Whether you're a girl or a guy, acne are one of the most annoying things ever. Almost every person has to battle acne at some point in their lives. While most acne can be self treated, sometimes there are other underlying causes such as genetics and hormonal changes in which case it is always better to consult a good dermatologist.

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Causes Of Acne 

• Excess oil production

• Clogged hair follicles

• Hereditary acne

• Hormone fluctuations

• Periods, pregnancy or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

• Smoking

• Emotional stress and anxiety

• Medications containing steroids, iodides, lithium etc.

Lifestyle Changes For Reducing And Stopping Acne

No Touching: It is very hard to resist the temptation of touching pimples and acne but poking and prodding will only make the infection worse and can spread it to other areas.

Healthy Diet: Ultimately, what we put inside our bodies is what is reflected on the outside. Eating a healthy and balanced diet will keep your body fit, clear your skin and keep your hair and nails healthy. Try to avoid consuming excess oil, salt and dairy products.

Staying Hydrated: We cannot survive without water. Drink enough water to keep your body nourished and hydrated. Water helps to flush out the toxins accumulated in the body.

Clean Pillowcase: We rest our faces on our pillows. Our pillowcases collect dirt, dead skin cells and oil over time. It is important to wash and change them every week.

Enough Rest: A good sleep cycle will ensure that your body gets enough time to rest and repair itself. Our body heals while we sleep so make sure to have a good night's beauty sleep.

Clean Skin: Letting the skin breath freely is very important. Make sure to remove all the makeup before going to bed.

Supplements: Dietary supplements like fish oil supplements, zinc, vitamin E supplements etc are very beneficial not only for healthy skin but also for lustrous and healthy hair.

Exfoliate: Exfoliating the skin gently at least once a week helps in removing the dead skin cells and cleaning out the pores to prevent oil and grime from accumulating. A natural homemade exfoliating scrub can be made using rice powder and rose water. Remember to exfoliate very gently and do not exfoliate on the acne infected area.

Less Stress: The less stress your mind has, the more brightly you'll radiate. Combat stress and anxiety with meditation, deep breathing, exercising or hobbies like painting, dancing, gardening etc.

Be Cautious: Many popular remedies include using lemon juice, coconut oil or toothpaste to cure acne but these are not appropriate and often end up doing more harm than good.

Every pore in our skin is connected to a sebaceous gland which produces sebum. Extra sebum production can lead to clogged pores and this causes acne. While there are many medicines and ointments to treat acne, they mostly provide only temporary solutions and can even cause side effects.

home remedy

Natural remedies or home remedies are the best solution to all our beauty woes. They are cheap, mostly safe and easy to find as well as use! So without further ado, let's look at the most popular and effective home remedies for acne...

Powerful Home Remedies For Acne

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a miracle plant that has a lot of beauty benefits. The thick gel of the aloe vera leaves can be used to treat inflammation of the skin, soothe burns and heal cuts and wounds. Simply cut open the aloe leaf and gently rub the gel on the affected area. The gel can also be scooped out in a bowl and kept in a refrigerator for further use. It will not only clear the acne but also moisturize your skin and make it supple and soft.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar 

Apple Cider Vinegar contains organic acids that eliminate the acne causing bacteria. Mix it with water in a ratio of 1:3 and apply it on the affected area using a clean cotton ball or clean fingertips. After 30 seconds, wash it gently and pat dry with a clean cotton towel.

3. Tea Tree Oil 

Tea Tree Oil is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree. Tea tree oil's natural antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties helps in treating acne and clearing the skin. Dilute the tea tree essential oil with a carrier oil or simply distilled water and gently massage the mixture onto the acne affected skin.

4. Green Tea

Let the brewed green tea cool down and then apply it on the acne prone zone with a clean cotton ball. Green tea can also be filled in a spray bottle and sprayed on the acne for easier use. Once it dries, gently rinse off with clean water.

5. Honey

An age old ingredient used in beauty treatments, honey is a powerful combination of antioxidants and healing properties. Mix honey with a pinch of turmeric powder or aloe vera gel and apply the paste on the acne affected area. Wash it off after about 10 or 15 minutes.

6. Papaya

The humble fruit papaya is rich with enzymes like papain and chymopapain that decreases inflammations, exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells. Papaya cleans clogged pores, reduces acne and also gives the skin a healthy glow.

7. Mint Leaves

Crush a few mint leaves and make a fresh paste out of it. Dab the mint extract juice on the acne and let it sit for a few minutes. Wash it off with cool water and pat dry the area.

8. Rosemary Extract

Crush a few rosemary leaves and make a paste or dilute the rosemary essential oil with a carrier oil or distilled water and apply the mixture evenly over the acne affected area. Let it sit for about 10 or 15 minutes.

9. Cucumber And Ice

Freeze cucumber paste mixed with water in ice trays and then gently rub the cucumber ice cubes all over your face. The cucumber ice treatment will soothe the skin, reduce inflammation and give your skin a healthy glow by increasing blood flow and blood circulation.

10. Multani Mitti

Make a mixture of multani mitti along with rosewater and apply the pack evenly on the whole face. Wash it off gently after it dries completely. Pat dry with a soft and clean towel.

It is important to remember that these home remedies are safe and beneficial but there is no guarantee that every remedy will suit every person. Only use those remedies that suit your skin. Make sure to do a patch test on your wrist before applying anything directly on your face. Stop immediately in case of irritation or any form of allergic reaction.
Home remedies are very effective but they can take time to show complete results. Stay consistent, have patience and follow these simple lifestyle changes to fight acne and get clear, healthy and happy skin.

See you soon in the next article! Be Healthy, Stay Safe! ❤️️