Home remedies for acne

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If you’ve been following my blog for quite some time, you will know that I suffer from acne. I have suffered from it ever since I was 11 years old, but I’ve only started seeing a dermatologist since a few months ago, so I consider myself an expert on home cures for acne! If you suffer from acne like me, or if you just want to get rid of a few pimples that can appear during that time of the month, I suggest you keep on reading :)

First of all, what causes acne? Most of the time, and in my case, genes. My dad suffered from it when he was a teenager, so I was bound to get it too. It can also be caused from stress, sleep deprivation, wrong skincare routines or hormone imbalances. As Google says (very professional, I know) acne develops as a result of blockages in the follicles; sebaceous glands get bigger and the production of sebum increases. When a sebaceous gland gets clogged by sebum, a blackhead is formed. Very simply put, if bacteria get into that gland, it gets infected and inflammated. Now that we’ve defined what a spot is and what causes it, we can pass on how to cure it!

Of course there are many professional treatments to cure acne, but since I’m not a doctor I prefer not to dwell upon that subject. Thankfully, there also are plenty of quick remedies for acne you can try at home, almost for free.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever got a spot just the day before a party or a special occasion where you wanted your skin to look perfect! Well, one of the quickest ways to get rid of a pimple is applying toothpaste over it. I have used this trick many times, and although it can be a bit harsh for the skin, it significantly reduce the redness on the skin and it dries out the spot in a few hours.

If you’re looking for a milder but still efficient treatment, you can try a honey scrub. Honey has antibacterical properties, it’s moisturizing and it smells gorgeous as well! Put some regular honey from the grocery store (if it’s handmade, even better), add some sugar and mix them until they form a liquidy paste. Then apply it to your skin and gently scrub it moving your hands in circular motions. Leave this scrub/mask for half an hour or so, then rinse everything off. I guarantee your skin will feel and look so much better :)

Other ways to make the skin less inflamed and reduce the appearance of spots are putting a few drops or lemon juice, tea tree or lavender essential oil on a q-tip and then onto the pimple. I could go on and list thousands of natural ingredients you can use to cure your acne, such as aloe, clay, apple cider vinegar, garlic, strawberries, tomatoes… the possibilities are endless!

You got the gist – treating acne at home is all about using vegetables, fruits and such! How do you think that they used to cure acne during the Middle Age? ;)

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