The first thing you'll need to do to effectively treat acne is determining the cause of the condition. Possible culprits are:
- Irregularities in shedding dead skin cells that cause damage to hair follicles.
- Overproduction of sebum that clogs the pores.
- Bacterial infection.
- Hormonal imbalance.
Regardless of the causes, the treatment for all kinds of acne is very similar. However, there are some conditions that may require additional specialized medication. This is why it's important to consult a dermatologist that can find the source of the problem.
Common Acne Treatments
Every acne treatment course requires some lifestyle changes to be effective. You will need to switch to a healthy diet, cut down on smoking and reduce the consumption of alcohol dramatically. Exercising will help as well, because this will improve your blood flow.
The most effective natural topical acne treatments are:
- Honey mask
Honey has some extremely effective anti-bacterial properties. Applying a mask made of slightly diluted honey for several minutes will allow you to reduce the inflammation and remove blemishes.
Please note that you will need to be tested for allergy before going forward with this treatment.
- Grape cleanser
Rubbing your face with halves of grapes and washing off the juice with cold water will help get rid of acne as well as enrich your skin with powerful antioxidants.
- Cucumber facemask
Mix a small cucumber and a bit of oatmeal in a blender, add a spoon of yoghurt and apply the mush to your face to reduce the reddening. Leave the mask on for 30 minutes, and then wash off with warm water. This will also make your skin smooth and remove dead cells, like soft peeling.
- Yeast and yogurt facemask
This facemask will normalize the work of your sebum glands. Mix one spoon of brewer's yeast with a bit of yogurt and leave if on your face for 20 minutes.
- Lemon and egg facemask
This potent natural remedy is good for any skin type. You will need one half of a lemon and one egg white. Mix the juice with egg and apply the mask to your face. Leave the concoction on your face for a night. In the morning wash it off with warm water.
- Baking soda
Facemasks and peelings made of baking soda are true miracle makers when it comes to acne. This ingredient can gently cleanse the pores, neutralizing any bacteria and removing inflammations right before your eyes.
- Apple cider vinegar
This is another potent anti-bacterial remedy. Dilute it in water before applying to your skin in order to avoid burns.
Acne Treatment Advice
Finding the right topical treatments and changing your diet won't help if you don't follow some simple rules:
- Never pick, squeeze or scratch pimples!
This will only do more damage, because tiny breaks in the skin will invite bacteria and infection.
- Wash your pillowcase often.
Bacteria, dead skin cells and excess sebum remain on your pillow every morning you get out of bed. Clean pillowcase will allow you to maintain much needed hygiene.
- Avoid makeup.
It will be impossible for many girls to follow this rule, but you should at least reduce the amount of makeup you wear. Restrict using foundation only to special occasions.
Also, choose high quality cosmetics designed for acne-prone skin.
- Keep your hair out of your face.
This is another matter of hygiene. You don't need bacteria and sebum that accumulate on your hair getting in touch with the skin of your face.
- Avoid harsh cleansers.
These things will only damage the skin making your face more vulnerable to bacterial infections.