Pimples and acne can be our worst enemies. While that pimple (read: Mr Bob) pops right before ‘that time of the month’ — or stays a diligent enemy for years — it is, at the end of the day, an unwanted guest. After all, we all wish for clear skin. There are multiple factors that contribute to acne, including pollution, poor eating habits, not removing makeup after a long day, not washing the face before bedtime, among others.
But, worry not. We are with you on a search to find the right solution to fight acne, one that is easily available, effective and not hard on the pocket either. Is this too far-fetched? We don’t think so.
Take a look at these inexpensive ingredients inside your kitchen that can help you.
In its most natural state, raw honey is a powerful super-food, which can help you fight acne. A small dab right before bed can remove blemishes, reduce redness and soften the skin. This is because raw honey stops the growth of bacteria and cleanses your skin. It removes the unnecessary grime and dirt that enter the open pores. The best way to use raw honey is to mix it with a pinch of turmeric or cinnamon.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an enzyme that loosens up the uppermost dead layer of the skin and helps remove dark spots created due to pimples. This fruit also contains antioxidants that help restore the natural moisture of the skin by getting rid of free radicals which eventually cause cell damage. Not only that, it does wonders for tan removal as well. The best way is to slice a tomato and apply it straight on your face, leaving it for 20 minutes and then washing it off with cold water.
Aloe vera has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Thus, it effectively treats scars or pimples on your face. Its anti-fungal properties are useful in treating inflammation and itching, too. The best way to use it is to get a pure aloe vera gel, which doesn’t have any adulteration. Alternatively, you could also take a piece of an aloe vera plant and use the cool natural gel to soothe inflamed blemishes and reduce swelling and redness.
Turmeric is one of the most powerful ingredients used to fight multiple skin problems. It is loaded with antibacterial properties which prevent acne from erupting. Moreover, it is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties which can help you get rid of redness caused by inflammation. Mix turmeric and milk to make a thick paste and apply it on the affected area. You can also simply apply a paste of turmeric and purified water directly on your skin.
Lemon is one ingredient that can be found easily in almost every kitchen. It contains vitamin C which is extremely good for your skin and helps in treating acne and removing dead skin cells. You can mix lemon juice with honey or rose water and apply it on your skin. Or you could just squeeze lemon and apply a little amount of the juice with a cotton swab on your blemishes. The juice acts an astringent and fights swelling and bacteria, in turn drying up the infection.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an underrated product that doesn’t get enough recognition. It helps with weight-loss, acne and sugar-regulation. Apple cider vinegar helps cleanse your skin, by getting rid of dirt and grime. It penetrates deep into the skin cleaning it from the inside. We recommend you dilute apple cider vinegar with water (in a 1:3 ratio) before applying it to the skin, since it is a strong component.