Controversies aside (think apple juice and homosexual reparative therapy), Dr. Oz is clearly one of the most powerful celebrity doctors out there. From his first appearance in The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004, Dr. Oz has slowly made a name for himself. He now runs his own show where major health issues are tackled and given a closer look.
For most television viewers, Dr. Oz is a credible source of health advise. Of course, medical consultation is always recommended before any type of self-diagnosis. But in the case of home remedies for pimples, it won’t harm if we listen to what The Dr. Oz Show has to offer.
In addition to Dr. Oz, there are other health professionals who always share their two cents worth–including those from reputable institutions such as the Harvard Medical School.
Here are just four of the best acne home remedies that were handpicked by Dr. Oz and his team of experts:
Neem oil is a natural extract produced by the fruits and seeds of Neem (Azadirachta indica), a tree which is endemic to Asian countries such as India and Bangladesh. In its country of origin, neem oil is used as a component of soaps and various hair products. It has antiseptic properties that help in fighting off acne-causing bacteria. Neem oil also works effectively to manage dry skin, itchiness, dandruff, gingivitis, and fungal infections.
To use it as an acne home remedy, mix the powdered form of neem leaf with water. Apply it on the affected area as a facial wash. If the odor is too strong, adding lavender, spearmint or other non-irritating scented oils will help minimize it for you.
Witch hazel is a commercial product commonly used to tone the skin after cleansing. It is also applied on the face through a cotton swab to remove makeup or dirt that is not easily removed by simple wash. Witch hazel is also known for its dual purpose as a natural astringent (acne) and anti-inflammatory product (insect bites).
Although most people who used witch hazel as a home remedy for acne got impressive results, this is not always the case. Some witch hazel products in the market even contain 14% alcohol which can be harmful for those with dry, sensitive skin.
For best results, use natural witch hazel to treat your pimples. To do this, boil 5 to 10 grams of extract from the witch hazel bark. Apply it to the affected area using cotton swab. Avoid commercial products, if possible, as they already lack tannin, a powerful and natural acne remedy.
Papaya is a simple fruit rich in life-saving antioxidants such as Vitamins A and C. And as we all know, Vitamin A helps in preventing acne in the same way it prevents blindness and other eye problems. The antioxidants in papaya also strengthens the body so we can fight off cardiovascular diseases and even cancer.
It also contains papain, an enzyme known for its anti-inflammatory properties. To use it as a home remedy for acne, incorporate it to your daily diet. You can also mash it up and apply on your face. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing.
Flaxseed is one of the richest source of alpha-linolenic acid, a potent type of omega-3 fatty acids. Aside from providing the body with healthy fats, omega-3 is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This is why ground flaxseed is commonly used as a home remedy for pimples. Omega-3 fatty acids help in protecting the skin from irritation, dryness, and eventually, acne formation.