Acne and spots are very common skin concerns that come about when hair follicles are blocked by dead skin, body oils, and bacteria. This causes pimples, whiteheads, and even blackheads. However, there are other contributors to acne, which may include stress, hormones or even genetics (studies have found the heritability of acne to be around 80%).
Acne is so persistent that many jump from one form of treatment to another without giving them time to work correctly, which sometimes might turn out to be very expensive. So many people have experienced this condition, especially during their teenage years, although it is fairly common among adults too. I’ve seen lots of products targeted at treating spots and acne but I’ve also heard about medication and some natural remedies however it is essential to note that even before trying out any tablets or natural remedies, taking good care of your skin is the most effective thing you can do to help any skin condition.
Here are a list of five compelling natural acne treatments I’ve found online; have you tried any of these? Do you think they would work or would you prefer to stick to products?
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
The main constituent of this kind of vinegar is fermented apple juice, and in some cases, it may be unfiltered. Vinegar has the natural ability, through organic acids, to fight off germs and bacteria, which could make this method very useful. Compounds such as succinic acid also reduce scarring, which may result when particularly nasty spots burst and damage the skin.
How to apply
For every part of apple cider vinegar, mix it with three parts clean water. Wipe your face with a clean, soft cloth and then apply the water-vinegar mixture and leave it to rest for twenty seconds, or shorter for sensitive skin. Finally, rinse with clean water and carefully dry the area. You can repeat this process up to two times daily, depending on your preference.
It is important to note that you should never apply the vinegar without mixing it with water, as it may have a burning effect or cause severe irritation.
TEA TREE OIL
This is an effective method when it comes to treating spots or small inflamed areas, as confirmed by scientific studies. Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the tea tree, a plant native to Australia. Just like apple cider vinegar, it fights germs while minimising swellings. This oil may not show results as quickly compared to other treatments, but is excellent for steady results over a couple of weeks and causes significantly fewer side effects.
This is the one natural remedy that I use. I apply a stick that contains both tea tree and witch hazel to my eye brows after I have them waxed and it helps prevent and reduce the spots that I get post waxing.
How to apply
For every part of tea tree oil, mix it with nine parts of water as it is very potent. Wipe the intended area with clean water first to remove any dust or dirt. Immerse a piece of cotton wool and evenly apply the solution to the affected area. Repeat the process for a maximum of two times in a day.
Famously known for its high antioxidant properties, green tea is also quite useful for your skin. Although no concrete results have been found when you drink it concerning your skin, it could be however, loosely beneficial to acne treatment as it fights bacteria while preventing the re-occurrence of infections.
How to apply
Boil a heaped spoon or two for about four minutes and leave it to cool completely. Use a piece of cotton wool to apply the mixture to the affected area and then leave your skin to dry. Finally, rinse the area with clean water and wipe it dry.
You could make a face mask by mixing honey and the tea leaves and use it as another method of application.
MOISTURISING WITH ALOE VERA
This is arguably the most common plant used in the treatment of skin conditions and is included within the formulas in many skincare products because of its ability to reduce inflammation. Salicylic acid, which is a significant component, does a tremendous job in the treatment of acne.
How to apply
Clean the desired area of application with a clean cloth. Cut a piece of aloe Vera leaf and scrape the clear gel with a small spoon and apply directly. Reapply the gel for a maximum of two times in a day.
This product is derived from the witch hazel shrub and is exceptionally useful in fighting off bacterial infections and preventing inflammation. Although it has not been confirmed to treat acne specifically, its antibacterial properties will go a long way towards keeping your skin clear.
How to apply
Mix a tablespoon of hazel bark with a cup of fresh water in a small pot and leave it to soak for about thirty minutes. Then, boil the mixture and let it simmer while covered for about ten minutes. Leave it to cool for another ten minutes before straining. Finally, drain the liquid into a bottle or sealed container. Clean your skin and apply once or twice a day depending on your preference.