Five Simple Home Remedies to Treat Acne
The most common skin condition experienced by teenagers and young adults worldwide. People spend thousands on acne prevention creams and treatments. Not only do these treatments cost lots of money, but it’s also tough for some to find one that works for their skin! People with sensitive skin struggle with this the most.
There are various factors that contribute to the development of acne. External factors such as stress can cause acne, and other factors include our diet, hormone changes, and sometimes, genetics!
This unpleasant skin condition is caused by oil and dead skin cells clogging up the pores of your skin. A gland in our bodies known as sebaceous produces an oily substance called sebum, which when excessively produced, clogs our pores and causes the growth of bacteria known as “Propionibacterium acnes” (P.acnes). Our skin gets the unpleasant visit from acne when our white blood cells attack the P.acnes bacteria.
Now that we’ve got the biological causes out of the way, using simple, natural ingredients are sometimes the better (and cheaper) options for acne treatment and prevention! However, with more serious cases of acne, consulting with your dermatologist is recommended.
Let’s unpack five different home remedies.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Water Mix
Apple cider vinegar contains an organic acid called citric acid which, according to research, has been found to kill P.acnes. The lactic acid in apple cider vinegar is known to treat acne scars.
(Tip: Prevent popping or scratching your pimples, as this is the cause of acne scarring and marks!).
When using apple cider vinegar for your skin, it’s important to use it in small amounts and dilute it with water to prevent burning your skin. Up to twice a day, dilute a small amount with more water than apple cider vinegar and gently apply to your skin with cotton after cleansing. Leave for a few seconds and then rinse with water.
Honey and Cinnamon Mask
Research found that together, honey and cinnamon brings about antibacterial effects against P.acnes, and honey alone can block the growth of P.acnes. When using, mix two tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder to form a paste. Apply the mask after cleansing and rinse after 15 minutes.
Tea Tree Oil and Water Mix
Many have found that tea tree oil helps with dry skin and irritation. Just like apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil should be diluted with water before applying it to your skin. When using, mix a small amount of tea tree oil with a generous amount of water and apply to your skin after cleansing.
Green tea has plenty of health benefits when consumed, and is also beneficial when applied to the skin. An ingredient in green tea called polyphenols helps fight bacteria and reduce skin inflammation. Applying green tea to your skin also reduces sebum production.
When using, prepare green tea as per usual with boiling water and allow to cool. Once cooled, apply directly to your skin using a cotton. Once dried, rinse your face with water.
Aloe Vera Gel
As many of us know, Aloe Vera is known for its clear, natural gel produced from its leaves! The Aloe Vera plant has been around for centuries and used as a herbal medicine. The gel has also been used for many years to treat skin conditions such as rashes, and as a healing property for burns, wounds, and inflammation.
For this, use a spoon to scoop the gel directly from the aloe plant and apply directly to skin as a moisturizer. This can be applied twice a day. If you don’t have the plant, simply purchase the pure gel, however, make sure it’s 100% aloe with no added ingredients.
Sugar or Salt with Coconut Oil
Daily exfoliation is important for the removal of dead skin cells and this mix is a great home remedy for a natural exfoliator. Simply mix sugar or salt with coconut oil, massage into skin for about 30 seconds to a minute, and rinse well with lukewarm water.