I had similar problems with my acne. It looked like I had welts all over my face! I have literally tried every single face wash that you can buy at a regular cvs or walmart. The biggest problem with these products is that they contain a substance (either benzoyl peroxide or salycic acid) that is designed to dry out your skin, and the pimples keeping it dry to prevent any other breakouts. This doesn't stop acne... and if anything, it damages your skin permanently. The ingredients even attract the sun's harmful UV rays, which do moreee damage.
If you have any food allergies to the ingredients of these natural remedies, dont use them. Here are my remedies:
-Take a quarter sized amount of honey and rub it in your hands to warm it up. Apply it all over your face and leave it for 5-10 min, then rinse with warm water. Honey kills and drains infection. Apply honey to the affected area with a band-aid overnight. I use it also for small cuts instead of antibiotic ointment.
-To exfoliate, I cut 1/3 of a tomato (at the stem) and rub it in granulated sugar. Then I rub it slowly all over my face. Leave the tomato/sugar all over your face for 5 min and rinse. Sugar is a soft exfoliator and brightens the skin. Tomato is a wonderful natural astringent. Also try, putting a quarter sized amount of olive oil in your hands with sea salt. Rub it all over your skin, very carefully because salt is very rough. Rinse off. Don't wash off. Adding oil to oily skin will actually help regulate your natural production of it.
-Puree a couple carrots or use like 1/4 cup of carrot juice. Add sea salt to it (oily skin) or brown or cane sugar (dry/combination skin). Add honey also. Mix well. With a cotton ball, put carrot scrub all over your face and rub it around gently. Leave for 5 min and rinse. Your skin might look a little orange so do it before bed. Skin needs vitamin A, which is abundant in carrots.
-An egg mask once or twice a week prevents breakouts for me. Separate the whites and yolk of one good egg. Beat the egg whites with a fork until frothy. Apply all over your face and wait till it is dry (you wont be able to move your face!). Rinse it off in lukewarm/cool water - avoid hot water because it will cook the egg. Now, poke the yolk and apply it all over your face. Again, let it dry then rinse in lukewarm/cool water. Don't wash your face after. The whites work as a cleaner and the yolk is a moisturizer. I like to take an ice cube after and rub all over my face.
-Combine ground turmeric with plain yogurt in a cup and apply all over your face. Wait 10min and rinse off. Turmeric is a great natural acne fighter BUT it stains everything yellow. Use paper towels or an unloved washcloth to wipe your face. Do this before bed because it will give your face a yellowish tone until you wash it the next morning.
-Apply cold milk all over your face, wait 5 min and rinse. It's great for wrinkle prevention, acne, and it's very refreshing. ALSO, When I eat a banana, I save a small bit at the end, crush it up and put it on my face until it's dry. Also great for wrinkle prevention and acne. Rubbing lemon, or oranges on your skin is good too. They are good astringents. Basically, if any food is good for the body and especially the skin, it will work when you actually rub it on your skin.
-Don't be afraid of the sun. Go outside and get direct sunlight for 15 min a day. It heals acne and gives you a perfect dose of vitamin D. However use a good moisturizer with spf when you're outside for a long time. Be wary of spf also. In large amounts, it's not good for the skin. Try investing in essential oils, like lavender, frankincense, myrrh, tea tree, etc. Each work so well for the skin and have many other uses. Do some research on these. I live on them!
-I prefer using vaseline, grapeseed oil, almond oil, coconut oil, or olive oil as a moisturizer before bed. You can put a tiny bit of it on your skin in the morning.
-Consider your lifestyle. Are you eating foods that are good for the skin? or good in general? Protect your immune system and get an allergy test in case something in the air (or food) is bothering you. A close friend of mine is allergic to her city water. Do you sleep a normal schedule? Are you stressed? I like to do steam facials when I'm stressed and a quick way is to boil some hot water. Pour the water in a large ceramic bowl and a green tea bag, jasmine tea, lemongrass tea, or lavender oil, lemon juice, anything that you want to breathe in and relax you. Take a big towel and drape it over your head and the bowl. Keep your face a few inches from the water and breathe in the steam. It's opening your pores and cleaning them out. After about 15 min, I like to do a clay mask or mint mask.
· 7 years ago