Current Moon Phase

Waxing Gibbous
62% of full

Farmers Almanac
The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Fight Acne Naturally

Fight Acne Naturally

Acne is a part of life. Nearly everyone experiences acne outbreaks at some point during his or her life, particularly during adolescence. While most people’s complexions clear up during their early 20s, some people struggle with acne well into adulthood. For others, acne flare-ups can occur during particularly stressful times. Though acne is simply a medical condition, like any other, many people feel embarrassed by breakouts. This social stigma can be one of the worst aspects of dealing with problem skin.

The most severe cases of acne will require attention from a dermatologist, but there are some simple household remedies for this most common ailment.

One of the most effective natural remedies for fighting acne is tea tree oil, an essential oil obtained from the narrow leafed tea tree, a member of the myrtle family native to Australia. Tea tee oil has bacteria-fighting properties that can help to cure acne and other skin disorders, such as dandruff and psoriasis. Unlike benzoyl peroxide, the most common commercial treatment for acne, tea tree oil won’t cause the skin to dry out, peel, or flake. Just place up to 10 drops of tea tree oil into about a cup of warm water and use it to rinse off the face with a soft washcloth twice daily.

Here are some other effective home remedies to promote healthy skin:

In the Kitchen
A number of everyday foods around your house can be used to help cleanse the skin and fight acne outbreaks. One of the most popular is lemon juice, applied to the face with a tissue or cotton ball before bed. Many people also swear by rubbing raw garlic on their faces once or twice a day. Eating plenty of raw garlic — up to three whole cloves per day — can also cleanse impurities from your body to prevent future outbreaks. Be careful, though, because garlic, whether used internally or externally, can cause your body to give off a pungent odor. Pastes of either grated cucumber or tomato pulp, applied for about a half an hour before bathing, can also help.

In the Medicine Cabinet
Many vitamins and minerals can help to promote clear healthy skin from the inside out. Among those most recognized to promote healthy skin are Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Zinc. The gel found inside the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant can also help to fight acne. Aloe Vera has both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, to both fight the cause of acne and soothe the skin. Drinking Aloe Vera juice can also remove impurities from the digestive tract, which will in turn reduce the amount of bacteria exiting through the pores.

Other Things to Consider
Always drink at least 64 ounces of water per day and eat plenty of fresh fruit and leafy green vegetables. Be sure to get regular exercise and a full night’s sleep every night. Find productive ways to manage stress. Avoid touching your face as much as possible, and keep your hair clean and out of your face. Never pick or squeeze pimples and blackheads. Avoid oily lotions or make-up. If you must wear make-up, keep it light and choose a brand that is hypoallergenic and/or made from natural ingredients.

9 comments

1 Terri Carter { 09.15.14 at 8:44 am }

I was a model years ago and someone in the business told me about a little trick. Use a paste of baking soda and water and apply to pimple while you sleep and it is generally much much smaller the next morning. It worked for me. Try it. Cheap to free.

2 Terri Carter { 09.15.14 at 8:42 am }

When I was a much younger model, someone in the business told me to use a paste of baking soda and water and put directly on the pimple and it will be gone by the next morning or at least much much smaller. It worked for me.

3 Grady Bridgens { 06.07.13 at 5:09 am }

Aloe vera is a succulent plant species that probably native plant originated in northern Africa. The species does not have any naturally occurring populations, although closely related aloes do occur in northern Africa.

4 Alvina Kaufusi { 06.06.13 at 9:23 pm }

Typical features of acne include: seborrhea (increased oil-sebum secretion), comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), papules (pinheads), pustules (pimples), nodules (large papules) and, possibly scarring.The appearance of acne varies with skin color. It may result in psychological and social problems.

5 girl please { 05.30.13 at 4:47 pm }

omg use aloe works like a charm u guys !! just rub the gooey substance all over your face overnight and when u wake up wash t out feels amazing and works!!!!!!!!

6 Leavinitsimple { 04.21.13 at 1:40 pm }

i have been fighting acne for what feels like forever…i hate the stubborn pop ups and flare ups and i have been trying everything!

7 Joy { 08.19.10 at 1:52 pm }

organic apple cider vinegar works great as well. 1/2 T with 1/2 T honey in 4 oz water taken daily helps gets rid of acne and take 3x daily for relieving allergies

8 suzz brown { 08.18.10 at 6:09 pm }

Lemon juice is absolutely great for clean skin and acne. Works wonderfully!

9 sandy jackson { 08.18.10 at 12:18 pm }

I find that toothpaste easing the itch of bug bites fantastic.
Haven’t tried it, yet, but will when I get bitten!

Leave a Comment

Note: Comments that further the discussion of the above content are likely to be approved. Those comments that are vague or are simply submitted in order to promote a product, service or web site, although not necessarily considered "spam," are generally not approved.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.