Many people suffer from acne. If you are between 16 and 25 years old, odds are you are one of these people; as nearly 70% of adolescents and young adults suffer from acne. And while there is a certain age group that is at high risk for developing this chronic skin condition, anyone can suffer from acne–even people in their fifties.
Given the strong impact acne has on self image and self confidence, more and more people seek for ways to successfully get rid of it. Although there is no shortage of acne products in the market, a lot of acne sufferers hesitate on buying them as they are often expensive and may even contain harsh chemicals; hence, many turn to natural remedies.
All-Natural Acne Remedies
Natural acne treatments are great first line remedies for acne; as they are often inexpensive, simple and safe. Below are some acne cures you can simply make on your own within the comforts of your home:
Turmeric Face Pack.
Turmeric is an effective acne remedy because of its strong anti-bacterial properties. As you know, overgrowth of bacteria in the skin is one of the reasons for acne breakouts. Turmeric helps eliminate these acne-causing bacteria and lessen symptoms of inflammation.
There are many ways to use turmeric as an acne remedy, but many prefer to use it as a face pack. What I do is take 5 tablespoons of turmeric powder and mix it with enough rose water (you can also use yogurt or honey) to create a paste. Apply the mixture onto your face using gentle circular motions and leave it on overnight.
Baking Soda Scrub.
Baking soda is a cheap but very effective exfoliant. This fine, yet coarse powder is perfect for removing dead skin cells without causing excessive irritation.
Acne sufferers could benefit from regular gentle exfoliation as removing old skin layers would mean the growth of new healthy skin cells.
To reap the benefits of exfoliating with baking soda take 2 tablespoons of the powder and mix it in a clean bowl with enough water to create a yogurt-like consistency. Use the tip of your finger tips to gently scrub the solution onto the affected area. Rinse off the solution using warm water.
Lemon Juice Astringent.
Lemon has received great acclamations from acne sufferers over the past years. It is by far one of the most widely used natural remedy for acne. The citric acid and the alkaline nature of lemons make them effective antiseptic agents. Furthermore, these very properties also help cleanse clogged pores by drawing out excess oil from the pores.
For me and many other acne sufferers, I believe that it is best to use lemon as an astringent or a cleanser. All you have to do is slice a lemon in half and squeeze fresh lemon juice into a clean container. Dab the juice onto the affected area using cotton balls and leave it on overnight.
Garlic Spot Treatment.
Garlic has long been taunted as a great antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. These very properties make it a fitting remedy for acne. Garlic has the capacity to eliminate acne-causing bacteria in the skin, lessen inflammation and promote faster healing of scars and wounds.
Being one of the oldest herbal remedies around, there are hundreds of ways to utilize garlic for acne. But I especially like how it can be easily used as a spot-treatment. All you have to do is peel and crush 2 cloves of garlic then squeeze the juice out of the crushed cloves. Apply the juice onto your zits using a cotton-tip applicator. Leave it on for 5 minutes and then rinse it off.