19 December 2018

DIY Health Remedies for Acne

DIY Health Remedies

Acne

Acne starts when the pores of your skin become clogged with dead skin cells and oils. Pores are connected to a sebaceous gland which produces sebum, and sebum can block the pores and cause a growth in bacteria. There are a lot of remedies for acne and blemishes but it depends on the cause of blemishes - it could be bacterial, hormonal or dietary causes. I know my skin breaks out whenever I have dairy so I know by reducing my dairy intake, my blemishes will improve but hormonal blemishes are difficult to control. I have a couple of suggestions for acne remedies which might hopefully help stop your blemish forming or speed up the healing process.




Witch Hazel - witch hazel is an astringent with anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. It can reduce inflammation, redness and oil as well as reducing bacteria growth. You can find witch hazel in many spot treatments and is best diluted with a carrier oil to then apply directly to the skin. It works very well at speeding up the healing process of your blemishes and is a product to own within your stash.

Tea Tree Oil - Tea Tree Oil is known for being very effective for blemishes providing it's in the right concentrate with a study finding 5% tea tree oil gel to be effective in treating mild to moderate cases of acne. It can be an irritant to the skin so a patch test is always recommended but a lot of over the counter tea tree oil products are diluted and less irritating to the skin. It's said to have calming properties

Manuka Honey - Manuka Honey is somewhat of  a wonder product that can be used for many ailments as it's an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory to help kill spot causing bacteria and soothe inflammation. It can have an osmotic effect on the skin and can draw out excess fluid and I like to apply a little amount to angry blemishes for a quick reduction in redness and pain. Manuka Honey can have a brightening effect on the skin and speed up wound healing, and relieve dryness to stop your blemishes from drying out.

Salicylic Acid - Salicylic Acid is somewhat of a powerhouse ingredient and I like using salicylic acid based products within my routine as it’s an exfoliant that can reduce inflammation and redness of the skin. It works to dissolve skin debris which would normally clog pores and reduces the number of skin cells within pores to prevent the formation of blemishes. Oily skin is said to benefit greatly from the use of salicylic acid and I myself with dry skin like how it sloughs dead skin cells and helps with uneven dry patches.

Clay - Clay might sound like a strange one to include but I know myself that it works wonders whenever I have breakouts. Clay masks are particularly effective as they’re designed to draw oil and impurities from the skin and absorb excess oils. Bentonite clay is said to be one of the most effective types of clay as it has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Kaolin clay can purify the skin and draw out impurities. Clay masks tend to be quite drying as they’re so effective at clarifying the skin so I’d recommend following up with an hydrating mask to replenish any post moisture.


AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) - AHA's slough off dead skin cells which can clog the pores and lead to the formation of blemishes. They can reduce the size of enlarged pores and in a nutshell AHAs exfoliate the surface of the skin and BHAs exfoliate the inside of the skin. AHAs are effective in minimising uneven skin tone or texture, resurfacing acne scarring and hyperpigmentation.