Three amazing “green” ways to treat breakouts

If you suffer from acne or regular breakouts, you may think that running to the pharmacy or your doctor is the easiest and best thing to do every time your skin flares up … but it really isn’t!

In fact, it’s the all-natural, homemade remedies that best treat acne in the long-term. This is because antibiotics and analgesics only help reduce symptoms immediately. In the long term, they can actually cause severe problems and side effects.

On that note, I’m sharing three super-simple ways to treat your acne the “green” way. Your skin is sure to thank you!

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Three all-natural breakout treatments

#1: Yoghurt, honey and cinnamon mask

Honey and cinnamon both pack impressive antibiotic properties, while yoghurt soothes irritation and reduces redness.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened full fat yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Small bowl

What to do:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients to form a paste.
  2. Apply the mask to clean skin and leave it on for 10 minutes.
  3. Wash the mask off with warm water and pat dry.

#2: Face steaming

If you’re looking for an easy, non-invasive way to loosen oil and dirt that’s clogging your pores and causing your breakouts, look no further than face steaming. Steam is an excellent immediate cleanser, and practising it regularly can help improve your skin health in the long term.

You’ll need:

  • 1 pot boiling water
  • Handful of organic mint, basil or lavender
  • 1 fresh towel
  • Large bowl

What to do:

  1. Pour the boiling water into a heat-safe bowl and toss in the herbs.
  2. While you wash any make-up or residue off your face, let the water cool.
  3. Carefully hover your face about 15 cm above the surface of the water and drape the towel over your head so it catches the steam.
  4. Steam your face for 10 to 15 minutes. Be sure to breathe deeply to inhale the herbs you’ve added … they’re a great source of aromatherapy!
  5. When you’re done, pat your face dry.

#3: Honey and lemon toner

Both honey and lemons are antibiotic, so this is a powerful combination to help deep-clean your pores and treat any blemishes you may have to prevent future breakouts.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • Small bowl

What to do:

  1. Squeeze the lemon juice into a small bowl. Add in the honey, then stir to combine.
  2. With clean hands, carefully apply the tone to your face, gently massaging it in as you go.
  3. Leave the toner on your skin for five minutes, then gently rinse it off with cool water.

Share your top natural breakout treatments and tips with me in the comments below!

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Combat acne with this honey and cinnamon face mask

Raw honey – ah, how sweet it is! Use it to sweeten a cup of tea, to bake sweet treats, or to enhance the nutty flavour of a pecan pie – it’s pretty versatile. Honey is also a natural humectant, which means it’s a fantastic moisturiser, and it also has antibacterial properties that can help you spot-treat acne.

 

The honey and cinnamon face mask recipe I’m about to share with you is amazing. It will brighten your complexion, soothe any irritations, and clear up acne. Please just note that cinnamon can irritate very sensitive skin, so do a patch test before applying the mask to your entire face if your skin is sensitive.

 

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Honey and cinnamon acne face mask recipe

You’ll need:

  • 3 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

What to do:

  1. Mix the honey and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Rinse your face with warm water and finish off with your daily moisturiser.

Can bee pollen be the solution to acne-free skin?

Millions of men and women around the world suffer from acne; an inflammatory disease that affects your hair follicles and sebaceous glands. While medicated treatments are the most popular, there are a number of natural solutions that can effectively treat this skin condition. Bee pollen is one of them.

 

If you suffer from acne, you’re probably interested in finding out just how effectively bee pollen can help clear up your acne and keep breakouts at bay. Today, I’m going to clear that up for you.

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Let’s first take a look at what causes acne

Most people think that topical skin treatments are the best solutions for acne; hence, they spend lots of money and effort on pricy acne face washes and creams. But the fact is this: Acne isn’t just a skin disease – it’s most often caused by a hormone imbalance in your body.

This is exactly why acne is more common in teenagers than in adults, especially at the onset of puberty. It’s also pretty common in menopausal women. And another contributing factor is stress.

Why acne treatments don’t always work

It’s very easy to use the wrong skincare products to treat acne. For example, using mineral oil can block your pores. And, as you probably know, clogged pores prevent your skin from breathing or removing toxins, which only heightens your chances of breaking out.

