Acne usually manifests as comedones (pimples or blackheads), pimples or cysts on the face, back and chest. It is an infection of the skin caused by changes in the sebaceous glands, which causes the obstruction and inflammation of the pores of the skin. This results in superficial skin rashes.
Acne is more common in teenagers, but anyone can suffer from acne, even babies. It usually disappears after adolescence. However, acne can affect some individuals in adulthood.
In general, people have the tendency to squeeze these pimples to make them disappear, but often this causes the condition to get worse leading to scarring. Acne not only affects the face but also affects the mood of people, as it leads to negative thoughts about self-esteem and may even cause depression.
The treatment of acne is designed to prevent the formation of new lesions and help to cure existing ones. Dermatologists can prescribe topical agents or oral medications to treat acne, however, there are home treatments that can be very effective and without side effects.
Here are the 10 best home remedies for acne:
- Baking soda
- Papaya / Milky
- Cider vinegar
- Lemon juice
- Tea tree essential oil
- Orange peel
- Green Tea
- Banana peel
- Honey and cinnamon
- Honey and milk (or yogurt)
- Baking soda: Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate acts as a gentle exfoliator for the skin. Therefore, it unblocks the pores and eliminates dead cells. It also helps regulate the imbalance of skin pH and has mild anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. All these characteristics make it an excellent home remedy for cleansing acne. You can mix two tablespoons of baking soda, a teaspoon of cinnamon powder, the juice of half a lemon, and five tablespoons of honey. Apply it to your face and laver after 5 minutes. You can also make a paste with one or two teaspoons of baking soda and a little water. Once again, rinse after five minutes. These treatments can be applied a couple of times a week.
- Papaya / Milky: Papaya is an essential ingredient in a large number of beauty products. Papaya is a completely natural remedy for acne that removes dead skin cells and excess lipids from the surface of the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Lipids are a general term to describe fats. Papaya also contains an enzyme called papain, which reduces inflammation and helps prevent the formation of pus. Rinse the face with water and dry. Crush the pulp of the papaya, until it is of a consistency that can be easily applied to the skin. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. If your skin tends to dryness, use a moisturizer suitable for your skin type, after using this mask.
- Cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is a source of power when it comes to acne. First, it eliminates the bacteria that can be causing all the problems and also balances the pH of the skin, which in turn makes it harder for the bacteria to proliferate. To make matters worse, it is a good astringent that will help remove excess fat. Bearing this in mind, it cannot be used excessively as it could dry the skin too much causing the sebaceous glands to over-produce lipids to compensate, and thus trigger an acne outbreak. Wash your face with water and dry. Mix vinegar and water in a ratio of 1: 3. Wet a cotton ball with this liquid and apply directly to the lesions. Leave on for at least 10 minutes or overnight. Reapply several times a day, washing the face completely after each application. Be sure to use a good moisturizer at the end of this treatment.
- Lemon juice: Lemon juice can help for a number of reasons. It is rich in vitamin C, which is good for all skin types and is a citric acid, so it helps “exfoliate” the skin. The most important thing, however, is that it is a good astringent. An astringent will cause contraction of the tissues causing the lesions to dry out. It also serves as bleach for the skin and helps reduce redness. You should wash your face very well before exposing yourself to the sun, as it can cause sensitivity and irritation. Rub a slice of lemon over the affected area and leave it for a few hours; then rinse the face well with water. You can also mix the lemon juice with natural rose water in equal amounts and use the solution to wash the affected areas.
- Tea tree essential oil: Tea tree essential oil is not like the fat that the skin produces naturally, but rather, it is like a solvent that passes through sebum and dead cells and unblocks pores. Its antibacterial properties also help eliminate the bacteria that cause acne and prevent future outbreaks. This oil, unlike the vast majority of essential oils, if it can be applied directly to the skin without the need to dilute it before use. Simply apply a drop of tea tree oil to the affected area three times a day.
- Orange peel: Acne that is caused by bacteria, excess sebum and dead cells that clog the pores of the skin. Acne can be improved with the use of an orange facial mask, thanks to vitamin C, citric acid, and its astringent properties. Vitamin C is particularly useful because it promotes the growth of new healthy cells and keeps the skin in good condition. Put the orange peels in the sun and let them dry completely. Grind them (you can use a blender, mortar, or any other method that does the work) and add a little water to create a paste. Apply it to the entire face or problem areas once it has the right consistency. Wait 20 to 25 minutes and then rinse well with water. To finish, apply a moisturizer.
- Green Tea: Place 2 teaspoons of loose tea leaves or 1 bag of green tea in a clean container and pour 1 cup of boiling water. Let stand for 4-5 minutes before brewing and allow the liquid to cool to a comfortable temperature. You can then pour it into a spray bottle and spray your face, or soak a cotton pad and apply over the problem areas.
- Banana peel: Bananas are full of all kinds of goodness, even those parts that we usually do not eat. Its peels contain lutein, a powerful antioxidant that reduces swelling and inflammation and stimulates the growth of healthy cells. So fro tar a banana peel on the face can reduce and acne discomfort. Peel the banana and eat it. Take the peel and rub, with circular movements, all over the face. When you have covered the entire face, let it sit for at least 30 minutes before rinsing.
- Honey and cinnamon: Honey is sticky and cinnamon is spicy; Two things that most people would avoid putting on their skin. Surprisingly, and although it may seem strange, honey and cinnamon make (literally) a killer combo when it comes to acne. Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties, which can help prevent the proliferation of bacteria from getting out of hand. On the other hand, honey is a natural antibiotic, which can help to reduce inflammation of the skin reddened by pimples and pimples. Mix well 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon until it has formed the homogeneous paste. Apply to the face or other problem areas and leave for 10-15 minutes. As it is a fairly sticky mix, it is a good idea to do this treatment before taking a shower. It will be easier to remove the mask while bathing.
- Honey and milk: While it is true that there has been some buzz about whether dairy products cause acne, applied topically can improve acne breakouts and skin tone. The reason is that it soothes irritated skin and helps reduce redness. You can also use yogurt. The acids it contains are antibacterial, while the fat provides moisture, making it very nutritious for the skin. Let the yogurt or milk reach room temperature. Mix 1 tablespoon of milk or yogurt with 1 tablespoon of honey. You can apply the mixture with cotton or with a thick brush. Let each layer dry before adding a new one, until the mask has the thickness you want. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash your face and use a small towel to rub gently and in circular motions to get rid of dead cards. Once you are finished, moisturize your skin as usual.
- Acne is not caused by lack of hygiene. What’s more, excessive washing or cleaning with soaps or harsh chemicals can actually irritate the skin and make acne worse. Excessive facial cleansing can dry the skin, which then tries to compensate for the dryness by producing much more sebum. A simple cleanse to get rid of excess fat and dead cells are all that is needed.
- With regard to treatments, be patient. The desperate need to find a quick solution for acne, preferably something that takes a minimum of effort, is very strong, but like many other aspects of life, there is no single solution of immediate effect. Having a regular routine of facial care plus the addition of a good natural remedy for acne can mean extra work, but maintaining your commitment, doing things well, and giving time to treatment will have its benefits. Remember, you live in your skin and that will never change. Making the effort will make all the difference in terms of your comfort, happiness, and confidence.