Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Acne - Old Wives Tales That Work!!

Most people who suffer from acne go out and spend good money on over-the-counter acne treatments. The truth is, a lot of these products are full of chemicals that can actually slow down the healing of acne, and irritate your skin, possibly causing further breakouts.

If there are loads of ingredients listed in your over the counter treatment, it can be hard to know if one of those ingredients is actually stopping you from having success. It can be even harder when you can't pronounce the ingredient, much less know what it is and how it is going to affect your skin. Most mainstream acne treatments are not only much more expensive than common household items, but they may also not work as well either. With that in mind, I will list some basic household items that can work wonders on clearing up your skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar. If you don't mind the possibility that you could smell just like a British Fish & Chip shop, vinegar can be a very effective means of treating acne. You can use any type of vinegar for this treatment. Regardless of which type you use, vinegar can be very helpful with it comes to clearing up acne. It can kill off acne causing bacteria, balance your skin's pH level and absorb extra oil from your skin.

Dilute your vinegar 1 part vinegar to 8 parts water and starting tarting with clean, dry skin, apply the diluted vinegar directly to your skin with a cotton ball, and leave it on. If you want, you can also use a stronger vinegar solution (say, 3 or 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar), and apply it directly to problem areas, making sure you rinse it off after ten minutes.

Lemon or lime juice can be substituted for vinegar. Both of these juices are rich in citric acid, and can exfoliate your skin very well, halting the growth of acne spots, as well as fading previous, inactive acne quicker.

The White of an egg

Egg white, which is rich in protein can be used as a mask to heal and rebuild your skin. It can also help to absorb excess oil from your skin. To start off, crack an egg, removing the yolk so that just the egg white is left behind. Beat the egg white, and apply it directly to your face. Let it sit for fifteen minutes, and then rinse the egg off.



Oatmeal

Oatmeal can absorb unwanted oil and draw out impurities that are found deep in your skin. Cook some plain oatmeal as if you were going to eat it. Let it cool off, and rub it over your clean skin. Let it sit for a while, like you would a normal face mask, and then rinse off. If you do this regularly, you should soon begin to start noticing results.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil is a commonly used natural antiseptic, which you can pick up at most drugstores or supermarkets. You can apply Tea Tree Oil directly to acne spots to kill bacteria, or, if you dilute it with another oil (such as jojoba), over your entire face. Tea tree gel can be easier to apply than the oil, and many gels are made for applying over large areas of skin, and obviously they don't need to be diluted.

Aloe Vera has worked for a lot of people's acne. It's been used for years for assisting with burns, and another benefit of aloe vera is that it can prevent scaring, fade marks and help heal acne spots.

You now have an idea of some basic household items you can use on your skin that may work better than many Over The Counter acne products, and are much cheaper too.

This list of Old Wives Tales is a great natural alternative for chemical based acne treatment products. You can take this a step farther by attacking your acne from the inside out. It has been shown at times that acne can be affected by the digestive system, so keeping your entire digestive system working as smoothly as possible can help. Here's a basic idea of some natural products you can take that may help.

Cucumber, lemon and carrot juice, brewer's yeast, and active charcoal pills are all capable of improving the digestive system, and since the digestive system is closely related with your skin's health, they could help prevent or reduce acne breakouts.

As with all treatments I must stress that you need to stick to it. Don't just try for a day or so and then give up.

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