If you have oily skin, you would probably struggle with acne. Including me, acne is a real-time enemy for those who have oily skin.
In today’s article, we will discuss 6 important home remedies for acne.
What is Acne?
In simple terms, acne is a condition.
Especially for those who have oily skin, you would notice that there are small pores on your skin. Those pores are connected to glands that produced sebum oil.
The pores and glands are connected through a follicle. The follicle has thin hair that comes outside the skin layer.
When the sebum oil, dirty and dust and dead skin clump into a follicle and make a plug. The bacteria in the plug support inflammation and then you can have pimples.
Also, other reasons like genetic reasons, stress, unhealthy meals, dandruff, and hormone changes can cause acne.
Pimples are a symptom of acne.
Home Remedies For Acne
1. Apply Green Tea
We used green tea only to burn our fat. But did you know that we can use green tea to cure acne?
Green tea is a good antioxidant. The Polyphenols in green tea can fight bacteria and inflammation.
You can use green tea in several ways as a home remedy for acne.
- Drink a cup of green tea
- After letting cool the brewed green tea, you can apply it to the face using a sheet face mask or cotton pad.
- Do not throw the green tea bag after using it. Let it cool and keep it on the infected areas.
Moreover, you can use cosmetics products that contain green tea. There are many face washes, cleansers, moisturizers, essential oils, and serums that contain green tea.
2. Aloe Vera
The gel produced in aloe vera leaves is like heavenly medicine for many diseases and conditions.
The Aloe vera gel contains salicylic acid and sulfur which are essential for acne treatments.
You can use pure aloe vera gel if you have an aloe vera plant at home. Extract the gel from the leaf and you can apply it to your acne areas. Do not rub it because if your acne breakouts, it will spread around your skin and will make more acne.
Or, you can get aloe vera gel and freeze it as ice cubes. Then you can take those ice cubes to pat on your ance areas.
Also, you can take cosmetic items that have aloe vera gel as an ingredient.
Turmeric is a spice that uses for many curries. Also, turmeric is used for many medicinal purposes.
Turmeric is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore turmeric can use as a home remedy for acne treatments.
It is better if you can get pure turmeric instead of powder.
You can use turmeric powder or raw turmeric and mix it with aloe vera gel and apply it to your acne. Or you can apply it as a face mask on your face.
Also, you can add a little bit of turmeric to a cup of milk and drink it.
Also when you wash your face, you can wash it by using lukewarm water that is mixed with turmeric.
There are many cosmetic items that contain turmerics such as turmeric soap, face wash, face packs, and others.
In Sri Lanka, after we have finished a funeral by burning the body, we spread turmeric mixed water around the place where the dead body was kept. We believe that turmeric can kill the germs around the place where the dead body was kept. That custom also reveals the benefits of turmeric.
4. Tea tree oil
Using tea tree oil is widely followed by many people who have acne.
Tea tree oil is produced by a plant called Melaleuca alternifolia.
Due to the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of the tea tree oil, many people used it as a home remedy for acne.
You can mix a few drops of tea tree oil with ale vera gel and apply it to your acne spots. After a few 1 hours, you can wash it.
Also, you can add tea tree oil drops into a few spoons of Multani mitti and mix it with a few drops of water as a paste. Then you can apply it to your face and after 1 hour you can wash it.
Honey is used for thousands of years to treat many skin conditions. Due to its antioxidant properties, many dermatologists use it as a treatment for acne.
You can add a few drops of honey to a cotton pad and keep it on the acne areas.
Also, if you are making a DIY face pack, you can add a few drops of honey to the paste. It is better if you can make a DIY face pack by putting multani mitti, turmeric, and a few drops of honey. Leave the face pack on your face until it is completely dry and then gently wash it.
6. Apply Ice cubes
Ice cube treatment is popular today due to its various benefits.
Even though ice cubes can not treat alone for acne, they can be used to get relief from pain, redness and decrease inflammation. When you gently rub the ice cube on the inflamed area it stimulates blood circulation and it will help to get rid of pain, redness, and the size of the acne as well.
Personally, I love to apply ice cubes on my face, when I feel some pain or redness before acne. It worked for me and the acne also reduces. if you want to get rid of acne when it is in the beginning stage, you can try the ice cube treatment as well.
Keep In Mind
When you have acne, do not ever touch it using your finger every time. Just let it be.
Do not squeeze and scratch the areas that have acne. If you scratch the acne the mark can not remove for a long time.
Also, use a separate towel or paper tissues to dry your face. If you are using a separate towel, at least wash it with warm water and dry it, after using it for two days.
Wash your pillowcase at least twice a week.
If you have dandruff, first you need to find a solution for dandruff before treating acne.
If you have scars on the face after curing the acne, just exfoliate the face at least twice a week. We have discussed how to do a facial at home. You can check the article to know about how to exfoliate.
Final thing is, to drink water as much as you can. At least you should drink 3L of water for a day. You can see a miracle if you can drink 3L of water per day and continue it.