10 Best Home Remedies Without Chemicals For Acne And Pesky Pimples
Hello guys, as we know, Acne is a common skin problem that affects people of all ages. Teenagers suffer the most from acne because of the increased hormone levels in their body. Sleep deprivation, too much stress, unhealthy eating habits and hectic lifestyles can also cause acne.
Acne can appear on the face, chest, back and scalp. Although there is no definitive cure, there are many simple and easy natural cures using common ingredients found in your pantry and refrigerator to prevent or minimize the problem. Natural acne remedies are a good way to get rid of it or at least hold it at bay. They make you step back and really figure out what’s going on with your skin, and how to work with it.
Chances are, your skin will repay you in kind for not simply ravaging it with strange chemicals-and your wallet will probably thank you too. So let’s start with some natural remedies to prevent your skin from acne and pimples.
Sugar, white or brown, helps get rid of the excess skin cells clogging up your pores by acting as gentle exfoliator. Mix it up with honey, olive oil, or just plain water and you have a sweet scrub to help rid you of your acne woes. There are plenty of different recipes out there, but we found this one to be particularly delightful.
You will need─
- 1 ½ cups of white sugar
- 1 ½ cups brown sugar, light or dark
- 2-3 tablespoons coarse sea salt
- Roughly 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 10 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract
- 1 whole vanilla bean (totally optional)
Mix 1 ½ cups of brown sugar and 1 ½ cups of brown sugar, adding in a few tablespoons of coarse sea salt for extra exfoliation, and mix. If you’re using the vanilla bean, scrap out the caviar (the inside stuff) and mix it in at this point as well. Put about 2 cups of this sugar/salt/vanilla mixture into a liquid measuring cup and pack it down nice and snug. Pour the extra virgin olive oil over the top, and let it soak through half the mixture, leaving a little layer on top. Mix this up in the measuring cup, and then add it to the rest of the sugar/salt/vanilla mix. Add 4-5 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract and mix it in. Now you can spoon your scrub into whatever containers you wish to store it, making sure to pack it down. If you like, drizzle one tablespoon of vanilla extract on top to ensure that you’ll get the delicious scent when you open it up. This will fill 4 half-pint jars.
Garlic is thought to be a good natural remedy for acne because of its supposed antibacterial properties. You can either ingest it, or apply it topically to help reduce the severity of your breakouts and prevent them in the future. If you can get the juice from the garlic, great, if you can’t, mashing it up and putting it in some water is fine. Never, ever, ever, apply garlic to your skin without diluting it first. If you’re hesitant about the garlic smell, look at the silver lining-others may be a bit taken aback, but you won’t have to worry about Dracula creeping around either.
You will need─
- -2-3 cloves of garlic
- water OR Aloe Vera gel
Either extract the garlic juice or mix it with 1 teaspoon or so of water, or mash up 2-3 cloves and let sit in water for about 10 minutes. Using a cotton pad, soak up the juice or garlic water and cover problem spots. If you don’t have cotton pad or something similar to apply it with, the mixture can be a bit runny and hard to work with. In this case, substitute Aloe Vera gel for water. If you choose to ingest garlic, a clove or two a day should be enough. Prepare it however you like.
3. Lemon Juice─
Lemon juice can help get rid of breakouts for a number of reasons. It is rich in vitamin C, which is good for all types of skin, and it’s a citric acid, so it helps ‘exfoliate’ the skin as well. Most importantly though, it is an astringent. An astringent will cause a contraction of body tissues, and will therefore dry out the blemish itself. It is also a natural skin whitener, which helps reduce redness. If you misplace a dab you may get a little white spot, but don’t panic- it will go away on its own accord. Rinse off any lemon juice before going out in the sun, as it may make you more sensitive to it.
You will need─
-1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice (approximately)
-Q-tips or cotton balls (optional)
Rinse face gently with water and pat dry. Dab fingers, a cotton ball, or a Q-tip in lemon juice and apply to pimple. If it stings, try mixing it first with a bit of yogurt.
4. Aloe Vera─
Aloe Vera gel can be used with other things to fight acne, but it’s a good thing on its own as well. If it’s going to be used on its own, the best is to have a little aloe plant floating around in your house, otherwise a good gel that’s sold in stores may work as well-just do some research on which ones have the least amount of additives. Not only is the aloe soothing, it works as an anti-inflammatory, decreasing redness and swelling. It also has antibacterial properties.
You will need─
- Enough Aloe Vera gel to spot treat or cover your problem areas
Wash your face with water and pat dry. Using your fingertips or a Q-tip, apply the aloe directly to your problem areas.
5. Tea Tree Oil─
You’ll read about tea tree oil for a lot of home remedies, but will most likely see it mentioned the most when comes to skin care, specifically, acne. But why, when too much oil is clogging the pores and making you break out, would you want to use more oil? Tea tree oil isn’t like the oil your skin naturally produces, rather it is more like a solvent that cuts through the extra sebum and dead skin cells, and unblocks the pores. Its antibacterial properties also kill off the acne causing bacteria, and prevent further outbreaks.
