The acne crises has been hovering around for ages. We are fed up with the treatment that is meted out to us by the sudden eruption of acne. For some, acne is like an occasional visitor who makes his presence felt with a magnifying impact and how! And for some, it is like a perpetual resident who has booked a seat for itself since time immemorial!
Acne hounds us from the time we hit sweet sixteen, pounds us when we are in our twenties, and sustains their oppression till we hit the 'forty'-fication mark ... does it end there? Do I need to spell it out! So, what is the best and the most lucrative method to get acne kick the bucket? It's just one magical word: Yogurt. Yes, yogurt is the answer to curb acne. Here we tell you why you must use yogurt and how you could kiss acne goodbye with a smile.
So, What Is Yogurt?
Yogurt is a milk product that is obtained when the milk is fermented. It is thick and has a solidified consistency. It may be thick and creamy or it may be cube like in appearance. It may not be extremely thick and rich when the milk used is skimmed or is adulterated. It has antibiotic properties, being acidic in nature, that treats acne. The two bacteria that are present in yogurt are lactobacillus acidophilus or lactobacillus bulgaricus which conduct a great job in fighting acne.
Why Use Yogurt to Cure Acne?
- Yogurt is one product of milk that can be consumed by all those who are lactose intolerant. Thus, if you cannot drink milk, you are free to have dollops of yogurt. You may either eat it for breakfast or may have it with your meals.
- It is safe and is absolutely edible, even when you are suffering from acne. If you include it in your diet you are not aggravating the trouble as the bacteria that are present are beneficial and do good to the skin.
- Its acidic nature has the capacity to kill the bacteria that cause infection of the skin and who are also the prime culprits of sudden breakouts on the skin's surface. It also prevents the appearance of blackheads and whiteheads which may further lead to cysts and infections of the skin.
- Yogurt consists of zinc and vitamin D that help in fighting acne and repairing the damaged and affected skin tissues.
How to Use Yogurt With ... .
Here are some recipes that you could apply and feel the difference. You may find that acne visit you less often or may have found an all together new victim leaving you high and dry. (Lucky you!)
Mix a teaspoon of honey and a blob of yogurt. Blend it for an even appearance. Apply the concoction weekly on your face and wash it off after 10 to 15 minutes. Reduced acne and glow redefined!
Squeeze a few drops of lemon into 2 teaspoons of yogurt and mix it well. You can apply this recipe regularly. Application is either through a ball of cotton, or with a facial brush. The finish would be all the more even when applied with a facial brush. However, a cotton ball will do if you are not comfortable or do not have access to a facial application brush.
Honey and Porridge
Mix yogurt, honey, and half teaspoon of porridge in a bowl and apply it on the face. Leave it on for 30 minutes and dab a towel on the face to remove the contents. Dip the towel in lukewarm water and place it on the face and gently slide it down to get rid of the stickiness. This will be a nourishing face pack that, if applied every fortnightly, can help you reduce the occurrence of acne.
You could slice a banana and mash it perfectly. You may mix the mashed banana in 2 to 3 teaspoons of yogurt and apply it on your face. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash it off. Avoid conversing or chatting up with anyone to kill time when you have the face pack on. This will tend to stretch the skin and make it prone to appearance of wrinkles.
This is a good alternative to clear acne and get rid of excess oil or sebum deposits when heat strikes. This face mask for acne is sure to work wonders for your skin. Mix yogurt and cucumber and apply it on your face. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. For added rejuvenation, spray cool water on your face or slide an ice-cube through the contours of your face.
Banana and Olive Oil
Another variation to the yogurt-banana-recipe is to add a few drops of olive oil. Apply the mixture only when the mixture is not grainy. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash it off with cool water. There is bound to be some stickiness; you may wash your face with a mild soap, with gentle strokes, to get rid of the patented sticky shine on the face, especially on the T-zone.
Add a pinch of fullers earth to yogurt. You may also add a pinch of sandalwood powder and apply the concoction on the face. Fullers earth has healing properties that dries the sebum seeded within the skin and heals the cracked surfaces of the skin. It also closes pores which reduces the chances of the pores inviting dirt, further leading to breakouts like blackheads and whiteheads.
This face pack promises to diffuse an instant glow on your visage. Two teaspoons of yogurt poured in a bowl of strawberry puree should be blended well and applied on to the face. The spread must be left to dry for 15 to 20 minutes. Wipe off the pack with a wet face towel. Rinse your face with water and pat dry with a towel.
If you are running short of time and want a quick fix, just apply yogurt to cure acne without any accompaniments. Yogurt is good at its job even when you rely on it as a single contender to fight acne. If you are not the type who wants to make an effort to navigate to the kitchen counter and concoct these recipes, then I do have some good news for you! All you need to do is gobble up a bowl of yogurt every day to cure acne. Sounds easy ... well, it's rewarding, too!