If you’re struggling with acne, don’t worry, it’s common form for people of all ages, though more so for teens and women going through the menopause.
Acne happens when you’ve got a hormonal imbalance in the body. Any changes in your hormones cause glands to produce more oil than usual, which then causes your skin pores to get clogged up, allowing bacteria to grow.
So you know why it happens, but we all know it doesn’t end there. If you’ve tried to take things into your own hands and got impatient you’ll know that acne leaves scars to occur after a breakout. They won’t go away easily and cause damage to your skin. They’re usually red or brown with uneven, trenched texture to them.
There’s no set time as to how long they last, though it’s often weeks to months, it’s best to steer clear of harsh chemical treatments. There’s plenty of home remedies you can try and prevention measures you can take to speed things up. Ultimately you need to be patient.
Here are some natural remedies
Make a Honey and Cinnamon Mask
Both honey and cinnamon are excellent sources of antioxidants.
Studies have found applying antioxidants to the skin is more effective at reducing acne than benzoyl peroxide and retinoids.
These are two common acne medications for the skin that have antibacterial properties.
The antioxidants studied were vitamin B3, linoleic (omega-6) fatty acid and sodium ascorbyl phosphate (SAP), which is a vitamin C derivative.
These specific antioxidants are not found in honey or cinnamon, but there is a possibility that other antioxidants may have a similar effect.
Honey and cinnamon also have the ability to fight bacteria and reduce inflammation, which are two factors that trigger acne.
While the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties of honey and cinnamon may benefit acne-prone skin, no studies exist on their ability to treat acne.
How to Make
Mix 2 tablespoons honey and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together to form a paste.
After cleansing, apply the mask to your face and leave it on for 10–15 minutes.
Rinse the mask off completely and pat your face dry.
Aloe Vera is anti-inflammatory and has antibacterial properties so is a great tool in your acne scar treatment arsenal.
What to do:
1. You’ll need the actual aloe vera leaf – scoop out the gel after you cut it open.
Apply the gel to the scars and massage it in.
Leave it for 30 minutes. Rinse it off.
Repeat 2 or 3 times daily.
2. Mix 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel and 2 or 3 drops of tea tree essential oil.
Apply it to the scar.
Rinse it off with cold water after 10 to 15 minutes.
Use once daily.
This is a rich source of vitamin E and fatty acids.
1. Rub coconut oil into the skin
Apply warm coconut oil to the scars
Massage onto scars for 5 to 10 minutes
Leave for an hour
Rinse with warm water
2. Mix lavender oil with 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Apple to area and massage in for a few minutes
Leave for 20-30 minutes
Rinse it off with warm water
Repeat once or twice daily for several weeks.
Lemon works as a natural bleach and helps lighten any kind of scars on your skin.
It removes dead skin cells, promotes new skin cell growth and improves skin elasticity.
What to do:
1. Apply fresh lemon juice directly on to the scars using your fingertips or a cotton bud.
Leave it for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with water.
Repeat 1 or 2 times a day.
Mix equal amounts of lemon juice and honey.
Use a cotton ball to apply to the scars.
Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes.
Wash it off with water and pat dry.
Repeat once a day.
2. Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice with 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil.
Apply to your acne scars before going to bed.
Wash it off the next morning.
Treat With Tea Tree Oil
It is well known for its ability to fight bacteria and reduce skin inflammation.
What’s more, several studies show that applying 5% tea tree oil to the skin effectively reduces acne.
When compared to 5% benzoyl peroxide, 5% tea tree oil did not act as quickly, but it did significantly improve acne after three months of use.
It also resulted in fewer adverse effects like dryness, irritation and burning, compared to benzoyl peroxide.
Tea tree oil is very potent, so always dilute it before applying it to your skin.
How to Use It
Mix 1 part tea tree oil with 9 parts water.
Dip a cotton swab into the mixture and apply it to affected areas.
Apply moisturizer if desired.
Repeat this process 1–2 times per day, as needed.
Acne is a common problem with a number of underlying causes. However, conventional treatments can cause dryness, redness, and irritation.
Fortunately, many natural remedies can also be effective. The home remedies listed in this article may not work for everyone, but they just might be worth a try.
Nevertheless, you may want to consult a dermatologist if you have severe acne.
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