A few months ago we gave you the hard truth: you are what you eat. But, there are times when your hormones, for whatever reason, decide not to cooperate. The next thing you know, a small bump none other than the very beginnings of a pimple, appear. That's not even the worst part. The worst part is that it's smack dab in the middle of your forehead.
Here's the thing, the whole situation probably wouldn't have been so bad if not for your penchant to squeeze—to squeeze what is not really there. You go ahead and do it anyway. You're deriving some inexplicable satisfaction from irritating your skin.
Does this sound familiar?
In this installment of natural remedies, we're bringing you topical solutions to try before even attempting to squeeze any part of your face. Before we begin listing, however, we're going to let you in on the biggest secret of all. Pimples be gone? Begin by NEVER touching your face. Your hands, more often than not, are dirty. So, yes, hands off. This means no squeezing whatsoever.
Masks in general can help dislodge dirt and pore-clogging oils from the face. Clay-based masks, as opposed to salicylic or glycol acid masks, are great for people with sensitive skin. To make your own mask, mix equal parts bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar together before applying the mixture onto your face. Ideally, you should leave the mask on for 45 minutes. But, if you're in a rush, you can rinse the mask off with warm water once it dries. It is not necessary to wait for a breakout. This cleansing process can and should be repeated weekly.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is usually what everyone beelines for in terms of effective spot treatments. The essential oil is good at killing acne-causing bacteria. It is vital to know, however, that concentrated amounts of the oil can irritate the skin. The pure ingredient is too strong to dab and dot alone. The treatment is more effective in a less concentrated form. Do NOT, however, try watering-down the oil on your own. Find, instead a drugstore alternative that pairs the oil with other ingredients. This is probably the one natural remedy you DON'T want to DIY.
Green Tea Extract
Besides consuming, antioxidant-rich green tea make for great cold compresses that can help reduce inflammation and oil productions. Dip a thin washcloth in cold green tea, wring it out, and gently press it against affected areas for 1-2 minutes. Repeat the process 4-5 times.
Despite its unappealing smell, sulfur has antibacterial properties that can unclog pores and stifle acne. Sulfur-containing masks are known to decrease the bacteria count in your skin. Leave the mask on for no more than 15 minutes. Because sulfur can be drying, follow up your treatment with a generous application of your preferred moisturizer.
More than just a sunburn remedy, aloe vera contains inflammation-fighting properties that can stop swelling zits in their place. Take advantage of the soothing effects of aloin and aloesin in straight up aloe glue. Use this as a spotting or a pre-moisturizer treatment.
Will you be trying any of these homeopathic solutions out? Let us know!