I’m a huge fan of using homemade remedies for my skin, including the breakouts I’m still getting in my 20s. Creating your own DIY acne remedies sometimes gets a bad rap, but some store-bought treatments often contain harsh chemicals that I’d rather avoid.
A word of caution, though: sometimes, DIY skincare masks can do more harm than good. And just because the ingredients may be natural, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re healthy.
“You wouldn’t throw random kitchen and household chemicals on your eyes, or in your ears. Don’t treat your skin any differently,” said dermatologist Rachel Nazarian told Refinery29 in an interview on the subject.
Did you know that manuka honey is derived from the same place where we get blemish-busting tea tree oil? You have probably also heard of the redeeming properties of jojoba oil, which becomes even more powerful of an antiseptic when combined with manuka honey. All you have to do is mix them both in the palm of your hand and apply.
Essential oils are known to treat a variety of skin conditions, with acne being one of them. A few good oils to start with include tea tree, rosemary, and lavender. But, make sure you don’t apply pure essential oils directly to the skin, it cause further irritation. Try mixing with your moisturizer or jojoba oil.
Apple Cider Vinegar’s alkaline properties help to balance the pH level of your skin, which leads to a less than ideal environment for acne-causing bacteria and oil. Simply mix 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water, spot treat, and follow with a gentle cleanser and moisturizer.
Extract from the aloe vera plant has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to treat everything from sunburns to pimples. Just make sure to use a source straight from the plant, for maximum strength.
Turmeric is another substance found in nature that can help to dry out your acne and reduce inflammation. There are a lot of different face mask options you can create using turmeric, using ingredients like yogurt and oatmeal.
You can really use a variety of natural ingredients to create home remedies for acne, so don’t feel as though you must stick to this list, exclusively. Just research any ingredients you want to try to see if they have anti-inflammatory properties.