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Blue Light Therapy For Acne

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Acne involves the over-production of sebum from the sebaceous glands which results in the blockage of the pores with a sticky mass of the dead cells and oil. This creates a breeding ground for the opportunistic overgrowth of bacteria normally present in the skin. These convert the mass into compounds that cause inflammation and unattractive raised surfaces. Skin irritation may also result from the use of artificial cosmetics and even some popular acne products [see Is Bleaching Your Face Really A 'Proactive' Acne Solution?]. The problem is aggravated by pinching, squeezing, scratching or rubbing the skin area plagued with acne.
One of the most common contributing factors is hormonal changes and imbalance that occurs at the time of adolescence. Some other causing factors that send invitation to acne are emotional stress and sex hormones. When active during puberty, androgens (sex hormones), stimulate the oil glands typically on the face, chest, back and shoulders. Many girls are prone to acne usually in the week before menstruation.

Blue Light Therapy works on a simple principle that was discovered by medical researchers in the 1970's. They found that light specifically focused in the 405nm - 420nm wavelength band has the unique ability to kill acne bacterium. These bacteria cannot survive for more than a few minutes when exposed to the correct wavelengths of light. The light causes the bacteria to die, which in turn clears skin. Consistent use of Blue Light Therapy has been proven to decrease the amount of oil on your skin while shrinking pore size. Blue Light Therapy has been used to reduce and eliminate acne breakouts for over 20 years.

This coupled with drinking three cups per day of organic red clover tea as a natural blood purifier can help your acne clear up. Besides purifying the blood, there are dietary suggestions one can follow that can facilitate a quick recovery from outbreaks of acne. Eat a diet high in Vitamins A, B-complex, and C, or if need be, take daily oral doses of these vitamins. A study by Dr. Samuel Bluefard of Northwestern University found that "a combination of one gram of vitamin C, orange juice plus 100,000 units of vitamin A, administered daily benefits adolescent acne..Myrrh is the gummy, bitter, exuded resin from the bark of thorny trees in the Middle Eastern countries. Myrrh has the undisputed reputation to function in the binding up of wounds and as a healer of open wounds. It is now known that Myrrh is extremely effective in speeding up the flow of sluggish circulatory fluid by a factor of 4 to one.

1. Garlic (Allium sativum)post-381131-0-58917600-1394088545.jpg
Garlic Benefits
Rub your acne with raw Garlic (Allium sativum) several times a day, it helps in relieving the pain and also heals acne fast.
2. Aloe (Aloe vera)post-381131-0-42388100-1394087455.jpg
Aloe Benefits
The pulp of Aloe (Aloe vera) is an exceptional skin cleanser. Juice of the plant counteract infection and promote healing. Split off a portion of Aloe vera leaf and rub the pulp directly on the skin.
3. Amaranth (Amaranthus spinosus) post-381131-0-82830400-1394088590.jpg
Amaranth Benefits
Make a tea from Amaranth (Amaranthus spinosus) seeds and use as a face wash. To make the tea bring 3 cups of water to boil, add 2 teaspoons of seeds. Cover and boil for five minutes; remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon of leaves and steep for 30 minutes.
4. Neem (Azadirachta indica)post-381131-0-05462400-1394087494.jpg
Neem Benefits
Neem (Azadirachta indica) is valued in Ayurvedic medicine for its varied healing properties due to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral capabilities. For acne, fresh 5 leaves everyday taken in the morning helps in removing stubborn acne.
5. Lemon (Citrus limon)post-381131-0-89497900-1394088408.jpg
Lemon Benefits
Clean your skin and apply Lemon (Citrus limon) juice with a cotton ball. The acid in emon helps flush out the pores and keeps the skin looking beautiful. Another method using Lemon juice is to "steam clean" the face by putting it over a pan of boiling water with a towel over your head to trap the steam. This will loosen the dirt and oil. Then apply a cotton ball to remove the dirt and oil buildup. Use this method once a week.
6. Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)post-381131-0-83379600-1394087745.jpg
Drink a tea made by combining 0.5 teaspoons of Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) and Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) and steeping it in hot water for 10 minutes. Strain and drink the tea after breakfast, lunch and dinner.
7. Basil (Ocimum basilicum) post-381131-0-53814000-1394088263.jpg
Basil Benefits
Make an infusion of Basil (Ocimum basilicum) leaves. Put two to four teaspoons of dried Basil leaves in a cup of boiling water, steep for 10 to 20 minutes, cool, and apply to the acne.
8. Cucumber (Cucumis sativus)post-381131-0-36950200-1394087745.jpg
Cucumber Benefits
Liquefy a peeled Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) in a blender and apply the juice to the acne. Another variation of this remedy is to drink four or five cups of Cucumber juice daily for a week. This is said to purify the blood and lymphatic system, resulting in a clearer skin.
9. Grape (Vitis vinifera)post-381131-0-88228200-1394087821.jpg
Grape Benefits
Grape (Vitis vinifera) seed extract is a powerful all-around antimicrobial agent and is an excellent disinfectant. Make a solution of 4-40 drops in four ounces of water and apply to the affected areas with a cotton ball two or three times a day.
10. Chickpea (Cicer arietinum)
Chickpea Benefits post-381131-0-31039700-1394087821.jpg
Wash your face with Chickpea (Cicer arietinum) paste (mix one teaspoon of chick-pea flour with a little water). Dry with a clean towel. This is also a good remedy to cure acne.
11. Beet (Beta vulgaris) post-381131-0-62375100-1394088721.jpg
Beet Benefits
Use a blend of one part Beet (Beta vulgaris) root juice, three parts Carrot (Daucus carota) juice and two parts water to stimulate the liver and to cleanse the system.
One should not scratch, pinch or squeeze acne as that will worsen the situation and will spread it to other areas of the skin. Also, this may leave ugly marks on the face even when the skin heals up. Food hygiene as well as body hygiene are an essential part of maintaining good health and keep infections at bay.
Proper care should be taken and one should avoid an irregular diet program. It should be well organized and maintained. Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine (in the form of coffee, soft drinks, etc.), alcohol and tobacco. Cut down on chocolates, sweets, highly salted snacks and added sugar. Practicing yoga, brisk walk, mediation and deep breathing exercises for healthy mind and body would certainly help in getting rid of dreadful acne.

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