Acne can be a nightmare. What we’ve struggled with as a teenager can actually still remain a problem well into our adulthood. Pimples or acne occur when your skin’s oil glands produce too much oily sebum and the pores become inflamed.
That is why oily skin tends to be the most acne-prone skin type. It’s caused by your skin’s sebaceous glands producing too much oily sebum. Some types of skin bacteria can make acne even worse. Read more about oily skin and how to care for it here.
Although acne is usually triggered by hormones and/or genetics, there are many methods on how to reduce its appearance and get rid of those annoying pimples.
Curious to know how? Then check out these tried and tested tips on how to prevent and heal acne naturally!
What is the best way to prevent acne?
To help prevent acne from appearing, it is important to follow a few simple principles:
1/ Wash your face properly
Regular washing with natural, non-toxic cleanser like Shungite soap bar helps you to get rid of all the excess oil, dirt, pollution and sweat that your skin is dealing with throughout the day. To wash your face, wet it first with lukewarm water and then apply the soap or other products with a circular motion using your fingers. Rinse until clean and pat dry – do not rub!
2/ Stay hydrated
If your body is dehydrated, your skin’s oil glands tend to produce more oil and make your skin appear dull and dry. Also, dehydrated skin is more prone to inflammation and redness. Getting enough water into your body throughout the day aids the release of toxins from your body and helps to keep your skin healthy, hydrated and supple.
Most people are not drinking enough water during the day. The general rule of thumb is drinking at least eight glasses (8fl oz) of water a day by 8 p.m., also known as the 8×8 rule.
Shungite water is an ideal addition to your daily water intake to help you battle acne. Fullerenes contained in Shungite are said to stimulate the skin’s regenerative processes. Shungite water also eliminates inflammation and reduces redness, which makes it a perfect remedy for acne-prone skin.
3/ Avoid make-up
Try not to cover up pimples with concealer or make-up as much as you can. Your skin needs to breathe properly in order to heal. Wearing makeup over acne can make it even worse, as it may clog pores and trigger outbreaks.
Let your skin breathe whenever you can. If you must wear makeup, use a non-comedogenic, fragrance-free foundation that is light and non-greasy.
4/ Limit sun
Frequent sun exposure may cause dehydration of the skin, which can lead to more oil production and clogged pores. If you wear sunscreen, use a product that is oil-free and non-comedogenic.
5/ Avoid touching your face
Bacteria and impurities on your hands may be easily transferred to your skin causing pore-clogging and infection. Make sure you wash your hands regularly and try to resist touching your face as much as possible.
What foods can cause acne?
You are what you eat. The quality of food you fuel your body with tremendously affects your skin’s appearance. If you suffer from acne-prone skin, avoid frequent consumption of foods such as:
- refined carbohydrates (bread, pasta, white rice, all sugary products)
- diary products
- fast food
Not everyone believes that food directly relates to acne, but there are plenty of books and researches that suggest your diet could be making your skin worse. Although it’s nearly impossible to narrow down all the foods that could be making your acne worse, it’s definitely worth a shot to opt for healthier diet options full of fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, and lean proteins to prevent acne outbreaks,
How to heal acne naturally – 6 little known remedies
Audrey Noble, an editor at byrdie.com spoke to a few skincare experts about their tips on how to heal acne naturally. UMA Oils founder Shrankhla Holecek, S.W. Basics founder Adina Grigore, and celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon, Joanna Vargas, give their tips about the natural remedies for acne.
1/ Baking Soda
“Technically baking soda and water soften blackheads and any clogged pores in the skin. It’s best for congested skin,” says Vargas. She recommends a DIY baking soda mask.
2/ Apple Cider Vinegar
“It’s the best astringent in nature because it helps to balance the skin’s pH, making you both less oily and less dry,” says Grigore. She warns that apple cider vinegar is very pungent and that you must always dilute it before using. “I recommend using a mixture of one part vinegar to four parts water. Apply to your face with cotton or a spritzer. No need to wash it off,” she says.
According to Holecek, turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. She recommends it in gentle, exfoliating bases like chickpea flour, oat powders, or kaolin clay.
Holecek says honey is a soothing remedy for those pesky acne scars. For a DIY facial, she suggests mixing honey, aloe vera, one teaspoon of chickpea flour, and a pinch of turmeric to make a paste. Spread the paste on your face. Once you rinse off with cool water, use an ice cube on the skin for 30 seconds to treat a congested face.
5/ Fine-Grain Salt
“Fine-grain salt cleans deeply, removes dead skin cells, balances moisture, and pulls toxins from pores, making it especially great for preventing acne or quick treatments during flare-ups on the face and body,” Grigore says. “The simplest way to use sea salt is to wet your face or body, put some salt on your wet hand so it sticks, then pat it gently onto your skin. You can leave it for a few minutes or rinse immediately. Just make sure not to scrub too hard—it is too abrasive by itself.”
6/ Tea Tree Oil
According to Grigore, tea tree oil is known as a “miracle antiseptic.” “It’s renowned for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-fungal properties, making it an easy and effective spot treatment,” she says. She suggests diluting tea tree oil in a little bit of extra virgin olive oil or organic jojoba oil and applying it directly on a zit.