If you’re suffering from acne, you’re not alone. Acne is a common skin condition that happens when oil and dead skin cells clog the skin’s pores. It normally occurs on the face, chest, back, shoulders, and neck. Acne can be caused by many things: heredity, hormones and oil production. There are several things you can do to heal your acne fast and naturally.
1. Tap into tea tree oil
You’ve probably read about the use of tea tree oil for a lot of home remedies, but it’s most frequently used for skin care, especially acne treatment. But why would you want to use more oil when too much oil clogs the pores and makes you break out? Tea tree oil is nothing like the oil your skin naturally produces, but it’s more like a solvent that cuts through the extra sebum and dead skin cells, and unblocks the pores. Its antibacterial properties also kill off the acne-causing bacteria, and prevent further outbreaks.
Note: Tea tree oil is only intended for topical use and should never be ingested. It should also always be diluted before use.
Wash your face with water and pat dry. Dilute tea tree oil by mixing 1 part oil to 9 parts water. Dip a Q-tip or cotton swab in the mixture, and apply it to your problem areas. If you decide you want a stronger dilution after a while, you can slowly (slowly!) begin to increase its strength, making sure to use each new mixture for at least a week before increasing its intensity. Optionally, you can apply a light moisturizer afterwards.
You can also dilute it with aloe vera gel instead of water especially if you have sensitive skin.
2. Aloe for acne
Not only is aloe soothing, it is also anti-inflammatory, decreasing redness and swelling. It has antibacterial properties too. Aloe vera gel can be used with other things to fight acne, but it’s beneficial on its own as well. When used alone, it’s best to extract aloe gel at home; otherwise you can opt for some gel sold in stores -just do some research on which ones have the least amount of additives. Directions
Wash your face with water and pat dry. Using your fingertips or a Q-tip apply the aloe gel directly to your problem areas.
3. The wonders of sodium bicarbonate
Sodium bicarbonate has multiple uses among which acne treatment. This great substance (also known as baking soda) is highly beneficial due to its mild antiseptic properties, as well as its ability to fight off fungus and bacteria. It dries up excess oil while exfoliating your skin through microdermabrasion making it soft and beautiful.
There are two ways to treat your acne with baking soda – one is to make a facial mask and the other is a straightforward scrub. For a facial mask, mix equal parts of baking soda and water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste on your face rubbing it in in slow circular motions for 2 minutes. Leave the mask on for about 15-20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water, pat dry, and moisturize.
For a scrub, mix half a cup of baking soda with 1/8 a cup of water. Apply the paste to your face, massaging it in well. After 5-6 minutes, rinse your face thoroughly with warm water, pat dry, and moisturize.
4. Put a potato on it
A potato is an amazing vegetable, but one of its benefits may not be something you’ve heard of before. This would be treating acne, as potatoes are full of potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, and chloride – all components that can help reduce acne break out. They also contain antioxidants which nourish your skin and stimulate the growth of new skin cells.
Wash your face with water and pat almost dry, leaving it a bit damp. Grate 1 raw potato and rub the pulp and juice onto your face in a circular motion for a few minutes. Let it dry for 15-30 minutes, and then rinse off completely with warm water.
5. Freshen up with mint
Mint contains menthol, which works as a natural anti-inflammatory agent and pain killer. It won’t cure your acne, but it may lessen the redness and ease up some of the discomfort caused by painful swelling.
Rinse your face with water and pat it dry. Crush the mint leaves thoroughly (you can use a blender). Rub the juice and crushed leaves on your face and leave it for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off thoroughly with cold water.