Clearing Acne Naturally

Clearing Acne Naturally

Most people opt for clearing acne naturally, mainly because they fear the adverse effects of other forms of treatment on their skin. In fact, some of the natural remedies for acne have proven to be more effective than prescribed creams and drugs. Read this article to enrich your knowledge on how to clear acne naturally.
Acne, one of the most common skin problems that can affect both adults and adolescents, is an inflammation of the sebaceous glands characterized by pustules, papules blackheads and whiteheads that can mar the skin's outer appearance. Acne commonly occurs on the face, but it can also invade the chest and the back. For some, acne breakouts are mild and occasional, while for others they can be quite severe, frequent and painful. Acne scars are difficult to diminish and the skin appears spotted and pitted. Clearing acne naturally is always preferable as the facial skin is very delicate and cannot withstand any harsh chemical treatments. It won't burn a hole in your pocket, nor would it damage your skin. Also, natural ingredients are more successful in clearing acne in the long run so you won't be haunted by acne outbreaks repeatedly. Take a look at home remedies for clearing acne naturally without any side-effects.
What Causes Acne?
Our skin is made up of three layers, of which, the middle layer or the dermis constitutes the living cells and sebum producing glands that create a protective barrier for the skin and keep it well-hydrated. Acne is basically a problem associated with overactive sebaceous glands. If these glands produce excess sebum, it stimulates the growth of Propionibacterium acnes and traps skin impurities (found on the surface of the skin) which promote acne formation.

The secretion of 'sebum' by the sebaceous glands is controlled by the hormone androgen. The level of this hormone changes (causing an imbalance), and this elevated level of androgen in teenagers and adolescents, explains the prevalence of acne and pimples in them. However, adults too can get acne and pimples that are a lot more difficult to treat. Some women can get acne breakouts during pregnancy. In either case, the sufferer can develop severe self-esteem issues. They also feel more frustrated with the outbreak of acne, as they are more conscious about their looks. The entire process of the development of acne is believed to be affected by factors like, hormonal fluctuations, a poor diet rich in toxic and harmful fats (but deficient in essential fatty acids and other nutrients), high level of stress, and certain allergens.

Treating acne effectually within a short time is easier said than done, however, you can speed up the recovery time and treat them fully with the healing properties of Mother Nature. Here are some natural acne cures made of ingredients that can be easily found in our kitchen and are proven to be extremely useful for clearing acne from the inside out.
Home Remedies for Clearing Acne
Baking Soda
Baking Soda
Believe it or not, baking soda has been instrumental in acne control (not for sensitive skin). For clearing acne with baking soda, you have to prepare a thick paste by mixing up baking soda powder with water. Apply it over the acne and wait for 15 minutes. Do not rub very harshly as this will irritate the skin. Wash with cold water. In this treatment, the baking soda acts as an exfoliator and removes the dead skin cells and excess oil that are responsible for causing acne. It is suggested that you follow this with the use of diluted lemon juice or apple cider vinegar on the face to balance the pH.
Honey
Honey
It is a well-known fact that honey possesses excellent disinfectant qualities. Hence, it can be used to treat acne naturally. Simply take a few drops of honey on your finger and dab it over the acne. You should do this treatment at night before going to bed and allow the honey to stay on the acne overnight. To keep the honey intact on acne, cover the applied surface with a band-aid. Next morning, rinse off your face with lukewarm water. If done regularly, it will help in clearing acne scars as well.
Cinnamon Powder
Cinnamon Powder
The extract of cinnamon bark contains potent antibacterial properties. One of my grandma's favorite natural acne cure is applying a mixture of honey cinnamon powder. This happens to be an effective age-old remedy. I'll give you the precise recipe here - prepare a paste with two parts of cinnamon powder and one part of honey. Leave it on your skin for as long as you can.
Sandalwood
Sandalwood
The plant sandalwood is prized for its pleasant smell and microbial repelling properties. Mix a teaspoon each of sandalwood powder and black gram powder (optional) with rose water to it to make a fine paste. Apply this paste on the face, leave it for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse off with water to get pimple free clear skin. This cooling face pack is excellent for acne prone skin.
