Looking to get clear skin? Many traditional acne treatments are filled with chemicals and can be harsh on your skin. Try these easy recipes you can make at home instead.
Wash with Chamomile
No more spending money on expensive face washes. You can make your own at home with just a few ingredients. The main ingredient in this recipe is chamomile tea, which can help soothe irritation and moisturize your skin. Combine it with castile soap, olive oil and your choice of essential oil for a simple yet effective face wash.
Soothe with Honey
Not only does honey soothe troubled skin, it also fights against acne-causing bacteria. Combine a tablespoon of raw or organic honey, a teaspoon of baking soda and half of a teaspoon of cinnamon and combine into a thick paste. Leave it on your skin for 10 minutes and rinse off with water.
Exfoliate with Sea Salt
Dead skin cells can contribute to acne, so gently exfoliate once per week, and use one of the best yet simplest homemade acne treatments around. All you need is two tablespoons of coconut oil and two tablespoons of sea salt. Combine and gently massage into your face for a few minutes. Wash it off with warm water.
Fight Inflammation with Aloe
Anyone who’s ever had a sunburn knows how soothing aloe vera is. Not only can it help heal your skin when you’ve spent too much time in the sun, it can also help soothe breakouts and fight inflammation. Keep an aloe plant around and when your skin needs some extra TLC, snip the tip of a leaf, squeeze the aloe vera on your hand and pat onto your face.
Reduce Oil with Green Tea
This anti-oxidant rich tea can help reduce oil production. Brew a couple cups of tea and let chill in a large bowl. Once chilled, dip a washcloth into the bowl and press it gently on the affected areas of your face for one to two minutes.
Tone with Tea Tree Oil
More people than ever are catching on to the healing power of essential oils, and tea tree oil is great for acne-prone skin. Research has shown that tea tree oil can work better with fewer side effects than benzoyl peroxide. Because the oil can be potent, make sure to mix it with other ingredients. For a simple homemade astringent, put a few drops of this oil in a container of witch hazel.
How do you fight acne breakouts? Let us know by commenting below.
Advice or recommendations are for informational or educational purposes only, not a substitute for a visit or consultation with your doctor.
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