Acne vulgaris is a common skin disease. It is what we popularly know as “pimples”.
Acne usually manifests as comedones (pimples or blackheads), pimples (pustules) or cysts on the face, back and chest. It is a skin infection caused by changes in the sebaceous glands, which causes blockage and inflammation of the pores of the skin. This results in superficial skin rashes.
Acne is more common in teenagers, but anyone can suffer from acne, even babies. It usually disappears after adolescence. However, acne can affect some individuals in adulthood.
In general, people have the tendency to squeeze these pimples to make them disappear, but often this causes the condition to worsen resulting in scars. Acne not only affects the face, but also affects the mood of people, as it gives rise to negative thoughts about self-esteem and can even cause depression.
Acne treatment is designed to prevent the formation of new lesions and help heal existing ones. Dermatologists can prescribe topical agents or oral medications to treat acne, however, there are home treatments that can be very effective and without side effects.
Here are the 10 best home remedies for acne:
Baking soda acts as a gentle skin scrub. Therefore, it unblocks the pores and removes dead cells. It also helps regulate the pH imbalance of the skin and has mild anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. All these features make it an excellent home remedy for acne cleansing.
- You can mix two tablespoons of baking soda, a teaspoon of cinnamon powder, the juice of half a lemon, and five tablespoons of honey.
- Apply it to the face and wash after 5 minutes. You can also prepare a paste with one or two teaspoons of baking soda and a little water.
- Again, rinse after five minutes. These treatments can be applied a couple of times a week.
Papaya / Milky
Papaya is an essential ingredient in a large number of beauty products. Papaya is a completely natural acne remedy that removes dead cells and excess lipids from the skin’s surface, leaving it soft and smooth. Lipids are a general term to describe fats. Papaya also contains an enzyme called papain, which reduces inflammation and helps prevent the formation of pus.
- Rinse the face with water and dry.
- Crush the papaya pulp, until it is of a consistency that can be easily applied to the skin.
- Leave on for about 15-20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- If your skin tends to dryness, use a moisturizer suitable for your skin type, after using this mask.
Apple cider vinegar is a source of power when it comes to acne. First, it eliminates bacteria that may be causing all problems and also balances the pH of the skin, which in turn makes it more difficult for bacteria to proliferate. To make matters worse, it is a good astringent that will help remove excess fat. With this in mind, it cannot be used in excess as it could dry the skin too much causing the sebaceous glands to over-produce lipids to compensate, and therefore trigger an acne outbreak.
- Wash your face with water and dry.
- Mix, in a ratio of 1: 3, vinegar and water.
- Wet a cotton ball with this liquid and apply directly to the lesions.
- Leave on for at least 10 minutes or overnight.
- Reapply several times a day, washing your face completely after each application.
- Be sure to use a good moisturizer when finishing this treatment.
Lemon juice can help for a number of reasons. It is rich in vitamin C, which is good for all skin types, and is a citric acid, so it helps to “exfoliate” the skin. The most important thing though, is that it is a good astringent. An astringent will cause tissue contraction causing the lesions to dry. It also serves as a skin bleach and helps reduce redness. You should wash your face thoroughly before exposing yourself to the sun, as it can cause sensitivity and irritation.
- Rub a slice of lemon over the affected area and leave it for a few hours;
- Rinse your face thoroughly with water.
- You can also mix the lemon juice with natural rose water in equal amounts and use the solution to wash the affected areas.
Tea tree essential oil (Melalueca artenifolia)
Tea tree essential oil is not like the fat that the skin produces naturally, but rather, it is like a solvent that goes through sebum and dead cells and unlocks pores. Its antibacterial properties also help eliminate the bacteria that cause acne and prevent future outbreaks. This oil, unlike the vast majority of essential oils, can be applied directly to the skin without dilution before use. Simply apply a drop of tea tree oil on the affected area three times a day.
Acne that is caused by bacteria, excess sebum and dead cells that clog the pores of the skin. Acne can improve with the use of an orange facial mask, thanks to vitamin C, citric acid and its astringent properties. Vitamin C is particularly useful, as it promotes the growth of new healthy cells and keeps the skin in good condition.
- Put the orange peels in the sun and let them dry completely.
- Grind them (you can use a blender, mortar, or any other method that does the job) and add some water to create a paste.
- Once you have the right consistency, apply it to your entire face or problem areas.
- Wait 20 to 25 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with water.
- To finish, apply a moisturizer.
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There have been some very promising recent studies (2011, 2012, Journal of Investigative Dermatology) in which it is shown that green tea can have a noticeable impact on acne when used externally. Internally, there is a theory that it also helps, but more concrete evidence is needed. To briefly summarize the results, there is an antioxidant in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG. EGCG that has been shown to reduce sebum production, inflammation and the growth of bacteria on the skin – basically the main causes behind acne breakouts.
- Place 2 teaspoons of loose tea leaves or 1 bag of green tea in a clean container and pour 1 cup of boiling water.
- Let stand for 4-5 minutes before straining and let the liquid cool to a comfortable temperature.
- You can then pour into a spray bottle and spray your face, or soak a cotton pad and apply over problem areas.
Bananas are full of all kinds of goodness, even those parts that we usually don’t eat. Their shells contain lutein, a powerful antioxidant that reduces swelling and inflammation and stimulates the growth of healthy cells. So putting a banana peel on the face can reduce and acne discomfort.
- Peel the banana and eat it!
- Take the peel and rub, with circular movements, all over your face.
- When you have covered the entire face, let it sit for at least 30 minutes before rinsing.
Honey and cinnamon
Honey is sticky and cinnamon is spicy; two things that most people would avoid putting on the skin. Surprisingly, and although it may seem strange, honey and cinnamon make (literally) a killer combo when it comes to acne. Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties, which can help prevent the proliferation of bacteria from getting out of hand. On the other hand, honey is a natural antibiotic, which can help deflate skin reddened by pimples and pimples.
- Mix 2 tablespoons honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon well until it has formed a homogeneous paste.
- Apply to face or other problem areas and leave for 10-15 minutes.
- As it is a rather sticky mixture, it is a good idea to do this treatment before taking a shower.
- It will be easier to remove the mask while bathing.
Honey and milk or yogurt
While it is true that there has been some noise about whether dairy products cause acne, applied topically can improve acne breakouts and skin tone. The reason is that it calms irritated skin and helps reduce redness. You can also use yogurt. The acids it contains are antibacterial, while the fat provides moisture, so it is very nutritious for the skin.
- Let yogurt or milk reach room temperature.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of milk or yogurt with 1 tablespoon of honey.
- You can apply the mixture with a cotton ball or a thick brush.
- Allow each layer to dry before adding a new one, until the mask is the thickness you want.
- Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Wash your face and use a small towel to rub gently and with circular movements to get rid of dead cells.
- Once you’re done, hydrate your skin as usual.
Acne is not caused by lack of hygiene. What’s more, excessive washing or cleaning with soaps or strong chemicals can actually irritate the skin and make acne worse. Excessive facial cleansing can dry the skin, which then tries to compensate for dryness by producing much more sebum. A simple cleaning to get rid of excess fat and dead cells is all that is needed.
Regarding treatments, be patient. The desperate need to find a quick solution for acne, preferably something that takes a minimum of effort, is very strong, but like many other aspects of life, there is no single solution with immediate effect. Having a regular routine of facial care plus the addition of a good natural acne remedy can mean extra work, but keeping your commitment, doing things right, and giving time to treatment will have its benefits. Remember, you live in your skin and that will never change. Making the effort will make all the difference in terms of your comfort, happiness and confidence.