Acne can be a debilitating condition, both physically and emotionally. Some people only get a few outbreaks here and there and eventually grow out of them. Others, however, get the kind of acne that is deep-seeded, cystic and discolored - the kind that leaves behind visible scars. Regardless of the kind of acne you experience or the random pimple you every so often get, it is important to know your options to combat problem areas, beyond the pill. These 5 all-natural acne remedies are completely safe, highly effective and likely within arm's reach. If you find these tips useful, you can check out more natural remedies on Organic Authority.
Natural Acne Remedies
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most incredible anti-acne remedies. It is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, which mean it is able to get rid of bacteria and other gunk that are causing acne. Although it is acidic, apple cider vinegar has an alkaline effect when consumed or applied topically to your skin. Considering our less-than-stellar diets and compromised air quality, our bodies tend to the acidic side. Apple cider vinegar helps to offset this, bringing the body’s pH balance to more reasonable levels, ultimately warding off toxic substances from dominating our systems and, in this case, our facial skin.
To apply this remedy properly, mix together 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with 3 tablespoons of water. Take a cotton ball and dip it into the mixture. Apply the wet cotton ball directly to a blemish or an acne-prone area. Be sure that you have cleansed and dried your face beforehand. Let the apple cider vinegar stay on your face for 30 minutes, during which you every so often reapply the vinegar. After 30 minutes, rinse and moisturize per usual.
2. Cinnamon and honey
These two are a match made in heaven. Raw, unprocessed and unfiltered honey boasts a slew of benefits, most notably antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is considered a natural antibiotic. Honey is thus able to shield the skin from bacteria, quell the inflammation response caused by acne and enrich the skin with essential nutrition. Cinnamon is a natural antiseptic. Together, they make for a killer combo that is as effective in treating and preventing acne as it is deliciously sweet and aromatic to the senses.
To use cinnamon and honey to your advantage, combine 3 tablespoons of honey with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Once well combined, apply to an already cleansed and dried face. Leave on the face for 15-20 minutes before rinsing clean with lukewarm water. Continue this therapy once per day until acne clears up. Afterwards, repeat weekly to maintain clear, glowing skin.
3. Egg Whites
Egg whites contain an enzyme called lysozyme that digests the walls of acne-causing bacteria. The protein in egg whites repairs tissue and induces new cell growth, the potassium hydrates and moisturizes, the riboflavin eliminates toxic and free radicals and the magnesium promotes youthful and radiant skin.
Whisk an egg white until frothy. Apply to an already cleansed and dried face. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing clean.
Lemon is a natural astringent that whitens skin and reduces discoloration. It also offers antibacterial benefits. If your skin is reddened from dealing with the throes of acne and you also hope to prevent the onset of more outbreaks, lemon may be your best choice among the other acne remedies on this list. Simply take a lemon wedge and rub the flesh side against already cleansed and dried skin. Let the lemon juice sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing skin clean.
5. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is unlike other oils that clog your pores and cause pimples. Tea tree oil is a solvent that cuts through extra sebum (oil produced by the skin) and other dead skin cells so that it can unblock pores. It also bears antimicrobial properties.
To use tea tree oil properly, you must dilute it. Cleanse and dry your face. Next, mix together 1 part tea tree oil to 9 parts water. Dip a Q-tip or cotton ball into the liquid and apply to problem areas. Let stay on skin like a moisturizer, all day long. You can always increase the concentration of tea tree oil to water, but do so gradually, waiting a week between increases.
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