Most women have one skin problem that they feel is their downfall. Be it dryness, pigmentation, or oiliness, some things just give us a nightmare. But the one skin problem that literally haunts us is acne and breakouts. For some reason, acne tends to pop up at the most unfortunate time. Most dermatologists maintain that acne can’t be cured altogether. But some home remedies and lifestyle changes can help to reduce the frequency or severity.
Coconut Oil and Oatmeal
The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties of coconut oil mixed with oatmeal’s pH balancing tendencies help to fight off acne. Take 3 tablespoons of oatmeal in a bowl. Ground oatmeal is easier to apply but whole works just as well. Add ¼ cup warm water to the oatmeal and mix until you have a paste. To this mixture add a tablespoon of melted coconut oil. Mix them all together and apply to your face, leaving it on for 15 minutes. Thereafter scrub your face in circular motions for 2 minutes before you wash it off.
Vitamin E and Avocado
Avocados are a great mix for clearing the face and vitamin E acts as an immune booster, not just reducing acne. Topical application, as suggested in this face packs fights acne scars. Vitamin E can be used as an oil; either purchased in a bottle or as capsules that can be punctured to extract the oil. Remove the skin and it of half an avocado and mash it in a bowl. Mix a teaspoon of vitamin E oil into the mashed avocado and apply the mixture on your face for 15 minutes before washing it off.
Honey, Whole Milk and Oat
Oatmeal’s pH balancing along with honey’s miniaturization is the perfect addition to milk’s skin tightening tendencies. For this pack, take 3 tablespoon ground oats and add 1 tablespoon of milk and honey each to the oats and mix well. To make sure it’s not too difficult to mix, we advise adding the milk first and honey later, after one round of mixing. Apply the mixture on your face for 15 minutes before you wash it off.
Coconut Oil and Baking Soda
Baking soda is great for exfoliating and mixed with coconut oil, it is just what your acne-prone skin needs. Take 1 tablespoon coconut oil and add 1 teaspoon baking soda to it. Mix the two till you have a paste consistent enough to apply on your face. If it is too thin, add more baking soda, one pinch at a time till the consistency is right. Leave this mixture on for 15 minutes and scrub in a circular motion for 2 minutes thereafter.
Tomato Juice and Aloe Vera
This face pack will fight acne as well as acne scars and tone your skin at the same time. Take 2 tablespoons of tomato juice and add 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel to it. The pack works best with fresh ingredients rather than store-bought ones, so head to your garden to grab them. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes until it dries. Wash it off thereafter.
Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Acne
- Increase your water intake. Water helps to detoxify and cleanse your body. Hydrating is the first and most important recommendation.
- Don’t wash your face with a product more than 2-3 times a day.
- Apart from products like a face wash. Use regular water to wash your face every time you come back from outdoors.
- Reduce your intake of oily food since that can be a big contributor to the acne you consume.
- Reduce your caffeine intake since that can cause acne as well.
A combination of these home remedies and the lifestyle changes and precautions can go a long way in reducing the severity of your acne. But if it persists, consider visiting a doctor since sometimes acne can be caused by hormonal imbalances or medical conditions.