The term 'acne' means more than what it looks like. 'Acne vulgaris', a group of skin conditions causes acne pimples aka breakouts. Broadly classified into two main types: non-inflammatory and inflammatory, acne can have various types. Ranging from mild, moderate, severe acne, acne can even have grades. Various types of acne can be, Non-inflammatory acne, Inflammatory acne, Cystic acne aka nodulocystic acne, Acne Fulminans, Acne Mechanica, etc.
Whichever acne you may be having, acne could be a sign of unhealthy, oxidative damage, hormonal imbalances, improper nutrition. Not all but most types of acne can be managed by easy DIY natural remedies. Here are a few ingredients that will help you get rid of acne.
Its antibiotic attribute helps your skin reduce breakouts. Applying a teaspoon of honey to concerned areas, or making a simple mask by adding 1/4 cup of honey with 1 cup of plain oatmeal or aloe vera gel can do wonders, you'll have let it settle for 30 minutes on your skin before washing.
Mint helps to remove oil accumulated in your pore and give your skin cooling effects while reducing inflammation. For making a pack using mint just add some finely diced mint with 2 tbs of oatmeal and yoghurt. Let the mix sit on your acne for 10 to15 minutes, then clean off with water.
Antibacterial and Anti-inflammatory properties of Echinacea helps acne reduce much faster. Ancestral use of Echinacea was to healing wounds speedily and also preventing colds and flu. Echinacea tea facewash can help you have a glowing skin.
Aspirin contains salicylic acid in it which plays a major role in acne treatment it also helps in drying pimples and also by reducing inflammation. The best way to use it is by making a thick paste by adding a little water to it and then applying it to the affected area. However, you must be careful and do a patch test because you could be allergic to it.
5. Aloe vera
Very well known for its burn-relieving properties, it also helps in fighting infections and even to reduce scares. Traditionally the best method to use it is by rudding an aloe plant to remove the gel it has and applying it on the acne.
6. Baking Soda
Technically know as Sodium bicarbonate which works as an agent designed to remove dead cells from the surface of the skin. pH balance of the skin is also regulated by baking soda. Above that, it also has some Antiseptic & moderate anti-inflammatory properties. All these characteristics make it an excellent home remedy for clearing acne.
7. Fuller’s Earth
Popularly known as Multani Mitti is basically the most primitive remedy for any face problem. It has been used seen ages by our ancestors. It penetrates the pores and imbibes excess oil (without over-drying your skin). Making a face pack by adding rosewater, sandalwood powder along with Fuller’s earth (Multani Mitti) can make wonders to your skin.
8. Tea Tree Oil
One of the best natural remedies for acne is Tea Tree Oil.
Tea tree oil behaves as an antibacterial agent and purifies the pores. In addition, it helps eliminate the acne-causing bacteria. Applying one drop of tree tea oil to the affected area thrice a day can make your skin glow.
9. Cinnamon and Honey Mask
Mix one spoon of coconut oil, 1/2 spoon of cinnamon along with two tablespoons of pure honey. Apply it over your face but keeping it away from eyes as the cinnamon can be troublesome for the eyes. Relax for 10–15 minutes and gently wipe it with a wet cloth.
10. Holy basil
Holy basil is one of the most popular acne remedies. Loaded with acne bacteria fighting properties it has soothing effects on the skin. You can sip on some holy basil tea or can apply topically to the skin as a toner.
However, what you must remeber is that acne can be of different types depending on the causes. Therefore even the remedies and management prcedures may vary. It is very important that you visit a dermatologist as well and find out the root cause of your acne.