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The skin is the largest organ in the body and the first thing people come into contact with when they see you. Everyone wants glowing, bright skin unmarred by red splotches and bumps.
I’ve struggled on and off with mild acne for my entire adult life. Pimples seem to know exactly when to show up, like when you have some important event and you wanted to look your fantastic best without a volcano-crater erupting on your face. If you’re lucky, you might be able to get rid of it overnight (I’d suggest doing the Aspirin spot treatment followed up by a dab of the clay mask – or drying lotion if you have it).
The good news is that there are wonderful free remedies that you probably already have ingredients for in your kitchen. There are also some excellent inexpensive products that can help. These may not rid your inflamed little agitators overnight, but with proper care they will start to go away sooner rather than later, and with regular maintenance you can keep them away for good.
In order to keep healthy skin you have to put in a little work, but it certainly doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. You should try mixing up the different recipes below so that your skin isn’t getting too used to any one remedy. What works for a bit might stop working if you don’t alternate – your skincare regimen benefits from variety.
It’s important to understand the cause of acne so that you understand why these remedies DO work.
Acne Causes can include:
- Dry Weather
- Polluted Environments
- Clogged Pores
- Poor Diet
Home-Made Acne Cures
Vitamin E Oil
It might seem counter-intuitive to slather your face in oil when your skin is making excess acne-causing oil, but your skin actually over-produces oil when it doesn’t have enough and is trying to compensate. This often happens in very dry climates where the skin is craving moisture. Use a good quality Vitamin E oil either as a nightly moisturizer or if you can’t stand the greasy feel of it, rub your face with it at night then wash it off with a hot washrag, enough will remain on your skin to keep a moisture barrier which will prevent your body from overproduction of oil. Some people also claim Jojoba oil works well but I’ve always preferred Vitamin E for the healing properties. Make sure you get one that has a high IU count, like this Vitamin E Oil
Cinnamon, Honey & Turmeric
The combination of these powerful anti-oxidants bring with them great healing power. Mix a little cinnamon, turmeric, and honey together to form a paste and apply this as a spot treatment to acne areas or as a mask for your entire face. Leave this on for 20 minutes and when you remove it, your skin will feel very soft. Warning: turmeric will stain your face a bit with a yellow tint. This will come off eventually but you probably want to give it a few hours in between applying this mask and going somewhere (work, school, the store). If you need to get turmeric stains off in a hurry, use a little lemon juice mixed with coconut or other oil and scrub repeatedly. Obviously, if you are allergic to any of these ingredients DO NOT
use them on your face.
This mask is a small miracle worker. Since the only ingredient is really Aspirin, which is actually salicylic acid, be careful here on three counts: 1) Don’t leave this on too long or you may end up with a severe burn. 2) If you are allergic to Aspirin, DO NOT
use this mask. Ingredients are absorbed through the skin much like they are absorbed through consumption. 3) Don’t get it in your eyes. To make this mask, buy uncoated aspirin (cheapest one is fine) and put 2 on your counter on a napkin. Take the back of a spoon and squish down until you have powder. You can mix this with something thick like yogurt (to help it adhere) or you can just mix it with some water, until it forms a paste. Dab it on your spots or wash your face thoroughly and then apply it to your whole face. Once you have your paste you can apply it one of two ways. Spot treatment:
using a q-tip apply to problem areas and leave this on overnight. Or, full face mask:
only leave it on about 20 minutes, wash, and be sure to moisturize afterwards with something non-irritating but hydrating
like a hyaluronic acid
While you might not have raw bentonite or kaolin around the house there are a few different inexpensive products that have clay in them. Clay has drawing abilities, meaning, it might actually make you think you are getting worse not better for a few days because it will suck the pimples to the surface. With that being said, you might not want to use this right before a big event. But you want this eventually because it will help you purge and ultimately prevents acne from festering. Clay is also drying, so if you have already treated your pimple with something chemical put a little dab of clay on that spot and leave it overnight to dry that pimple up. Neutrogena’s Clear Pore
is a great, inexpensive option which has a combination of clays as well as benzoyl peroxide in it, and can be used as a mask or a cleanser. Aztec Secret
is another top notch facial clay that can really make a huge difference in your skin if used correctly – make sure you mix it with Bragg’s ACV
if you buy it, otherwise it is not as effective. For the men:
While men can actually benefit from any of the remedies listed here, this clay whiskey mask
is made to help your dude feel less fru-fru about the ordeal. Women love this one too.
Peppermint Oil & Tea Tree
Using either one or the other as a spot treatment can be very effective. Most people will swear by either one or the other. If you are using Peppermint Oil and it is concentrated, be careful. You will most likely want to dilute this down some as the full strength oil might cause burns. Add a few drops of Peppermint
or Tea Tree
oil to a carrier oil (jojoba, vitamin E, or another favorite choice you might have) and then use this on problem acne areas. Both of these oils can be used for many other purposes such as bug repellent, anti-fungal, anti-dandruff, anti-lice treatments, so if you purchase these (or already own them) they shouldn’t go to waste. My husband actually used a diluted solution of Peppermint oil on a very bad sunburn and it helped speed up his recovery by days.
Store-Bought Acne Solution
Drying Lotion Bye Bye Blemish.
Literally. Or use some version thereof. I found this about 15 years ago in a dollar store and I bought a bottle for $2.00. After using it that night, I immediately
went back the next day and bought the rest of the store’s supply. This is only a spot treatment but all you do is (don’t
shake it, you will want
to) dab a q-tip ALL THE WAY DOWN into the bottle, dab that on your pimples, then say “goodbye” to them. This stuff works like magic, but the actual chemistry of it is sulfur and salicylic acid. Active Ingredient: Sulfur 10% Inactive Ingredients: Isopropyl Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Zinc Oxide, Salicylic Acid, Camphor, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Iron Oxides (Cl 77491).
Most of these treatments deal with the problem once it’s already been created. But to prevent acne from forming in the first place, make sure that you are taking care of your skin from the inside out.
Ways to Create Beautiful Skin Internally:
• Drink lots of water and stay hydrated
• Avoid sugary foods and dairy
• Eat foods which are high in anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids like vegetables and fish
• Take a skin supplement which includes zinc
• Make Lemon, Lime and Cucumber water as a “Skin-Drink” once a week
Other Tips For Great Skin:
• Wash your face regularly and follow with a good moisturizer
• Exfoliate but don’t damage your skin with harsh exfoliants
• Don’t wear makeup that doesn’t breathe
• Use Sunscreen regularly
• Use a humidifier when you can to keep your skin from getting too dry.
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