When it comes to combating acne, there are many skin care products on the market. Unfortunately, many of these products can actually make acne worse. This is because most products are just too harsh on the skin and while they may temporarily clear up the acne, it will make it worse in the long run. This is a vicious cycle which can severely damage your skin, and make acne very difficult to deal with.
So just how do you naturally approach caring for your skin when you have acne?
Here are some of the best natural methods:
1. Use gentle cleansers
Avoid soaps or cleansers with added chemicals. These can be very hard on the skin, and can make your acne worse. Instead, choose natural cleansers, without added chemicals or fragrances. Just remember that the more gentle the product is, the better.
Making your own natural cleanser can be a great alternative to store-bought cleansers. A good one for healing acne is to mix 2 tablespoons of natural oatmeal, 1 tablespoon of honey, and ½ cup of milk. Mix the mixture into a paste, then apply to the skin. Leave it for at least 5 minutes, and then rinse away with cool water.
Also, remember your skin is self cleansing in many ways. You really don’t need harsh chemicals to get a “clean feeling.” A simple natural cleanser such as the one above will help your skin heal itself, and give your acne a much-needed break from chemicals.
2. Use a natural astringent
If you are suffering from really oily skin, it’s still best to avoid any alcohol-based astringents. Instead, try a natural cucumber and pineapple mixture. Both of these ingredients will help cool and relieve the skin while getting rid of the oil.
To do this, mix a few cucumber and pineapple slices in the blender, and blend them into liquid form. Then apply to your face using a cotton ball.
3. Use natural oils
If you are suffering from oily skin, it may seem counterproductive to apply oil to the skin. However, natural oils have actually been shown to heal acne and get rid of scars. Try natural vitamin E, which is naturally found in the skin. Gently cleanse your face at night, and then apply a light layer. Most users have seen improvement in their skin within weeks.
Coconut oil is another great source for the skin. It will hydrate your skin and provide antioxidants, which may help calm the inflammation caused by acne.
4. Use natural and little makeup
Makeup can make acne worse. The best option is to use a 100% natural makeup that will not clog your pores. Even then, it is best to remember that no makeup is better than natural makeup. If at all possible, avoid wearing foundation and blush which may make acne worse. Instead choose a spot concealer. Eye and lip makeup is perfectly fine to use.