If you’ve been trying to fight against acne for a while now, you are most likely thinking chemicals are the only answer. Before taking this drastic step, try these three unconventional acne fighting solutions. You might be hesitant in trying some of these methods at first, but they have proven to conquer acne. Those with sensitive skin will enjoy these remedies as they use natural ingredients rather than harsh chemicals.
I recommend trying baking soda against acne. It contains alkaline ingredients which kill bacteria, including those that create acne. In addition, it can buff your skin to a radiant glow due to its ability to exfoliate. First, wash your face with warm water, keeping it slightly wet. Mixture baking soda and water in the palm of your hand until it becomes a paste. Rub the baking soda mixture onto your face, gently massaging for 1-2 minutes. Gently wash your face with cold water, finishing by drying your face.
Boil a cup of water and mix in one cup of oatmeal, mixing in about one tablespoon of honey. Let the oatmeal cool and smooth it onto your face by gently massaging it onto your face. The oatmeal will help to reduce any inflammation and redness, while the honey will kill any bacteria. After 2-3 minutes, wash off the oatmeal from your face. You can do this up to twice a day, but once is recommended. Don’t be afraid to include oatmeal in your own diet.
Olive or castor oil is a great weapon towards the fight for free skin. You might think I’m crazy, but using oil is a key ingredient in order to fight oily skin. Oil and water do not mix. If we use water in order to fight oil, it won’t work. We need to use oil to fight oil. Olive and castor oils are often used as a cleanser, so it makes sense to use it against acne. Pour a few drops of oil in your hands and massage your skin. Wait 3 minutes (I brush my teeth in the meantime,) then cover your face with a hot steamy towel. This process is the key to removing any dirt from within your pores. Once the face cloth has cooled, use the other side to wipe away any leftover oil.
It’s important to try these home remedies before turning to the alternative of chemicals and prescriptions. They can be costly and smelly. If you find a home remedy that works for you, stick with it (unless it takes a turn for the worst.) I must always recommend the basics for acne fighting: exercise, water and clean skin. If you’re trying to rid your face of blemishes, you should keep it clear of any makeup and lotions with perfumes. As much as we would love to cover our faces with cover-up, this will only come back to haunt us. These products clog your pores and cause more pimples, avoid them at all costs. Remember, it takes time to find what your skin needs, be patient.