From itchy, dry skin to acne, dullness, and discoloration, featured here are 3 natural treatments for common skin problems that many people experience. For hundreds of years, natural treatments (that can be found in your kitchen, often times) were used to heal a number of physical ailments and skin problems. What most people don’t realize is that natural treatments can be just as effective and fast-acting in healing your skin and body as chemical-based products.
Skin Problem: Itchy, Dry Skin
Natural Treatment: Witch Hazel
Especially during winter months, it’s not uncommon for people to experience itchy, dry skin. With all the forced central heating and blustery outdoor conditions, skin can quickly get sapped of its essential oils, leading to cracked, peeling, and chapped skin. Aside from using moisturizing body washes and hydrating lotions, treating the areas with Witch Hazel can provide relief from dryness and itch.
“The drying nature of witch hazel relies on protein tightening in the skin of applied areas; when the proteins tighten, irritated skin swelling is lessened, itch and eczema are reduced and a protective layer is formed to fend off infections.” [Source: Livestrong]
Skin Problem: Acne, Dullness, Discoloration
Natural Treatment: Lemon Juice
“Acne occurs from excess oil buildup, clogged pores, inflammation and bacteria.” Lemon juice can help minimize the on-set of acne, as it contains “a natural astringent and antibacterial agent that acts as an exfoliant to help remove dead skin cells faster and prevent clogged pores.” [Source: Livestrong]
In addition, since lemon juice contains alpha-hydroxy acids, it can be used to lighten sun spots and discoloration on the skin, and give dull skin a much-needed boost in radiance. AHAs are natural exfoliants for the skin, which is how they stimulate skin-cell turnover (otherwise known as rejuvenation), leading to brighter, younger-looking skin. Lemon juice can simply be applied to these areas, or can be used in the form of a DIY Lemon Mask. For these reasons, lemon juice is considered one of the best natural treatments for treating acne, dullness, and discoloration.
Skin Problem: Yeast Infection
Natural Treatment: Baking Soda
From time to time, women can experience the uncomfortable symptoms of a yeast infection. This type of skin problem occurs when the yeast in the genital area is disturbed, and the pH levels become unbalanced. This part of the body “naturally contains a balanced mix of yeast and bacteria. Lactobacillus bacteria produce acid, which discourages overgrowth of yeast. But disruption of the healthy balance can result in an overgrowth of yeast. Too much yeast can lead to itching, burning, and other classic signs and symptoms of a yeast infection.” [Source: MayoClinic]
To minimize the itching and discomfort associated with yeast infections, you can use baking soda as a natural treatment. In a bath of “lukewarm water, add 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda to soothe itching and burning.” [Source: Drexel University College of Medicine] Baking soda can help treat this skin problem because it has anti-bacterial properties, acts as a natural cleansing agent, and is soothing for the skin.
Baking soda (otherwise known as) “Sodium bicarbonate, is a mild alkaline compound that can help neutralize the pH balance of your skin,” says Linda K. Franks, MD, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University. “This ‘buffering effect’ may help quell the inflammation that occurs at the skin’s surface.” [Source: Prevention]
Whenever you experience the common skin problems listed above, instead of immediately heading to a drugstore to buy an OTC medication, chemical-based treatment, or even a prescription-strength formula, consider using a natural treatment first. For more serious or on-going skin conditions, consult with a Dermatologist.
[Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Doctor before starting any treatment. Image Credit: Shutterstock]