How to Get Rid of Acne

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Acne! While some of us are lucky enough to skate by in life with only an occasional pimple, others not only endure blemishes throughout their teenage years…they also find them popping up throughout adulthood. So what’s a person to do? Well, acne is different for everyone, so there really is not one cure all solution. While some may choose to consult a medical expert, treatments can be expensive and even cause unwanted side effects. Here are some natural remedies that may help you prevent, reduce and even eliminate acne. 

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What Are Pimples?

Pimples are small comedones, pustules or papules that form a skin lesion. There are a variety of causes, but, ultimately, pimples develop when the sebaceous (oil) glands get clogged and infected from bacteria. This causes the pimples to swell up on and under the surface of the skin. 

Healthy Habits

In order to keep acne under control, it is important to adopt healthy habits. These include: 

Adequate Sleep: Acne can be caused by stress and sleep is one of the best natural stress relievers there is. It is also a good time to apply a home remedy that may work on eliminating acne overnight.

Eat Healthy: Foods that are high in sugar can cause acne due to insulin spikes that can create inflammation in the skin and clog pores. It is best to try to eliminate these foods from your diet. Water hydrates providing the right moisture and balance for you skin while flushing out toxins that may cause acne. Foods that are high in omega-3s can reduce acne related inflammation.

Exercise: Exercise is another great form of stress relief. It also works to get the blood circulating which sends oxygen to your skin cells removing dead cells from the body.

Cleanse and Exfoliate: Obviously, keeping skin clean can help prevent clogs from getting clogged. Natural products are recommended such as a soap that uses plant based ingredients. You can combine local or Manuka honey with coffee grounds to make an effective exfoliant. 

Natural Remedies

In addition to adopting healthy habits, there are also many natural remedies for acne. These include a variety of essential oils as follows: 

Tea Tree Oil: This is recommended because of its microbial properties that fight the bacteria that causes acne. Tea tree oil is proven to be effective against acne if applied twice a day for three months without causing any serious side effects. 

Rosemary Essential Oil: The antibacterial effects of rosemary have been proven to decrease acne. 

Coconut Oil: Lauric acid is the main ingredient in coconut oil. It also works as an antibacterial which is effective in fighting acne.

Apricot Seed Oil: This oil produces antimicrobial activity that can work against a range of bacteria and yeasts which cause acne. The phytonutrients in the oil can also help to provide users with glowing skin.

Frankincense Oil: Not only does frankincense prevent the bacteria which can cause acne, it can reduce the appearance of scarring which may be the result of acne. It can also be effective in fighting eczema.

Lavender Oil: Working to fight acne on a number of levels, lavender helps regenerate skin cells, reduce acne related scarring, swelling and inflammation. It is also effective in minimizing stress that can lead to breakouts. 

Castor Oil: Castor oil’s inflammatory and antibacterial property works to minimize signs of acne as well as to speed up the healing process and reduce scarring. It also moisturizes the skin, helping it produce less sebum which can cause acne.

Hemp Seed Oil: This reduces the size of pores and eliminates blackheads. It protects skin from free radicals while improving elasticity and is known as a great treatment for psoriasis and eczema.

Whether you try out these methods or not, you just have to promise one thing— don't pop those pimples, girl!