Have you ever fallen prey to natural acne remedies that just make matters worse for you?
Yup, I know! We’ve all been there at least once in our lives.
Recently I got talking with an Esthetician. She worked with Body Care for More than 7 years before breaking off to start her own. I asked her about natural remedies; her take on them and anyone she could recommend for people dealing with acne.
According to her, for people with acne-prone skin and sensitive skin, it is best to play it safe. Your skin is easily irritated and your best bet is something effective but gentle with your skin. You need to be careful with what you apply, even if it’s natural as some of us easily react to certain ingredients.
Even without allergies, some ingredients might not be good for your skin. She stressed the fact that every skin is different and handles these things differently.
With all this being said, here are some natural acne remedies she recommended.
I wasn’t so surprised by this natural remedy. I remember when I was younger, and I had a burn or bruise, my aunt would get the Aloe Vera plant, cut it open, and smear it over my skin. Aloe Vera has a lot of antibacterial properties, she said. It is very good for calming your skin of rash or pimple inflammation.
She also added that if you’re dealing with acne scarring, Aloe Vera can be very useful to gradually lighten those spots left behind. But she warned that you should check (test on a portion of your skin) if you react to Aloe Vera before applying. According to her, even if you don’t have acne, Aloe Vera is effective to prevent it and keep the skin calm and glowing.
Further research on my part shows that Aloe Vera is noncomedogenic, with a comedogenic rating of 0. This is something you should be mindful of with acne-prone skin. You don’t want any comedogenic substance clogging your pores and aggravating pimples.
How to use Aloe Vera
- Get the stalk of a fresh Aloe plant
- Cut it in half and apply the gel on your skin
- Leave it to sit overnight or few minutes (depending on how much time you have)
- Wash your face with warm water after
To better enhance its effects, put it in your fridge to chill a bit. She also advised ensuring you’re using natural Aloe Vera as it works best. When you can’t find the natural plant, go for the most natural store-bought version available.
You could also mix Aloe Vera with honey.
We know cucumber is excellent for detox water, but according to her cucumber is also very good for the skin. It works to rejuvenate dull skin and treat acne. I can testify to the benefits of cucumber in giving my skin a plump and brightened look. I use it as an eye mask when they look dull (this happens a lot cause of the way my eyes are).
She listed out some benefits of cucumber for the skin…
- It soothes and has a cooling effect
- Calms acne
- Glowing effect
- Plumps up skin
- Reducing inflammation
She recommended that if you’d like to treat acne and rejuvenate your skin then cucumber is just right for you.
How to Use
Method 1 for acne:
Peel and wash a cucumber.
Cut it into thin slices
Add the slices to a bottle or Jug of water and let it sit for an hour or two (or overnight depends).
Apply this mixture on your skin and allow to dry
Wash it off with warm water once dry
Method 2 for acne
Peel and wash the cumber
Cut it into chunks and blend properly
Apply to skin and let it dry
Wash off with warm water
Method 3 to rejuvenate skin:
Cut your cucumber in thin (not too thin) slices (circles)
Place the slices on your skin (you could also cool the slices)
Put a clean cloth above slices and let them sit for 20-30 mins
Wash your face with warm water
She also suggested adding cucumber water to your face masks for binding.
Another of the natural acne remedies she recommended was banana. She said that banana is not only nutritious to us when we eat it but has a lot of benefits when applied onto our skin. Banana has mild anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pimples. It is also effective for glowing skin and fading scars; it nourishes our skin and keeps it healthy.
How to Use
Mash a fresh and ripe banana and apply to skin
She recommended mixing it with honey, turmeric or other masks
Leave on your skin for 15-20 minutes
Wash off with warm water
Rice water is popularly known for its benefit to our hair in promoting growth, and texture. She said rice water was something Body Care adopted from the Korean beauty culture back then. She recommended rice water as being effective in skincare as well. According to her, it improves the skin’s appearance and calms pimple inflammation. It is effective to repair our skin and also helps those struggling with pigmentation.
How To Use
Unprocessed brown or white rice works fine.
Method 1: Boiling
Thoroughly wash your rice to rid it of dirt and possible chemicals
Add it to a pot with more water than rice and turn the heat on
Wait till the rice comes to a boil, then bring it down.
Sieve the rice
Store the water in a refrigerator for a week or less or use everything immediately
Wash the rice thoroughly
Put the rice in a bowl with more water than rice
Allow it soak for 30mins
Sieve the rice
Store the water in the refrigerator for a couple of days
For a more potent version, leave the rice to ferment by soaking it in water (opened) for 2 days. Then refrigerate.
She stated that she preferred letting it sit than boiling, but if you’re short on time, boil ahead. She also advised to dilute it first if you let it ferment.
You could use it to rinse your face or use a cotton pad to dab it all over your face. You could also decide to leave it on your face or wash it off.
All these natural acne remedies can be applied 2-3 times a week. Try out which one best suits your skin and stick to it. According to her, these are the best and safest for all skin types, but you could always work with it to target your skin’s specific needs.