The bad news is that we are all likely to get an acne breakout at some point in our lives – to be specific, more than 85% of us anyway. However, the good news is that acne can be dealt with in the comfort and privacy of our homes, all without even having to book a session with a dermatologist ( although that wouldn’t hurt either ). So, whether you are looking for a reliable acne spot treatment to zap off that pimple or need a full face mask of anti-inflammatory elixir to rejuvenate your otherwise battered complexion, the following home remedies should do the trick.
Draw your chairs closer, and let’s take a detailed look at some of the scar removers and acne fighters that don’t need a trip to the doctor’s office.
1. Baking Soda to Open up Clogged Pores
One of the major triggers of inflammatory acne is clogged and congested pores. In fact, it is almost impossible for your skin to break out if your follicles are always clear and void of sebum, grime, and bacteria. As such, having a renowned agent of opening up and keeping skin pores clear in your skincare arsenal is something that you shouldn’t overlook. Sodium bicarbonate, aka baking soda, happens to be one of them, thanks to its ability to slough off dead skin paired with an alkaline pH.
For this one, you can mix it with water and use it as a quick exfoliant mask just before hitting the shower in the morning. It should take care of blackheads, whiteheads, and other minor or mild acne symptoms. More importantly, keeping those pores nice and clear will keep new breakouts at bay going forward.
2. Spruce up your Skin Care Routine Order with Chamomile
Chamomile is exactly what you need if you are looking to tone down inflammation and heal a few pustules in the process. And even if your skin is not breaking out ( yet ), you can always do with the rich array of antioxidants nestled in this herb from the Asteraceae family.
Using it is even the easier part – all you have to do is form a thick paste of grounded chamomile with preheated water and apply it evenly over the inflamed area. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Be sure to moisturize after dabbing it off to temper the skin-drying tendency of baking soda.
3. Replace your Regular Moisturizer with Aloe Vera
Aloe vera might be known for its unmatched acne scar-reducing properties. Still, its renowned antibacterial potency will help keep those unsightly scars from forming in the first place. And the best thing? You can grow your own aloe leaves in your backyard.
Now here is where it gets a little bit interesting – you can and should substitute your regular store-bought moisturizer with gel scraped out from aloe leaves. Apart from lessening the risk of scarring ( if you already have acne ), the moisturizing benefits of aloe vera jelly should keep your pores open enough to stave off another flare-up. Talk of killing two birds with one stone, right?
4. Try Apple Cider Vinegar If You Cannot Get a Salicylic Acid Cleanser
While you may not be able to find a suitable salicylic acid-based acid cleanser from your favorite supermarket, you may have apple cider vinegar on your kitchen shelf. And, fortunately, vinegar is a melting pot of organic acids like succinic and citric acid, which can serve the same purpose as mainstream salicylic acid. If anything, there’s plenty of documented evidence that shows a combination of these two organic acids can suppress the activity of acne-causing bacteria and, consequently, prevent scarring.
5. Manuka Honey Can Take Care of Acne Between Eyebrows
Unprocessed manuka honey has no shortage of antimicrobial and skin-protecting agents that could prove to be valuable for your acne-reducing endeavors. Apart from soothing inflammation and lowering the levels of acne-causing pathogens hiding in our skin pores, it also doubles up as a moisturizer when combined with another easily available ingredient such as yogurt. For acne spot treatment, you can apply it directly on the pustule or pimple in question and leave it on for at least 12 hours for it to work its magic before washing it off.
6. Hydrocortisone Cream for Inflamed Chin Acne
Your dermatologist often uses cortisone to treat badly inflamed cystic pimples. There is no reason that you shouldn’t too. You can find this special cream over the counter or in your first-aid box at home. Either way, it is quite effective at lessening inflammation when applied directly on reddened pimples that are proving to be quite a headache to get rid of, especially those that occasionally appear on the chin.
7. Tea Tree Oil as a Midnight Recovery Concentrate
The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of tea tree oil have been studied for quite some time now. In fact, some skincare specialists compare them to that of benzoyl peroxide found in most conventional acne treatment products. But unlike those traditional acne busters that you may not be able to afford, you can find tea tree oil for cheap in your nearest grocery store. However, you may want to temper it a little bit with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil or just plain ol’ water to round off its abrasive edges.
8. Lemons – One of the Best Skin Care Products for Men
Lemon is not just great as an antiseptic, but it is also an excellent skin lightener and exfoliant. And this is something that you would appreciate if you are a man looking to minimize the visibility of scars and marks you may have picked up from your manscaping accidents and incidents. What’s even better, lemon is believed to stop the onset of new pimples thanks to its antibacterial nature that quashes the proliferation of acne-causing p.acnes bacteria. You can also mix it up with witch hazel instead of classical pimple patches as a spot acne reducer.
9. Zinc Supplements as a Replacement of Sulfur for Acne
We cannot understate the role that sulfur found in most traditional skincare products plays in combating acne. However, supplementing with zinc is a worthy alternative for those who may be allergic to sulfur ( or cannot for one reason or another tolerate it ). Zinc has long been regarded as the holy grail of flawless skin, something that explains why a deficiency in this micronutrient often manifests itself as a badly inflamed complexion. Having said that, it is imperative that you adhere closely to the dosage instruction as too much zinc is not too good for your tummy either.
10. Got an Oily Forehead? Green Tea Maybe What You are Looking For
You probably already know that drinking green tea is a good way to bump up your intake of antioxidants. But what you may not know is how good a tool it is for combating acne and occasional flare-ups when applied directly to the skin. We are talking about a collection of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and restorative skin properties delivered in one clean swoop. Leading dermatologists also seem to believe that green tea reduces sebum production in people with naturally oily skin. Less oil translates to fewer occasional breakouts.
11. Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Correct Dry Skin on Face
The conundrum of having perpetually dry or combinational skin is that it is exceedingly hard to work out how much oil to put on your face since your skin does not secrete enough of it. But supplementing your diet with foods rich in Omega-3 such as flaxseeds, tuna or walnuts can give your skin a helping hand in the oil-producing department. This frees your time and resources, which would otherwise be spent trying to figure out the best moisturizers for dry skin that does not accidentally trigger a breakout.
12. Witch Hazel Can Help Fight Body Acne
Yes, the witch hazel that you occasionally stumble upon in the grocery store’s aisle has quite a potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that could come in handy for your acne situation. For starters, witch hazel has tannins, which are invaluable in treating eczema, dandruff, burns, insect bites, or bruises. Secondly, witch hazel’s propensity to inhibit the activity of p.acnes can pay handsome dividends in the form of flawless skin throughout the year.
13. How to Get Rid of Papules with Exfoliation
It may not be a remedy as per se, but removing dead skin is key to keeping your pores open. As we have found out earlier in this piece, this typically translates to a clear complexion and an even clearer path to unblemished skin in the future. You see, regularly exfoliated skin is a skin that is more receptive to other acne treatment products that you may have in your skincare granary. Not to mention that the process of exfoliation itself encourages skin cells to regrow and replace any scarred or hyperpigmented patches.
As you can see, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have a clear and healthy-looking complexion if you are committed enough to ensure the largest organ in your body stays in excellent shape. The answer may have just been sitting on your kitchen counter all along.
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