5 Natural Home Remedies for Acne and Pimples

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Lately I am experiencing pimples breakout especially before my period comes. It must be due to hormonal change and/or because of stress and sleep deprivation. Look how unpleasant it can be.

Acne or pimples is a common skin problem affecting people of all ages. Anyone can suffer from this but acne or pimples is most common among teenagers because of the increased level of hormones in their bodies. Apart from hormonal changes, sleep deprivation, too much stress and unhealthy diet can also cause acne or pimple breakouts.

Aside from it's not pleasant to look at, it can sometimes be painful because of swelling due to bacterial infection. Whenever I have breakouts, I always opt to use my tried and tested natural home remedies for acne and pimples.

Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Apple cider vinegar toner is always my first aid when I am having pimple breakout. The antibacterial properties of apple cider cider help keep acne under control. The malic and lactic acids found in apple cider vinegar soften and exfoliate skin thereby reducing the red spots and balance the pH of skin.

How to use:
You can start with the 1:2 (ACV:water) ratio concentration. Use a cotton ball and apply just like a toner after washing your face. Don't forget to moisturize your face after.

Baking Soda Scrub/Mask

Baking soda is one of natural remedies we always have at home. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, has a mild antiseptic properties and also has ability to fight fungus and bacteria. It works as gentle exfoliant for skin, unplugging pores and removing dead akin. Thus, making the skin soft and beautiful.

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How to use:
You can use the baking soda as scrub or mask. As scrub, just add water to baking soda to make a paste mixture. Massage the paste on your face. After 5 minutes, rinse thoroughly with warm water, pat dry and moisturize.

As mask, just add water to baking soda to make a paste mixture. Massage this mixture on your face in a slow circular motion and let it dry for 15-20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, pat try and moisturize.

Brown Sugar Scrub

Brown sugar is a gentle exfoliant too. It helps remove excess skin cells that clogs pores. Unlike other exfoliants, brown sugar does not dries skin because it is a natural moisturizer.

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How to use:
You can use mix equal parts of brown sugar with honey or  olive oil to make an instant scrub. Or just mix brown sugar with plain water to create a paste mixture for ready to use facial scrub. I usually use brown sugar scrub with calamansi or lemon juice. Apply the mixture on your face and gentle massage on the face. Leave for few minutes then rinse off with water.

Cinnamon and Honey Mask

Cinnamon and honey make a killer combination for acne and pimples. It's because cinnamon has antimicrobial properties that help stop bacteria from growing. While honey is a natural anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory too.

How to use:
You can use mix 2 tbs of honey with 1 tsp of cinnamon to create a paste. Apply this paste on your face or just spot treat on the affected areas. Leave for 10-15 minutes and rinse off thoroughly. Pat and dry.

Olive Oil

Olive oil has many therapeutic properties. Olive oil has anti-bacterial properties that hinders the growth of acne bacteria. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that helps reduce the redness of the skin and also the pain from the swelling. Moreover, olive oil is a fantastic anti-oxidant so it helps to get rid of hard spots and blemishes after the acne affliction.

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How to use:
You can use mix olive with brown sugar or baking soda to make a scrub. But I simply use it like a moisturizer on face or as treatment using a cotton ball then directly apply on the affected areas. After applying overnight, you can see a quick result the next day especially with swollen pimples. It can quickly reduce swelling and pain.

Those are 5 of the natural home remedies fro acne and pimples that I have tried and tested. Natural remedies are safer and cheaper to use that using chemical treatments.

Now, it's very important to know what is/are the cause/s of you acne or pimple breakouts. It could be because of hormonal change or because of lack of sleep, high stress level or unhealthy eating habit. The root cause should be addressed because acne will just recur over and over until the main cause is addressed. Also, make sure to have a regular skin care routine, and add the natural remedies. And be patient in waiting for the treatment effect.