Do you have problems with chronic acne or sporadic skin breakouts? A bad case of acne can lead to scarring, which then results in low self-esteem and insecurity.
You skin reflects your general health. Skin problems like acne, blackheads, and white heads may be an indication of hormonal imbalance, poor eating and exercise habits, or oxidative damage. Healthy and beautiful skin, on the other hand, may indicate a healthy diet, regular exercise, proper hydration, and appropriate skin care.
You do not have to use expensive and unsafe topical medications and prescription drugs to get rid of acne. Using natural home remedies can help you address acne and minimize acne scars.
What are the 12 best home remedies to treat acne?
Treating acne calls for a multi-disciplinary approach. Using the following techniques are likely to give you the best results for preventing and treating acne.
- Use a gentle cleansing technique.
You need to cleanse your skin gently and thoroughly. Use a natural face wash every morning before you put on your make-up. Cleanse your face again in the evening before going to sleep.
Do not cleanse too often. You are only likely to irritate your skin or cause the skin to produce more oil.
You can make a gentle wash by combining the following natural ingredients:
- Honey (3 tablespoons)
- Coconut oil (1 tablespoon)
- Apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon)
- Tea tree oil (20 drops)
- Live probiotics (2 capsules)
The combination of ingredients will help fight fungal/bacterial infections, soothe inflammation, and invigorate the skin.
- Tone your skin
After cleansing your skin, use toner to get rid of any residue. Toning also helps your skin to re-establish its natural pH levels.
Unadulterated apple cider vinegar is an excellent toner. The magnesium, enzymes, acetic acid, and potassium it contains help get rid of fungi and bacteria. Use a clean cotton ball and apply the vinegar over your skin, particularly in areas prone to active breakouts.
- Use a healing mask.
Apply a healing mask twice a week to promote healing and hydration.
You can make a mask by combining a tablespoon each of natural honey and yogurt. Apply the mask to the skin and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Use a soft cloth to gently wipe off the mask.
You can also combine raw honey (2 tablespoons), coconut oil (1 teaspoon), and cinnamon (1/2 teaspoon) as an alternative mask.
If you have a really bad breakout, add two drops of tea tree oil to either recipe.
- Make sure to exfoliate gently and regularly.
Two of the primary causes of acne are dead skin and clogged pores. To avoid build-up, make sure that you exfoliate on a regular basis.
You can make a natural exfoliating scrub by adding 2 tablespoons of ground oatmeal, brown sugar, or sea salt to a base of 1-2 tablespoons of honey, kefir, or coconut oil. The grit will unplug the pores and get rid of dead skin. The base, on the other hand, will fight fungi and bacteria.
- Do spot treatment.
Treat bad spots with tea tree oil. The oil is a popular treatment for wounds. It has antiseptic properties to help fight fungi and bacteria.
Add about 6 drops of tea tree oil to a teaspoon of jojoba or coconut oil. Apply the mixture lightly on problem areas.
- Fight bacteria with the essential oils of sweet basil and holy basil.
Make an herbal tea using herbs like holy basil and sweet basil. Aside from fighting bacteria, the herbs also help you to achieve healthy levels of sugar and hormones – conditions that help prevent or treat acne.
You can also add holy basil or sweet basil to your cleansers, masks, or exfoliating remedies.
- Moisturize your skin regularly.
Make sure that you moisturize your skin. Natural moisturizers like coconut oil help to restore moisture and rehydrate the skin.
All you need is ¼ teaspoon of coconut oil. Warm the oil in your palms and apply it gently on your neck and face. Leave it on your skin for 5 minutes. Use a dry soft cloth to remove the excess oil.
- Protect your skin from ultra-violet rays.
Too much exposure to the sun can make skin breakouts worse. Olive oil and coconut oil provide adequate protection from the harsh rays of the sun. Make sure that you apply either oil to your skin every two hours.
- Eat right.
Some foods trigger skin break-outs. Stay away from conventional dairy, wheat, hydrogenated oils, and sugar if you want acne-free skin. Avoid shellfish, soy, tree nuts, gluten, and peanuts if you are prone to allergies.
Increase your intake of salmon, chicken (especially the free-range variety), and wild fish. Take zinc-rich pumpkin seeds, yogurt, and kefir. Include citrus fruits, berries, and leafy greens in your diet.
- Make sure to get enough water.
You have to drink enough water if you want healthy, glowing skin. Water helps the body to get rid of toxins. It fosters healthy blood circulation. These conditions help fight acne.
- Make helpful lifestyle changes.
Exercise regularly. Get enough sleep. Cut down on alcohol. Stop smoking.
It is important to cultivate habits that promote overall fitness and well-being. These habits are beneficial to your health. They also help boost your skin’s condition so that you are better able to fight acne.
- Reduce stress.
Research shows that acne breakouts are often triggered by stress. Engage in behavior and activities that help bring down stress, and you are also likely to control skin breakouts.
Listening to soothing music, meditation, yoga, and pursuing engaging hobbies are some examples of effective stress-busters.