Your skin is your friend, and you should love your skin no matter what color it is. Your skin likes you. As a matter of fact, it protects you from the elements and literally keeps you together. You, in turn, do your best to protect it from any kind of damage. Then, one day, acne rears its ugly head, and you suddenly no longer love your skin. What do you do then? Turn to harsh chemicals, and overpriced scrubs? That’s not a great way to thank a friend who’s been there for you since day one. Your epidermis isn’t at fault here since it can’t help that your hormones are causing all that extra sebum to clog up your pores, or the fact that bacteria is running rampant. This is what causes pores to become blocked with bacteria, which causes inflammation and redness.
If your skin could talk, what would it say? It would probably say something along the lines of, “Patience, grasshopper. Treat me right and I shall repay you in kind.”
The best way to treat your skin right is with natural remedies. Natural acne remedies are a good way to get rid of unwanted breakouts, or at least hold them at bay. They make you step back and really figure out what’s going on with your skin, and how to work with it. Chances are, your skin will thank you for not covering it with harmful chemicals, and your wallet will probably thank you too as well.
Aloe for acne
Did you know that aloe vera gel can be used with other things? It is, however, still good on its own. If it’s going to be used on its own, your best bet is to have some sort of aloe plant floating around your house. If not, aloe gel that’s sold in stores may work as well-just be sure to do some research on which ones have the least amount of additives. Not only is the aloe soothing to the skin, it works as an anti-inflammatory, decreasing redness and swelling. It also has antibacterial properties.
Things You’ll Need
Enough aloe vera gel to spot treat or cover your problem areas.
Gently wash your face with water and pat dry. Using your fingertips or Q-tips, apply the aloe directly to your problem areas.
Believe it or not, one of the most often overlooked natural treatments for acne is moisture. That being said, steam can help soothe a number of minor maladies, acne being one of them. Steam can helps reduce acne, and get rid of that glaring appearance, by opening up the pores and flushing out the bacteria located deep within your skin. You can either choose to only steam, or you can use something afterward. If you use it with something else, rest assure knowing that you’ve cleared a path for whatever you’re using to really do its job.
Things You’ll Need
- 1 pot of boiling water
- 1 towel
- A large bowl
Boil a pot of water, then pour into a large bowl, and let it cool down for a couple minutes. After its temperature has lowered slightly, place your face in the bowl, and drape a towel over your head to increase the amount of steam produced. After about 15 minutes, then you can remove the towel and pat your face until it’s dry. Do this as often as needed.
Wash your pillowcase
Technically speaking, a pillowcase should be washed at least once a week. Although most of us don’t practice this, when it comes to keeping your skin healthy, it helps to get a little picky when it comes to your pillowcase. If you never wash it, all the stuff that normally gets rubbed onto your pillowcase, then comes into contact with your face for around 5-8 hours every night, which can increase your acne. Keeping a clean place to rest your head is without a doubt worth the hassle of stuffing your pillow back into the case – the real reason we don’t like to wash it – if it can help prevent future breakouts.
The Huffington Post estimates that we touch our faces anywhere from 2,000-3,000 times a day without even realizing it. That being said, something as simple as picking up a mobile phone, or touching a handrail can cause you to come into contact with millions of germs.
This doesn’t mean you can’t rest your chin in your hands or anything, it just means that you shouldn’t scratch, pick, peel, pop or rub your skin. Of course, these actions make things go from bad to worse. While touching your face with your hands every now and then won’t cause extreme breakouts, if you suffer from it, resisting the urge to bug it will help the healing process go a lot smoother and more efficiently.
Things You’ll Need
What to eat
Just cutting out damaging and fatty food will likely lead to clearer skin – especially if you were regularly consuming them before. What if you’re already eating healthy? Are there certain foods that could give you an edge against acne? Although research is in its earliest stages, there’s some knowledge of particular foods that might help reduce the amount of breakout someone experiences. Here are three of them:
- Green tea: Antioxidants are substances that prevent oxidation of cells, and green tea is filled with antioxidants that can protect you from environmental stress. Drink more green tea throughout the day.
- Fish and/or flaxseed: The typical Western diet contains too many omega-6 fatty acids, which are also tied into inflammation. In fact, eating more omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in fish, walnuts, and flaxseed can help improve acne breakouts.
- Juicing: Generally speaking, eating more fruits and vegetables can naturally help clear up acne. Many contain beta-carotenes, which help reduce skin oils, and has natural anti-inflammatory properties. Dark colored berries also contain phytonutrients which are good for your skin when eaten.
Of course, there are a number of factors that can contribute to acne, and dieting is just one of them. So eat clean and avoid acne triggers. Have patience. Although the desperate urge to find a speedy solution is a strong, in reality, one doesn’t exist. Take the time to really care for your skin and you’ll start to see a difference.
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