Clear and prevent breakouts with these natural ingredients.
Instead of shelling out for expensive acne treatments, find out how to get clear skin with these natural at-home treatments.
Historically known as brimstone, sulfur was used in ancient times to treat a wide range of skin problems, from dermatitis and dandruff, to rosacea and warts. When applied topically, sulfur causes the skin to dry and peel. Despite how this sounds, it is actually a good thing for your skin if you have acne. Sulfur helps reduce skin oiliness while also helping the skin slough away cells more effectively, so pore blockages (AKA the beginnings of a breakout) don’t develop.
Free radicals (environmental toxins and bacteria) are one of the root sources of acne, but vitamin C can work to clear out these harmful toxins. Free radicals break down the proteins and fatty acids that make up the skin, disturbing the normal pH of the skin and harming the sebaceous glands. This increases the production of sebum, leaving the skin open to breakout-causing bacteria. As an antioxidant, vitamin C breaks down these free radicals and reduces them to harmless compounds before they can damage the skin.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a great natural alternative for getting rid of pimples. It has unique disinfecting and soothing properties and, unlike other acne treatments, it will not strip your skin of its natural oils. It contains natural antibacterial properties, which make it an excellent alternative to harsh synthetic chemicals. Just a small amount of oil will penetrate the skin to unblock the sebaceous glands, disinfect pores and dry out whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and other blemishes.
Also known as the golden spice of life, turmeric is an all-natural skincare ingredient that can be applied topically for glowing skin. It has extraordinary anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-aging properties, which make it an excellent skincare ingredient.
Green tea can have amazing effects on your skin if you drink at least 1 cup a day. In fact, scientific research shows that drinking green tea helps reduce inflammation in the skin, which is well known for causing acne and that is because the green tea’s powerful antioxidants are between 25 to 100 times more potent compared to vitamin C. In addition to that, green tea is also great for reducing insulin levels (therefore reducing the amount of sebum your skin produces) and for fighting acne caused by hormonal imbalances.
Aloe Vera is commonly used as an active ingredient in moisturizers, face washes, soaps and sunscreen lotions due to its moisturizing, curative and calming properties. The antibacterial properties of aloe vera are also very effective in treating acne and reducing the redness caused by it. It prevents bacteria from infecting acne wounds and accelerates the process of healing. Its anti-fungal properties are useful for treating inflammation like boils and cysts on the skin.
Primrose oil is high in essential fatty acids which provide the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances. The omega-6 fatty acids present in primrose oil can help to regulate hormone levels and cure hormonal acne. These fatty acids also play a role in cell structure, improving nerve function and promoting skin elasticity.
Bentonite clay is a highly absorbent clay which is used in some alternative treatments for acne and other similar skin problems. Its absorbent quality helps remove excess sebum from the skin, and its astringent properties work to shrink and tighten irritated and enlarged pores.
Willow Bark contains salicylic acid, a BHA that is a natural exfoliant and is used in many acne treatments because of its ability to help skin shed dead cells and clear pores; it can also stimulate new cell formation. Willow Bark also contains phenolic acids, flavonoids, tannins, and minerals which all allow it to aid in skin rejuvenation.