Alum or Phitkari, is a naturally occurring transparent substance which is like salt. It is used in cooking, water purification as well as for several other medicinal purposes. Alum is found in different types for Eg. Potassium Alum or Potass.
In Ayurveda, Alum (Phitkari) is used in several ways, it is called Sphatika Bhasma.
Alum has properties that shrinks the cells to shrink and strips off excess oil from the skin making it effective for reducing the acne outbreak at the same time fading away the acne scars. The tightening property is the reason alum is also an ancient remedy for vaginal tightening.
Other Names of Alum
It is called Phitkari in Hindi. Potassium Aluminum sulphate in scientific language and Shubhra in Sanskrit. Tawas is also one name of alum.
What is the source of Alum
How To Use Alum For Face To Remove Acne
How To Use Alum for acne Removal
- Take Alum powder or crush a block of Alum into powder and mix this Alum powder with Multani Mitti. Fuller’s Earth or Multani Mitti is easily available online.
- With the help of water make a thick paste and apply it on the face.
- Both Multani Mitti and Phitkari i.e Alum have the ability to control excessive oiliness and cleanse the skin. If you have acne prone skin you can use this face pack thrice a week. Gradually your skin will become less oily, tight, clean and clear.
- After applying for 2 weeks you will see that your skin is becoming dry, if it becomes too dry, you can just reduce the frequency of application of this homemade alum mask for acne.
Alum For Acne Scars
Alum is used widely for acne, pimples, acne marks and acne scars.
To fade away the acne scars with alum, mix 1 teaspoon of alum powder with water to make a paste. Apply this alum paste on acne scar. Wash it off with water when the mask dries.
Alum Face mask For Blackheads and Pimple
Alum has antibiotic properties, it is an excellent cleanser and a natural astringent. Thus is works effectively on skin by removing the dirt and oil from the pores as clogged pores cause acne and blackheads.
Mix Alum powder in water and make a fine paste. Apply this paste on face, let it dry and then rinse off with water. This very ordinary looking face mask, which has no fancy ingredients in it will make your skin so smooth and supple that will amaze you. This mask is wonderful way of using alum for acne and pimple.
Important: Every individual is blessed with a different skin type, it is important to understand your skin type before using any home remedy. Taking a patch test is recommended in order to avoid reactions and rashes.
What Are The Benefits of Alum
Ayurveda, the ancient India Medicine System states several uses of Phitkari. It is called Sphatika bhasma (bhasma means pure ash) in Ayurveda
Alum For Pyria
Alum water swishing is believed to help in managing the problem of Pyria. Mix Alum powder in water and swish it in your mouth. The germ killing ability of Alum helps in reducing Pyria problem.
Alum As After Shave
Alum is antiseptic and cooling thus it is used as after shave. I have seen older generation in my family, dipping a block of Alum in water (to moisten it) and then rubbing it on the skin after shaving.
Alum For Water Purification
In olden day people used to dig wells to get water for their daily use. unlike the modern day wells that have cemented walls those wells were purely mud. The water used to be muddy and then a magic was added to the water and swish the next morning the water became absolutely clear. The magic here was alum, yes phitkari / Alum was added to water and all the mud particles would settle down leaving the water crystal clear.
You can try this experiment at home too, take 1 liter of muddy water and add 1/2 tsp of alum powder to it. Leave it overnight and check it the next morning. You will see the magic.
Alum Powder DIY Deodorant
If you have problem of body odor and you need something natural like a 100% natural deodorant. Mix Alum powder with little amount of Myrrh and store in airtight container. Apply this alum body deodorant on underarm after bath. Alum will prevent the growth of bacteria and myrrh imparts a lingering fragrance
Alum Mouth Rinse For Bad Breath
One study shows that a mouth rinse formulated with alum did reduce the foul breath and plaque. Alum oral rinse kills the bacteria in the mouth thus helping in reducing the bad breath.
Warm a glass of water and add alum powder, rinse your mouth with this water. Do not drink the water as it may cause nausea.
Alum For Smelly Feet
Make a foot bath with alum, warm water and few drops of lavender oil. Soak your feet in this foot bath everyday to get rid of smelly feet. Again the anti bacterial property of Alum will do the magic.
Uses of Alum for Skin Care
- Reduces pigmentation
- Tightens the skin
- Removes unwanted hair
- fights acne and pimples
- Reduces blackheads
- Works on sores and itchy skin
- Removes tan
Home remedies for Acne and Pimples must be among the most searched remedies, and using Alum or Potash Alum on Acne and pimples even for blackheads removal can be of great help. A block of Potash Alum (Phitkari /Fitkari) can be easily powdered by heating in a pan. This powdered Alum can be used for acne treatment. By the end of this post you will know a few simple ways to use Alum for Pimples and Acne removal.
