Cucumber, lemon, vinegar… you don’t associate all these ordinary items in your kitchen with anything other than food and cooking, but they have at least one more thing in common – they are effective acne home remedies.
Who has never had an occasional pimple now and then? Whether you are fourteen or forty, you can become a victim of acne due to a host of possible reasons: unhealthy diet and habits, lack of personal hygiene, existing medical condition, hormone fluctuation, etc, etc… And while some types of acne require serious medical treatment, including antibiotics and liver cleansing medicines, good news is – most of acne types can be effectively treated with cheap and easily available acne home remedies.
Fruit and Vegetables as Acne Home Remedies
Either eaten or applied on acne affected areas, fruit and vegetables are amazing acne home remedies. Lemon juice mixed with rose water makes a wonderful tonic to be applied daily. You can also drink diluted lemon juice (add honey to taste) – it contributes to beautiful skin by helping your body get rid of toxins. Lime has a similar effect and can be used instead of lemon.
Cucumber – mashed or in juice form – can be applied to sensitive skin; unlike many other acne home remedies it doesn’t dry your skin, on the contrary, it acts like a very gentle cleanser and moisturizer. Cucumber and carrot juice mixed together should become your daily drink if you want to attack acne from within.
Probably, not so appealing but effective acne home remedy is garlic thanks to its powerful anti-bacterial qualities. Want to try something more exotic? Papaya has been used in Asia for centuries not only as an acne home remedy, but as a soft and sensuous exfoliant for the whole body. For oily skin with acne try fresh tomato puree – it will remove the excessive oil and soothe the inflammation.
Herbs as Acne Home Remedies
A variety of herbs can be useful in your battle against acne. Most of them are easily available either in dried form or fresh. Prepare dried herbs in the same way you would make tea, then cool and apply on the acne with a cotton ball. Blend into a paste or squeeze the juice from fresh herbs and use on affected areas. Mint, basil, parsley, chamomile, birch leaves, coltsfoot, rosemary – all can be used to treat acne in a natural and non-abrasive way.
Other Household Items as Acne Home Remedies
Sea salt, baking soda or brown sugar can be used as scrubs and exfoliants, but if your skin is very inflamed, this can cause further inflammation. Alternatively, you can spray salt water onto your face a few times a day. Vinegar has proven itself to be an excellent acne home remedy, but it can sting the sensitive skin. In this case dilute it with water.
Aloe Vera, this common home plant, is an indispensable acne and oily skin remedy. You can cut its meaty leaf and apply the thick gel-juice directly on the acne or freeze it with water to make refreshing ice cubes. Honey is another wonderful cleanser for your skin (can be used along with lemon juice and/or oatmeal). You can even add an egg white to double the effect, or use the egg white alone – it has good absorbing properties, “vacuum-cleaning” the impurities from the pores.
As a nighttime treatment, try sandalwood and neem powder (available in Indian shops) mixed with rose water – apply and leave for the whole night, rinse off in the morning. Even your regular toothpaste is among effective acne home remedies, but you should apply it only on the acne spots, avoiding the rest of the skin.
Most of the above-mentioned acne home remedies can and should be used to prevent acne in the first place. If your skin is prone to frequent acne outbreaks, it becomes the more important for you to take proper care of it. Gentle cleaning (no harsh rubbing and scrubbing!), balanced diet (more fresh fruits and veggies!), lots of water and vitamin supplements can contribute greatly to your attempts of keeping acne at bay. Before turning to chemical over-the-counter acne medicines, try natural and harmless acne home remedies – your skin will be grateful to you!
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