Are you fed up with trying to get rid of acne? May be you’ve even used several acne treatments without much success and now you are wondering: “When will I ever remove these ugly spots?” Read on because there is hope for you. Here are 10 proven home remedies for acne that work fast.
Simple Home Remedies for Acne
1. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is an excellent remedy for acne due to its rich vitamin C content. It also contains citric acid which aids the elimination of the skin’s dead cells. Lemon juice helps the body tissues contract and dry off your acne. If you want a natural way to whiten your skin, try lemon juice. You can add rosewater to the lemon juice to reduce the drying effect.
Wash your face with warm water and use cotton balls to apply the lemon juice to the affected spots on your face. Use one cotton ball per spot to prevent the transfer of germs.
2. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel produces a nice soothing effect on your skin. Also, its antibacterial qualities reduce the redness and swelling on the acne spots. You can use aloe vera gel on its own or in combination with tea tree oil or garlic. Take one leaf, scoop out the gel and create a face mask. Leave it overnight and then wash it off the next morning. Aloe vera is an indoor plant that you should try to grow at home.
Tomato helps you to remove excess oil from your face and keep your skin healthy. An antioxidant in tomato called lycopene will protect your skin and also act as an anti-aging agent. It prevents skin cells from getting damaged. The antimicrobial qualities of tomato will also help you to eliminate black heads, smoothen, and whiten you skin.
Simply create some fresh tomato juice by smashing together 2 or more large-sized tomatoes. Then put on a mask of this juice and leave it on for about 1 hour before you clean it off.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one the most effective home remedies for acne. But you may be thinking, why should I put oil on my oil-clogged face? Well, tea tree oil has several unique qualities. It is not like the natural facial oil secreted by your skin. It behaves like a solvent, penetrates the layer of facial oil, to unblock the pores and eliminate dead skin cells.
Always remember to dilute your tea tree oil before you use it. You can mix it in the ratio 1:8 (tree oil to water). Use warm water to wash your face and then apply the diluted tree oil mixture with a cotton ball to each spot. If your skin is very sensitive, you can dilute the tree oil with aloe vera gel instead of water.
5. Basil leaves
You may be familiar with the use of basil leaves for cooking. But are you aware that it has antibacterial and antioxidant properties that can be used to eliminate acne? Yes, basil extract reduces of the swelling of acne.
Put about 10 – 12 basil leaves in a saucepan and then press the leaves against the base of your saucepan with a tablespoon. Doing this will increase the concentration of the juice during boiling. Add a cup of water to the leaves and boil them for 6 minutes. Then allow the mixture to cool before straining out the leaves. Apply the mixture to the acne spots using a cotton bud. Use a separate cotton bud for each spot. You can keep the left over mixture in your refrigerator for 4 days.
Easy Home Remedies for Acne
Papaya gets rid of excess fat and dead cells from the surface of your skin. In its unripe form, papaya also contains papain. Papain is an enzyme that helps to stop the formation of pus on your skin. That is why papaya is now used in several beauty products.
To use papaya to remove your acne, cut it up, remove the seeds and mash its flesh until it is very smooth. Then use warm water to wash your face and then apply a mask of papaya to your entire face for about 30 minutes. Use warm water to rinse it off.
Neem powder and neem oil are very powerful natural treatments for acne. They possess potent antimicrobial properties. You can easily get neem products at your local organic food store.
Use warm water to rinse your face. With cotton buds, daub the neem oil directly to the acne spots. You may also mix the neem powder with a small quantity of water to produce a paste. Apply the paste directly to each spot. Leave the paste on overnight so that the neem can penetrate your skin and kill all the bacteria causing the acne.
8. Orange Juice and Peels
Oranges have vitamin C and ascorbic acid which are powerful weapons for fighting acne. To use orange peels and juice to eliminate acne, use warm water to wash your face. This will open up the pores. Peel your orange(s). Use the peels to rub the acne spots and then dab the spot with the orange juice. Make sure you wash your hands very well and use different orange peels for each of the spots. Doing this will prevent the spread of bacteria from one spot to another. After you dab the spot with juice, leave it on for about 1 hour before you clean it off.
9. Egg Whites
Egg whites offer you a quick and easy way to get rid of acne. They also help to remove scars. Why? They have vital amino acids and vitamins which eliminate pimples and re-build healthy skin cells.
Simply crack three large-sized eggs into a bowl and take out the yolks. Whisk the egg whites and let them settle for about 3 minutes. Then apply your egg whites to the acne spots with your fingers. Wait for the first application to dry then repeat it at least 4 times. After that leave this final mask on for about 30 minutes, then rinse it off, and apply a good skin moisturizer.
10. Honey and Cinnamon Mask
Honey and cinnamon have some natural antibacterial properties. When you mix them together they act as a strong force to destroy acne. You only need a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of pure natural honey (wild unpasteurized honey). You could also use Manuka honey. This type of honey, which originates from New Zealand, has some unique pain relieving and healing properties.
To get rid of those nasty pimples, mix the cinnamon and honey into a paste. Then after rinsing your face, pat it dry and apply this paste to the blemished areas. Leave it on till the next morning.
These home remedies for acne are very effective. But you shouldn’t give up if your acne does not disappear overnight. Remember that with each treatment, you will notice improvement in your skin condition and you are making progress towards smooth acne-free skin.
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