Burdock Root
Burdock Root
Burdock root is commonly used in acne herbal cure. It controls the oil production by the sebaceous glands, thereby treating acne. While using burdock root for acne, it can be applied topically or you can drink its extract mixed in water. For both purposes, boil ½ teaspoon burdock root powder in 2 cups water, and simmer till it thickens to half amount.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains ingredients that kill bacteria and detoxify the skin, providing relief from even from the worst form of acne. Dip a cotton ball into apple cider vinegar and rub it slowly on all the acne spots after thoroughly washing skin. Let the vinegar get absorbed into the skin to clear the acne fast. You could also add a few drops to the water while steaming your face. This powerful anti-bacterial cleansing agent also regulates the skin's pH balance.
Lemon Peels
Lemon Peels
You need lemon peels and a small amount of sugar for this treatment. Rub the peels with the sugar over the acne very gently for a few minutes. Then keep the skin untouched for about 8-10 minutes and then wash off. You will find that the inflammation of acne has gone down to a great extent. The best part of this treatment is that it will prevent formation of acne scars on the skin surface.
Lemon Juice
Lemon Juice
Apart from the peels, you can also juice the flesh of this fruit to heal acne as well as its scars. With the help of a cotton ball, apply lemon juice on affected areas. This treatment is especially effective in treating cystic acne. Please note that lemon juice may be too harsh for sensitive skin, causing a burning sensation. Also, its bleaching property may cause discoloration from prolonged use. A milder acne solution is to mix equal parts of lemon juice and raw milk as a natural cleanser.
Carrot Juice
Carrot Juice
Carrot juice is well-known for its skin healing properties. Internal as well as external use of carrot juice is an easy way to fight off acne effectively. This juice, loaded with vitamins and carotene, is one of the natural remedies for acne. Drinking 2 - 3 glasses of carrot juice, in the morning on an empty stomach can benefit the affected skin immensely. Using a cotton ball, apply the juice on the pimples to eliminate these skin problems as early as possible.
Orange Juice
Orange is a milder substitute of the lemon juice method to treat acne and an excellent solution for sensitive skin. Apply fresh orange juice on the zits and let it air-dry. Let the juice remain on the skin for about half an hour and then wash it off. Orange peels can also be used, like lemon peels, for clear skin. For a natural scrub, mix powdered orange peels with yogurt and see the results yourself.
Egg Whites
Egg Whites
If you can stand the whiff of raw eggs, you might like this tip to clear acne naturally. It also removes dead skin cells and leaves skin feeling taut and fresh. Thoroughly beat white portion of three eggs in a bowl and apply it all over the face in the form of a mask. Wait for about 15 minutes and then rinse off with water. The extra oil present on the skin surface will be absorbed by the egg whites and facilitate faster healing of the acne.
Gram Flour
One of the best natural acne solutions is gram flour. Gram flour works miraculously in treating acne, as it controls the excess oil production. Take two teaspoonful of gram flour and mix it with one spoon of yogurt and a pinch of turmeric powder. Apply the mixture on your face, avoiding the eye area and lip area. You can also add raw milk and lemon juice to this mixture and apply over the affected area.
Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera provides great relief from red, itchy acne and acne scars. The soothing effects of aloe vera aids in healing damaged skin and improving skin complexion. Cut an aloe vera leaf lengthwise to extract its sap and apply it topically on pimples. Repeat this twice daily to get speedy results. If you do not have access to the plant, you can buy aloe vera gel from any supermarket or health store. Purified juice of aloe vera can also be taken internally.
Fuller's Earth
Fuller's Earth
One more natural acne cure includes the application of Fuller's Earth paste for quick acne prevention. Keep your acne scars and acne away by applying a paste of fuller's earth mixed with carrot juice and honey. Keep the face pack for 20 minutes till it dries out completely and then rinse your face with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer over your face. Use it regular until the sebum level of the skin is regulated.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil
The anti-microbial properties in this natural oil helps in opening up clogged pores by infiltrating deep into the skin. Its concentrated version can cause skin irritation, excessive drying and stinging. Hence, for acne treatment, combine 2.5 ml tea tree oil with 47.5 ml water for 5% concentration tea tree oil. Apply this solution with a cotton ball before you sleep. Wash your face with plain water and use a light moisturizer in the morning. You may even dilute it with a carrier oil.
