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tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is the essential oil taken from the leaves of the Australian tree Melaleuca alternifolia. Found in many natural acne remedies, it helps kill bacteria in the pores and hair follicles that lead to blemishes, and, luckily for those who can’t find relief fast enough, it penetrates the skin quickly. Its antibacterial properties also kill off the acne causing bacteria, and prevent further outbreaks.bmd14785-jjk

Aloe Vera gel

Aloe Vera gel can be used with other things to fight acne, but it’s a superior thing on its own as well. If it’s going to be used on its own, the best is to have a little aloe plant floating around in your house, otherwise a good gel that’s sold in stores may work as well-just do some study on which ones have the least amount of additives. Not only is the aloe soothing, it works as an anti-inflammatory, declining redness and bump. It also has antibacterial properties.bmdhg147852

Green Tea

Green tea has antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds that can help fight acne. To get its effects, use a refrigerated cup of green tea as a face wash or lay the bag over the exaggerated area. bmd1458963vb modified

Honey

Honey’s antibiotic properties can help improve acne. Apply a teaspoon to affected areas, or make a mask by mixing 1/2 cup of honey with 1 cup of plain oatmeal and leaving it on for 30 minutes.bmd honey

 

Asprin

The salicylic acid in aspirin is a go-to for acne treatments, and the aspirin can dry up pimples and reduce irritation. To take benefit of its benefits, form a paste by mashing aspirin in a little water, or melt four pills in 2 tablespoons of water. Aspirin

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

The good old standby, the liquor that does more things than Madonna (career-wise, I mean) – just dab a bit onto the affected area and let it dry. Leave it on for 20 minutes … or forever!bmd1477777gh modified

 

Strawberries are delicious spot zappers

In adding up to whitening your teeth, strawberries are excellent for intermittent pimples (or acne). Slice the top off off a strawberry (eat the fruit) and rub the small amount of flesh left at the top of the strawberry on your pimples. Leave on for 20-30 minutes and then rinse off.bmd12369752

 

Rosewater and lemon juice – a fragrant remedy

If you happen to have some rosewater (if you don’t, you should get some … again, Mountain Rose Herbs or Whole Foods), take 1 tsp rosewater and 1/2 tsp lemon juice and apply to the blemishes. The rosewater will act as a sedative and helps repair the skin, while the lemon juice is astringent and drying.bmd147896354

 

Chamomile

Chamomile helps decrease redness of acne. In a mixer or coffee grinder, combine the contents of a chamomile tea bag with enough water to form a paste, and apply that to acne. Alternately, steep two chamomile tea bags with 1 cup boiled water for 15 minutes. Let the tea cool, then use a cotton ball to dab it on your face after cleansing.BMDchamomileseacret modified

Baking Soda

This is my absolute favorite natural remedy for acne! Surprisingly, I only discovered baking soda masks a couple of years ago, and oh boy, is this stuff powerful at clearing skin! Baking soda not only helps eliminate breakouts and reduces inflammation, it is also an defoliator and helps remove dead skin cells! Because of this, it also works great to reduce any old scars or acne marks. To use it, just take a few teaspoons of baking soda and mix it with warm water until it forms a paste. Apply the paste to your skin. You may want to leave it on for only 10 to 15 minutes the first few times as it may feel powerful. You can little by little increase the time up to an hour or even leave it on overnight (which is what I do). After one use you can see a great disparity in your skin.bmd147ba

Garlic

Not only is garlic a great natural antibacterial when ingested, it also works great topically. To use it, take a clove of garlic and delicately slice it. Rub the slices on your skin, mainly any problem areas, making sure the juice of the garlic is applied. Leave on for 15 minutes to 30 minutes.

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Neem

Neem powder and neem oil are two miraculous pimple treatments, but they may be hard to find. Try Whole Foods, your local natural foods store, or Mountain Rose Herbs and pick up either one – or both. With the oil, just daub the oil directly onto the blemish. Or, with the powder, mix with a tiny amount of water or witch hazel to form a paste that you then apply to the pimply areas. abscond on all night for spare zit-busting usefulness.bmd147852369744


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