Most people often depend on cosmetic products to look more beautiful or to cure their facial problems. They keep on using a product expecting that it would be the solution or wait so long hoping that it might show some effectiveness someday. The sad fact is they are too desperate but to no avail. The reality is either the product is too mild to work or too harsh for skin, which may just worsen their condition. The answers to skin problems are to be heedful and sensible with your skin condition and be proactive in taking suitable measures. If these solutions dont work for you, be sure to check our Dermapen buyers guide!
For your mild acne (blackheads, whiteheads, few pimples, and scars) you can try these natural remedies.
Green tea is rich in polyphenols, namely catechins. Catechins contain powerful antioxidants that can reduce premature skin aging and offer protection against many types of cancers. It has four times more antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants fight oxidative stress in the body and flush out toxins and impurities.
Green tea is not only beneficial for treating and preventing pimples but great for overall health. Drink 2 cups of green tea daily. For pimples, you can freeze green tea and rub its ice cubes on the face for few minutes. Always thaw ice cube or cover it with a washcloth while applying on skin. Within few hours, you will notice a reduction in size and redness of pimples. You can do this twice every day to achieve amazing results.
Another way to use green tea is by adding it to your face mask instead of plain water or use as a toner before applying moisturizer.
Tea tree oil is antiseptic and kills bacteria that reduce pimple size fast. It is applied to the skin topically for infections such as acne and fungal infections. The oil penetrates to the skin to disinfect pores and dry out whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and other blemishes. You can use tea tree oil for spot treatment by applying a drop of it on a pimple overnight. Pure tea tree oil is quite strong and should be diluted with water, green tea, or aloe vera juice. You can also use available tea tree products in the market.
Apple cider vinegar has alpha hydroxy acids that are effective to remove dead skin and reveal healthy and glowing new skin. Washing with a splash of apple cider vinegar helps eliminate dead skin cells and also helps fade away acne scars. Along with probiotic benefits, ACV has antiviral, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties that can fight acne and heal acne scars. Acne is caused when excess sebum (oil) combined with bacteria and hair follicle clog pores. Since apple cider vinegar is antibacterial, applying it cautiously can definitely reduce acne and improve overall skin condition by controlling oil and reducing pore size.
Our skin is acidic in nature and has a pH level of 5 but the usage of harsh chemicals, over exfoliation, medication, and stress can wreck the skin’s natural pH level. The pH level of apple cider vinegar is similar to the pH level of the protective acid mantle layer of our skin. This soak will help restore balance. ACV is also acidic (but not as much as regular vinegar).
After diluting it with water, its pH level is around 3 that can restore skin’s natural pH level if used as a toner. The following are the different types of mixture.
NOTE: If you have sensitive skin, do not use baking soda as it has high pH level and is harsh for skin. Apple cider vinegar may irritate sensitive skin. Using it twice or thrice a week as a toner or diluting one-fourth part of ACV with three-fourth part water is a good option for people with low tolerance of strong products. Remember to always use raw unfiltered and organic ACV with the mother.
Orange peel has more vitamin C than the fruit flesh and is very favorable for face and skin. It fights blackheads, dead cells, acne, blemishes, dark circles, and dry skin. Using orange peel juice on your acne can also reduce the pain and swelling. It can alleviate sebum production and prevent the buildup of oil and dirt in the skin pores.
You can make a simple face mask by grinding the peel to a paste and apply to face. It is very excellent to remove acne by regular consuming oranges with the peels. You can also dry orange peels in the sun then grind them in a blender. Mix with rose water, green tea, or few drops of olive oil. Apply on a clean face for 20-30 minutes three times a week for amazing results. You can also use it as a scrub to exfoliate dead skin cells.
Aloe vera contains hormones that are beneficial for wound healing and anti-inflammation. It also stimulates the growth of new skin. It is rich in antioxidants and healing properties that are used to treat many skin troubles. Just apply fresh aloe vera gel and wash after 30 minutes or add lemon juice, rose water, egg white or orange juice for much better benefits. You can also apply it only to your blemishes or scars.
Yogurt contains lactic acid that reduces fine lines and wrinkles. The lactic acid helps dissolve dead skin and tighten pores. Turmeric is antiseptic. Its anti-inflammatory properties target the pores and relax your skin. It is also a good solution to reduce acne and acne scars. Yogurt and turmeric nourish and repair damaged skin leaving it full of glow and luster. Mix one tablespoon yogurt, one tablespoon gram flour and a pinch of turmeric. Let it stay for 20-30 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer. You can also add few drops of lemon juice and rose water.
Lemons are antibacterial. Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C and helps remove blackheads and acne, lighten dark spots, and brightens the skin. Dilute lemon juice with warm water and apply on infected areas with a cotton ball. Leave it overnight. Wash with cold water the next morning. The disinfectant properties will break down bacteria, vitamin C will nourish skin, and alpha hydroxy acids will heal skin by speeding up exfoliation. In other words, skin is healed faster as bacteria infected dead skin cells are replaced with new healthy skin cells rapidly.
Neem is very commonly used in India to heal various skin ailments due to acne-causing bacteria. Its antiviral, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties reduce acne to develop, remove redness and inflammation and ensure to get rid of acne-causing bacteria in the skin. It is a good moisturizer which doesn’t leave the skin dry. It also contains vitamin C and E and minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. Add neem leaves to water. Let it boil for few minutes. When water cools down, use it for washing the face. You can also grind neem leaves and apply the paste directly for 30 minutes every day. Add neem leaves to bath water to fight body and scalp infections.
Mint leaves treat acne because it contains salicylic acid. Gram flour fights pimples and oiliness of the skin. Make a paste by grinding mint leaves and apply on your face for 20 minutes. Doing this three times a week will make your skin glow and blemish free. Add Gram flour to make a consistent paste, it is much easier to apply and you get some extra nourishment. Try using this paste every day if it suits you.
The granules in baking soda are a good exfoliating agent that removes dead and infected skin. It also balances the skin’s pH level and maintains clear skin. Mix baking soda with water and scrub your face for a minute or two. Then wash with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer. This method is for oily skin with no active pimples and only scars. For pimples, make a thick paste of baking soda with water and apply on pimples and scars overnight. It reduces redness and heals pimples faster. It clogs pores and prevents acne or pimples to develop again.