This lead to many people go from product to product, trying to find something that works. Skin care companies want us to believe that the only cure for acne involves stripping our skin of its natural oils, which only worsens the problem.
Many are surprised to find that there are all-natural solutions to their acne problem.
Ice can be used to quickly reduce the redness, swelling and inflammation of pimples. It helps in improving blood circulation to the affected area, and enlightening the skin pores and removing dirt and oil accumulated on the skin.
** Wrap the ice in a piece of cloth and hold it on the affected skin area for a few seconds. Wait a few minutes and repeat the process.
Toothpaste is most effective when used following the ice remedy. You must use white toothpaste; avoid using gel toothpaste.
** Apply some white toothpaste over the affected skin area before going to bed. In the morning, wash your face with water and you will see a significant improvement in the swelling.
3. Egg whites
The protein and vitamins in egg whites help tighten and draw oils out of the skin, which may help unclog pores and reduce inflammation.
** Smear egg whites over your problem areas and leave it on 10 minutes before rinsing off with water.
Raw, organic Manuka honey has been shown to aid in wound-healing with its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
** Spot treat a pimple with a dab of honey, or use the sweet stuff as an all-over face mask. Leave on for 5 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
5. Baking soda
This kitchen staple has many surprising beauty uses, including as an acne-clearing facial cleanser and mask.
** Make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water and rub into your face with gentle, circular strokes. Leave on for 5 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
6. Banana peel
Banana peel applied with the inside layer against the skin can cure plantar warts on the soles of the feet, so there's reason to think it may be helpful applied to pimples as well.
** Gently rub the peel over the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes, and then wash your face.
7. Apple cider vinegar
For a DIY toner, dilute one part apple cider vinegar with three to four parts water and then apply all over your face using a cotton ball or pad. It will kill surface bacteria and give a mild chemical peel.
The steam will open your pores and allow your skin to breathe. This helps get rid of oils, dirt and bacteria trapped in the pores that can cause infection or inflammation.
** Fill a large container with hot water and allow the steam to come in contact with your face for a few minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and, after drying, apply an oil-free moisturizer.
Made of acetylsalicylic acid, aspirin can help to clean your skin, reduce pore size and reduce inflammation. Turn crushed aspirin into a paste that can help in your fight against acne.
** Crush the aspirin and add a few drops of water to form a paste. Just dab a little amount from the mixture and apply on unaffected areas.
10. Olive oil
Mix the olive oil and the sea salt together and store in a glass jar with a secure lid. To apply, eash your face with your normal cleanser and then, with your skin still wet, rub some of the sea salt mixture into your skin, using a gentle circular motion.
TAKE NOTE: Not all home acne remedies work for everyone. An acne treatment that works for you may not work for another. If you are having difficulty treating acne, contact a dermatologist for advice.