Beat Acne with these Natural Remedies!
Apple cider vinegar
Drop everything, head straight to your local grocery store and pick up a bottle of apple cider vinegar from the cooking aisle. This powerful, all-natural liquid acts as an astringent for the skin and is best used between your cleanser and your moisturizer. Mix one-quarter cup of apple cider vinegar with one cup distilled water and shake it up inside a spray bottle. Spritz on your face and let it dry to allow for it to help kill the bacteria that cause acne. It will absorb excess oil, helping to keep you skin balanced and clear.
Yes, you read that right. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, which is good for your daily routine, post-workout snack or baked goods, but did you know that the peel contains lutein, which is an excellent inflammation and redness fighter? Lutein can help reduce redness through topical application. Rub the inside of the banana peel on your t-zone, cheeks and chin and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse.
Honey is an effective antibacterial agent. Honey is best used as a topical cure for those stubborn pimples, or mixed in with other ingredients to create a facemask. Honey and lemon are a powerful duo for acne prevention and maintenance. Squeeze half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey into a bowl or mug and stir. Apply the mixture to your face by massaging it in a circular motion. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, slowly removing it from your skin. Follow up with a rich moisturizer that works well with acne prone skin. Honey has antibiotic properties that make it an effective acne fighter. Dabbing natural honey on a pesky pimple overnight will also help clear up the bacteria quickly.
One key ingredient of Aspirin is salicylic acid, which is one of the strongest acne fighting ingredients found in most anti-blemish over-the-counter products and creams. While it won’t do much for your acne as a pill, you can crush an aspirin and mix it with water to make a paste. Apply the paste directly to your pimple and let it sit overnight. The paste will be white in color, so you won’t want to use it during the day. The aspirin will work on drying out your pimple overnight. Wash it off with warm water in the AM.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects on the body and skin. Inflammation is one of the leading causes of cystic acne (those big spots that won’t pop and continue to grow red, sore and irritated), so looking for anti-inflammatory products and foods can help. Omega-3s can be found in oral supplements at your local drugstore, or in foods such as fish, chia seeds, soybeans and spinach. Introducing more omega-3 fatty acids into your diet is a great way to help with acne prevention. Fresh salmon once or twice a week is a great start. The oily fish offers a healthy dose of omega-3s and has several other benefits for your health. Oral supplements can be taken once per day.
Bloggers and beauty experts have found that eye drops can have the same effect on a red pimple as they can on a red eye. Using the drops as a topical astringent after cleansing can help to reduce inflammation and redness. Because the eye drop will dry quickly over your pimple, you can easily apply concealer over top before you head out the door. The eye drop will work its magic as you go about your day.
We all know that cucumbers are recommended for puffy eyes because of their cooling and hydrating effects. In fact, cucumbers are so effect at reducing swelling and redness that they are a key ingredient in many brand name products and creams. A cool cucumber slice placed directly on a red, irritated pimple will help to reduce swelling and calm the surrounding skin. If possible, let the cucumber sit for 15 minutes to see a noticeable result.
Egg whites are not only useful if you’re cutting calories, they can also help regenerate your skin after a nasty breakout. The protein and vitamins in eggs help speed up your skin’s turnover rate, helping to reduce redness and scarring. Separate the whites from the yolks and whip up the egg whites in a bowl. Apply it on your face with clean hands, or with a makeup brush. Let it sit for up to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Egg whites also help to reduce excess oil on the skin, leaving your face feeling clean and tight.
Tea tree oil
This miracle oil is an antibacterial powerhouse. It is a key ingredient in a large number of acne fighting brand name products for good reason. Made from distilled leaves from the tea tree, which is native to Australia, tea tree oil can treat acne just as effectively as benzoyl peroxide, which is prescribed in western medicine to help fight blemishes. The best part about tea tree oil with compared to other harsh chemicals is that it is 100% natural. Used best as a spot treatment, the oil can be applied directly to a pimple. Some people find the oil irritates their skin, so skin experts recommend doing a patch test first. Applying tea tree oil twice daily to the infected area can help to dry up and clear your acne quickly.
Eating strawberries can significantly improve your skin’s health. They are high in antioxidants, which help to fight free radicals and prevent your body from developing bacterial and inflammatory conditions such as acne. All berries contain anti-oxidants, but strawberries have the highest quantity and are considered the healthiest berry to include in a healthy diet.
Consuming green tea as a part of a healthy diet can significantly reduce inflammation and irritation in the body and skin. Green tea is packed full of antioxidants and vitamins that promote a healthy digestive system and lymphatic system, both of which impact the body’s ability to keep acne breakouts at bay. You can make your own green tea toner by boiling two cups of water and steeping up to five tea bags for half an hour. Let the liquid cool and pour into a spray bottle. Spritz onto your face after your cleanse and before you moisturize. Green tea toner can help to reduce blackheads and acne when used as part of a daily routine.
Mint is packed full of menthol, which is effective at soothing inflammation brought on by cystic acne. Deep, painful, red blemishes that have yet to reach the surface will be powerless in the face of a mint topical application. Make a mint paste by grinding up a half cup of mint leaves and adding baking soda and aloe vera. Leave on the cystic blemish overnight and you’ll wake up to a reduction in size and a less sensitive pimple. It will also help bring the pimple to the surface, clearing it faster.
Witch hazel can act as an astringent to fight acne. It is included in several skin products as a key ingredient, but you can purchase it in its natural state for much less money and equal impact. Apply witch hazel to your skin using a cotton pad. It’s best applied after your cleanser and before your moisturizer as it will help to clear away dead skin cells and rejuvenate your skin. Witch hazel can be purchased in local drugstores for a modest price.
You might have tried this one as a teenager and forgotten how effective it can be for stubborn pimples. Toothpaste dries out pimples when left on overnight by removing any excess oil from the blemish. Toothpaste is certainly your best choice when you discover acne before bed and need it to clear up before the morning. Apply a moisturizer to your face in the morning after rinsing the toothpaste with warm water. The skin around the pimple may be dry (this is a good thing as it means it is clearing up), but it might be a challenge to apply concealer overtop without it standing out. Moisturizer will help to soothe out the skin and aid in application.
Papaya isn’t just an exotic fruit that you eat on vacation! It’s packed full of enzymes that and antibacterial and antiviral properties that help to fight acne. Papaya is also rich in vitamins A, B and C, all of which help to reduce inflammation and can soothe swollen, sore spots. Vitamin A can help to strip dead skin cells, which can often accumulate to cause breakouts. Papaya can be applied directly to the skin when mashed and made into a mask. Leave on for 15 minute and rinse with cool water. If you’re lucky, papaya may even reduce acne scarring and dark spots as it has been known to brighten the skin.