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Natural Remedies Acne - Natural Remedies for Acne

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Acne is the most common skin disorder in the world. It affects 40 to 50 million teenagers and adults in the United States alone. It is characterized by pustules, blackheads, whiteheads, inflammation, skin eruptions, and even scarring. People who suffer from acne spend a combined amount of over $1 billion per year on acne treatments, most of which prove ineffective. Most people don’t realize that there are a number of natural remedies for acne that can be just as or more effective than any store-bought treatment.

Here are some of the most popular and most effective natural remedies for acne:

1. Washing and Basic Tips
The most effective of the natural remedies for acne is a regular schedule of delicate washing with mild soap. The best schedule for washing is once in the morning and once in the evening. Some people prefer to wash only once in the evening. It is just as bad to wash your skin too much as it is to not wash it enough. A mild moisturizing soap should be used and your skin should not be scrubbed.

In addition to washing your skin, you should shampoo your hair daily. This will remove excess oil from your hair that can easily transfer to your skin and exacerbate cases of acne. Here are some other easy tips to reduce acne:

  • Avoid touching your face with your hands.
  • Avoid scratching or popping pimples.
  • Take multivitamin. Sometimes acne outbreaks are caused by a lack of a specific vitamin or mineral.
  • Eat carrots – Beta-carotene (vitamin A) is good for the skin. It is also a power antioxidant that can help refresh skin cells and repair tissue damage.

2. Oatmeal and Honey
Oatmeal has been used for centuries as an effective natural remedy for acne. It is used as a mask that helps to absorb oil and exfoliate the skin. The honey is mostly used as a natural application for the oatmeal, but honey can help provide some tone to the skin. To use the oatmeal and honey treatment, cook ½ cup of plain oatmeal with water. Thoroughly mix in ¼ cup of honey, and allow the mixture to cool. Apply the mixture to your face and allow it to sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Try not to leave it on longer or it will be more difficult to remove as the honey binds to your skin. Rinse with warm water.

3. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a variety of succulent (cactus-like) plant that grows naturally all over the world. Aloe barbadensis is the most useful species. It grows wild throughout North America. Aloe arborescens is a common species used as a houseplant. It is not as effective as the former species. The leaves of the aloe vera plant contains a natural gel that is useful in soothing acne-plagued skin, and it works as a natural antibiotic.

To use fresh aloe vera, remove an entire leaf from a fresh aloe vera plant. Make a vertical cut the length of the leaf. A yellowish latex material will begin to drain from the leaf. After it has drained, remove the skin. This can be done easily with a serrated knife. Once you have the gel separated from the leaf, it should be rinsed under cool water. The gel is then applied directly to the skin, rubbing it in like a lotion. Avoid getting the gel in your eyes. You can prepare the aloe vera beforehand. It will keep for one week in a refrigerated airtight container.

4. Lemon and Rose Water
Lemon juice is a natural astringent. It can remove dirt and oil from the skin, leaving it clean and fresh. However, lemon juice is too acidic to use undiluted. This recipe uses equal parts lemon juice and rose water. Rose water can be purchased or prepared by soaking rose petals in filtered water. It is a natural skin toner and antibiotic. To use, apply the mixture directly to your skin. It may sting just a bit. Leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

5. Mint
Fresh mint has been found to be effective for treating acne. Although spearmint can be used, peppermint is preferable. Peppermint is naturally mentholated, which will help your skin more than a non-mentholated mint. To use the mint, simply take a handful of fresh leaves and grind them with a mortar and pestle. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can rub them vigorously between your hands until the leaves are crushed and the moisture in the leaves has been released. Gently rub the leaves on your skin so that the juices of the mint leaves have covered it. Leave it on for only 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

As with any treatment, discontinue if any of these natural remedies for acne causes lasting irritation.

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