Acne is a skin condition that affects many people all over the world, causing outbreaks of spots and pimples, many of which can look red and inflamed. Although the condition is not life threatening in any way, it is highly embarrassing for those who suffer from it. Although there are many over the counter products available for the treatment of acne, many people wisely choose to explore options for a natural acne treatment. This has the benefit of neglecting the use of harsh chemicals on the skin in addition to being a more cost effective solution.
Tea Tree oil has been used for many years as a cure for all manner of different ailments due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities. These same qualities combat the acne producing bacteria on the skin and help to diminish the spots caused by the condition.
- Mix 5ml of undiluted tea tree oil with 95ml of cool water.
- Apply mixture to the area
- Leave to dry
This should be done twice daily. Results have been known to take some time, but generally people give positive feedback about this method.
Baking soda is known to be one of the best and cheapest acne home remedies to date. All that is needed is a small amount of baking soda and some water. Mixing the two together to form a paste before applying to the area needed is the simplest way of using the remedy. After leaving for a few minutes, the person is free to wash the paste off with warm water.
It is thought that the baking soda works to absorb oils and grease which can lead to acne outbreaks.
Witch hazel has existing use in many facial toners on the market today. This is due to the astringent properties within the plant which work to tighten the skin and close pores. When using witch hazel as a natural acne treatment, it is a combination of astringency and the anti-bacterial Tannin contained within the liquid that helps to combat the acne causing bacteria, whilst repairing the skin. In addition to this, anti-oxidants in the plant help prevent further outbreaks.
To use witch hazel, simply apply the liquid to cotton wool and dab onto the affected areas. Whilst looking for the correct witch hazel solution, it is important to try and use ones that use natural alcohol as a preservative.
The soothing qualities of the gel which can be extracted from the Aloe Vera plant are well documented. As such, aloe vera gel is used widely for burns and skin irritating conditions all over the world. There is an abundance of acne skin lotions and creams which utilize the gel. A somewhat cheaper alternative to such products is to have either an aloe vera plant at home or to buy just the gel itself from a pharmacy.
The gel can be either applies directly to the skin, or a juice can be made from processing some of the leaves, to be drunk twice a day.
Zinc works in the same way as an anti-biotic does, by ridding the body of harmful bacteria. The mineral can be found in many foods such as mushrooms, chicken, wholegrain products, some nuts and many more.
As well as making a conscious decision to increase the amount of zinc intake through the diet, acne sufferers may also obtain zinc tablets over the counter for a much lower fee than many other acne tablets.
Garlic has a long history in herbal medicine for use against coughs, sore throats and many other ailments. The spice is high in anti-inflammatory properties which work to combat the redness and puffiness of acne spots. Garlic also works as an antibiotic, combating acne causing bacteria. Because of this, the spice is one of the top natural remedies for acne.
To treat acne, garlic can be either eaten raw, or the cloves may be cut in half and rubbed on the area.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains many detoxifying agents which help to rid the body of the harmful bacteria which cause acne. In addition to this, the vinegar has alpha hydroxyl acid within it which actively dissolves grease that clogs up the pores and allows the bacteria to pool on the surface of the skin causing the outbreak of spots.
- Mix one part of the vinegar with eight parts water.
- Apply solution to the affected areas on the skin with clean hands or cotton wool
- Leave to dry
Soothing chamomile tea is renowned for its ability to calm feelings of stress and anxiety as well as its medicinal purposes in the fight against numerous illnesses. The tea has earned its place among the best acne home remedies for its anti-inflammatory properties which help to reduce the effects of unwanted outbreaks.
- Place a chamomile tea bag in cold water
- Squeeze the bag gently to remove excess liquid
- Place tea bag directly onto the affected area
The tea can also be used within the daily cleansing routine as an alternative to soap.
