Glowing, clear skin is an ultimate beauty goal for many women. But due to daily stresses, environmental factors and even genetics, clear skin can be hard to get and maintain. Acne and scarring are things that many women deal with at some point in their lives, some more than others. Below I have compiled some all natural remedies for clear skin.
Please note, these tips don’t treat the cause of acne and breakouts, but help reduce the symptoms. To treat mild to moderate acne, you can try over the counter products. Look for products that contain Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Sulfur and Alpha Hydroxy Acids. For more severe breakouts, try visiting a dermatologist.
1. HONEY: Honey is an antiseptic, meaning it helps get rid of bacteria on your skin that causes acne. Applying honey to your skin can prevent acne from getting worst. Honey also works as an anti-inflammatory to prevent swelling and redness. However, please note that severe acne is caused by bacteria buildup in the skin. If your pores are clogged, honey can relieve the symptoms of already formed acne but cannot get inside your pores to prevent future breakouts.
1. Make sure you buy RAW honey, processed honey can irritate your skin.
2. Wash your face first with mild soap and lukewarm water. Massage your face with just your fingertips; don’t use a towel or scrub (this causes irritation). Pat dry with a soft towel.
3.Before your skin dries, apply the raw honey to your face using wet hands. Massage it into your skin and allow it to stay on for at least a couple of minutes
2. LEMON JUICE: Lemon juice works as a mild astringent and an antiseptic. Applying lemon juice to your skin reduces that oil and bacteria that can clog your pores and cause breakouts, reduce redness and some say it helps to relieve acne scarring. Be careful though, lemon juice should not be used on fresh cuts or dry skin.
1. Wash your face with mild soap and lukewarm water and allow to dry for 5-10 minutes.
2. Dip a cotton ball into freshly squeezed lemon juice (slight stinging or itching sensation is normal)
3.After 20-30 minutes rinse your face with warm water and apply a moisturizer.
3. BAKING SODA: Baking soda has antiseptic and anti-fungal qualities, it can work as an effective exfoliant that removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Used as an exfoliant it can help even your skin tone and decrease redness. Though baking soda can reduce the symptoms of acne it has no effect on the causes of acne, it will not decrease the probability of breakouts. Also, avoid using baking soda on any type of open cuts or sores.
1. Create a paste and apply to your skin. Mix ⅓ tablespoon of baking soda with a full tablespoon of water.
2. To test for allergies, apply a small amount to your arm and let it sit for 5 minutes to see if you have a reaction.
3. If no reaction occurs, use your fingertips to lightly massage the paste onto your face, continue this for 1-2 minutes.
4. Let the paste sit for 5 to 10 minutes MAXIMUM.
5. Use lukewarm water and your bare hands to rinse off your face, pat dry with a soft towel.
4. TEA TREE OIL: Tea Tree oil has disinfecting and soothing properties to reduce the symptoms of acne. It also does not strip your skin of its natural oils and dry out your skin. Because its so potent you only need a small amount! Put a few drops on a q-tip and apply to acne.
Things to Remember:
-Toothpaste is meant for your teeth, not your skin.
-It takes about 6-10 weeks for acne to heal, don’t stop treatment just because you don’t see results right away!
-Diet can have an effect on your skin! The less processed food, the healthier your skin will be.
-Wash your face before you go to sleep, while you sleep your skin absorbs whatever is left on it from the day.
-Drink water! Water not only flushes toxins from your body but leaves skin hydrated and naturally glowing.