Treating acne can be a lifelong battle for many people. Some are just more prone to breakouts than others. Some find that their acne breakouts seem to flare up when they are under stress or when they are about to start their menstrual cycle. Many people treat their breakouts with over the counter creams or cleansers successfully, but some have to resort to prescription creams or even oral medications. These options can also have unwanted side effects that aren’t worth the positive effects the medication can have. If you are looking for a more natural way to treat your acne, here are six things you can try.
Wash Your Bedding
Washing your pillowcase at least once weekly will help get any germs and dirt away from your face. Just think about all the things that come into contact with your face during the day, then that gets rubbed on the pillowcase at night while you sleep. Especially if you are like me and forget to wash your makeup off before going to bed… well, it’s no wonder this is a leading cause of breakouts for many people. Wash your pillowcase in the hottest setting possible at least every seven days and it can help cut down on breakouts.
Tea Tree Oil
Using tea tree oil as an astringent is a great natural way to treat acne. Tea tree oil is antibiotic and anti fungal, so it is great at cleaning the skin to clear away germs. You should never take it internally, but it is safe to use topically. It should always be used diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil. Just apply it to the affected area with a cotton swab. Some people find it can dry the skin, so it is fine to use a moisturizing lotion after cleaning the skin.
Wash Your Face Daily
Washing your face at least once daily with a mild soap is another way to help naturally curb acne breakouts. By doing this every day, you are washing away any dirt that may be clogging your pores, which can lead to breakouts on your skin.
Who knew that egg whites could be one of the things to help clear up your skin? Egg whites are full of good proteins and vitamins, so they are good for your skin. Just whip a couple of egg whites in a bowl then apply them to your face like a mask and let it dry. The egg whites might dry out your skin, so you will want to moisturize after rinsing off the mask
Apple Cider Vinegar
We know that vinegar is great for cleaning and disinfecting, but it is also great at fighting acne. It balances skin pH, will absorb extra oil, and it is a great astringent! You can dilute vinegar 1:3 with water, then clean the affected areas with a cotton ball dipped in the mixture. This will dry your skin out if done too often.
Cinnamon and Honey Mask
You don’t have to look any further than your spice cabinet for the ingredients for this mask. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and apply it to the breakouts, or apply it as a mask for your whole face. This sticky mask will kill germs and fight bacteria in the pores, and it is easy to mix up in just a couple of minutes!
One of the best things you can do for your skin is to drink plenty of water. Shoot for at least eight glasses of water each day. Cut out the sugary sodas and fruit juices and stick with water instead. You should see a noticeable difference in your skin within just a few weeks.
These are just a handful of the things you can do to treat acne naturally. You don’t have to resort to harsh chemicals or strong medications to get rid of your breakouts!