For anyone who has ever suffered from acne, they know how embarrassing and damaging to your self-esteem it can be. For those suffering from acne, it is likely that you will try any new remedy, pill, or face wash if it promises to help your acne.
Home Remedies for Acne
Before you get out of your sweat pants and spend more money on products that don’t work, try some of these at-home remedies instead.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is used for various at-home treatments because it is so successful in killing bacteria. Thus, since acne is a result of bacteria in your pores, ACV is a key tool in your fight for clear skin. As a bonus, it helps balance the pH of your skin, improving its overall health and making it difficult for bacteria to live.
Combine 1 part pure, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with 3 parts water; after rinsing your face, dab a cotton ball into the apple cider vinegar mixture and apply directly to the blemish. You can repeat this a few times throughout the day. Be sure to moisturize your skin well as this treatment may dry up your skin if used excessively.
2. Cinnamon and Honey Mask
This is one of the easiest at-home remedies since almost everyone keeps these ingredients around. Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties, and honey is an excellent antiseptic. Combined, these two make a powerful acne-fighting team.
Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, mix together well. Apply to your face or only spot-treat affected areas; let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off and pat dry.
3. Raw Milk and Honey
Another easily accessible recipe, this one works by soothing irritated skin (thanks to the milk, which can also be replaced by yogurt) and cleansing it—thanks to the honey. Combine 1 tablespoon of room-temperature milk or yogurt with 1 tablespoon of honey; apply to face until mask is to your desired thickness; let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse the water, washing in a circular motion. Follow with moisturizer.
4. Egg Whites
Egg whites (farm-raised) are full of protein and vitamins that help rebuild skin cells. Egg whites help soak up excess oil, reducing outbreaks, and can also help fade acne scars. Whisk 2-3 egg whites; apply to clean face (either all over or spot-treat); allow the mask to dry and sit for 15-20 minutes; rinse and moisturize.
5. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is used for many skin ailments, from psoriasis to cuts to acne. Dilute the oil by mixing one part tea tree oil with 9 parts water; dip a q-tip into the mixture and apply to problem areas. This should help dry up the pimple in a day or two. Because this oil can be very drying, it should never be applied all over the face and should always be diluted.
6. Banana Peel
You might feel silly doing it, but take a banana peel (go on and eat the banana first) and rub the inner peel in a circular motion over your face. Let it sit on your face for 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water. The nutrients in the peel can help reduce swelling and inflammation, thus reducing the appearance of acne.
7. Lemon Juice
Being rich in vitamin C and citric acid, lemon juice is great for the skin and tough on pimples. It is also an effective natural astringent, contracting skin cells and drying up pimples. Apply lemon juice directly to pimples after washing your face. Make sure to wash the lemon juice off before you go into the sun as it can make you more sensitive to sunlight and cause a white spot.
Garlic’s antibacterial properties make it a great at-home remedy for treating acne. You can of course ingest it, but you can also apply it topically, as long as you dilute it first. Mash up 2-3 cloves and let sit in water for 10-15 minutes; use a cotton ball and apply the “juice” to problem areas. You can also juice the garlic and mix with Aloe Vera for easier application.
Oatmeal is well-known to reduce redness and inflammation of the skin. Simply cook your steel-cut oats as usual, add some honey while it is still hot; let the mixture cool. Carefully test the temperature of the mixture, and when it is cool apply to your skin and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. Oatmeal is extremely moisturizing, so no need to worry about drying out your skin.
These remedies are simple and easy, and actually contain ingredients that everyone has at home. Since you most likely already have these ingredients at home, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on new remedies. In addition, they are fairly effortless and quick to prepare. You really have nothing to lose by trying some of these home remedies to help eliminate those pesky pimples from your life for good.
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