In a past post, we discussed the dangers of two common acne medications and briefly discussed how to control acne by controlling body inflammation. Today, we are going to discuss some additional natural acne remedies for more stubborn acne. Before you head to the drugstore to pick up that dangerous benzoyl peroxide or to the dermatologist for an RX that may do you (or your child) more harm than good, try these natural acne remedies that work just as well as the prescriptions without the hazardous side effects.
4 Natural Acne Remedies for Adult and Teenage Acne
Before we discuss the remedies, realize that you may have to try a couple before you find one that works well for you. Why? There are many types of acne. Acne can be caused by hormones, bacteria, fungus, or a combination of these factors. So, the first natural acne remedy you try may only help your acne a little, but the next may eradicate it. The good news is that with a little trial and error, you will find a remedy that you can rely on to keep your acne away for good. You can also combine any, or even all, of the following natural acne remedies, because you don’t have to worry about interactions!
1. Neem Oil
Neem oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial oil. Neem oil does have a potent smell, so it is best to apply to your face at night. Rub just a few drops into the areas of your skin that are acne-prone and call it a night.
Or, you can try another method: Before you use your typical face cleanser at night, first rub just enough neem oil into your face to saturate your skin. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, then massage your face gently for about a minute. Next, take a just slightly moistened cotton pad and remove the residue. Finally, cleanse with your usual skin cleanser. This technique can help you reap the power of neem without dealing with the smell for too long!
(Like anything else you put on your skin, it is important to patch test it first to make sure you don’t have an allergy.)
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a very common natural acne remedy, and for a good reason. Like neem, tea tree oil is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. However, you don’t want to use it straight, because it is very powerful. (Straight tea tree oil can burn your skin, so please always dilute it and patch test!)
You can add just a drop into your normal cleanser before you cleanse your face or add a drop to any moisturizer or toner you use before you apply it to your face. You can also add two drops to your neem oil before you massage your face with it for an acne-fighting one-two punch!
3. Green Tea Inside Your Body and on Your Skin
Many people find that their acne improves greatly when they drink a few glasses of green tea throughout the day. It is healthy for your body and skin due to the very potent antioxidants in it that reduce inflammation.
You can also apply it to your skin topically twice a day with a cotton square, similar to how you would apply a face toner. To do this, brew a very strong cup of green tea, then place it in a glass bottle in the refrigerator. You can then use it for about three days before you need to brew a new cup. However, antioxidant power diminishes the older the tea is, so if you drink it daily, applying it fresh-brewed is best. You can even just lightly rub the tea bag onto your skin after you brew your morning tea!
4. Diet Modifications
Dairy is a huge acne-causing food group, especially when you eat and drink non-organic dairy filled with hormones. Some people find that their acne becomes much better when they stop drinking and eating dairy, and it is no surprise, because even organic dairy messes with your body’s natural hormone balance.
Also, studies have shown that some people experience great acne relief when they reduce their sugar intake and take steps to keep their blood sugar from spiking (even non-diabetics). To do this, simply avoid eating foods with a high glycemic load without accompanying them with some fat. This keeps them from being digested so quickly and raising your blood sugar (check out this list to find high GL foods).
When you notice your past acne flaring back up or new acne, it can be all-to-easy to panic and run to the store or a dermatologist to ask for the strongest acne medication they have. However, some have very hazardous side effects, and there are so many effective natural acne remedies you can try first!