“How do I get rid of acne?” That’s a question virtually everyone has wondered at some point in their lives. Acne is an extremely common condition that can plague teenagers and adults alike. And though some people seem to get more severe forms of acne than others, all acne can become a serious problem if isn’t controlled and treated. Many natural remedies exist that have acne-fighting benefits and can help alleviate you of your skin problems.
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when the skin’s oil glands and hair follicles become clogged with dead skin, bacteria or other substances. Clogged skin glands cause inflammation and pus to build up which creates pimples, zits and spots known as acne.1,2
Acne can affect anyone and though it’s most common in teenagers, many women well into their 50s can continue to experience acne due to underlying hormonal changes. Doctors don’t know what causes acne exactly. It’s possible that different people experience acne for different reasons.1,2
Possible contributing factors to developing acne include:
- Hormonal changes, including starting and stopping the birth control pill
- Changes in climate such as going from high humidity to dry climates or vice versa
- Diet and food sensitivities
- Overproduction or underproduction of sebum (the skin’s natural oils)
- Genetic factors and family history of acne
Acne commonly affects the face, with pimples forming around the chin, jawline and forehead. But acne can also develop on the neck, chest, shoulders and back. If left untreated, acne can continue to spread and cause further breakouts. Treating acne also mitigates the risk of healing acne spots leaving behind permanent, dark patches on the skin.1,2
Finally, it’s important to do what you can to treat acne for your own emotional wellbeing. Acne often creates self-esteem issues, and healing your acne can restore your confidence and alleviate the emotional burden you may be experiencing.
Top Natural Remedies for Acne
Natural remedies for treating acne work in several ways, depending on the product. Some natural remedies have antibacterial properties, which fight the acne-causing bacteria and stop acne cycles. Other natural remedies have anti-inflammatory properties, which help to decrease swelling and redness and may also help prevent scarring. Other acne remedies have antioxidant and astringent effects which help to repair damaged skin and cleanse inflamed oil glands.
Here are some of the top acne-healing natural remedies you can try that may just work clear up your skin ailment:
Honey - As a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, pure, organic honey can help fight acne-causing bacteria and reduce redness and swelling.
Lemon - With antioxidant and exfoliant properties, lemon can help cleanse and tone skin and help repair skin that’s been damaged by acne.
Baking Soda - Baking soda has natural absorption benefits that can help dry out acne and reduce swelling.
Margosa - Margosa, or neem, has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits to help cleanse and clear bacterial infections that are causing acne.
Coconut Oil - For people with dehydrated acne-prone skin, coconut oil can be beneficial in restoring moisture to the skin, which can also help prevent acne scarring.