Acne medication can stop the appearance of pimples, but it can also cause dry skin, discoloration and irritation. And in addition to unwanted side effects, it’s also expensive! Stick to these scientifically proven natural treatments and save a little money by using the ingredients you may already have at home.
Cleansing the face with steam
Prepare your face for steam cleaning. If your hair falls on your face, comb it back and pull it off with an elastic band, or use a headband or clips. Wash your face with a mild detergent – either without oil or a plant-based product. Many dermatologists recommend the use of glycerin, grape seed oil or sunflower oil, because oils are the best absorbents and also dissolve other oils well.
Use your fingers instead of a washcloth or sponge that could further worsen the condition of your skin.
Massage the detergent into the skin for about a minute using gentle, circular motions. You do not try to scrub, you only help the detergent to loosen the dirt and absorb the grease.
Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Dry your face, use a clean, cotton towel. Never rub your face with a towel, you could irritate your skin more.
Choose an essential oil. The oils on this list have either antiseptic or antibacterial effects, which means that they kill the bacteria that cause acne and prevent the formation of new pimples. You can choose based on your personal choice (which one smells best to you?) Or according to your current situation. If you are prone to anxiety and depression, use lavender oil. If you have pimples (usually of bacterial origin), unlike blackheads, use herbal oil with antibacterial effects. If you are fighting an upper respiratory tract infection, use thyme, which in combination with heat cures both the infection and clogged cavities.
Mint oil can irritate someone, so you’d better do a test with one drop of oil on your wrist skin and wait 10-15 minutes. If no irritation occurs, you should tolerate the oil without any problems. Start with one drop of oil for about 1 liter of water. Peppermint oil contains menthol, which has antiseptic and immune-boosting effects.
Thyme strengthens the immune system and has antibacterial effects. It also increases blood circulation by dilating blood vessels.
Marigold accelerates healing and has antimicrobial effects.
Lavender is soothing and can help with anxiety and depression. It also has antibacterial effects.
Prepare hot water. Fill a liter pot with water and bring to a boil for about a minute or two. As soon as steam comes out of the water for a few minutes, add 1-2 drops of one of the oils from the list above.
If you do not have essential oils, you can replace them ½ teaspoons of dried herbs per liter of water.
Once you have added the oil or herbs, boil the water for about a minute.
After one minute, turn off the flame and move the pot to a pleasant place where you will steam your face. Choose a place where you will not have to wriggle uncomfortably over the pot and where you will last a while.
Test the sensitivity of your skin. Be aware that you may be hypersensitive to herbal oil. Even if you have used the oil successfully in the past, you should always repeat the test before each use. Try the oil for about 1 minute and then turn away from the steam for about 10 minutes. If you do not sneeze or do not notice any unusual reaction on your skin, reheat the water and continue steaming.
Steam your face. Put a large, clean, cotton towel over your head. Use it to create a kind of “tent ” that catches steam around your face. Once you have a towel ready, lean over the pot of hot water and cover your head.
Keep your eyes closed during steaming so that the hot steam does not damage them.
Keep your face at least 25 cm away from water to avoid burning your skin. You want your blood vessels to dilate and your pores open, but you don’t want to damage your skin with heat.
Breathe normally and relax! You should have a pleasant, reassuring feeling.
Hold your face over steam for about 10 minutes.
After steaming, treat your skin. Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water and dry it with a clean, cotton towel, remembering that you should not rub your skin. Nourish your skin with non-comedonian milk or cream, which will not clog your pores and make your skin worse. Look at the packaging and make sure you are using a non-comedian product.
“Non-comedonian” products do not support the formation of acne, such as comedones, blackheads, acne with puffiness, or pimples. Any product you put on your skin – from milk, through cleansing gel to make-up – should have a special composition, for skin prone to acne.
One of the remedies you can use to moisturize your skin is coconut oil. You can use coconut oil alone or a mixture of coconut and garlic oil, which you prepare by squeezing the juice from one clove of garlic into one glass of coconut oil and mixing well. This mixture will last you about 30 days in the refrigerator. Rub a small amount of oil into your skin once or twice a day. Both garlic and coconut oil kill the bacteria that make up acne. The saturated fatty acids that the oil contains eliminate comedones and leave your pores open. If you do not like the smell of garlic, you can skip it and use only coconut oil.
