When most people think of acne, what comes to mind is usually basic information that’s not particularly interesting or beneficial. But there’s a lot more to acne than just the basics.
There are tons of over-the-counter acne creams, lotions, gels, and washes that you can buy to help clear up your acne and most of these products do work well. The problem is that most of these products contain chemicals that can irritate your skin. Skin irritation is one of the causes of acne!
Why would you want to put anything on your skin that you cannot even pronounce? Why would you want to put anything on your skin that could actually cause what you are trying to clear up? A product that is expensive, isn’t necessarily better at clearing up acne, it is just expensive.
There are some natural products that you can find around your house that can be used to clear up your acne. These items will not harm your skin like some chemicals found in commercial products will, and they are inexpensive (you already have them).
Baking soda cleans around the house and makes a great skin scrub. A scrub is used to exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin and can eventually unclog your pores. To use baking soda for acne, make a paste with the baking soda and a little clean water. Gently massage the paste onto your skin for ten to fifteen seconds and then rinse the baking soda off with clean water and pat your face dry with a clean towel.
Another useful item you may have around your house is white vinegar. Use eight parts water to one part vinegar. First clean your face with a mild soap and pat it dry, then using a cotton ball soak the ball in the vinegar solution and apply it directly to the problem areas, leaving it on. If you have stubborn acne you can try a stronger vinegar solution, but rinse it off, do not leave it on if using a stronger solution. You can make a stronger solution for stubborn acne by mixing 2 or 3 parts of water to 1 part vinegar), then apply it directly to troubled areas of skin and rinse off after ten minutes.
You can also use apple cider vinegar to help clear up your acne also or stick to plain vinegar or white vinegar. The reason vinegar works is because it kills bacteria. Bacteria on your skin cause acne. The vinegar also balances your skin’s pH and absorbs oil that can cause acne.
You can also substitute lemon or lime juice in place of the vinegar. The citric acid in the juices acts as a exfoliate and also halts the growth of acne spots and fades the ones you already have.
Think about what you’ve read so far. Does it reinforce what you already know about acne? Or was there something completely new?
Masks like facials are good for tightening the skin and unclogging pores. You can make a natural mask for your face using egg whites. The egg white mask will heal and rebuild your skin as well as absorb excess oil from your face. To make the mask, crack and egg and remove the yolk. Beat the egg whites, and apply them directly to your face. Wait fifteen minutes, and then rinse your face.
Another way of preventing acne is by removing oil from your face. Use oatmeal to remove excess oil from your face. Cook oatmeal in the normal fashion, let it cool. Rub the cooled oatmeal over clean skin and let it sit like you would a mask. After it dries, rinse it off. Doing this on a regular basis should yield noticeable results.
Did you know that your digestive system and your skin are connected? Keeping your digestive system working smoothly can help you prevent acne from the inside out.
Using these non-chemical ways to clear up acne is gentler on your skin and less costly too.
It never hurts to be well informed with the latest on acne. Compare what you’ve learned here to future news articles so that you can stay alert to changes in the area of acne.