Acne is a skin condition that plagues almost every adolescent, teen and young adult. In some cases, it persists well into adulthood. Acne outbreaks are caused by the presence of oil in your skin that clogs the pores. It's often intensified by hormone changes that occur in adolescence. There are many medicated skin treatments to help combat acne, but you may be surprised to hear that there are acne-defeating remedies hiding right in your kitchen. Here are some natural treatments for acne that you can try today.
Cider Vinegar Facial Splash
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties, which makes it a great choice to kill the bacteria that can cause breakouts. When you treat your face with an apple cider vinegar splash, it also helps to balance your skin's pH and can get rid of excess oil in your skin.
Create a solution with three parts water to one part apple cider vinegar. Apply it to active blemishes with a cotton ball. Wash your face thoroughly after letting it sit on your skin for a few minutes. You can reapply this solution several times each day, but make sure that you moisturize if your skin starts to feel dry, otherwise you risk your face responding with more oil production.
Baking Soda Paste
Baking soda is a staple of most every home kitchen and it has many uses beyond just baking. It is known for its antiseptic benefits as well as its defense against bacteria growth, fungus and oil. Create a paste of baking soda and water by measuring a small amount of baking soda and then gradually adding water until it reaches the consistency you're looking for.
You'll want it thinner if you're using it as a mask or thicker if you plan to apply it as a facial scrub. For the perfect baking soda mask, you'll want measurements close to equal parts. Facial scrubs are best made with four parts baking soda to one part water.
Leave the baking soda mask in place for a half hour before rinsing your face with warm water and moisturizing. If you use a facial scrub, wash for five or ten minutes and then rinse it away with clean water.
If you're struggling with an acne outbreak, these treatments can help you get it under control. If you find that you need more extensive treatment, a dermatologist can provide you with a medicated acne treatment that will help you clear your skin up.