20 Natural tips and home remedies to get rid of acne
Acne is a problem for many people and it can affect you at any age too. Despite what some people say, although keeping your skin clean will help reduce acne, the appearance of spots and pimples on the skin does not indicate that someone is not washing often enough. Breakouts can be caused by the food you eat, hormonal imbalances, bacteria on the skin and some people are just more genetically prone to acne than others. There are plenty of treatments for acne available at stores and pharmacies, but they often contain harsh chemicals that can dry out the skin and cause irritation. If you want a more natural way to deal with troublesome acne then read on, because we have ten great tips and home remedies to help you get rid of acne fast.
1. Cinnamon and honey face mask
It might seem strange putting something sticky on your face when you have acne, but this simple homemade face mask really does work extremely well. Both honey and cinnamon have powerful antimicrobial properties and the combination of the two is perfect for fighting the bacteria that cause acne. Mix a teaspoon of cinnamon with two tablespoons of raw honey, apply it to your face, and leave it on for about fifteen minutes.
2. Clean your phone
Your phone can become covered in grease, dirt and germs, so wipe it down with an antibacterial wipe once a day to stop spreading those germs to your face. Anything that comes into contact with your skin could be transferring acne causing bacteria and that includes your hands too, so try not to touch your face with your hands during the day as well.
3. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar treats acne in a number of different ways. It’s very good at killing the bacteria that can cause acne and it also balances the PH of the skin which helps stop bacteria multiplying. It also works well as an astringent, so it will help to clear up excess sebum from the skin. Simply apply a mixture of one part apple cider vinegar and three parts water to the affected area of skin and leave it on for ten minutes before you wash it off again with warm water.
4. Change your pillowcases regularly
Bacteria can breed on your pillowcases too, so keep them fresh and change them for clean ones at least once a week. It might seem a little over the top, but dirt and germs come off your hair and face at night and that will just make acne worse and spread it around.
5. Aloe vera
Aloe vera gel is great for soothing the redness of acne and it is an anti-inflammatory, so it will help reduce any swelling too. You can use it on its own, or you can mix it with some of the antibacterial agents that we mention in this article as a way of soothing acne and fighting the bacteria that cause it.
6. Green tea
Recent research that was published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology demonstrated that green tea can have a remarkably positive effect on acne. When applied topically, green tea can reduce inflammation, fight bacteria, and reduce the production of excess sebum. To use green tea to treat acne, steep the tea in the usual fashion, let it cool, and then apply it directly to the skin.
7. Lemon juice
For a quick fix to pimples, lemon juice can work very well. You can simply apply fresh lemon juice to pimple and leave it on overnight, and it will dry up the pimple while you sleep. Alternatively, try mixing lemon juice with some cinnamon powder and that will fight the bacteria as well.
8. Don’t pop and pick
We’ve all done it, but it really does make acne worse so leave those spots and pimples alone or you will spread the bacteria around your face and cause more acne. If you keep on picking at pimples, you will also eventually leave a scar, so it’s best to leave them alone completely and let them heal properly.
9. Baking soda
Baking soda is a good home remedy for acne because it helps to remove excess oil and dry up pimples. Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the affected area. Leave it on to dry, for about ten minutes, and then wash it off with warm water. Repeat this twice a day and you should soon start to see some results.
You’ll find papaya listed as an ingredient in lots of skin care products and that’s because of its amazing skin care properties. Why waste your money on expensive products when you get just the same the benefits by using the fruit itself? Apply the mashed up flesh of one papaya to your skin and leave it on for twenty minutes. It will do a wonderful job of removing excess oil from the skin and it will also reduce inflammation.
11. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is another natural product that will both fight bacteria and reduce inflammation. Try mixing a few drops of tea tree essential oil with a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and apply that to the pimple and leave it on for twenty minutes. It will soothe the swelling, reduce the redness and, after a few applications, you will see a noticeable reduction in acne.
12. Exfoliate twice a week
One of the causes of acne is dead skin cells clogging up the pores in the skin. To stop this happening, exfoliate your skin twice a week and that remove the dead skin cells completely and leave your skin clean and soft. Exfoliation won’t only clear up acne, it will also make your skin look a lot fresher and it will give you a lovely rosy glow.
13. Egg whites
Egg whites are great for drying up excess sebum in the skin and they will fade scars that have been left by acne too. Whisk up a couple of egg whites and then apply it to your face. If you leave it to sit for twenty minutes it will work wonders on acne and it will also nourish your skin as well.
14. Orange peel
Orange peel contains Vitamin C, which will help promote the growth of new skin cells, and it’s also great for removing the dead skin cells that clog up your pores and cause acne. You can easily make an orange peel face mask by grinding up the peel of two oranges with a little bit of water to make a paste. Apply the paste to your face and leave it to sit for twenty minutes and then wash off with warm water.
15. Strawberries and honey
Strawberries are very high in salicylic acid, which is actually an ingredient that is included in many commercial acne treatments. Salicylic acid helps by removing dead skin cells and opening up blocked pores and, when you add that the antimicrobial properties of honey, you get a really effective natural treatment for acne. Make up a paste with three strawberries and two teaspoons of honey. Apply it to your face and leave it to sit for about twenty minutes.
16. Keep your hair off your face
If you have long hair and you wear it down, you could be aggravating your acne problem. As clean as you might like to think your hair is, it does pick up dirt from the air and it becomes oily during the course of a day. Try keeping your hair away from your face and see if that helps clear up acne in your face.
A steam facial is a great way to open up the pores and flush out the toxins and impurities from the skin. Just hold your head over a bowl of steaming water with a towel draped over your head for ten minutes and the steam will soften and clean the skin and reduce the acne. To increase the effectiveness, you could add a few drops of peppermint essential oil for an antibacterial boost to the treatment.
If you can put up with the smell, garlic is another natural product that is said to be a very good treatment for acne. You shouldn’t apply it undiluted to the skin, but if you mash some fresh garlic and mix it with water it will provide you with a very powerful antibiotic treatment for acne and pimples.
19. Milk and honey
The combination of milk and honey will fight bacteria, reduce inflammation and it will exfoliate the skin too. Make up a mixture of one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of milk and apply it to your face. After about fifteen minutes, remove the mixture with a clean, damp cloth and you will wipe away the dead skin cells along with the dirt and germs
A cool oatmeal mask will reduce redness and soothe the inflammation of acne fast. It won’t cure acne on its own, but used with some our other ideas for natural acne treatments, it will make acne less noticeable and lot less painful. Make up some oatmeal as you normally would, add a couple of teaspoons of honey and leave it to cool for a while. Apply it to your face when it is cool enough and leave it to sit for thirty minutes.