Dermatologists have a wide range of recommendations when it comes to treating acne. Increasingly, all natural treatments mixed with diet and lifestyle changes are the first line of defense. Most people associate acne with the pimple breakouts adolescent boys and girls get in their teens, but acne is something adults are having to face well into their forties and fifties. The good news is that treatment for both adults and teens does not have to rely on harsh astringents and chemicals that do more harm than good.
Here are five natural home remedies to help prevent and treat acne:
Bacteria Fighting Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is a popular oil used in natural health care products such as toothpastes, shampoos, and lotions. It is a natural anti-bacterial and has been used to fight infections and as an acne treatment. A dermatologist will tell you that tea tree oil can dry up acne gradually without irritating your skin but it is vital to get the right concentration. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, patients may have to use a 3%, 5%, or even 20% solution to see positive results. Tea tree oil is easy to apply directly to the acne infected area and can be used as an overnight mask. Results take time and some people are prone to getting dark acne scars when using it. A doctor or health care practitioner can help with determining the right concentration based on your skin type and age.
The Honey Facial Mask For Smooth, Clear Skin: Honey was used as a natural beauty product back in the time of Cleopatra. The benefits of a honey facial mask include being a safe, effective acne treatment. This is mainly due to the potassium content of pure, natural honey. Acne (and all bacteria) cannot survive in a potassium rich environment. In addition, honey helps reduce redness, puffiness and swelling in the face, smooths out your skin tone, and makes your skin generally softer. The best way to use honey is as a facial mask. All natural (pure) honey can be found in health food stores. You only need to use a brush or your fingers to apply to your face. Leave it on for 30-45 minutes, wash it off, and optionally apply a non-oily moisturizer that won’t clog pores. This simple honey mask acne treatment is very popular with teenagers on a budget.
Witch Hazel “After” Cleanse: Commercial acne treatments usually include astringents that can dry and irritate the skin. Astringents are needed because acne grows in oily environments and the alcohol-based astringent dries up the oil and with it the surrounding acne. But these can also irritate the skin and be very expensive. Witch hazel is an all natural and inexpensive alternative solution many dermatologists recommend. Witch hazel cleans pores and dries up oily skin without irritation. Most people enjoy the invigorating and tingling feel their skin gets when it is applied. Use it after your honey facial mask or tea tree oil cleanser.
The Apple Cider Vinegar Skin Detox: While some people dilute apple cider vinegar in water and then apply it directly onto acne, the main use of apple cider vinegar is as a drink and overall detox. The idea is that an anti-inflammation diet consisting of no dairy, no grains, and mineral supplements like apple cider vinegar help the body naturally heal itself by removing inflammation and fighting bacteria. Improvements in skin tone and a lessening of acne symptoms are commonly reported by people changing their diet to one consisting only of protein, vegetables, fruits, and fats.
Aloe Vera: Nature’s powerful anti inflammatory , the Aloe Vera plant has long been used in the Pacific Islands to treat cuts, rashes, and severe sunburns. It can also be a powerful astringent to clean pores and remove oil build up.
Dermatologists and the pharmaceutical industry have been rushing products to the market and creating an entire industry of creams, alcohols, and gels to treat pimply skin. But, the tide is turning and increasingly the medical establishment is recommending all natural treatments for acne like witch hazel, honey, and tea tree oil.
Cheers to happy Skin
Today’s Guest blogger, Kara Taylor is a professional freelance health writer. She writes on many skin topics, including dermatology as well as cosmetics.
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