With two growing teenagers in the house I am frequently called upon to witness ‘HARRY & PAUL’– esque tantrums regarding their frustration about their increasingly important looks and public image!
In particular we having a ‘SPOT CRISIS’ of world changing proportions in out home right now. And very very frustratingly both my kids appear to think I have some supernatural powers to instantly ‘magic their spots away’ with no effort on their part AT ALL.
Practical advice, obviously falls on deaf ears. Saying things like – ‘it works from the inside out /drink more water/eat less sugar’ results in them leaving the room in boredom. . They, in their infinite wisdom, want to eat all the processed crap they can in a day, take very little exercise and still have a spot free complexion. And, despite being two pretty smart kids, they actually can’t imagine why they don’t.
So far we have tried
Shop bought products
- PROACTIV I’m a sucker for believing those celebs in the infomercials..
- CLEARASIL – if it was good enough for me 100 years ago – blah blah
- GARNIER SKIN NATURALS – I liked the smell (very scientific!)
- CLEAN & CLEAR (alternative to Clearasil)
- NEUTROGENA VISIBLY CLEAR – nice packaging!
Doctor prescribed medicine
ZINERYT (varied success)
This is c/o the lovely Lori @ HealthExtremist
- Baking Soda– This is my absolute favourite natural remedy for acne! Surprisingly, I only discovered baking soda masks a couple of years ago, and oh boy, is this stuff powerful at clearing skin! Baking soda not only helps eliminate breakouts and reduces inflammation, it is also an exfoliator and helps remove dead skin cells! Because of this, it also works great to reduce any old scars or acne marks. To use it, just take a few teaspoons of baking soda and mix it with warm water until it forms a paste. Apply the paste to your skin. You may want to leave it on for only 10 to 15 minutes the first few times as it may feel powerful. You can gradually increase the time up to an hour or even leave it on overnight (which is what I do). After one use you can see a great difference in your skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar– This natural remedy for acne is another powerful one, it has both antibacterial and antifungal properties. To start out, you may want to dilute a few teaspoons with half cup water or 1/4 cup water, as it can be quite powerful when applied directly to your skin. Make sure to use apple cider vinegar that’s raw, unfiltered and labelled as “with the mother”, which has the most nutrients.
3. Coconut Oil– Coconut oil is antibacterial and antifungal. Coconut oil is also extremely moisturizing and gentle. It helps fight the bacteria and reduce redness. Apply the coconut oil to your skin and massage it in. You can reapply a couple times per day. With coconut oil, there is no need to ever use a moisturizer again, it works so well and doesn’t clog your pores. For optimal benefit, use organic coconut oil that is unrefined.
4. Tea Tree Oil– Tea tree oil is an essential oil and can be a very powerful all natural remedy for acne, as it is antibacterial. To apply it, mix a small amount (5 to 10 drops) of tea tree oil with a 1/4 cup water. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply it to your skin. You can reapply throughout the day or leave it on under your makeup.
5. Egg Whites– For this, I’m not talking about eating them, they make a great natural remedy for acne when used as a facial mask! Egg whites reduce the oil and minimize your pores in addition to drawing out impurities. To use it, separate the egg white from the yolk, use a cotton ball or you can use your fingers to apply the egg white to your skin. After a few minutes you’ll start to feel it tighten, you can leave it on anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. Afterwards, your skin will have an amazing glow!
6. Lemon Juice– For this one, you can either use lemon juice or a fresh squeezed lemon. Lemons have natural antibacterial and astringent properties to help clear your skin. Apply the lemon juice to your skin and leave on for 15 minutes to an hour.
7. Garlic– Not only is garlic a great natural antibacterial when ingested, it also works great topically. To use it, take a clove of garlic and thinly slice it. Rub the slices on your skin, particularly any problem areas, making sure the juice of the garlic is applied. Leave on for 15 minutes to 30 minutes.
8. Ice Cubes– Rub an ice cube on problem areas to help reduce inflammation. Not only, does the cold close your pores it also forces the bacteria out. You can also splash your face with cold water to achieve similar affects.
9. Cornflour– Cornflour is very soothing and gentle. This is a great natural remedy for acne when you have a lot of redness or irritation. You can apply the cornflour to your individual breakouts or to your whole face. Sometimes I leave it on overnight and find a huge difference in the morning!
10. Aloe– Aloe is very soothing and reduces inflammation and redness. To use it, apply the gel to your skin with your fingers, you can apply it several times a day. If you have an aloe plant, it would be even better as you get the aloe fresh, without any added ingredients. Or you could also just get an organic aloe gel.
- My teenage daughter has tried each of these with varied success plus I’ve seen her wandering around with oatmeal masks on and brewing up concoctions with Himalayan pink sea salt and lemons… whatever makes her happy?!
If any of you have a top tip natural or shop bought – I would love to hear….. nothing has worked perfectly for my two sprogs and it would really take the pressure off me!