Alum , Potash Alum and Potassium Aluminium Sulfate all these names refer to a chemical compound which is called Phitkari in India. Alum is used in several home remedies and Ayurvedic medicines. One of its most popular uses is as an after shave. In India Alum has been used in water treatment since ancient times. It is usually sold in form of blocks, these blocks can be ground to powder for using it in various natural remedies.
In Ayurveda Alum is referred as Shubhra and Sphatika Bhasma is an Ayurvedic Powder prepared with Alum. Alum or Fitkari is effectively used in Ayurveda and Unani medicine. In Ayurveda Alum is indicated in treating bleeding gums, jaundice, head lice and nits and in treating several hair and skin problems.
My Experience With Alum For Treating Acne
Alum is an excellent home remedy for pimple and acne treatment, back in 2007 when I suffered severe acne problem due to stress, I was struggling to stop the breakouts and to treat the ones that had already surfaced. I was prescribed Isotretenoin which only made the situation go worse.
That was the time when I was trying almost every home remedy that came to my knowledge and to much of my surprise I found my ultimate solution in Neem Bark. Another remedy that impressed me was Alum which I have been using since then whenever I have a breakout.
In my opinion it is wise to use home remedies for acne treatment. Though they take time but natural remedies certainly save you from the side effects that ointments and creams may cause. Alum blocks i.e Phitkari are inexpensive and very useful in curing those unsightly and painful Acne breakouts.
Other common uses of Alum are
As after shave
In Tooth and gum Problems
In these years I have figured out few most effective ways to use Alum on pimples. I am sharing here all the remedies in this post. All the remedies listed here are to be applied topically. A skin sensitivity patch test is always recommended.
Properties of Alum
Alum is a natural astringent
It is a natural antiseptic
Alum inhibits bacteria
How to Use Alum For Pimples And Acne Treatment
Alum Crystal available as Block, Alum stone and as Alum powder is a natural element used in treating acne, pimples and greasy skin naturally. Mix Alum powder and lemon juice and gently apply on the acne and spots, rinse off when dried. Alum (phitkari / Fitkari in Hindi) has astringent properties. It kills bacteria thus it is used in many beauty and personal care products. Alum is already acclaimed as a natural deodorant and a conventional after shave.
The most important thing to remember while using alum on acne and pimples is that you do not overdo it. Excessive rubbing of alum can aggravate the condition. Be gentle while application and that will help you get the desired result. Alum can be used in following ways to get rid of acne and pimples :
Potassium Alum Block and Lemon Juice for Acne
This is one remedy that has worked on my severe acne and applying potash alum on acne certainly reduced my nodular acne quite effectively. Besides neem bark remedy for acne, if I have to trust on one home remedy that can treat acne it has to be Potash Alum.
How To Use Alum For Pimples and Acne For Best Results
- Warm up dry alum stones or crystals on a girdle.
- Crush it and make powder.
- Cut a lemon into half.
- Put the alum powder on the surface of half cut lemon.
- Press the powder using teaspoon so that the powder gets mixed with lemon juice.
- Now gently rub the lemon on face for 2 mins.
- let it dry for 10-15 mins then wash with lukewarm water.
Potash Alum Powder and Witch Hazel for Pimples
Both Alum and Witch hazel are natural astringents and they also have skin tightening, cleansing and healing properties.
- Mix Alum powder with witch hazel
- Soak a cotton ball in this mixture
- Dab directly on the pimple / acne. This shall clear up the pimples soon.
Alum Face Mask with Multani Mitti For Acne
- Make a face mask by mixing egg whites, powdered alum and fullers earth.
- Apply it all over the face and let it dry.
- This mask will not only help in reducing pimples and acne but will also control oiliness of skin, it will tighten the skin leaving it clear and smooth.
Is Alum good For Pimples?
Yes, if used properly Alum is a very effective home treatment for face pimples and even nodular Acne.
Alum Powder For Pimples Vs. Alum Block
You can use both, depending on availability. Even if you buy Alum block, you will heat it in a pan and then crush it and then use Alum powder on face pimples.
Benefits of Fitkari / Alum for Acne and pimples
Alum is a naturally occurring salt which is blessed with Antimicrobial, antibacterial and astringent properties. Alum has healing properties also and thus used as a natural remedy to heal wounds. Itwill dry the pimples and also cleanse the skin.