Note: Tea tree oil is ok for topical use, but should never be ingested. It should also always be diluted before use.
You will need─
- Tea tree oil (a small bottle will do)
- Clean water
- Q-tips or cotton balls
Wash your face with water and pat dry. Dilute tea tree oil by mixing 1 part oil to 9 parts water. Dip a Q-tip or cotton swab in mixture, and apply to problem areas. If you decide you want a stronger dilution after a while, you can slowly (slowly!) begin to increase the strength, making sure to use each new mixture for at least a week for making it any stronger. Again, it should never be applied undiluted. You can apply a light moisturiser afterwards if you wish.
Another option, especially if you have sensitive skin, is to dilute it with Aloe Vera gel instead of water.
Papaya is an essential ingredient in a lot of beauty products on the market today, but there’s no need to go out of your way to gain its benefits? Plain raw papaya is an all-natural acne remedy that removes dead skin cells and excess lipids from the surface of the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Lipids are a general term for fats, of which oil is a form of. Papaya also contains an enzyme called pa-pain, which reduces inflammation and helps prevent the pus from forming.
You will need─
- 1 fresh papaya
Rinse your face with water and pat dry. Mash up the flesh of the papaya well, until it is of a consistency that can be easily applied to your skin. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse off completely with warm water. If your skin has a tendency to get dry after you cleanse it, use a moisturiser appropriate for your skin type afterwards.
The toothpaste that you use regularly to clean your teeth can also help clear up an acne problem. This is in fact one of the easiest home remedies for acne. Toothpaste will dry out your skin and your acne will be removed from skin easily. Use of toothpaste on skin over whole night will remove the acne or pimple easily from skin.
Effect will be seen within 2-3 days from using this remedies.
You will need─
- White toothpaste
Apply a small amount of white toothpaste on the affected area before going to bed. Leave it overnight and rinse your face in the morning. The toothpaste will reduce the swelling and sry out a acne. Within a day or two you should see significant result.
8. Baking Soda─
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate works as a gentle ex-foliate for your skin. Thus, it unplugs the pores and removes dead skin.
It also helps regulate the pH balance of the skin and has mild anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
All these characteristics make it an excellent home remedy for clearing acne.
It also helps in removing acne and pimples by drying the skin.
You Will Need─
- One tea spoon baking soda
Apply a paste of one or two teaspoons of baking soda and a little water. Rinse it off after a few minutes. You can also mix together two tablespoons baking soda, one teaspoon cinnamon powder, the juice of half a lemon, and five tablespoons honey. Apply it on your face and wash after five minutes. Use baking soda on your skin once or twice a week.
9. Eggs White─
Egg whites are an easy and affordable way to help reduce acne and fade scars left by unfortunate blemishes. The reason people have found egg whites to be helpful for their skin is because they’re chock full of proteins and vitamins that both combat acne, and help to rebuild your skin cells. They also soak up excess oil, which means excess serum, (exactly what you were thinking right?) which means less stuff for bacteria to feed on.
Hooray! Just make sure to use a good moisturiser afterwards, as they can dry your skin out a bit.
You will need─
- 2 to 3 egg whites, separated from yolks
Rinse your face with water and pat dry. Separate the whites from the yolks. You can use as many as you like, but normally 2 to 3 is enough. Whisk the whites until they’re frothy, and let them sit for a few minutes. Cover your face with the mixture (applying with fingertips is easy) focusing on problem spots. 3 to 4 layers is usually enough, but make sure to wait the first has dried before applying more. Allow the mask to sit and dry for about 20 minutes before rinsing off completely with warm water and a patting dry with a soft wash-cloth. Apply moisturiser appropriate for your skin type.
10. Strawberries And Honey─
Honey and strawberries make a home remedy for acne that sounds pretty sweet (pun intended) and it combines two things that are used commonly in pricey, often time’s harsh, facial scrubs and cleansers. Strawberries may seem random, but consider the fact that they’re high in salicylic acid. Salicylic acid-a primary ingredient in many commercial acne treatments- encourages the epidermis to shed its cells more readily, opening up clogged pores, and neutralizing bacteria. It also shrinks up the pores a little bit, which prevents them from clogging up as much in the future, and encourages new cell growth. Honey also works against bacteria that may be behind your acne, and is an anti-inflammatory.
You will need─
- 3 fresh strawberries, washed well
- 2 teaspoons of good honey-raw is best
Wash your face with water and pat dry. Rinse 3 strawberries and mash them up well, taking care that they don’t get over-mashed and runny. Add the strawberries to two teaspoons of honey, and thoroughly blend them together. Apply to your face and let the mixture sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off completely with warm water, pat dry, and moisturise if your skin has a tendency to dry out. Use twice a week for at least a month.