10 Natural Remedies For Acne
For some women, unwelcome breakouts don’t magically cease to exist once they reach a certain age. And according to a recent study, adult-onset acne is becoming more prevalent among a growing number of women. If you happen to be one of these women, natural remedies for acne may help you eliminate those breakouts for good.
While there are plenty of effective OTC creams available, if you prefer a natural approach or have already tried OTC and prescription treatments with limited results, then maybe it’s time to take a new direction. Sometimes the best thing you can do is go back to the basics. Using natural remedies for acne may be the key to achieve healthy glowing skin.
Use these natural care approaches to help reduce acne inflammation and breakouts:
Natural Topical Remedies
1. Tea tree oil is an essential oil that can help to reduce breakouts by killing bad bacteria. It’s antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-fungal properties, making it an easy and effective spot treatment. Be sure to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil, or a moisturizer before applying them to your skin to avoid skin sensitivities like burning or dryness.
2. Nicotinamide gel can help decrease skin inflammation, excess sebum and improve your skin’s barrier function associated with acne. An over-the-counter 2% to 5% concentration can be applied twice daily for two months to help reduce acne.
3. Licorice root extract contains a compound known as glycyrrhizin, which has both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. The root also produces licochalcone, which helps regulate the production of oils in the skin. Licorice root is an ideal natural remedy for those with oily or acne-prone skin.
4. French green clay, also known as bentonite clay, has an adsorbent power that may be helpful as a remedy for acne breakouts and oily skin. The clay will help remove sebum from the skin’s surface and has a calming effect on inflamed skin associated with breakouts.
5. Yogurt can be applied topically to help rebalance the skin’s microbiome. A healthy, balanced microbiome can better ward off the harmful bacteria that trigger outbreaks. Also, the lactic acid in yogurt has a balancing effect on sebum production.
Natural Supplemental Remedies
6. Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties to help relieve skin irritation. Some research shows zinc supplements can help reduce acne scars. There is also a correlation between low zinc and acne levels. This essential nutrient can reduce inflammation and calms androgens, the hormones that often trigger acne. You can take 30 to 60 mg of zinc daily or eat foods high in zinc like beef, shellfish, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, beans, nuts, and whole grains.
7. Green tea can decrease sebum production. Plus, this delicious beverage is high in antioxidants! Very simply, green tea has polyphenols, which are compounds in plants that have health benefits for people, like antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. The polyphenol in green tea is called catechins and effectively reduces skin inflammation associated with acne.
8. Omega-3 Fats are rich in antioxidants to soothe inflamed skin. They also play a crucial role in the production and regulation of hormones. A supplement that contains a healthy dose of Omega-3’s will provide you with excellent acne-fighting nutrients. You can also get Omega-3’s from flaxseed, nuts, hemp seeds, avocado, and fish.
9. Gamma-linolenic acid can be found in evening primrose, black current, and borage oils. GLA can help keep breakouts at bay by reducing prostaglandin and leukotriene levels to decrease skin inflammation. Additionally. they can help balance the hormones responsible for activating sebum production.
10. Probiotics can help keep our gut healthy—which is particularly important if you’ve taken antibiotics for acne. Research indicates that a healthy gut microbiome is essential in addressing acne; you can get probiotics by eating yogurt, or you can choose a probiotic supplement to help restore and maintain healthy gut flora.
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Natural Quick-Fix Remedies
For Breakouts: Try a purifying mud mask or this DIY turmeric and honey paste:
- Mix: 1 Tbsp plain yogurt with 1 Tbsp raw honey, and 1 tsp turmeric powder into a paste.
- Apply the paste to your face and neck, then leave for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Rinse paste with cool water. Pat your skin dry, and then apply your favorite serum and moisturizer.
For Excess Oil: Over-cleansing your face is a big mistake. Instead, try these tips:
- Use a gentle cleanser twice a day, and afterward, softly pat your skin dry.
- Use a plant-based oil blend to provide antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. The oil will also provide your skin with healthy hydration that won’t increase breakouts.
- Use blotting papers. The papers won’t treat the sebum production, but they’ll lift excess oils from your skin and reduce shininess.
4 Healthy Habits For Clearer Skin
Resist touching your face. This won’t cure your acne, but it will reduce the dirt, oil, and bacteria on your hands from coming into contact with your face and adding to clogged pores and breakouts.
Stop picking and popping acne. It may seem like success when you rid yourself of a pimple, but you may inadvertently be pushing infected material deeper into the skin, leading to an acne cyst. Popping can also spread bacteria and cause an infection. And finally, picking acne damages the skin and can lead to scarring and dark spots.
Wash your hats, pillowcases, sheets, masks, and anything else that will be touching your skin often. Also, choose pillowcases and sheets made from antimicrobial materials like silk or infused with silver. These materials help prevent bacterial growth on surfaces that will regularly come into contact with your skin.
Clean up your skin care products and cosmetics. Choose natural, safe, and effective skin care products that are formulated to help address skin issues like skin sensitivity, acne, eczema, and signs of early aging. Also, do a regular spring cleaning to rid your cabinets of old beauty products that harbor bacteria.
Are you not really sure what your skin needs? Take my Skin Quiz to find out your skin type. You can also find out more about each of the skin types here. Becoming aware of your skin type is key to understanding your skin’s common issues so you can streamline your skin care routine. It will also help you identify new healthy habits to support your journey to achieving the beautiful, glowing skin you deserve.
The Spa Dr.® Approach
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