Tips for Treating Acne Naturally
There is no shortage of acne treatments – tried and true products and potions are plentiful. But like many things today, there is renewed interest in natural remedies for healing and preventing acne. It might be because there is wider acceptance that natural treatments can, and do, work – or it might be that people simply want to avoid harsh chemicals and give nature a try.
Whatever the reason, there are many natural remedies for treating acne that are very effective. Most remedies are comprised of simple ingredients and are easy to make and use. But like anything, consistency is the key to success. Developing a consistent skincare regimen that includes proper cleansing, eating the right foods and getting plenty of exercise, all play a role in keeping your skin healthy.
- ¼ cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour some of the mixture onto a clean wet face cloth or sponge and gently wash your face in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water.
Why it works: The baking soda enhances the citric acid in the lemon juice and that helps clean the skin and close the pores.
Honey Cleanser (for Mild Acne & Acne Prevention)
- Raw or unpasturized Honey
Use about ½ teaspoon of raw honey to wash face in morning and evening (honey will not remove makeup). Apply to slightly damp skin and massage for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Why it Works: The antibacterial properties of honey work to remove excess oil, prevent breakouts and soften the skin.
- 2/3 cup Witch Hazel
- 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix two ingredients into a small (clean) spray bottle and spray on cleansed skin in the morning and evening to help calm skin and balance the skin’s pH. Let it dry on the skin – do not rinse off.
Why it Works: The exfoliating acids in the apple cider vinegar gently exfoliate the skin and the Witch Hazel calms and balance the skin – and balanced skin is healthy skin!
Clove Oil Spot Treatment
- Clove Oil
- Plain Yoghurt
Blend a few drops of clove oil with a teaspoon of plain yoghurt for a single treatment. Apply to blemishes individually (do not use as a mask on entire face). Leave mixture on blemishes for an hour and rinse with warm water.
Why it works: Clove oil is excellent for healing acne – it can clear cystic acne, reduce swelling and kill the infection associated with acne. However, clove oil is very strong and can irritate the skin if applied directly. Some people use clove oil at full strength as a spot treatment for stubborn acne or pimples, but this is not generally advisable. It’s best to dilute the oil – in this case, with a plain yoghurt.
Sandalwood and Turmeric Mask
- 1 tsp Sandalwood Powder
- 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
- Lemon Juice
Blend Sandalwood and Turmeric together with a few drops of lemon juice to form a paste. Apply the paste to clean, wet face and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Why it Works: Sandalwood and Turmeric powder, when used together, make a very effective treatment for acne blemishes and scars. The anti-inflammatory and skin toning properties of sandalwood and natural healing properties of turmeric help prevent acne breakouts and can improve the look of acne scars.
Clearing Mask for Whiteheads
- 1 egg white (beaten)
- Juice for ½ Lime
- Cotton Wool Fibers (available at natural health stores)
Mix egg white and lime juice with a handful of cotton wool fibers until they form a thick consistency (like making paper mache). Apply mixture to the face and allow it to harden. Once hardened, peel off the mask.
Why it works: This old East Indian recipe has been used for ages to remove blackheads and whiteheads. Once the mask is peeled off, the mask takes the offending blackheads and whiteheads with it revealing clear pores.
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Tips for Making and Storing Home Made Remedies
- Whenever possible, purchase organic products for making your treatment – this ensures that there are no residual chemicals in the natural product.
- Follow recipes and measure ingredients carefully.
- Store un-used, mixed treatments in an airtight container and keep in the fridge.
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