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Avocado For Acne – How Does It Work?

By Dr. Jaggi Rao, MD, FRCPC, Double board-certified dermatologist

Acne develops due to the abnormal secretion of oil or sebum from the sebaceous glands located in our skin. When this excessive secretion takes place, the oily surface at the pores of our skin attracts dirty and other matter that results in the clogging of the pores, giving rise to bacterial activity. This typically manifests in the area becoming red, swollen and somewhat painful to the touch.

Woman holding glass of avocado smoothie
Avocado boasts several nutrients, including lauric acid, whose anti-bacterial and antiviral properties make avocados an excellent anti-inflammatory when used in recipes or external applications.
Avocado boasts several nutrients, including lauric acid, whose anti-bacterial and antiviral properties make avocados an excellent anti-inflammatory when used in recipes or external applications.

The abnormal oil secretion from our skin can be attributed to improper diet, hormonal changes, stressful conditions, and other lifestyle factors. This accounts for about eighty percent of women worldwide being affected with acne at some point in their life.  The following are a few ways to use Avocado in your beauty routine to minimize acne.

Inherent Beneficial Properties Of Avocado

Some of the beneficial properties of avocado that help in the treatment of acne are:

  • The naturally occurring vitamin E not only gives avocado anti-bacterial properties but also helps in healing the skin.
  • Avocado inhibits damage to skin cells through its ability to combat free radicals.
  • Oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat present in avocado, facilitates skin healthy.
  • It provides symptomatic relief from pain, redness, and swelling.
  • Avocado restores skin tone because of biotin present in it.
  • It inhibits excess oil secretion from the sebaceous glands, forms a protective cover against dirt and debris responsible for acne.
  • Regular consumption of avocado helps to maintain optimum blood sugar levels, thereby keeping the hormonal balance intact.

Home Remedies For Treating Acne With Avocado

Here is a fantastic list of ways to incorporate Avocado beauty treatments at home. You can either use it alone or in combination with other ingredients.

Avocado Mask

Procedure – Take 1avocado and scoop out the pulp and crush it until it’s a smooth paste. Spread this mashed pulp liberally wherever there is acne. Leave the application to dry and then wash off with water and dry. Repeat application regularly for the best results.

Alternatively, you can take the peel of the avocado and rub it directly on the acne for a couple of minutes. And then wash off when it dries off.

Avocado Oil

Applying avocado oil has two benefits. First, it cleanses the pores of dirt and impurities, and second, essential vitamins present in it help eradicate acne and other skin eruptions.

Procedure – Wash face with water along with a facial cleanser and apply a liberal amount of avocado oil on acne affected area. Leave for about 25 minutes and then wipe and wash off with warm water and dry. Repeat the procedure three times a week to see the best results.

Avocado & Honey

Honey helps fight bacteria, inflammation, and moisturizes the skin. When combined with avocado, honey helps rid the skin of acne and reduces excess oil secretion.

Procedure – Mix the pulp of half avocado with 1tablespoon of honey and apply acene prone area after washing and drying your face. Leave the combination for about 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water and dry. Repeat the procedure three times a week for optimum results. For better results, you can add a half cup of plain yogurt, which also boosts moisturizing and skin health benefits.

Avocado & Lemon

The acidic nature of lemon juice cleanses the skin pores and shrinks the acne. This home remedy is ideal for acne on the back and chest.

Procedure – Take a ripe avocado and mash the pulp to a smooth consistency. Add 2 tsp of fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp of honey, and 4 tsp of warm water. Mix thoroughly. Apply the mixture to the acne affected area in gentle circular motions and leave on for about 20 minutes. Wash off with water, dry and apply a non-oily moisturizer. The remaining paste can be refrigerated but should be used within seven days.

Avocado & Oatmeal

This combination not only moisturizes the skin by the inherent moisturizing properties it possesses but also helps in cleansing the pores of dirt and impurities.

Procedure – Mix thoroughly 1 tbsp of oatmeal to previously mashed one-quarter of an avocado. Apply the mixture on the acne-affected area by gently massaging in circular motions for a couple of minutes. Wash with warm water and dry the area. Repeat the procedure regularly.

Avocado & Egg White

Egg white, besides nourishing the skin due to the presence of vitamins and proteins it encompasses, these whites can also remove excess oil and constrict the pores making acne shrink.

Procedure – Mix the pulp of half avocado and one egg white until a smooth consistency. To this, add 1 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice and apply on the affected area. Wash off with water after about 20 minutes and dry. Repeat the procedure until you get results desired.

For more effectiveness, add one tbsp of oatmeal to the mixture. You can also substitute 1 tsp of yogurt in place of lemon juice.

Avocado & Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has potent fungus and microbe fighting properties that help in inhibiting infection as well as the secretion of oil from the sebaceous glands.

Procedure – Thoroughly mix tea tree oil and avocado oil in the ration of 4:6, respectively. Wash face and apply the mixture in gentle circular motions. Apply facial steam, wash face with a gentle cleanser, and pat dry the area. Repeat the procedure regularly until your optimum results are achieved.

Avocado & Castor Oil

Castor oil has intrinsic properties for fighting bacteria and inflammation inhibiting properties but is also an excellent skin cleanser.

Procedure – Thoroughly mix castor oil and avocado in the ratio of 3:7, respectively. Before you apply the mixture, do a facial steam. Now use the combination to the acne affected area in gentle circular motions and keep it on overnight. Next morning clean with a mild facial cleanser. Repeat the procedure regularly until results are achieved.

