If you suffer from acne, then you may have an entire arsenal of skincare products that you use to prevent acne and treat breakouts when they occur. These products are likely loaded with chemicals that may help your acne now, but lead to long-term skin damage. These products are also likely more pricey than you would like, but you think you have to pay the high prices to keep your skin under control. If you want to stop using products that treat your acne with harmful chemicals and save money, then read on for DIY recipes that are natural, effective, and wallet-friendly.
1. Natural Bacteria-killing Oil Cleanser
Many cleansers targeted towards the acne-prone are overly drying. You don't need to dry your skin out to prevent acne, as skin sebum is not the cause of acne and it is actually part of your skin's natural protective barrier that helps keep bacteria out of your skin's pores.
A cleanser to prevent acne should be gentle and bacteria-killing, like this easy recipe:
Mix the above together in an air-tight container, and you have an acne cleanser that will last for months. To use it, simply massage a few drops of the solution over your face for one minute. Then, take a wash-cloth that has been saturated with warm water and wipe the cleanser gently off your skin. Not only is an oil cleanser great for gentle cleansing, but it also quickly dissolves even the most stubborn water-proof makeup.
If you wear eye-makeup, then keep a separate small container of the pure hemp seed oil with no essential oils added to it to use as an eye-makeup remover. Although essential oils are gentle on skin, they can cause your eyes to sting if they get in them.
2. Antioxidant-loaded, Calming, Pore-clearing Toner
Calm skin is happy and healthy skin, and clear pores lead to less acne. This toner will remove the redness from your skin, clear your pores, and is loaded with antioxidants that are important for any skin-type.
Mix the following and store it in your refrigerator:
- 1 Ounce Green Tea Brewed Strong
- 1 Ounce Chamomile Tea
- 1 tablet Baby Aspirin
Brew both teas just like you are making them to drink. Make them strong, so they are loaded with antioxidants. Add the baby aspirin to one of the teas while it is hot. Then, once everything is cooled down, place everything in a glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
To use, simply saturate a cotton pad with the solution and gently pat on your face after cleansing. Make in small batches frequently, as the fresher the solution is, the more antioxidants it will contain.
3. Acne-bacteria Killing Treatment Oil
After cleansing and toning, it is important to use a hydrating, acne-killing solution to keep your face hydrated all day long and kill any bacteria that your face comes into contact with during the day. You can also apply before bed, as your skin is repairing itself as you sleep.
- 2 Ounces jojoba oil. (You can substitute the Hemp oil if you would like, but jojoba absorbs more quickly, which may be important if you apply face makeup in the morning.)
- 1/4 teaspoon Tea Tree Oil
- Optional: Add 1/4 teaspoon rose-hip oil or another oil that you love the scent of.
After combined, simply apply a drop or two with your hands after your toner dries to help kill acne bacteria all day and all night long.
4. Drying Spot-treatment
Even with the best daily acne-prevention regimen, you may still have a blemish or two pop up. This is common with acne-prone skin, especially when you first start using the right daily routine. Store-bought drying potions are pricey and often contain alcohol, which is not good for even acne-prone skin.
Combine the following to produce a more affordable, natural drying potion:
- 1 teaspoon Zinc oxide powder.
- 1/2 teaspoon Tea Tree oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Jojoba oil
Mix all ingredients in a small container and store in your medicine cabinet. Only apply a tiny bit to bad blemishes with a cotton swab, as this very potent solution is too drying to use on larger areas of skin. If you find the solution too strong, then decrease the tea tree oil to 1/4 teaspoon. Although it may sound counter-intuitive to use oil in a drying potion, the oil helps it penetrate into your pores more efficiently, and you must include it to keep the solution from being too harsh.
If you have acne-prone skin, then stop using pricey, often skin-damaging acne products and try this all-natural, affordable skincare regimen. You should see acne begin to diminish after just a couple of days, and overall health of your skin will improve greatly, as well. Click to read more about natural remedies for your skin.