Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that occurs in individuals across different age groups. While most people associate the occurrence of acne with teenage-hood, it is not solely an experience restricted to this age group. Part of the reason for this could be attributed to the commonplace condition in teens whose bodies are full of raging hormones. Other than hormones, there are different reasons why acne occurs. All of these causes revolve around clogging of the pores at the same location as the hair follicles.
Typically, acne occurs when the area surrounding the hair follicle has excessive oil. The blocked pores lead to the formation of spots on the skin.
These spots may range from mild blackheads to inflamed infected pus-filled cysts. Additionally, these spots may occur anywhere, but often develop on the face, the chest and the back. In extreme cases, the acne leads to scarring in the affected skin regions.
Apart from the aforementioned causes, other lifestyle habits can easily trigger acne. Lack of enough sleep, improper eating habits and a stressful schedule can also cause an acne breakout. In many cases, pollution of the environment also contributes to the development of acne in those who are proximal to polluted environment.
While there is no precise medical solution for acne, there are a handful of home remedies that you can use for the natural treatment of this common skin condition. Interestingly, most of these remedies can be obtained from your kitchen pantry. Go ahead and choose any of the remedies that works best for you. Note, however, that the amount of time taken for the condition to heal varies from one person to another.
Time Required: 15 Min
What You Need: Toothpaste, Q tip(optional), and cold water.
The use of toothpaste to treat acne at home is one of the most popular and simplest natural remedies for this skin condition. The toothpaste helps reduce swelling of the spots, while effectively drying out the acne. This remedy is so effective that in mild forms of acne, improvements are noted by the second day. Use this remedy twice daily, preferably in the morning and at bedtime. The latter gives the toothpaste the chance to work overnight.
- Clean your hands before starting this procedure. This is done to avoid the risk of infection in case you break the acne spots.
- Squeeze a small amount of the toothpaste onto your clean fingers. You may use a Q-tip for application purposes.
- Let the toothpaste sit on the affected skin for about 10 minutes. If you have to leave the house, clean the affected skin with cold water, otherwise, let is stay overnight for best results.
2. Tea Tree Oil:
Time Required: 15 Min
What You Need: Tea tree oil, water or aloe vera gel (for dilution purposes), and cotton wool.
Tea Tree oil is a popular home remedy for the home treatment of acne. Its antiseptic properties come in handy in the disinfection of the clogged pores, thus helping clear some of the accumulated dirt. In addition to this, the antimicrobial action of the oil helps kill bacteria that often cause the infection of acne-infected skin. You can get tea tree oil from your local chemist. The inclusion of water or aloe vera gel for dilution purposes is important for those with sensitive skin, and also contributes to the treatment of the acne.
- Pour three drops of the tea tree oil onto a ball of cotton wool.
- Dab the soaked cotton wool on the affected part of the skin, carefully rubbing the spots. If the use of Tea tree oil alone causes skin irritation, make sure you mix equal parts of the oil with either water or aloe vera before application. This option may take longer to heal, but certainly eliminates the tingling sensation that arises from the irritation.
- Follow this procedure with the application of a skin moisturizer.
3. Baking Soda:
Time Required: 15 Min
What You Need: Baking soda, some water, and honey (optional).
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a home remedy whose diversity in the treatment of different skin conditions makes it ideal for handling acne. The remedy is an excellent exfoliant, working to effectively get rid of dead skin cells that often contribute to the blockage of pores. Additionally, the baking soda is also key to the regulation and normalization of pH on the skin. Lastly, baking soda has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling of the acne spots. For these reasons, the use of baking soda is an effective natural remedy for treating acne at home.
- Take a teaspoon of the baking soda and add a few drops of water to create a thick paste. If the paste is too thick, add just enough water so that you have a smooth and consistent paste that you can apply on the affected skin. If you’d like, add honey for its antimicrobial properties.
- Apply the paste on the spotted skin, making sure to apply gentle motions while at it.
- Let the paste sit on the skin for about 10 minutes.
- Wash off the remedy with cold water, and pat the skin dry before applying an appropriate skin moisturizer.
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 medium-sized lemon, squeezer (optional), cotton wool, and warm water to rinse.
