Home Remedies for Acne

If you suffer from acne, you’ve probably tried everything over the counter to get rid of your pimples, extract your blackheads, and exfoliate your oil skin. Acne usually starts with blackheads, which are caused by excess buildup of oil and dead skin cells that build up inside a pore. This condition worsens and becomes a pimple when that pore gets inflamed and p. acne bacteria forms. Suddenly, blackheads are now red and raised, and much more noticeable.

Fighting pimples should be two-fold: soothing the red inflammation and infection, plus removing the oil and skin cells trapped in the pore. Some homemade scrubs and masks might help you do this. Of course, curing your own acne is a trial and error process, so be willing to try a few treatments, one at a time, until you find one that works best for your own skin.

Homemade Masks
Sometimes, simplicity works best and all those chemicals can be avoided. Trying some of these homemade masks may cut down your costs on pricey acne-fighting products. Here’s a few that are inexpensive and easy to make with products you may have in your own kitchen:

– Baking Soda Mask: Wash your face with a mild cleanser, then take baking soda and mix it with some warm water in your hands. Apply the light mask to your face, coating it completely, and let it sit for 20 – 30 minutes. Rinse away with warm water. Skin should feel soft and smooth, and your acne should improve after a few applications, according to My Beauty Recipes.
– Egg Whites Mask: Separate the yolk from two or three eggs, then whisk the egg whites together until they look frothy. Apply this mixture to your clean face and leave on your face for about 20 minutes. Rinse away with warm water. You may notice red spots have soothed and your pores will tighten, preventing further blackheads. If you have an egg allergy, do not use this treatment.
– Oatmeal Mask: Another simple mask, this one blends oatmeal with warm water. Clean your skin, then spread this mask across your face to sit for 10-15 minutes or until it dries. Rinse away with warm water. This treatment is gentle and safe, and will improve most acne problems.

Homemade Spot Treatments
When a mask isn’t practical, or you don’t have the time, simply treating the spots with a topical application makes more sense. These mixtures are a great quick-fix that you can blot onto the spot, let them work their magic, and then rinse them away when it’s time to go out. Obviously, avoid any of these treatments if you are allergic to the ingredients.

– Nutmeg and milk: Apply this mixture onto your pimples for about an hour. Rinse away and pimples should disappear without a trace.
– Honey and cinnamon: Make a paste of these ingredients, apply directly to pimples, and leave it on overnight. Wash away with warm water in the morning. Repeat each night until pimples disappear.
– Fresh garlic: Rub a clove of garlic on and around pimples, which will disappear with regular applications.
– Papaya juice: Apply the juice of a raw papaya on pimples to soothe inflammation.
– Salt and vinegar: Mix salt and vinegar into the paste and rub it onto pimples. Leave on for 20-30 minutes, then gently wash away.

If you’re tired of paying too much for your acne treatments, it can’t hurt to give these a try. Choose one at a time, try it out, and see how it works for you. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t work right away. Curing acne for the long-term can take a few homemade tricks and a little bit of time.

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