Though you may not be able to prevent getting acne, you don’t have to run to the doctor for medicine when you have an outbreak. There are some natural acne cures that can offer you the same, if not more, healing potential. Best of all, these ingredients are much cheaper and very easy to obtain.
Of course, you first want to start with preventative measures. One thing you can do to stop an outbreak from happening is to not let your hair rest anywhere on your face. The oils from your hair can cause acne to flare.
For women, make sure that you’re wearing a type of makeup that’s not adding to the acne problem. Keep your pores clean with a natural acne fighting soap.
You should also make sure that you are getting plenty of minerals in your daily diet. One mineral is especially helpful and that’s chromium. Chromium is used by the body to fight infections. Another mineral useful in the fight against acne is zinc.
Make sure you use clean bed linens, especially a clean pillowcase. Your skin deposits oil and bacteria onto your pillowcase each time you use it.
Now when an outbreak does occur, just head to the pantry or refrigerator and use ingredients you probably already have in your home. First, try using a mask made of honey. Use organic honey mixed with an exfoliating ingredient such as oatmeal. If the mask feels too heavy or thick, you can mix it with a little bit of olive oil to thin it out.
Tomatoes are also good to use to treat acne. Cut the tomatoes and place them directly onto the acne bumps. Tomatoes contain malic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid. This type of natural acid helps your skin to shed dead skin cells. Alpha hydroxy acid is often an ingredient in over the counter medications used to treat acne.
Baking soda is also an effective, natural and very inexpensive way to treat acne. Simply mix the baking soda with water to create a facial mask. Baking soda exfoliates so there’s no need to add an exfoliating ingredient.
Another natural cure for acne is yogurt. Yogurt contains microorganisms called probiotics. Yogurt can be used as a food to treat acne, since it helps the body fight bad bacteria.
But yogurt can also be used as a facial treatment. You can use plain yogurt. Simply place it on your face like you would a mask, leave on for 7 to 10 minutes and then rinse off.
You may not have any of this at home, but it would be worth your while to get it, and that is aloe vera. This plant contains a gel within the leaves that can be applied to acne to get rid of the irritation and the swelling.