5 Natural Acne Remedies to Try at Home
Acne is way more than just a few zits. It is a serious, and sometimes painful skin condition which can be very embarrassing. While it cannot always be prevented, there are certainly things that you can do to improve the condition. Read below for 10 natural acne remedies that you can try at home.
Let’s start with a breakdown of the ingredients used in these natural acne remedies.
Honey is an antiseptic which prevents the growth of disease causing organisms. Honey releases low levels of hydrogen peroxide that disinfect your skin. It has a high sugar concentration and acidic properties, which impair the bacteria’s ability to replicate. Applying an antiseptic to a fully developed pimple or a whitehead can stop the infection in your pore from getting worse.
Honey also has anti-inflammatory qualities that help prevent the swelling and redness that can come from acne. Lastly, for those with dry skin, honey is a natural humectant, which preserves moisture in your skin and can prevent some peeling and dryness that other acne treatments can cause.
There are three main properties of cinnamon that makes it useful in acne treatment. These are its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Since acne is the sum total of several changes to the nature of the skin including bacterial colonization of the skin, inflammation and increased breakdown of keratin, cinnamon has the right properties to effectively treat the skin disease.
Propolis is known for its ability to fight against a lot of powerful bacteria. Since propolis has such powerful healing properties, it works quickly to regenerate skin to help make skin texture smoother and suppler. It is also effective at controlling oil production from overactive sebaceous glands.
Apple Cider vinager:
Apple cider vinegar is a strong anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. This can help exfoliate your skin and balance the pH. Among other things, vinegar can cure acne and make your skin look younger. These are only two of the reasons you have to include vinegar in your skincare routine.
It is a natural astringent, as it helps to remove excess oil from the skin. That’s why it’s considered one of the best natural acne treatments out there and is used in all sorts of washes and treatment gels. Plants like witch hazel contain a high level of polyphenols; the same compounds used to create anti-aging supplements that help slow down disease. As it’s a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, it’s able to battle free radicals to protect against DNA damage.
According to dermatologists and aromatherapists, lavender essential oil is one of the most beneficial oils in the treatment of acne. Lavender essential oil inhibits the bacteria that cause the initial infection, helps to regulate some of the over-excretion of sebum by hormonal manipulation and can reduce the signs of scarring after the acne has begun to heal.
Jojoba oil has a comedogenicity rating of only 2, indicating a “moderately low” chance that it will clog your pores up. It is also a natural moisturiser.
Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial, antifungal and moisturizing agent. According to research, coconut oil may also be great for atopic dermatitis.
Lemon essential oil is one of the most powerful anti-acne essential oils. It contains powerful ingredients like antioxidants, vitamin C and citric acid which fight off acne causing germs and boost collagen production, thereby reducing scarring.
Frankincense essential oil is a powerful antiseptic, anti-fungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial essential oil that actively fights acne-causing bacteria and it can help prevent acne from forming in the first place, as well as clear already existing acne. Frankincense essential oil is also very effective in controlling oily and greasy skin, without drying it up completely – and this is a very important step in fighting acne.
DIY Natural Acne Face Mask
- 2 tsp Honey
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- Mix the ingredients until they are blended well. If the mixture is too thick, add more honey.
- Using your fingers, apply directly on to damp face and leave it on for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
DIY Natural Acne Scrub
- ¾ cup of organic sugar
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- 5 drops of lemon essential oil
- Measure the sugar directly into the container you’ll use to store it
- Slowly stir in the oil, making sure it saturates all the sugar. Measure & stir in the lemon essential
- Store in an air-tight container and use within six months.
DIY Natural Acne Spot Treatment
- 20 drops Propolis Tincture
- 5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- ½ tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
- Add the Tincture and Tea tree to the bicarb to make a paste
- Apply directly on to spots and leave on for 15-20 minutes
DIY Natural Acne Face Wash
- 1 cup Coconut Oil
- 1 tbsp Baking Soda
- 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 40 drops Ultra Bee Propolis Tincture
- Melt the coconut oil over low heat
- Remove from heat & add in remaining ingredients
- Store in a jar or airtight container
DIY Natural Acne Toner
- 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tbsp Witch Hazel
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 drops Jojoba Oil
- 40 drops Ultra Bee Propolis Tincture
- Add all the ingredients into a spray bottle
- Shake gently to disperse the oils
- Store in a cool dark place
- Use on clean skin at least twice a day. Shake gently before each use and either spray directly on skin or apply to a cotton pad and then to your face
- Finish with a light moisturiser or sunscreen, such as our Sunscreen 35