If you are suffering from recurrent acne, then you would most probably understand the plight of plenty of individuals out there who suffer from the condition as well.A chronic skin ailment,
acne is caused when the hair follicles and sebaceous glands present on the skin surface get blocked.This blockage traps the sebum under the skin and causes bumps and pustules which appear as acne on the skin surface.
Although acne can be treated by several OTC products, prescription medications and treatments, it is a known fact that these options are expensive and do not provide permanent relief from the issue. However, certain natural remedies can help curb acne and its effects in individuals. These remedies can be considered as the best options when it comes to treating recurrent acne.
They may also be good solutions if you are not able to spend much on costly treatments and medications. Best yet, they are natural in the sense they don’t cause any harmful side effects as is the case with certain acne medications or treatments.
Natural Remedies for Acne
Opt for the Acne Diet
If you suffer from severe cases of acne, then you can opt for what is called the ‘Acne Diet’ in order to curb such breakouts.The diet would start off with ‘all fruit’ meals for an entire week wherein you would need to eat only fresh fruits like pears, apples, grapes, pineapples, grapefruits and peaches for your meals for the whole week. Follow this diet with plain water or unsweetened lemon juice. Don’t drink anything else.
After a week, start including variants in your diet gradually. Opt for raw foods like fruits, vegetables, raw nuts, seeds, whole grains, cereals, brown rice and millets etc. Stay away from sugary, salty, fried, developed or processed foods. Pickles, candies, condiments, meats, ice creams, tea, coffee and soft drinks need to be avoided as well.
Follow this diet for month or so until your skin shows signs of improvement.You can reintroduce the ‘all fruit’ diet for short periods (3 days or so) at regular intervals in between for better results.
Stay Away from Irritants
If you have acne prone skin, it is considered best to stay away from certain cosmetic products, soaps, shampoos, gels, hairsprays, lotions, creams and even clothes that can irritate your skin and cause a breakout.
Opt for hypoallergenic products that are either oil free or contain fewer oils than other standard products. Non comedogenic products also work best for acne prone skin.Avoid using hair sprays, creams or gels that can increase the production of oil and cause an acne breakout.
Opt instead for water based makeup and hairstyling products that are labeled oil free. You may also want to stay away from products that contain alcohol as an ingredient as alcohol can cause dryness and aggravate an existing acne condition.
Don’t Pick and Prod your face
Most of the acne scars found on the face are formed when you pick, prod or squeeze the pustules on the skin surface. So stop trying to pick a pimple or squeeze it out. You will only help in spreading the infection and forming a scar that can become permanent.
If you have sensitive skin that is prone to acne breakouts,try to keep it safe from external factors that could aggravate the condition. These include telephones, hats and even your hair. In addition to causing discomfort when they come in contact with the acne pustules on the face, these irritants can contain dirt, grease, oil, bacteria and other impurities that can harm the skin and cause acne breakouts.
Choose the Right Kind of Cleanser
One of the main contributors to recurrent acne breakouts is a wrong cleanser that can irritate the skin to no end and aggravate existing skin conditions, including acne. Stay away from harsh cleansers and opt instead for gentle ones that are equally effective in controlling acne breakouts.
Make it a point to cleanse your face at regular intervals throughout the day, especially after activities like exercises or sports that can tire you out and make you sweat profusely. Excessive sweating can cause acne breakouts as well.
Shower immediately after a rigorous workout session or an activity that made you sweat profusely. Avoid bathing, showering or washing your skin in hot water as it can scald the skin and cause dryness, thereby contributing to acne breakouts. Opt for cold or lukewarm water instead.
Natural Ingredients that Can Help Control Acne Breakouts
Given below are some natural ingredients that can be used in home remedies to effectively combat mild to severe acne breakouts in men.
Grapes are considered as one of the best natural cleansers for acne prone skin.All you need to do is cut a grape in half and rub its juice all over your face, neck, shoulders and chest.
Alternatively, you can grind a couple of grapes and apply the product on the acne prone areas. Wash it off with cold water after 30 minutes. Repeat this procedure at least twice a day for desirable results.
Who has not heard of the beautifying effects of cucumber? This naturally cool ingredient can be used to soothe and soften acne prone skin and reduce severe breakouts.
Mash a cucumber and add some sugar (1 tablespoon), oatmeal (1 cup) and yogurt (1 teaspoon) to form a paste. Apply it on the acne prone areas and wash it off with cold water after about 30 minutes.
Coriander and Mint
Mix a teaspoon of mint or coriander juice with some turmeric powder to form a paste. Apply the paste over the acne prone areas every night before going to bed.
Make sure that you wash these areas properly beforehand. Wash off the paste the next morning with cold water. This remedy can be used to treat blackheads and pimples as well.
Honey is a common ingredient in many face masks and facials.It can also be used to curb acne breakouts. Wash your face with lukewarm water first. This would open up the clogged pores. Apply some honey over the acne prone areas and wait for about half an hour before washing it off with lukewarm water again.
Be sure to rinse the areas with cold water immediately afterwards in order to close off the pores (prevents impurities from seeping into them).
Garlic is commonly used to> treat/control severe cases of acne in individuals, both internally and externally. Rubbing some cloves of raw garlic or mashed garlic paste over the acne prone areas several times a day can reduce acne and the blemishes caused by the same on the skin.
Eating a few cloves of raw garlic every day can purify the blood stream and help remove harmful impurities and infections that could lead to acne breakouts on the skin surface.
Oatmeal helps to soothe irritated skin in addition to keeping issues like acne at bay. Combine oatmeal and baking soda in the ratio 2:1. Add some water to form a paste and apply the same over the acne prone areas. Make sure you gently rub the paste into the skin.
You would be able to notice the soothing effect of the facial almost immediately. Wash off the paste with cold water after about 30 minutes.
Used from time immemorial for beauty masks and packs, turmeric is a common ingredient in plenty of beauty products that are used to treat/control acne breakouts. You can either form a paste of turmeric powder and water and apply it over the acne prone areas for relief, or make your own facial with a few more ingredients.
Accordingly, add 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder, 2 teaspoons of sandalwood powder, half cup of chickpea powder and a few drops of almond oil to a bowl. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and add some water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste over the acne prone areas and leave it on for about 15 minutes before washing it off with cold water.
You can use these ingredients separately or combine them in one facial pack. Both egg and lemon are known to work on any skin type and so can help anyone with acne prone skin.
All you need to do is mix one egg white with half a lemon and apply the mixture over the acne prone areas before you go to sleep at night. Wash off the mixture in the morning.
You can either cut an orange in half and rub its juice on the acne prone areas or use the orange peel for equally effective results. Pound the orange peel with water or grind the same to form a paste. Apply the paste thoroughly over the acne affected areas.Wash it off after 30 minutes for great results.