Repeat this procedure until you notice an improvement. Initially, you can steam your face twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening. After about one to two weeks, you will notice an improvement in your skin. When this happens, reduce the steaming frequency to once a day.
Application of herbal masks
Find out why herbal masks work. The herbal mask ingredients described herein have astringent effects that cleanse, firm and heal the skin during acne treatment. Astringents can dry out the skin, so do not apply the mask to already dry places. However, if you have oily skin, a mask with astringent effects will help your skin balance the hydration level.
Mix the base for the herb mask. In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. These ingredients have natural effects that will help your skin heal. Honey, for example, has antibacterial and astringent effects. The protein here not only functions as a thickener, but also has astringent effects, as does lemon, which also acts as a natural lightening agent for the skin.
Add essential oil. Once you have the base of the mask mixed, mix in l teaspoons of one of the following essential oils:
Apply the mask. Using your fingertips, apply the mixture to your face, neck, or other affected area. You can make a mess during the application, so work somewhere that can be easily cleaned, for example in the bathroom. Do not take too much mixture so that it does not drip from your face or dry for a long time.
If you do not want to make a full face mask, it is enough to apply the mixture on the affected areas. Use a cotton swab and apply the mixture to each individual pimple.
Let the mask dry. Drying time may vary depending on the amount of mask you have used. It should take about 15 minutes. Be careful not to drip while the mask is drying.
Rinse your face. After fifteen minutes, the mask should be dry, the substances from it should have time to get into your skin, so it is time to rinse it. Rinse the mask completely with lukewarm water. Do not use a washcloth or sponge, which could irritate your skin even more. Dry your face with a clean, cotton towel, but do not rub your skin.
Finally, use non-comedonian milk or cream.
Use of sea salt
Find out how sea salt cures acne. Experts do not know exactly how sea salt cures acne. It can be a high salt content that kills bacteria or a mineral content that helps the skin heal. Sea salt also helps dissolve sebum.
This method is very effective for mild to moderate acne and you do not have to worry about not tolerating further treatment.
However, it is always best to visit a dermatologist and discuss home treatment methods with him so that treatment is not complicated.
Do not overdo it with the use of sea salt, as it also dries the skin and stimulates sebum production, which can cause pimples.
Prepare your skin for treatment. Always clean your skin with a mild, alcohol-free detergent at the beginning. Put some cleansing gel on your fingers and loosen the dirt with gentle, circular motions. Wash your face for about a minute, then rinse with lukewarm to cold water. Dry your face with a cotton towel and use one of the sea salt methods listed below.
Mix the sea salt mask. The mask is effective if the affected area is your face. Stir 1 teaspoon of sea salt into 3 teaspoons of hot water. The water should be so hot that the salt dissolves well. Add 1 tablespoon of the following ingredients to this solution:
Aloe vera gel (helps healing)
Green tea (for antioxidants)
Honey (for its antibacterial effects and healing promotion)
Apply the mask. Use your fingers to apply the mask on your face and be careful not to make a big mess. Avoid eye areas. Let the mask work for 10 minutes, but no longer. Salt draws water and could dry out your skin too much.
After 10 minutes, rinse the mask with cold to warm water and gently dry your face with a clean, cotton towel.
Finally, apply non-comedonian milk or cream to the skin.
Resist the temptation and use this rinse only once a day. Otherwise, you could dry your skin too much, even using cream or milk.
As an alternative to the mask, make a spray with sea salt. The ingredients of the sea salt spray are almost identical to those of the mask. However, use 10 teaspoons of sea salt for 30 teaspoons of hot water and 10 teaspoons of aloe vera gel / green tea / honey. Once the solution is ready, pour it into a clean vial with a spray pump.
Store the spray bottle in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage.
Spray on face spray. Every time you treat your skin, you should first wash it with lukewarm water and cleansing gel. Close or cover your eyes to protect them from the saline solution and then spray the face and neck spray.
Like the mask, do not leave the spray on the skin for more than 10 minutes, then rinse the mask thoroughly with lukewarm to cold water.
Dry your face and finally treat it with non-comedonian milk or cream.
