Blemishes, pimples and bumps, oh my! Acne can rear its ugly head at any age. Instead of locking yourself away from the world like you have the plague until an outbreak goes away, try a few of these tried and true old fashioned home remedies. Easier on the skin and your pocket book than those expensive, harsh, abrasive cures touted in Acne commercials, home remedies are surprisingly easy to make and use and relatively cheap. Most of the ingredients needed are found in the ordinary household kitchen.
The first line of defense against an acne outbreak is establishing a good, regular skin care routine. Recommended to be followed twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed, establishing a solid, regular skin care routine will help treat and prevent acne outbreaks as well as alleviate stress and anxiety over acne outbreaks.
Start in the morning with a preferred wash, helping to remove bacteria and oils on the skin that can build up over night. It also helps exfoliate the skin leaving it refreshed and clean to start the day. Some recommended washes include:
Sugar Rub: make this gentle exfoliating scrub by combining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar, 1/2 sweet almond oil, 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1 Tbsp ground oatmeal, 1 tsp. nutmeg. Ingredients can be combined and stored in airtight jar for continual use. To use, scrub your face generously with the mixture, covering the entire face and neck area, rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Almond Scrub: made with 1/4 cup finely ground almonds and 1/8 tsp. mayonnaise, mix these ingredients together just before use as it will not last well over time. this creates a type of paste which is used to cover the entire face or other affected areas and leave on for 10 minutes then rinse well with warm water and pat the skin dry.
Simple Oatmeal Scrub: combine 2 heaping tsp. of fine oatmeal and 1 tsp. baking soda. Add just enough water to create a thick paste. Rub the paste all over the affected areas, rinse with war water and pat the skin dry.
Spa-At-Home.com has additional recipes for great home made facial cleansers and skin exfoliates if none of these suit your personal taste.
A recommended and often skipped next step is to apply a skin toner or astringent to the skin. This helps to remove dirt, tighten pores and to prepare the skin for moisturizing, and the use of makeups. Skin toner is quite simple to make and very inexpensive. Some natural products recommended as good skin toners and astringents are witch hazel and plain old rubbing alcohol which can be found at just about any grocery store or retail outlet for literally pennies. Other natural astringents can be made with inexpensive regular household products.
Apple Cider Vinegar Toner: very simple to use and can be used alone or in combination with other ingredients to achieve desired results. To use alone simply combine 1 part pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar to 3 parts distilled water. using a cotton ball or a dry clean sponge, dip into the mixture and apply generously to the blemish or area of skin being treated. Leave on the area for 10 minutes. It is not necessary to rinse afterwards. Be sure to use a moisturizer afterwards if the skin if feeling overly dry. Apple cider vinegar can be combined with dried mint leaves, aloe vera juice or even witch hazel. Try several combinations util you find one that has satisfying results for you.
Tea Tree Oil Astringent: A common ingredient in many homemade products for skin and hair, tee tree oil can be an excellent astringent for the face. Combine 1 part tea tree oil with 9 parts distilled water prior to use. It can also be combined with aloe vera gel instead of water. To use dip a cotton swab or q tip into the mixture and apply to the affected areas of the skin. Pick a good moisturizer to use afterwards. The tea tree mixture can be stored indefinitely in an air tight container.
Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice is a quick an easy way to create a natural astringent. Just squeeze the lemon into a cup or bowl and apply to the affected skin with a cotton ball. Lemon juice helps swelling from blemishes and reduces redness of the skin.
For other recipes for home made astringents and skin toners, try out some of these highly recommended combinations from keeperofthehome.org.
After a good washing and application of skin toner, the next recommended step to a great skin care routine is to apply a genera moisturizer. This helps to revitalize the skin and keep it from becoming too dried out or cracking. It is also a good barrier between your skin and the elements which you come into contact with throughout the day. Some excellent home made moisturizer include daubing on some coconut milk and rinsing with warm water ten patting dry, aloe vera gel, Shea butter, and buttermilk.
A good nighttime regime for healthy glowing skin includes all of the above. Some might like the addition of a cleansing and moisturizing mask for additional skin protection. These can be made from many natural ingredients and applied for as little as 10 minutes to over night. Several great combinations for masks can be found at beauty.about.com. Facial masks can be designed to include ingredients that help all skin types.
Additional tips from skin care experts to keep your skin healthy and blemish free are: avoid touching your face, especially during break outs and especially before washing your hands. Pat your skin dry when washing rather than drying well with a towel. Change your bed clothing, especially your pillow case regularly. Always use a fresh, dry, clean wash cloth, towel, sponge etc. when cleansing your skin.