Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the world, affecting an estimated 85% of people at some point in their lives. Although there is no definitive cure, there are many simple and easy natural remedies using common ingredients found in your pantry and refrigerator to prevent or minimize the problem.
What can be some of the best at home acne remedies that will keep your skin fresh and clean? You want natural, healthy ingredients that won’t cost you a fortune, as well as give your skin a beautiful and gleaming glow! Look at some of what we think will give you just that.
Six Natural Ingredients to Rid Those Acne Breakouts
Tea Tree Oil - With its natural inflammation-fighting properties, a 5 percent solution of tea tree oil is less harsh than a 5 percent benzoyl peroxide solution and can be just as effective against acne, though it may clear up a little less quickly. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with between 20 and 40 drops of witch hazel, then use a cotton swab to apply. This is one of those home remedies for acne that you can try up to twice a day; more could dry your skin and make the acne worse.
Green Tea - Green tea has antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds that can help fight acne. To get its effects, use a cooled cup of green tea as a face wash or lay the bag over the affected area.
Honey - Honey’s antibiotic properties can help improve acne. Apply a teaspoon of honey to affected areas or make a mask by mixing 1/2 cup of honey with 1 cup of plain oatmeal and leaving it on for 30 minutes.
Mint - Mint can help remove pore-clogging oil. To help clear acne before it begins, mix 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh mint with two tablespoons each of plain yogurt and oatmeal (use a blender to pulverize the oatmeal to powder). Leave the concoction on your face for 10 minutes, then rinse off with water.
Oatmeal Rub - Oatmeal is beneficial in reducing acne as it cleanses your skin pores and absorbs excess oil. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nature helps clear the acne away. Mix 1 teaspoon of honey and the juice of half a lemon in 1/4 cup of cooled cooked oatmeal. Gently rub this mixture on your skin. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do this once or twice a week. An added perk is it can exfoliate your skin and help in scraping away the dead skin cells.
Exfoliation is believed to improve acne by removing the skin cells that clog up pores. Creating a sugar scrub to exfoliate is another wonderful at home remedy that will give you that healthy skin you desire when fighting against acne. Mix equal parts sugar and coconut oil. Scrub skin with mixture and rinse well. Exfoliate as often as desired up to once daily.