Acne is one of the most common skin disease that are currently affecting 85% of people at some point in their lives.
From mild to severe, cases of acne cause painful and unsightly outbreaks on the face, back, chest and even arms. Left untreated, acne can lead to diminished self-esteem and scarring.
Unfortunately, people who faces this disease choose potentially expensive and dangerous prescription drugs over natural home remedies for acne.
Maybe people would be asking, what causes acne?
The main five reasons that causes acne are oil production, dead skin cell, clogged pores, hormonal imbalances and bacteria. Research also indicates that stress and some medications such as corticosteroids, androgens, birth control pills and lithium can not only harm your body but also can worsen acne.
So, here I would like to share some home remedies that can help you not only reduce your acne but also cure the scars of it.
A kindly reminder here, everyone’s skin is different. Therefore please bare in mind that effectively treating acne breakouts at home must require a multi-disciplinary approach to care and of coure a healthy diet.
The home remedies below can be used in addiction, but it’s important to avoid the biggest mistakes in treating acne:
- picking blemishes
- over cleansing with harsh chemicals
- failing to stay properly hydrated
- not giving the skin a chance to try a new care
Below are 5 home remedies that you want or might like to try today.
1. Apply Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made form cider and apple and it’s mostly apple juice, but adding yeast turns the fruit sugar, into alcohol (this is fermentation). Apple cider vinegar contains several organic acid.
The reason we used apple cider is because succinic acid that can suppress inflammation, acne which may prevent scarring. It also contain lactic acid that had been shown to improve the appearances of acne scares!
HOW TO USE IT
- Mix one part of apple cider vinegar and three part of water. (encourage to add more water for sensitive skin)
- After cleansing, gently apply the mixture to the skin by using a cotton ball.
- Let sit for 30 seconds, rinse with water and pat dry.
- Repeat this process 1-2 times per day, as needed.
It is important to know that applying apple cider vinegar may cause irritation and burns, so it should always be used in small amounts and diluted with water.
2. Make Your Own Healing Mask
We usually buy mask which not only contain chemicals in it but also may harm our own skin. So why not try to make you own natural mask.
(a) cinnamon and honey mask
- After cleansing, mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon until they are thoroughly blended and had formed a sort of paste.
- Apply the “mask” on your face and leave on 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse off completely, and pat your face dry
Honey is sticky, and cinnamon is spicy, and it seems like they’re both things you’d want to avoid getting near your skin. Surprisingly, while it may sound strange, honey and cinnamon make a (literally) killer combo when it comes to acne. Honey and cinnamon used together to help fight acne because of its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
(b) yogurt and honey mask
- After cleansing, mix 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of low fat yogurt and make sure they are thoroughly blended.
- Apply to face, paying particular attention to jawline, hairline and other acne prone areas.
- Relax for 10 minutes.
- Wash it off and use a wash cloth to gently scrub it in a circular motion, to get rid of loosened dead skin.
It turns out the combination of these two can hydrate your skin!
3. Tap and Treat It with Tea Tree Oil
Maybe you would be asking, why would somebody want to use more oil as too much oil will cause your face form clogging the pores and making you break out. Well, actually tea tree oil isn’t the oil that your face usually produce, rather it is more like a solvent which can cuts through the extra sebum and dead skin cell, and unblocks the pores.
According to medical research, tea tree oil gets containing 5 percent tea tree oil may be as effective as medications containing 5 percent benzoyl peroxide (medication it is used to treat mild to moderate acne).
A kindly reminder here:
- Tea tree oil may work more slowly for some individuals.
- Tea tree oil is ok for some topical use, but should NEVER be ingested. It should always be diluted before use.
HOW TO USE IT:
- Mix 1 part of dilute tea tree oil and 9 parts of water.
- After cleansing, dip cotton swab in mixture, and dap it into your problem area.
- You can apply a light moisturizer afterwards if you wish.
Another option if you have sensitive skin, you can actually dilute it with aloe vera instead of water.
Tea tree oil has strong anti-bacterial and and anti-inflammatory properties. Applying to the skin has been shown to reduce acne.
4. Make your Own “Moisturizer”
I believe that loats of people may heard of aloe vera could be use to reduce acne. But do you know why?
Actually, aloe vera contains salicylic acid and sulfur, which are both used in extensively in the treatment for acne.
Not only is the aloe soothing but it also works as an anti-inflammatory, decreasing redness and swelling. It have antibacterial properties too!
HOW TO USE IT:
- Scrap the gel from the aloe plant out with a spoon.
- After cleansing, apply gel directly to your problem areas as a moisturizer.
- Repeat 1-2 times a day, or as desired.
You can also buy aloe vera gel from the store but make sure it is pire aloe without adding any ingredients.
When applied to the skin, aloe vera can be help heal wounds, treat burns and inflammation. It may be beneficial for individuals with acne-prone skin, but more research need to be done.
5. Whip up Some “Whites” and Lemon
Egg whites are an easy and affordable way to help reduce acne and fade scars left by unfortunate blemishes. The reason people have found egg whites to be helpful for their skin is because they’re chock full of proteins and vitamins that both combat acne, and help to rebuild your skin cells. They also soak up excess oil, which means excess sebum, (exactly what you were thinking right?) which means less stuff for bacteria to feed on.
One of the best ways to use egg whites in a facial mask for acne is to combine egg whites and lemon juice. The lemon juice loosens clumps of dead skin cells at the openings of pores and on the skin, and the egg white sticks to the clumps so that they can be washed off the skin.
Ingredients: 3 eggs, 1 lemon
- Separate the egg whites and egg yolks.
- Take about 1 tablespoon (15ml) of lemon juice that you have just squeezed and add to the egg whites.
- Whisk the egg whites and lemon juice until you have a white, foamy, meringue-like mixture that begins to show peaks.
- After cleansing, apply the egg white mixture evenly over your face.
- Allow it to dry for 15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water.
Your egg white and lemon mask should leave your skin with a more even finish and deeper tones. It probably won’t have an immediate effect on acne blemishes, although it may loosen blackheads and lighten pimples. After you have inspected your skin, apply a light moisturizer to your face to seal in the moisture left in your skin by the mask.
A kindly reminder here, don’t use commercial egg white masks, and don’t use egg white masks if you are allergic to eggs.
Acne is a common problem with a number of underlying causes. However, conventional treatments can cause dryness, redness and irritation.
Fortunately, many natural remedies can also be effective. The home remedies listed in this article may not work for everyone, but they just might be worth a try.
Nevertheless, you may want to consult a dermatologist if you have severe acne.