Tomato For Acne – 14 Methods To Treat Acne Using It
The main cause of developing acne on the face, the neck, the back or the chest is due to the pores in our skin becoming blocked1. And this blockage is due to accumulation of dirt and other foreign matter at the pores our skin. These get trapped in the excess oil secreted by the sebaceous glands in our skin which further leads to bacterial infection and the eruption of acne.
There are many topical acne treatment formulations available in the market. Besides being expensive, these are not that effective and can cause unwanted side effects. On the other hand using a natural, freely available, effective alternative like tomato, to treat acne not only removes these skin eruptions but also provides other health benefits.
Beneficial Properties Of Tomato
- It optimizes the skin’s pH level and removes toxins from the pores.
- Tomato stops the blocking of pores by closing skin pores.
- It has a moisturizing affect on the skin.
- It works at the cellular level and prevents scar formation.
- The anti-oxidative property of tomato3 protects against free radical that cause acne.
- It contains a host of vitamins like A, C, K, E, B1, B2, B3 and B6 which nourish the skin and reduces pore size.
- The iron, potassium and other beneficial nutrient content of tomato is not only good for the skin, but for general health as well4.
- The low glycemic index of tomato does not contribute to acne.
- Tomato improves skin health because of its inherent astringent property.
Using Tomato For Treating Acne
You can use tomato alone or in combination with other household ingredients to treat acne. In the write up below we have outlined a number of methods to treat acne with tomato, choose the method that suits you the best and use it regularly to get rid of acne.
Procedure – Make a smooth puree by blending a single tomato. Apply this puree to the acne affected area and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water and wash face with a mild cleanser and dry the area. Repeat procedure every day.
Same results can be achieved by rubbing tomato slices to the acne affected area.
Avocado & Tomato
Procedure – Take a tomato and the pulp of an avocado and blend till a smooth paste. Wash face, put a towel over the head and hold face over a bowl of steaming hot water for about 15 minutes. Apply the paste of tomato and avocado onto the acne affected area and leave for 30 to 40 minutes. Wash off with warm water and dry the area. Repeat procedure every day.
Jojoba Oil, Tea Tree Oil & Tomato
Procedure – Mash half a tomato to a smooth paste. To this add 5 drops of tea tree oil and 1 tsp. of jojoba oil and mix thoroughly. Apply onto the affected area and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and dry the area. Repeat the procedure every day.
Oatmeal, Lemon Juice & Tomato
The oatmeal in this combination gets rid of acne causing toxins while lemon juice exerts bactericidal properties.
Procedure – Blend half a cup of plain oatmeal with one tomato and 1tsp. of lemon juice to a smooth paste. Add water to reduce thickness of paste. Apply to affected area and leave it for 20 to 30 minutes. Wash off with warm water and dry the area. Repeat procedure every day.
Mint can be added to reduce inflammation in case of back acne.
Yogurt & Tomato
Procedure – Make a puree with half a tomato and add 2 tbs. of Greek yogurt to it. Mix thoroughly. Apply onto affected area with finger tips, massaging in gentle circular motions. Leave for 30 minutes and then wash off warm water and mild cleanser and dry the area. Repeat procedure every day.
Lemon Juice & Tomato
Procedure – Blend a tomato to a puree. Take 1 tbs. of this puree and add 4 drops of fresh lemon juice and mix thoroughly. Put this mixture in an airtight container and keep refrigerated. Every day after washing face apply this mixture onto the affected area with a cotton ball massaging in gentle circular motions. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash off with warm water and dry the area.
This method is not suited for those with sensitive or dry skin as the ingredients are acidic in nature.
Cucumber & Tomato
Procedure – Mix proportionate amounts of cucumber juice and tomato juice and using a cotton ball apply onto the affected area. Leave till it dries. Wash with warm water dry the area. For the first week apply three times in a day then repeat procedure once daily till acne are removed.
Alternately, rubbing cucumber and tomato slices directly onto the affected area gives the same results.
Honey & Tomato
Procedure – Make puree with one tomato and then take 1 tbs. of the puree and mix it with 2 tbs. of honey. Using circular motions massage into affected area. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash off with water and dry. Repeat procedure every night before going to bed.
Milk & Tomato
Procedure – Mix one pureed tomato with a quarter cup of milk. Apply onto the affected area and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off with water and dry the area. Repeat the procedure every day. Refrigerate remaining mixture.
Lime juice can be used in place of milk.
Honey, Camphor & Tomato
Procedure – Blend 1 tsp. of honey, half tsp. of camphor lotion and 1 tsp. of pure tomato juice to a smooth consistency. Apply onto affected area and leave for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water followed by cold water to close the pores and dry the area. Repeat the procedure every day.
Turmeric & Tomato
Procedure – Make a paste with 1 tsp. of powdered turmeric and 2 tsp. of fresh tomato juice. Apply onto affected area and leave for 20 to 25 minutes. Wash off with cold water and dry the area. Repeat procedure every day.
For better effectiveness add half tsp. of lemon juice.
Honey, Turmeric, Whole Wheat Flour & Tomato
Procedure – Make a paste with 2 tsp. of milk, 1 tsp. of whole wheat flour and half tsp. of powdered turmeric. Take half of a freshly cut tomato and pour honey on it and rub directly onto the affected area. Leave the tomato with honey for 15 minutes. Wash off with water and dry the area. Repeat the procedure every day.
Garlic & Tomato
Procedure – Mince four cloves of peeled garlic. Blend 2 tbs. of fresh tomato juice with the minced garlic to a smooth consistency. Apply onto affected area and leave for 5 minutes. Wash off with water, dry and apply non-oily moisturizer. Repeat procedure every day.
Kale, Celery & Tomato Smoothie
Procedure – Blend one tomato with four kale leaves and two celery stalks to a smooth consistency. Add ice and drink once or twice in a day.
Do Tomatoes Cause Acne?
It has been speculated by some people that tomatoes can precipitate acne. However this is not entirely true. Eating fresh tomatoes and using only fresh tomatoes for treating acne as listed in the above write up will not help in getting rid of acne, but it offers a host of health benefits5.
Having said that, it is worth mentioning that canned and preserved tomatoes do have the capability of worsening acne eruptions because of the ingredients used while preserving them.
So it is always advisable to use fresh organic tomatoes while considering any of the home remedies listed above.
Things To Keep In Mind
- Make sure you are not allergic to tomatoes.
- Always try and include tomatoes in your diet.
- Regularly drink tomato juice and smoothies.
- Use a non-oily moisturizer after using the above acne removal methods.
- You can safely refrigerate the remedies up to 3 days.
- Consult a dermatologist if results do not show after 2 to 8 weeks of regular use.
- Never leave tomato remedies longer than the time suggested in the above write up.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle with plenty of water intake6 and a proper balanced diet and avoiding sugars and carbohydrates will have an added effect in treating acne with tomatoes.
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