Acne

Questions about Acne Home Remedies Answered (Part 2)

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Betty asks…Any home remedies for acne?

I don’t actually have acne, but pimples still bug me some days. And today would be one of those days. Any home remedies or suggestions? Thanks.

Admin answers:

*Apply some toothpaste on the acne. Do NOT apply on skin because it will make it dry, only on the acne spots.

*Cook oatmeal and apply on face for fifteen minutes, then wash.

*Rub the acne with garlic cloves several times a day.

*Natural remedy for acne with avocado: Wash face with avocado paste mixed with water.

*Clean your skin: soak a cotton ball in either lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and apply on face.

*Clean your face every morning with cotton ball soaked with vinegar; might sting; try on a small part first.

*Herbal remedy: use lavender compresses to relieve inflammation.

*Dip a cotton ball in egg whites and apply on clean face, wait a few hours and wash.

*For acne scars: Mix 1 tablespoon of sour cream ( 0% fat for oily face), 1 tablespoon of yogurt, 1 tablespoon of grind oatmeal and 3-4 drops of lemon juice. Apply on face, leave for 10 minutes and wash off.

*Boil water in a pan, add some apple cider vinegar. Cool, put a towel on your head and bend over the pan.

*Mix 2-3 tea bags to some basil and cook in boiling water for 10-20 minutes. Then apply on the acne with a cotton ball.

*Use fresh mint juice to apply on your face

*Milk that you drink is useful as a home remedy for acne. Blend nutmeg with milk and you have a powerful paste to zap those pimples away

*Make a paste with cucumbers or squeeze cucumbers and apply juice with cotton ball

Hope this helps you out.  I know many people have used toothpaste.  Of course nothing is an instant cure.  The lavender does soothe your skin.  Oatmeal is used in hospitals for bathing irritated skin.  Naturally, many of the substances that tend to sting are used as antiseptic such as vinegar, lemon juice, garlic and so on.  I have heard that the ancients used avocado and I know mint is helpful.  It may be a while until you discover what works best for you.

Be sure and wash your face 3 times a day with acne prepared soap and use an acne freshener afterward.  Then in between you can try out some of the above remedies.  It is crucial to keep your skin clean.  Watch your food intake, I’m not sure if you notice an increase in outbreaks dependent on your choice of foods, but it can’t hurt to go easy on grease, chocolate and so on.  Drink as much water as you can, get plenty of rest and Good Luck!

David asks…What home remedies that aren’t good for acne?

Admin answers:

  1. Papaya mask (or any other fruit mask)…. Not effective. Better to be eaten to help with your body’s detoxification.
  2. Toothpaste. Tried it. The effectiveness was okay. But that’s all. If you use this everyday, YOUR SKIN WILL SUFFER! From all the dryness causes.

BEST ACNE REMEDIES: Most of them won’t work, some do.

  • Lemon
  • Fruits mostly are all great for acne. Eat them regularly and you are treating your acne naturally already.
  • Ginger and garlic. Improve your immune system. Regulate hormone secretion and anti-inflammatory properties mean reduced redness.

I won’t recommend people to use home remedies to get rid of their acne. Sometimes, people try to get too clever and try all sorts of things with their household items and end up getting their acne to worsen A LOT.

Sharon asks…Kid-Friendly Home Remedies for Acne?

Okay, so my nine year old daughter has a chinple. (Chin pimple). Anyway, I know gal with an 11 year old daughter who had acne when she was 8/9/10. She told me some home remedies I will use but I am wondering if you peeps know any.

Daniel answers:

Chimple, I like that!  Anyway answer is based on personal experience.  Try the home remedies first, and if they work, awesome!  But if not:  I didn’t start getting acne until age 11, and at that time I first tried some over-the-counter stuff, like Neutrogena with salicylic acid or something.  If you try those things, any benzoyl peroxide products you want to use should be less than 5%.  Don’t bother with the 10% spot treatment stuff.  Unfortunately, none of that stuff worked for me.

What I use, which is very gentle on my (26 year old) skin and has been the only thing that has worked on me, is the regular Acne Free 3 step package, which you can find at just about every drugstore nowadays:  http://www.drugstore.com/qxp87888_333181_sespider/university_medical_acnefree/clear_skin_system.htm

You can probably use it just on her chin for now, though it will be nice to have around once she gets older and has more acne.  I recommend really looking into that, since I am someone who has been on Accutane, every mono/tricycline or whatever it’s called, and used about every possible drugstore brand, including Proactiv, none of which worked at all.  I finally was recommended Acne Free when I was 23 and I’ve had little to no acne for 4 years now, for the first time since I was 11.  I only wish I had found it when I was 11, which is why I’m recommending it to you now!

If you do choose to use Acne Free, it comes with a face wash, a toner, and a benzoyl peroxide lotion:

  1. Wash with face wash, then wait 5-10 minutes until skin is dry. This is key- your face should have no water or sweat on it when applying.
  2. Apply astringent with cotton ball. Then, wait 5-10 more minutes, until the astringent is dry.
  3. Apply repair lotion. It’s about 2% I believe, so it shouldn’t be too harsh for your daughter, and very little of the product is needed.  If, for some reason, her face gets too dry, always discontinue use.  Some people have an allergy to certain ingredients that can cause dry skin.

I usually just do this once a day, occasionally twice.  For a particular pimple, either once or twice a day is fine.  For the entire face, once a day is good.  Your daughter won’t need to do this on her entire face right now, just on the pimple.

When outside, wear sunscreen when using this or any acne product.  Acne products make your skin more susceptible to sunburn, which can make you break out more.  Look for a sunscreen that won’t irritate skin.  I have used Neutrogena Oil-Free Healthy Defense sunblock, but I’m trying to find something better.  I’m not a fan of Neutrogena, or Clean & Clear for that matter, or any of those brands typically marketed to pre-teens, because, from what I’ve seen, they are fads that don’t work.

I would say that you won’t even have to use the Acne Free face wash, or any particular face wash, unless/until she gets more acne on more areas of her face.  Then, include the face wash, or for an even gentler face wash, skip the Acne Free wash and try Purpose, then proceed with the Acne Free toner and lotion.  Purpose: http://www.acne.org/purpose-gentle-cleansing-wash-reviews/19/page1.html

This is just what works for me.  The person who recommended it to me also had bad acne, and this was the only thing that cleared up his skin too.  I use this as a spot-treatment on my boyfriend sometimes also, and his pimples will be gone in one or two days, which is a good plan for someone who is young– no need to risk drying out your daughter’s young skin if spot-dabbing works just as well.  I really hope this works for you, because it is good to start early when treating acne, especially when you’re headed for the hell that is puberty!

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