Home Remedies for Acne

June 16, 2017 0 Comments

Home remedies for acne

A lot of people get acne and a lot have an ongoing battle with acne.Acne affects about 85% of the population between ages 12 and 25 years old, with many experiencing some degree of acne scarring as a result.

Acne vulgaris, or commonly known as acne, is a common skin disease that occurs when sebum and dead skin cells clog up your pores and become infected. It is a common problem for teenagers and some adults. Without proper treatment, dark spots and permanent scars can appear on the skin and cause further complications such as low self-esteem and depression.

Acne is a common skin concern; it's often inevitable and affects people of all ages. But don't fuss, common acne treatments are already available in your own home, specifically, your kitchen, plus these are all natural acne treatments - yaaaay!

Acne can be a frustrating part of our life as we reach the stage of puberty. We wake up the next morning and check ourselves in the bathroom mirror only to be greeted by that simple yet annoying red zit on our face. How messed up is that?

WHAT ARE THE AT HOME REMEDIES OR TREATMENTS FOR ACNE?

Acne treatment method may vary based on the severity of occurrence. Here are some or a few recommendations of at home remedies for treating your acne:

  • Honey
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Rosehip Oil
  • Microneedling
  • Vitamin C
  • AHA

1)Honey– Curious to know how honey can treat your skin conditions such as acne?Honey contains many antioxidants that clear off the waste and debris from your clogged pores. This at home remedy for acne is loaded with vitamins and minerals. It makes your acne scars become smoother due to its hydration power and speeds up its healing process.

Another household product that is good for treating acne scars, honey is considered as the queen bee of acne scar home remedies. Honey contains anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and healing properties which make it a perfect solution for treating both acne and scars and help skin to heal faster as well as prevent scars from forming on your face.

Honey isn’t the magical end-all, be-all of curing acne and preventing future acne from ever popping up again. But it is known to have natural antibacterial and calming qualities. These qualities may help soothe inflamed acne blemishes.

2)Apple Cider Vinegar-This fermented vinegar has a lot of useful functions, including fading your acne scars, naturally exfoliating and shedding away dead skin cells and fading acne scars as well in the process. It contains Vitamins A, B2, B6, C and E along with the natural lactic and malic acids which are responsible for gently exfoliating the skin for an even toned complexion.  Dilute it with water so it doesn't cause too much stinging and to help lower the acidity. 

Much of the effectiveness ofapple cider vinegar relies on the fruit acids it contains, such as acetic acid and malic acid.

It takes a lot of patience and consistency to see positive results, no matter what products or options you choose in treating acne. Don’t be afraid to try different options should the first one fail. Keep the healing going with some emotional treatment as well. Acne does not only leave us with deep physical scarring but emotional scarring too.

3)Lemon Juice- This is an all-purpose acne home remedy, but must be used with caution.  Using lemon juice directly may cause too much irritation due to the extreme acidic PH level of 2 and it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.Citrus fruit extracts are often included in skin care products due to their antioxidant content. Generally speaking,antioxidants — such as the vitamin C in citrus fruits — are thought to help fight free radicals in the skin and also help boostcollagen levels.

However, it is packed with Vitamin C that can boost any skin type, and contains Citric Acid that works as an exfoliant, plus it's an astringent to dry out the acne itself!

For this treatment, rinse the face and pat dry using a towel. Use a freshly squeezed lemon juice and using a Q-tip, dab the lemon juice directly to your blemish in the evening and rinse off after 15-20 minutes. If your skin is sensitive it is best to combine a few drops with aloe gel,  or even honey to reduce irritation.  You can also try mixing a few drops of lemon juice with yogurt or rose water before applying to your blemish.

4)Aloe Vera Gel-Referred to as “plant of immortality”, the Aloe Vera plant works well on its own as an anti-inflammatory to reduce the size of acne, redness and it helps fade acne scars too. It also has antibacterial properties to combat bacteria!

Aloe Vera is a plant that’s been used for thousands of years to treat a number of conditions, namely, to soothe skin irritation and wounds. Some people may also recommend it to treat a specific wound type —acne scars.

Aloe is one of the best household products anyone can use to treat their acne scars as it helps them to heal faster by strengthening their collagen structure. It can alsospeed up the healing process and reduce acne scar formation. This is one possible way of getting rid of your acne scars but works better for hyperpigmentation instead of rolling or ice pick scars. 

When applied to the skin, aloe vera gel can help heal wounds, treat burns and fight inflammation.Aloe Vera also contains salicylic acid and sulfur, which are both used extensively in the treatment of acne

5)Rosehip Oil-It works because it contains a lot of natural Vitamin A to promote skin cell turnover, and it has a high concentration on linoleic acid which helps with discoloration. Rosehip oil is promising in treating acne too. Rosehip oil is ideal for getting rid of hyperpigmentation, but it may not have an effect on ice pick, or rolling scars.

Not only does the rosehip oil help protect the skin, increase skin cell turnover and tissue regeneration and fight free radical damage, it also helps7 stimulate collagen production in the skin, boost skin rejuvenation and reduce any signs of aging.

6)Microneedling- Microneedling is an acne scar treatment which uses very fine needles to prick the skin. Its purpose is to break down the scar tissue and promote the generation of new collagen, which is the foundation of skin to push the old damaged skin out and fill in acne scars over time. Don't microneedle over active pimples.

Microneedling can get rid of acne scars fast and is great for indented or pitted acne scars. It can even improve wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Microneedling promotes absorption of topical products and it is good to try with the Banish Oil which is a natural vitamin c serum for greater improvement of acne scars. 

In a 2017 review,microneedling provided an improvement of 31 to 62 percent in the appearance of acne scars.However, microneedling can cause side effects. Many people experience redness, pain, and inflammation after the treatment, but these effects subside over time.

For an at home treatment, you use smaller sizes like the Banisher 2.0  that can be done once a week or every other week.  Consult your dermatologist or go in for an in office treatment if you have deep ice pick scars that may need a more aggressive treatment. 

7)Vitamin C– Vitamin C is everywhere and they can be found in our household – not to mention the pure calamansi juice that we usually drink for our colds. As we say,Vitamin C is one good source when it comes to getting rid of acne scars for its wound healing, collagen production, and brightening properties. We all need Vitamin C as a component to healthy skin. This is a good source for treating acne scars as it is responsible for our skin’s health, elasticity, collagen synthesis and reaction to environmental stress as well. 

Keep in mind that while ahigh intake of foods rich in vitamin C may help other aspects of skin health, no research ties dietary vitamin C to reduced acne levels. Nonetheless, limited research suggests that the topical application of vitamin C may be helpful.

Apply a Vitamin C Serum daily and try not to apply it at the same time as a retinoid product for optimal effectiveness. This is also one of the main ingredients included in theBanish Oil,Vitamin C Creme andVitamin C Beauty Elixir.

8)AHA or Glycolic Acid- Glycolic acid is an AHA which stands for alpha hydroxy acid.  This AHA is one of the most effective AHA and the most popular ingredient for getting rid of acne scars. Glycolic Acid can also reduce hyperpigmentation, acne, and discoloration.

Research has found that glycolic acid has antibacterial and antioxidant activity, which can also help improve your skin’s appearance when you have acne. Glycolic acid can also thicken skin by stimulating collagen growth.

This type of acid is mostly found in chemical peels and can be used in daily skin care products without causing much irritation with the right PH and concentration. This ingredient is also included in theBANISH Pumpkin Enzyme Masque.

Acne can be really a frustrating or bothersome skin condition to treat, but don’t lose hope as there are some home remedies that may work for your skin. You are still beautiful with or without acne.