Acne is caused by clogged skin pores, excessive skin oil and bacterial buildup - it seems so simple to list the causes of acne. But, going through it and finding a suitable remedy is not that simple. However, an earnest approach and an upbeat attitude will definitely help you find the treatment that works for you. Begin with straightforward natural acne remedies based on what you find in your kitchen. Here, let's discuss how potatoes can help your skin.
What are the skin-friendly ingredients in potato? Raw potato is rich in minerals like sulfur, potassium and phosphorous, which are good for skin health. These minerals stimulate collagen and elastin production providing a toned and youthful complexion. Potato is rich in Vitamin C, an antioxidant that prevents cell damage and boosts healing. Its alkaline property also works as a potent acne fighter by breaking down sebum in your pores. Further, it has mild antibacterial properties that can destroy acne causing bacteria. Using a potato-based application on your skin will also unleash its mild exfoliating property, i.e. it helps remove dead skin cells that would otherwise block the skin pores. Exfoliation also helps remove acne scars and promotes the growth of a fresh layer of healthy skin cells.
That seems enough to address the main causes of acne - excessive oil, bacteria, dead skin cells, etc. How do you use potatoes to treat your skin? Use it sliced or smashed or as a face mask. The simplest method is to cut it in half and rub the juice on the affected portion of your face. To use it sliced, wash and peel a potato and cut it into thin slices. Massage portions of your face with the slices, using a new slice for each portion, so that you don't spread bacteria. This process will set off a gentle exfoliating effect by dissolving dead cells. Alternatively, place the slices on acne breakouts for a few minutes, so that the antibacterial ingredients attack the bacteria.
Rubbing grated raw potato on your skin can be an effective treatment for acne scars on face. You could also apply a face mask of grated raw potato, leave it on for about 30 minutes and rinse it off. Boiled potato can be used as well. Wash a medium-sized potato and boil it without peeling. Let it cool, mash it, add 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and 2 teaspoons of milk powder and mix well. Apply it on your face and wash after 15 minutes. This mask also helps remove dark circles around your eyes. Using it twice or thrice a week can also remove tan.
All you need is some patience to exercise a consistent approach to see how natural remedies can work wonders for you!