How To Fight Acne With Effective Home Remedies
I was under the impression that acne would disappear when my teenage years ended. I was wrong. Even now, skin care can be a struggle. If you’re like me and still dealing with acne as an adult, here’s how to fight acne with effective home remedies.
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Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar comes from fermented apple cider or the unfiltered juice pressed from apples. It contains organic acid that suppresses inflammation and improves the appearance of acne scars. It can also help with high cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and bacterial or fungal infections.
I am not making any medical claims. However, I have been using ACV for a few weeks and my last physical with my doctor was yesterday and he asked me what I had been doing differently because my bloodwork was better then he had ever seen it!
To Use It:
Mix one part apple cider vinegar with three parts water. You’ll want to use more water if you have sensitive skin. After washing your face, gently apply the mixture to your face using a cotton ball. Let the vinegar sit on your face for 5–20 seconds, then rinse and pat dry.
Apple cider vinegar can cause skin irritations and burns, so if you do choose to use it, use small amounts and dilute it.
Honey and Cinnamon Mask
Combined, cinnamon and honey have antibacterial properties that help fight against the bacteria that cause acne. This combination can also help combat inflammation and high blood pressure and heal wounds and burns.
How To Make It
Combine two tablespoons of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon, and create a paste. Wash your face and then apply the mask, leaving it on for 10–15 minutes. Wash the mask off thoroughly and pat dry.
Apply Witch Hazel
Witch hazel contains tannins. These are organic substances containing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties for treating various skin conditions. Witch hazel also helps with hemorrhoids, scalp and hair care, and viral infections.
To Use It:
Place one tablespoon of witch hazel bark and one cup of water into a saucepan. Let the bark soak for 30 minutes, and then bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook it for ten minutes, covered. Remove the mixture from the heat, and allow it to continue to cook for ten more minutes. Strain the liquid, and store it in a tightly sealed container. Apply the concoction to clean skin once or twice a day.
Commercially produced witch hazel may not contain tannins because the distillation process often removes them.
Aloe vera contains naturally occurring salicylic acid and sulfur to improve acne and heal the skin. It can also help with heartburn, wound healing, and inflammation.
To Use It:
Apply pressure to an aloe plant with a spoon to remove the gel. Then, place the gel onto clean skin as a moisturizer. You can repeat this once or twice a day.
Ingesting a zinc supplement will increase zinc levels in your body and help reduce severe and inflammatory acne. Increased zinc levels can also help with cell growth, hormone production, immune function, and metabolism.
The highest dosage of a zinc supplement you should take is 40 mg a day. Taking too much zinc can cause side effects such as stomach pain and gut irritation.