Garlic for Acne: 3 Ways Allicin Can Help You!
Most acne sufferers are looking for a treatment that is quickly prepared, cheap and above all EFFICIENT. Well, that’s exactly what garlic treatments are!
Garlic and Rosemary Steam Bath
You need a clove of garlic and a twig of rosemary. Cut them into little pieces, so as to allow active principles to pass into the water, put them into a recipient and pour hot water over the mixture. Cover your head and face with a clean towel and lean over the steaming water. The towel should cover the recipient and your head.
The steam must reach your face: this allows the active principles released by the heat and carried by the steam to purify your skin. If the water is too hot, move a few centimetres back. No need to burn yourself, hotter steam is not more efficient. You can however move closer as the water cools down.
Stay so about 10 to 15 minutes. The water will have cooled off by then, so no need to stay longer.
How does this help fight acne? The steam opens up your pores, and carries purifying and anti-inflammatory substances released from the garlic and rosemary.
Garlic for acne: the egg yolk mask.
You can use that after the steam bath. You need the juice from 2 or 3 cloves of garlic (I know, it is very little). Add that to the egg yolk. Mix well, and apply to your skin. Leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes. If you feel a burning sensation, you’ve used too much garlic juice!
Garlic for acne: the internal solution.
Only raw garlic is effective, so add a clove to a salad or to a cooked dish (but without cooking the garlic itself, as many active ingredients are destroyed by heat). You need to do that for lunch and dinner every day. The problem, of course, is what is called ‘garlic breath’, and its social consequences… BUT, it is still a valid treatment option. Consider this:
Allicin is the best anti-bacterial agent found in nature. After you’ve eaten garlic, your bloodstream starts carrying allicin through your body. That is why you always have this strong smell after eating garlic, no matter how many mints you eat. The active principle is in your blood, and is released into your breath through your lungs.
But the good news for acne patients is elsewhere: it is in your SWEAT. Yes, after a garlic meal, your sweat will also carry allicin, which means that will be antibacterial! So yes, although excessive sweating generally aggravates acne, in that case, GARLIC sweat will help you TREAT it, all day long, as you sweat microscopically even when you’re not aware of it.
Sure, it is a risky treatment option just before a date or a job interview, but trust me, a faint garlicky smell is no worse than a face full of pimples and blackheads!
A special recipe: the raw garlic lemonade:
If you chewing a raw garlic clove is too much for you, you can try chopping 2 or 3 garlic cloves and adding them to a bottle of water. Lemon juice may help if the taste disturbs you. Drink from your bottle all day long. Garlic for acne is the way to go!