How to Fight Acne at Home
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but sometimes it’s just defined by the silky smoothness of the skin. For those with blemishes know the struggle of getting advice from flawless-skinned people. ‘This product is the best' is a phrase we have heard one too many times. You have probably changed your facial cream faster than your clothes, to no avail. Well, maybe it's time to seek nature's advice. This could not have come at a better moment where everyone is looking to going all natural regarding food, fabric, and fad. Well, why not switch your acne chemical cures for a milder, natural and guaranteed harmless solution with nature's recipes? We all have different skins, and for each, there is a solution, let's break them down!
Natural solutions to acne and acne scars
Green tea is rich in antioxidants, and antimicrobial which are the key essentials in fighting against acne. This also offers a cooling sensation that prevents irritation. To achieve the best results of this, use a cooled cup as a face wash, or you could alternatively soak a face towel in the tea and lay it on your face for a few minutes. Do not rinse it off.
Honey is something you probably don't want to touch your skin, sticky and messy. But honey has proven (be it used alone or combined with other natural ingredients) to be the perfect antibiotic that can be found in everyone's house. You can either apply it directly to the affected area or use it to make a mask by mixing it with either oatmeal, cinnamon or even lemon. Wash it off after a few minutes with cool water, or you can leave it overnight (could be messy though).
Mint is one of those natural healers that go skin deep in curing and preventing future acne problems. They essentially aid in fading acne scars, and due to its herbal nature, it's readily absorbed by a blood vessel in the skin and decontaminates the blood preventing reccurrence. The antioxidant properties it contains also play a huge role in toning the skin around the affected area, by removing pore-clogging oil. Chop a couple of leaves of fresh mint and crush them to juice it. Rub it on your face evenly and let it stay for 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water to seal your pores afterward.
When we get facials done professionally, we have cucumbers placed over our eyes, why? Well, cucumber is a super hydrating vegetable, and nothing can ruin our look like a bunch of droopy skin under our eyes. Additionally, cucumber juice can be used on the scarred skin to regain its vitamins A, C, and magnesium. You can alternatively put cucumber slices, in both scenarios leave it on for 30 minutes, then rinse off with cool waters.
Tea tree oil
Acne is caused solely by bacteria, and this particular remedy is perfect for curbing this. Tea tree oil has anti-bacterial property and has the capabilities to lighten the scars, prevent excessive overabundance sebum and even sterilize existing pores. It also has easing properties that prevent irritation, redness and dries out whiteheads and pimples. You can dab the affected spot with a soaked cotton ball, leave it to settle for around 20 minutes then rinse off.
Everyone probably knows that lemons have an acidity factor to them. They also act as a skin lightener, due to this, they act well as a natural dye. You can, therefore, use a lemon to dim out acne scars. They also serve as an excellent anti-bacterial measure, preventing new pimples from forming. Clean your face, then dab the affected area with a cotton ball dipped in lemon juice. Rinse with cool waters to close your pores.
This particular lovely flower is a gem when it comes to dealing with acne. It is also used to speed up wound healing and therefore is perfect as an antibacterial solution. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties that prevent itchiness and in the long run prevent break out. Make an Echinacea tea by boiling it in water. Use a cotton ball to pat on the blemished areas. Alternatively, you can wash your face with the tea or soak a cloth in it and cover your face. Do not rinse this one off.
This is a huge source of vitamins vital for skin rejuvenation, curbing irritation and as a natural moisturizer (especially for those with dry skin). In this case, there are two alternatives, buying the store Aloe Vera gel or harvesting it yourself from an actual plant, I prefer the latter. Break a small piece of the leaf and massage the gel onto your skin. You can choose to apply on the entire face if you have dry skin and acne. Let it soak for half an hour before rinsing.
Non-natural home remedies
The list of natural remedies can go on forever. However, there are other readily available components that can be used to make acne solutions.
Apple cider vinegar
This is also an acid concentrated liquid with lactic and malic acids. This property fades away scars by scraping off old, dead skin cells from pores while offering an antiseptic property which fights potential bacteria. Vinegar on its own is too concentrated. Therefore, you will need to weaken it with water. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water. Using soaked cotton, apply to affected areas or even the entire face, but focus more on the blemishes. Rinse off after 10 minutes with cold water.
For those seeking a quick fix for an unexpected pimple, toothpaste is one of those products known to be an excellent treat. Toothpaste is great for preventing inflammation and spread or an increase of existing pimples. Apply a dab before going to bed for astonishing results in the morning. You can also use in the morning, and leave it on for 30minutes. Rinse off with cool water to close the pores around a pimple.
Aspirin is a tablet that everyone has at all times, and guess what, it can also be used as an acne solution due to its acidity. This property allows it to dry pimples, reduce and even prevent inflammation. You will need to crush a tablet and mix it with a few drops or a teaspoon of water to form a paste. Or you could form a paste that can be used long-term by crushing four tablets and mixing with two tablespoons. Apply the paste to the blemished area, leave it on for a while and rinse off with cold water.
Pimples and acne can be caused by lack of proper opening of pores, due to either accumulation of makeup, sweat or dust. In this case, all you need to do is let your skin breathe. Not many of us do this. From morning to evening we have makeup, and when we go to bed, we already have our night creams ready for wear. Steam lets your skin get rid of bacteria, oils, and dirt trapped in the pores. For this just fill a basin with hot water and let the steam contact your face. You can boost the results by covering yourself with a blanket to prevent steam loss. Rinse your face with lukewarm water afterward. If you are to apply anything afterward, make sure its oil free.
The solution is just an arm’s length away, so ladies, put your best face forward!