Blemishes are spots or marks or patches of discoloration on skin. Blemishes are also known as zits. Some people are born with certain blemishes such as port-wine stains while others get blemishes later in their lives. Acne (blackheads, whiteheads, pimples etc), boils, pigmentation, rashes, itching, suntan and various other skin problems contribute to blemishing of skin. Blemishes deteriorate one's beauty; they are rather stubborn stigmas on beauty and may be quite embarrassing at times.

Both men and women can acquire blemishes, but women are more susceptible to it. The causes of blemishes are as follows: stress, comedogenics or oily toiletries or cosmetics like night creams, foundations and moisturizers, pollution, contact with irritants like hair or clothing, hyper-active sebaceous or oil glands due to proliferation of androgenic hormones at puberty, hormonal fluctuations in women during menstruation, pregnancy or menopause etc

Home Remedies for Blemishes

1. Application of raw potato juice on blemishes removes them. The juice contains sulfur, chlorine, potassium and phosphorous that naturally bleaches the skin and removes blemishes.

2. Grind dry lemon peels and orange peels in to powder. Combine the powdered mixture with rose water and curd water to make a thick paste. One can use milk cream as a substitute for curd water. Apply the paste on blemishes to clear them.

3. Make a solution out of tomato juice and lemon juice and store it in refrigerator. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and dab on the blemishes daily. This is an effective home remedy for blemishes.

4. Prepare a granular paste by mingling finely ground almonds and yoghurt. Apply on blemishes to get rid of them.

5. Apply a paste of coarsely ground green gram on blemishes regularly. This lightens blemishes by bleaching them and gradually causes them to blend with the natural skin color.

6. Mix 2 teaspoon gram flour, 1 teaspoon curd, few drops of lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric and whip up a smooth paste. Regular application of this paste would cause blemishes to fade out gradually.

7. Rinse the area of skin bearing blemishes with a mixture of one part of apple cider vinegar and eight parts of water daily. This removes blemishes.

8. Apply heated honey on affected area. Wait till it settles on the skin like glue. Then rinse off with cold water. This works wonders in removing blemishes.

9. Squeeze out the contents of 2 Vitamin E capsules and apply on blemishes. This allows the regeneration of skin cells and does away with blemishes.

10.Simply massaging castor oil twice a day also diminishes blemishes.

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