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You are probably reading this after trying almost every skincare product out there and probably on the verge of giving up. Thankfully, there are so many natural remedies out there you didn’t even know existed until now. I mean, how did you think people CENTURIES ago cured their acne…naturally. There are generations and generations of so many natural remedies left for us by various cultures. Indian…Middle Eastern…Chinese…and more. Of course, today we have more problems with our skin because of all the fried foods and bad chemicals around us. So, curing our modern day issues with modern day products filled with even more chemicals isn’t such a good idea. Our bodies try their best to heal us but if we are constantly filling them with fat and grease, this is just holding the body back from doing its job.
Acne can pop up due to anything, whether internal or external. Bacteria on your skin can create breakouts…and a terrible diet can create more. However, it’s not always our fault why we get acne. Food intolerances are a problem not many people think about when they are trying to find out what’s wrong. Some people are more sensitive to certain foods than others, gluten for example, is a common problem where most people find that it makes them breakout when they eat it.
When I was trying to get rid of acne I tried EVERYTHING, but nothing worked until I tried stopping gluten. After 2 weeks the inflammation had majorly reduced. It was the best and worst feeling as i finally found out what was wrong but then also realising no more of my favourite foods. I then noticed any time I consummed anything with gluten, I broke out. So, after 4 years of no gluten, I have managed to control my breakouts. Along with a proper diet, exercise and lifestyle…and of course skincare.
Where to start?
1) Fix your GUT!
When people think of why they get acne they never think about the source of all issues- the gut. Most people just know they shouldn’t be eating the “wrong” foods like fast food and takeaways…but thats not always the case. Yes, these foods should be avoided entirely but “normal” everyday foods could also be harming you. Studies have shown animal-based products, like dairy, can trigger acne. Such foods are more difficult to digest for some more than others. If a proper diet isn’t taken into consideration, these unhealthy foods may lead to leaky-gut syndrome…wearing down your intestinal lining.
So, stopping all these foods that affect the gut is essential, at least until you know which foods actually affect you. These foods may include: Gluten, Dairy, Meat, Processed fats and sugars, and GMOs (e.g. corn/soy). Trust me, there is always ONE of these foods that causes breakouts…”just listen to your gut”.
2) Try Probiotics and Prebiotics
The gut is made up of trillions of different bacteria, probiotics/prebiotics have their own functions and maintains this healthy bacteria that supports the gut. Ideally, the best form of probiotics/prebiotics is food, however they can betaken as supplements.
Probiotics foods include: Yogurt, Kimchi, Kombucha, Tempah, etc.
Prebiotics foods include: Garlic, Onions, Asparagus, Leeks, Oats, Apples, Whole grains, etc.
3) Check Hormone levels
A blood test is a good way of finding out what vitamins and minerals you are lacking, but also helps finding any imbalance in hormones. Hormones play a big role in acne at any age, which is why finding out if there is a problem is necessary. However, if there is an imbalance of some sort, I wouldn’t suggest taking “medicine” or pills from your doctors. Artifically correcting hormone levels can only help you for so long, and once you stop your symptoms come right back. I definitely know this from experience. It is worth doing the research yourself and finding a diet and lifestyle that works for you.
4) Reduce stress
By any means, reduce your stress! This is the worst of all and can make acne so much worse. If you are always under stress, try 10 minutes of meditation morning or evening to relax…or any way you can. Stress is very harmful to the gut which as you know is where most problems start.
6) Take a allergy/food intolerance test
Allergies and food intolerances have become common these days due to GMOs, processed foods, etc destroying our gut. Therefore, finding out which foods work for you may be beneficial if your having a hard time and completely lost.
5) Eat more fruits and vegetables!
I know you probably know this but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded. Gut bacteria is very diverse, and this can only happen if your foods are diverse too. So, eating a variety of foods is needed…your plate should look colourful.
And of course water is very essential. Removing all that nasty bacteria and toxins on the skin. Drinking a lot of water not only hydrates you but maintains healthy skin and reduces pores.
What to apply on your skin for acne:
7) Tumeric, Gram flour and Rose water face mask
Gram flour has been used in India for centuries for the skin and is still used to this day. Tumeric is anti-inflammatory which calms down acne spots. Rose water contains vitamin C and phenolics- another anti-inflammatory for inflamed acne.
Mix together in a bowl, 1 tablespoon of gram flour, ½ teaspoon of tumeric, and ¼ tablespoon of rose water. Apply on face for 15 minutes. Let it dry and then rinse it off with water. Repeat once a week.
8) Sea Salt
One of the best things nature has provided us with is the ocean. It is VERY rich minerals which are so good for our skin. Sea salt is very powerful for curing acne, killing bad bacterica and cleansing the skin. Take advantage of this pure and natural remedy. Himalayan pink salt contains even more minerals so take your pick.
Instead of applying directly on your skin, a salt water spray would be best. Take half a cup of filtered warm water and mix ½ teaspoon of salt water in it. Pour this solution into a spray bottle and apply it to your face whenever you want during the day.
9) Tumeric and Honey face mask
Tumeric and honey are both so effective for treating acne. They both have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties- a powerful combination.
In a bowl, mix ½ tablespoon of turmeric powder and ½ tablespoon of honey. Apply this to your face and wait 10-15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. You can use this 2-3 times a week if you want for the best resuts.
10) Tea Tree oil and aloe vera
It has been found tea tree oil can be effective at treating breakouts compared to other medications. Aloe vera can reduce acne-causing bacteria and is anti-inflammatory as well.
Mix 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil with 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel. Apply this twice a day to the affected area using a cotton ear bud.
A well-known super ingredient passed down through generations, sandalwood, has been use for centuries in indian skincare and beauty for multiple treatments from psoriasis to tan removal. Along with these, sandalwood is best for clearing up acne as it soothes the inflammed skin. You can add this secret ingredient to your face pack and benefit from its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial qualities, and the next morning you will see the difference.
Example Face pack ingrediants:
- 2 tbsp gram flour
- 2 tsp rose water
- 1 tsp sandalwood powder
- 2 tsp rose water
- half a teaspoon lemon juice
Mix these ingrediants in a bowl to make a paste, play around with the quantities of each ingrediant to what suits you. Apply on face/body for 10-15 mins, wait for it to dry. Then, rub it off your skin so that it exfoliates you, use water if is too dry. Wash off the excess and you will see clean, smoothe skin. Make sure the paste is not too thick, add more rose water if necessary.
- Don’t be too harsh to your skin. When cleaning your face with a towel, try patting it on your face instead.
- Try changing your bed sheets and pillowcases frequently as bacteria can build up on them
- Don’t keep tocuhing your face, you can spread bacteria to your face and make acne worse
- Don’t pop your pimples, again this can spread bacteria, but also inflame them and may make it worse
- Never use the same towel/flannel cloth for more than a day
- Make sure your shampoo/conditioner/body wash don’t contain harmful chemicals
- Always take notice of your digestion. Eat foods that will maintain a regular flow.
Nature really is the best medicine, especially for acne. It provides solutions not only for the outside, but the inside too…so it doesn’t harm the ouside MORE. So, I would say step one would be fixing your gut- because that’s where trouble starts.
So, IN CONCLUSION…try finding a healthy diet and lifestyle that works for you is a must for curing acne. If you only put all your focus on trying to get rid of acne on your skin, but still shoving “rubbish” down your mouth…your not gonna have much luck. The outside is a relection of what’s going on inside. So, whether is self-care, food or meditation, take care of youself inside first. That said, if you are applying solutions to your acne, you should maintain a healthy lifestyle at the same time to support this…and you will see a difference.