Blaming Murphy’s Law for that acne on your skin before a big event won’t get you anywhere. Yes, it’s makes a peanut look small and it could take a few expensive treatments to remove, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything about it. In fact, you can even whip up some concoctions of your own, using household ingredients. Don’t worry about applying these to your skin, it’s safe and the worst it can cause is irritation, which you can prevent before it becomes serious. In a nutshell, you can make acne home treatments using common household materials which are safe.
When explorers opened pharaoh tombs, they found out that the jars of honey were still edible and safe. Aside from being an awesome food source in case of an apocalypse, it is also the sweetest skin treatment on the list. It has also been used medicinally for thousands of years because of its strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Honey is very effective in killing off infectious bacteria in and around acne. You just need to apply a pea-sized amount of raw, unprocessed, and unheated honey over your blemish and leave it on for 15 minutes. Repeat this process for a few days. Did we also mention that you can buy honey at any health-food store for a cheap price?
Tea Tree Oil
Oil extracted from tea tree leaves is well known for its antibacterial properties. This helps to reduce inflammation and scarring, which helps when you want to remove any traces of acne. Nothing’s much worse than having a permanent scar reminding you and showing everyone about that zit you had years ago. Its minty aroma also makes it comfortable to apply every night; you don’t need to worry about smelling weird or funky in the morning. A word of caution though, the oil is very potent, so you might need to dilute it with toner (10% oil and 90% toner).
Strawberries are a very good natural source of salicylic acid. What is that? It is one of the ingredients of aspirin. Salicylic acid is found in anti-acne products. To make a scrub yourself, you can mash together ½ cup of fresh strawberries, add in 1 tablespoon of honey, a teaspoon of olive oil and a few drops of lemon in a bowl. You then apply that mixture onto your clean skin, leaving it on for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
Not only is oatmeal good for your stomach, it is also good for your skin. In fact, if you pick up an over-the-counter skin care treatment, it most likely includes oatmeal in it. Oatmeal has been known to reduce the redness from acne and help soothe inflammation on your skin. It is already being used as a treatment for irritated or dry skin and even as a natural remedy for acne. After grinding ¼ cup of rolled oats in a food processor, you then boil it in ¼ cup water. After the mixture has cooled down completely, you can then apply the mixture to your face. Let it stay for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
Lemon and Aspirin
It doesn’t sound like a very common combination, but it actually works for removing acnes. For aspirin, it contains salicylic acid, which we mentioned is a very good anti-acne product. It acts as a chemical peel to reduce acne and scarring. The lemon juice in this paste works as an exfoliant to get rid of dry or dead skin. For this recipe, you have to add a little baking soda which neutralizes the acid (so that you won’t irritate your skin further).
Dissolve 6 non-coated aspirin tablets in 1/8 teaspoon lemon juice. You can adjust the lemon juice quantity; just make sure that it is enough to cover the aspirin tablets. Mix ¼ cup of water and ½ teaspoon baking soda in another bowl and set aside. Apply the lemon and aspiring paste on your acne area and let it stay there for a few minutes. When it’s time to remove the paste, you can wipe it off with a cotton ball dipped in the baking soda and water solution.
A strong word of caution on this one. If you are allergic to aspirin, you should not use this treatment. Before you even apply the paste to your face, you should apply it to your inner forearm’s skin. If you feel any discomfort on your forearm or on your face after applying it, you should rinse it off immediately with the baking soda and water solution. After applying this mixture, your skin might become a tad dry, but applying a good moisturizer can fix this problem easily.
It sounds crazy and even looks crazier, but applying toothpaste on your acne can help to reduce the inflammation. Before you go to bed, dab a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the acne area to reduce the redness before it becomes a bigger problem in the morning. You can let it stay for the whole night, just remember to wash it off in the morning or it could lead to some awkward conversation on your way to work.
To prepare this combination, you need to use the juice of two or three lemons. The first thing which is important for opening your pores is to place a damp, warm washcloth on your face for a few minutes. Next, you use a cotton ball to apply lemon juice all over your face. Leave it for 15-20 minutes. Finally, you can rinse it off with warm water.
Olive oil is an indispensable kitchen ingredient, but it can also soften and moisturize the skin. In acne terms, it is a very good acne scar treatment. It’ s very difficult to remove scars left by zits. Sometimes they require professional intervention. Important thing is to remember about moisturizing your skin which will lessen the damage and improve the quality of your skin. For this mixture you need 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for about 20-30 minutes. Next, you can wash it off with warm water and wash your face with a cleanser to remove any excess oil.
There are a couple of notes for this mixture. It might be expensive, but using ‘extra virgin’ olive oil ensures that it is free of additives that can irritate your skin. Baking soda has mild abrasive properties that make it a great exfoliant. This means that baking soda can remove dead skin cells gently and effectively.
These DIY acne home treatments are very easy to make and require basic materials. You don’t need to spend that much on professional acne treatments when you can recreate the healing process yourself. Just remember that you might need to experiment with the ingredients or proportions to find out the effective ratio for you.