Acne happens to the best of us, and some are cursed with more than their fair share. There can be a ton of reasons for acne, from hormonal shifts to food sensitivities. My best advice is to clean up your diet, get rid of the junk and focus on a whole-foods based diet. If you need help figuring out where to start, read my Beginners Guide to Clean Eating.
Bottom line, skin glows when you are eating lots of plants, fresh juices, and teas. It also helps to use only natural (toxin-free) beauty and body products. But if you need extra help here are five easy peasy beauty add-ons that can nix your blemishes for good.
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca)
I see a lot of unnatural products highlighting the one natural ingredient they contain. Products like these can be bad news for your skin because the bulk of the ingredients are often irritants themselves.
I prefer to make my own solutions custom tailored to my skin. If you want to read more about my preferred essential beauty oils, check out 5 Amazing Essential Oils for Radiant Beauty.
Although you can add a few drops of tea tree oil to an all over face blend, I prefer a spot treatment with this oil.
Just add a drop or two to a cotton swab (or dilute to half strength with a carrier oil like argan oil) and dab on blemishes. You’ll see them disappear or shrink substantially by morning. And no matter what, do not get this is your eyes! This is the kind I use.
Apple Cider Vinegar
If you want quick and effective acne treatment, just use a daily diluted toner of raw organic apple cider vinegar.
The vinegar does a great job of killing acne-causing bacteria and also cleans off any residual makeup left behind after washing. I’ve also noticed much less oiliness to my face. A nice bonus.
I recommend folks start with 1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts clean water.
Dip a washcloth in the solution and dab all over the face. Be careful to avoid the eyes, this stuff will irritate eyes. Then just apply your normal moisturizer without washing off.
I usually do this at night because there is a slight vinegar smell left over until it dries.
Black Seed Oil
Black seed oil is a supplement that has many uses and is truly an amazing product.
If you want to learn more, read this post for more ways black seed oil can keep you healthy. But for today we’ll cover its ability to clear skin.
Black seed oil has substantial antibacterial properties (source) and can be applied to the skin before bedtime. I like to add a few drops mixed with argan oil. I also suggest you do a patch test first. The smell is a bit peppery so I apply it at bedtime. I found this gives me a more balanced complexion and clearer skin. This is the brand I use.Did you know black seed oil totally works to treat acne? Ditch the toxic creams and go natural!Click To Tweet
Bentonite Clay Mask
This is such an amazing pore purifying mask! I try to do it once a week to keep my pores fresh and clean. You take about two tablespoons of clay like this one that I use and add just enough raw organic apple cider vinegar to make a muddy paste. Then apply that paste in a (not too thin but not too heavy) layer all over your skin, and wait for the magic.
You’ll feel the paste tighten as it dries. The mask will literally suck the gunk out of your pores. Fair warning this tightening can feel a bit intense. Once the mud is dry (you’ll feel it and see cracking in the mask) just wash off with warm water. Note the mud can clog smaller drains so you may want to rinse your face in the bath tub instead of the sink. Your skin will be an intense pink color and probably throbbing, don’t freak out, this is normal and will go away in about 15 minutes.
This purifying mask will also leave skin feeling dry so be ready to either follow up with a hydrating serum like argan oil or the one I list in this post, 3 Natural Oils I Use for Head to Toe Beauty.
Honey + Lemon Juice Mask
I heart this ooey-gooey skin clearing mask so much! I usually use it after the mud mask above, but you can do it independently. When I do combine it with the mud mask above my skin feels uber soft and always looks a shade lighter (I’m assuming this is due to a freshly exfoliated layer of skin).
The mask has two simple ingredients raw honey and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. I eyeball the ingredients, but it’s about a heaping tablespoon of honey to about five drops of lemon juice. As with all the remedies, it’s best to do a patch test first. Some folks might need to use less lemon juice. I smear the mixed goo all over my face and let it sit for about 20 minutes, then wash it off with only water. I recommend you do this at night before bed about once or twice a week.
It took me a while to figure out what would work for those unflattering bumps. I hope you enjoyed reading my 5 effective natural remedies for acne. And I hope you found something in this post can help you feel even more beautiful.
Do you have a favorite natural remedy for acne? Share your tips in the comments below.
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