Avocado & Banana Mask

This combination is instrumental in getting rid of dirt and impurities from deep skin layers. The presence of yogurt and olive oil in the mix also exhibits a synergistic effect.

Procedure – Separately mash the pulp of half an avocado and half a ripe banana. Add 2 tbsp of yogurt and 1 tbsp of olive oil in a bowl and thoroughly mix with the pulp of avocado and banana. Apply the mixture until it completely dries on the affected area. Wash off the mask with warm water followed by cold water to seal the skin pores. Repeat the procedure regularly until acne is no longer present.

Avocado & Coffee Scrub

Coffee has natural exfoliating and invigorating properties when applied to the skin. Additionally, coffee is effective in treating advanced acne on the face that is cystic.

Procedure – Mix the pulp of half an avocado with 3 tsp of fresh coffee. Apply on the affected area by gently scrubbing in circular motions. Leave for about 3 minutes, then rinse with water. Repeat procedure regularly to get desired results.

Avocado & Tomato

Tomato works wonders on the skin. It not only cleans the skin pores, prevents the secretion of excess oil, but also helps to maintain an optimum pH level, and protects against free radicals with its anti-oxidizing properties.

Procedure – Thoroughly mix avocado and tomato pulp. Clean the face for about 10 minutes by steaming before the application of the mixture. Apply the avocado and tomato mask to the acne affected area, leave for about 40 minutes, and then wash the application off with warm water. For best results, repeat the procedure at two-day intervals.

Combination of Avocado, Honey, Cinnamon & Cocoa Powder

The combination of this facial mask exhibits properties that fight against bacteria, fungus, and free radicals besides gently nourishing the skin.

Procedure – Thoroughly mix 2 tbsp avocado pulp, 1 tbsp of honey, a 1/4 tsp of powdered cinnamon and optionally, 1 tsp of cocoa powder. Apply the mixture on the acne-affected area on the face and neck, taking care to avoid the eyes. Leave for about half an hour and wash off. Repeat the procedure weekly for better results.

Avocado & Coconut Oil

Combining avocado with coconut oil is a natural moisturized that won’t block the pores. Additionally, this potent combination has strong anti-bacterial and anti-oxidizing properties.

Procedure – Mash the pulp of a quarter of an avocado to a smooth consistency. Add to this 1 tbsp coconut oil half tsp of powdered nutmeg and mix thoroughly. Apply this mixture to the acne affected area and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Wash off and dry the area. Repeat the procedure three times a week. Alternately, you can utilize honey in place of powdered nutmeg.

Avocado & Yogurt

Yogurt has a soothing effect on the skin. The enzymes present in it cleanse the skin and inhibit the excess secretion of oil from the sebaceous glands.

Procedure – Thoroughly mix 4 tbsp avocado pulp and 2 tsp plain yogurt. Apply the mixture on the acne-affected area and leave for a long as practically possible. Wash off with warm water. Repeat the procedure three times a week.

Avocado & Cucumber

The 90% water content of cucumber keeps the skin hydrated and also helps in maintaining the oil balance of the skin. It facilitates the treatment of acne through its caustic property and restores skin tone.

Procedure – Mix 2 tbsp of cucumber juice with the pulp of half an avocado. Apply the mixture to the acne affected area in gentle circular motions for a couple of minutes. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash off with warm water and dry the area. Repeat the procedure three times a week.

Avocado & Apple Cider Vinegar

The intrinsic property of apple cider vinegar regulates the secretion of oil from the sebaceous glands by maintaining proper pH levels. It also cleanses the skin of dirt, impurities, and free radicals, along with helping to inhibit acne formation.

Procedure – Thoroughly mix the pulp of half avocado, a quarter cup of raw oatmeal, 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar, 2 tsp honey, and a couple of drops of lemon juice until it is a consistency paste. Apply on to the acne affected area and leave it for 25 minutes and then wash off with water. Repeat the procedure three times a week.

Is It Beneficial To Eat Avocado For Acne Treatment?

Avocado is loaded with nutrients, and when taken regularly, it helps in maintaining an optimal hormonal balance and internal lubrication of the skin. This is due to the presence of vitamins K, C, E and B5; folate; monounsaturated fats, and potassium in it. These same properties can help when applying avocado externally in several beauty masks. Many will start with a banana in their masks, but start slowing replacing avocado to help reduce inflammation and support an acne reduction regime.

Things To Keep In Mind

  • Make sure you are not allergic to avocado. Do a skin test to ascertain this before ever starting these masks.
  • It is always beneficial to steam your face before applying a mask as this will help in opening the pores and enable better absorption.
  • Avocado stains clothes, and thus wearing old outfits while applying any of the masks is recommended.
  • A mask of avocado, banana, and wheat germ will help get rid of acne by reducing skin pores.
  • You can store the excess avocado masks in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to seven days.
  • Drinking plenty of water during the day will help your skin remain hydrated and also help in getting rid of toxins.

Besides the above, eating a balanced diet, which includes a great balance of ingredients and nutrients, will not only help in maintaining proper health but also ensure that your immune system is functioning optimally. And also remember, stress can be a trigger for acne outbursts, so leading a stress-free lifestyle can be extremely beneficial in avoiding the formation of acne.

Do keep in mind that even after using avocado alone or in any of the combinations listed above, you are still not able to get rid of your acne. You should consult a dermatologist. However, many will see dramatic results in reducing their acne with these all-natural avocado remedies listed above.

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