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5 Easy & Effective Ways to Eliminate Acne

Updated on September 27, 2011

Before spending a fortune on pricey skin care products to clear up your acne, you may want to give some of these simple yet effective treatments a try.

Acne is an inflammatory condition of the pores and skin. It develops as a result of either a blockage or the over-production of oils known as sebum in your pores. It develops on the face, but can also show on other parts of the body such as the back, chest and upper arms.

Acne isn't as cut and dry as washing your face properly. Let's take a look at some of the potential causes of acne:

Potential Causes of Acne

Hormones

Hormones are responsible for the maturity of our oil glands. Hormones with the greatest effect on the oil glands are the androgens or male hormones, found in both men and women. You may experience acne through different times of your life as puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause when you are more susceptible to hormonal fluctuations.

Diet

Although diet alone may not cause acne, having a healthy diet will help to improve the general appearance of the skin. Keeping your skin hydrated, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and deterring from eating fried foods will improve your health, from inside out.

Vitamin Deficiency

Many don't think of the skin as an organ, but it obviously plays an important part of our overall health. By denying your body essential vitamins such as Vitamins A, B, D, and E you are robbing your skin of the nutrients it needs to fight off free-radicals and other harmful environmental effects on the skin. Vitamins provide a defence for the body and skin. Getting the right amount of vitamins work as a preventative against acne and other skin problems.

Stress

Stress is a big factor in how your body functions. Adrenaline increases the hormone cortisol in your bloodstream, making your body product more oil which can clog pores. Additionally, when you are experiencing stress, you make lack sleep and a change in diet, subsequently effecting your skin. Getting plenty of sleep and even partaking in meditation may assist in improving your acne.

WARNING

If you experience any severe burning or irritation while using the below, rinse immediately and discontinue use.

5 Easy Acne Treatments

Honey & Cinnamon

Honey is both an anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic. Cinnamon can stop the growth of bacteria on the skin. Combine the two ingredients and you will have a powerfully natural acne fighting treatment.

Treatment: Combine 1 Tbsp of Organic Honey with 1 Tsp of Ground Cinnamon. Apply to the affected areas and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with water. Apply when necessary.

Lemon Juice

Many skin care products include citrus fruits, like lemon, because of their citric acids. These powerful natural acids belong to the family of alpha hydroxy acids. They're mostly used in creams, lotions, and especially exfoliants. They help to burn away the top layer of dead skin and leave your skin smooth and supple. Lemon juice also helps to remove bacteria and unclog pores.

Treatment: Squeeze a small amount of lemon and apply directly to the spot. If your skin is overly sensitive, dilute with water. For additional benefits, drink a cup of lemon water (either hot or cold) daily to cleanse your liver and promote healthy skin from the inside.

Toothpaste

One of Beyonce's tried and tested acne treatments, toothpaste is an especially good solution when travelling or on the go. Most toothpastes contains a sulphate which is a drying agent and helps to clear up pimples quickly. Be warned that it could irritate more sensitive skin. Toothpastes that do not contain sulphates include Tom's of Maine, Burt's Bees, and Sensodyne Pronamel.

Treatment: Dab a small amount of toothpaste on your spot and ideally leave on overnight. Rinse off in the morning.

Aspirin

Aspirin contains natural salicylic acid (it is extracted from willow tree bark) which is widely used in skin care products. It is great for opening the pores in order to help to deep clean. It also works great as an anti-inflammatory, reducing swelling and redness.

Treatment: crush an uncoated aspirin in a bowl and add a small amount of water in order to create a paste. Apply to the directed area and leave on for several hours or overnight.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is a great detox agent. It is rich in alpha-hydroxy acids which help to reduce oils on your skin. Some may be highly allergic to this treatment, so try only a small amount on your skin before proceeding.

Treatment: Apple Cider Vinegar can be digested or used topically. If you can stand the taste, drink one tablespoon everyday. Also try mixing it with other juices. If you would like to use in directly on the skin, mix one part vinegar to 8 parts water. Wash your face as you would normally, then apply the mixture almost like a toner. Since it has a strong smell, you may want to use it only at night.

Which of the above treatments worked well for your acne?

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