Keeping your skin healthy is really important . Your diet, exercise routine and water intake can either contribute to healthy, glowing skin or acne breakouts.
Poor nutrition, stress, PCOS, birth control pills, sleep deprivation, menopause and imbalanced hormones are just a few of the factors that can cause inflammation in the skin that leads to frustrating acne breakouts and other skin irritations.
Here are the Top-10 Home Remedies to Cure Acne that work fast
Acne, a long-term and common skin disease, is caused by the clogging of the skin pores where the acne-causing bacteria known as Propionibacterium acne thrive. It is estimated that almost 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 will get acne at some point in their lives.
Sometimes it also affects people in their 40s and 50s. Acne is not a dangerous skin disease, but it certainly makes the affected area with its unsightly scars look ugly. Gradually it also affects the self-esteem of the person affected.
1. Cinnamon Honey Mask
Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties, so it can help prevent bacteria from getting out of control. If this is the case, honey is a natural antibiotic that is ready to wipe out the little beasts.
You will need…
– 2 tablespoons of honey
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– Paper towels
Rinse your face with water and pat it dry. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon together until they are thoroughly mixed and have formed a kind of paste.
Apply the mask to your face (or stain treatment) and let it work for 10-15 minutes. Rinse the mask completely and pat your face dry. As it is a sticky mixture, make sure you have paper towels at hand.
2. Apple vinegar
Apple vinegar is a powerhouse when it comes to acting as an acne remedy. Why? It kills the bacteria that can cause all the trouble in the first place. It also becomes alkaline and balances the skin, which makes it harder for the bacteria to thrive.
It is astringent, like lemon juice, and helps to dry out excess oil. Remember: do not overdo it and do not dry out your skin too much. This could cause the sebaceous glands to produce too much to compensate for this, causing an outbreak.
You will need…
– Pure unfiltered apple vinegar
– Fresh water
Wash your face with water and pat it dry. Dip a cotton ball in vinegar in a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water and apply directly to the stain.
Leave on for at least 10 minutes or overnight. Apply several times a day and wash the face thoroughly after each application. Be sure to use a moisturizer even after that if you feel your skin is getting dry.
3. Orange Peel Paste
Orange has vitamin C, citric acid and astringent properties. Vitamin C is especially helpful because it promotes the growth of new healthy cells and keeps your skin in better condition overall.
-2 orange peel
-Clean, fresh water
Rinse your face with water and pat it dry. Crush/grind your orange peel (you can use a blender, mortar and pestle, whatever does the job) and add a little water to get a paste. Gradually add a little water, because too much makes it too thin and liquid. Once you have the right consistency, apply it to your face and/or problem areas. Wait 20-25 minutes.
4. Use Papaya
Papaya is an essential ingredient in many beauty products on the market today. Raw papaya is a completely natural acne remedy that removes dead skin cells and excess lipids from the skin surface, leaving it soft and smooth. Lipids are a general term for fats, of which oil is one form. Papaya also contains an enzyme called papain, which reduces inflammation and prevents the formation of pus.
-1 fresh papaya
Rinse your face with water and pat it dry. Crush the flesh of the papaya well until it has a consistency that is easy to apply to the skin. Let the papaya work for 15-20 minutes and then rinse completely with warm water. If your skin tends to become dry after cleansing, use a moisturizer suitable for your skin type afterwards.
5. Mix strawberries and honey
Honey and strawberries make a home remedy for acne that sounds quite sweet (pun intended), and it combines two things that are commonly used in expensive, often harsh, face scrubs and cleansers. Strawberries may seem arbitrary, but keep in mind that they are high in salicylic acid.
Salicylic acid – a key ingredient in many commercial acne treatments – stimulates the epidermis to reject its cells more easily, open clogged pores and neutralize bacteria. It also makes pores a little smaller, which prevents them from becoming so clogged in the future, and promotes the growth of new cells. Honey also works against bacteria that might be behind your acne and is an anti-inflammatory.
– 3 fresh strawberries, well washed
– 2 teaspoons of good honey raw material is best
Wash your face with water and pat it dry. Rinse 3 strawberries and crush them well, being careful not to crush them too much and not to let them melt.
Put the strawberries in two teaspoons of honey and mix them thoroughly. Apply to the face and let the mixture rest for 20 minutes. Rinse completely with warm water, pat dry and moisten if your skin tends to dry out. Use twice a week for at least one month.
