TOP 5 DIY ACNE TREATMENTS
Hope all is well and your 4th of July (if you’re in America) was epic!
Today’s topic is ACNE!
Oooh the dreadful acne! We’ve all been there; those small stubborn pimples that don’t seem to want to go away. Some stay together on your forehead, others party on your cheeks and roll down to your chin. It sucks and frustrates us, but it all has a solution. So don’t despair, just read below!
The list below is a collection of known treatments that I tried for my mild acne.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Yup, I love apple cider vinegar. It’s great for our skin and overall health. Apple cider vinegar kills acne causing bacteria. It’s a natural astringent, which means it will help dry up any excess oil. It also becomes alkaline and balances your skins’ pH, thus, making it harder for bacteria to grow.
- NOTE: Keep in mind, overusing this may cause your sebaceous glands to overproduce oil, due to dryness of your skin. Thus, making your acne reappear, and worse…(what a nightmare!)
- Ingredients: Pure Apple Cider Vinegar (unfiltered, organic) and fresh water
- Directions: Make sure to wash your face and pat dry. Mix 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water in a small bowl and apply directly to your pimple/blemish/acne. Leave on overnight and during the day for 10 minutes at a time and rinse thoroughly.
- NOTE: Use a moisturizer after in order to avoid your skin from drying.
- Milk (or plain yogurt) & Honey
- Milk or plain yogurt have anti-bacterial properties that help reduce acne causing bacteria, it’s richness in fat moisturizes and nourishes the skin. While honey shares anti-bacterial properties, it also has anti-inflammatory properties, moisturizes, soothes, and heals skin.
- Ingredients: 1 TBSP low fat plain yogurt or (not both) milk and 1 TBSP Organic raw honey.
- Directions: Mix the ingredients together and apply to your face for 10 to 20 mins. Wash your face using circular motion to loosen dead skin cells.
- TIP: Let each layer of the mask dry before applying a new layer in order to achieve ideal thickness.
- Don’t forget to moisturize!
- Aloe Vera (my current favorite)
- Aloe vera, for those who know me, is my obsession! I simply love it, and I can’t get enough of it! Aloe vera is a common ingredient in many of today’s skin care products, because fact is, it rocks. It’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, soothing, moisturizing, antioxidant rich, heals, reduces blemishes and dark spots, fights aging, and much more!
- Ingredients: Aloe Vera (as much as you need to spot treat or cover your entire face).
- Directions: Make sure your face is clean. Apply Aloe Vera directly to your skin or problem areas.
- Leave on overnight and during the day. If you’re only doing certain spots you can leave it all day. If you applied it to your entire face, you can leave it on for as long as you want and rinse any excess aloe as needed.
- An all-time favorite. Potato is great at treating acne. They are rich in potassium, sulfur, chloride, and phosphorus. All of these help reduce pimples, dark spots/blemishes. Potatoes are also antioxidant rich, nourishing and increasing the production of new skin cells.
- You need: 1 Potato
- Directions: Grate 1 raw potato. Make sure your face is clean and wet your face a little, leaving it damp. Rub the juice and pulp on your face in circular motion and leave it on for 20-30 mins. Rinse off with warm water and moisturize.
- Lemon, Avocado & Honey
- Avocado is rich in vitamins (such as C & E), nutrients, fatty acids, and antioxidants. Avocado helps increase collagen production and reduce free radicals (pollutants) in our skin that increase premature aging and breakouts (& it’s great for sensitive skin).
- Lemon juice is a known acne treatment. It’s rich in vitamin C and citric acid. It helps heal acne, remove blackheads, brighten skin, reduce the appearance of blemishes and dark spots, and reduce excess oil.
- What you need: 1 TBSP lemon juice, 1 avocado, 1 TBSP honey.
- Directions: Mash the avocado with lemon juice and honey, until it forms a paste. Make sure your skin is clean, and apply for 10-20 mins. Rinse with lukewarm water and apply a moisturizer.
- Avoid touching your breakouts or popping them.
- Wash your pillow case
- Use a moisturizer that suites your skin type. Dry, oily, or combination. Using the wrong moisturizer can increase oily production.
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