3 Natural remedies for acne and blackheads

Natural remedies for acne

Acne vulgaris, or more commonly known as acne, is a skin disease characterized by red and dotted skin lesions. But to people who are suffering from acne, they are more than just skin lesions, they are an embarrassment specially if your special day is around the corner and you need to look your best. Treatments for acne are really expensive. Thus, a lot of people try to use home remedies for acne. They are not only affordable; they are also very easy to whip up.

1. Honey Masks

Acne generally leaves behind scars and most people feel helpless against it. There is a natural way of removing these scars – using honey for acne. Honey cannot cure acne, but it does have the potency to remove the scars associated with it. It may take a patient wait for about few weeks, but it will be worth the wait. Honey masks help to give the skin a healthy glow and acts as a natural moisturizer too. Wash your face and dry it. Take a spoon of honey and spread it evenly on your face. Let it dry for about 20-30 min and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Your skin will instantly feel softer and it will look healthier and revived too.

2. Baking Soda for Acne

Baking soda does not have strong chemicals and has amazing anti-bacterial properties. There are many ways to use baking soda for acne, and those are the following:

a. Baking soda as a facial cleanser

You can use baking soda as natural skin cleanser by mixing it with a small amount of water, or until the consistency of your solution looks like that of your toothpaste. Rub the paste on your face in a circular motion and feel the solution gently remove all the dirt your face has accumulated over the day. After 1 to 2 minutes, wash your face thoroughly and pat dry.

b. Baking soda as a toner

toners are amazing tools that help in minimizing your pores and this in turn decreases acne-formation too. Create a toner by taking a clean and empty spray bottle, fill it with warm water, and pour a tablespoon of baking soda into it. Shake the bottle rigorously to make sure that you have successfully mixed the baking soda powder with the warm water. After making sure that your face has been cleansed and toweled dry, spray the concoction on your face and let it dry. There is no need to rinse it off. However, before you do this on your face, try the mixture on a small area of your skin and let it sit for at least 12 hours. That is done to make certain that you are not allergic to baking soda. This natural remedy is also great for eczema and psoriasis.

c. Baking soda mask

Like that of a baking soda facial cleanser, create a paste-like mixture with the baking soda. However, instead of rinsing it off after a few minutes let the solution stay for half an hour or until it is completely dry. Rinse your face with water after 30 minutes. Please check if you are allergic to baking soda before doing this too. Baking soda, acne (who would have thought that the two couldn’t coexist?)

3. Garlic

Garlic is one of the most effective cures for acne and has strong antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic can kill a wide range of bacteria. Also as a matter of fact bacteria does not seem to develop resistance against it and hence increasing the dosage of it is really not required. One of the principal signs of infection is swelling and it is this that makes acne give an ugly look to the face. Garlic not only reduces the inflammation but also helps mitigate the redness effect.

One thing you have to remember about this great home remedy for acne – you do not apply it directly on your acne. Although it seems to make sense to just crush it and apply on face to let its juice work its magic, they are more effective when eaten. It is best if you eat them raw because cooking it will decrease its therapeutic values.

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