Take a salt bath to treat the “whole body”. If acne bothers you on other parts of your body, such as your chest and back, a better method than a mask or spray for you will be to immerse yourself in a salt bath. Ordinary table salt will not hurt you, but it will not help either, because it does not contain valuable minerals, such as sea salt. Sea salt contains: calcium, magnesium, sodium, chlorine, iodine, potassium, zinc and iron. If you use ordinary salt, a bath is useless to you.
Add 2 cups of sea salt to very warm – hot water until you fill the tub. You will help the sea salt to dissolve.
Load in the tub for up to 15 minutes, but no longer. If you lie in the water for a long time, your skin could dry out.
If you also have pimples on your face, soak a washcloth in water and put it on your face for 10-15 minutes.
Rinse salt water with lukewarm, clean water.
Dry your skin and finally use milk or cream to moisturize and nourish your skin.
Do not bathe in sea salt more than once a day.
Use of home natural cleaners
Find out how acne forms. Oil is a naturally produced fat that clogs pores, causing blackheads and pimples when increased. When the skin is also affected by Propionibacterium acnes, sores, pustules, cysts and abscesses form.
Learn the natural way to fight acne. Oil is the direct cause of acne. Based on chemical theory, the best way to dissolve oil (and impurities, cell debris, bacteria, etc.) is to use a different oil. We grew up thinking that oil is bad for our skin, so we often use chemical cleansers that are irritating. We forget that natural oils are on the skin to protect, moisturize and keep it healthy. The oil not only has the ability to break down dirt and unwanted oils, but also protects the skin from peeling, which is caused by soap, for example.
Choose a primary oil. Choose your oil wisely, avoid allergies and hypersensitivity. For example, if you have a nut allergy, you will not choose hazelnut oil. The following list of oils is varied – some are very expensive, others are better for you. However, they are all non-comedian and will not clog your pores, so they will not contribute to acne:
Hemp seed oil
Alternative oils that you can use (and are non-communal for most people) include olive oil and castor oil. Castor oil can dry out some people’s skin, while for others it is moisturizing.
Coconut oil differs from other oils in that it contains moderately saturated fatty acids. Eliminates bacteria including Propionibacterium acnes. Eliminates long-chain fatty acids in sebum that clog skin pores.
Choose a second, antibacterial / antiseptic oil. The herbal essential oils on this list are known for their ability to minimize the occurrence of P. acnes . Most of these oils have a pleasant aroma, so you can choose according to yourself. Before putting any oil on your skin, always test it on a small piece of skin on your wrist to see if you are allergic to it.
Oregano: antibacterial, anti-inflammatory
Teapot: antibacterial, antifungal
Lavender: antibacterial, soothing, relaxing.
Rosemary: highly effective, antibacterial against P. acnes
Incense: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial
Mix the oil cleaner. You can make quantities as needed. It is better to mix a larger amount and store it in a cool, dark place. The ratio should be maintained for all doses and is as follows:
For every 30 ml of primary oil, 2-3 drops of secondary, herbal essential oil.
Use your natural cleaner. Pour a small amount of the oil mixture into the palm of your hand and apply to the face. Do not use a washcloth or sponge to avoid irritating your skin. Using small, circular motions, gently massage the face with oil for about 2 minutes.
Wash your face. A normal rinse would not be as effective as usual because the oil will not dissolve in the water. To wash the oil cleaner from your face, apply a washcloth soaked in warm water to your face for about 20 seconds. Slowly and gently wipe the oil and rinse the washcloth in warm water. Repeat until all oil has been removed from the face.
Dry your face with a cotton towel.
Use this method twice a day and after excessive sweating.
Basics of good cleaning
Make your skin cleansing routine. Wash your face at least twice a day – after waking up to wash off the sebum that has formed on it during sleep and before going to bed to wash off the sebum that has formed during the day. If you sweat excessively while staying in the gym or on a hot summer day, wash your face as well.
Always use either a non-comedian or your home oil cleaner.
Use sea salt as described above. If you expose your skin to excessive salt with a drying effect, you could dehydrate your skin, which could wake up new acne.
