I definitely don’t always promote that you turn immediately to smearing food on your face to help reduce your acne woes, but some of these may be a good option for you depending on what you need or if you are looking for something to try that is not going to fry your face to the point of it peeling, which definitely happens if you overuse some of those products.
Remember that there are different types of acne out there so not every treatment is going to be the right treatment for your kind of acne. Don’t just jump in and try something on a whim. Some treatments that help one kind of acne can exacerbate another kind of acne. If you can talk to a dermatologist first, that’s great. But if not, I made this list. None of these treatments will hurt you, but most will definitely not smell the greatest. The best part is that you most likely have some of these ingredients already laying around the house waiting to be used. So go forth and see what you can do.
Here’s my list of 7 remedies that can actually help with acne.
- Honey: I know its stick and can attract ants. But honey is actually good for you anyway, so you shouldn’t be too surprised that it is also pretty good for your skin too. It has a natural antibiotic property in it which can kill the bacteria on your skin. I would recommend not putting the honey on your face straight out of a jar, but you can make a mask by mixing 1 part honey to 2 parts oatmeal and leave it on for a half hour.
- Aspirin: Salicylic acid is in aspirin. If you want to make a homemade mask, you just need to crush up some aspirin, mix it in water, and smear the past all over your face.
- Witch hazel: I still have memories of my mother smearing this on my chicken pox. But much like with chicken pox, witch hazel will naturally dry out pimples and help shrink them down.
- Apple cider vinegar: There are a billion uses for apple cider vinegar and one of them is for your skin. It has a natural acid in it which can help reduce the bacteria and take the redness out of the pimples. Just mix apple cider vinegar with a little water and use a cotton ball to dab it on your skin.
- Green tea: Green tea is well-known for its antimicrobial abilities to work on the inside of your body, but it can have a similar effect on the outside of your body. Grab a cup of cool green tea and use it as a face wash. You can also put a tea bag on a breakout area to try to help it go down on its own.
- Fresh mint: If you have a little herb patch outside, mint may be the answer for your acne. You just chop up some fresh mint, mix it with yogurt and oatmeal and smear it on your face as a mask. It smells really good. Mint is great for taking the oil off of your skin.
- Lemon: Lemons have the ability to exfoliate, disinfect, and reduce the redness in your acne. If you already have some acne scars, lemon juice can reduce the redness and appearance of them. Grab a cotton ball with some lemon juice on it and dab it where you have a breakout. You should rinse your skin afterward though.