You don’t have to suffer from acne-related symptoms any longer—there are plenty of solutions available to you. We’ll discuss the most popular remedies, including natural methods and over-the-counter medications. We’ll also explore some prescription medications that may help you achieve clear skin.
Before getting into the natural remedies, let’s look at what a medical professional may recommend.
The first step will be to properly wash your face, assuming your face is where the acne is. Using a mild soap, wash twice a day, morning and night. Use warm water while washing and cool water for the final rinse. Do not use a washcloth.
Step two would be to apply salicylic acid after the face has dried. You can use a pad or just gently rub it in.
If the acne is more severe, antibiotics may be prescribed. This can be used topically on the skin or orally by mouth. Antibiotics could show results within two weeks, or it could take up to three months.
Isotretinoin may also be prescribed. This is a capsule you would take once or twice a day. It works by shrinking the oil glands on the skin so excess oil is not produced. This treatment could take several months to work.
The other thing that may be prescribed is a change in diet. This is supported by everyone and may have the most lasting results. The following is a list of foods to eat and a list of foods to avoid.
The list of foods to eat:
- Beans, Lentils, Peas
- Brown Rice
- Spinach (and other dark leafy vegetables)
- Yellow and orange fruits (sweet potatoes, carrots, apricots)
- Whole-wheat bread
- Pumpkin seeds
- Salmon, makeral
The list of foods to avoid:
- Desserts (due to the sugar content)
- Skim milk
- Soy products
- coffee (the specialty ones)
- Fast food
- Fruit juices (due to the sugar content)
- Candy (due to the sugar content)
Now let’s look at the natural remedies that have been known to work. Keep in mind that the order they are listed is what has been most effective for most people. Each individual is different, so some may be more effective than others regardless of order.
- Dietary changes
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Lavender Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Change body-wash products
- Borax (body acne)
- Urine therapy (cystic acne)
We’ve already covered dietary changes above. This is the single most important step you can take for your acne. In general, you should avoid foods that are high in sugar and unhealthy fats while eating more fruits and vegetables. You may also want to try a probiotic supplement to help improve your gut health. Reduce your intake of carbonated beverages, coffee, energy drinks, and diet soft drinks. Drink more water, green tea, and herbal tea instead. Water helps to remove pollutants from the body. Sufficient water intake will assist your body in removing toxins.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a popular natural acne remedy. It is thought to work by balancing the pH of the skin and killing acne-causing bacteria. To use apple cider vinegar for acne, dilute it with water and apply it to the skin with a cotton ball. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off. You can also add apple cider vinegar to your bathtub to help clear acne on your back and chest.
Hydrogen peroxide may be a good option for you. Hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant and can help kill the acne-causing bacteria on your skin. To use hydrogen peroxide for acne, dilute it with water and apply it to the affected area with a cotton ball. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off.
Turmeric is a natural remedy that may help improve acne symptoms. You can add turmeric to your food or drink it as a tea. You can also apply it directly to your skin. Be sure to test it on a small area of your skin first, as it may cause irritation.
Acne might be an indication of toxic overload in your system. A detox would help in this case. Acne is one way for your body to eliminate toxins, so if the toxins are reduced then the acne will be reduced. You may take steps to help your body rid excess pollutants in a variety of ways, which will help reduce the appearance of acne bumps.
If you don’t go to the bathroom regularly (a method your body uses to eliminate waste), your body will start using alternative methods to get rid of waste, which might lead to acne as poisons are eliminated via the skin. If constipation is a problem, consider some basic home cures for getting your body back on track.
Lavendar Oil reduces stress and heals damaged skin. It can be used in an aromatherapy diffuser, hot bath, steam inhalation, or applied directly using cotton swabs.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil can be applied directly to the skin. If it’s too strong, it can be diluted with aloe vera gel. Apply at night before bed.
Coconut Oil can be applied to the skin and also consumed. Wash and dry the face to remove excess oils. Then apply the coconut oil to the area.
Borax is good for cleansing and exfoliating the skin. Use it for problem areas on your body, not just the face. Results are noticeable within a few days, although it could take up to a couple of months on some people.
Urine Therapy is an ancient remedy that some people have had success with. Use the first urine of the day since it is the most potent. Massage it on the area or use a cotton ball. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing off. This has been reported to be best when used for cystic acne.
Don’t forget to get lots of sleep as that helps with stress and anxiety, and most healing occurs during sleep.
Comment below your results with these remedies or if you have other remedies that have worked for you.