This is a guest post by Sophia from healthandbeautybay.com.
There’s no denying that skincare products can be very costly. That’s why it’s a good idea to use natural home remedies as much as possible. There are a number of different household substances that you can use to help with acne prone skin. In this list, we’re going to go over eight different home remedies that you can use for getting rid of acne and keeping your skin clean and clear without having to break the bank.
Witch hazel is an excellent product to use for astringent purposes. The tannins that you find in it are able to create the same effect in a more natural way. Instead of spending a lot of money on an astringent product, it’s definitely worth trying out witch hazel first. It’s recommended that you soak a cotton ball in it and rub it gently on the skin of your face twice per day for about two weeks when you first get started. After that, you can just maintain the habit by using it only once per day.
Yeast and Yogurt Mask
All you have to do to create this mask is to mix together a little bit of plain yogurt and one teaspoon of Brewer’s yeast. You’ll only need enough to create a thin layer to put on your face at most, so be careful not to use too much or it might mess with the effects.
Apply to your skin, paying special attention to the oily spots on your face. Let it sit for about fifteen to twenty minutes so that it can soak in. Then rinse it off thoroughly with warm water. Once the mask is gone, follow it up with some cold water to help close your pores.
Oatmeal is known to have a number of great effects on your skin and is sometimes used in store-bought skin care products. The most obvious benefit is that oatmeal is able to offer some exfoliating properties that can help clear dead skin off your face. It can also help to absorb oil and even bacteria.
If you mix about a cup of cooked oatmeal with the juice from half a lemon and one teaspoon of honey, you can use it as a mask to help your skin. All you have to do is apply the combination to your face and leave it to sit for about 30 minutes. Then, rinse it off with warm water.
It goes without saying that lemons are naturally acidic. Because of that, they can help to clean unwanted dirt and gunk out of the pores in your skin. It can be especially helpful for skin that is very oily, but be careful because using lemon juice too often can also be drying. For particularly difficult areas, you can rub a slice of lemon on the spot and let it sit for a few hours while you do other things, letting the juice sink into your skin before rinsing it off. If using lemon juice alone seems too harsh, then you can also mix some lemon juice with rose water and use that solution the way you might a face wash.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil functions very well as a natural antiseptic, which means it can do a great job of disinfecting pores. It’s recommended that you use only small amounts of it because it can be a strong, drying substance. It’s great for killing off acne-causing bacteria so if you find you’re having a particularly bad outbreak, it can be really helpful for getting rid of that.
Honey is able to offer moisturization without the risk of making your skin even more oily as well as antiseptic and antibacterial properties that are important for keeping your skin clean and clear. You also don’t need to mix it with anything, while you can create some homemade cleansers and other products with it if you choose.
All you need to do is spread a thin layer of honey on your skin and allow it to sit for about ten minutes, so that it has time to allow the effects to seep into your skin. Then rinse it off thoroughly.
Aloe is something that most people know to be a go-to aid for burns. It’s known to be able to soothe and cool the skin, which can actually allow it to help with other kinds of skin conditions as well. If you have problems with flaky skin in combination with oil, you may be able to get some healing effects from aloe by putting a little bit of it on before bed and letting it soak in while you rest. If you’ve never used aloe before then make sure to do a patch test on your forearm to make sure you aren’t allergic.
There are a number of home products that you can use for making masks to help your skin. One of these is turmeric, which is known to have a number of helpful properties. Mixing two teaspoons of turmeric powder with about a half cup of chickpea flour and some ghee or almond oil can create a mask that can help to clear acne and bring some life to your skin. You just leave it on for about five to ten minutes, and then rinse it off well with water.
Each of these products are great in different ways and offer unique benefits for your skin. You might find that some work better for dry skin and others for oils skin. Not all skincare products, natural or otherwise, are created equal for every skin type.
Make sure you are prepared to counteract any negative reactions that your skin might have to certain products, just in case. If you’re worried you might be allergic to anything, it’s always a good idea to test a small amount of the product before slathering it all over your face. Aside from that, have fun trying out new home skincare recipes!