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.