If you are like me, then perhaps you are also getting annoyed with those pesky acne growing on your face and upper arms. Maybe, like me, you have also tried so-called commercial acne remedies that cost you literally a fortune but without any desirable results. While many would immediately seek treatment from a licensed dermatologist, I, for one, would want to try out some good old natural remedies first. My grandmother have never used any of these so-called anti-acne products and has never seen a dermatologist in her life. Yet, she was always able to keep her acne at bay. And I still can remember some of the natural remedies she used.
Now, before I share with my grandma’s secret to natural acne treatment, understand that acne develops because of blockage of the pores of the skin secondary to the accumulation of dirt and debris coupled with the excessive production of sebum. Now, acne can turn worse if these materials clogging the pores are not removed and bacteria starts growing in them. Understand therefore, that anything that increases sebum production or facilitate accumulation of pore-clogging debris on the skin can cause acne. Contraceptive pills, corticosteroids, and androgens have all been shown to worsen acne. The key to managing acne therefore is by avoiding anything that causes acne, if at all possible.
If not, here are 5 of the most common natural remedies I found effective in managing acne.
Tea Tree Oil – Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, I have found teat tree oil to be particularly effective in managing my acnes. I usually make a solution of about 5 drops of tea tree oil combined with 20 to 40 drops of witch hazel and then apply the solution onto my acnes twice a day. Studies now show that tea tree oil is as effective as benzoyl peroxide in the treatment of acnes. Additionally, it doesn’t burn my skin.
Green Tea – There are two methods of using green tea as an anti-acne treatment. The first one is as a face wash. You will have to boil water, steep a bag of green tea, let it cool, then use it to wash your face. The second is to use the same bag of green tea and rest it over the acne. Green tea is known for its excellent antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Honey – Who doesn’t love honey? I usually mix a cup of plain oatmeal with half a cup of honey then apply it onto my face as a facemask leaving it on for at least 30 minutes. I usually leave it on for an hour before rinsing it off with clean water. For optimum results, you can apply pure honey onto the acne itself. Honey has antibiotic properties that should help reduce the inflammation caused by the bacteria in the acne.
Apple Cider Vinegar – The malic and lactic acids contained in apple cider vinegar makes it a very good exfoliant, reducing the amount of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin which can aggravate the acne. I often use it as a toner mixing equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar.
Lemon -Like apple cider vinegar, lemons contain natural aids that are important for skin health. Additionally, lemons make excellent exfoliants, disinfectants, and skin lighteners. This helps make the skin look brighter and the acne scars look less visible. I usually dip a cotton ball in freshly squeezed lemon juice and dab it onto my acne. It may sting a little bit but I can always freshen it up afterwards with cool water.
There are many other natural remedies out there that have been used by countless individuals having problems with acne. Many of these are now slowly being proven by science to be equally effective as their commercially-available counterparts. For as long as you are using something natural on your skin, you don’t to worry about any negative side effects. Just make sure that proper research and application are carried out.