Facts tell us that nearly 50 million Americans suffer from acne at some point in their lives. Acne breakouts are more common among women as compared to men with 50% of the former breaking out as compared to 25% of the latter. What’s astounding is that many women, up to 14%, carry acne well into their 40s. So, no, it is not just a ‘puberty’ thing. Acne can result from a number of reasons including genetics, allergies, hormonal imbalance, and dietary issues as well as environmental factors.
Acne is not the only skin imperfection we find ourselves dealing with. There are also dark circles, skin pigmentation, sunburn and clogged pores among many other skin problems. Following are some natural remedies and at-home, DIY treatments for acne and other skin imperfections which you may very well benefit from:
Acne- Apple cider vinegar
- Apple cider vinegar is a strong detoxifying agent with anti-bacterial properties and has proven to have acne healing properties.
- One thing to ensure while purchasing ACV is that it should be organic and not the synthetic kind.
- To use it as a toner simply take some ACV in a glass and dilute it with some water.
- The recommended ratio is half and half.
- Mix the two elements and them dab on a clean cotton pad.
- Pat, it all over your washed and dried face.
- Wait for it to dry and then follow with your usual skin care regimen.
Acne scars- Green tea
- Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the inflammation of skin by a great margin.
- It can also reduce wrinkles and gives the skin a younger appeal.
- Similarly, green tea compress works wonders for reducing acne scarring.
- To make a compress, boil some tea leaves or a tea bag in a cup of water.
- After the tea has brewed for 5 minutes, strain the green tea and soak a clean piece of cloth in it.
- When it cools down, wring it very lightly and then place the damp cloth over your face.
- Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes ideally.
Wrinkles- olive oil
- Olive oil has been used as a beauty treatment for ages.
- Its use for beautification purposes dates as far back as the Egyptians and there is a good reason why.
- Olive oil is packed with vitamins A and E which combat symptoms of aging as well as the contribution towards skin regeneration.
- Simply take a few drops of olive oil and mix them with a few drops of glycerin and honey.
- Massage this on your face and neck in gentle, upward motions twice daily.
Blocked pores- sea salt and honey
- Sea salt is rich in minerals like potassium, sodium, and calcium which remove dead skin cells, kick-starts cell regeneration while cleaning pores and removing dirt and grime from the skin.
- For an organic sea salt mask, simply mix 2 tsp of sea salt with 4 tsp of raw honey.
- Apply the mixture to your face and then leave it on for 5 minutes.
- Rub gently to exfoliate and wash.
- You can keep this mixture in the fridge for up to three days.
Dark circles- turmeric and pineapple juice
- Turmeric has healing properties and can do wonders for visibly reducing dark circles.
- Together with pineapple juice, which is rich in Vitamin C and is packed with skin nourishing minerals, turmeric makes a wonderful mask for the eyes.
- Mix two teaspoons of turmeric powder with two teaspoons of pineapple juice.
- Mix to make a paste and apply it to the area directly under the eyes.
- Leave it on for ten minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Sunburn and inflammation- aloe vera
- Aloe vera is a magical herb with wide-ranging uses for medicinal as well as beautification purposes.
- If you have an aloe vera plant at home you can scoop the gel directly from peeling back the top green layer of the leaf.
- Apply it directly to the face or mix it with a bit of honey.
- Leave it on for ten to fifteen minutes and then rinse face with lukewarm water.