Acne continues to be an annoying skin condition for most people entering into adolescence and even to others too. They are sometimes painful, get swollen, come with pus, and then the really annoying part- they leave scars behind. But of course, there are not only bad news. Acne can truly be treated and those embarrassing scars they leave behind can be impressively improved. Here are 7 great ways to achieve that naturally:
The gel of aloe vera has potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties; making it a reliable way to treat acne and get rid of the scars. Acne appears when blocked pores get infested by the bacteria called P. acnes, but the anti-bacterial properties stop the growth of this bacterium thereby neutralizing the threat of a breakout. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties encourage the repair of damaged skin; plus, the presence of salicylic acid and sulphur in aloe vera contributes significantly to the treatment of acne.
The best result is achieved by simply smearing it directly over the face. Gently rub the gel over the face in small circles and allow it to sit there for 30 minutes before washing it off. Doing this regularly will bring results in a matter of weeks.
Much like other kinds of vinegar that fight off bacteria and other unhealthy microbes, apple cider vinegar does the same for the skin when applied on it. The vinegar can be gotten from fermented apple juice. It contains important organic acids like succinic acid that muffles inflammation caused by P. acnes and lactic acid that attacks bacteria and reduce acne scars. Apple cider vinegar’s drying effect may also suck up the excess oil that leads to the blockage of the skin pores.
Apple cider vinegar may be a great way to combat acne, but care must be taken to avoid skin burns and other irritations. Dilute the vinegar with four times its amount in water and rub it off after just 30 seconds, or simply mix with honey and allow to sit for longer, say 10 minutes. A good moisturizer should be used after an apple cider vinegar treatment, especially for those with dry skins.
Coconut oil is loaded with huge deposits of vitamins E and K plus strong antioxidants that make it combat ready for acne. The vitamins treat scars by repairing the skin and encouraging the growth of skin tissues. The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties prevent an acne breakout. Lauric acid, which kills bacteria, constitute nearly 50% of coconut healthy fatty oils, this high lauric acid makes coconut oil capable of attacking and killing the P. acne bacteria.
However, something for consideration- if used excessively they may clog the skin pores and cause more whiteheads to form; hence, it should be avoided by those with oily skins and should be used directly on affected spots.
Although not as powerful or harsh as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, tea tree oil still remains a superb remedy for acne; it’s milder than these acids and doesn’t have a harsh drying effect like them. With its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil can clear out acne and significantly diminish the appearance of scars by reducing the inflammation and reddening of the scars.
Dead cells in excess body oil are the main reason the skin pores get clogged and end up breeding acne-causing bacteria that lead to breakouts and inflammation. But proper exfoliation with the just right exfoliator will neatly get out those dead cells and keep the pores clear allowing it to breathe properly and stay healthy.
Using natural exfoliators like salt, sugar, jojoba beads, lemon, yoghurt, honey, and baking soda not only remove dead skin cells and dirt but also unleashes other benefits onto the skin. This wide range of option for natural exfoliators makes it easy for even those with sensitive skin to find one befitting for their skin. For instance, oat, citrus fruits, and honey are less likely to cause irritation for even the worst skins.
It doesn't end with using the right exfoliators and applying the right topical spreads, what you eat actually affects how your skin responds to acne. High fibre diets, like berries, broccoli, whole grain cereals, flax seeds, nuts, carrots, and oatmeal control the blood sugar level in our systems and reduce inflammation resulting in improvement in acne patients. Avoid foods which have high glycerine and sugar content, rather go for foods like cabbage, chlorella, dandelion roots, and brussels sprouts which detoxify the body removing excess oils and hormones. Another food you should avoid is dairy products as they increase the risk of acne. With the right diet, you will not only prevent acne but also helps to cure them.
Acne patients should really get a lot of rest as this gives the skin enough time to revitalise, repair, and regrow dead cells in order to maintain healthy skin. Overworking and overstressing one's self will make one sweat, the more the skin sweats, the more it excretes more oil making the dead skin cells to cluster together and trigger breakouts. If your daily routine or work you undertake strenuous activities that will make you sweat too much then always take a break in between to rinse your face with clean water to clear out some sweat and dirt. Your skin deserves at least 8 hours of sleep daily.