Acne is a very common skin problem that affects many of us at some point in our lives and can be quite disheartening (and even painful) to experience. Acne can cause acne scars and dark spots that make our face look dull, uneven, and unhealthy. There are many things that contribute to the development of acne, such as hormonal imbalance, stress, pollution, eating oily foods, using wrong skincare products, etc., so it is helpful to discover the root cause and treat acne both internally and externally.
To get rid of acne and acne scars, people are often prescribed medicated products that contain chemicals and other unknown ingredients. Sometimes these products work but may also provide only instant relief that lasts for a few days and again pimples start appearing. Luckily, in such situations, you can find skin care relief with natural remedies using ingredients which are either available in your kitchen or easily purchased from a store.
Natural remedies have come to the rescue! This article shares 14 effective, easy, and natural remedies to help you with problems related to acne and acne scars.
14 Easy and Natural Remedies to Remove Acne and Acne Scars
This fragrant herb not only adds aroma and flavor to the food but is also a remedy to cure acne. Rosemary has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits that help treat acne effectively. Infusing fresh rosemary with water and applying with a cotton ball is a great remedy for healing acne. Eating rosemary is also quite beneficial for promoting fresh clean skin. Try Rosemary Roasted Beets and Carrots for a delicious recipe using rosemary.
#2 ORGANIC COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil contains compounds that are antibacterial in nature. Due to this, coconut oil may kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation. It is also effective to heal scars and wounds.
Simply apply virgin coconut oil on the acne and see the magic. It will cure acne while making your skin soft and clear.
#3 ALOE VERA
This natural skin moisturizer is an amazing remedy to treat acne. It is a magical plant that treats so many skin conditions including sunburn, wounds, infection, pimples, acne, and acne scars. Apply fresh Aloe Vera gel on your face and leave it to see the wondrous results. Aloe Vera gel will also minimize pores and make your skin clear and firm.
#4 SPOT TREATMENT WITH TEA TREE OIL
Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and the most tried and trusted natural remedy to get rid of acne. Apply a few drops of the concentrated or diluted mixture with Aloe Vera gel on the area affected by acne and leave it. It will reduce the redness and inhibits the growth of bacteria that cause acne. Carry tea tree oil with you, and when you see a pimple is going to surface, apply this oil to heal and help prevent pimples.
Echinacea is an herb that is being used to make many medicines. It is best known for its use to prevent and cure cold and flu, but did you know that it can be really effective to get rid of acne due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties?
Soak Echinacea in hot water and let it cool. Soak a clean cloth in it and apply it on the face daily.
#6 APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar has been quite popular lately because of its ability to treat many health issues and skin problems. You can use it to cleanse your face. Apple cider vinegar will remove all the dead skin cells and bacteria leaving your skin fresh and clean.
Apply apple cider vinegar on the face with the help of a cotton ball. Apple cider vinegar may cause burns due to its acidic nature, so diluting it with water before applying will reduce reactions.
#7 HIMALAYAN SALT
This hand-mined, pure, unrefined and mineral-rich salt is a great choice for consumption. It also has great benefits for the skin, one of which is to treat acne. When used in combination with rose water, raw honey, Himalayan salt can reduce acne due to its anti-bacterial properties.
Himalayan salt can also treat back acne as well. Take a warm Himalayan salt bath and get rid of back acne and muscle pain. This salt bath has immense therapeutic benefits and is very popular in spas.
This fruit is packed with vitamin C and acts as a natural astringent. When you apply lemon on acne scars by mixing it with rose water, it accelerates the cell regeneration and helps to fade away dark spots and fill in the scars. Lemon lightens the skin and makes it elastic by producing collagen in the skin.
#9 VITAMIN E OIL
This is another very effective natural way to diminish acne scars and dark spots. Vitamin E oil has so many beauty benefits and is an essential ingredient in many skincare products.
Apply Vitamin E oil on scars, gently massage and leave on skin. It will heal and reduce the appearance of acne scars. Use this remedy regularly, and you will see visible results.
#10 BAKING SODA
Baking soda can be used to clear up facial acne and back acne. Make a paste of baking soda and rose water and apply it on the areas affected by acne and leave it for five minutes. This paste will dry out pimples and acne and help reduce acne scars. A baking soda paste also helps reduce redness and inflammation.
#11 BEETROOT JUICE
Beet Juice is a blessing for the skin as it contains a high content of vitamins, iron, and other minerals. Drinking beet juice can make the scars, wrinkles, and dark spots fade away from inside. Beet juice is a rich source of vitamin C which helps reduce oily skin and may help prevent breakouts and acne.
Additionally, beet juice can be really helpful in removing the dead skin cells and give your skin a healthy glow. You can apply beetroot juice alone or by making a yogurt and beet juice paste. A Smooth Beet Yogurt Mask will dry out the acne or pimples without leaving any kind of scar or mark on the face. Beet juice is also a marvelous anti-inflammatory!
Turmeric is a very common condiment that has been used in cooking and Ayurveda since ancient times. It is often used in the form of a mask by women to enhance beauty. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties which are due to the presence of curcumin in it. It also acts as a natural antiseptic agent and is known to heal wounds. Apply it on the acne by mixing with water. It will dry out the acne and reduce the redness.
Drinking Turmeric Shots and/or Juice also promotes clear skin and reduces inflammation.
#13 OATMEAL AND YOGURT MASK
Oatmeal and yogurt is a great combination to fight acne. Yogurt, with its antibacterial properties, works as a mild cleansing agent to effectively cure acne. You can increase the effectiveness by adding oatmeal in yogurt as oatmeal minimizes and tightens the pores while also exfoliating your skin.
To make this wondrous oatmeal and yogurt face pack, add two tablespoons of oatmeal to 3 tablespoons of yogurt and let it rest for some time so that the yogurt gets absorbed into the oatmeal and it turns into a paste. Apply it on the clean face for 15 minutes and rinse off.
#14 KAOLIN CLAY
Kaolin clay reduces acne by removing dirt and excess oil from the face. It also minimizes the large pores and cleans them. It is recommended to use French Kaolin Clay for this remedy.
Mix clay and water to form a paste and then apply a thin layer of this paste on a clean and damp face. Let the paste dry and then rinse with water.
OTHER TIPS FOR AVOIDING ACNE AND ACNE SCARS
There are some other tips other than the above-mentioned remedies that you can follow to prevent and thwart acne, such as:
Drink plenty of water as it will keep you hydrated and will remove all the toxins from the body. Drinking water helps reduce acne and pimples and hydrates the skin.
Avoid junk food and add fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Avoid touching the acne as it will make it worse. You can use a pimple patch for this.
Cleanse your face twice a day. Use a mild, oil-free (preferably organic) face wash.
Rub ice cubes on the face. It will reduce the redness and calms down the pimples and acne.
Exfoliate your face once a week with a mild exfoliator to get rid of excess oil, dirt, and blackheads. You can make your own exfoliator at home using natural ingredients, such as coconut or jojoba oil, raw sugar or coarse sea salt, and essential oils.
Use water-based skincare products for sensitive acne-prone skin.
Use clean pillow covers to avoid bacterial infection.
Meet the Author: Betty Gabriel
Hi! There, I am Betty! A writer and blogger at The Salt Valley. I mostly write about healthy lifestyle and everything natural. My love for trying out new things is never-ending. My goal is to make my fellow humans aware of such natural things and help them in developing habits that can improve their everyday life as well. I'm on a mission to help people start living a sustainable healthy life. Go Natural, Go Healthy!
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