6 Effective Home Remedies for Acne You Need to Try

Dealing with Acne can be overwhelming. Each time one goes, another one takes its place leaving behind unwanted redness and dark marks. Commercial products keep promising us satisfying results, but none of them seems to work that effectively, at least not in the long term and most of them damage our skin.

Below is a list of natural ingredient, you can find in your home that, applied regularly, will help you have beautiful and clear skin:

#1. Ice cubes.

You can use pure water, or tea ice cubes (Chamomile or green tea). Once frozen, wrap the cube in a thin cloth or washcloth and apply to pimples for a few seconds to a minute.

Ice reduces redness and inflammation, it shrinks the pores which means that bacteria are less likely to get in and cause infections that lead to acne it also reduces the size of the breakout.

You need to be aware not to apply ice cubes directly on your face without it being wrapped in a cloth or for more than 5 minutes at a time.

#2. Olive oil.

Olive oil can fight bacteria effectively and decrease acne. Olive oil is also known to deeply moisturize and hydrate skin.

Massage olive oil gently over your skin by moving your fingertips in small circles for 4 to 5 minutes then dip a washcloth in warm water and wipe away the excess oil with it.

#3. Garlic.

Garlic is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

Take a clove of garlic and make cuts in it to extract the garlic juice and rub it on your pimple, let it dry then rinse with water and pat dry.

#4. Green tea. 

Green tea is very high in antioxidants, drinking it or applying directly to the skin helps reducing acne and preventing breakouts.

Using a cotton ball, apply the cool tea to the face, let it dry then rinse with water and pat dry.

#5. Mint.

Mint can help removing pore-clogged oil and prevent acne before it begins.

Mix finely chopped fresh mint leaves with yogurt or honey and apply it on your face. Leave for 10 minutes, then rinse off with water.

#6. Lemon.
Lemon is a great exfoliant and disinfectant, it helps to prevent new pimples from forming and reduces acne scars.

Dip a cotton ball or a cotton swab in lemon juice and apply it to the affected area. Let it dry then wash it thoroughly.

 Bonus tips: 

#1. Reduce stress.

Stress can be the root of your acne, try the following to help reduce it:
 - Get more sleep
 - Practice regularly
 - Meditate and practice Yoga
 - Practice taking deep breaths throughout the day

#2. Wash your face twice daily.

Washing your face regularly will help remove excess dirt and oil from your skin. However, be aware not to over-wash your face as it may cause the skin to become dry. Make sure to apply an oil-free moisturizer after washing your face.

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When you’re dehydrated, the skin starts producing more oil which can clog your pores and lead to breakouts. To stay hydrated, drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day. You should drink more after exercising or if it’s hot and humid.

#4. Cut back on foods that trigger your acne.

Foods that are sugary and high in carbohydrates such as cookies, cakes, pies… can increase the risk of developing acne or making acne worse.
Dairy products, especially skim milk, may also increase the risk of developing acne.

#5. Wear oil-free sunscreen when going outdoors.

The damaging effect that the sun has on the skin leads to an overproduction of oils, which makes acne worse. Wear oil-free sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors to prevent sunburns.

#6. Refrain from popping or picking at pimples.

Picking at your pimples usually result in inflammation and scarring. Make it a habit not to touch your face. You can even cover your pimple with a band-aid.

#7. Refrain from excess exfoliation.

Exfoliation helps remove dead cells from the skin. However, too much exfoliation can make your acne worse. In fact, too much exfoliation removes the natural oil from the skin which in turn compensates by producing more oil. This oil can clog pores and mead to more breakouts.

#8. Use less makeup.

Usually people resort to make up to cover up their pimples. This might clog your pores and trigger outbreaks. If you can’t go natural, make sure you use noncomedogenic, sheer, and fragrance-free products.

Pint it!

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