Most of us mortals suffer from acne at least once in our lives, but it doesn't have to be the end of the world.
For me, acne wasn’t that much of an issue when I was a teenager as it is right now as an adult. When it first started, I was shocked, since I thought I had already gotten away with not having to experience what my friends claimed was the worst thing that ever happened to them. Anyway, that’s what I'm dealing with right now, and since the time to be a drama queen has passed, I just have to deal with it as best as I can.
I went to see a dermatologist to see what the hell was going on with my skin, and they explained that there are so many factors that can cause acne at basically any time of our lives. One of them was the fact that I irresponsibly started wearing more makeup, and sometimes, out of laziness, didn’t remove it before going to bed. Of course, all the makeup gets into your pores, clogging them and causing breakouts. The other reason was that that my current diet wasn’t as healthy as it was during my teens, when my mom cooked for me.
What I’m trying to say with this is that there are so many possibilities, so you need to find out what’s really causing your acne before treating it since you could be actually doing more harm than good to your skin. Having said that, here are some remedies that will work for you, if your problem is caused by external agents. So, let’s get started. First, before applying any masks or exfoliants, it's important wash your face thoroughly with warm water or use a vaporizer to open the pores, so that the treatment penetrates deeper into your skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This first remedy is an exfoliant that removes dead cells and gets rid of any bacteria or dirt trapped in your pores. You create a paste by mixing one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, two teaspoons of cooled green tea, one teaspoon of honey, and five teaspoons of granulated sugar. The sugar will work as the exfoliant, rubbing into the skin, while the consistency of the honey will help all these particles get trapped in the mixture. But more importantly, honey has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that will protect your pores from bacterial infection, while moisturizing it and promoting skin cell renewal. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that will reduce any redness and inflammation in the skin (for best results, use raw or organic honey).
In addition, green tea is full of antioxidants that help maintain a healthy pH in the skin, while giving it a nice glow. However, apple cider vinegar is the key element in this exfoliant since it contains alpha hydroxy acids that help unclog pores and dissolve dead cells, besides the fact that it also contains lactic acid that will help reduce scarring. You just have to scrub and leave the mixture for about ten minutes, and then rinse with warm water. Once you’ve gotten rid of all the product, wash it once again with cold water to close the pores. Then, you can apply any beauty product you like that keeps pores closed.
Cinnamon and Honey
Now that you know the benefits of honey, you're always going to want to use it. For this mixture, we’re going to use one tablespoon of honey and one of cinnamon powder to create a light paste. Apply with your fingers onto your damp face and let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes. The idea here is that cinnamon has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that will cleanse and heal your skin without damaging it more. Once it's time, wash off the paste with lukewarm water, dry it, and apply a toner. You can do this mask every day to treat and prevent more clogging and inflammation.
Turmeric, Milk, and Honey
For this one, we’re also going to be using one tablespoon of honey (I mean, its properties are amazing, and its consistency really helps create a consistent mixture), but this time we're mixing it with one tablespoon of natural turmeric powder, and two tablespoons of raw milk (you can get it at organic markets). This one will have more of a gooey consistency, so the best way to apply it is with a clean makeup brush (turmeric can leave a yellow hue on your nails and fingers, and you don’t want that). Now, turmeric is great for basically any skin issue thanks to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. But besides that, it helps treat and fade blemishes and acne scars. To add more properties to the mixture, raw milk has lactic acid that also works as an exfoliant and toner.
These remedies are great for treating acne caused by external agents since it’s a more superficial skin problem. However if what’s causing your acne isn’t of this sort, these might help your skin, but they won’t actually treat acne if it’s caused by either your diet, a hormonal situation, stress, or even genetic predisposition. If that’s your case, go see a doctor, so that you can get better treatment and not just a superficial temporary solution.
Here are other remedies your skin will love:
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