Rose-hip Seed Oil
Rose-hip Seed Oil
An amazing herbal cure to treat acne lies in the usefulness of rose-hip seed oil. Take a few drops of this oil on your fingers and massage it over the acne and acne scars. Rose-hip seed oil is beneficial in treating sun damaged skin and is also used for acne scar removal. Its rejuvenating properties reduce the appearance of wrinkles as well. Other oils with similar benefits include olive oil, oregano oil, jojoba oil, tamanu oil and castor oil.
Fenugreek Leaves
Fenugreek Leaves
Making a paste from fenugreek leaves and applying it overnight is a wonderful remedy for blackheads and pimples on the face. In fact, many people swear by. Wash off this paste every morning with lukewarm water. If the leaves aren't available, soak fenugreek seeds overnight in water, then, in the morning drain and grind them in to a paste. Use this as a face pack for similar benefits.
Neem Paste
Neem Paste
Neem helps eliminate all those ugly pimples and blemishes. Those of you who have access to neem leaves (leaves of a tree endemic to the Indian subcontinent, used for a variety of health conditions) can make an effective anti-bacterial solution by boiling them in water until the quantity of water is reduced to half. Sieve and refrigerate this solution. Use it rinse face 4 to 5 times a day.
Cucumber and Tomato Juice
Cucumber and Tomato Juice
I can absolutely vouch for the benefits of cucumber. Apart from eliminating dark circles, it makes your skin soft, supple and blemish-free. Tomato is another excellent natural remedy for clear skin, It fights acne-causing agents and lightens acne scars. Mix equal quantities of cucumber and tomato juice. Apply thrice daily over skin and within a week, welcome a healthier complexion. Also, it will diminish the likelihood of any outbreaks in future.
Papaya Juice
Papaya Juice
Papaya has always known to be a great remedy for pimples and scars. Its extracts are often used as a major ingredient in anti-acne creams, lotions and other skin care products. Blend a ripe papaya, along with its skin and seeds, and use the pulp as a solution for your swelling pimples. Watch the pimples vanish quickly. You can even include a glass of papaya juice in your diet to reap maximum benefits of this fruit. Side-effects include de-tanning and weight loss.
Oatmeal and Honey Scrub
Oatmeal and Honey Scrub
This is one of the cheapest home remedies for clearing acne. Oatmeal is a natural skin cleanser, which can help to clean the skin pores by removing excess oil. Mix together a tablespoon of oatmeal and a teaspoon full of honey. Gently scrub your face in a circular motion to exfoliate it. Then, let it sit on your skin for 20 minutes and wash it off. Apply this scrub twice a week and notice the difference. You may exclude honey, if need be.
Cloves and Yogurt
Cloves and Yogurt
This remedy will help reduce the size of acne. Dry roast some cloves in a pan. Powder them and add them to a little yogurt to make a thick paste. Apply this paste on the pimples, allowing it to dry and then wash it off with cold water. Cloves soak up excess oil and help dry up the pimples. This remedy is especially effective for people with oily skin.
Other Natural Acne Cures
Ice Cubes
Keep your ice cubes ready to apply on your acne and acne scars just before you are going out to a party. Ice cubes works very fast in soothing red inflamed patches as well as reducing the swelling caused by the pimples.
Urine Application or Urotherapy
Though it sounds unpleasant, urine therapy for acne condition is very effective. For the same, urine is collected early the morning (preferably the first urine) in a clean container. Using a cotton ball, it is applied over acne for at least 2-3 times daily.
Nutmeg and Milk
Mix together nutmeg powder and raw milk to make a paste. This is another quick and natural remedy for getting rid of pimples overnight.
Coriander/ Mint / Peppermint Juice
The fresh juice of either coriander, mint or peppermint leaves, combined with a pinch of turmeric powder is another effective natural remedy for controlling acne breakouts. Apply over acne spots to get relief.
