Many people who suffer from acne are looking for natural, homemade acne treatments for their skin. Mild cases will respond best to these formulas, but they’re a good idea for anyone wanting a natural alternative to harsh chemicals.
As with anything you’d put on your skin, it makes sense to try the gentlest treatment first. But be aware that not all natural products are gentle. In general, if you can eat it, it’s okay to put on your face. But start slow and consult a health professional if you have sensitive skin.
Here are some tips for choosing the best homemade acne treatment for you. It helps to remember that acne has three main causes: too much oil production in the skin; inflammation of the hair follicles, and bacteria. Most over-the-counter acne creams work by drying the skin while hopefully not causing any more irritation or inflammation.
You can achieve mild drying effects with a variety of products you probably already have at home. Facial masks made of baking soda and water, egg yolks, or oatmeal are all gentle ways to draw excess oil out of the skin.
The formulas don’t need to be exact. Mix up a small bowl of these ingredients or a combination of two or more. Massage on your face with clean hands and leave on for ten or fifteen minutes. Rinse with cool water and moisturize if necessary.
You may also want to try a homemade acne spot treatment. These use slightly stronger ingredients applied directly to individual blemishes. Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. A piece of cut ginger applied directly to acne pimples will reportedly soothe inflammation and speed healing. Topical spot treatments of lemon juice and salt combined with vinegar can also be effective.
In recent years, tea tree oil has gotten a lot of attention as one of the best home remedies for acne. In addition to having a drying effect, it is also reported to have mild antibiotic qualities, which can help in reducing the bacteria associated with acne. Dab a tiny bit on individual spots, but be careful to start small and test your skin’s sensitivity. People with allergies to salicylates should not use tea tree oil.
Many individuals with acne are also interested in homemade acne scar treatments. Scars are an unfortunate outcome of acne for many people, but there are ways to reduce their appearance. Natural-health practitioners say one way to do this is with citric acid. For example, try smoothing fresh lemon juice over your acne scars at night and let it dry. Rinse off in the morning. Lemon juice has natural brightening qualities and may reduce the redness of scars. It is also slightly drying, and can help reduce oil around scars to prevent future breakouts.
Although acne is usually not a serious medical problem, it can be very distressing to people who have it. It’s good to know there are many ways to improve this common condition. Trying a homemade treatment for acne is a positive, hopeful way to begin.