Just as you can relieve dry skin with chemical-free products and mixtures, you can use natural acne home remedies to cut down on another common skin woe: blemishes. You’ve seen—and probably even used—all those harsh creams and washes on the market that promise to give you clear skin. But what they can sometimes do is dry your skin out so badly, you wind up with dry, flaky skin instead. Neither one is ideal. Natural acne home remedies can help without exposing your precious skin to damage.
Natural Acne Treatments
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties, and it’s used in treating all sorts of conditions, from dandruff to acne. It has a drying effect on the skin, so you shouldn’t apply it straight, nor should you apply it to areas that aren’t breaking out. A study in the Medical Journal of Australia showed that a 5% tea tree oil mixture was just as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion at healing acne, but it took a bit longer to see the results. However, even though the test subjects had to wait longer for clearer skin, they experienced fewer side effects.
Tea tree oil is best used as a spot treatment or as part of a mask. You can dilute five parts tea tree oil with 95 parts water to achieve a similar mixture to what was used in the study above, then apply it to blemishes.
To make a mask instead, add a couple of drops of tea tree oil to a tablespoon of bentonite clay (also good for detoxing the skin), then mix in water until it’s a paste. Apply it to your skin and leave it on for 10-20 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water, dry your skin, and apply your moisturizer.
Check out Keeper of the Home for other ways to use tea tree oil.
Increasing your zinc intake has been shown to help treat acne. Some of our favorite sources include:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Nutritional yeast
- Bee pollen
- Sesame seeds
- Oat groats
An oatmeal and raw honey mask (cook the oatmeal, then use about 4 parts oatmeal to one part honey) recommends will clean your pores and exfoliate your face. Honey contains antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, and it also contains gluconic acid, which works to brighten your skin and possibly reduce scarring.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Mixing raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar 50/50 with water in a sterilized glass container and using it as a toner will help balance your skin’s pH, prevent breakouts, brighten your complexion, and act as an exfoliant (thanks to the natural alpha hydroxy acids). If you’re nervous about the way your skin will react to apple cider vinegar, try a lower concentration at first and do a test patch.
Don’t Forget to Moisturize
Some people seem think that a powerful face wash or even follow-up product that acts like a toner is the way to go, but a natural routine that addresses acne covers everything, including moisturizer.
Yep, even oily, acne-prone skin will benefit from a moisturizer, albeit a light one. Try jojoba or argan oil before coconut, olive, avocado, or sweet almond oil, as jojoba and argan feel lighter on the skin and work better on acne-prone complexions. Though you may use tea tree oil as a treatment, it shouldn’t be used as a moisturizer (even though it’s an oil!) because it has a drying effect on the skin.
Always apply some sort of moisturizer at the end of your skin care routine, morning and night. When skin is washed and left exposed, it will sometimes overcompensate and create more oil. Though dry skin can get acne, too, it’s most often associated with oily skin, so you want to avoid a cycle that encourages your body to increase the production of oil.
What About Prevention?
What you eat (and what you don’t!) can play a part in how your skin looks because your skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside your body. In other words, acne is just a symptom of something deeper going on, and the goal is to get at the root cause even while applying natural acne home remedies externally. This goes beyond the belief that greasy foods and chocolate will make you break out and encompasses your overall diet. When you’ve cleansed your body with a healthy diet, you’re likely to notice your acne diminishing, too.
Aside from increasing your zinc intake, which we already mentioned, here are a few other acne-fighting nutrition tips:
- Take a probiotic and/or start eating the Probiotic & Enzyme Salad at least a few times per week to balance your gut flora.
- Eat light to heavy.
- Skip clogging foods, like dairy, soy, gluten, and fried or processed foods.
- Drink hot water with lemon first thing in the morning to assist with detoxifying your liver.
One final tip: Make sure you’re working to cleanse your colon. This means drinking plenty of water, eating vegetables and fruits to ensure that you’re getting enough fiber, taking magnesium-oxygen supplements (MagO7), and considering gravity-centered colonics or enemas. You’ll be drinking the lemon water to detox your liver, but your liver needs to push toxins into your colon. If your colon’s not up to the task, everything will get backed up and more toxins will need to be pushed through your skin (the skin is your largest detoxifying organ, after all).
Beautiful skin comes from the inside. There are ways to address acne from the outside, but getting to the root cause while using natural remedies will give you the best, quickest, and most long-lasting results.