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DIY Elixirs For Teen Acne and Other Skin Problems

Updated on February 27, 2018
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Olivia is a nutritionist and diet, fitness, and weight-loss consultant based in Texas. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Food and Nutrition.

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The teenage years are a stage for a lot of hormonal changes. The American Academy of Dermatology states that more than 85 million Americans are affected by skin problems, and teenage skin problems are mostly a result of hormonal changes. The teens are also a phase when you are concerned about your looks. Hormonal changes increase the production of an oily substance called sebum. The smooth skin that you all have in your teenage years is a result of this substance. Sebum is a kind of ‘Moisturizer’ secreted by the skin. But the overproduction of sebum results in a number of skin problems.

It's rightly said that prevention is better than cure. The most important skin care tip is to keep the skin cleansed and moisturized. Dermatologists recommend washing your skin thrice a day with warm water. Keep it moisturized. Try using natural moisturizers like olive oil, coconut oil, and aloe instead of the cosmetic ones. The last and the most important point is to drink at least 8 glasses of water. If you stay hydrated, then your skin can easily moisturize itself. If you make sure that you're following these tips, then your skin would remain soft, smooth and healthy.


One in every four American has a skin problem. It’s recommended that you visit a dermatologist if you are also facing one. Let’s look at five of the most common skin problems faced by teens and the skin problems remedies.

  1. Acne- Affecting 60 million Americans, acne is the most common skin problem in the US. Pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, redness, dry skin patches on the face are all the problems related to acne. Hormonal changes is the cause of 80% of acne problems. The excess production of sebum, mixed with dead skin cells leads to acne. Let's look at the home remedies for skin acne.

    • Apple cider vinegar- Prepare a solution (1 part of vinegar and 3 parts of water). Wash your face. Apply the solution with a cotton swab. Leave it for 30 seconds and then rinse it. Follow it twice a day.

    • Honey- cinnamon mask- Make a paste of 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Apply the paste after washing your face. It will form a mask on your face in 20-30 minutes. Rinse your face. Try it once a day for good results.

    • Tea tree oil- Make a solution of one part of tea tree oil and 9 parts of water. Apply it with a cotton swab. Leave it for 2-3 minutes. Rinse it. Repeat it twice a day for best results.

    • Garlic- It's the best for fighting pimples. Rub fresh garlic juice for a few minutes and wash it with lukewarm water. Use this method whenever your skin becomes less sensitive.

2) Oily skin is one of the most common teenage skin problems. The sebum production makes the skin oily, which is not healthy for your skin. Let's look at the home remedies.

  • Lemon juice- Mix 1 tablespoon of it with 2 tablespoons of water. Apply it after washing your face. Leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse it and dry your face. Follow this remedy twice a day.
  • Tomatoes- Rub your face with a slice of tomato. Leave it for your skin to absorb the vital nutrients. Wash it after 20 minutes
  • Yoghurt- Mix 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of yogurt. To this add some oatmeal. Apply and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash your face with warm water. Follow up the process twice a day.
  • Orange peel- Create a paste of orange peel and milk. Apply it on your skin and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off with cold water.

3.Excess sweating- Puberty also results in excessive sweating due to hormonal changes. The sweat glands and sebaceous glands are very much active during this stage. Here are some home remedies.

  • Vinegar- Make a habit of drinking 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before each meal. You can also apply it on your face and rinse it after a while.

  • Tomato juice- A glass of tomato juice can keep the sweat away. You can also rub tomato slices on your face and rinse it after a while. Try it once a day before going to bed.

  • Green and black tea- These are the two most effective beverages to constrict your sweat glands. For underarm sweating, rub moist black tea bags for a few minutes and rinse it.

  • Lemon- Mix lemon juice with baking soda and apply it with a cotton swab. Leave it for 30 minutes for the skin to absorb. Rinse it with water and use this remedy twice a day. You can also slice a lemon to apply under your armpits. Wash it after a while. It acts as a natural antiperspirant.

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4. Allergic rashes- These rashes are caused by allergies. Red spots on your skin and itchy skin are common symptoms of these rashes. Not all rashes are itchy as in many cases it’s just a change of skin color. Here are some home remedies.

  • Cold bath- Easy to follow, yet very effective. You must bathe with cold water twice a day.

  • Olive oil- After having a bath with cold water, apply olive oil on the affected areas.

  • Baking soda- Make a paste of half a teaspoon of baking soda and some water. Apply the paste on the affected areas and follow it twice a day for better results.

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5.Rosacea- Red, pus-filled bumps on the skin are a symptom of rosacea. It can affect the areas around your nose, chin, forehead, and cheeks. Here are some home remedies for this skin problem.

  • Oatmeal- Make a paste of ½ cup of ground oats and ¼ cup of water. Apply it and then wait for 20 minutes. Rinse it with cold water and dry it. Repeat it once a day for the best results. Oatmeal has good health benefits which should be included in the diet.

  • Essential oils- Lavender and Melaleuca are the two most important essential oils. Apply either of them on the affected areas with coconut or almond oil. Apply it before going to bed. Wash it in the morning.

  • Aloe Vera- Apply aloe vera gel on the affected areas.

© 2018 Olivia Philips

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