Acne is the monster that hovers over every teenager’s life.
As you prepare for holiday events, dances or any other occasion where you need to look and feel your best, the fear of acne lingers in the back of your mind. It nags at you more than your own conscience.
Every morning, it feels, is little more than an acne check.
Did any blemishes spring up while you were getting your beauty sleep?
How much makeup are you going to have to cake on?
Then it happens. You wake up, look in the mirror, and find that you’ve got the Plague.
But don’t panic! There are many easy home remedies that will help clear up skin quickly.
You can still look great for pictures at that party on Saturday. Have a seat and take a look at some easy, effective acne treatments that will smooth and brighten your skin.
1) Apple cider vinegar
In case you didn’t know, apple cider vinegar is the king of skincare. If you like your skin, dilute a little apple cider vinegar and use it as a cleanser before bed every night, and your skin will like you back.
If acne’s already sank its teeth into you, though, go for something a little more heavy-duty: apply apple cider vinegar directly to the bump and let it sit there overnight. When you wake up in the morning, the blemish should be a lot smaller.
2) PapayaPapaya, it turns out, isn’t just good for sheer deliciousness– it also makes a great acne remedy.
Papaya is the most important ingredient in a lot of pricy acne products that are available for purchase today!
Raw papaya will help remove dead skin cells, clean oil from your skin, and fight the inflammation that turns blemishes red.
Simply mash up some papaya flesh, apply it to your face, and let it sit for about twenty minutes. Rinse with warm water, and feel free to do this two or three times a day, if it’s an acne emergency.
3) Orange peel solution
Oranges taste great, cure colds, and annihilate acne. Making an orange peel face mask is a great way to clear out your pores and battle the blemish.
Peel two oranges, grind them up (or blend, if you must!), and use some fresh, clean water to make a paste.
Apply directly to your problem areas and leave it on for around half an hour, during which time the mask should harden.
After thirty minutes, rinse, pat your face dry, and moisturize. Orange peels contain citric acid, which means they can dry out your skin if you’re not careful, but it also makes them a great astringent!
4) Tea tree oil
Okay, you can’t eat this one. Seriously. Do not eat this one.
Though it’s an oil, tea tree oil isn’t like the substance that clogs up your pores and makes your life miserable. It’s a solvent, which means it will dissolve dead skin cells and dirt that clogs your pores.
It also has strong antibacterial properties, which makes it great for stopping acne in its tracks.
Simply dilute some tea tree oil and, using a cotton Q-tip, dab it directly onto your problem areas.
This stuff is pretty strong, so your solution should be mostly water– roughly 1 part tea tree oil to every 5 parts water.
5) Baking sodaOh, baking soda, sodium bicarbonate wonder of many uses. Baking soda can do just about anything.
Since it’s great at destroying fungi and bacteria, as well as drying up oily skin, it’s the perfect at-home acne remedy.
Toss in its mild antiseptic characteristics and you’ve got a cure that’s sure to work.
Mix water and baking soda to make a thick paste. Apply the paste to your skin, let it sit for twenty minutes, and rinse it off with warm water.
6) Try steam cleaning
Steam is another of those multipurpose miracle cures, but acne is among one of the things it’s best known for treating.
If you have access to a sauna, go hang out for a while (and be sure to shower immediately afterward).
If your parents don’t mind a high water bill, run a hot, steamy shower and sit in the steam for a while.
For a more practical, targeted option, though, boil a pot of water. Once it’s boiling, pour it into a big bowl (a glass salad bowl will work well) and let it cool for a few minutes. Then find a comfortable position, lower your face so it’s hovering above the bowl– think Dumbledore looking into the Pensieve– and put a towel over your head and the bowl to keep the steam in.
Meditate for ten to fifteen minutes, come up for air, and pat your face dry. If you haven’t fallen asleep due to sheer relaxation, that is.
Do you have any other favorite methods for getting rid of acne in a hurry?
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