Are your pimples giving you sleepless nights? Are you dying to get rid of them? Read our article by beauty expert Sarika for some easy to use remedies.
We all have faced acne issues as we were growing up, especially during puberty! The common places on the body where acne appears are the face, chest, trunk, and the back. The common age group facing acne is young boys and girls just post their puberty. It can be a nuisance when as teens we are blossoming into being young women and want to look our best.
So before we get into the remedies for curing acne, let's understand the reasons for acne:-
-Genetic: If either of your parents has acne, chances are you will develop it sooner or later in life.
-Hormonal: Sex hormones called androgens increase in boys and girls during puberty and cause the follicular glands to enlarge and make more sebum thereby leading to acne. Even hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy and oral contraceptives also cause sebum production.
-Smoking: We know for a fact that smoking is injurious to health, but did you know that it’s bad for your skin? Each cigarette smoked decreases oxygen supply to your face. This smoke irritates the skin leading to the production of more oil and breakouts.
-Not cleaning up after workouts: Sweating loosens up grime and makeup on the face, and what’s worse is if you don’t remove properly, it clogs the pores, therefore leading to acne.
-Using the wrong skincare products: Hygiene products that are not suitable for your skin type can ruin your skin. And if you switch products often you are spoiling your skin.
- Not washing your face properly
It's important to use a well-medicated cleanser twice a day, but hard cleansers and frequent face washing makes the acne worse and face drier. Also sleeping with makeup on or not washing your face after a sweaty day results in an acne breakout.
Now that your clear about why you've got breakouts, let's look at some home remedies to treat acne.
You would have never imagined that this would find its way to the list, but yes this trendy superfood is in the skincare space now.
It can be used as a physical exfoliator, just cook the quinoa and scrub it on acne-prone parts of your skin.
Ice, ice baby!! All of us are surely enjoying our summer coolers with plenty of ice, but now you can also banish your acne with it!
Just wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and gently apply it on your face in circular motions. It can reduce swelling, inflammation, and redness. Ice is a vasoconstrictor and decreases blood supply and inflammation in the pimple. Just by pressing it onto your skin for a few minutes and watch the magic!
Kaolin clay sucks out impurities from the skin and absorbs excess oil. And large pores can get reduced in size. French green Kaolin clay is good for removing impurities from oily skin. The procedure is simple! Cleanse your face and ensure the skin is damp before applying a thin layer of clay and allow it to dry. Rinse off with warm water. For visible results, you must use it frequently over a period of time, and then you’ll notice the clay dries up the spots and makes them less intense.
Grapes are a refreshing snack, whether eaten plain as a snack, halved as a salad topping, or frozen as a healthy dessert. But grapes likely don’t come to mind when you think of acne treatments. Get some fresh grapes from the fridge and cut them in half. Rub the flesh over your face and neck and rinse with cold water. Do you love what you see in the mirror now?
Aspirin & Warm Water
Crush an aspirin tablet and add water to form a paste and apply it on all your pimples. This can be used as an emergency in case you’ve run out of products in your beauty collection! The salicylic acid derivative found in aspirin does not remove oil from the skin the way it does in traditional salicylic acid acne creams, it still helps treat acne.
Yeast & Yogurt Mask
Fermented dairy products like yogurt may promote skin health. Combine 1 tsp of brewer's yeast with plain yogurt to create a thin mixture. Apply it on all the oily areas and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.
Rinse with warm water, followed by cold water to close the pores. You will see a visible difference if this is done regularly.
The antibacterial properties of garlic are effective in combating acne. Take few cloves of garlic, crush and extract the juice.
Apply it on the acne with a cotton ball. Alternatively, you can crush the cloves and soak it in water for 10 minutes. Soak a cotton pad in the garlic water and apply it on the acne. Watch the magic of clear skin unfold as you do this regularly!
If you think green tea is only for weight loss, think again! Researches have proven that
matcha green tea has the ability to reduce sebum/oil production and reducing inflammation that causes acne.
Green tea is rich in antioxidants which is beneficial for the skin. Include it in your skincare routine by using fresh-brewed green tea as a toner or make a face mask.
Lavender & tea tree essential oil
These antibacterial, anti-inflammatory essential oils are very strong and should be diluted with water, witch hazel, or a carrier oil like jojoba or grapeseed oil. Apply it on the acne-affected area and watch your acne disappear! Tea Tree oil can reduce redness and dry out pimples, plus it has anti-bacterial properties that help eliminate acne-causing bacteria from your skin. That’s not all! This magical potion can also eliminate blackheads and whiteheads for you to get clear skin. Just apply a few drops of the oil on the acne affected parts of your face and see visible results with regular use.
A common remedy for pimples, baking soda has antiseptic properties which destroy bacteria in the affected area.
It’s also restorative and accelerates the growth of new skin cells. Combine baking soda and water to form a thick paste and apply the paste on your skin for 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Watch your skin get smooth and velvety!
It helps to decrease skin inflammation and decreases acne. Blend a chamomile tea bag with water to form a paste and apply that to acne.
Alternately, place two chamomile tea bags with 1 cup of boiled water for 15 minutes. Let the tea cool, and dab your face with a cotton ball after cleansing.
Mint Face Pack
For beauty enthusiasts, you might be aware that mint is good in eliminating pore-clogging oils. But did you know that it’s also an effective medicine for acne? Take two tbsp of finely grated fresh mint, and combine it with 2 tbsp of yogurt and oatmeal. Coat the mixture on your face for 10 minutes and rinse with water. Now you can stock up some extra mint leaves the next time you go vegetable shopping!
Acne can affect a person’s quality of life, self-esteem, and mood in a negative way. And it you keep yourself abreast of the reasons behind it & follow some simple home remedies you can erase it! So do follow the simple yet effective remedies I've listed above and see the difference for yourself!
About The Author
Sarika Tainwala is a corporate marketing professional with 6+ years of work experience in Client Servicing, Business Development, and content writing with Imagic Creatives Pvt Ltd, Think IMC, Aegis BPO, and Air Deccan airlines among others. Academically she’s studied – Executive General Management Program (EGMP), IIM, B, Six months of Management Development Program-(YPP) from IIM, K, PGDMM, St. Joseph College of Administration, Bangalore, B.Com- Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.
She’s also a voice-over artist and loves to gym and watches movies. She’s a management professional who turned into a writer and loves reading the romance genre and Indian authors. She aspires to release her own novel someday.
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