When someone finds out you created your own bath & body care line the first question I seem to get asked is if I have anything for acne? This is one of those questions I get asked so frequently that I thought it would be fitting to do a post about natural, inexpensive solutions you can do at home. These ingredients are easily accessible and can be found in your cupboard, growing in your garden or at your local supermarket. Remember to always try any acne solution on a small area on your skin to make sure you don’t have any adverse effects first. After a few days and everything is fine you can move forward with using the solution on your entire face.
Tumeric: Great for acne because of it antiseptic & antibacterial properties that fight pimples and breakouts. It can help remove redness from acne and other types of scarring, reduces inflammation & evens out discolorations. Mix a small amount of turmeric powder with cucumber or lemon juice, enough to make a paste. Leave on area for 10-15 minutes, rinse and pat dry.
Cinnamon & Honey: These two ingredients also contain antibacterial properties that fight breakouts. Mix 3 tablespoons of raw honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to make a paste. You can also include nutmeg. Place mixture on affected area for 10-15 minute, rinse & pat dry
Thyme: Well known as a culinary herb, thyme is not only very tasty but recent studies shows it also has antibacterial effect comparable to benzol peroxide found in most common acne creams but without all those yucky side effects. I recommend steeping fresh organic thyme in a sterilized glass bottle with witch hazel. The mixture will almost immediately start to infuse and the color will change into a tea like color. Apply to affected area using a cotton ball immediately or let mixture steep for a few more days. Strain and place mixture in a cool place. Use as necessary.
Apple Cider Vinegar: This ingredient will kill off all the icky bacteria that is known to cause acne and it also becomes alkaline and balance the pH of your skin, which makes it harder for the bacteria to thrive. Mix 1 part vinegar, 3 part water and apply to freshly washed face. Everyone's skin is different so adjust accordingly. Feel free to moisturize afterwards if your skin is getting dry. Also, I only recommend using pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
Remember, everyone's skin is different. Experiment and see what works for you.