## home remedies for pimple and acne

As anyone who has suffered from skin blemishes knows, acne remedies don’t come cheap and the costs really add up when you have to switch around to find something that works. As a teen, I was lucky enough to only get a few pimples here and there. Fast forward to my twenties, though, and I’ve developed a relatively mild form of late-onset acne on my face, chest, and back, so spots have been pretty much a constant occurrence for the last few years.

I tried the traditional commercial acne treatments, none of which proved effective. Most were just plain useless, but some made the spots worse and affected the surrounding skin. My dermatologist then steered me towards acne treatments that included salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, but these proved too harsh for my skin and often left it looking worse than before. At a loss, I started experimenting with natural remedies and homemade face masks for acne, which have proven more effective and much easier on the wallet!

## The Benefits of Homemade Spot Treatments

If your skin is similar to mine, you’re probably also sick of spending money on products that do nothing to clear your skin up quickly. My solution was to make my own natural acne treatments from scratch. I’ve already experimented with making my own green and natural skincare products, so I knew how easy it was to make effective products at home. Making the switch to homemade acne treatments really had two big incentives:

1. Saving money: I used to think nothing of handing over $10 for a spot treatment, only to pay it all over again the next month when the treatment had no lasting effects. On average, I spent well over$100 a year and what did I have to show for it? Certainly not better skin!

2. Greater control: Now that I’ve taken control of my pimple remedies, I know exactly what I’m putting on my skin. A quick glance at the ingredients list on most skincare products freaks me out – I don’t recognize half of the ingredients. Making your own products takes that concern away because you get to decide what goes into them.

## 4 Effective Natural Acne Remedies

After some experimenting and research on natural spot-treatments, I have narrowed it down to these 4 simple, inexpensive homemade beauty skincare recipes that are worth a try:

Why it works: Yogurt acts as a gentle natural cleanser thanks to its antibacterial properties. Even better, yogurt that contains probiotics is recommended for improving skin conditions, including acne. You can also add other ingredients to enhance the mask’s benefits. Try oatmeal, for example, which gently exfoliates and helps to tighten pores.

What to do: Take 2 tablespoons of plain low fat yogurt and apply a thin layer to your face (the oil in full-fat yogurt can make your skin greasy). Allow it to dry and rinse off with lukewarm water. To make a yogurt and oatmeal face mask, just add a handfuls of oatmeal to the yogurt, mix into a paste and leave in the refrigerator for a few hours to give the oatmeal a chance to absorb some of the yogurt. Apply to the face, leave for around 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

### 2. Garlic, Turmeric, and Manuka Honey Face Mask

Why it works: Garlic is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, so it’s perfect for fighting pimples. Turmeric has similar qualities and is also anti-inflammatory. Manuka Honey, produced by bees in New Zealand who feed on the manuka bush, has been shown to heal blemished skin and help prevent breakouts.

What to do: Cleanse your face before you start. Crush 6 garlic cloves, add 2-3 spoonfuls of Manuka honey and a tiny amount of turmeric powder. Mix together and spread onto your skin’s problem areas. Alternatively, you can swap turmeric for 3-4 spoonfuls of cinnamon and forgo the garlic altogether if you’d prefer.

### 3. Tea Tree Oil

Why it works: Tea tree oil is widely featured in facial washes and cleansers because it’s a natural antiseptic and has antibacterial qualities. However, commercial products will often only include a relatively small amount of the oil. Using the oil in larger does gives a much stronger impact.

What to do: Rub a small amount of tea tree oil onto blemishes.

### 4. Kaolin Clay

Why it works: Kaolin clay draws out impurities from the skin and soaks up excess oil. If you’ve got large pores, it can reduced their size. French green Kaolin clay, in particular, is great for removing impurities from oily skin.

What to do: Cleanse your face and make sure that your skin is damp before you apply a thin layer of clay and allow it to dry. Rinse off with warm water.

### 5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Make sure it’s organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized and that it has the “mother” in it (like this one). The “mother” is the somewhat gross, brownish strand that you will find floating in your vinegar.

Pour a small amount of the apple cider vinegar into a glass container.

The amount of apple cider vinegar that you use will depend on how much toner you want to make but I recommend starting with about a tablespoon.

Now dilute the apple cider vinegar with filtered or distilled water.

Here, the amount of water that you use will depend on whether or not you have sensitive skin. A ratio of one part apple cider vinegar to two or three parts water is most common but, if you have sensitive skin, you'll want to use a little more water. You may have to play around with the ratio of your toner a bit, but once you find what works best for you skin, it will be worth it!

To use your apple cider vinegar toner, pour a little onto a cotton pad and apply it to your skin after cleansing.

Wait until the toner has dried and then use whatever other lotions, potions and creams you wish. Do this twice a day or any time you wash your face.

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