- Alternative & Natural Medicine
4 Quick and Easy Home Remedies for Acne
The first thing most of us do when we struggle with problem skin is to Google the term ‘home remedies’. Let’s face it, problem skin can be embarrassing, and heading to the Doctor or your Dermatologist’s office is usually a last resort. Luckily, there are natural ways to beat problem skin and there are home remedies for acne that pack a real punch. Let’s look at some of the easiest and most affordable ways to heal your skin at home.
Quick and Easy Remedies for Acne
Tea Tree Oil
This miracle essential oil can be found in many top-of-the-range skin care products, but you could quite as easily use it on its own as part of your acne-fighting skin care routine. Apply a little tea tree oil directly to a pimple, blemish, or cyst, to speed up healing and ward off infection. A really easy way to use this oil is to mix a few drops into the moisturizer you use already. If you’re trying this for the first time, squeeze out a little moisturizer into the palm of your hand and add a drop or two of tea tree before mixing it together with your fingers. This way, you can test the oil without mixing it into the entire tube or jar of cream. This oil has anti bacterial properties, so it can get rid of bacteria on the skin’s surface and may also help to soothe the redness and inflammation. TIP: Tea tree oil is very concentrated and should always be diluted before use.
French Green Clay and Bentonite Clay
Both these clays are well known for their skin-cleansing properties, and can add real ‘oomph’ to any homemade pore cleansing mask. All you need to do is to mix a little water with the clay powder to make a potent and effective remedy for acne. Allow the mask to dry completely before washing it off, and follow with a moisturizer of your choice. TIP: Since these masks draw impurities and oil out of the skin, you may see more pimples after you start using it initially. This is because of all the stuff that is being drawn out of your pores, but as the skin is being cleansed, the blemishes will also diminish. Regular maintenance should keep the skin clear, once all the initial impurities and oil have been gotten rid of.
Aloe Vera Gel
This is one of my favorite home remedies, because it works so well for so many different things. I’ve used this on minor grazes and cuts, and even minor burns. It’s just as effective in treating irritation and inflammation in acne-prone skin, and may speed up the healing process.
This gift of nature is more than just a sweet treat, and can be used as a home remedy for acne. Interestingly, honey helps to moisturize, soothe, and nourish. On top of that it also helps to control oil production in the skin, and oil production is a major cause of acne. You could mix natural yoghurt with a little honey to make an exfoliating mask to treat problem skin or apply honey directly to problem areas. If you choose the mask option, the lactic acid in the yoghurt helps exfoliate which will help clear the pores while the honey heals and nourishes the skin. Honey has antimicrobial properties as well and is packed with nourishing and healing properties too, so applying it directly to the skin and leaving it on for 15 minutes may be all you need every few days to see changes.
Home remedies for acne do not have to be expensive, and the truth is that many of the remedies listed above are already used in many pricey cosmetics and spa treatments. There’s no reason you can’t use these at home though, and you’re going to save yourself a lot of money in the long run too. Remember that all acne remedies, homemade or otherwise, take time to show results, and you have to be consistent as well.