6. Always Wash your pillowcase
Technically, a pillowcase should be washed every time. While most of us don’t practice this, when it comes to keeping your skin fresh and healthy, it might help to get a little picky about your pillowcase. If you never wash it, all the stuff that gets rubbed onto it then comes in contact with your face for around 6-8 hours every night, and can exacerbate your acne.
Keeping a clean, comfy place to rest your weary head is worth the hassle of stuffing your pillow back into its case-the real reason we avoid washing it-if it could prevent future breakouts.
Don’t touch your face (more specifically, your breakouts)
This doesn’t mean you can rest you chin in your hands or anything-it means don’t itch, scratch, pick, peel, pop, or rub at your skin. I distinctly recall the constant discomfort of acne, especially when treating it with irritating topical stuff.
Almost subconsciously I would touch my face-probably every 2-3 minutes on average-and pick at my breakouts. Of course, this just made things go from bad to worse. While touching your face with your hands now and then won’t cause acne, if you suffer from it, resisting the urge to bug it will help the healing process go smoother and more efficiently.
You will need…
– self control
7. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera gel can be used along with other things to fight acne, but it is also a good thing in itself. If it is to be used alone, it is best to have a small aloe plant floating around the house. Otherwise, a good gel that is available in stores can work just as well. Aloe is not only soothing, but also has an anti-inflammatory effect and reduces redness and swelling. It also has antibacterial properties.
– Enough Aloe Vera gel to treat or cover your problem areas selectively
Wash your face with water and pat it dry. Apply the aloe directly to your problem areas with your fingertips or a Q-tip.
8. Lemon juice
Lemon juice can help prevent outbreaks for a number of reasons. It is rich in vitamin C, which is good for all skin types, and it is a citric acid, so it also helps in “peeling” the skin. Most importantly, however, it is an astringent. An astringent causes a contraction of the body tissue and therefore dries out the stain itself. It is also a natural skin lightening agent that helps to reduce redness.
If you apply a swab, you may get a small white spot, but don’t panic – it will disappear by itself. Rinse off the lemon juice before going out in the sun as this can make you more sensitive.
You need to…
– 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice (approximately)
– Q – tips or cotton balls (optional)
– yoghurt (optional)
Rinse face gently with water
Oatmeal can power you up from the inside out-and the outside in. If you soak/cook your oats and use them in mask, they can reduce the inflammation and unsightly redness that accompanies breakouts. Add some honey to your mask and you have a great recipe for a rather tasty sounding acne remedy. Keep in mind that oatmeal on its own will not cure your acne, and should be used as part of a sensible routine acne treatment. However, it may very well reduce the blatant, painful, appearance of the breakouts.
You will need…
– One serving of oatmeal-steel cut seems to work well
– Two tablespoons raw honey
Whip up a batch of oatmeal as usual, or by following the directions on the box. When it is finished and still hot, add two tablespoons of honey. Let mixture cool to room temperature. Keep in mind it retains quite a bit of heat, so really make sure it’s a comfortable temperature before applying it to your skin-the last thing you need is a burn! Leave it on for 20-30 minutes. When it has set, rinse off with warm water and pat your skin dry.
10. Sugar scrub
Sugar, white or brown, helps get rid of the excess skin cells clogging up your pores by acting as gentle exfoliator. Mix it up with honey, olive oil, or just plain water, and you have a sweet scrub to help rid you of your acne woes. There are plenty of different recipes out there, but we found this one to be particularly delightful (courtesy of cjanecreate.com-thank you for sharing this!)
You will need…
– 1 ½ cups of white sugar
– 1 ½ cups brown sugar, light or dark
– 2-3 tablespoons coarse sea salt
– Roughly 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
– 10 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract
– 1 whole vanilla bean (totally optional)
Mix 1 ½ cups of brown sugar and 1 ½ cups of brown sugar, adding in a few tablespoons of coarse sea salt for extra exfoliation, and mix. If you’re using the vanilla bean, scrap out the caviar (the inside stuff) and mix it in at this point as well. Put about 2 cups of this sugar/salt/vanilla mixture into a liquid measuring cup and pack it down nice and snug.
Pour the extra virgin olive oil over the top, and let it soak through half the mixture, leaving a little layer on top. Mix this up in the measuring cup, and then add it to the rest of the sugar/salt/vanilla mix. Add 4-5 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract and mix it in.
Now you can spoon your scrub into whatever containers you wish to store it, making sure to pack it down. If you like, drizzle one tablespoon of vanilla extract on top to ensure that you’ll get the delicious scent when you open it up. This will fill 4 half-pint jars.
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