Natural Remedies For Acne Prone Skin
Acne isn’t just a problem that affects us during puberty – it can have lasting effects on our skin and our confidence well into our adult years, too. Pimples, those annoying red spots that seem to pop up at the worst possible times, are caused by numerous factors. But for some, they can leave unwanted scars on the face and body. They’re more than just annoying and inconvenient... they can shatter our self-confidence, too.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne scars become more visible as we age [i], due to the loss of collagen in our skin. This is why it’s important to fight the inflammation which causes the scars, from an early stage.
But what can we do? Well, there are actually natural ingredients that you could find in your kitchen cupboard, that you can try for yourself!
Dermatologists can treat existing scars with medical treatments, generally after you stop developing the scars. But these can be costly. So, if you suffer from acne-prone skin, have a try of some of these natural remedies!
Among its many health benefits, turmeric has the ability to improve your complexion, reducing the appearance of red or dark spots, pimples and acne. Turmeric is used all over the world to treat a number of ailments, such as joint pain and depression. Its endless benefits come from its anti-inflammatory properties and the fact it’s an antioxidant.
But how exactly does it work for acne? Well, the main cause of acne scars is the inflammation of the skin when a pimple appears, so turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties are effective in reducing the chances of scars appearing.
Our favorite ways to apply turmeric topically is as a mask, mixing it with either with yogurt or olive oil. Beware though, turmeric can make you look orange if you leave it on for too long! Make sure you cleanse your face thoroughly with gentle soap and warm water after.
For a yogurt mask, take half a teaspoon of turmeric and 2 tablespoons of yogurt, mix together well and apply to your face. Leave it on for no more than 15 minutes and rinse off. Doing this a few times a week will improve the condition of your skin.
For a smaller application to use on just the affected areas, you can use half a teaspoon of turmeric and just a couple of drops of virgin olive oil. Mix it together and apply it to pimples. After 15 minutes, rinse it off. Once a day will help keep imperfections at bay!
2. Chamomile Teabags
Have you ever looked at your box of chamomile tea and thought about putting them on your face? Not many of us do! But as a matter of fact, chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and it acts as an antioxidant. All these are big factors in improving our skin’s complexion!
Drinking chamomile tea is known to help you with digestion and sleep, among other health benefits, but when it’s applied topically to your face it can actually reduce inflammation and help symptoms of acne. Brew the tea bag in hot water and let it cool down, before applying to the skin where pimples appear.
3. Orange Peel
I imagine that, like me, when you peel an orange before eating it, you throw away the skin. Well, stop doing that right now! The Antioxidants and Vitamin C found in orange peel are far greater than found in the body. If you’re really brave, you could eat the peel…* Consuming the orange with peel will encourage regular bowel movement and clear out toxins which contribute to acne. But our advice is a bit less chewy than that!
Orange peel can help to fight acne by helping to extract dirt that sits in the pores [ii]. Without clearing out the pores, pimples appear. The peel will also prevent your skin from getting too oily, which will help keep pimples from developing.
The easiest way is to rub the peel on the affected areas, using a fresh piece for each area of acne, to avoid the transfer of bacteria. If you want to try something else, let the skin dry out, and then grind it down in a blender. Mix it with warm water and use it as a paste to apply as a face mask. Rinse after 10 minutes - preferably with cold water, as cold water closes the pores.
*Only eat the skin of organically grown oranges, as fruits are often grown in farms using pesticides and wax, which can be extremely harmful to ingest.
4. Essential Oils
If you want something a bit less messy, it’s worth investing in essential oils. They’re simple to apply to the skin, using pipette style applicators to control how much you use. Essential oils are extremely effective in aiding skin problems, and that includes acne and acne scarring. There are a bunch of essential oils to choose from, but here are a couple of our favorites.
Lavender soothes the skin by encouraging cell turnover, which rejuvenates the skin. It’s also great for relieving the feeling of stress, which is a culprit in the outbreak of pimples. If you suffer from dry skin, perhaps due to previous skin treatment attempts, lavender is an excellent healer of dry, damaged skin.
Rosehip oil is taken from the fruit and seeds of a rose plant, which contains ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. It contains Vitamin C, an antioxidant that evens out uneven pigmentation and kills cell-destroying free radicals. Acne scars are more apparent when there is a lack of collagen, and rosehip encourages the production of collagen and elastin in the skin!
Look no further for a completely organic rosehip oil to use. Organica’s Rosehip Oil is packed with vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, which protects your skin from free radicals and boosts collagen production, lessening the chance of acne scars. It’s perfect for all skin types, so give it a try!
5. Simply Hydrate
Water. Simple and effective. The fact of the matter is, the best way to hydrate your skin and encourage collagen production, is to ensure you drink enough water! The standard recommended amount is 8 glasses per day but getting more from other sources would be beneficial. You can find water in a lot of foods, such as vegetables and fruits, as well as green or fruit tea, which will aid hydration.
Staying hydrated will keep collagen levels up and skin looking brighter. For acne sufferers, it will help flush out toxins which contribute to the onset of pimples forming [iii].
Acne can leave people feeling self-conscious when breakouts occur, but it’s even more confidence-shattering when it leaves scars. There are so many products out there that use chemicals to reduce the appearance of spots and repair scars, but we know that natural is best, and that’s why we would encourage you to try these natural remedies. They will help keep down the appearance of acne scars, as well as relieve the pain and redness of pimples.
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