Don’t rely on makeup to cover up those blemishes. Go for a easy and natural solution to acne. Try these 5 Natural Remedies For Clear Skin!
When our oil glands in the skin become clogged with dirt, or an infection occurs, we develop what is called acne. It is a very common thing to have, but the way it makes us feel is insecure, and anxious.
There are some treatments you’ve probably already tried which have resulted in your skin becoming more irritated, itchy, dry, and possibly even breaking out into a rash.
Why not just go to a dermatologist? Well that certainly is a good option, but not everyone wants to start out at the doctor if they can take care of it themselves. Not to mention not everyone has access to a dermatologist, and antibiotic options provided by one can lead to resistant bacteria. Yikes!
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Why Do You Have Acne?
Approximately 85% of adolescents and teens have acne, while 66.7% of adults are struggling with it too (1). Our skin has pores, which are tiny openings that allow us to secrete sweat when we get hot, or oil to protect our skin from damaging UV rays.
Since these pores are very small, a tiny clump of dead skin cells, or dirt can easily get inside the pores and when combined with our natural oils, creates a seal inside the pore opening.
Inside the pores the oil glands continue to produce what is called sebum (oil). Since the sebum can’t get out from the plugged-up pores, it causes inflammation, and bacteria to form inside. This is the enemy of clear skin.
Typically, this results in what we know as whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. The ugly stuff that makes our faces greasier, and dirtier than we’d like.
We’re going to discuss some home remedies for dealing with acne, which may prove useful before going to prescribed medication, or commercial products that may not be effective for you:
1. Tea Tree Oil
This oil comes from the tree called Melaleuca alternifolia. Perfect for oily skin that gets clogged easily.
Be careful when using it, because its concentrated, it can be easy to over apply it. Dilute it to about a 10% tea tree oil solution using water. Then apply the solution to the areas affected with acne, a couple times per day for clear skin.
2. Green Tea
It isn’t just for drinking, now you can clear your skin with it. Green Tea contains lots of antioxidants which help the body break down waste matter produced by the skin.
When that waste is sitting in your pores, it exacerbates the acne problem, causing sores to develop. Not only do the antioxidants help clear waste, but simultaneously slow down the production of sebum from the oil glands so you can get a handle on the problem (3).
- Make green tea like you normally would
- Let it cool down
- Apply the tea to your acne by spraying it on your face, or using a cotton swab.
- Let the tea extract dry, and rinse off later.
3. Aloe Vera For Clear Skin
The wonderfully smooth gel that comes from the Aloe Vera plant is used in all kinds of creams, lotions, and acne treatments. Also, aloe is used to help with burns, rashes, dry skin, and to sooth pain from small scrapes or cuts.
Aloe Vera may be useful in helping heal from acne, and the scars it produces as well (4, 5). It does this in part because it helps fight bad microbes in the skin, while soothing and healing at the same time (6, 7).
4. Use a Face Scrub
Removing dead skin cells can really help clear those pores on your face when they all start getting a bit clogged. You can proceed to rinse off a lot of the dirt and oil plugs from the surface of your skin (although there will still be much remaining).
Afterwards you can apply your acne treatment, or medication and it will reach much deeper into the pores to help fight the bacteria causing pimples and inflammation.
The premise is simple, clear out the buildup, and then do a deep cleanse to penetrate the areas that were previously unreachable.
Face scrubs also can help reduce the appearance of scars from acne, and make your skin softer, smoother and brighter. Clear skin is on the way!
5. Cut Back On Sugar And Carbohydrates
If you have acne, or are prone to it, then you should avoid processed carbohydrates as much as possible. Refined carbs cause blood sugar to rise, and your body will release insulin to deal with the spike.
Apparently, insulin also triggers your oil glands to go into overtime and start producing more oil (8). Whole foods such that are not processed will help you achieve clear skin.