10 Natural Ingredients to Tackle Acne
Be it monsoon
or summer, acne is a skin problem that can pop-up
anytime. While your dermatologist might refer benzyl
peroxide based creams to fight acne, there are
innumerable natural ingredients in your kitchen that
will help solve your acne problems efficiently.
Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when the
pores on the skin get clogged. The dirt that causes
the clogging gets infected and leads to acne. There
are various other factors that can cause acne
ranging from incorrect diet, chemicals in the skin
care products, or an incorrect skin regime.
The first thing you need to make a note of is your
skin type. Acne can occur on any skin type – dry,
oily, combination and normal.
Acne is a condition that can be treated easily with
the right skin care treatment regime as well as easy
remedies that you can try at home. These simple
remedies and ingredients can help you combat acne
and keep it at bay.
Below are few natural ways and home remedies that
will help you control acne:
Use some lemon - Lemon has
astringent properties and it helps control the
oiliness that is a part of acne. Lemon juice helps
to shrink the blemish. Dab a bit of lemon juice on
the acne affected areas and let it stay overnight.
Wash off with normal water in the morning.
Cinnamon and honey – You can use
this as a face mask. Add 5-6 pinches of cinnamon
powder to a teaspoon of honey and apply as a thin
mask on the face. Let it stay till your skin feels
stretchy. Wash off with luke warm water and pat dry.
Sip some green tea - Green Tea can
be brewed to consume or apply directly on the skin.
When consumed, the tea helps to flush out the toxins
and keep your skin clear. When applied on the acne,
it can reduce inflammation of the acne.
Fuller’s earth and tea tree oil mask – Yet another
simple yet effective remedy you can try at home is
the simple clay mask. Mix some water with a teaspoon
of multani mitti (fullers earth) and add a drop of
tea tree essential oil or lavender essential oil.
Apply a thin paste on your face and wash off when
the pack is dry. You will notice a visibly lighter
skin and regular usage with decrease the acne
Cold ice pack – Brew some green
tree and pour in ice trays and allow it to freeze.
Use one cube daily to massage on your face and over
blemishes and acne to reduce the intensity.
Go tomato - Tomatoes have high
antioxidant properties and are also astringent in
nature. Cut a tomato in half or just a quarter of a
tomato and gently rub in on the skin in circles. Do
this about once a week to curb the occurrence of
Get some garlic – Smash one garlic
clove and apply its juice on the acne. Yes, we do
know that the smell is pretty strong, so do wash
your face with a foam free face wash that is free of
SLS and parabens.
Apple and honey – Grate a small
portion of apple mix with honey. You can use this as
a face mask or apply it on the affected areas and
leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash off with cool
Aloe vera to the rescue – If you
have an aloe vera plant at home, snip a portion of
the leaf and apply the juice of the leaf directly on
the acne prone area.
Peel it up – Take an orange peel
and pound the inner side gently with a small hammer
for a few seconds till the juices flow out. Dab the
juices on the affected areas and wash off after 15
Fennel - If you're looking for the
perfect natural skin cleanser, eat fennel. This
licorice-tasting root vegetable can improve
digestion, reduce swelling and help to flush out
excess fluids and toxins in your skin.
These simple home remedies are inexpensive and
provide better results than the chemical laden
products. It is important to stick to a proper skin
care regime that will keep your skin healthy and
glowing all through the season. Cleansing, toning,
moisturising and exfoliating your skin at regular
intervals will help keep the acne at bay.