Let’s face it. If you want something done, you’d better do it yourself. Right?
So what’s better than being able to perform your acne treatment at home?
In this post, I’ll give you several ways to tackle your pimple problems in the comfort of your own four walls.
My hopes are to spark an idea (or two) in your mind, and potentially help you see results quicker.
So without further ado, let’s get this show on the road!
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Not very surprisingly, apple cider vinegar is one of the first things I mention. And it would be a shame to leave it out.
Apple cider vinegar (among other vinegars) has excellent bacteria and virus fighting properties.
However, while it may be effective, still make sure you exercise caution. Apple cider vinegar may cause burns on the skin if you use it excessively or pure, without water.
- Take 1/4 apple cider vinegar and 3/4 water and mix them together.
- Clean and wash your face.
- Apply the solution on a cotton ball or pad and dab it carefully onto your skin.
- Leave it on for about 10-20 seconds.
- Rinse with water.
- Repeat 2 times per day.
If your skin gets irritated or red, you can try adding more water to the mixture. You may have sensitive skin, and using less of the apple cider vinegar might do the trick.
Apart from removing acne, apple cider vinegar has shown positive results in reducing scarring. Furthermore, it also helps rid of the main reason for acne – excessive oil from the glands in the skin.
Apart from having a wonderful smell, mint can actually help your skin reduce pore clogging. It contains plenty of salicylic acid, which is excellent at removing dead skin cells and treating inflammation. The acid is often used in skin care products – for good reason.
Studies have also shown that it might help to prevent cancer cells from forming in your skin.
This is How You Do It
- Very finely, chop 2 tablespoons of fresh mint.
- Use a blender to blend 2 tablespoons of oatmeal into a fine powder.
- Mix the mint and oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of yogurt.
- Massage the mixture onto your face and leave it on for approximately 10 minutes.
- Rinse with water.
- Apply a good moisturizer.
Do this at least 2-3 times per week, in order to prevent acne from forming in your face.
3. Zinc Supplements
Did you know that zinc deficiency in the blood stream is one of the top reasons for having nasty pimples popping up in your face?
And studies have actually shown that taking zinc supplements helps fighting acne.
This is one of those things that sound too simple to be true, but science proves that zinc could help you reduce or completely get rid of your zits.
In one particular study, 48 patients were treated with zinc supplements, three times a day and over a period of 12 weeks.
Close to 79% (38 of 48) of the patients experienced 80-100% acne reduction.
So give it a shot. It’s definitely worth it!
Apart from fighting off symptoms of your common cold, echinacea can also be used against acne.
It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral, and helps reduce secretion caused by the acne bacteria (P. Acnes).
Luckily, there are plenty of echinacea products available for you to try out!
5. Honey & Cinnamon Mask
Winnie the Pooh wasn’t entirely wrong to put his liking to the honey. Besides adding flavor to your cup of tea, honey could clear your skin from acne. It’s important, though, that the honey you use is unprocessed – so called “manuka honey”.
Cinnamon can also be beneficial against pimples, but it’s more uncertain than honey, whether it has an effect on your skin. However, cinnamon is microbial and it’s recommended you use it until further research is made. Even in this case, a certain type of cinnamon is required – Cinnamomum zeylanicum or the more common “true cinnamon”.
Making the Mask
- Take 3tbsp of honey and 1tbsp of cinnamon and mix them together.
- Microwave for about 30 seconds.
- Apply the paste to your face.
- Leave it on for 10 minutes.
- Rinse and dry.
- Apply moisturizer.
6. Tea Tree Oil
Want to get the most out of your money? Try tea tree oil!
Why? Because this Jack of all trades does a lot more than just taking care of your acne.
It can also be used to:
- Soothe cold sores
- Kill toe-nail fungus
- Fight foot odor
- Relieve psoriasis
- Treat chicken pox
But we’re interested in how it can help against acne, aren’t we?
The truth is, that the efficiency of a 5% solution of tea tree oil can be compared to the one of a drugstore top seller called benzoyl peroxide.
7. Green Tea
Let me give you a little warning before you try this.
In my opinion, green tea tastes awful!
But if you can get past the flavor, there’s some really good stuff waiting for you.
Mainly because one of the major properties of green tea is its anti-oxidizing effects. In fact, it’s been known to be 8 – 10 times more potent than regular Vitamin C.
And antioxidants, as you may know, can do wonders for your skin!
Recommended green tea intake is 4 – 6 cups a day.
Even though it’s most commonly used to ease pain and fever, aspirin can also be used to create an exfoliating face mask that helps keep your acne at bay.
It is very important to be careful with this treatment, though. Aspirin is an acetylsalicylic acid, which can quickly dry out your skin.
But its ability to dry the skin is also the reason why we want to use it as the main ingredient for the mask. We want to dry out your acne; leaving it zero chance to bloom.
- Either use powdered aspirin, or just crush 2 tablets.
- Add about 1tbsp of lukewarm water to make a sticky paste.
- Wash your face – thoroughly!
- Either cover your entire face with the paste, or just spot treat your blemishes.
- Rinse your face.
- Apply moisturizer to ensure your face doesn’t dry out.
9. Witch Hazel
Extract from the leaves and bark of witch hazel shrub is what we call witch hazel. Containing tannins, it makes for a great anti-inflammatory and antibacterial supplement.
There are no studies confirming that witch hazel works when used to treat acne. However, it is used to treat several other skin conditions, such as eczema, dandruff and varicose veins.
Furthermore, some claim that witch hazel has helped reduce their acne symptoms, so you wouldn’t lose anything by testing it out.
