Acne is a pesky problem, especially during the puberty years. It can affect anyone at any age. Pimples just appear out of nowhere, even with utmost skincare regimens and proper hygiene practices. Although some people are lucky to not ever suffer from a single bump, thanks to their genes, the majority of us have had at least one or two pimples in our lives.
Picking on your zits may seem like a tempting idea to get rid of the swollen lumps, but doing so might get yourself into more trouble. So, what to do? For starters, here are tips on how to create your own homemade acne treatment that could give you great results.
1. Steam Your Acne Away
If you have ever been to spas and beauty centers, you may have noticed by then that steaming is an essential part of improving the skin. Steaming opens up the pores so impurities and other particles can come out. Open pores also allow easier penetration of homemade acne remedies into the skin.
Save yourself some cash and do the steaming at your home. How? Follow these simple steps:
- Fill a cooking pot with water and bring it to a rolling boil.
- Take the pot off the stove and place on a counter where you can easily lean over.
- Cleanse your face first before proceeding with the procedure.
- Lean over the pot with a large towel covering your head and face. Make sure to expose your face to the steam.
- Warning: Do not lean too close or you’ll risk yourself from suffering burns.
- Do at least five two-minute steaming sessions and let your skin take a break in-between each session.
2. Potato Juice Cleanser
What do you know about potatoes, aside from the fact that they turn into your favorite French fries? For one, potatoes are great for treating acne. Potatoes have a mild anti-bacterial effect. They help get rid of dead skin cells slowly accumulating on your skin and can also reduce the appearance of acne scars due to its skin lightening effect.
To use potatoes on your acne-prone skin, peel a potato and slice into thin pieces. Put a slice directly on the affected area of your skin and let the potato juice dry before removing it. Wash your face and moisturize afterward.
If your stubborn acne scars are stomping on your confidence, you can effectively make them less visible with the help of scar fade creams, such as Dermefface FX7™, which work by promoting faster healing, sloughing off dead skin cells and increase production of new healthy skin cells.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar Acne Solution
Apple cider vinegar is a must-have at home for various reasons and to add it can help treat pimples. Apple cider vinegar is alkaline and therefore will help regulate the pH balance of your skin to prevent the proliferation of bacteria. It is also an astringent, which helps remove excess oil on your skin.
To use apple cider vinegar on acne, follow these steps:
- Mix one part of unfiltered apple cider vinegar to three parts water.
- Dip a cotton ball into the mixture then apply on the affected part of your skin.
- Leave it on your skin for at least 10 minutes.
- Rinse off with water and pat your skin dry.
You need to repeat this procedure many times a day.
Important: Make sure to use moisturizer after rinsing, because apple cider vinegar can dry your skin.
4. Cinnamon and Honey Face Mask
Cinnamon and honey are popular remedies on their own, but they got things in common that make them great for homemade acne treatments. Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties that can help get rid of acne-causing bacteria and it also has anti-inflammatory properties. Honey has anti-bacterial properties, can help reduce inflammation and keep the skin hydrated, which is good for healing.
The main thing to remember is, to gain the benefits of cinnamon and honey for acne, you cannot just use the ordinary types you find in stores. You need to use true cinnamon and Manuka honey, which can be quite expensive.
To make your own cinnamon and honey mask, simply mix three-quarters of Manuka honey and a quarter of true cinnamon depending on how much you need. Heat the mixture in the microwave for thirty seconds then apply on your face. Make sure the mixture is not too hot.
One more thing, if you’re allergic to honey or cinnamon, this acne remedy is not for you.
5. Turmeric, Milk and Honey Face Mask
Perhaps there is a jar of turmeric powder stocked in your cupboard for the cold season that you can use for this acne homemade remedy.
Turmeric is rich in antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation and redness of acne. Milk can help get rid of dead skin cells, moisturize the skin and lighten it with the help of lactic acid and fat-soluble enzymes. Honey, on the other hand, has anti-bacterial and moisturizing properties. They make a perfect combo of an effective treatment for acne.
