You’re Going to Put That on Your Face? 6 Unexpected Acne Cures
Creams, cleansers and astringent toners are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to acne-controlling substances. If you experience occasional acne, you have likely experimented with a variety of these products. Though they can be safe and effective, they are not your only allies in fighting acne. You may have even discovered some helpful home treatments that keep your acne at bay. Often, a combination of products and home remedies is the key to eliminating acne for good.
Finding a long-lasting solution to acne requires patience, and because everyone requires an individualized plan for optimally clear skin, there is no one-size-fits-all miracle cure for acne. A gentle skin care routine that yields results can be developed through investigating your options and learning what works. These unexpected acne cures are probably already in your house. They’re also relatively safe and unlikely to cause adverse or allergic reactions for most people. Take a peek in your cupboards and consider trying these six unusual acne treatments.
Baking Soda: Is There Anything It Can’t Do?
A cheap and versatile substance, baking soda is probably lurking in your cabinets or refrigerator. When made into a paste of equal parts baking soda and water, the substance becomes an acne remedy. Simply apply the paste to areas dense with acne and leave it on until it dries. Finally, wash the paste off with very cold water, which helps to minimize your pores. Try it every other night for a week and see if you notice results, discontinuing if you experience excessive redness, itching or tenderness.
Toothpaste: Good for Your Smile, Good for Your Skin
As an acne cure, toothpaste works best on single, mighty pimples that call for immediate destruction. Toothpaste contains silica which dries out blemishes and can reduce their size and severity overnight. A good rule of thumb is to opt for natural toothpaste containing silica but not sodium lauryl sulfate, an ingredient some people may find too harsh for their skin. Non-natural toothpastes are irritants, and natural options work far better to combat acne.
Peel Away Impurities With a Potato
The common potato may have a reputation for blandness and simplicity, but it harbors many medicinal properties. Among them is its purported effectiveness in reducing acne. The potato method requires nothing more than half a raw potato. Simply press the open end of the raw potato onto your pimples for just two minutes. Wash the potato residue off your skin, and allow your skin to breathe overnight (do not add any creams or products.) Enzymes in the potato can draw impurities to the surface of your skin and address the root causes of acne deep in your pores.
A Unique Use for Aspirin
Virtually guaranteed to be found somewhere in most homes, aspirin is one of the most common over-the-counter medicines. Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties can be harnessed by those hoping to clear their acne economically and effectively. To test it as an acne remedy, crush two average-sized aspirin pills into a powder and add just enough water to make a thick paste. Using a Q-tip or your clean hands, apply the paste to individual blemishes and let it dry. Finally, wash with water. The salicylic acid in aspirin is actually what is used in most topical acne treatments to bust up acne-creating bacteria. Aspirin attacks acne with a double-whammy by naturally drying it and destroying the underlying bacterial culprits.
Ice Might Suffice
Simply applying ice directly to your acne blemishes can be effective in reducing the redness and irritation they cause. The freezing temperature of ice closes your pores naturally and reduces inflammation in the same way it does when you apply it to a bump or bruise. These qualities of ice constrict the blood vessels underneath your skin and can result in making acne less visible. Ice can also lessen or eliminate the dull pain associated with flaring acne.
Life Gives You Lemons
When life gives you lemons … make an acne remedy? Applying lemon juice directly to your acne will sting a bit, but that will prove it’s working. Lemons attack acne-causing bacteria with citric acid. Be sure to wash the lemon juice off after five minutes, and use sunscreen afterwards since citric acid can bleach your skin leaving it more prone to damaging sunburn.
About the Author:Lindsay Tosto has worked with Maybelline New York, Smashbox Cosmetics, Urban Decay Cosmetics and Sephora. She is more than a makeup artist — she’s an artist wholooks at the face as a canvas. She recommends acne skin site as a further resource for those seeking gentle, effective acne cures. Follow Lindsay on Google Plus.