How To Treat Acne Naturally
Acne is often associated with teenagers, but the reality is that a huge number of adults also suffer from chronic acne. The effect on a person’s self-esteem and quality of life can be significant, and in some cases it can be a very uncomfortable condition not just confined to the face. Some acne conditions require medical attention and medication from a dermatologist, but for less regular or less severe cases there are some home remedies and natural treatments can help. Genetics, bacteria, diet, hormones, and stress can all contribute to acne, but you don’t have the put up with it as a way of life.
Rinse your skin at least twice a day, especially after sweating
Run lukewarm water from your sink. Scoop up the water in your hands and spread the water over your face. Then, use a clean washcloth to wipe your face. Do this at least twice a day to keep oils and dirt from building up in your skin.
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser once a day
Do this after your first daily face washing. Squirt out 1⁄4–1⁄2 teaspoon (1.2–2.5 mL) of facial cleanser into your hands. Rub your cheeks with your hands to apply the facial cleanser to your face. Then, use your fingertips to work cleanser into your cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin. Rinse off the cleanser and pat your face dry with a fresh towel when you’re done.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties which makes it beneficial for soothing itchy and sore skin as well as treating infection. It is a very strong substance so should be diluted 1 part oil to 9 parts water before applying to the skin.
Cannabidiol or CBD is one of over 100 chemical compounds found in cannabis but, unlike the THC compound, which is responsible for the ‘high’ feeling, it does not cause psychoactive effects. It has, however, been shown to reduce inflammation in the body and have beneficial effects for people suffering from acne. Cancalm offers a range of CBD products, including oil drops, capsules, topical creams, and melts.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has become a popular home remedy for many medical complaints thanks to its ability to reduce inflammation and scarring and to fight bacteria and oil. Just 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water applied to specific problem areas can help to soothe acne.
Green tea is rich in antioxidants, tannins, and flavonoids which can reduce blood sugar and insulin levels that can lead to acne. It can be consumed or applied topically to reduce inflammation and prevent the production of sebum.
Lemon juice is a natural antibacterial substance which also makes an effective exfoliant and astringent. It can help to remove dead skin, dry out acne and unclog pores. You can mix it with rosewater or honey, apply it, leave for 10 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
Oatmeal is well-known as a healthy breakfast meal, but it’s also effective as a remedy for acne scarring. It is a natural antioxidant and can rid the skin of itchiness, dead skin dryness, and cytokines which can cause inflammation. It also contains zinc which can balance natural oils. You can use oatmeal as a face mask by mixing it with milk, coconut water or honey.
Aloe Vera has been used in natural remedies for centuries for numerous health complaints, and acne is one of those it can be beneficial for. It has anti-fungal properties that can protect against infection, speed up the healing process and reduce inflammation while preventing the production of sebum and the build-up of dirt. This means it not only treats but can prevent acne from developing in the future.
Apply toner to remove excess oil
Look for a toner made with salicylic acid or witch hazel. Squirt it on a cotton round or ball and lightly wipe the cotton over your face, avoiding your eyes, nostrils, and lips. Let the toner dry before putting on moisturizer.
Put on a moisturizer that contains salicylic acid
When it comes to facial creams, lotions, and moisturizers, look for organic products with salicylic acid in it. Salicylic acid cleanses your pores and naturally treats inflammation caused by acne and skin irritation. Whenever your skin dries out or starts flaking, use your lotion or moisturizer to replenish your skin and fight the acne off.
Try a raw honey and cinnamon mask twice a week to calm inflammation and kill bacteria
Honey and cinnamon extract can work together to fight the bacteria that cause acne. Additionally, cinnamon has inflammation-fighting properties that can help soothe your skin and reduce redness. This is a great alternative to tea tree oil if you’re allergic to it or don’t like the scent. Make a face mask with honey and cinnamon or ask your dermatologist to recommend a product with these ingredients.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day
Water is one of your skin’s essential needs. If you don’t drink enough water, your skin can get dried out, even if it’s usually oily. In turn, having dry skin can lead to irritation and breakouts. Aim to drink an 8 fl oz (240 mL) glass of water at least 8 times a day, and drink whenever you feel thirsty.
Incorporate healthy fats into your meals
While fatty foods are often considered bad for acne, there are good fats that help fight acne. Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation and prevent new breakouts.
Include lean proteins in your diet
Researchers have found that people who eat diets rich in lean proteins are less likely to suffer from acne. Look for healthy sources of protein, such as poultry breast, fish, egg whites, and peas and beans.