Acne is already one of the worst things on the planet. But when you add in the price of creams, toners, moisturizers and medicine to get rid of it, it just seems like the world is against you. But Mother Nature has other plans for you. Getting rid of your acne can be as simple as taking a trip through your kitchen! There are plenty of powerful acne remedies that are not only natural, gentle and effective on the skin, but are completely free (so long as your parents pay for the groceries)!
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Garlic is known to fight off illnesses, but did you know it’s also good for your skin? The allicin in garlic has antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and antiseptic properties which kills the bacteria causing acne. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help to reduce the swelling, pain and irritation. And if you’re looking to remove scars from breakouts past, the sulfur helps in reducing the appearance of acne scars. It’s basically the best ingredient Mother Nature could have given us.
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2. Banana Peels
We all know how good bananas are to our health, but did you know the insane health benefits to the peel?! Banana peels contain vitamins A, B, C and E and minerals like zinc, manganese and iron, all of which help skin! In addition to the antiseptic and antioxidants banana peels contain, they also contain starch which helps dry out the excess oil clogging pores.
Honey is sweet for so many reasons. One of which is that it’s incredibly effective at combating acne. As an antiseptic, honey helps prevent the growth of disease causing organisms (like the bacteria in your pores). Honey also releases low levels of hydrogen peroxide that disinfects your skin. Additionally its high sugar concentration and acidic properties keep bacteria’s ability to replicate. Like many of the remedies above, honey also has anti-inflammatory qualities that help prevent the swelling and redness that can come from acne. As we mentioned before, honey is also a natural humectant, which preserves moisture in your skin and can prevent some any dryness that other acne treatments can cause.
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil, like garlic, is a serious miracle food. Coconut oil soothes the skin and penetrates deeply and quickly, so those nasty, open wounds from picking will heal faster. Coconut oil is the source of two of the most powerful antimicrobial agents found in food: capric acid and lauric acid. These fatty acids help replace the protective acid layer on the skin which is removed through constant washing and wiping. But the most important thing is that coconut oil improves the rate of metabolism. It indirectly affects proper secretion and hormonal balance which changes developing acne and increases the rate of healing and repair to skin cells that are damaged.
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda isn’t as powerful as some of these remedies, but is a great start (especially if you’re broke)! Baking soda is amphoteric, meaning that it can operate as either an acid or a base. Therefore, it can help to neutralize any pH imbalances on the skin. It’s pH imbalances on the skin that cause most types of acne. And since oily skin can lead to breakouts, baking soda helps to dry the skin as well. Its mild anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties can also help to reduce the size of pimples.
6. Egg Whites
Eggs are just amazing in every way. Eating them or putting them on topically is incredible for your health. Egg whites are full of vitamins, amino acids and proteins that help in re-building the skin cells by soaking up the excess oil. They contain an enzyme known as lysozyme which kills acne-causing bacteria. Egg white dries quickly, cleanses skin and absorbs all of that extra oil. And to prevent acne, it acts as mild astringent. Additionally, egg whites contain a protein compound known as albumin that acts as a natural anti-viral agent to fight acne bacteria.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar may smell off-putting, but it’s an incredible acne remedy. Apple cider vinegar helps fight acne-causing bacteria and those oils that plug up your pores. Applying apple cider vinegar topically helps balance the pH balance of your body and skin, thanks to its antiseptic and astringent properties. ACV contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which help to eliminate swelling, redness and bacteria that causes acne to form.
Lemon is amazing for fighting acne thanks to its acidic properties! The astringents in lemons work by constricting the body tissues and pushing the oil out of your skin. This helps to kill bacteria, reduce redness, and most importantly, fad scars! If popping pimples or cystic acne has created horrible scarring on your face, chest and back, you can use lemon juice daily to help reduce the appearance of scars!
9. Olive Oil
Olive oil is naturally antibacterial. It kills the germs that cause acne. It contains anti-oxidants that reduce the appearance of acne scars. Olive oil reduces redness, swelling, and inflammation caused by breakouts. The polyphenols in olive oil protect against free radicals that damage skin. Olive oil moisturizes skin. The nutrients and essential fatty acids in olive oil heal damaged skin. Olive oil cleanses away dead skin cells and other toxins that clog pores. The vitamin E in olive oil restores the skin’s natural oil balance which helps to prevent acne along with scars. Olive oil contains vitamins D, E, and K as well as beta-carotenes and mono-unsaturated fatty acids that keep skin clear and strengthen the immune system to prevent infections that cause acne.