If you’ve ever struggled with acne breakouts, you know how demoralizing and depressing it can be. Not only can it be a real self-confidence killer, but it can also be very physically painful! Your face is the first thing people notice about you, so it’s perfectly natural to want to present a clean, clear face to the world.
So what is the solution? There are many advertisements out there promising miraculous results, but of course these come with a very high price tag. Another option is doctor-prescribed pharmaceutical drugs. Neither option is exactly ideal.
Dangers of acne pharmaceuticals
Unfortunately, too many people (including still growing teenagers) end up turning to pharmaceuticals to get rid of acne, which can be downright dangerous. As just one example of many, the acne drug AccutaneTM is linked to seriously dangerous side effects, including birth defects, bowel disorders, depression and suicide, according to this information on the Accutane recall. (1)
In fact, you can only get a prescription for it by registering with a special program, signing an agreement that you understand the serious risks associated with its usage. You also have to agree to use birth control while on it, because of the severity and serious risk of birth defects caused by the drug. (2)
Causes of acne
The causes of acne breakouts are many, but generally speaking, these are the main triggers: (3)
- Clogged pores
- Oil production
- Dead skin cells
So if you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on “miracle products,” or turn to dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, what are your options? Well, plenty actually! Following are some of the best at-home remedies for fighting acne. They are all natural, and even better – cheap! You can find most of what you need right in your pantry, as a matter of fact.
1. Apple cider vinegar
The benefits and uses of apple cider vinegar are almost endless (4) – it is used not only in cooking, making delicious salad dressings, or adding tang to dishes – but also can be used for making numerous natural home cleaning products, and also for beauty purposes.
It is a great remedy for acne because it kills bacteria and is a natural astringent, to boot (that means it dries up oil).
To use: wash your face – just use water – then pat it gently dry. Take 1 part apple cider vinegar and dilute it with 3 parts water. Using a clean washcloth, dab it on your blemishes, or on an area of acne breakout. You can do this at night, leave it on while you sleep, and then wash your face when you wake up.
2. Baking Soda
Sodium bicarbonate – AKA baking soda, is another acne fighter. Just like apple cider vinegar, it’s known to have countless uses (5) – also for baking, home cleaning and beauty. It is well-known to fight bacteria (6), and has a fine grainy quality, making it a natural way to exfoliate your skin gently.
To use: Make a paste as a facial mask by combining equal amounts of water and baking soda. Gently rub it onto your skin – go chill out with a magazine or whatever you fancy for about 20 minutes – then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Additionally, you can use the paste as a natural, gentle way to exfoliate your skin as well.
3. Honey and cinnamon
Honey has been used since ancient times for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (7), and you can still use it today with confidence backed by years of successful use in treating various skin problems. Cinnamon is also famous for having healing properties with multiple uses as well, including for your skin (8).
Combine the two yummy ingredients to make a powerful yet gentle treatment for your acne!
Caution: Two important notes before you begin: some people have allergic reactions to honey, so if you’ve never had honey – if this is a possible concern in your case, get an allergy test. Not just for this one treatment, of course – but to ensure you can use and eat honey without worry. Second, for use on your delicate skin, it is imperative you use only raw, unprocessed honey. OK, so with that out of the way – let’s get started.
To use: Take about a teaspoon of cinnamon and add to it a teaspoon of honey in a small bowl or cup. Mix the two until it reaches a paste-like quality. You can then add the concoction where needed – leave it on about 20 minutes, then rinse with slightly warm water, and dry your face gently with a soft towel.
4. Dragon’s Blood
No, it’s not something you have to go on an epic globetrotting quest to find! Dragon’s Blood is simply the dark red gum or resin derived from the stem of the dragon tree.
It has been reported that among its many uses, it is amazingly effective for healing acne! Dragon’s Blood stimulates skin fibroblasts, which helps heal the skin of acne and acne related scars. (9)
While this one is probably not already in your pantry, it is very easy to obtain, inexpensive, and totally natural – compared to the “miracle regimens” you can find on late night TV infomercials.
You can order this natural acne killer at The Raw Food World here.
Heal your skin naturally
The bottom line is that you CAN heal your painful and oftentimes embarrassing acne at home, naturally, without risking the dangerous side effects of pharmaceuticals, or spending an arm and a leg on expensive skin care products.
With minimal preparation and low cost – you have nothing to lose by trying the natural way – except for your acne, that is!
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