ike many other individuals, I suffered with acne through my high school years. I must have tried dozens of treatments, and spent a lot of money on them over the years. After finding out that a good deal of the products I had been purchasing contained chemicals and not-so-great ingredients, I decided to seek out a natural way to reduce and eventually get rid of acne.
Well, it turned out the best remedy for reducing acne, toning, and lightning my acne scars was in the fruit basket the whole time. Lemons, which have antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, are a great natural tool for acne treatment. They are just as excellent for use on the outside of your body as they are on the inside.
Since I discovered the amazing cleansing power of lemons, I have found a number of other natural remedies for treating acne. I have compiled a list of some popular and overlooked natural remedies for those who suffer with acne.
Lemons – For use, put some lemon juice onto a cotton ball or cotton pad and wipe all over your face. Rinse it off with cool water after 20 minutes, and pat your face dry. They work well for reducing acne, cleansing, toning, and reducing the appearance of acne scars. Note: Since lemon juice is acidic and slightly astringent, it may not be ideal to use on sensitive skin. It can be diluted with water and then applied to skin, but it may not have the same effect as straight lemon juice.
Rose Water – Rose water has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It can also act as a toner, cleanser, and light perfume. For use, use a spritzer bottle and spray some onto your face. Check out our recipe for our Moisturizing Rose Water Spritz.
Apple Cider Vinegar – With antibacterial and antiseptic properties, apple cider vinegar can be used as a toner, and aids in balancing skins PH. Put apple cider vinegar it in a sterile glass bottle in a 1:1 ratio with water, and apply it to your face using a cotton ball or cotton pad. For sensitive skin, use up to a 1:4 ratio of apple cider vinegar to water.
Aloe – Soothing, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing, aloe can be applied to irritated and inflamed skin throughout the day. Bottles of 100% pure aloe can be purchased from most supermarkets and health food stores, and it is inexpensive. Whenever possible purchase the food grade pure aloe.
Coconut Oil – In addition to being a natural moisturizer, coconut oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties. Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil is widely available at most supermarkets and health food stores. It may also help alleviate eczema.
Tea Tree Oil – Tea Tree oil has known antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and it can be applied directly to pimples using a q-tip, cotton ball, or cotton pad. Be sure to use 100% pure Tea Tree oil with no additives. Some individuals have can have an allergic reaction to tea tree oil, so it may be wise to do a skin test first.
Cut back on Sugar and Greasy Foods – Try cutting back on your sugar intake and the amount of greasy foods you eat. Research shows that the health of your skin may be related to your glycemic load and keeping your blood sugar levels steady. On a personal note, I hardly ever eat foods that contain highly processed sugar. Coconut sugar, which is low glycemic, is my go-to for all of my cooking and baking needs. However, when I do very rarely eat something that contains lots of sugar, there is a noticeable difference in my complexion.
Avoid Touching Your Face – Touching your face can irritate your skin, spread bacteria and germs, and lead to blemishes and clogged pores. Make an effort to stop yourself from touching your face as much as possible.
Stress Less – Stress could be a factor in making acne worse for those who already suffer with it [webmd.com]. If you have a lot of stress in your life then try some relaxation techniques and try to lower your stress levels.
Diet – Diet also plays a role in how your skin looks. A clean healthy diet high in raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds can really help improve your complexion. It used to be considered a myth that food could be a cause of acne, but studies are now showing that foods do in fact have an impact on your outward appearance. We have a lot of delicious recipes on our website that can help you down the road to healthier eating. And don’t forget to drink plenty of pure, filtered water each day to keep your skin hydrated, and to flush toxins out of your body.
So, if you have been suffering with acne, or even get an occasional pimple, why not give one or more of these natural acne remedies a try.
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