Before you resort to all the manmade acne medications out there, it is a good idea to consider using some home remedies first. Each different remedy has different pros and cons and these should be considered before settling down on just one.
Castor oil has been used as a purgative for many years. Not many people know that it is also good for your skin. If you need a cleanser for dry, acne-prone skin, mix equal parts of castor oil and olive oil and apply to the skin and massage in. Put a steam towel over you face and leave on until it has cooled down. Your pores will be cleansed and skin will be moisturized.
A natural Aloe Vera gel can help to calm the inflamed skin, help to dissolve blackheads, encourage skin renewal, hydrate the skin and also help to heal scars.
Essential oils are quite useful in the treatment of acne. Tea Tree and Lavender oils are anti-septic and readily absorbed by the skin. Lavender is one of nature’s best healers – it will calm inflammation, promote healing and balance sebum production.
Neem Oil is another wonder treatment oil. It will nourish the underlying skin, clear up inflammation and reduce the growth rate of bacteria, preventing acne in the future.
Tumeric is widely acknowledged as a proven anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent. You can mix into a paste with Aloe Vera and apply. Just a cautionary note here – Tumeric powder will stain your clothes if you spill it. If you are very light-skinned, test a small patch first where it cannot be seen – I once applied Tumeric to my arms and had to wait a week for the yellow colour to disappear. Now I take it in tincture form or use the powder in smoothies. Find out more by reading these exposed skin care reviews.
Tomatoes are pretty great acne fighters. Use the tomato juice directly on spots to reduce the redness and inflammation. Leave on for a few minutes and then wash off. Eating tomato also benefits your skin a great deal. Tomatoes are full of the skin-loving Vitamins A and K. Don’t just eat them raw though. Lycopene is an ingredient in tomatoes that only develops when they are cooked. Tomato sauce or ketchup is thus a very good source of Lycopene.
As with all natural tips, you will need to keep at it in order to see noticeable results. Whilst results may take a little longer, the lack of side effects will more than make up for it.