Most of us suffer from acne at some point in our lives. For some, it is a fleeting teenage phase, while for others it can seem to be a lifelong plague. Acne can be embarrassing, and make you wish you could just hide at home. Medicated acne pads and creams may help but often leave your skin feeling dry. The good news is that you don’t have to use expensive chemicals to treat your acne! There are a number of completely natural acne remedies that truly work! Most of them can be purchased in any grocery store, pharmacy, or specialty health store.
Try these 5 little-known and natural acne treatments. You just may be surprised at how well they work for you!
#1 – Tea Tree Oil
Readily available at any pharmacy or large grocery store, tea tree oil is known to be anti-viral and anti-bacterial. It has a strong odor, but it is not unpleasant. However, you may want to apply it before bed, and when you wake up, so that the smell is not fresh as you walk out the door. To use tea tree oil to treat acne, simply mix equal portions of tea tree oil and water, and use a cotton ball or swab to apply it to your pimples, twice daily.
#2 – Lemon Juice
Lemons are filled with natural disinfectant properties. To use lemon juice to help cure your acne, collect a couple of teaspoons of juice by squeezing a lemon, or two. Wash your face with warm water to open up the pores. Use a cotton ball to apply the lemon juice to the affected areas, as well as areas likely to be affected in future. If the lemon juice burns, you can dilute it with water. Leave the lemon juice on your face for at least half an hour then rinse it off with cold water. You can also leave it on overnight.
#3 – Apple Cider Vinegar
This acne remedy has been proven to be effective for many people. You will need organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Make a mixture of about 50% apple cider vinegar and 50% water. Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture to your face after washing it each day.
#4 – Honey Mask
Who would have thought of honey as a natural acne treatment?? Honey has amazing anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, and also healing properties. Some varieties of honey (particularly manuka honey) have been used in hospitals to treat antibiotic resistant infections. You can try a honey mask to help treat your acne. Use the honey mask 1-2 times per week. Honey is great for extra sensitive skin.
#5 – Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera has long been used to treat and heal burns, cuts and other abrasions. It can also help greatly in the battle against acne. Get some 100% pure aloe vera gel (or an aloe vera plant) and apply wherever you feel a pimple coming on.
You don’t have to cover your face with harsh chemicals that dry out your skin! Try these natural acne treatments to win the continuing battle against pimples and breakouts!