Garlic is a common herb used to flavor food. However, over the years it has been used as an unconventional medicine to treat a wide array of diseases and conditions from fungal and bacterial infections to hardening of the arteries. It can also be used as an alternative treatment for certain types of acne.
Garlic tends to work best on bacterial related acne and those with oily skin where an overproduction of oils in the skin leads to excessive acne blemishes. However, you’ll need to dilute the garlic juice with another substance, like rose water, which will prevent the garlic juice from burning your skin.
Why Is Garlic Good For Acne?
One major reason that you should take garlic for acne is because of its antioxidant properties. Our bodies are full of free oxygen atoms that travel through our bodies “stealing” electrons from good, healthy cells just like skin cells. This causes irreparable damage to our bodies and is overall a bad thing.
So, we have to get lots of antioxidants (think of them as anti-oxygen molecules). So, where can we get lots of these free-oxygen fighting compounds?
Move over green tea, blueberries, and you other fruits and vegetables, there’s a new antioxidant king of the hill. According to Canadian researchers, garlic contains the strongest antioxidant of all, including any synthetic sources.
…garlic contains the strongest antioxidant of all…
The compound called allicin, which gives garlic its pungent taste and smell, decomposes into the ultimate antioxidant sulfenic acid. Dr. Derek Pratt, the Canada Research Chair in Free Radical Chemistry said, “The reaction between the sulfenic acid and radicals is as fast as it can get, limited only by the time it takes for the two molecules to come into contact. No one has ever seen compounds, natural or synthetic, react this quickly as antioxidants.”
Garlic also has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. This means that using garlic for acne can help kill the bacteria that causes acne.
A Few Garlic Acne Treatments
Here are a couple of the more popular ways to use garlic for acne treatment:
Eating Garlic For Acne
Eating or (even easier) drinking garlic mixed with v8 juice or water is a great way to fight acne from the inside out. It will help strengthen your immune system and improve your overall health. Here’s how you do it:
- Crush 1 or 2 cloves of fresh raw garlic.
- Mix it with a little water, v8 juice, or whatever you like.
- Drink it.
- Brush your teeth afterward to prevent garlic breath
Do this once or twice a day and it will really help your overall health, and hopefully clear up your acne. One of the best times to do it is at night, then brush your teeth after and again in the morning. Brushing twice will minimize any problems with acne breath the next day.
However, don’t expect overnight results. Sometimes I have heard of this working very quickly, but usually it takes some time before you notice major results.
Garlic Spot Treatment For Acne
First, a warning about applying garlic to your skin: always dilute it in water or something else, and be very careful the first time you do it because it can cause a serious burn. So here’s how to spot treat acne with garlic:
Crush a clove of raw garlic (cutting or crushing garlic is what triggers production of allicin).
Mix it in some water (use more water if you have sensitive skin).
Rub the garlic mixture onto your acne spots.
Let it sit for 5-10 minutes (if you see that your skin is handling it well, feel free to leave it on overnight).
Wash it off.
Other Natural Acne Treatments To Compliment Garlic
As powerful as garlic is, you may find that it’s not quite enough to completely rid you of your acne. If that’s the case, then you may find it helpful to combine a garlic treatment with other natural treatments for acne such as green tea for acne or fish oil for acne.
Another option is to focus on any underlying causes that may be contributing to your acne. Diet, lifestyle, and other factors can all contribute to creating an “acne environment” within your body.
If you like the idea of fixing the underlying causes of acne (instead of just treating the outward symptoms) then take a look at my review of Acne No More, a step-by-step guide to treating acne. It covers things like cleansing, toxic buildup, diet, exercise, stress, fasting, and much more. It outlines a step-by-step treatment plan that will help you get rid of your acne and improve your overall health.
If you do decide to go with a garlic treatment for your acne, then really keep in mind: go slow in the beginning. Use extra water, and don’t leave the garlic treatment on very long the first time you try it. It can seriously give you blisters if you do it wrong and have sensitive skin.
That’s all I can tell you about garlic acne treatments. I hope you find this information useful, and if you have ever tried using garlic for acne, please tell us about it in the comments. Good luck with your acne!