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Powdered alum & acne

Updated July 19, 2017

Acne is a common skin condition during adolescence. It affects mostly teenagers. Acne can occur due to hormonal changes during puberty or it can be genetic. Unhealthy diet and lifestyle are also important contributors to acne. There are several treatments including home remedies available for acne, including some that use powdered alum.

What is Alum?

Alum is a chemical compound and constitutes a combination of an alkali and metal. It can either be a salt of sodium, potassium or ammonium and aluminium, iron or chromium. The most common form of alum is hydrated potassium aluminium sulphate. Other forms are soda alum, ferric alum and ammonium alum. Alum can be used in industries or in the household.

Alum as a Homemade Remedy

Alum powder is a powerful tool to treat acne. It is cheap and readily available for use by everybody. The use of alum powder in combination with other things gives quick relief to acne, and daily use can diminish scars.

Ways to Use Alum for Acne

A mixture of 1/4 cup of witch hazel and a pinch of alum can be applied as a paste on acne/pimples. Daily use of this paste will give quick relief to acne.

Powdered alum can also be mixed with hot water or rosewater and egg white and applied on face as a pack for 15 minutes. This will close the pores and remove acne.

Shop for Alum

Alum can be purchased as a powder, block or deodorant. It is easily available in the spice section in the grocery stores. It can also be bought over the counter in some pharmacy stores.

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About the Author

Nitu Bansal has been contributing to scientific journals since 2005. She has published peer reviewed scientific articles, as well as review articles. Her work has appeared in "Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology," the website Pub Med, and many other print and online publications. Bansal has a Doctor of Philosophy in biochemistry from New Jersey Medical School and works for the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.