Are you struggling with acne? Is it causing you to doubt your beauty and want to stay inside with a paper bag over your head? Well stop right now because inside your house, right in your kitchen there are so many natural and homemade ways to treat your acne. Quite often the little culinary jewels in your kitchen are never thought about in relation to acne, but they are quite often even more effective than many of the over the counter products we find at the pharmacy. Not only are they better at treating acne they are also so much better on the pocket book or wallet. We will break our treatments into 3 types, Facial cleansers, Toners and Masks.
Facial Cleansers from Nature’s Pantry
For centuries women have been using basic soap to clean their skin. And keep in mind this is pure, simple soap with no additives like ivory soap. However there are people with very sensitive skin that even soap can be too drying for, so if you fall into this category then here is a simple homemade solution. It is simply sour cream and lemon juice. You can add a teaspoon of lemon juice and if you like some type of oil such as grape seed or olive oil and then mix it all together. You will place this onto your skin and gently massage around. Then rinse off. The sour cream and olive oil act to soften and moisturize the skin, while the lemon juice astringes the skin. Olive oil is also known for its antibacterial qualities.
Toners from Nature’s Pantry
Witch hazel is by far and away one of the best toners that a person can buy. It helps astringe the skin and it isn’t very expensive. However there is an even less well known way to tone this skin. Ice cubes! Yup, just grab and ice cube and massage it over your face after cleansing your face and the cold will close up your pores. You can also freeze green tea with honey and lavender. Make a pot of green tea and pour several tablespoons of honey and some drops of lavender into it, then freeze the concoction as ice cubes and use this to rub over the skin it will help cool and calm the skin while the honey will act as an antibacterial and moisturizer!
Acne Masks from Nature’s Pantry
If you are struggling with acne one of the best things you can do is to treat your face at least once a week with a great mask. It is an ideal way to really open the pores and clean them at a deep level. The pores trap dirt, skin and bacteria way deep inside and these are what cause acne to develop. What makes a good mask, well it should have a light abrasion to it to help exfoliate dead skin, it should have an ingredient to clear out the oil and also something to calm inflammation. One of the most well touted home acne masks is a combination of aloe vera, oatmeal, green tea and cucumber. So, you basically have everything you need and you pile it into a blender. It should be the consistency of a paste so you can place it onto your skin without it dripping and you keep it there for about 15 minutes. The aloe very will calm inflammation, the oatmeal will clean the pores, green tea helps astringe and is antibacterial and the cucumber is cooling and has so many nutrients.
Here are a few additional tips from nature’s pantry for treating nasty breakouts and acne.
- Put fresh garlic on affected areas. This can help heal the infection. Cut some garlic and wipe it onto your breakouts.
- Warm salt water rinse can help astringe your face and salt water can heal inflammation
- Increasing the daily water intake can help you flush toxins out of your body
- Apply lemon juice to the pimples to help astringe and make them smaller
- Egg white masks can help tone and dry out the skin