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Acne is a skin condition that affects over 80% of the people in the USA and 9% worldwide at some point in their lives. It’s not just a condition that gives you painful facial sores but slowly takes away your confidence and self-esteem.
Acne usually develops when your pores get blocked by dead skin cells or oil, which usually gets infected and turns into painful sores. There are many conventional ways to treat pimples or acne, but often, they are either too expensive or have damaging effects like skin dryness and severe irritation. Because of this reason, most people turn to natural remedies that have proven to help a lot of people and save them from putting a huge dent in their pockets.
Here are some of the home remedies that will help clear out that stubborn acne. Always do a patch test first either on your arm or neck before applying it on your face.
Natural Ways to Eliminate Acne
It won’t be wrong to say that Aloe Vera is a miracle plant because of its many medicinal qualities. But here, we will discuss its ability to reduce and prevent acne breakout because of its natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe Vera gel also serves as an excellent moisturizer for dry skin cause of its high water content.
Ways to Use Aloe Vera gel
Clean out your acne sores and then apply aloe Vera gel generously to your face. It will increase the blood circulation of your skin and will give you a healthy overall glow. It will also kill the harmful bacteria that cause acne breakouts. Apply it as a moisturizer or as a night cream to reduce redness and inflammation, or you can make your own aloe Vera mask to get smooth, shiny skin.
Aloe Vera, Honey, and Turmeric Mask
- 1 tablespoon aloe Vera gel
- 2 tablespoons honey (organic if possible)
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties)
- Add the aloe Vera gel, honey, and turmeric powder in a bowl and then mix well till its texture is like a smooth paste.
- Now apply it all over the face
- Let it stay for 5-10 minutes or till it’s completely dry.
- Rinse your face slowly and then pat dry.
Note: don’t rub your face with a towel.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is well known for its ability to reduce skin inflammation and bacterial infection. 5% solution of tea tree oil is less hard than benzoyl peroxide solution on your skin, but it takes time to clear up the skin. So you would have to be patient while working with natural remedies for acne.
Calamine lotion, witch hazel, and tea tree oil Acne spot treatment
- 1 teaspoon witch hazel
- 2-3 drops tea tree oil
- Calamine lotion
- Put a little bit of calamine lotion in a bowl. Add the tea tree oil and hazel witch to it and mix gently.
- Use your fingers to dab the oil-lotion mix on the affected area (not the entire face).
- Leave it for overnight.
- Wash it off in the morning.
- You can either leave it on overnight or wash it off after a few hours.
Note: tea tree oil is potent and causes irritation and redness if used directly to face. Always dilute it with witch hazel or distilled water.
Another nature’s miracle is honey. It not only nourishes your skin, but raw honey is known for its healing properties used to treat skin wounds, marks, blemishes, and acne. The use of a honey mask regularly will reduce your signs of acne by clearing out the clogged pores and infectious bacteria.
Honey, Oatmeal, Cinnamon Mask
- 3 tablespoons oatmeal (coarsely ground)
- 1 ½ tablespoons honey (preferably raw honey)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Put coarsely ground oatmeal in a bowl.
- Add honey and cinnamon.
- Mix them together to form a paste.
- Apply the mask after cleansing or washing your face.
- Leave it on for 10–15 minutes.
- Rinse it off completely with lukewarm water.
- Pat your face dry.
Note: don’t use too much honey. It’s not a drippy mask.
Chamomile is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and the use of treating skin scars and wounds. For centuries it’s been used in traditional healing medicines. Chamomile tea is considered as one of the best teas to heal acne and acne scars. Drinking chamomile tea with honey and lemon will gradually reduce acne symptoms.
Cool Chamomile, Aloe Vera and Peppermint Mask
- 1 tablespoon dry chamomile flowers
- 1 tablespoon peppermint
- 1 tablespoon aloe Vera gel
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice (fresh)
- Put dry chamomile flowers in a bowl and pour in hot or lukewarm water.
- Let them infuse for 15 minutes.
- Next, add peppermint, aloe Vera gel, and lemon juice.
- Mix them well.
- Apply the mask on a clean and washed face.
- Leave it on for 15-20 minutes till it’s completely dry.
- Wash it off with cool water.
Note: chamomile is taken orally, or it can be applied to your skin to treat acne. In both ways, you need to brew it properly to let the active ingredients of the tea infuse with the solution or other ingredients.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is known for its ability to fight different kinds of bacteria. Raw, unpasteurized ACV is known to have anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. They have malic and acetic acid known to treat acne, unclog pores, and reduce inflammation.
Refreshing ACV, Bentonite clay and Rose oil Mask
- 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1-2 drop rose oil
- Mix all ingredients in a non-metallic bowl.
- Mix until it forms a paste.
- Apply it evenly on your face.
- Leave it until it dries for about 25 minutes.
- Wash it off with cool water.
Note: apple cider vinegar can irritate sensitive skin. Apply a small amount and with diluted water. Read my post-Top Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar to learn more benefits related to apple cider vinegar.
Final Thoughts on Getting Rid of Acne:
There are many underlying reasons for acne, but a natural and skin-friendly way would be to treat it with natural ingredients, which have usually lesser side effects. They might not work for everyone, but trying won’t hurt either. But in case of severe acne, do consult your dermatologist.
Results may vary. Information and statements made are for general purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Her Own Health does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Her Own Health are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.