Acne is a problem that nearly everyone goes through, whether in puberty or during your college years, but there are several solutions that can aid in diminishing and eventually getting rid of acne entirely. Remember, however, that it takes persistence, time and discipline in order to fully restore your skin depending on what kind of acne you have (read my article Blackheads Be Gone! to find out about how to address blackheads in specific!). Here are a few of my favorite solutions—pick a few to start out and I wish you luck!
- Raw papaya has been used for centuries in order to treat skin ailments due to its anti-inflammatory enzyme papain and its ability to slough off dead skin cells and excess lipids from the surface of the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Take the flesh of one papaya, mash it up well and apply it all over the face as a face mask, then leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off completely with warm water.
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- Tea tree oil is especially known for its use in acne solutions, but unlike the sebum oil your skin naturally secretes, tea tree oil acts like a solvent that cuts through the extra sebum and dead skin cells and unblocks the pores. Its antibacterial properties also kill off any acne-causing bacteria and helps prevent further outbreaks.
- Green tea, rice flour and honey combined into a face mask packs a triple threat for acne. The anti-bacterial properties of green tea and honey help in preventing acne, while rice flour also has lightening properties which lightens marks, blemishes and acne scars on the face. To make the mask, take one green tea bag and dip in into hot water for 10 minutes. When the water cools down, squeeze the green tea water into a bowl and throw away the tea bag. Add 2 tablespoons of rice flour to the tea water and mix with 1 tablespoon of honey to form a paste. Apply this mask onto your face for 10 minutes and rinse off by scrubbing your face in circular motions.
- An avocado & honey mask is an excellent solution to fighting acne. Avocadoes contain Vitamins C and E, which helps to regenerate and repair skin, reduce acne inflammation and hydrate the skin. The two can also be put into a blender and made into a delicious and healthy drink!
- Turn to a product. Even when you’ve started a healthy diet and tried all sorts of different face masks, there can still be a chance that the acne needs to be fought by a more powerful substance, and that’s where anti-acne products like the Acymer Botanical Anti-Acne Repair Essence come in. Whether the product is prescribed by a dermatologist or purchased at the drugstore, these products are specifically designed to fight acne and they can often mean the difference between reducing your acne and killing it completely. Try a few out and find one you like, but remember that relying on one for too long can build resistance in your skin and lead to untreatable breakouts. Make sure that it corresponds with your skin type—if you have particularly sensitive skin, for example, find a mild product!