczema: the research behind it

Oatmeal has been used for hundreds of years to soothe itchy and irritated skin. The number one main ingredient in itchy baby bath soaks is colloidal oatmeal and is made by finely grinding down oatmeal.

How does colloidal oatmeal help itchy and irritated skin conditions such as eczema?

The reasons are many and all are to do with oatmeal’s chemical structure.

  1. Oatmeal can hold water and protect the skin because it is packed full of starches and beta-glucans.
  2. Oatmeal has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity through its many types of phenols.
  3. Oatmeal also cleanses due to its saponins.
  4. Oatmeal softens the skin because it has lots of cellulose and fibre.

With all these useful properties colloidal oatmeal has been used to treat many conditions including eczema, chicken pox, insect bites and skin irritations.

The Journal of Drugs and Dermatology has published in more detail the reasons why colloidal oatmeal works for itchy and irritated skin. In their article, Colloidal oatmeal: history, chemistry and clinical properties, they talk about studies where colloidal oatmeal has been used in the treatment of eczema. Here are few of the results:

  • In a study where 139 patients used a colloidal oatmeal bath for three months more than 71% reported a complete or dramatic reduction in itching.
  • A study of 152 children with dermatitis found that bathing in colloidal oatmeal eased the irritation and itching of eczema.
  • Very recent studies have confirmed colloidal oatmeal forms a protective, moisturising barrier on the skin.
  • A study of 25 patients with dermatitis had a colloidal oatmeal bath every day for seven days with a 67% improvement in itching.

Of course we would love to see much larger studies being done on the benefits and effectiveness of colloidal oatmeal but you don’t need to look very hard to find evidence that it can help manage eczema which is  created by itchy baby bath soaks.

healthylifevision.comFORGET Expensive Products Naturally Remove Acne Scars!

When a person is in adolescent period, usually faces the acne problem. This often causes scarring. These scars remain on the face and are very difficult to eliminate.

The scars that are left behind can cause the same issues like the acne themselves, so people spend too much money on many different cosmetic treatments and products.

But these products aren’t always effective. You can remove the scars naturally with the following mask:

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons of honey
  • An egg white

Combine all the ingredients together and mix them well. You will get a homogenous composition. Use a brush and lubricate your whole face. Then using a gently motions you should rub the mask on the affected areas.

Leave it to work for 15 minutes and then rinse your face with warm water.

Try this mask and you will have positive results very soon. You will never buy those expensive cosmetic products that aren’t effective as they should be.

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