Unfortunately, acne doesn’t only plague adolescents and teenagers. If you’ve suffered through break outs into adulthood, when everyone you know seems to have gotten past that stage in life, you know how devastating it can be. Conventional acne products contain harsh ingredients that can actually irritate your skin. Those pills available for severe acne? They are just capsules of chemicals and toxins that have awful side effects such as mood swings, a dizzy feeling, and even rashes on your skin. If at all possible, the best way to fight acne, both adult and teen, is to remedy it with natural alternatives.
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Tea Tree oil is an excellent acne fighter. Put up to 20 drops into a small amber spray bottle with some water or witch hazel, and use it as a facial toner after cleansing. If you have an awful blemish, apply a small dab directly onto the area. It will work to calm the inflammation and reduce the size of the bump. If you have sensitive skin, test a small patch of skin before applying it all over your face. Follow up with a great moisturizer since Tea Tree can have a drying affect.
Green tea is a wonderful, anti-microbial tea. It is perfect for drinking, which can help cleanse you from the inside out. This can help clear up your skin from the source and internally. Another option is to apply the tea externally by brewing up a strong batch, letting it cool, and applying it with a cotton pad. Keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week for cooling benefits!
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If you suffer from acne scars, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice can help with discoloration and dark spots. Dab some on freshly cleansed skin, directly onto the mark. If done daily, you can expect to see your blemish spots lighten within a few weeks.
The best face mask for acne prone skin is honey. It has anti-bacterial properties that get deep into pores to clean them out. The honey itself is soothing and works to smooth skin. This is important because, even though you may be working on drying out acne, you still have to moisturize and keep your skin “happy”. Unhappy skin is inflamed, red, and prone to breakouts!
Aloe Vera gel works wonders on dry, irritated skin. It may not directly fight acne, but instead aloe improves the appearance of angry skin. It helps reduce red bumps and flaky areas that come with the acne-prone territory.
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Putting your best face forward is the best way to keep your confidence high. Having acne prone skin can be a pain to deal with, but with these natural alternatives, you can easily keep the blemishes at bay. Be sure to use these remedies daily to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure your acne!