Lemon is yet another popular option for a myriad of skin conditions. The citrus fruit’s benefits on the skin are attributed to the presence of citric acid. This acid is able to absorb dirt that has accumulated in the skin pores, addressing the root cause of acne. In addition to this, it has also been shown that this acid prevents the production of excess sebum by drying it out. Depending on your skin type, you can vary the frequency of application from once daily to thrice weekly.
- Clean the lemon before cutting it into half.
- You may either rub the sliced fruit on the part of the skin affected by acne, or you may make fresh lemon juice which you will then apply on the skin using ball of cotton wool.
- Whichever method you opt for, keep at it for about 20 minutes.
- Finally rinse the lemon juice using warm water, and follow this up with the application of an appropriate skin moisturizer. This is a critical step because it helps ensure that the skin does not become dehydrated which often worsens acne.
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Uncooked oatmeal, a teaspoon of honey, 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and warm water.
Oatmeal is a great remedy for the treatment of acne because it effectively cleans the pores and gets rid of the debris that causes blockage. Best of all, oatmeal acts like a sponge that absorbs excessive oil on the skin, making the remedy ideal for those with oily skin. Oatmeal also goes a long way in exfoliating the skin, a process which ensures the removal of dead skin cells. These properties make oatmeal beneficial in clearing acne. When combined with honey and lemon, the remedy becomes more effective since the synergistic action of these ingredients contributes to the clearing of acne.
- Cook the oatmeal following the procedure indicated on the packaging.
- Allow the oatmeal to cool. Meanwhile, add the honey to the cup of lemon juice and stir until the honey is fully dissolved.
- Pour the lemon-honey mixture on the cooled oatmeal and mix so that the ingredients are dispersed evenly.
- Massage the affected skin using the spongy oatmeal, before allowing the mixture to sit on the skin for about 20 minutes.
- Rinse the oatmeal using warm water, and dry the skin before applying an ideal skin moisturizer. This remedy has almost no side effect, so you can use it once daily until you notice an improvement in the condition of the skin.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Time Required: 15 Min
What You Need: Raw organic apple cider vinegar, warm water, and cotton wool.
Apple cider vinegar is a must-have home remedy if you are prone to acne breakout. This is because the vinegar’s acidity destroys any bacteria that may be present on the skin. As mentioned above, bacteria often causes the breakout of acne by destroying the normal functioning of the skin pores. Its alkaline nature also plays a key role in the regulation of skin pH, which in turn creates a harsher environment to prevent the proliferation of the bacteria. Additionally, the apple cider vinegar helps prevent the excessive production of oil. For this reason, the use of apple cider vinegar must not be overdone as it could potentially cause the skin to dry out, which only worsens acne.
- Mix the raw apple cider vinegar with the warm water in the following ratio: 1:3 respectively.
- Soak the cotton wool in the vinegar solution before dabbing it on the affected skin.
- Let the solution sit for about 10 minutes. If you are not in a hurry however, you can always let the solution stay overnight for best results. Repeat this procedure twice daily. Make sure to incorporate a skin moisturizer if you start to feel your skin is drying out too much.
7. Milk or Yogurt:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Half cup of milk or yogurt, cotton wool, and warm water to rinse.
There’s quite some furore about the possibility that milk causes breaking out of acne. While this may be true, the topical application of the same has amazing effects on skin that help get rid of acne. The milk soothes the skin while preventing inflammation which causes the characteristic redness of acne. In the absence of milk, yogurt comes in handy. The presence of lactic acid in the yogurt helps get rid of bacteria in cases where the causative agent is a bacterial infection.
- Place the milk or yogurt in a cup so that it attains room temperature. It also prevents your skin from getting shocked following the drastic temperature changes.
- Mix either liquid with honey and soak a ball of cotton wool in the mixture.
- Dab the mixture on the part of the skin that has been ravaged with acne and let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes.
- Wash off the mask using warm water and moisturize as you normally do.
Other effective natural remedies for the home treatment of acne include aloe vera gel for its soothing properties, orange peels for their acidity and high concentration of Vitamin C as well as good old steam therapy. As with any other natural remedies, when your condition does not improve after regular use, make sure you get medical attention.