Fight acne with fenugreek
From its scientific name Trigonella foecum graecu, fenugreek, also called Trigonelle, is a spice with multiple properties and uses, in cooking, in cosmetics, as a medicine, etc. Among its many uses, it is very effective in fighting skin problems like acne.
Find out here why fenugreek is good for the skin, how to treat acne with it, and other tips and information to get rid of these pimples once and for all!
Acne is a skin disease that particularly affects adolescents. It causes oily skin, small cysts, and red pimples with whiteheads. It causes prolonged inflammation (redness, pus, pain) of the hair opening (pilosebaceous orifice).
We have almost all been there, according to statistics, 80% of the world population has had, or will one day, acne!
It is neither more nor less the most common skin problem, and not only during adolescence, even if it is the most favorable period, but also in adults.
The majority of treatments are often ineffective, with their share of side effects, and are often very expensive: retinoids, azelaic acid, Benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, dermocorticoid, laser treatments, etc.
Many factors come into play, but mainly the hereditary factor, and oily skin.
Indeed, if your parents had acne, there is a good chance that you too have it.
The production of too high sebum, responsible for oily skin, leads to an obstruction of the sebaceous gland and the opening where the hair grows.
By blocking the opening of the hair, it produces a microcomedon, then a microcyst. Bacteria that proliferate in the follicle (propionibacterium acnes) release substances that cause inflammation of the microcyst and result in a red pimple and white head.
You should also know that the overproduction of sebum, and therefore acne, is influenced by male hormones, which explains why boys are more affected than girls: 95% of teenage boys against 80% of girls.
This hormonal imbalance can also be triggered during times of stress or fatigue.
Fenugreek has been used for millennia in cosmetics and traditional medicine, especially in India and among the Arabs. It is used for the health of the hair but also to cure many skin problems, including acne.
Fenugreek works in several ways to fight acne and blackheads:
It is a natural detoxifier, which in addition boosts the immune system, which helps the body to evacuate toxins.
The dietary fibers it contains to allow the toxins present in the diet to be evacuated, and its diuretic properties promote the elimination of bacteria present in our body.
Fenugreek is a stimulant of the pancreas and the lymphatic system. By improving the metabolism of blood and hepatic lipids, it improves the sensitivity of our cells to insulin, fenugreek will therefore help to naturally regulate the level of insulin and thus limit the production of androgen and sebum. This is what also makes it a cure for diabetes.
Fenugreek is rich in vitamins, proteins, trace elements, and antioxidants, which help to cleanse and hydrate the skin.
It also has a direct impact on male and female hormones, which also makes fenugreek a great aphrodisiac.
It can be consumed in the form of powder, seeds, oil, or capsules; internally or externally. My advice is to couple the use of fenugreek externally (poultice, mask, oil, etc.) with internal use (integration of fenugreek in the diet or taking capsules).
• 1 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds (you can use powder but it’s better to grind your fenugreek seeds yourself )
• 1 glass of water
Pour the fenugreek water on a clean piece of cloth and apply to the infected skin areas for 20 min.
Repeat daily until improvement.
This remedy is a natural remedy against acne, blackheads, but also against all inflammations that can affect your skin: boils, abscesses, eczema, burns, etc.
• 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon of honey
• 1 tablespoon of almond oil (or fenugreek oil)
• 2 tablespoons of milk
• 1 tablespoon of ground fenugreek
Mix all the ingredients and apply the mask to the pimples and scars, leave on for 15 min then rinse thoroughly.
This remedy is applied once a day for 10 days and can be renewed if necessary.
• 1 lemon
• 1 teaspoon of honey
• 1 tablespoon of ground fenugreek
Mix all the ingredients and apply them all over the face. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water.
This mask is applied once a day, for 2 or 3 weeks, but can be renewed if necessary.
It is useful in the treatment of acne and all skin problems in general, but to be used sparingly because it is oil, therefore it is oily! It also participates in the firming of the skin by regenerating cells. It is also used to firm the breasts!
Apply the oil to the face once or twice a day for smooth, soft skin, and to reduce acne-related facial blemishes.
A simple, enjoyable, and effective way to do this is to incorporate fenugreek into your diet. It’s a spice that goes well with any dish, so use it everywhere!
Count 1 tablespoon per day to distribute in your meals for an optimal effect.
You can also eat sprouted fenugreek seeds, it’s delicious and even better for your health!
It is an internal treatment that is very effective, and which can be taken in parallel with the external treatments like all the others presented in this article. The capsules are perfect for taking advantage of all the nutrients present in the small seed.
For the dosage, see the package leaflet and your pharmacist.
The main factor behind the disruption at the origin of acne is diet!
Dr. Loren Cordain from Colorado State University has observed that peoples who have retained a so-called “primitive” way of life and diet, such as the Indians of Paraguay, tribes of New Guinea, or the Zulus Africa, are not affected by acne, while those who have adopted a so-called “modern” diet, are now affected by this disease, as is the case in Eskimos.
A balanced diet results in a stable, normal, and balanced level of glucose in the blood.
Modern diets are diets with a high glycemic index, which causes an insulin spike, which leads to hypoglycemia, and which reactivates the desire for sugar, we then enter a vicious circle: overconsumption of sugar, which leads to a need for sugar.
But that’s not all, this hypoglycemia stimulates androgenic hormones that signal the liver to release glucose to compensate for the lack. These androgenic hormones are stimulants in the creation of sebum.
So remember that to have beautiful skin, you need to eat in a healthy and balanced way, and if possible drink a lot and play sports.