Teenagers know all too well how annoying acne can be, and I couldn’t be more sympathetic for the distress this condition causes. I’ve been trying to get to the bottom of this issue myself, and I wasn’t cheap when it came to purchasing the most celebrated commercial creams and lotions. To say that the results are averaged would be an understatement because what frequently happens is that acne disappears for a short period of time only to reemerge.
A relapsing condition is usually suggesting the fact that the underlying causes haven’t been addressed, and treating the effects is not enough. What made me shift from commercial to homemade acne treatments, was the need to find a durable alternative. By using relatively common ingredients that we have around the house and following recipes that anyone can understand and use successfully, I got rid of acne for good. My sensitive skin didn’t respond well to the chemicals found in commercial acne treatments, and things got worse as I had to use them over and over again after each relapse.
Olive or Castor oil are hardly expensive or rare ingredients, and these are the main components for some of the most effective acne remedies. They don’t have a negative impact on even the most sensitive skin, and no side effects comparable to those triggered by the chemicals existing in over-the-counter acne remedies. The pores are cleansed and after the bacteria responsible for the acne outburst is dealt with, the skin is hydrated and moisturized.
1 Olive Oil
You may envision the greasy, shiny, clogging feeling of spreading goo on your face. But don’t get terrified in using oil on your face as oil alone will not cause blemishes. Fundamentally, oil dissolves oil anytime you are cleansing and moisturizing your skin besides, it also protects and heals the skin so that it may function properly. The main idea of this skin treatment and cleaning technique is that the oil applied to massage your skin will certainly break down the oils that have solidified with impurities and have been trapped in your skin pores.
How to Apply: Massage a small amount of olive oil on your face and put a steaming towel over your face and let it sit for 3- 5 minutes . The steam will open up your pores allowing the oil to dissolve effortlessly and simply wipe the oil away using the same towel before rinsing with cool water.
2 Castor Oil
Castor oil happens to be the focal point of numerous books and health-related discourse due to its apparently “magical” curative properties and works the same way as olive oil for home acne cleanser. However, due to its dense and potent cleansing properties, it is recommended to thin it down with another oil with thinner consistency.
I used Sunflower Seed Oil to mix with castor oil as it provides an extra opulent experience when it comes to massaging. It easily penetrate into the skin hence helping the castor oil spread deeply into the pores letting it pull the grime and dirt to the surface of your skin in which it could be easily wiped and cleaned.
Here’s the recommended ratio when blending your deep cleansing oil:
for Oily Skin: Mix 30% Castor Oil with 70% Sunflower Seed Oil.
for Balanced Skin: Mix 20% Castor Oil with 80% Sunflower Seed Oil.
for Dry Skin: Mix 10% Castor Oil with 90% Sunflower Seed Oil.
Baking soda is an excellent exfoliator. I used baking soda twice a week as an acne scrub to exfoliate or remove the top layer of dead skin cells while opening up clogged pores. If being used properly, it won’t cause any redness or irritation even if you have a sensitive skin.
How to Apply: Start in creating a paste using baking soda and distilled water, apply the mixture to your clean, damp face using slow circular motion for about 2 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat your face dry.
Oatmeal is not just for breakfast, it is also good in promoting beautiful, healthy skin and been a fundamental beauty tool among skin experts even the medieval ones. A lot of people affirmed the effectiveness of oatmeal as a natural treatment for acne-breakouts. As a matter of fact, a lot of commercial beauty products and moisturizers comprise of oatmeal due to its benefits in healing skin and open pores. These tiny granular flakes work wonders once applied on the skin, taking away dead cells, inflammation and irritation resulting in a smooth, hydrated radiance skin.
How to Apply: Grind 2 tbsp of oatmeal flakes in a blender to get a powder consistency. After that, add half tbsp of honey plus few drops of hot water to make a paste. Gently massage the mixture on your cleaned face while skin is still damp and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water and apply your moisturizer.
5 Organic Raw Honey
There are numerous factors why honey is great as a home acne treatment. One reason is honey can be used as a gentle disinfectant. Once combined with water, raw/ unprocessed honey produces hydrogen peroxide due to its enzyme properties. Hydrogen Peroxide is commonly used to clean cuts or abrasions.
It is also a good exfoliant because honey includes gluconic acid that acts as a mild alpha hydroxy acids, these harmless acids enable to ease the bonds between dead skin cells thus making it less difficult to remove the layer. Plus, these kind of acids boost skin elasticity, increase collagen production and stabilize oily skin leaving you a more youthful look.
How to apply: Simply apply the raw honey onto your damp cleaned-face and let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes before rinsing it off with tepid water. Using cotton ball, rub apple cider as a toner and apply moisturizer.
Tip: Just make sure that you use raw unpasteurized honey. Many of the healing properties found in honey are destroyed by intense heat or pasteurization. You can create a honey mask by mixing it with other ingredients like oats, cinnamon or turmeric and lemon (for brightening). All these ingredients are natural and great for skincare.
6 Steam Facial
Steaming your face can actually help opening up the pores thus enabling them to breath. The hot vapor itself aids in killing the impurities, destroy acne nodules and bacteria that caused inflammation or redness while the active humidity soothes and dehydrates the skin.
Just boil 2-3 cups of water into the stove, once the water is boiling turn the stove off and transfer the pot to a bun-proof counter or table. Pull your hair back and place your face over the pot (at least 12 inches) and cover your head with a small towel allowing the steam to sop up to your face. Do the process for 5 to 10 minutes. To top it notch, grab a baking soda and add a few drops of water to make a paste and gently rub it to your damp face before rinsing it off with cool water to close your pores.
7 Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Many people swear the effectiveness of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) as a home cure for treating acne and acne scars because of its anti-bacterial properties that slows down the growth of the bacteria that causes breakouts. It has the ability to balance the pH levels on the skin hence staving off blemishes from forming. You can either drink or use it topically.
How to apply: Use equal parts of water and organic apple cider vinegar. Grab and moisten the cotton ball with the mixture, dab it on your face and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. You can apply this treatment 3x a day and you’ll see your zits will start to vanish.