Acne medications can tend to be expensive, especially if you are trying different products, hoping to see improved results. However, there are some acne treatments that are effective, which you can make from products you’ve probably already got in your pantry at home, which makes them practically free. Some of the most popular at home acne treatments are as follows:
One of the ways that acne is formed is when pores become clogged; this is often caused by dead skin. By exfoliating dead skin cells, you can help keep clogs from starting. Wet your face, and using about one tablespoon of sugar, gently rub the sugar on your skin. It takes a minute or two to completely dissolve, once this is done, you’re done exfoliating. Just be gentle when you are using the sugar to exfoliate, if you are too rough on healthy skin cells, you can cause redness and irritation to occur.
Honey is actually antibacterial. Many people are not aware of this, but because bacteria is a leading cause of acne, using a honey mask can actually help kill the bacteria that causes and contributes to acne. Additionally, honey can also reduce swelling and redness, which makes current acne less noticeable. The only real downside of the honey mask is that it tends to create a giant mess if you are not careful. I recommend you plan to take a shower right after using the mask. Simply use around two tablespoons of honey and spread it on your face. Leave the honey on for about 20 minutes, and then rinse. If you are looking to exfoliate at the same time, you can mix in a tablespoon of sugar, and scrub your face gently until most of the sugar is dissolved. Then, leave the mask on for twenty minutes to take advantage of the anti-bacterial action of the honey.
Aspirin is known for reducing swelling when taken orally, and can do the same when applied directly to skin. Simply crush two or three aspirin, and add a small amount of water. Once you have a paste, spread it on the affected area (or your entire face), and rinse after about twenty minutes. Aspirin, in addition to reducing swelling, will also reduce redness, and many people state that their skin is softer after using it. For double effectiveness, try mixing in a tablespoon of honey, rather than water, to reduce swelling, redness, and remove bacteria.
Green Tea Cleanser
Many people are aware of how healthy green tea is for metabolism, and as an excellent antioxidant. But when used as a rinse after washing your face, it can also help combat and prevent acne. Because green tea is an antioxidant, it helps kill bacteria on the surface of your skin. Additionally, green tea can soothe reddened and irritated skin, and reduce swelling. To use green tea as a cleanser, brew one or two bags of green tea in a cup. After it cools you can use the green tea as a rinse, after your normal face wash. If you are looking for more intense treatment, take a bag of tea after it has been brewed and hold the bag against your face in the affected area for about a minute.
Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
After washing your face, simply use a cotton ball to wipe the apple cider vinegar over your face as you would a normal toner. There are lactic and malic acids that are found in apple cider vinegar that exfoliate, reduce redness, and help keep acne from forming. Apple cider vinegar is also an antiseptic and an antibacterial agent, and this helps reduce bacteria, which causes acne, and remove toxins from skin. Please note, while this is effective, the downside is it does smell pretty strongly. However, the smell should go away as the vinegar evaporates; if it is too strong, you can also dilute the apple cider vinegar with water.