Grated Apple and Honey
Grate an apple and add a little honey to it. Apply the pulpy mixture on skin and leave for about 15-20 minutes, until it dries. Wash it off with warm water and then cold water. You will notice a difference within a few days of regular use.
Curing with Garlic
If your diet contains garlic, then, you need to avoid its consumption completely as when internally taken, garlic can further aggravate acne inflammation. However, rubbing fresh garlic cloves on acne may actually help diminish them. Although it causes a severe burning sensation, people have reported success with this treatment. Since all types of acne have a different cause and every person has a distinct skin type, this acne treatment may not work for ALL. In many cases, garlic caused red burns to appear on the skin. So, it is advised to be extremely careful if you plan to use garlic for acne.
Besides the above home remedies, other best acne treatments that work naturally include using raw garlic (does not suit all), oil pulling, sea salt, turmeric powder, crushed aspirin (used daily to scrub face) and Black African soap. All these ingredients fight infection and soothe skin.
Tips for Clearing Acne Fast
The home remedies mentioned above can work well, provided you follow a good skin regime and maintain a good overall health. Here are a few simple tips that will be beneficial in this regard:
  • Regular skin purification - Cleanse your face twice a day using a mild cleanser. Select a cleanser that does not contain any harsh chemicals in it. This will keep your skin free from dirt, oil and bacteria.
  • No touching - Do not squeeze the pimples with your fingers or any other object (due to the presence of high levels of bacteria). This can aggravate the infection even further and also lead to severe scarring. I would rather suggest you not to touch your face at all as. Washing your hands clean before touching the pimples.
  • Avoid Makeup - Applying makeup on acne-prone skin is a recipe for disaster. It can cause severe outbreaks that are difficult to get rid of. Hence, it is wise to go makeup-free for a few days to get a clear complexion. If necessary, you may only use non-comedogenic mineral makeup using clean makeup brushes.
  • Keep Clean - In order to keep the skin pores open, steam your face regularly once or twice every week. Boil water in a pan and remove it from the heat. Cover your head with a towel and place your face near the pain. Later wash your face with cold water. Do change your pillowcase every other day and also keep your scalp clean, else dirt can further aggravate the zits.
  • Sweat - If you want to get rid of toxins as fast as possible, you need to sweat it out. Exercise at least thrice a week for two hours and take sauna baths. It will not just help your acne problem , but, also give you a glowing skin.
  • Water - Water is very important to keep the body hydrated and functioning well. Drink 8-10 glasses of water everyday. This will help to get rid of the harmful toxins from the body, thus, cleanse the body from within and reducing acne.
  • Diet - Eating healthy foods is equally important for clearing acne naturally from skin. Include lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins in your diet. The anti-inflammatory property of omega-3 nutrient, found in fish, nuts, beans and flax-seed, helps control acne. Avoid junk foods and caffeine as they can promote growth of acne. ABSOLUTELY AVOID SUGAR.
Natural Remedies for Acne During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, fluctuations in hormone levels is common. Hormonal disturbances, often trigger acne formation on the skin. Medications that are generally used to treat acne could actually harm the fetus and cause birth defects in the baby. The above mentioned natural acne remedies will help you deal with your skin problem without harming your baby or letting it affect beautiful your pregnancy glow. However, during pregnancy, if you wish to use herbs for acne treatment like chamomile, garlic, licorice root or calendula, you must consult a dermatologist and a gynecologist before doing so as they may pose a health risk to the unborn child. Excessive intake of any herbs need to be avoided.
You may think that celebrities have a flawless skin, but many still suffer from acne. Hence, keep in mind that no matter how severe your acne may be, a healthy diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables can certainly contribute to eliminate it. For acne to cure naturally, these home remedies must be supplemented with nutritious food. Steer clear of processed food. Also note that sometimes, acne gets aggravated from using bad or expired skin care products. Therefore, it is advisable to use as less products on your skin as possible. Try out these natural remedies for pimples and get a clear, glowing and flawless skin.