Natural Products That Fight Acne
You scrub, wash and exfoliate to no avail, but that pesky acne problem won’t go away, no matter how many medicated products you buy. A word of advice: treat your skin the way you would like to be treated…nicely.
Instead of harsh chemical products, change up your routine with natural treatments that won’t further irritate your skin.
The Anti Treatment
Tea tree oil is a natural anti-inflammatory antiseptic. It combats acne without over-drying skin. You can apply pure tea tree oil as a spot treatment directly on blemishes or find an organic cleanser containing tea tree oil to wash your face day and night.
Ding Dong! The Acne is Gone!
No eye of newt here. Witch hazel is a natural astringent that will remove debris and oil without drying out your skin. It also minimizes pores and reduces inflammation. If it wasn’t for her green complexion, I’m sure the Wicked Witch would have skin to die for.
Egg whites are an easy and inexpensive way to combat acne. A plain egg white mask will tighten pores and remove excess oils from skin. As an added bonus, egg whites are a great vehicle to deliver the benefits of other natural ingredients to your skin. Combine egg whites with oatmeal or walnut powder to create a gentle scrub. Add honey or lemon to make a rejuvenating mask.
The Gentle Exfoliant
Exfoliating is good; over-exfoliating is bad, especially for sensitive, acne-prone skin. Harsh scrubs with large beads will irritate skin, causing more breakouts. Slough off dead skin cells that can clog pores with a gentle oatmeal exfoliate. If you are feeling creative, rummage through your fridge and pantry for honey and yogurt to make this a mega mask.
The Green Monster
The mineral properties of green clay are like magic. They draw out impurities from the skin and tighten pores while providing a gentle exfoliation for sensitive, acne-prone skin. Steam your face before applying a green clay mask to open pores and boost its effects. And why not throw on some cucumber slices over the eyes to really enjoy the blissful spa feeling?
Why the sour face? Lemons can fight acne and the scars it leaves behind. Dab lemon juice directly to the infected areas of your face to kill bacteria and get rid of pimples. Mix it into your favorite natural mask treatment to exfoliate dead skin cells. Or add a couple drops into your moisturizer at night to brighten your complexion. Just be careful to avoid getting lemon juice in your eyes, and be prepared to wash your face with warm water if the acidity irritates your skin.
Vive La Lavande!
While most oils need to be diluted, lavender is the only one you can use straight topically. Its antifungal and antiseptic properties will reduce the signs of acne and calm and minimize inflammation from breakouts. Soon you’ll look in the mirror and say, “Ooh la la!”
Protect and Moisturize
In addition to treating acne, it's crucial to establish a good daily skin care routine. Skin that is too dry will compensate by producing more oil, creating a cycle of acne. Make sure to invest in a moisturizer for day and one for night to keep skin hydrated. And don’t forget sunscreen to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun.