Five Natural Acne Treatments

This post is part of the Natural Living Series. Guest Jack Meyers shares how to care for your acne naturally. For more information about Jack, be sure to check out the bottom of this post and for more posts on natural skincare, check out our week of natural skincare posts.

When it comes to acne it does not matter what age you are. I still have breakouts to this day and I often find myself standing in front of the mirror and wondering how I am going to deal with it this time. Instead of turning to harsh chemicals that strip away at my skin, bleach my clothes or leave me red and raw I have found out that simple natural alternatives work just as well on my acne breakouts. Here are some natural alternatives to store bought acne treatments:

  1. Clean!
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    Yogurt – The bacteria that makes plain yogurt such a healthy treat for your stomach also does the same thing for your face. Dabbing it on acne breakouts can help to kill the harmful bacteria behind the breakouts and also softens the skin and removes dead skin cells that can lead to build up. For intense treatment cover it with a bandage and leave on overnight. For smaller spots try just letting it sit on the skin for fifteen minutes and then washing off.

  2. Aloe Vera –The gardener’s natural healer, Aloe Vera is a must have in any medicine cabinet. From sun burns to bug bites and beyond aloe is a great treatment. On acne a fresh aloe leaf is the best. Cut off the spines and open up the leaf. Use the inside of the leaf and apply the goop directly to the acne. Let sit until dried and then wash off. Aloe reduces redness and swelling and also helps to heal wounds.
  3. Lemon – I always have a few lemons around and not just for cooking. Apply fresh squeezed lemon juice to the acne to fight bad breakouts. Or use as an all over face wash once a week to prevent new breakouts. Do not use lemon juice too often however as it will dry out your skin and may cause breakouts itself. The acid in the lemon juice helps to kill bacteria and remove dead skin cells for healthier pores.
  4. Honey – Honey makes a great face mask and helps to draw out toxins from your pores. It is also a natural antibacterial agent. Apply as a face mask and let dry before rinsing off or just dab on to breakouts instead. Honey will leave your skin feeling smooth and refreshed.
  5. Tea Tree Oil – Last but not least is tea tree oil. This essential oil can be found in most vitamin stores and grocery stores. It is highly concentrated so only apply a few drops to breakouts with a cotton swab. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse off.

For short term reduction of redness and swelling you can also apply ice to your breakouts. This is a great quick fix for photos or other events. Just a few minutes of ice application can mean hours of red and swelling free fun. Hopefully these five suggestions will allow you to have a clean and clear face no matter when breakouts occur.

Jack Meyers is a regular contributor for Nanny Background Check. As a detective he wants to spread the knowledge of terrible things that can happen when people don’t fully verify the credentials of a caregiver or any employee. He also writes for various law enforcement blogs and sites.

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