To prepare the face mask, you’ll need equal parts of turmeric powder, milk and honey and then follow these steps:
- Combine the three ingredients in a bowl. Adjust portions to make a thick paste.
- Wash and dry your face.
- Apply all over your face including the area under your eyes.
- Let the mixture dry before rinsing it off.
Just a reminder, turmeric is a dye and will stain fabrics, so make sure the mixture does not drip on your favorite shirt.
6. Egg White Facial Mask
A face mask made from raw egg whites may sound gross, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Egg whites can help you treat acne in many ways, because it:
Absorbs excess oil on the skin.
- Has lysozyme, which destroys acne-causing bacteria.
- Is rich in vitamins and amino acids that can help skin cells repair themselves.
- Helps shrink the pores to prevent accumulation of dead skin cells inside.
Now, to prepare your egg white face mask, follow these easy steps:
- Whisk two to three egg whites.
- Apply evenly on your washed face and let it dry.
- Once dry, apply another layer and let it dry.
- Rinse off with warm water.
You can add lemon or honey to your egg white face mask if you like.
7. Ripe Papaya Facial Mask
With or without acne, papaya is great for the skin in many ways. Papaya can be healthy for your skin because it:
- Contains lycopene, which can reduce inflammation by neutralizing free radicals in your skin.
- Has enzymes with antibacterial properties, such as papain and chymopapain, which can help prevent the proliferation of bacteria in your pores.
- Brings you beta-carotene, which promotes cell regeneration.
- Can help get rid of dead skin cells and excess oil on the skin.
Preparing papaya face mask is quick and easy. Just smooth the ripe papaya flesh with a blender and apply on your clean face. Rinse off with warm water once the mask dries then apply moisturizer.
8. Orange Peel Facial Mask
Don’t throw your orange peels away because it can help you get rid of zits. Orange peels have anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties, which can help eliminate the bad bacteria that causes acne. The peels contain antioxidants that help reduce inflammation, and it also contains citric acid that can help lighten the skin.
To use orange peels on acne, you have to dry them under the sun first and the follow this procedure:
- Grind the dried orange peel so it becomes powder.
- Add water into the ground orange peel to form a paste.
- Apply on your face and leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes.
- Wash off with cold water.
Now, you can put those orange peels to good use instead of throwing them away.
9. Tea Tree Oil Acne Solution
Tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties that help reduce the numbers of acne-causing bacteria on your skin. It helps to disinfect your skin without stripping off your skin’s natural moisture.
To use tea tree oil as acne treatment, make sure it is 100-percent tea tree oil and not just products containing tea tree oil. Put a couple of drops onto a cotton bud and spot treat on the affected area of your skin. If you find pure tea tree oil to be too harsh on your skin, you can add aloe vera gel or honey.
10. Strawberry and Honey Facial Mask
These red, luscious fruits are not only a treat to your palate, but can also help you treat bothersome acne. Strawberries are rich in antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation common in acne. It contains salicylic acid, which helps eliminate dead skin cells that can clog your pores. Honey is a popular ingredient for homemade skin remedies because of its antibacterial and moisturizing properties.
To prepare your strawberry and honey mask, mash a half cup of fresh strawberries, and then add a tablespoon of honey. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for at least 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
If you can’t spare a few minutes for this preparation method, you can slice the strawberries into half and put the open side directly on your face.
11. Banana Peels for a Homemade Acne Mask
Banana peel is another fruit peel you shouldn’t dispose of because you can use it for treating your acne. Banana peels contain iron, manganese and zinc, which can help soothe inflammation. They are rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E that promote overall skin health. Banana peels also have antiseptic properties, which can help prevent the proliferation of bacteria that cause acne.
To use banana peels on your skin, simply massage the inner side of the peels on your skin and wait for at least 20 minutes before washing your face.
12. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is a plant you should have in your own garden. It is a popular remedy for various skin problems, including acne. Aloe vera has a soothing effect on inflamed skin because of its glycol-protein content. It also contains substances with antibacterial properties and is an astringent that can help cleanse the accumulated dead skin cells.
