Acne Home Remedies
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As you are likely aware, acne treatments are not something for which the results can be guaranteed. The key to the proper acne home remedy is to find the right treatment for your situation. The best way to accomplish that is to try several things until you find the one that works
Note: You should always contact your dermatoligist before doing an acne treatment.
Depending on how mild or severe your acne is, as well as if there are any ascertainable underlying causes, you’ll have different types of treatment that you can try. Don't get discouraged if they don’t work. Your goal is to keep trying until you find one that does work. It may be quick or it may be awhile.
Fighting acne is exactly that: a fight. And, the one trait that will serve you best throughout this fight to eliminate your acne is perseverance. If you can stick to it, eventually, you will succeed.
With that siad here are a variety of acne home remedies that people have tried and that have been successful to varying degrees:
Tea Tree Oil
Although tea tree oil is a very common and very widely used treatment for acne, the truth is that there is very little supporting scientific evidence regarding its affect in treating acne. What little there is though does seem to favor tea tree oil as a home remedy worth trying.
As with benzoyl peroxide products (fourth on our list), tea tree oil is a topical treatment that is applied direct to the skin. It shouldn’t be used in the undiluted form in which it is commonly sold in however, and a 5% concentration is normally enough.
On the whole, Tea Tree Oil as an acne home treatment is appealing due to the simple fact that it causes less (or no) side effects in most people, even when compared to the relatively mild benzoyl peroxide products.
Its effectiveness is thought to hinge on its ability to kill off the bacteria that causes acne, and thus, after prolonged usage, can actually even completely eradicate acne. Noteworthy is the fact that it may take longer to kick in when starting off, so perseverance is definitely crucial.
Olive Leaf Extracts
Since the times of ancient Greece, the olive leaf has been a fixture within herbal medicine for a variety of applications.
Opinions tend to differ regarding just how effective olive leaf extracts are when treating acne, especially due to numerous claims that olive leaf tea works just as well (which carries even less supporting evidence, incidentally).
What is known is that the olive leaf has several properties that promote skin health in general, and so experimenting with olive leaf extract is not something that is entirely unthinkable.
But – it is also reported that unlike tea tree oil, olive leaf extracts can cause several very undesirable side effects, such as nausea, so you should definitely at least get a doctor’s opinion before you start.
Compared to the other two home remedies that we’ve discussed so far, there is considerably more evidence supporting the use of Aloe Vera to treat acne.
Tracing its roots from the Ayurveda (an ancient system of traditional medicine from India), Aloe Vera now frequently appears in various creams and lotions to treat acne, some of which have been tested and proven to have greater effect.
That said, there are also studies that contradict these tests.
Although it is known to be relatively harmless, you should still seek a doctor’s advice before you start applying any Aloe Vera products. Generally, such products are mixed with other substances and into a ‘combination’ acne cream.
Some such products even include a mix of benzoyl peroxide with Aloe Vera, which would certainly help you kill two birds with one stone.
Benzoyl Peroxide Creams, Gels, and Face Washes
Of all the acne treatments out there today, benzoyl peroxide products number among the most successful. In fact, there are so many different varieties out there that you may have a tough time trying to pick out which one you want to use.
Available over the counter, it is generally up to you whether you wish to buy it in cream, gel, or face wash form. Depending on your skin type, you may very well find one form to be more effective than the others; for example, some gels are more moisturizing, and ideal for dry skin.
One thing that is standard for all benzoyl peroxide products is the way in which they work. Its effects are threefold: Not only does it kill bacteria, but it also unblocks your pores and makes your skin less oily.
In doing so, it can successfully, over time, prevent the formation of both whiteheads and blackheads.
If you choose to use this option, you would normally want to apply it twice a day. Either rub in the gel or cream over the affected areas, or use the face wash on them.
Bear in mind that different forms of this product often vary in strength (from 2% to 10%), so if a weak form doesn’t work for you, then you might want to try something stronger instead of just giving up completely.
Due to this difference in strength, some people do like to skip straight to the strongest possible version that they can find… but this isn’t necessarily the wisest thing to do.
Sometimes, benzoyl peroxide can cause side effects in the form of skin irritations that give a burning or tingling feeling, and cause your skin to go red, and maybe even peel. Don’t worry if this happens, it is fairly common, but skipping to the strongest concentration cream, gel, or face wash that you can find will only worsen things.
If and when you actually do suffer from such side effects, you can often help alleviate the affects by using a good moisturizer.
After you’ve been continuously applying this treatment for a number of weeks (anything from a month or more) you could start seeing results. Patience is advisable here, and it does take time to work.
How long should you keep trying these sorts of creams, gels, and face washes? Well, it really is up to you, but if your acne is fairly mild, then these really are your best bets.
An interesting fact to note is that the difference between benzoyl peroxide products lies not just in their concentration, but also in the various other active ingredients that are often included within the mix.
Such things as sulfur, resorcinol, salicylic acid, and lactic acid are the common suspects in this regard, and they too could play a role in helping get rid of your acne.
All things said and done, trial and error is definitely the way to go as far as these treatments are concerned. If any of these acne home remedies don't work, you may want to try some of the new acne treatments that aren't home remedies:
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