Garlic is a well-known natural antibiotic. So it’s not a huge surprise that a home remedy I recently stumbled across involves using this pungent herb to help defeat acne, which is caused by a bacteria.
Antibiotics kill bacteria, so it logically follows that garlic would help to get rid of the bacteria that causes acne formation under the skin.
Using garlic in your cooking every day is a really good idea to keep away illness, strengthen your immune system, fights inflammation in the body, and to also enjoy it’s easy and inexpensive flavoring in a variety of foods.
Throw some, ground up since it works in the body this way better than if whole, in your salad dressing for an extra kick, or sautee it into your veggies.
Garlic for fighting acne AND for better skin?
Not only will it benefit your health and overall ability to fight off illness, but it also probably has a huge benefit to your skin when taken in daily due to its high antioxidant, antibiotic, and sulfur content. It really is a wonderful “super food”.
So how can you treat a zit with garlic? Well, it has be be raw, fresh garlic. Take a peeled clove of garlic and slice it open, revealing the inner part of the clove which will have wet appearance. This is where the antibiotic stuff is.
Simply hold the inner part of the garlic clove over the pimple for a few minutes. If it stings or burns (garlic is very strong and a “hot” herb, so if you have sensitivity you may not be able to use this home remedy for pimples), then simply take it off the skin.
Garlic cloves that are cut open and have the inside “juice” exposed are very aromatic. Some people might find the smell downright offensive while others can stomach it. I personally have grown to like the earthy, slight hot smelling spice, however it can definitely be overwhelming when it’s right near your nose.
Why might this remedy work to reduce the size and severity of a pimple? Well, it’s three fold really, and perhaps even more than three fold. One is the fact that garlic is a very strong natural antibiotic, which helps to kill the p acnes bacterium that inhabit the pimple and make the skin swell in reaction to its presence.
Garlic is highly anti-inflammatory
Two is the fact that garlic is a very powerful anti-inflammatory herb. A pimple is the very definition of inflammation, caused by the infection of the skin by the acne bacteria.
Three is that garlic is a potent antioxidant. Its antioxidant activity can help speed the healing of the inflammation/bump that has been caused by the acne bacteria infection.
Reviews on using garlic topically as a home remedy for pimples have been admittedly mixed. Some people claim it is an overnight cure for tough pimples, while other claim it had no visible effect on their pimple.
This is not unusual for any folk or home remedy, since various treatments tend to be very effective for some, not so much for others. We all have different chemical interactions with various foods and nutrients, so this is probably no different.
Garlic is still an excellent food to incorporate into your daily diet, for not only skin health, but brain health, enhanced immunity and healing, cancer prevention and many more health benefits. Can you tell I’m a big believer in garlic!?