Simple Acne Remedies
Most of us need some blemish control in our skincare kit. Acne and pimples can strike at any age, whether it’s stubborn teenage acne or the occasional adult break-out linked to stress or monthly hormone cycles.
Before You Treat Your Acne
Not all acne is the same, and while for most of us can manage it through skincare, severe ongoing acne may be a symptom of an underlying condition. If your acne includes large, inflamed and painful cysts check with a doctor. There may be hormonal imbalances or thyroid problems that need to be treated, and if left unchecked could lead to more serious health issues.
What Causes Acne and Pimples?
- Clogged Pores. Basically, high natural oil production and dead skin cells block pores. Causes infection and inflammation
- Hormonal changes. Lead to increase oil production and changes in skin’s acid/alkaline balance
- Poor Diet. High in refined sugars, carbohydrates and unhealthy fats
- Stress or insomnia
- Rubbing or irritation. From sports clothing or backpacks that rub skin and trap sweat/bacteria. Especially on upper back and chest.
How to Treat Acne or Pimples
If you want to get healthy glowing skin (minus the oily shine) you need to stop the oily skin-bacteria-breakout cycle. The focus should be on balancing and healing your skin and finding the same healthy balance for your body through diet and sleep.
Non- Natural Remedies for Acne
Most over the counter pimple products contain Benzoyl peroxide to reduce the bacteria found in pores which can also be incredibly harsh and irritating. Using this chemical on a daily basis can leave skin raw, stressed and dried out—causing wrinkles and fine lines.
Natural Ways to Get Rid of Pimples
Here’s a list of natural ingredient alternatives to look out for in your blemish formulas. They deliver the same results but without the harsh side effects.
Natural Acne Treatments & Ingredients
Let’s start with Totarol. It’s an oil that was originally discovered in a native New Zealand tree commonly known as Lowland Totara. The Maori’s already knew of its amazing anti-bacterial properties and had been using it for hundreds of years to treat infections.
Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties
Zinc kills acne causing bacteria. As an alternative to antibiotics, it has the bonus that your body won’t develop a resistance to it. If you’ve been using antibiotics for a long time and are seeing less results, try switching to natural formulas to avoid antibiotic resistance.
Green Tea (Topical)
Catechins are the molecules found in green tea that act as anti-oxidants. When applied directly to your skin (topical) these anti-oxidants can reduce the bacteria count and soothe inflamed skin. And unlike stronger synthetic ingredients they won’t irritate skin.
Juniper Berry Oil
Juniper berry oil has naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial abilities and is popular for treating flare-ups like eczema or rashes. It basically works against skin infections so is great for acne or pimples.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is antiseptic and anti-fungal, so helps control bacteria. It can be as effective as benzoyl peroxide, but not as harsh on delicate skin.
White Willow Bark
A milder alternative to synthetic salicylic acid, white willow bark is a natural exfoliant that clears pore of dead skin cells that lead t breakouts. Because it’ gentle you won’t get the burning and peeling that can make skin look raw after acne treatments.
Topical vitamin C reduces inflammation by inhibiting the chemicals that trigger it. It also helps skin healing and skin discoloration or hyperpigmentation that comes with acne scarring.
Natural Remedies for Acne Should be Non-Comedogenic
Look for ingredients that are non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t block pores. This is very important if you have break-out prone skin. Clogged pores can be white heads, black heads or pimples. In all cases you want formulas that are quickly absorbed and don’t trap bacteria.
It may seem counter-intuitive, but some oils like jojoba are actually non-comedogenic, so they won’t block pores. Like many of the natural acne treatments jojoba oil is also naturally:
Natural Acne Treatments to Avoid
There are many natural acne ingredients suggestions out there, but just because they are all natural doesn’t mean they won’t damage and irritate your skin. If ingredients are particularly acidic be extra cautious.
Home Remedies for Pimples – Don’ts
- One ingredient common in DYI home acne treatments is lime juice. Lime juice on your skin reacts when exposed to sunlight and can cause blistering. This photosensitive reaction can result in skin hyperpigmentation that is hard to fade. Bottom line – stay away from lime juice, it’s not worth the risk.
- Sea Salt or another harsh exfoliator. Using an exfoliator with jagged edges or a brush can cause microscopic cracks and tears. In goes the bacteria and acne spreads or becomes worse. Don’t use anything, anytime that feels like it’s scratching your skin.
How to Clear Acne Gently
Here’s a simple daily routine that will clear acne or the occasional outbreak without harsh chemicals or wrinkled irritated skin.
- Gentle Cleanse (only if skin has become oily overnight)
Remember you don’t want to drastically strip your skin of oil as this triggers the production of even more oil. You want to break the oily skin cycle by balancing it.
- Apply sun protection or a light moisturiser, again to protect and balance skin.
- A SPF moisturiser with zinc will protect skin and combat bacteria at the same time.
- A light moisturiser designed for combination skin will reduce a greasy T-Zone.
- Gentle Cleanse. You will definitely need a gentle cleanse end of day. Removes dirt, bacteria, sweat and make-up.
- Moisturise: Balance skin to prevent it from over compensating and producing too much oil.
- Choose a product that is lightweight and calms inflammation.
- Target Spots or Acne Clusters. Target stubborn spots with a gentle pimple cream that draws out oil and impurities
Super Gentle Exfoliation: This is important for removing dead skin cells. Look out for microbeads that are round and completely smooth. They should glide across your skin, and not feel hard or scratchy.
Jojoba Micro Beads
Jojoba micro beads are perfect for acne prone skin as they are spherical in shape (no jagged edges for causing micro-tears.) Jojoba also adds anti-bacterial properties. Post-exfoliation your skin should be calm, but also smooth and fresh feeling – without looking sand blasted.
Best Treatment for Acne
The best way to treat acne is to keep it healthy and simple.
- Your skin will reflect what you eat, so choose vegetables, whole grains, fruit and nuts, balanced with good oils.
- Start a skincare routine that is gentle and won’t create more problems than it solves. Don’t strip your skin using harsh chemicals. Don’t cause premature wrinkles.
- Never pick pimples, no matter how tempting. Use a spot treatment overnight to quickly draw out impurities.
- Be patient, allow your skin to adapt to the new skincare routine. Same with diet. The results will be gradual but lasting.
Now you have the best natural skincare plan set-out you are well on your way to controlling those outbreaks and getting your soft, smooth skin back on track.