There are a lot of acne remedies just sitting in your kitchen cupboard – from simple baking soda to your spice rack, there is something for everyone there. The following home remedies work really well and will not cost a bomb.
Baking soda is a firm favourite in our household – clogged drain? Down goes some baking soda followed by vinegar. Bee sting? Apply a paste of baking soda and water. Need instant relief from heartburn? Swig some baking soda in water.
As an acne treatment, it really holds its own. It helps the skin restore its natural pH levels, helps fight bacteria and is mildly abrasive. It should not be used more than once a day though – it can be tough on your skin.
It is easy to use though – add a little water, just enough to form a paste and rub into skin as a scrub. Alternatively, apply to spots and allow to dry before rinsing off. You can also use as a toner on the skin. Mix a tablespoon into 8 ounces of water and put in a spray bottle and mix well. Spray onto face and do not rinse off.
Most people know this tip – toothpaste can help clear stubborn spots. You should use this only as a spot treatment because it is very hard on the skin. Apply a small bit of toothpaste to the offending spot and leave overnight. The spot will look a lot better in the morning or be gone completely. Be sure to use original toothpaste – gel formulations are not going to cut it.
Lemon juice is also an effective cleanser and toner. Never use neat on your skin as this can burn it. Add 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice to 8 ounces distilled water. This will help to kill bacteria, clear the pores, and lighten scarring. Be sure to apply at night or, if you are going to use it morning and evening, allow to dry and follow with a sunscreen – because this is a citrus remedy, it could make your skin more photosensitive.
The remedy that you choose will depend on what works for you overall. Some of these will work well for you, others will not. It may take a bit of trial and error to figure out what works for your acne but, once you do, you are set for life.Both comments and pings are currently closed.