To get rid of pimples apply a paste of alum powder mixed with water directly on the pimple or Acne with the help of cotton bud. Rinse it off in 15 minutes.
Alum For Acne Scars and Pimple Marks
Take 1 glass of water and soak 1 small (about 1/2 inch) alum stone in the water for 3-4 hours. Stir the water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray this Alum water on your skin 3 times a day. You can make this water in the morning and use it through the day.
I have witnessed how effectively Potash Alum works on face acne, all you need to do is dab the alum lemon mixture on your face precisely on the acne and pimples. So if you are wondering, can Alum clear pimples your answer is yes for many people potash alum can reduce pimples.
A Word Of Caution
Some remedies suggest rubbing alum block on the acne but if done too vigorously it may cause redness and discomfort thus worsening the condition. Always take a patch test before starting any home remedy.
How to Reduce Acne And Pimples At Home
Acne and pimples are very embarrassing, one break out turns your world up-side down if it appears before a day you want to go out be it for work or party. It does not affect the overall body health but it certainly effects ones aesthetic side. Pens, gels, ointments everything has been tried upon but still there is no sure shot way of clearing pimples and acne overnight. Where chemical based products leverage a risk of reaction on the skin using home remedies like neem bark for reducing pimples and acne at home can be a better option as it does not have any side effects (exceptions are always there).
Alum in one compound which can help in reducing even severe acne naturally at home. It is applied topically on the acne, it is also used as aftershave.
1. The Neem Bark home remedy for Pimples
Neem is renowned for its anti-bacterial properties and its is used in formulation a wide range of anti acne products. Neem is very effecting in treating acne and the three mosly used forms are Neem Oil, Neem Leaves and Neem Bark ( Neem Chhaal in Hindi ).
For Acne prone skin, using a neem toner is very effective. You can make your DIY Neem Toner at home just grind some fresh neem leave and strain it through a muslin cloth. Take the juice and add it to distilled water. Store in a spray bottle and use it as a facial toner everyday. This will help in reducing the pimples and acne as well as in fading the scars.
If you have severe acne problem, using the Neem Bark remedy can prove to be a boon.
How to use Neem Bark To cure Acute Acne
- Take bark of neem tree (available at any ayurvedic store).
- Rub it on a rough stone surface while adding water.
- Save the thick paste in a bowl, keep rubbing till you have enough paste to apply all over the acne affected area.
- Apply this on pimples / acne.
- Keep it for half an hour.
Benefits: this is a very effective home remedy. this paste can heal severe acne also. And i personally testify that neem bark worked for my acne.
You can also try the homemade anti acne Neem Tulsi face pack, it is and inexpensive homemade face pack which can be prepared easily at home.
2. Lemon juice for pimples
- Take lemon juice.
- Mix with rose water.
- Dab this on acne using cotton ball.
- keep for half an hour.
- Wash face and pat dry with clean towel.
Benefit: If repeated for 15-20 days regularly acne will get healed.
While Lemon Juice is very effective in reducing pimple, skin brightening, tan removal etc. it is very likely to cause skin irritation. It is always recommended to dilute lemon juice before applying it on skin.
Suggested Read: Is it safe to use Lemon on skin
1. Reduce pimples with Nutmeg
- Grind nutmeg.
- Make paste with raw milk.
- Apply this paste on acne.
- keep it until dry.
- Rinse face with tepid water.
Benefit: Regular application helps to clear acne and to fade away dark spots.
4. Treating Acne using Garlic Cloves
The reason behind associating Garlic with pimple and acne , is its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory property.
- Peel garlic cloves.
- Crush them and apply on zits, if you fee the burning sensation is beyond tolerance, dilute it with water and then apply.
- Repeat this atleast twice a day.
Benefits: Garlic has got excellent antibiotic properties which helps to prevent bulging of acne/zits. This makes garlic an excellent natural cure to reduce pimples
5. Alum Powder For Pimples
Among the several ways you can use Alum on acne this one is my favorite, a little tedious though, it suits my skin. In a griddle heat some alum stones, when they turn hot you should be able to crush them. Once they are crushed to powder turn off the heat. Place this powder on the open side of a half cut lemon. While applying gentle pressure and squeezing the lemon place it on the pimple or acne. This remedy will work best if your skin is not sensitive to undiluted lemon juice and alum. Avoid vigorously rubbing alum on acne, as it may cause irritation on skin
The anti bacterial and antiseptic properties will kill the bacteria and reduce the inflammation and will gradually heal the acne, this remedy will also prevent the acne from leaving a scar behind.