Acne is a possible effect of puberty that not many are thrilled about. Apart from causing lumps and pimples that are at times itchy, at times painful (and sometimes both), acne leaves unattractive scars that may take years to fade away. Topical creams and other forms of medication can help with the blemishes and scarring, but these treatments can be pricey. But no worries. You can always take inspiration from simpler times and use these homemade anti-acne remedies that are effective, not expensive.
Honey. With its nutrients and antimicrobial properties, honey has been used for millennia in treating wounds and other illnesses, such as cough and sore throat. These same medicinal properties make honey great for acne, too. Combine honey with other ingredients like oats to make exfoliating masks or apply it directly to your face to promote moisture and reduce pimples.
Tea tree oil. You can apply tea tree oil directly to pimples as a sort of spot remedy. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which make it perfect for pimples. Just put a few drops on a cotton ball and dab onto pimples. You can leave the oil on your face for a few hours or overnight.
Aspirin. This is one of the most commonly available drugs today. It contains salicylic acid which effectively dries up pimples and reduces inflammation. Salicylic acid is also an ingredient in many anti-pimple treatments. Just crush aspirin in a little water to create a paste and apply directly on the blemish.
Garlic. It may stink, but garlic is effective against germs. Turn it into a paste and apply directly to your pimples. Rinse off the paste after about five minutes.
Ice. If you are suffering from painful, swollen pimples, ice can be a huge help. Just place ice in a clean washcloth and place against pimples. This will reduce both the redness, swelling and the pain.
Mint. This herb effectively absorbs oil from your pores and as such, can help prevent acne. Just chop and combine with plain yogurt and powdered oats, then apply to face. Rinse off the mask after 10 minutes.
Salt. When combined with other ingredients and turned into a paste, salt makes for a great, nature-friendly alternative to plastic microbeads found in conventional exfoliating creams. Salt also has anti-microbial properties that help reduce the risk of infection.
Apple cider vinegar. You can use apple cider vinegar as a natural toner to help balance your skin’s PH levels. Its acetic acids and other minerals have potent antibacterial and antifungal properties which will help keep your skin clean and free of pimple-causing germs.
While taking care of your skin from the outside is good, caring for it from the inside, too, is best. Nothing beats eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables that are rich in nutrients and antioxidants. These substances do not just help in the formation of healthy skin cells, they also strengthen your protection from infections and diseases, including acne.