If you’ve been experiencing acne, this step will teach you the tools that you’ll need to fight it.
This is the sixth section of our series, so it’ll be ideal to read up on our earlier steps and start here if you haven’t yet. It’s for you to get a more holistic approach to taking care of your skin.
Now, on to the next step.
DEAL WITH THAT ACNE - LET’S FACE IT!
Below you will find a list of 9 natural ingredients you may spot-treat your acne with after doing the whole wash/cleanse, moisturize, tone routine for your face. Use cotton balls or cotton buds and a drop or pea-size of the ingredient to spot-treat, and voila! A gentle careful layering will do. Further down, you will see the three most popular Face Masks for Acne-prone skin, made from natural ingredients you can find right in your kitchen.
Tea Tree Oil
Go natural with tea tree oil. Pure, 100% tea tree oil is as good as the chemical benzoyl peroxide in getting rid of acne with a lot less irritating effect.
Jojoba Oil helps repair damaged skin, including acne lesions or wounds. It reduces skin inflammation, redness, and swelling. Other than wound healing, trust this oil to make your skin supple and glowing!
Aloe Vera has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps reduce the appearance of acne and prevent acne breakouts.
Using it will soothe the acne and help heal the superficial wound at the same time. The plant hormones auxin and gibberellins promote the regeneration of the skin.
For thousands of years, honey served as a topical treatment for skin conditions - including acne. It helps acne by drawing out excess water and red inflamed blemishes because of its “osmotic” effect on the skin. It is highly antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and a perfect wound healer that clears clogged pores!
Retinol is an essential micronutrient vitamin that increases skin cell turnover while stimulating collagen production. Aside from healing acne wounds, its retinoid compound is long proven to be a great acne-buster!
Apply Retinol at night only, never daytime as the daylight wears off its effectiveness.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has acids that effectively kill bacteria-causing acne. Either spot treat, tone, or wash your face in a diluted 1:4 Apple Cider Vinegar to water ratio.
Green tea contains polyphenol antioxidants called catechins. These antioxidants help in taking down chemicals and waste products from the body. As with open acne sores, trust it to help take out the debris to start its healing. Green tea also reduces inflammation and sebum secretion. It will do well as a spot treatment.
Rosemary is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant. Rosemary has long proven to increase blood circulation that is very beneficial to the body. Rosemary can also work as your facial astringent for skin toning and balancing.
You would want to have witch hazel on your side to beat acne. According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, at Mt. Sinai in New York City, witch hazel has tannins. It's a compound that works both as an astringent and antioxidant. Astringent is used to reduce inflammation, contract facial tissues, and shrink pores as it fights acne-causing bacteria.
Coconut oil has many properties that help eliminate bacteria causing acne. It's an anti-inflammatory among many other things. Specifically for acne, coconut oil helps soothe and reduce the swelling with its linoleic and lauric acids.
Furthermore, this oil speeds up the healing of acne wounds as it forms a skin barrier while the collagen performs its skin regeneration function. Use sparingly as coconut oil is still comedogenic.
BEST MASK RECIPES FOR ACNE
Honey and cinnamon mask
Preparing a honey and cinnamon mask is your perfect solution combined to counter the bacterial issues of your acne. Mixing a tablespoon of Cinnamon to 2-3 teaspoons of Honey should do the trick! After your wash/cleansing routine, apply as a mask and leave for 10 minutes before washing away with lukewarm water. Pat dry.
This video will guide you through the honey and cinnamon face mask.
Wear a clay mask overnight
Detoxify your skin and remove pore clogs by removing all the surface oil on your face overnight with a Clay Mask. Clay masks are certainly helpful for skin break-out prevention and mild acne conditions. Choose your clay masks well!
Others have done it before! See this video.
Soothe your skin with oats
The colloidal element in oatmeal makes it a powerful contender to your acne with its anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties.
Prepare this oatmeal face mask to reach your clear, acne-free skin goal: a ½ cup hot water to a 1/3 cup of oats, mixed with a teaspoon of natural yogurt and honey. Gently apply all over the face. Leave for 10 minutes before washing with lukewarm water. Pat dry. Enjoy the benefits of healthy skin!
You can also watch how to make your Oatmeal Face Mask in this video.
Make a personalized acne-free routine
Now that you understand your skin more and know which products best suit you, you can make a personalized Acne-Free routine!
With this routine, wash, moisturize, and tone your face twice daily. You may then apply an acne spot treatment every time after. During the day, be more conscious of keeping your skin oil-free by using a handy oil patch on your face. Make a habit of keeping the face clear of any impurities.
Try this acne-free routine for a week. See the wonderful effects for yourself!
Your acne and other skin problems could be hormonal
Your acne and other skin problems could be hormonal. If this is the case, then you will have to look at yourself more closely.
Observe your lifestyle habits. Rest, exercise, and adopt a healthy diet. Balance your hormones, and always keep your face, body, and surroundings clean. See if the acne or pimples subside. Should symptoms persist, consult a doctor, and continue with the rest-exercise-healthy daily routine.
See what experts have to say
If problems persist, look at what experts have to say. They have seen more acne conditions than you can imagine and will know what to advise. Know also that you are in charge of yourself. The ultimate decision will come from you. See expert advice as expanding your knowledge to get yourself the best results!
Look at what experience has to say
More than the medical experts, you will be surprised at the wealth of experiences documented on acne not only on the web but with friends and family too! It’s worth asking questions and looking for advice!
Know your options then decide
Everyone has a unique body make-up and composition, but no one has been more around you than yourself. So, now that you know your options, take a moment to find out what is best for you. Having a healthy gut means having healthy skin. Decide on a routine, and start rolling!
Now that you have the know-how on ingredients you’ll need for your arsenal to fight acne, waste no more time and start today! Have fun making those face masks and have your own glow-up story.
How to Get Clear Skin Outline
We’ve broken up the steps on the How to Get Clear Skin series into easily digestible categories. This is to help you not to get overwhelmed. Serving as your outline, here are the 8 main things that you’ll expect from this series to keep your skin acne-free and healthy.