Toothpaste contains benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or sulfur, all of which can help reduce redness and speed healing. It has anti bacterial and oil absorption properties, which makes it one of the easiest and cheapest home remedies for tackling the appearance of spots.
You can treat acne in this way using this method:
- Clean your skin with a gentle cleanser or water to remove all dirt/make up etc.
- Apply a small blob of toothpaste directly on the spot. Try to be as precise as possible – you can do this using a cotton bud.
- Leave toothpaste on the affected area for 20-30 minutes. If you notice irritation of the skin then wash off immediately
- After 30 minutes wash the toothpaste off.
- If your skin doesn’t react negatively to this and there is minimal irritation, you can then leave the toothpaste on over night and wash off during your morning routine.
- Repeat this every day for several days in a row and you should begin to see an improvement.
Warning: Toothpaste should only be used as a topical treatment on affected areas and never on whole face. Using too much toothpaste on unaffected skin will cause the skin to dry out and may lead to the over production of sebum, making your skin more oily.
Ideally toothpaste should not be used as a permanent solution for acne treatment, as it can be too harsh on the skin and lead to further drying out. However, as a temporary measure to reduce the irritation and improve appearance of the skin, toothpaste is an effective home remedy.
6. Tea Tree Oil
You will probably be familiar with tea tree oil’s presence in facial cosmetics. It has long be used as a cleansing ingredient for the skin for its natural antiseptic and disinfectant properties.
It is derived from the Australian native plant Melaleuca alternifolia, and has been widely used over the past 100 years to kill many strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi. It is believed that Australian aboriginals have been using it for centuries to cure skin conditions.
It has disinfectant properties which makes it excellent at disinfecting the pores, and killing the bacteria. It unblocks the sebaceous glands which are the main cause of acne.
Research shows that tea tree oil is very effective for the treatment of mild to moderate outbreaks of acne. One study showed that tea tree oil was 5 times more effective at improving acne severity than in patients that received a placebo treatment.
This is the recommended application:
- One drop of tea tree oil to the affected area three times a day. Mix with a tablespoon of witch hazel for extra anti-bacterial properties.
Note: If you buy 100% tea tree oil, you do not need more than one drop for it to be effective. More than one drop could lead to drying out of the skin.
- If the tea tree oil is too harsh on the skin and causes skin irritation, redness or over-drying, then you can dilute with water and mix with aloe vera and then apply.
You can also use tea tree on other parts of your body which are affected by acne by applying the same method. If you are left with scarring from acne, tea tree oil can also be helpful as it can lighten those scars and restore the skin’s natural oil balance.
Just as lemon juice is effective at treating acne due to its high acidity level, so is orange peel.
It has an even higher vitamin C content than lemon, meaning that it has fantastic anti – ageing properties, and has been proven to be very helpful as a preventative measure for acne. Orange peel also contains calcium which is good for dry, flaky and itchy skin.
Made into a mask orange peel is perfect for curing blackheads, acne and getting rid of blemishes and dry skin. This is because it is a great exfoliator, ridding the skin of dead cells and unblocking the pores.
Although you can use the orange juice directly, the peel it thought to be more effective and gentler on the skin. This is the process that is used to make an orange peel face mask:
- Put orange peels in a sunny spot and leave them to dry out. This may take 3-5 days depending on where you leave them. If outside, put a thin cloth over them to protect against dirt and insects.
- When the peel is dried, use a food processor or blender to grind the dried peel into a powder.
- Add water and mix into a paste.
- After 20 minutes wash off paste with warm water
You can store the orange peel powder separately, and add other ingredients of your choice to make special face masks. Adding one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of yogurt is a good option to increase anti bacterial properties, and kill germs and bacteria.
8. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is a bit of a wonder plant when it comes to treating skin conditions. It has been used for thousands of years, and was called the ‘plant of immortality by the Egyptians for its health properties. Aloe Vera is a cactus plant that comes from the Liliaceae family, its leaves secrete a gel which can be broken off from the rest of the plant and applied directly to the skin to heal wounds and soothe skin. It has been traditionally used to treat sunburn, but can also be used to treat flaky skin, hair and scalp problems, and acne.
It is so effective for acne because it contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties which help to reduce skin inflammation. Gibberellin is a growth hormone which helps to stimulate the growth of new cells – this means that the skin can heal quickly with minimal scarring. It is also beneficial to use on scars which have previously been caused by acne, as it can help reduce the appearance. It contains various antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s condition.
Its main strength lies in reducing skin inflammation, and you will usually start to see a difference in your skin’s condition after just a few days of using aloe vera.
Aloe vera can be applied to the skin either from an aloe vera gel bought in the supermarket, or by cutting the leaf off an aloe vera plant and squeezing the gel from the middle.
Whether in gel form or directly from the plant you should:
- Apply directly to the face
- Leave for 30 minutes until dry
- Wash off with warm water
- Repeat twice daily for best results.
Fenugreek is a mediterranean herb which has a long history of being used to relieve inflammation and promote healing. Otherwise known as birds foot, it possesses powerful antioxidants and has been used for centuries to treat skin conditions. It is also used as a food spice in Egypt, India and the Middle East.
The herb became popular for the treatment of acne due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties. Unlike other home remedies, it doesn’t necessarily have to be applied to the skin, but can be taken in tablet form with a similar outcome. Its diuretic properties can help to eliminate toxins through the digestive system, rather than the skin, which can stop further infection occurring on the skin. However, taking it internally can also cause unwanted side effects such as bloating, diarrhea and nausea, so most people still choose to apply directly to the skin.
Fenugreek has also been found to have anti ageing properties due to its ability to fight free radicals which contribute towards ageing of the skin.
This is the method:
1.Grind fresh fenugreek leaves and or seeds into a powder using a food processor or blender.
2.Blend with water to make a smooth paste.
3. Apply the paste onto the face and leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes.
4.Wash your face with warm water.
5.Once your skin has got used to the mixture, you can leave it on overnight for increased effectiveness.
6.Repeat the process for three to four days. After this you should begin to see results.
Warning: Pregnant women should not consume or apply fenugreek due to its use as uterine stimulant. In some cases the use of fenugreek has been known to induce labour!
10. Indian Lilac
Indian lilac, also known as neem, is a well-known herb used in Ayurveda for the treatment of various skin problems. It comes from the neem tree, which is known as a ‘one tree pharmacy’, for its powerful medicinal value.
Indian lilac helps to kill the bacteria that cause acne through its powerful antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. It is also a powerful anti- inflammatory which soothes the redness and inflammation of skin breakouts. It contains 140 different compounds, which contain antiviral and antibacterial properties. This makes it perfect, not only for the treatment of acne, but for its prevention. It contains high levels of antioxidants to reduce signs of aging, and lessen environmental damage.
To apply follow these steps:
1.Mix Indian lilac leaves or powder with water to create a paste
2.Add turmeric powder – a natural anti inflammatory
3. Apply to the affected area and leave for 20 minute
4. After 20 minutes wash off the paste
5. Repeat several times weekly for optimum results
You can also use neem oil alongside this routine several times a day until you see improvement.
All of these home remedies have been shown to be successful as part of an overall routine for preventing and treating acne. For best results, you must also ensure that you live a healthy lifestyle by adopting a balanced diet, and avoiding environmental damage where possible. Most of these remedies have been found to be effective for sufferers of mild to moderate acne, severe cases of acne may need additional medical treatment. In cases of persistent acne you should consult a doctor.