I’ve compiled a list of the 10 most effective acne treatments. We’ve all been there. You wake up in the morning in a good mood, go to the bathroom, look and mirror and boom! There’s a little monster on your face. Or if you’re like me she start to feel a small painful bump that grows into another facial feature by next day. Pimples, zits, blemishes..no matter what you call them, they are annoying, confidence crushing little bumps of evil. These are a few ways you can combat them back into submission and gain back your beautiful skin. I’ve also included my research. Not only do they work for me, but it’s backed up by science;)
That’s raw unfiltered honey to you my friend. Or you can try it’s even more powerful cousin, Manuka honey. Use it on your entire face because of it’s ability to brighten and retain moisture. If you’re not feeling all that honey, just spot treating will get you there as well. Dab some on your little friend and place a bandaid over it so you can sleep in it. After a night or two, not only will it be smaller or completely gone, but it won’t be leaving such a dark spot behind.
You’re asking garlic? Yes garlic my friend. Garlic has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties making it a great weapon against those pesky blemishes. I take a clove and slice a small sliver off. Then I score it to get the juices going (where the good stuff is) and rub it back and forth over my blemish. I’ll warn you now, it does sting. But what’s that saying “beauty is painful”?
Another stinky but nutrient rich food. It contains sulfur which is the great stuff in the juice of an onion that helps with acne. You can squeeze out the juice and put it on a cotton pad to spot treat. Or you can just go for it and rub a slice of it on your problem area or areas.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar just happens to be one of my favorite things to keep in my house because it has so many uses. I use it internally as well as externally. I use it as part of my homemade toner to keep the oils in control as well as prevention of acne. It can also be used as a spot treatment. Just use a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and spot treat your blemishes.
Tea tree oil
It is a mighty weapon against blemishes. It does not smell good, but it makes up for it in antiseptic powers. I put a drop or two on a q-tip or cotton ball and hold it over my blemish for a minute or so. I’ve done this for a day or two and have seen significant shrinkage or complete disappearance of a zit.
Aloe Vera has been used for 1,000’s years and for good reason. It is amazing for skin. It can help with burns, psoriasis, and of course acne. We had 3 or 4 big aloe plants in our yard as a kid and whenever we got sunburn, we used it to soothe the sting. I use the actual gel from the plant, but you can also buy it from the store in a bottle or tube. Because of it’s antioxidant properties, it’s great to put on the skin any way. I use it in a mask with honey to help calm the painful pimples I get, especially around that time of the month. From my research, it seems it would be even more powerful if consumed.
Ever been to the beach and the next day your acne is beginning to dry out and peel? That’s because of the salt water. It dries up the blemish. It has so many amazing health benefits besides being able to use it for acne. Make sure you’re using Himalayan Salt or a another high quality sea salt for all of the benefits.
There are so many ways to sooth and get rid of acne using sea salt. You can go to the beach or drop some in boiling water on the stove and give your self a steam facial. It can also be used as an exfoliation scrub with an oil such as Grape seed or jojoba. You can also use the warm salt water on your face directly using a washcloth.
Over the counter fixes:
Having started my natural living journey only a few years ago, I still have some acne fixes that work without being natural.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peels
These things are absolutely amazing. I’ve been using them for over 6 years now and I’m continually amazed at the results they provide. They are expensive, but they work honey! These little miracle pads are cruelty free too. So not natural but a great alternative. They have salicylic acid and a lot of other great ingredients that significantly shrink blemishes as well as exfoliate and brighten skin.
This stuff is amazing for helping to clear the skin. I tend not to use it too often because it can irritate the skin because of its strength. I use it as a spot treatment as well as a leave on layer before my moisturizer. It clears by killing bacteria on the face. I use the Paula’s Choice brand because it’s cruelty free.
You’ve probably heard about salicylic acid before. It’s a beta hydro acid with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. If you walk down any beauty aisle you will see a ton of products with salicylic acid. They even put it into primers and foundation now. You will most likely find this in products as opposed to finding it in a bottle by itself. The most common place is in face washes or toners. It can be effective when used with other acne fighting products such as in the alpha beta peel by Dr.Dennis Gross.
I hope this gives you some different ways to conquer your acne. Do you have any other remedies that you swear by to clear blemishes? Well share the wealth my friend and let me know down below!