Home Remedies for Acne that Works!
People who are plagued with acne can suffer from embarrassment, pain, discomfort, which may lead to self-consciousness and complex issues.
Acne often starts from teenage years when one’s self image can be most damaging. In desperation, many turn to over the counter acne lotions and acne creams with increasing chemical strength to speed up healing.
What is not known is that there are many helpful home remedies for acne that actually works! It should be cautioned though, that patience, discipline and lifestyle changes are required.
Avoid common mistakes and misconceptions about acne treatments:
- Over cleansing with harsh chemicals that irritate the skin
- Targeting acne affected skin with topical care only
- Not giving skin the time to adapt to a new routine
- Not staying well hydrated
- Not treating acne from the inside, out
- Picking, squeezing pimples in a haste to see results
What should a person do with acne?
- Cleansing Gently
Get rid of stubborn pimples, blackheads and whiteheads with thorough but gentle cleansing. It is a fallacy that only harsh detergents and chemicals can effectively clean.
There are many natural homemade washes like a Raw, Organic Honey Face Wash with a dash of apple cider or essential oils like tea tree oil, though it is not necessary.
- Dampen skin with warm water, and massage into face and neck.
- Some honey can be a little grainy eg. Manuka honey and works well as a gentle exfoliator as you massage.
- Rinse well and pat dry. Repeat morning and night or after workouts.
- Avoid over cleansing as the skin may compensate by overproducing oil. Try using Emu Tracks Liquid Hand & Body Wash that nourishes and restores skin while it gently cleanses.
- Healing Masks
A couple of times per week mix one tablespoon of raw honey with one tablespoon of yogurt. Apply to face, paying particular attention to the hairline, jawline and other acne prone areas. Relax for 10 minutes and gently wipe off with a damp cloth.
This helps to hydrate skin, fight common causes of acne and heal the skin.
- Spot Treat
Acne responds well to tea tree oil which is known to be an antiseptic and widely used to treat wounds, fight bacteria and fungi. However, use sparingly as it can be drying and stings on broken skin.
A great alternative is natural Emu Oil from Australia, which penetrates the skin easily and delivers anti-inflammatory properties to reduce swelling and infection. Often pimple bumps subside with multiple applications and acne scars are avoided altogether.
That acne-prone skin still needs to be moisturized seems to be counter intuitive.
The truth is, using topically applied products that focus on drying out the skin tricks the skin into producing more oil, which increases acne.
Use non-comedogenic and hyper allergenic products that do not clog pores and gentle enough for sensitive skin. Emu Oil moisturiser is enriched with rosehip oil and gets absorbed fast without leaving an oily residue.
- Eat Healthy
For acne-free skin exclude foods with hydrogenated oils, gluten, wheat, sugar and conventional dairy. It is important to avoid allergens or foods you have a particular sensitivity to – nuts, soy, peanuts and shellfish etc.
Learn to troubleshoot for your own situation, because everyone’s skin responds to different conditions differently.
It is important to stick with a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, get ample rest, keep up with your new skincare routine and change your pillowcase every week.
If acne appears around the hairline, commercial hair products may be to blame. Shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, gels and mousses contain acne-causing ingredients, including petroleum, parabens, silicone, sulfates, panthenol and other chemicals.
Try Emu Tracks Ultra Mild Shampoo & Conditioners which are healthier choices, suited for all skin types.
Makeup and skincare products contain ingredients that can cause acne. Common offenders include lanolin, mineral oil, aluminum, retinyl acetate, alcohol, oxybenzone, triclosan, parabens, polyethylene, BHA and BHT, and formaldehyde-based preservatives.
Even though the discussion focuses on the face, all of these home remedies for acne can be used on other parts of the body where acne occurs.
For the best outcome in fighting acne naturally, patience is required. Persisting with the healthy routine and results will follow.