5 Powerful Home Remedies to Treat Acne
Acne is a common skin condition but can cause distress to the sufferer. It causes spots, oily skin and painful or hot skin to touch. Although it can develop anywhere on the body, it is most commonly found on the face, back and chest.
Acne is common in teenagers – in fact approximately eighty percent of people aged between 11 to 30 are affected by acne. It normally affects boys later on then girls, and it can continue for several years. It is normally known to disappear when they are in their mid-20’s; however, it is not unheard of for people to carry it on into their adult years.
As we said, it mostly affects teenagers, and this is normally linked to the changes in hormone levels, which cause more grease producing glands to produce more oil, and it is this that causes then causes a blockage, resulting in acne.
It is also known to run in families and can develop with hormone changes linked to the menstrual cycle and during pregnancy.
Although a lot of people consult their doctor, particularly if it is affecting your confidence or your daily life; however, there are a number of natural remedies that you can try which are proven to be very effective at calming the symptoms of acne.
Apple cider vinegar
This is a very tried and tested natural remedy, and often pop up for different health problems. Unlike other kinds of vinegar though, it is known to fight bacteria, and actually contains a number of different organic acids that kill acne.
To use this remedy, simply mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with three parts water, although this can be increased for those with sensitive skin. Apply this mixture directly to the skin after cleansing before letting it sit for five to ten seconds, and then rinse and pat dry.
This process can be repeated once or twice a day, and never apply it directly to the skin without diluting it first, as it can cause burning and irritation.
Honey and cinnamon face mask
If you are suffering from acne, honey and cinnamon both contain a lot of antioxidants which can really help the skin, and several studies have shown that applying antioxidants to the skin is actually more effective at reducing acne, compared to a number of different over the counter treatments.
On top of this, honey and cinnamon will help to fight the bacteria and reduce inflammation, two things which are known to trigger acne.
To make this mask, simply; mix two tablespoons of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon together in order to form a paste. Cleanse your face before applying this mixture directly to your skin and leave it on for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse the mask off, and pat your skin dry.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is one of the most well-known spot treatments that there is, and for good reason. It has great bacteria fighting abilities, which in turn can help to reduce skin inflammation. Studies have suggested that applying 5% tea tree oil to the skin is very effective at reducing acne.
It should be noted though that this does take time, and you are unlikely to see immediate effects; however, this should not be mixed up with it not being effective, as it is also far less likely to have fewer side effects such as dryness, irritation and burning, compared to over the counter treatments.
To use tea tree oil as an acne remedy; mix one part of tea tree oil with nine parts of water. Dip a cotton pad into the mixture before applying it to the affected areas, before applying moisturiser. This can be repeated one or two times a day.
Green tea doesn’t just have health benefits when you drink it, it is also incredibly effective at treating acne when applied directly to the skin. It is really rich in antioxidants, and when applied directly to the skin, research has suggested that it is actually very effective in reducing acne.
To make a green tea mixture to apply directly to the skin, simply steep green tea in boiling water for three to four minutes, and allow the tea to cool. Using a cotton pad, apply this directly to the skin, before allowing to dry and rinsing off. The tea leaves can then also be mixed with honey to create a mask.
Although there is no direct evidence to suggest that drinking green tea can help to reduce acne, it could still be beneficial. On top of this, it is known to lower blood sugar, and insulin levels, which can all contribute to developing acne.
Apply witch hazel
Just like tea tree, witch hazel has very strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it very effective in treating a whole host of skin conditions, from dandruff to acne.
Many studies show that applying witch hazel to the skin can help fight bacteria, reduce inflammation and promote healing. To use this to help with acne, mix one tablespoon of witch hazel bark with one cup of water in a small saucepan. Let this sit for thirty minutes before bringing the mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover, before cooking for ten minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat, and then let it cool for ten minutes before straining and storing in a sealed container. Apply this to clean skin one or two times a day.
Although you can purchase bottles of witch hazel from shops, they might not contain tannins, which is what is needed for this to be an effective treatment.