The Benefits of Ginseng on Acne

Dry ginseng
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There are numerous herbal remedies that are marketed as ginseng products. All of these alternatives contain certain amounts of different kinds of ginseng, such as Asian ginseng, also referred to as Panax ginseng; Siberian ginseng, sometimes called Eleutherococcus senticosus; and American ginseng, also known as Panax quinquefolius, according to a 2003 article on the American Family Physician website. Ginseng has many effects, including a potential to help treat acne. However, as with all supplements and remedies, you should talk to your doctor before taking ginseng.

Ginseng

Ginseng products are marketed as adaptogens, which are substances used in alternative medicine that can alleviate stress and improve your physical and chemical health, the University of Maryland Medical Center reports. Ginseng has shown the ability to strengthen your immune system, improve cardiovascular health, alleviate the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes and help enhance physical and mental capacity.

Acne

Acne, with outbreaks also referred to as zits, pimples or blemishes, is a skin lesion that can occur in people of all ages. Acne heals slowly over time and, depending on severity, can lead to physical scarring, MayoClinic.com warns. The direct cause of acne has yet to be established, but factors like hormone levels, bacterial growth and genetics are associated with acne formation. To avoid complications and scarring, treatment for acne must be started early and remain consistent.

Ginseng and Hormones

Ginseng, especially Siberian ginseng, is often used to help maintain hormonal balance within the body, NaturalWaysToGetRidOfAcne.com states. When you take ginseng capsules daily your body will be able to rectify any sudden imbalances in your hormones. Since hormonal issues are a factor that can cause acne, assuring normal hormone levels is one way that ginseng helps reduce acne outbreaks.

Ginseng and the Immune System

Ginseng is effective in strengthening your immune system. The American Family Physician website mentions that patients receiving ginseng showed an improved bacterial clearance. Bacterial buildup is a component of the development of acne because certain bacteria can clog pores in the skin. By reducing bacterial production, ginseng prevents one of the potential causes of acne. Furthermore, by clearing out bacteria, ginseng lessens the duration of acne lesions.

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