Garlic is used in several culinary preparations to add aroma and unique flavour to dishes. Besides being such a flavorful herb, garlic also is known for its health benefits. Many people from the days gone by used to attribute magical properties to this herb. This would explain why Dracula movies used garlic so profusely to keep vampires at bay! This said, garlic does have many medicinal properties and can improve your health. It has the ability to improve blood circulation and also can prevent certain respiratory problems. But, what about acne scars? Can it get rid of those blemishes, which often can mar the beauty of your face?
Blemishes Be Gone
Garlic has the innate ability to clear acne scars and give the blemish-free skin you have been yearning for. But how can it get rid of acne scars?
Garlic can help get rid of acne scars because it has antibacterial and sulphur compounds. Allin is an antibacterial compound which gets converted to allicin. Allicin is a natural and potent antibiotic that helps eliminate acne-causing bacteria on the skin. The sulphur compounds, such as thiacremonone, have anti-inflammatory properties and work directly on the acne. In fact, since the 1800s, sulphur has been used to get rid of excessive oiliness of the skin and it is this oiliness, which is one of the main reasons for acne.
Garlic can be used topically as well as orally. So you can choose the method you wish to use and allow garlic to perform its magic to get rid of those depressing acne scars. However, a word of caution – garlic may not be effective in eliminating deep and pitted scars. For those scars, you would require a trained and qualified cosmetic surgeon.
If you do not mind smelling like an Italian eatery, you can easily munch on 2 to 3 raw garlic cloves in the morning. Some people find garlic taste unpalatable. If this is the case, mince up the cloves and consume with a teaspoon of honey.
Alternatively, you can add garlic to the food you prepare. By including the herb in your daily diet, you will help improve your immunity and reduce inflammation.
The last option of consuming garlic is to take it in tablet form. Be sure to buy the tablets from a reputed company. The tablets also will help boost your immunity and fight acne.
Garlic also can be used to make an effective exfoliator. Applying a paste of garlic on your skin will get rid of the superficial outer layer of your skin, thereby reducing the appearance of acne scars.
To make the paste, blend one clove of garlic using 2 tablespoons water. Now massage this mixture gently on your skin for about 5 minutes. This will help exfoliate your skin, get rid of excessive sebum and also eliminate the acne-causing bacteria. After the massage, wash your skin with warm water.
You also have the option of making a facial mask with garlic. Blend one clove and add one tablespoon of honey and two teaspoons of olive oil. Apply the mixture on the affected area and let it stand for about 10 to 15 minutes. Wash with warm water. After that, slather on an oil-free moisturizer containing aloe vera. After the facial mask, your skin will be irritated and the moisturizer will help soothe it.
If using garlic topically, do a skin test before applying it. Your skin may be too sensitive for the application and could get irritated. You can tone down the burning sensation by adding a little lavender oil to the garlic-blend.