Acne affects 9.4% of the global population.
It is the eighth-most prevalent disease worldwide.
In 2014, 44.3% of people with skin disease in South Africa had acne.
Although many home remedies for acne are ineffective, some actually work.
Below are 5 home remedies you can use to treat acne.
1. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which means that it might kill P. acnes, the bacteria that causes acne.
Tea tree oil’s anti-inflammatory properties mean that it can also reduce the swelling and redness of pimples.
Researchers found that tea tree oil products can reduce the number of acne sores in people with mild to moderate acne.
Tea tree oil is available here.
2. Jojoba oil
Jojoba oil is a natural, waxy substance extracted from the seeds of the jojoba shrub.
The waxy substances in jojoba oil may help to repair damaged skin, which means it may also help speed up wound healing, including acne lesions.
Some of the compounds in jojoba oil might help to reduce skin inflammation, which means it may reduce redness, pimples, whiteheads, and other inflamed lesions.
In a 2012 study, researchers gave 133 people clay face masks that contained jojoba oil.
After 6 weeks of using the masks 2 to 3 times per week, people reported a 54% improvement in their acne.
Mix jojoba essential oil with a gel, cream, or clay face mask and apply to acne.
Or place a few drops of jojoba oil on a cotton pad and rub this gently over acne sores.
Jojoba oil is available here.
3. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, meaning it may reduce the appearance of acne and prevent acne breakouts.
Aloe vera contains lots of water and is an excellent moisturizer, so it is especially suitable for people who get dry skin from other anti-acne products.
In a 2014 study, researchers gave people with mild to moderate acne aloe vera gel and tretinoin cream, which is a common OTC acne remedy, to use for 8 weeks.
The participants reported a significant improvement in both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne compared to people who used just tretinoin gel.
Clean the acne sores and then applying a thin layer of cream or gel with at least 10% aloe vera content.
You can also moisturize with gels or creams that contain aloe vera.
Honey has been used to treat skin conditions, such as acne, for thousands of years.
It contains many antioxidants that can help to clear waste and debris from clogged pores.
Doctors use honey in wound dressings because of its antibacterial and wound-healing properties.
Using a clean finger or cotton pad, rub a little honey into pimples.
Otherwise, add honey to a face or body mask.
Honey is available here.
5. Coconut oil
Like other natural remedies, coconut oil contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds.
These properties mean that coconut oil may destroy acne-causing bacteria and reduce redness and swelling of pimples.
Coconut oil may also speed up healing in open acne sores.
Rub coconut oil directly to the area with acne.
Coconut oil is available here.
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