As I get older, I look more and more for natural ways to care of my body. I have made this switch for a few reasons. The first is that it is usually healthier to use natural ingredients rather than manufactured products containing manmade chemicals. Secondly, it is almost always cheaper to fix things naturally. Lastly, it is far easier and quicker to mix together a few ingredients available at the grocery store than to research, compare and order an expensive products online. Due to all of these things combined, I have written posts previously about other uses for household items, natural beauty recipes using everyday foods, more natural beauty tips and more.
Today, I am discussing the plight of acne, which has plagued me for years along with ways I have discovered to treat acne naturally. I have not bought an acne product since I began using these recipes and I do not anticipate the need to one again. Before you buy more Neutrogena or Proactiv, consider trying one or more of these ideas to treat acne naturally.
Apple Cider Vinegar or Rubbing Alcohol as Toner Both of apple cider vinegar and rubbing alcohol are highly acidic, which means that they can clean out the buildup pores very well. They are not only as effective as store-bought tonier, they are also cheaper. They are potent though (especially rubbing alcohol), so be sure to pay attention to the reaction of your skin when using these items. If your skin begins to dry out, lighten up on the toner. You can either use it less often or dilute the solution with some water.
Honey as a Quick Fix Honey is naturally antibacterial, which is why it is common in scrubs and facials. If you have a pimple that you need to be rid of quickly, just place a dab of honey on it and cover it with a band aid to keep it in place overnight. The pimple should be gone or significantly smaller by the next morning. You can also use honey by itself as a facial mask. Apply a thin coat to your face and let it sit for an hour or longer for a clearer complexion. As an added bonus. honey is also moisturizing, so it will leave your face softer after use.
Toothpaste as a Quick Fix If you do not have any honey in the pantry, you can use toothpaste. However, it must be white paste and not gel. Just cover the pimple in toothpaste and then place a bandaid over it before you go to bed. The pimple should be gone or significantly smaller by the morning.
Lemon Juice as a Cleanser Lemon juice is powerful fighting agent against acne. However, because it is so acidic, it cannot be left on your face for very long. Apply lemon juice to your face and wash off after 15 minutes. In that short amount of time, it will dramatically remove off the dirt, oil and dead skin from you pores. Do not use this one too often, though. It is a very strong treatment and because of that, your skin can become irritated and sensitive to it if overused. Think of it as an extreme treatment for severe acne and only use when necessary.
Brown Sugar Scrub This is my personal favorite and it is also the first natural treatment that led me down the road of natural beauty remedies. Once your skin is damp in the shower (and your pores have been opened up by the heat), scrub the problematic acne areas with brown sugar. This will clean out dirt, dead skin cells and oil clogging your pores while they are open and it will soften your skin as well. You should see a noticeable change in your acne and skin softness by the next day. If you want to get the most out of this treatment, apply a toner after you get out of the shower to prevent future breakouts for some time to come. Use this scrub only two to three times per month, because it does scrub removed dead skin and open pores. If you overuse it, your body may begin to overproduce oil in reaction to it and your acne may become worse. As with most things, moderation is key.
Egg White to Remove Oil Crack one to two eggs in a bowl separating out the yolk from the egg white. Next, beat the eggs whites gently until the mixture is consistent. Then, spread the mixture over your face and let sit for fifteen to twenty minutes. The eggs whites should remove excess oil from your skin lessening your acne.
Egg Yolk to Stop Pores from Clogging Just as egg whites help acne, egg yolks have their benefits as well. Most of the nutrients in eggs are found in the yolk, so they yolks can be very helpful for your skin. Eggs yolks contain lots of Vitamin A, which is composed of retinoids. Retin-A, which is used in many beauty products (you have probably heard this buzzword on many commercials) is found in Vitamin A. It is great for battling acne, because it helps regulate the amount of skin cells produced by your body, therefore helping prevent your pores from becoming clogged. Also found in Vitamin A is 13-cis-retinol, which helps regulate oil and bacteria production. So, an egg yolk has everything you need to battle all of your skin problems. Just crack one to two eggs and separate the yolk from the egge white. Mix the yolks together then apply to your face. Within a few minutes the yolk will harden. Once hardened, let the yolk sit on your face for 15-20 minutes, then rinse off. Besides the fact that it is a very cheap and useful treatment, this facial mask can be used as often as 1-2 times per week.
Freeze out Pore Problems This may sound odd, but it is recommended if you can tolerate the cold. You get rid of dirt, oil and dead skin cells built up in your pores by freezing them. Just as pores open up with heat, they conversely close up when cold thus forcing out the dead skin cells, bacteria and oil. Pack ice in a plastic bag and wrap it in a hand towel. Place it on the problem area for at least 10 minutes. Once the spot is nice and cold, wash your face using cold water and then apply toner.
Garlic to Prevent Breakouts Garlic contains allicin which has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. That means it not only helps remove bacteria that causes acne, it also removed the redness that comes with it. It is also great in treating the cold and flu naturally. Smash two peeled garlic cloves into a pulp. Apply the juice from the pulp to your face and let it sit for five to ten minutes. The great thing about this treatment is that you can use it as often as you want. However, do not leave it on for long periods of time, because it may burn your skin.
Mint to Soothe Skin Mint contains menthol which is a natural anti-inflammatory. Like garlic, it removes the redness that plagues your skin when you have acne. You can use either mint oil or the juice of blended mint leaves. Apply mint to the affected areas of your face for ten to fifteen minutes and then rinse off using water. You can use this treatment as often as you like, too. Due to the fact that it is an anti-inflammatory, it will not bother your skin.
Hopefully these tips to treat acne naturally can help save you a few dollars help reduce your exposure to chemicals in the name of beauty.