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Is the Cucumber Acne Treatment the Answer to Your Acne Problems?
Natural skin care remedies are all the rage these days, especially when it comes to getting your acne under control. Very few acne sufferers are excited to be prescribed harsh acne medications from their dermatologist that only cause the skin to flake, dry out, and become irritated in an attempt to minimize acne breakouts.
If that whole unfortunate chain of events sounds familiar to you, then you too may have already explored alternative acne treatments, such as using cucumbers to cool and soothe your skin.
How Does the Cucumber Acne Treatment Work?
Cucumbers contain over 90% water, as well as natural fats and vitamin E, which are known to promote healing in the skin when applied topically. For this reason, many beauty blogs online highly recommend the use of topical cucumber to soothe acne and inflammation in the skin as a gentle moisturizing ingredient. 
As an aesthetician, those facts are something that I can’t argue with since using cucumber as a gentle cooling ingredient can often reduce puffiness and swelling in the skin, especially if you are hoping to minimize dark under eye circles.
Still, on my search for the most effective acne remedy, I have found that sometimes it pays to dig a little bit deeper…
Yes, cucumber is soothing and moisturizing, and it also contains antioxidants that will protect the skin from outside free radical damage. What’s not to love? Well, the most important piece of the puzzle to take into consideration is the fact that one topical ingredient is not going to cure your acne.
That’s right – you need to go directly to the source of your acne, which all starts by making healthy changes in your diet. After you’ve made these changes, it definitely wouldn’t hurt to apply cucumber juice or cool slices of cucumber to your skin each day to keep it soothed and hydrated, but I can guarantee you that you will not be able to relieve your acne if you don’t fix the problem from the inside first.
To back me up, here’s what a few acne sufferers from the acne.org forums had to say about cucumber acne treatments:
Turmeric can help even out your skin tone and colour. Simply apply a little turmeric mixed with cucumber juice or lemon to the affected area. Leave on for fifteen minutes or more, and wash off. Do this every day, and gradually you will notice your skin colour returning to normal.
Cure acne with a tomato and cucumber astringent by slicing one cucumber and squeezing the juice out of the slices. Then, crush 1 tomato into a pulp and strain it. Mix the juices together and apply the astringent to your face with a cotton ball.
I ran out of BP and had three pimples on my face that seemed to be one of those horrible, pus filled kinds. So i slathered on some cucumber gel (which i use for puffy eyes) and next morning, the pimples were significantly reduced and practically gone. No redness, no pus. Just a slight indication that it was there. My skin was brighter and softer and i felt great.
As you can see, several acne sufferers had positive experiences with the use of a cucumber acne treatment. But are they getting permanent results?
If all you are doing is trying to fix the outer problem through using a natural remedy like cucumber juice, you may experience some immediate relief, but you are not doing anything to prevent your acne from coming back again and again!
Again, While cucumber juice may be a gentle and soothing ingredient to treat your acne, it does not have any magical properties that can cure your acne permanently.
I would strongly discourage you from believing any ingredient advertised to be a “miracle solution” to your acne, but instead take the time to create a healthy foundation from the inside out by improving your diet. This includes eliminating unhealthy fats and processed foods that load your body up with toxins to trigger acne in the first place. Not only will these healthy dietary changes improve your energy levels and overall health to reduce your risk for disease, but you will see an immediate benefit in clear, healthy, and bright skin that is acne-free!
- “Properties of Cucumbers.“ BOTANICA. Web. 17 Jan. 2011. <http://www.botanical-online.com/pepinosangles.htm>.
About the Author: Bethany Ramos is an aesthetician and makeup artist with a special interest in using nutrition to heal and alleviate a number of conditions in the skin. You can find out more skin care and makeup tips by visiting her blog at FacebyBethany.
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