This topic is one that is very personal to many people. Alot of us either have suffered some form of acne or have someone close to us who has or still is.
I wanted to put some basic, helpful information out there for anyone still struggling with acne.
Feel free to share these helpful tips.
Most of you know we sell Retin A ( used for acne and anti aging) and a clear skin face gel( also for acne and cleansing sensative skin)
Many people dont know, our clear skin gel was actually formulated based on some typical acne remedies compiled for a friend of mine.
So long story short, I had a close friend struggling with acne. She was due to get married and vowed to herself she wouldn’t face that day riddled with red, aching blotches that will be caked up with makeup.
We sat down and filtered the internet for some of the most proven acne fighting home remedies. After our own mental breakdown and final thoughts we decided to combine some of these items.
Needless to say, given my love for natural cosmetics I did my own research late at night while breastfeeding and the house slept.
I designed our clear skin face gel for my friend. She successfully used it and was acne free for her wedding.
These following home remedies can be found in our clear skin face gel but not all of them.
If you dont have the money to pay out of pocket for an item, especially when the cosmetic market is full of undeliverable promises then you can try some of these at home for a small cost.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Like other vinegars, it is known for its ability to fight many types of bacteria and viruses. Apple cider vinegar is also used after certain skin treatments to calm redness, irritation and prevent infection.
Apple cider vinegar contains several organic acids that have been shown to kill acne.
In particular, succinic acid has been shown to suppress inflammation caused by acne which may prevent scarring
Also, lactic acid has been shown to improve the appearance of acne scars. What’s more, apple cider vinegar may help dry up the excess oil that causes acne in the first place but does not dry out the skin.
How to Use It
Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar and 3 parts water (use more water for sensitive skin).
After cleansing, gently apply the mixture to the skin using a cotton ball.
If you have not worn any make up or other skin care that needs removing then I suggest you only use this for cleansing.
Let sit for 5–20 seconds, rinse with water and pat dry.
Repeat this process 1–2 times per day.
Honey and Cinnamon Mask
Both honey and cinnamon are excellent sources of antioxidants but honey is a humicant, this means it draws moisture into your skin.
Studies have found applying antioxidants to the skin is more effective at reducing acne than benzoyl peroxide. Peroxide is one of the most common acne fighting treatments.
Honey and cinnamon also have the ability to fight bacteria and reduce inflammation, which are two factors that trigger acne.
How to Make a Honey and Cinnamon Mask
Mix 2 tablespoons honey and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together to form a paste.
After cleansing, apply the mask to your face and leave it on for 10–15 minutes.
Rinse the mask off completely and pat your face dry.
You can apply this after rinsing with apple cider vinegar.
Spot Treat With Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Australia.
It is well known for its ability to fight bacteria and reduce skin inflammation.
Several studies show that applying 5% tea tree oil to the skin effectively reduces acne
When compared to 5% benzoyl peroxide, 5% tea tree oil did not act as quickly, but it did significantly improve acne after three months of use.
It also resulted in fewer adverse effects like dryness, irritation and burning, compared to benzoyl peroxide.
How to Use It
Mix 1 part tea tree oil with 9 parts water. (CAN BE ADDED TO YOUR VINEGAR RINSE)
Dip a cotton swab into the mixture and apply it to affected areas.
Repeat this process 1–3 times per day, as needed.
Green tea is very high in antioxidants, and drinking it can promote good health and clear skin.
There aren’t any studies exploring the benefits of drinking green tea when it comes to acne, but applying it directly to the skin has been shown to help.
This is likely because the flavonoids and tannins in green tea are known to help fight bacteria and reduce inflammation, which are two main causes of acne.
The major antioxidant in green tea — epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) — has been shown to reduce sebum production, fight inflammation and inhibit the growth of P. acnes in individuals with acne-prone skin. It also repairs skin from sun damage.
Multiple studies have shown that applying a 2–3% green tea extract to the skin significantly reduces sebum production and pimples in those with acne.
You can buy creams and lotions that contain green tea, but it is just as easy to make your own mixture at home.
How to Use It
Steep green tea in boiling water for 3–4 minutes.
Allow tea to cool.
Using a cotton ball, apply tea to skin or pour into a spray bottle to spritz on.
Allow to dry, then rinse with water and pat dry.
You can also add the remaining tea leaves to honey and make a mask.
Even though there isn’t any evidence that drinking green tea can fight acne, some research suggests it may still be beneficial.
For example, drinking green tea has been shown to lower blood sugar and insulin levels, which are factors that can contribute to the development of acne.
The gel is often added to lotions, creams, ointments and soaps. It’s commonly used to treat abrasions, rashes, burns and other skin conditions.
When applied to the skin, aloe vera gel can help heal wounds, treat burns and fight inflammation.
Aloe vera also contains salicylic acid and sulfur, which are both used extensively in the treatment of acne.
Several studies have shown that applying salicylic acid or sulfur to the skin significantly reduces acne.
How to Use It
Scrape the gel from the aloe plant out with a spoon. If you dont have your own plant buy an aloe vera product that does not contain colours or fillers, fragrance or any other unnecessary ingredients, basically as natural as you can.
Apply gel directly to clean skin as a moisturizer.
Repeat 1–2 times per day, or as desired.
I would suggest if you have tried the above and they just dont seem to work, a Dr may be able to check if you have a hormonal imbalance, dietary need or intolerance etc.
I have read so many emails from customers who have told me how unhelpful their Dr or Dermatologist was on their quest to clear skin.
In this case Retin A is about the strongest and best proven acne treatment.