Remedies for Acne Throughout the Ages

Acne has long plagued humankind. This irritable skin disease not only causes physical discomfort, but also social discomfort. This has led to many brilliant men and women looking for a cure to the disease. As of today, there is no perfect cure as acne continues to plague both the old and the young, but it especially burdens teenagers. Although there is no “one size fits all” solution for acne, there have been remedies created that at least help soothe and prevent acne.

So to further increase our knowledge about remedies for acne, we should trace these remedies to their origins. To start we need to look back at Rome, Egypt, and Greece. Romans, before the discovery of western medicines, relied heavily on herbal medicines and it was believed that Romans used special herbs to help with their acne. Romans mixed herbs with warm water and submerged the portions of their bodies affected with acne. They did this on a consistent basis in order to prevent acne from reforming.

In Egypt they used herbs just like in Rome but the Egyptians prepared the herbs differently. After they pounded the herbs they immediately applied or rubbed the extract on their faces where the acne was located. To top it off the Greeks had their own way of treating acne, and though we won’t mention it here, it should be noted that the word acne comes from the old Greek language.

In modern times people buy soap, shampoo, and cosmetic product to enhance their appearance and to boost their self-esteem. Some of these products have natural herbs mixed together with chemicals.

Other people make their own acne remedies from home. Although this can be more time consuming, advocates of home acne remedies claim that knowing that there are no chemicals or preservatives in their remedies is important.

Whether or not you are going to make your own natural remedy or just simply buy one for convenience is your choice. But always keep in mind that buying the product at the supermarket will not guarantee you the pureness of the product because you never saw how it was prepared.

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