Many people think that applying a topical treatment to acne is best, when in reality, nutrition is a far more effective approach. This is because eating well can tackle your acne problem from the inside. This is where bee pollen as an acne remedy comes into play. Yup, you eat the stuff.

How bee pollen can help clear up and prevent acne breakouts

Bee pollen is a food supplement extracted from the bodies and legs of honeybees. This now popular superfood has been used for ages in treating ailments from allergies to diabetes among numerous other conditions.

Scientifically, bee pollen is composed of many vital nutrients that are beneficial to your health in many ways, such as boosting blood circulation and formation. Other bee pollen benefits include immune system stimulation and metabolism enhancement.

Bee pollen is also a very effective acne treatment. It helps your body resist acne’s effects by stimulating skin cell renewal through a high concentration of nucleic acids (specifically DNA and RNA). It can also help nourish your skin and in turn heal up acne scars.

A huge plus is that eating bee pollen will do a lot more than just clear up your acne – it’ll help prevent premature ageing too! That’s all thanks to its good dose of antioxidants. Some research also shows that bee pollen can inject new life into dry skin cells, protect skin from dehydration, and even stimulate the growth of new tissues.

Where to find and how to take bee pollen

You can purchase bee pollen or bee pollen supplements at your local health food store. Go for a brand that’s toxin-free and of a high quality. Your skin will best absorb this kind, making for an effective acne treatment.

I fortunately don’t suffer from acne, but I still add bee pollen in smoothies and smoothie bowls to reap the fantastic anti-ageing benefits. It has a lovely subtle floral taste! You can consume as much of the superfood as you like. If you’re taking it in a supplement form, follow the recommended dosage.

Did you know that aspirin is the perfect on-the-go zit and acne remedy?

I know, I know… Zits are the pits. Especially if you don’t have your regular arsenal of spot treatments on hand! The non-existent sleep you get on red-eye flights and general stress, for example, causes a surge in your blood cortisol levels, making you prone to spots and blemishes. And, unfortunately, there aren’t any photo filters in real life… So what are you to do? The answer is aspirin!

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How aspirin can help get rid of acne and spots

Aspirin is made of something chemically similar to salicylic acid, a common over-the-counter acne remedy. So taking this commonly-used drug will have the same effect on breakouts!

So, wait – do you swallow it, or use it topically?

How to use aspirin on your acne

You know I don’t promote taking drugs of any sort, so the answer is topically. All you need to do when you feel a breakout burgeoning, is crush one aspirin, add a bit of water, and put it on the problem area for 15 to 20 minutes.

This paste makes a super anti-inflammatory for on-the-go zit-zapping! I’ve tried it out for myself, and can promise you that it’s very effective at soothing redness and swelling. So, if you’re prone to breakouts, make sure you always have a box of these tablets in your bag!

This is how you can use lime juice to treat acne

Do you suffer from acne anywhere on your body? Then reach no further than your refrigerator for an effective natural remedy to treat it!

 

Limes, specifically their juice, are loaded with vitamin C and flavonoids. Both contain antioxidants as well as antibiotic and disinfectant agents. These properties are essential for clearing your skin.

 

Read on to learn how you can use lime juice to treat your acne, plus how it’ll help.

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Try this natural lime juice wash to get rid of acne

This lime just wash will exfoliate your skin and get rid of the bacteria on its surface. Within two or three weeks of using it, you should notice a big difference!

Firstly, you need to wash the acne-affected area with warm water and fragrance-free soap before applying the wash. To prepare the wash, squeeze the juice of three fresh limes into a small bowl.

Apply the wash to your clean skin using a cotton ball. Allow the juice to dry on your skin for 10 or 15 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water.

How this lime juice wash will help your acne

Applying lime topically sloughs off dead skin cells and promotes elasticity and new skin growth. The citric acid is just strong enough to safely peel off your skin’s upper layer to do away with dreaded acne.

You can also consume lime juice orally (it’s wonderfully refreshing with a couple of ice cubes) to promote a brighter, cleaner complexion.