Home Remedies for Treating Acne Problems

If you are that person who has battled acne for some time now, you are bound to have tried a home remedy or two that your mother or grandmother recommended to really deliver on its promises of clearer skin. Home remedies are merely made of ingredients that you can find in your kitchen. The fact that these can easily be acquired with little to no cost at all makes it a go-to for many people who would not want to spend money and risk using over-the-counter products not designed to get rid of acne.

Getting a thorough understanding of the basic causes of acne should somehow help you figure out just how these home remedies will work in order to get rid of your pimples. There are those that will clear clogged pores, those that will get rid of bacteria in the skin, as well as those that soothe swelling and inflammation. Note that there are those that are more effective than others. There are even those that will not work.

This is exactly why you should experiment on these home remedies so you can pick out which of these will work its wonders on you. However, if you are suffering from a rather severe case of acne, it would be best to invest in a reliable anti-acne product.

Mint Juice

Fresh mint juice is a good treatment for nodular or severe cystic acne. Apply this all over your face every night and if it proves to be effective for you, repeat during mornings. Mint works because this is an anti-inflammatory product which can help reduce the swelling that is commonly associated with acne.

Honey and Cinnamon

Mix 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder to create a thick paste. Apply this paste over those areas with acne before sleeping and keep it on until the following morning then wash off with warm water. Repeat this for 2 weeks. Honey has long been known as an antibiotic while cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant. This combination is lethal to the "bacterium P. acnes," which can cause pimples.

A relatively safe and natural way to cure your acne is to wash your face twice with warm, salty water. This will leave your face clean and oil-free without the need to use irritating soaps and other facial products.

Lemon and Rosewater
Squeeze the juice of one lemon and mix it with an equal part of rosewater. Apply the resulting concoction to your face and rinse it with water after half an hour. The acidity of the lemon and the antioxidant powers of rosewater will disinfect the skin and encourage exfoliation.

Crush 2 garlic cloves and dab it in those areas that have acne, carefully working around your eyes. Garlic is a potent antibacterial that can effectively eliminate bacteria on your skin. It might have an unpleasant smell but has shown to be very effective.

Nettle Tea
Drinking 4 cups of nettle tea every day is a way to cure acne from the inside. This should be available in your local drug stores or organic food stores. Nettle is thought to possess healing properties and has shown to effectively work as an effective anti-acne remedy.

Aloe Vera
Aside from possessing antibacterial properties, aloe vera gel can also speed up the healing process of acne lesions. As an added bonus, it can even prevent the formation of unsightly scarring. Since fresh aloe works best, it would be best to keep an aloe plant in your home and just break off a stalk whenever you need it.

About the Author:
Amy C. is a blogger who writes about natural remedies for some of the most common health problems known. When she is not writing about these alternative treatments, she helps KB Accounting & Tax Services, a Phoenix Accountant and Phoenix Bookkeeper company, with its office administration and blogging activities. Stay tuned for her next entry to know the natural remedy that she is going to feature next.