If you have your own aloe vera plant, you can easily take a leaf, slice it in half and extract the gel you’ll apply on your skin. If you don’t have one and can’t find one near your home, you can buy aloe vera gel at the grocery store, pharmacy or health food store. Just be sure it is 100-percent aloe and doesn’t contain added ingredients.
13. Lemon Juice for Pimple Treatment
Lemon juice is another staple when it comes to home remedies for the skin and a staple ingredient in homemade acne treatments. It can help treat acne in several ways. It is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that can fight free radicals that trigger inflammation. It contains citric acid, which can help the skin exfoliate. Lemon juice has antibacterial properties. It can also minimize acne scars because it can help lighten the skin a bit.
You can use plain freshly squeezed lemon juice for spot treating your acne or dilute it with water if you have sensitive skin. You can also add milk, yogurt, honey or rose water.
Just one reminder, though, using lemon juice on your skin can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. It is best if you use it at night or let it stay on your skin overnight.
14. Garlic Paste
Garlic applied topically on the skin may be a stinky idea, but it can help you get rid of your acne. Garlic has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help kill bacteria and soothe irritation. It is rich in antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation caused by free radicals. It contains vitamins and minerals that can help keep the skin healthy and less prone to acne.
To use garlic for a DIY acne treatment, peel three cloves and crush before pureeing it with a blender. Spot treat your acne with the garlic puree and wash it off when your skin starts to sting. If you have sensitive skin, you can soak crushed garlic cloves in a cup of water and apply the water on your acne with a cotton ball.
15. Oatmeal Face Mask
Oatmeal facial mask is one of the best homemade acne treatments. A face mask made from oatmeal can help absorb oil on your skin, which makes you prone to forming acne. It has soothing effects on inflamed skin and it can help remove dead skin cells that clog your pores.
You can use cooked or uncooked oatmeal for treating acne. Boil a half cup of oatmeal in one-third cup of water. Turn off the stove once the oatmeal forms a thick paste. Let it cool down before applying a thick layer on your face. Leave the face mask on until it dries before rinsing it off with warm water.
16. Sugar Scrub
Sugar is one item that will never go missing in your kitchen. Besides cooking and making coffee, you can use sugar to make your acne go away. A sugar scrub makes an excellent homemade back acne treatment, too, because it can help get rid of accumulated dead skin cells on your back.
A scrub made from sugar can help remove dead skin cells that accumulate due to excessive sun exposure and pollution. It helps get rid of excess oil on your skin without causing dryness. Scrubbing your skin with the tiny granules helps improve circulation and increase collagen production for better skin health.
To make your own sugar scrub, mix equal parts of brown sugar and honey then gently massage your skin with the mixture. Let it stay on your skin for a few minutes more before rinsing it off.
17. Avocado and Honey
This natural homemade acne treatment can get real messy, but is definitely worth it. Avocado can help soothe inflammation acne brings and it helps moisturize the skin, which in a way may help decrease excessive oil production.
To make an avocado face mask, mash avocado with your hands, add honey and mix it well. Gently massage the mixture on your face in circular motions. Leave on the face for 20 minutes then rinse with water.
18. Green Tea
Treating acne is another reason why you should always keep green tea in your pantry. Applying green tea on your skin can help decrease oil production by 50 percent. It contains catechins that help prevent damage to skin cells caused by free radicals. It contains an antioxidant that can help improve inflammation and it can help eliminate acne-causing bacteria on your skin.
To use green tea for treating acne, steep a tea bag in a cup of hot water. Let it cool down before applying it on your skin with a cotton ball. Let your face dry before washing it water.
Excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria leads to the formation of acne that could leave permanent scars when they go away.
When acne starts to appear, one thing that pops up in your mind is finding a way to get rid of it effectively yet safely. Create these homemade acne treatment recipes and say goodbye to acne.
Treating acne need not be expensive. You can make your own acne treatment with the use of basic ingredients you can readily find in your home.