Monday, 7 April 2014

Acne & Scarring @ Home Remedies

Let's face it, you can't go through life without a pimple. Some are fortunate enough to have what seems like a perfect complexion, while others unfortunately have poor genetics and aren't as lucky.

Everyone's skin is different, and a variety of things cause different people to break out. What causes a huge breakout for me is completely different for every single one of you. Not all of these tricks will work immediately, and not all will work for every single person. It's about what works best for you as an individual, and that just takes time to figure out...so be patient!

Home Remedies:

Tomatoes...
...the acidity dries up active breakouts, and the Vitamins A, C, and K act as healers. Slice a tomato and place on trouble areas. Using mashed tomato as a face mask serves the same purpose.

Apple Cider Vinegar...
...I was told this would clear up my face almost immediately. I used the vinegar as an overnight toner and saw zero results. 
...However, mixing 1 tsp of cider vinegar with 2 tsps water has proved to be a very effective toner for others.
...During the day it should be rinsed off, because it can dry out the skin. But, if the breakouts are severe, it can be left on overnight (just make sure to moisturize well). 

Baking Soda...
...very effective for me. By mixing the soda with water (1:1 ratio), and using a Q-tip to apply to active breakouts and scars, leaving on for 15-20 minutes and then washing it off, it cleared up my skin in only a few days. I used it twice a day (morning and night) and it didn't cause dryness, although I've heard it can. It can also cause your skin to become excessively oily in some cases.

Honey & Cinnamon...
...honey is an anti-bacterial, and cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory. Using the two as a face mask is most effective.

Lemon Juice...
...the acidity dries up pimples and also kills acne bacteria. The Vitamin C content prevents dryness. Squeeze a lemon onto a cotton ball and apply to the trouble areas.

Potatoes...
...slice one in half and apply to acne. The raw potato heals and acts as an anti-inflammatory.


Lifestyle Remedies:

- eat less refined carbohydrates (bread, pasta) and reduce excessive sugar consumption (natural sugars are fine)
*corn pasta tastes identical to traditional white pasta however is gluten free and reduces bloating!

- eat probiotics (fermented foods: sauerkraut, goat cheese, natural yogurt)

- eat vegetables (and whole grains) to provide your body with energy which prevents it from metabolizing junk

- drink more water and less sweet drinks

- get enough sleep to reduce stress

- don't touch your face! 

Hope you find that one of these works for you!
R