Top 5 Acne Remedies

On October 21, 2010, in Acne Remedies, by Kelly Shaw

Acne is much more than just a common skin problem, as not only does it affect people physically but can have serious emotional impact as well. What appears like a simple lesion or pustule on the outside can significantly mar a person’s physical appearance and affect their self-confidence. If you too are suffering from this annoying and painful condition, the various acne remedies listed in this article can help you.

Before rushing to a dermatologist or opting for some harsh treatment procedures, it is best to try some natural acne remedies that can to a large extent, control and cure your acne.

Zinc: Zinc is one of the most important minerals required for cell growth, hormonal regulation, controlling free radical damage in the body and many more such critical processes. A large number of acne breakouts are a result of Zinc deficiency, thus the first step towards controlling acne should be to start on Zinc supplementation. Zinc can heal your acne, reduce inflammation and even clear away blemishes.

Honey: Known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, honey literally is one of the sweetest acne remedies. Just mix two tablespoons of honey with one tsp of lime juice, and apply on acne affected areas. This can clear away acne and pimples, lighten blemishes and keep your skin moisturized and supple.

Papaya: Applying mashed papaya on your face or consuming papaya everyday can be a very good remedy for acne.  Papaya is packed with Vitamins A, B, and C, flavonoids, and carotene which help in keeping acne at bay.  The enzymes present in papaya peel gently exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin cells, thereby giving your skin a glowing and healthy appeal.

Neem – Also known as the ‘Wonder Drug’, Neem has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that can not only treat acne but also control future break-outs. The best way to use Neem is by applying a paste of crushed Neem leaves on the affected areas. This kills the acne bacteria, dries up the pustules and prevents recurrence.  Neem is undoubtedly one of the best acne remedies that have been in use since the ancient times.

Orange Peel: Orange peel contains citric acid which kills the acne causing bacteria and provides quick relief from acne. Just make a paste of dried orange peel powder and rose water, and apply it to acne affected areas. Orange peel also works as a natural bleach and can lighten the acne marks and blemishes significantly.

Apart from the above mentioned external acne remedies, there are certain lifestyle changes that you should make in order to get rid of your acne forever.  Some of the things you should do are:

  • Wash your face at least twice a day. It is important to get rid of the excess sweat, sebum and dirt that can clog skin pores and cause acne.
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water every day. Water works as a detoxifying agent and eliminates the toxins and waste material from your body, which often are the underlying case for pimples, zits and other skin problems.
  • Eat lots of fresh fruits and green vegetables that are a rich source of Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  • Get adequate sleep. Your body utilizes this time to repair and restore the damaged skin cells, thus keeping your skin free from acne and other skin problems.

Try the above mentioned acne remedies for a natural and safe way to combat acne, and to achieve a healthy and glowing skin.

Kelly Shaw Kelly Shaw (6 Posts)

Kelly Shaw ND,BHSc a naturopath interested in the treatment and prevention of acne. Experienced in a integrative approach to acne which includes diet, homeopathy and lifestyle. A regular contributor she gives her time and advice on how to managing the condition.


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