Acne occurs when an excessive amount of an oily substance called sebum, which lubricates and waterproofs the skin, clogs up the pores. This excess sebum in the pores causes growth of bacteria called P. acnes, which in turn leads to inflammation. Different factors play a role in the development and severity of acne, including genetics, diet, stress, hormonal changes and infections. Affecting approximately 85 percent of people at some point in their lives, acne is among the most common skin conditions in the world.
Left untreated, acne can lead to scarring. What’s more, acne is associated with lower self-esteem and increased risk of depression. Oftentimes, traditional acne medications are expensive and might have side effects such as dryness, redness and irritation. For this reason, many people are turning to natural, home-based remedies to help treat acne. Eleven D such evidence-based remedies are described below.
Organic raw honey is an excellent source of antioxidants, which are effective at reducing acne. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Using a clean finger or a cotton ball or pad, apply a dab of honey to your pimples. You can also apply it all over your face as a face mask or add a bit of honey to a face mask. Leave on for five to 15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water.
10. Green tea
Green tea contains flavonoids and tannins, which are known to help fight bacteria and reduce inflammation. It is also another source of antioxidants. The main antioxidant in green tea, epigallocatechin-3-gallate, reduces sebum production, fights inflammation and stops the growth of P. acnes.
Although limited scientific evidence exists about the benefits of drinking green tea for treating acne, applying it to the skin has been shown to be effective. Steep green tea in boiling water for three to four minutes and allow it to cool. Apply it to the skin with a cotton ball or pad or a spray bottle. Allow it to dry, then rinse with water and pat dry. You can also buy lotions or other skin care products that contain green tea.