Use the correct washing technique. You may want to use a washcloth or sponge to clean your face, but you can do with your fingers. Especially if you have acne on your skin, you don’t want to irritate it anymore with abrasives. Massage the cleanser into the skin with gentle, circular motions for about 10 seconds.
Do not use peeling or other abrasives on skin with pimples. You could remove layers of skin that are not yet ready to peel. It is the same as removing the scab that protects the wound and helps in the healing process. It would leave a scar on your skin and your skin color would be different.
Do not squeeze the pimples. No matter how bad acne looks, you need to understand that pimples and pustules are full of harmful bacteria. The pus that flows out of the squeezed pimple is full of P. acnes bacteria. You may like squeezing, but if you continue to do so, you put your healthy, unaffected skin at risk of developing more pimples. You can spread acne all over your face and elsewhere, instead of getting rid of it. Squeezing pimples can also leave scars and discoloration on the skin.
Protect your skin from the sun. A popular myth says that the sun cures pimples and helps prevent them, but scientists have not confirmed these theories. In fact, both the sun and the solarium damage the skin and increase the risk of cancer. Be aware that when you take certain medications that treat acne, your skin is far more sensitive to the sun. These drugs include antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, tetracycline, sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim; antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benedryl); cancer drugs (5-FU, vinblastine, dacarbazine); cardiac drugs such as amiodorone, nifedipine, quinidine and dithiazem; Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as naproxen and acne drugs with isotretinoin (Accutane) and acitretin (Soriatane).
Eat foods with a low glycemic index (GI).Skin specialists confirm that no matter what myths about milk and chocolate we hear, diet has no direct effect on acne. However, recent research focusing on the diet of indigenous strains around the globe has revealed that acne does not occur in adolescents at all. Comparing the U.S. diet and the Native American diet, it was clear that the Native American diet was completely lacking in milk and sugar, so these young people do not suffer from acne at all, unlike the 70% American teen population. This explains why some people who consume dairy products in combination with excessive sugars suffer from acne. These foods increase inflammatory processes and create an environment suitable for bacteria. Studies have shown that low glycemic index foods reduce the risk of acne. Foods with a low glycemic index are such that which release sugars into your blood slowly. Foods with the lowest glycemic index include:
Bran cereals, natural muesli, oatmeal
Whole wheat products of all kinds, whole wheat bread
Most vegetables except beets, pumpkins and parsnips
Most fruits except watermelon and dates. Mango, papaya, bananas, pineapple, raisins and figs have a medium GI.
Wholegrain products can have a low to medium glycemic index. The lowest GI can be found in brown rice, barley and whole wheat pasta.
Include vitamins A and D in your diet. Along with low GI foods, you should also eat foods rich in these two vitamins to supply your body and skin with optimal nutrients. The vitamins that are most important for healthy skin are vitamins A and D. Include the following foods in your diet:
Vegetables: sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, pumpkin, broccoli, red pepper, zucchini
Fruits: melou cantaloupe, mango, apricots
Legumes: black eye peas
Meat and fish: beef liver, herring, salmon
Fish: cod liver oil, salmon, tuna
Dairy products: milk, yogurt, cheese
Get more vitamin D from the sun. Many foods contain vitamin D, but there are not many. You may be trying to supply your body with vitamin D through diet, but the easiest way to get this vitamin is to expose your skin to the sun for about 10-15 minutes a week. The sun’s rays trigger the production of vitamin D in the skin. Do not apply sunscreen, but treat yourself to the amount of sun you can tolerate without getting burned.
However, do not expose yourself excessively to the sun without sun protection, as the sun is dangerous and can lead to cancer.
Increase your intake of omega-3 fats. These fats are beneficial for individuals who suffer from acne. Omega-3 fats reduce the body’s production of leukotriene B4, which increases sebum production and leads to inflammatory acne. Sebum is a natural fat produced to hydrate the skin, but if it is overproduced, it clogs pores and causes acne. If you increase your intake of omega-3 fats in your diet, you can help control your acne. Foods you should consume include:
Seeds and nuts: flaxseed and flaxseed oil, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
Fish and fish oils: salmon, sardines, mackerel, whitefish and trout
Herbs and spices: basil, oregano, cloves, marjoram
Vegetables: spinach, radish sprouts, Chinese broccoli