Being environmentally friendly and eco-conscious is something that is increasingly important to a number of people today. In the realm of face care, more and more people are turning to natural products instead of using over-the-counter acne treatments. Treatments found in stores are rarely natural and instead contain harsh chemicals that disrupt the skin’s natural pH balance. Chemical cleansers, toners, and masks leave behind residue on the skin and can cause irritation. An alternative to these harsh treatments is to cure acne naturally using products that you can find in your own home, or easily at the local grocery store.
One home remedy that has been known to work in curing acne is witch hazel. Like many other products, witch hazel can either work to cure acne, or make acne worse depending on your skin type and skin reactions. The best way to find out if any acne remedy works for you is to try it on a very small patch of skin. If no reaction occurs, you are most likely safe to use the remedy on your entire face. Witch hazel is said to work for acne because of its anti-bacterial property called tannin acid. Witch hazel is known to reduce inflammation and work as an astringent to cleanse skin. As a natural product, witch hazel also does not affect the pH balance of your skin, or leave any harmful chemical residue behind. You can buy witch-hazel at many stores and simply swab it over your face with a cotton ball similar to a toner or astringent.
Another natural remedy for dealing with acne is honey. Honey is particularly good for removing acne scars because it slowly fades the acne scars away. While honey can take a few weeks to work its magic on your face, the results can be powerful and worth the wait. Raw honey masks are rich and pure and can have amazing effects on your skin. To use a honey mask, simply spread raw honey evenly on your cleansed face and let dry for about 15 minutes. Wash the honey off completely.
Aloe Vera is another natural way to decrease the effects of acne is repair the skin. Aloe Vera has polysaccharides that help cure the wounds of pimples and also decrease inflammation. To use Aloe Vera to improve your skin, use products with Aloe Vera components to cleanse and tone your face. Aloe Vera can also be used as a spot treatment to reduce redness and swelling. Aloe Vera can also be used as a facial mask by spreading a layer of Aloe Vera on your face before bed and allowing the mask to stay on overnight.
Other remedies to cure acne naturally include using baking soda or apple cider vinegar. Any natural remedy for acne should be first used in moderation to make sure that the skin does not have any adverse reaction to the treatment method. Spot test an area, such as a small patch of skin on your back, and wait 12 hours to ensure that there has been no allergic reaction. Natural remedies can also be extremely hit or miss depending on your skin type and your skins reaction to certain products.
Home remedies and natural products for acne can be an easy and affordable method to control acne breakouts and prevent future acne flare-ups. Many of the home remedies can be done using products that you already have at home, or can find easily at the grocery store. Be patient with any acne treatment, as instant results are never likely.