- Take 1tbsp of witch hazel bark and combine it with 1 cup of water in a pan.
- Let the hazel soak for about 30 – 40 minutes.
- Heat it up to a boil.
- Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes.
- Strain the water into a sealable container.
- Wash your skin thoroughly.
- Apply the witch hazel mixture to your skin. Use a cotton ball. Recommended use is 1 – 2 times per day.
10. Aloe Vera
Ah, the miraculous gel of the tropical aloe plant.
While it has a really wide range of other uses, aloe vera is often used in skin care and beauty products such as ointments, lotions, shampoo and soap.
Not only can it help get rid of acne scars, but also reduce inflammation in a swollen pimple. There is a reason why aloe is extensively used in the skin care industry; it works!
How to Extract and Use Aloe Vera
- Use a spoon to scrape the gel out of an aloe leaf.
- Apply the gel to your skin. Use it as a moisturizer.
- Repeat twice a day; morning and right before bed time.
If you don’t want to make a mess at home scraping aloe from leaves, you can order some online or find some in your local health-food store. Just make sure that you should get pure aloe, without any added ingredients.
11. Fish Oil
If green tea is what tastes bad; fish oil is what smells bad. I just can’t stand the smell!
But it’s good for me, so I try to eat it as much as I can.
In fact, studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acid supplements can help reduce acne dramatically.
There are plenty of good omega-3 products to choose from, both online and in stores. Pick one and make sure you follow the recommendations on the label.
12. Low GI Diet
GI, or glycemic index, is a measurement of how quickly certain foods raise your blood sugar level. Eating food with a low GI load has been hinted at being beneficiary in fighting acne.
Low GI foods include whole wheat or pumpernickel bread, converted rice, sweet potato, peas, non-starchy vegetables, most fruits and carrots.
Avoid foods such as white bread, corn flakes, short grain white rice, rice pasta, mac & cheese, pumpkin, melons and pineapple.
When it’s not used in a gin & tonic, lemon can act as a great disinfectant for your skin. It’s also commonly used as an exfoliant and, in certain situations, a skin lightener.
However, if used excessively, lemons can cause dry skin. So make sure that you always apply moisturizer to your skin after treating your skin with a lemon based remedy.
How It’s Done
- Clean and wash your face.
- Dip a swab or cotton ball in lemon.
- Dab on your acne.
- Rinse with cold water.
- Apply moisturizer.
Chamomile acts as an excellent anti-inflammatory, which fights acne blemishes. It’s also quite beneficiary for your overall dermatological health, as it can be used to lighten your skin naturally.
Not only that, but chamomile helps reduce insomnia, fights dandruff and boosts your immune system. Awesome stuff!
Here Is How You Do It
- Rip open a bag of chamomile tea.
- Place the contents of the bag into a coffee grinder or blender.
- Add just a little bit of water.
- Start blending.
- Add enough water to turn the chamomile tea into a paste.
- Apply to pimples.
You can also just boil a cup of water and add two tea bags to it. Then let it cool for 15 minutes and apply the tea to your face with a cotton ball or swab.
Using honey on your acne can reduce it tremendously. It works as an anti-bacterial for your skin, and it’s very cheap compared to other health and beauty products that can be found in the store.
However, the effect of honey varies between each person, so if you don’t see any improvement within a week or two, just move on to try something else.
You apply the honey onto your face as a mask. Just know that it has to be raw, unprocessed honey. Nothing should be added to it, and it shouldn’t have been heated.
16. Exfoliate Often
Exfoliating your skin is very important if you’re experiencing serious acne problems.
Dead skin cells tend to clog up your pores and should therefore be removed regularly. This is done either by scrubbing or with chemical solutions, such as acids which dissolve the skin cells.
There are studies which suggest that exfoliation can improve your skin and help reduce acne, but more research is needed before we can conclusively say that it is indeed the case.
However, it’s definitely worth a shot; isn’t it?
Making Your Own Scrub
- Take one part coconut oil, and one part sugar or salt, and mix them together.
- Clean and wash for face.
- Scrub face with mixture, gently.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Repeat daily.
17. Less Dairy
Reducing your dairy intake can have positive impact on your skin. The reason is that hormone levels are spiking when consuming foods like milk or cheese.
There are studies that suggest that there could be a connection between dairy and acne, but the test subjects reported the results themselves, so more research is definitely needed before anything conclusive can be reached.
Give it a try, but don’t hope for too much difference!
18. Kill Stress
Also stress is a state where your body releases hormones. One of the side effects is often increased acne.
There are many factors in play around stress, so there really is no one-fits-all solution to this.
However, a few things you can try to reduce your stress include:
- Get enough sleep
- Practice yoga
- Exercise (see below)
One of the main reasons to exercise is to get your blood pumping. Blood flow keeps the blood cells well nourished, which reduces the risk of acne forming.
It’s recommended for an adult to exercise about 30 minutes and 3 – 5 days per week. There are many ways in which you can perform your training, but these are the most common:
- Lifting Weights
So, as you can see, there are a wide variety of methods to try when it comes getting rid of your acne in your own home. You might be a little overwhelmed, in fact.
But don’t worry. The point isn’t that you’re going to try out every single method. Just pick a few that sounds like they might work for you and take it from there.
This post was written to demonstrate that there are tonnes of different ways to rid acne, and that you don’t always have to turn to the top of the line dermatology products.
Hopefully after reading this, you’ll have a better understanding of what works for your skin. You should also have an idea of what methods you might want to try. So, if you do; try them!
Let me know in the comments what works for you, and also if you have any questions make sure you drop them there as well.
I wish you luck.
Until next time!
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