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Acne Home Remedies: Do’s and Dont’s

More and more people search the web looking for the best home remedies for acne. They are looking for an all natural treatment that will not involve ingesting or covering themselves in potentially toxic chemicals.

We live in a world where the default mindset to any problem is to go straight the doctor or chemist and blindly follow their advice. Of course, our society would look look very different without modern medicine. We would all be lucky to make to the age of 30 without the medical breakthroughs we have!

However we rely too much on modern medicine and forget that most of what is available first had its roots in nature. Take aspirin for example, did you know it is simply an extract from the bark of a willow tree? All modern antibiotics come from a simple mould, yet they can cure just about any type of bacterial infection, providing the bacteria hasn’t turned into super bug that is. Therefore surely nature must be able to provide us with natural remedies for acne treatment also.

Fortunately there are many products that nature provides that are helpful in our fight against breakouts but none more powerful than having the right diet. Most treatments we seek for acne, whether it be natural or pharmaceutical are only ever treating the symptoms and rarely the cause.

Do Get Your Diet Right

Acne is not caused by a bad diet, but diet plays a huge part in how our bodies cope with the factors that do cause acne – such as hormone removal, skin condition, self healing and so on. Without the proper internal care, the outside organs like the skin can suffer.

It is therefore critical that part of searching for the best home remedies for acne, that you examine your diet. Especially consumption of food and drink, like sweet sodas and alcohol, all which have an impact on your liver, which is key to having healthy skin. Prevention is the best defense against acne as with most illness.

Although the intention of this article is not to go into acne diet tips, the two things most important things you can start doing to treat acne are:

  • Drink plenty of fresh water, at least 8 glasses a day, more if its hot or you exercise
  • Cut out processed food completely

So  that said, what home remedies are there if you have an acne breakout?

Don’t Ever Use Alcohol

Before we start, the first thing to note is to never ever use alcohol to treat acne at home. It is one of the old wives tales that is inadvisable to try.It will severely dry your skin out and causing the skin to overproduce oily sebum to compensate, and more importantly will kill all the bacteria that live on your skin, not just the bad ones. Although it sounds gross, we need good bacteria to perform certain functions such as reduce inflammation and kill the bad bacteria that do trigger acne breakouts.

To keep your skin clean from harmful, acne causing bacteria, wash your face or affected area of your body at least twice a day using a mild, fragrance free soap or face wash. There are plenty of products on the market, so you will have to choose what is best for you and your skin type. Ideally the less ingredients the better. Look out for an article I am writing soon that looks at the best face washes for acne.

Do Try a Lemon Juice Cleanser

Rather than use alcohol or products containing alcohol, lemon juice is one of the best home remedies for acne and produces great results. Instead of killing all the bacteria found living in the face, it targets only the acne causing, more harmful types of bacteria, living the good stuff to do its job.

Lemons are very efficient at cleansing the pores of acne effected skin and will not dry it out, like alcohol. Plus has the added advantage of vitamin C, which is one of the best vitamins for maintaining clear, young looking skin. It also helps fight inflammation caused by acne.

To use, apply small amounts of pure lemon juice to washed skin using a cotton wool pad. There may be stinging so take care when applying to extremely bad areas.

Try an Soothing Oatmeal Face Mask

Oatmeal, such as porridge is exceptionally good for you, the Scots kept the English out for years by eating this stuff! Not only does it help lower bad cholesterol, it provides a slow release energy that keeps you fuelled for a long period helping preventing cravings for less healthy foods.

The kicker is it is also a great home made acne face mask which when used, will help remove excess oils from the skin, unblocking the clogged pores that cause some types of acne breakouts. Here is a very simple recipe for a home made face mask using household ingredients. You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of good quality oatmeal or rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon of lemon juice

Then, when you are ready:

  • Using a small grinder, turn the oatmeal to a powder.
  • In a small bowl, mix the ground oatmeal, honey and lemon juice, 1/4 tsp at a time, until a thick paste is formed.
  • After washing your face, apply face mask onto entire face except eye area for 20-30 minutes.
  • Rinse off the mask by gently massaging in circular motion to loosen.
  • Follow up with your usual routine.

Final Words

So there we have it, some of the best home remedies for acne which are both very simple and effective utilising the power of natural ingredients. Remember, all these are just remedies, to prevent acne from occurring in the first place we should be looking at sustainable and incremental lifestyle changes, that focus on what we eat and drink.

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