As the need to find acne treatments that really work has been on the increase, the scientific community has been quite busy researching safe and effective organic and natural alternatives.
Beautifying your skin with;
- Goat Milk (“Kirfir”)
- Donkey Milk
- Snail and Slug Slime
- Purified Bee Venom (PBV)
People are becoming increasingly health conscious and frustrated by the side effects and inefficacy of medical treatments for skin conditions. As a result, the huge strides taken towards safe and effective organic and natural treatments for various skin problems have become inevitable.
This article (part 1) will show you 4 unique organic ingredients that really work against acne and other skin conditions. These ingredients are Goat milk, Donkey milk, Snail and Slug slime and Purified Bee Venom (PBV).
In subsequent article (part 2), I’ll reveal to you unique plant based ingredients for acne treatment.
1) Goat Milk
You may be intrigued by this but yes, the use of goat milk for treating acne and skin different skin conditions has been around for centuries.
It has wide range of usefulness in cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries.
The fermented and useful form of goat milk known as Kirfir is very effective.
Kirfir is made by adding grains of lactic acid bacteria and yeast to goat milk to ferment goat milk. This action causes lactic acid to be produced. Cow milk can also be used but our focus is on goat milk due to its unique benefits and tolerability (i.e. low in lactose) over cow milk.
Kirfir (or enriched goat milk) is a rich source of vitamins (such as C, Bi, B12 and E), protein and calcium.
The probiotics and bioactive components of Kirfir (e.g. lactic acid, bacteriocin and exopolysaccharides) have several benefits for the skin.
6 benefits of Goat milk for the skin
- Enhances skin immune barrier
- Skin lightening.
- Regeneration of collagen.
- Inhibition of several microbes including acne causing bacteria, i.e. Priopionibacterium acne (P. acne) – primarily due to lactic acid.
Let me also quickly mention that there are other benefits associated with the use of Kirfir. It can help to improve digestion problem. Helps to fight off cancer and improve bone health – decreasing the risk of osteoporosis. Finally, it can help to reduce symptoms of asthma and allergies.
2) Donkey Milk
While you are still trying to wrap your mind around the usefulness of goat milk, an extremely beneficial milk is Donkey milk.
The use of donkey milk has been around for more than a thousand years. So this is nothing new!
In the 20th century, it became popular in Europe where its health benefits have been explored greatly.
It’s the closest to human breast milk in protein, lactose and minerals when compared to dairy animals including goat, buffalo, sheep, cow and camel. However it’s very scarce as female donkeys (Jennies) only produce 1L per day. This causes limitation of its use.
In recent times, the benefit of Donkey milk have been further explored in the cosmetic industry.
Donkey milk is rich in protein, minerals, vitamin D, riboflavin, essential fatty acids, lactoferrin and lysozyme. These compounds are responsible for the benefits you derive from Donkey milk.
7 Benefits of Donkey Milk for the Skin
- Treats acne and other inflammatory conditions such as eczema, rosacea.
- Anti-microbial action against harmful bacteria including P. acne (thanks lactoferrin and lysozyme)
- Nourishes the skin.
- Lightens the skin.
- Boosts the skin immunity.
- Cleanse and hydrates the skin
- Anti-aging due to its antioxidant property.
In addition, the essential fatty acids in Donkey milk help to prevent cardiovascular diseases and also have anti-inflammatory effect. Donkey milk also helps to improve or prevent asthma.
3) Snail and Slug Slime
You may have encountered a trail of slime (or mucus) produced by a snail as it crawls or just stationary.
Generally, snail slime is more utilized than slug slime.
For centuries, snail and slug slime has been used in food industry. Its usefulness to treat various medical and skin conditions also goes way back – as far back as the time of ancient Greeks.
Recently, the use of snail and slug slime have been studied, explored and utilized more in the cosmetic industry. It has been used to manufacture various cosmetic formulations for topical application.
The benefits of snail and slug slime can be attributed to their physical and “chemical” properties.
Physical advantages come from the ability of slime to liquefy under stress and re-solidify when the stress is eliminated. This helps with wound healing.
“Chemical” advantages are derived from various compounds naturally found in slime. These include glycosaminoglycans, phenols, hyaluronic acid, peptides, glycoprotein, proteoglycans and peptides.
Mucin (a glycoprotein) found in slime has antibacterial effect and helps to enhance immune function.
Allantoin can also be found in snail slime. This helps with wound healing and regeneration of damaged cells.
9 Benefits of snail and slug slime;
- Treats acne.
- Anti-inflammatory/antioxidant activity.
- Clears scarring.
- Decreases pigmentation.
- Improves skin hydration.
- Reduces wrinkles and stretch marks.
- Promotes wound healing, including superficial burn.
- Heals sunburn.
- Helps with heartburn.
Environmental and biological factors can influence the quality of these substances produced by snail. So it’s important for you to ascertain that a manufacturing company has utilized high quality snail slime in their cosmetic products.
4) Purified Bee Venom (PBV)
Personally, I’m wary of bee stings, as I have witnessed the sort of reaction it could trigger in people. However, the significance of bees to humans is beyond words. Its significance spans from making our plants reproduce (via pollination) so you and I can eat and survive, to producing venom that can be used to improve various health conditions.
Bee venom is not all that bad. In small doses, it has been used as natural therapy for centuries in treating several health problems.
Recently, the use of Purified Bee Venom (PBV) is gaining huge ground and being extensively researched. It has multiple benefits due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
In cosmetics, bee venom is said to have no dermal irritation.
You can thank the peptides contained in PBV such as apamin, adolapin and melitin. These compounds give PBV its powerful anti-inflammatory property, especially melitin.
PBV exhibits potent anti-inflammatory activity against the action of P. acne. P. acne (one of acne contributory factors) is known to trigger a cascade of inflammatory processes that lead to inflammatory acne. PBV inhibits inflammation and activity of P. acne.
5 Benefits of PBV include;
- Treats both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne.
- Relieves pain.
- Treats multiple sclerosis – utilized in oriental medicine.
- Reduces arthritis related symptoms – also utilized in oriental medicine.
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
There has been call to replace current antibiotic therapy with PVB in the treatment of acne. This is because antibiotic therapy is known to cause resistance bacteria and side effects. On the other hand, PBV is shown to be well tolerated, with barely any side effects. Also, PBV is ideal for long term use with no issue of causing resistant bacteria.
Conclusion: caution to be taken
The use of organic and natural ingredients in treating acne, as well as other health conditions is simply captivating.
As shown so far, goat milk, donkey milk, snail and slug slime and Purified Bee Venom are very effective in treating acne.
However, caution has to be taken when trying out a new product. My advice is that you should try a small sample and see how it reacts to your skin before continuing with its use.
Also, as interesting as these alternatives sound, don’t go and directly smear your face or skin with these raw ingredients. The may contain microbes or harmful elements in their raw form if applied directly. It’s important to note that these raw materials have been used by cosmetic companies under sanitary and controlled environment, therefore making it safe to use.
As for topical application of products containing PBV, I’ll advice that for people who are susceptible, you should take caution when using PBV topically. In such people, it can likely cause reactions such as redness and itching. Again, trying a small amount to see how your skin reacts is usually the ideal way to go.
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