Advertising has conditioned us to believe that the best solution to any problem or need is the most expensive one. The more money it costs, the better it must be, right?
Do you have that attitude when it comes to getting rid of your acne?
You may be surprised to learn that there are a number of inexpensive and organic acne treatment options you can use effectively to get rid of pimples naturally, many of which are probably already in your kitchen cupboards or medicine cabinets.
Honey is a natural antibiotic that targets the bacteria causing pimples by relieving inflammation. Its sticky texture also adheres to dirt and debris, removing them from clogged pores. Use a cotton swab to apply a dab of honey directly to the blemishes and rinse with warm water after 30 minutes. An alternate method is to create a paste with two tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon. Apply as described above, allowing it to dry overnight before rinsing, or use it as a mask over your entire face, rinsing after 10 minutes.
2. Tea tree oil
Studies have shown that the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of this traditional skin treatment are as effective as benzoyl peroxide, one of the more commonly found (and harsher) active ingredients found in acne products. Be sure to dilute the tea tree oil with water (six parts water to one part tea tree oil). Simply dab a small amount of the solution on the affected area with a cotton ball or swab..
The acid in lemon acts as a natural astringent to dry up excess oil in blemishes. Apply to the affected areas with a cotton swab before bedtime and allow it to work overnight. You can also create a paste similar to the honey mixture outlined above (by substituting the honey with lemon juice) and dabbing the solution on before bedtime. Lemon might be too strong for those with sensitive skin so you should try this lemon juice solution on a small area of your face for the first few nights to see how your skin responds.
The same anti-inflammatory properties that make aspirin such an effective painkiller work to reduce the redness and swelling of breakouts. Make a paste with three parts water to one part crushed tablets. When it's thickened, use a cotton swab to apply to problem areas. After about 30 minutes, the mixture will harden and start flaking off, at which time you should wipe your face clean with a damp washcloth.
5. Egg whites
Have you ever noticed how raw egg white has a tightening effect when it dries? Using just the egg whites from a single egg, use a cotton ball to dab some on affected areas of your skin and let it dry overnight. Rinse your face with warm water in the morning.
6. Aloe vera
Aloe vera's anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties are accompanied by a refreshing coolness that soothes red, irritated skin. The treatment works best if you apply gel directly from an aloe vera leaf, but if that's not possible you can use store-bought aloe vera gel from a bottle.
Slice a potato into large pieces and rub them over your face for a couple of minutes, then rinse off the juice with warm water. The meat of the potato soaks up excess oil while the texture helps to remove material from clogged pores.
Results will vary with these natural cures for acne, so experiment with any or all of these methods to find which ones give you the best results. Your dermatologist can also provide you with more information, tips, suggestions and recommendations about more natural treatment for acne options.