10 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Acne

Posted On Dec 24, 2019

Department of

Manipal Hospitals

Acne is a nightmare. They magically appear just before the date night or the road trip and spoil those memorable selfies. How one wished they could disappear as fast as they appeared! Well, take a deep breathe as we tell you all you need to know about Acne and also tips to get rid of them.

How is Acne caused?

Our skin has pores which are openings for the skin cells. Under these pores are hair follicles which connect the pores to Sebaceous glands that produce natural oil to keep the skin and hair healthy. When these follicles are clogged with excess oil, dust or dead skin cells, these follicles tend to swell.Some studies suggest that genetics also play an important role in causing acne as they determine the activity of the Sebaceous glands and the oil secreted by them.

Here are the 10 natural ways to get rid of Acne:

  1. Ice cubes:

How to use them?

Wrap the ice cube in a clean piece of cloth and massage it in a circular motion around the acne. Repeat it few times to heal the acne quickly.

How does it help?

Ice cools the skin and causes the pores to open up causing your acne to dry up.

  1.  Honey :

How to use it?

Wash your face with lukewarm water and mild soap. Apply a layer of honey on your face like a mask and leave it for 15-20 mins. Rinse it off with cool water.

How does it help?

Honey is effective in not letting microbes grow, due to its antimicrobial properties. Also, it cleanses your pores and helps vanish those old acne scars.

  1. Cucumber:

How to use it?

Blend cucumber until smooth, then apply to your face like a mask and relax for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water. You can also place slices of fresh cucumber on your acne.

How does it help?

Cucumber has cooling and calming properties that reduce redness and inflammation. It also changes the appearance of the acne and cures it.

  1. Sandalwood:

How to use it?

Make a paste of sandalwood and cold water and apply it like facepack for 15-20 mins. You can also apply thick dots targeted to the acne prone area. Rinse it of with cool water. Make sure that you use organic sandalwood powder or try making paste with sandal bark by rubbing it on a marble stone.

How does it help?

Sandal has anti-inflammatory properties and hence reduces the inflammation and also has a soothing effect on your skin which allows the acne to shrink.

  1. Yogurt

How to use it ?

Take a spoon of chilled yogurt and apply it on your face and leave it for 15 mins. Wash it later.

How does it help?

The lactic acid in yogurt has amazing properties that will clear the acne in no time.

  1. Papaya

How to use it?

Mash ripe papaya with a fork or by hand. Apply a thick layer of it on the face and leave it for 15-20 mins. Wash it with lukewarm water and the follow up with a cold water wash.

How does it help?

Papaya contains papain and chymopapain, two enzymes with anti–fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. They exfoliate to unclog pores, and they provide the proteins skin needs to fight the formation of acne.

7.Aloe vera

How to use it?

Remove the gel and apply it on the acne like a thick layer of a mask and let it dry. Rinse it off once dried with cool water.

How does it help?

It helps to dry up the acne with its natural healing and soothing properties. It also helps lighten the scars. It replenishes the skin and using it regularly prevents the formation of acne.

  1. Banana Peel

How to use it?

You can rub the peel on your skin but if your acne is worse, you can grind it and apply it with a cotton ball to the affected area.

How does it help?

Banana peel contains vitamins A, B, C, E, and minerals such as potassium, zinc, iron, and manganese which calm inflamed skin and reduces acne.

  1. Garlic:

How to use it?

Crush raw garlic and apply on to the acne leave it for 15-20 mins to allow it to get in action and the rinse off. 

How does it help?

The anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties of garlic help heal the acne and dry them up overnight.

  1. Steaming:

How to use it?

Cover your head with a thick cloth to prevent steam from escaping and let your skin feel the steam.

How does it help?

Steaming helps open the pores up and hence cleanse the acne. Don’t forget to apply a moisturizer a few minutes after steaming.

Natural ingredients help you dry acne in a soothing and natural way. Avoid using chemicals such as toothpaste and other heavy acidic ingredients as they can be harmful to your skin. Remember naturally cooling and soothing ingredients help cure acne and reduce inflammation caused by acne. So, use these natural and safe ingredients to get rid of acne without causing any skin damage.

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