The berries from the Saw Palmetto tree are already widely for a number of medicinal purposes. However, over recent years, the tree has become in the use of natural remedies for acne. There is much research being conducted to find out the exact reasons as to why this may be, but for many who try it, Saw Palmetto seems to give positive results for acne treatment.
Saw Palmetto is available in pill form from pharmacies and can be taken daily. Different doses are available, but due to the fact that it is not fully understood what part the extract plays in the fight against acne, it is recommended that the smallest dose be used in the first instance.
Strawberries are known to contain salicylic acid. This acid is renowned for being effective in the treatment of acne because of its ability to both unclog pores to prevent outbreaks and reduce the inflammation of existing pores. In fact, the acid is used in many creams and ointments that are designed specifically for the treatment of the troublesome skin condition.
Strawberries can be cut into halves and rubbed across the lesions, or a face mask can be fashioned using pureed strawberries and a tablespoon of sour cream.
Recently, the use of oatmeal as a natural acne treatment has become more popular. The main reason for this is its power to dry the skin and absorb the grease which collects and combines with dirt to block the pores.
There are many variations for using oatmeal to treat acne which include home-made solutions, scrubs and masks. A popular mask method is:
- Cook oatmeal according to instructions
- Allow to cool to a tepid temperature
- Apply to face liberally
- Allow to dry to a point where the outer layer is a little crusty
- Rinse with warm water
Cod Liver Oil
Cod liver oil is known as a super food and is used worldwide in both the treatment of many health issues as well as a supplement to keep the body healthy. In the war against acne, Cod liver oil brings to the table a number of agents that are known to combat the condition. Vitamins A and D are more abundant in cod liver oil than any other food. Omega 3 oils are also high in the oil.
Drinking the oil is thought to combat fresh outbreaks and prevent new ones from forming, whereas applying the oil directly to old acne scars is said to work wonders in reducing their visibility.
Eggs are known to help treat acne by using them as a mask. Perhaps the best thing about using eggs in this way is the fact that from one egg, a person is able to make two face masks.
- Egg whites are rich in protein are thought to help rejuvenate skin and encourage the growth of healthy skin tissue.
- Egg yolks are rich in vitamin A which is used widely in the treatment of acne from pills to creams.
Both masks can be made in the same way by cracking an egg and separating the yolk from the white. Whisk the separates then apply whichever one to the face and leave for ten to fifteen minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Lemons contain Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which is used widely in many acne creams for its known ability to combat many acne causing troubles.
Drinking fresh lemon juice or applying a diluted lemon and water solution directly to the affected area after cleansing has been known to produce brilliant results.
Mint juice and orange juice can be used in a similar way with effective results.
Vitamins A and D play vital roles in the treatment of acne. If insufficient amounts of these vitamins are being received then people who are prone to acne breakouts could suffer.
Both vitamins can be found in many foods and of course, the best natural source of vitamin D can be gained from exposure to the sunlight. Vitamin supplements are also a cheap way to gain the required amounts to help combat acne.
Honey is an effective treatment to reduce the appearance of unsightly acne scars. Simply spread honey on the face, leave for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. The use of honey combined with other natural acne treatment ingredients is also beneficial to treat existing spots.
The Fenugreek plant shows great potential for the treatment of acne for two reasons:
- It contains saponin which acts as a great natural detergent, brilliant for cleansing the dirt and grease from the skin which clog pores.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties which help to reduce the redness and swelling of the acne spots.
A paste can be made from the leaves of the plant and applied to the area to be left over night. In the morning the paste should be rinsed thoroughly using warm water.
Hot Epsom salt Bath
Epsom salt contains agents that are soothing and is used widely for a range of skin irritating conditions. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe existing spots, whereas its ability to dry the skin and absorb grease goes a long way to preventing further outbreaks.
An Epsom salt bath is a great way to treat acne all over the body and is extremely easy to fit into the weekly routine. Simply pour some Epsom salts into a hot bath and soak in the bath for 25-30 minutes. Dry as normal. This should be done twice weekly.