In USA, acne affects about 15 million people, mainly teenagers but also adults, and 20% of women suffer from it. The most frequent disease in the dermatologist, it is an auto-inflammatory disease, that is to say it modifies the normal functioning of the skin through a bacterium called propionibacterium acnes. Sarah, 27 years old from Nantes, got married this summer. Faithful reader of santeplusmag.com, she shares with us a recipe of mask that our editorial approves.
What is acne?
Acne is a chronic skin disease that manifests itself by the appearance of pimples and blackheads. It reaches the follicles pilo-sebaceous, that is to say the hair and the sebaceous gland that secretes sebum, an oily fluid that serves to protect the skin by flowing as soon as a hair emerges on the skin. When these follicles are affected by acne, the channel that allows the sebum to flow is clogged by the dead skin cells and by excessive sebum manufacturing. The areas most affected are the face, back and bust.
In adult women, acne is usually caused by a hormonal imbalance linked to the menstrual cycle, birth control pills, or menopause. Excess sebum then gives the face an oily appearance and makes the skin oily.
In addition, pollution, climate change, cigarettes, poor diet, stress or the use of cosmetic products that attack the skin can also be factors of oily skin.
In cosmetics, the cosmetic budget is often high, moisturizing creams, anti-wrinkles, eye contour, concealer, exfoliating masks, make-up and so on. The list is long, but the products purchased are not always adapted to the type of skin.
Instead of spending as much money in commercial products, there are natural methods to take care of one's skin. They are cheaper, more efficient and contain no chemicals.
Here is the recipe of a mask with turmeric very famous in Ayurvedic medicine and used mainly in India.
Recipe of a mask with turmeric
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil
- 1 teaspoon of milk
- 2 tablespoons chickpea flour
In a bowl, put the chickpea flour, add turmeric and sweet almond oil. Mix vigorously and add the milk gradually until a paste of homogeneous consistency is obtained.
Apply a thin layer of mask to face cleaned avoiding the eye contour and nostrils to avoid irritation. Leave on for 20 minutes. When drying, the mask tends to harden. Then rinse with lukewarm water. The skin is cleansed, cleansed and regains a radiant complexion.
In India, women usually use this mask on their wedding day to display a clean, smooth and soft skin. The Indian name for this mask is Peeti. It is an ancient Ayurvedic recipe used to regenerate and beautify the skin.
Used twice a week, this mask eliminates acne pimples and scars, reduces wrinkles and fine lines and reduces dark circles and puffiness under the eyes.
Benefits of Ingredients
The curcumin contained in turmeric is an active component that helps prevent the appearance of acne and treat the pimples already present on the face.
Many studies have demonstrated the therapeutic properties of turmeric especially against cancer and inflammation. This spice purifies the body, protects the heart, fights against depression and improves regeneration of the brain.
The turmeric mask solves the following skin problems:
- Black dots
- Redness and irritation of the skin
- Seborrheic eczema of the face
- Brown stains
- Wrinkles and fine lines
Sweet almond oil is rich in vitamins A, B, D and E, minerals (iron, zinc and copper) and omega 6 and 9. All these elements make it an essential ally for skin health. It improves elasticity and accelerates cellular repair.
Chickpeas are known for their multiple virtues both for the body and for the skin. Beyond their essential intake of carbohydrates and vitamins, they make it possible to unify and clarify the complexion. In the past, young girls about to get married applied masks to chickpeas 3 months before to have clean skin.