Are you constantly cancelling plans because of inopportune breakouts? Do pimples plague your life, despite every attempt to keep them at bay? Acne is every girl’s enemy, but some have it worse than others. For the unluckier ones, there’s no better option that making a trip to the dermat for some heavy-duty solutions. But for those who suffer small, infrequent breakouts, caused due to diet, lifestyle, stress or just that time of the month – we’ve compiled a list of simple, kitchen ingredients to help ward away that wayward zit.
Read on to know all about natural remedies for acne treatment at home:
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar is known to be a cure-all for a long list of ailments, and acne is no exception. Its organic acids fight bacteria, germs and oil, while lactic and succinic acid banish inflammation and the appearance of scars. Mix one part of ACV with three parts of water, and dab on the affected areas – but make sure not to overdo it.
TEA TREE OIL
A miracle solution for most kinds of bacteria, Tea Tree Oil is especially useful on acne, with studies showing it to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide – the most common over-the-counter acne medication. Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial – it immediately soothes skin infections, itchiness and redness. Since it’s super potent, use only a scarce amount (1 part for 9 parts water).
HONEY & TURMERIC
An ages-old mama’s mix, honey and turmeric has been a mainstay in all our lives, curing everything from a bad throat to a bad breakout – and there’s solid science behind it. A combination of anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial powers, it’s a great solution for those who need to quickly zap a zit before an important date. Use half a teaspoon of turmeric in one tablespoon of honey and keep it on for 5 minutes.
High in antioxidants, flavonoids and tannins, green tea is game for more than just the sippin’. While drinking it naturally reduces acne-inducing blood sugar and insulin levels, its star ingredient EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), when applied topically, can help reduce the production of sebum, inflammation and stunts the growth of evil P Acnes. Make yourself a pot and use a spritzer or cotton ball to apply once it’s cooled.
With benefits spanning the alphabet and the passage of time, Aloe Vera has long been a go-to for all manner of ailments, including acne. Its anti-fungal properties prevent infections, expedite healing and soothe inflammation on the skin, while its astringent properties prevent sebum production and the gathering of dirt, disallowing an environment for acne to breed in the first place. Apply it to your face twice a day to reap the benefits of healthy, squeaky clean skin.
The simplest and most ubiquitous of ingredients, lemon juice is a super effective and inexpensive solution for acne. An astringent, exfoliant and antibacterial agent, it helps unclog the pores, remove dead skin cells and dry out active acne. Mix with honey or rosewater and apply twice daily to the affected areas, let it absorb for over 10 minutes, and wash your skin out with cool water. For a gentler, less acidic mix, blend with rosewater instead.
Oatmeal isn’t just healthy a breakfast food, it’s skin food as well. The natural antioxidant expels inflammation-causing cytokines, itchiness, dryness and dead skin. Active zinc targets acne-causing bacteria while balancing your skin’s natural oils, rather than drying it out completely like other anti-acne agents. You can make your own oatmeal mask with carriers like milk, honey or coconut water.
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