Home Remedies for Acne

Suffering from acne can often feel very isolating. There’s no easy solution, but here at Beauty Base, we want to help by offering some home remedies which are certainly worth a try! If you’re tired of trying a multitude of different over the counter remedies and feel as though you want to strip it back to basics, what better way to start than trying your hand at some home-made treatments?

Let’s start by defining:

What is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that many people will encounter throughout their lifetime, causing a range of spots to appear that are often sore, inflamed and red. According to the NHS, acne most commonly impacts the facial area, leaving people feeling self-conscious and embarrassed about their appearance. 

So what can you do to help reduce the regularity of these flare-ups? Let’s discuss some home remedies that have the potential to help your skin remain clear for longer…

Honey and cinnamon face mask

Although this may sound more like the ingredients for a fancy cookie, honey and cinnamon are great for helping acne sufferers. These natural ingredients are known for staving off bacteria. This is extremely important to focus your attention on if you struggle to control your spots.

How do I make a honey and cinnamon mask?

  • 2 – 3 tablespoons of honey (manuka honey is said to be more beneficial)
  • Mix your honey with 1 – 1.5 tablespoons of cinnamon until they’re combined in a paste
  • Microwave your mixture for 15-20 seconds, making sure it isn’t too hot
  • Apply to your face for 10 minutes and rinse your skin thoroughly after use.

Although many have said honey and cinnamon face masks are beneficial to reduce swelling and inflammation of your spots, you may find that a byproduct is patches of dry skin.

Invest in a high-quality moisturiser

CeraVe is renowned for nourishing skin back to health, offering a gentle but effective moisturiser which you can use after your face mask. Here at Beauty Base, we have a broad selection of moisturisers so that you can find something that works well with your skin type.

Green tea 

Green tea is well known for its antioxidant properties, helping to keep your skin fresh and hydrated. Drinking green tea regularly will help your body dispel harmful toxins. However, applying green tea to your face has also been known to help clear up breakouts.

How do I apply green tea to my face?

  • Make your green tea as you would if you were going to drink it
  • Allow time for the tea to cool down, taking extra care not to burn yourself
  • Take a cotton wool ball or flannel to absorb the green tea and dab onto your face
  •  Once it has dried, rinse your face thoroughly and make sure it’s dry

Invest in an exfoliator 

Exfoliating after trying your hand at these home remedies is important to discard any remaining dirt or grime that may be settling on and into your skin. Here at Beauty Base, we stock an expansive selection of exfoliators so you can remove any dead skin gently to make sure you’re reaping the benefits of your home remedies. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been used as a ‘cleanser’ for acne, helping to reduce inflammation and redness. It has antifungal properties which will help deter unwanted breakouts.

How do I create an apple cider vinegar cleanser?

  • Water down your apple cider vinegar, the more tender your skin, the more water you will need to use
  • Use the solution and apply to your face using flannel or cotton wool ball
  •  After, make sure to dry your skin thoroughly 
  • Repeat this once a day if you find that your spots are improving

Limit dairy intake 

Limiting your dairy intake can have a huge impact on your skin. There are levels of hormones, found particularly in milk, that can upset the balance of your hormones and in turn, creates spots. Research suggests that drinking and eating dairy products has a direct correlation with the production of spots…but the good news is that there is a huge selection of substitutes. Try dairy-free alternatives such as almond milk, vegan cheese or soy-based products and see if this makes a difference to your breakouts.

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is a plant, native to North America, which has many medicinal properties which have been found to help with acne. It has been known to reduce inflammation and calm aggravated spots. Witch Hazel will also help to shrink your open pores meaning you are less inclined to suffer from black or whiteheads. 

How do I use witch hazel?

  • Apply Witch Hazel bark into your solution when you steam your face
  • Or, simmer the Witch Hazel bark in boiling water allow to stew for 30 minutes, sieve the ingredients and use the solution to apply to your face with a cotton wool ball

Aloe Vera

You are able to create your own aloe vera at home if you have an aloe vera plant. Using aloe vera products are great for acne-prone skin due to its soothing properties. The plant is antibacterial meaning you can keep your spots clean and avoid an influx of cluster spots. We have a fantastic selection of aloe vera products available here at Beauty Base for you to try out, helping to keep your skin clear and controlled. 

If you want to try your hand at extracting aloe vera gel from your plant, watch this insightful video below to find out how:

We hope that you have found some useful information within this blog, giving you hope that you can help your acne with some super simple and natural ingredients. Whether you want to add to your usual skincare routine or need to start afresh, we are sure you will find a way to help your skin glow. 

Here at Beauty Base, we offer a fantastic selection of skincare products to help with skin blemishes which you can peruse today, with everything from face masks to skin toner to give your skin a little help along the way. 

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