If you have adult acne, you've probably tried an over-the-counter medication with little success. Although commercial products may work for some, those with sensitive skin might actually experience more breakouts with these types of products. Here are five natural acne treaments that will clear up your acne and enhance the look and feel of your skin. Most of these DIY natural acne treatments are inexpensive and easy to make with ingredients from your kitchen pantry.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce blemishes. Unlike acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide, it controls oil production without drying out the skin. In order to use tea tree oil as a spot treatment, apply a couple drops of tea tree oil to a cotton swab and apply to the blemish. For a full facial treatment, pour a small amount into a spray bottle and fill the rest with water. After washing your face, spray the solution and allow it to penetrate your skin. Leave it on overnight for a healthy morning glow.
Although sticky and messy, honey helps to pull away dead skin and unclog pores. The antioxidants found in honey make the skin appear younger and smoother (a blessing to anyone suffering from adult acne). All skin types—dry, oily or smooth—can benefit from honey acne treaments. Create a honey mask by applying 2 to 3 tablespoons of honey to your whole face. Allow the mask to dry for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse with lukewarm water.
This natural anti-inflammatory helps to reduce the redness and bumps that accompany pimples. You can boost your daily zinc intake by eating such food as chicken, cashews, yogurt, and kidney beans. According to the Mayo Clinic, the dietary allowance of zinc for females 19 years and older is 8 milligrams. For those who have trouble getting their daily zinc intake through their diet, the Mayo Clinic recommends taking a zinc sulfate supplement. Be sure to talk to your dermatologist to determine a proper dosage.
According to The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, the anti-inflammatory agents in aloe vera extract soothe the skin. Aloe vera can be purchased in a gel form or incorporated into a moisturizer. You can also prepare an aloe vera treatment at home. Slice several aloe vera leaves, and remove the pulp from the centers. After washing your face, apply the pulp to any breakouts on your face. Leave the mixture on for several hours or overnight. It is normal to feel a slight tingling sensation when applying aloe vera. If you experience redness or irritation, however, you should discontinue this treatment.
Fruit Acid Peels
Fruit acid peels contain alpha hydroxy acids derived from fruits such as grapes, lemons or sugar cane. This type of peel exfoliates the skin and smooths blemishes. A professional cosmetician applies a fruit acid gel to the skin for approximately five minutes. According to the American Society of Dermatological Surgery, a fruit acid peel is one of the most gentle types of medical peels. Although these natural acne treaments are relatively painless, some people may experience a minor stinging sensation during treatments.