Is it safe to apply garlic topically on the face?
@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan | health blog
Herbal medicines such as garlic (Allium sativum) is gaining popularity in cosmetic and skincare because they are cheap, readily available, and have low risk of side effects.
Garlic's dermatologic potential lies on it's allicin content, a bioactive compound that can kill microbes that causes acne vulgaris such as Staphylococcus aureus and Propionibacterium acnes. Furthermore, it reduces swelling at the site which is a common problem seen in breakouts.
In a study in people afflicted with seborrheic keratosis (a benign skin growth), the application of onion extract gel has the potential to lighten the appearance of scars after 4 to 10 weeks of usage.
Remove Dead Skin And Revitalize Your Face With An Organic Papaya Mask. Many exfoliants contain abrasive ingredients that scratch your skin, which may damage the skin and speed signs of aging. Instead, it’s better to use an enzymatic exfoliant. Papaya contains the natural enzyme papain, and pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which helps naturally exfoliate the skin to leave it smooth and soft. Greener (unripe) papayas have higher amounts of papain, so opt for these to get the best benefit. If you have sensitive skin, use ripe papayas as they are less likely to trigger an inflammatory reaction.
However, it is worth noting that there are some cases in which the direct application of crushed garlic into the face lead to allergic reaction, facial burn, and dermatitis.
Remember also, that plant-based herbal remedy, when applied directly on the skin, has the potential to induce photosensitivity so make sure to avoid exposure to direct sunlight after use.
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Hisham A, Mohamed Sukur S, Basiron N. A case of facial burn due to the misuse of garlic face mask for acne. Australas J Dermatol. 2018;59(4):336-337. doi:10.1111/ajd.12789
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