These 5 natural remedies for acne help reduce inflammation, clear blockages, and mop up excess oil…
Don’t waste time – do what actually works!
You can use them as an “add on” to your normal acne treatment, or go entirely natural. Whatever works for you!
Top 5 Natural Remedies for Acne
1. Bentonite Clay
What is it?
An ancient remedy, used as a detoxifier for centuries for a number of different ailments.
Its a light green, very fine powder, derived from volcanic ash.
How Does It Work?
Bentonite clay has a ‘static cling’ – which is basically its ability to draw out certain impurities, due to its electrical charge.
This works kind of like a magnet, and is what makes such a great detoxifier both internally and externally.
It works particularly well as a natural remedy for acne because of its calming, soothing and cleansing effect on the skin.
Use 2 – 3 times weekly for best results. Can also be used as a ‘spot’ treatment when needed, significantly reducing inflammation and the appearance of a blemish overnight.
Due to the detoxing effect (remember its ‘pulling’ impurities from your skin) it can feel quite tingly. This is very normal, and once removed skin feels refreshed.
To make removal easier, massage water into the mask for several seconds before using a wash cloth to re-wet it and loosen it up.
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2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is perhaps the easiest natural remedies for acne you can use. Its basically fermented apples…
How does it work?
Due to its pH of 4.25 – 5, its slightly acidic and therefore excellent for rebalancing the pH of skin.
Normal, healthy skin has a pH of 5.5. If this gets out of balance (from using the wrong products, a compromised skin barrier, or unhealthy internal conditions) it will be more alkalized.
Bacteria thrive in an alkaline environment, so correcting your skins pH levels can have dramatic effects on the severity of your acne.
Using Apple Cider Vinegar after cleansing each day is one of the best natural remedies to rebalance the acidity level of your skin.
*Note – this is a great remedy for some which is why it’s on this page, however others (including myself!) find that it causes more deep pimples. Experiment with it, it’s cheap and if it doesn’t work for your skin you can use it for cooking…
Dilute 1 part ACV with 2 parts water and apply as a toner – using cotton pads after cleansing.
Once it’s absorbed into your skin apply your normal moisturizer. You can use it twice a day for great results.
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This bright orange spice powder has been used in India for centuries as a natural cure.
Not only does it have antibacterial properties, but also a brightening effect – making it particularly good for fading acne scars.
How does it work?
Like an exfoliant, which is why its ideal for brightening complexions and fading acne scars. It’s antibacterial and antioxidant properties give it inflammation fighting powers at the same time.
One of the best ways to use it is to mix 1 part Turmeric to 2 parts natural youghurt and apply to skin as a mask.
Wash off after 10 – 15mins with warm water, and see how bright your skin it is!
Yoghurt is also a powerful natural exfoliant by itself, so added these 2 ingredients make an unbeatable acne fighting, scar fading mask.
*Note – turmeric can stain skin temporarily, so remove thoroughly!
4. Coconut Oil
This yummy smelling natural remedy has antibacterial and anti fungal properties that make it a perfect home remedy for acne.
It’s also an excellent natural lubricator which is very important in controlling sebum production in skin.
Replace your nightly moisturizer with a light layer of coconut oil.
It’s also a great massage medium and very beneficial to use after a light chemical peel to rehydrate, protect and rejuvenate your complexion.
*Note – coconut oil can be comedogenic for some (but not others – depends on your skin). If you find this is the case, avoid using it in heavily congested areas such as the nose and chin, and always make sure you use refined coconut oil!
5. Baking Soda – One Of The Best Natural Remedies For Acne!
Baking soda is perhaps one of the easiest natural remedies for acne and pimples. It’s good to try if you’re looking for a quick treatment, but for the best benefits use a Bentonite Clay or Turmeric mask.
It has antiseptic properties and a good exfoliating effect, refreshing and ‘brightening’ your skin, while helping to unclog pores.