We’ve all been through a breakout cycle at one point or another.
In high school, it seemed like acne was something we had to deal with every day. But as many of us in our 20s, 30s and 40s know, the plague of pimples doesn’t end when you turn 18. There’s nothing worse than waking up for work one day and feeling an unfamiliar bump on the side of your chin or the tip of your nose.
Acne’s not only unsightly, it also leaves us with some unpleasant choices. We can leave our pimples as they are and wait for nature to take its course, but that means days of looking less than our best. Popping them can lean to even bigger issues, including infections, and using harsh chemical treatments can be painfully drying.
Luckily, it is possible to effectively treat acne using natural ingredients.
Here are three great formulas for doing just that (along with the explanations for why they work), from the book 500 Time-Tested Home Remedies and the Science Behind Them; Ease Aches, Pains, Ailments and More with Hundreds of Simple and Effective At Home Treatments, by Linda B. White, MD, along with Barbara H. Seeber and Barbara Brownell Grogan.
RECIPES TO TREAT ACNE
1.) Green Tea Wash
INGREDIENTS: 1 green tea bag
PREPARATION AND USE: Brew a cup or small bowl of green tea. Let cool to the touch. Apply to the affected area with a clean cloth.
YIELD: 1 application
HOW IT WORKS: Tea is astringent, antiinflammatory, and antibacterial. One study found that a 2 percent green tea lotion reduced acne.
2.) Essential Oil Lotion
”I’ve had my kids apply these essential oils directly to acne. Aloe adds a soothing element.” ~Linda B. White, MD
2 drops pure tea tree or lavender essential oil
1 teaspoon (5 g) Aloe vera gel
PREPARATION AND USE:
Blend the tea tree essential oil with the aloe gel. Dot the mixture on blemishes using a cotton swab or clean finger.
HOW IT WORKS: Tea tree and lavender are both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. Lavender smells nicer and can be applied without dilution. Aloe vera is also anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. In addition, it reduces discomfort and speeds healing. Topical applications of 5 percent tea tree oil gel have been proven as effective as benzoyl peroxide (Oxy-5) and other commercially available products.
3.) Essential Oil Face Spritzer
This is a soothing and reviving elixir.
½ cup (120 ml) witch hazel
½ cup (115 g) Aloe vera gel
20 drops lavender essential oil
PREPARATION AND USE:
Place the ingredients in a clean spray bottle and
shake until combined. Mist over your face.
1 week of twice daily applications
HOW IT WORKS: Witch hazel extract, which you can find in most drugstores, is an astringent. It can be used alone to gently clean the skin. It also tones the skin and decreases inflammation. This mixture stays good for one week.
Look no further! From insect bites, insomnia, and upset stomach to nasal congestion, stress, and heart health, 500 Time-Tested Home Remedies is an authoritative and comprehensive guide offers easy, effective recipes to bolster your resistance to illness, ease aches and pains, and manage minor ailments naturally.
The authors explain the science behind these remedies, debunk common myths, and let you know when to call the doctor.
In addition, they provide a blueprint of wellness for you and your family. This book’s 500 recipes contain readily available, inexpensive, and safe ingredients–many that you will find within your cupboards or at the grocery store.
Linda B. White, M.D., holds B.S and M.S degrees from Stanford University and an M.D. from the University of California, San Diego. She is the co-author of The Herbal Drugstore and Kids, Herbs, and Health. She served as a medical advisor and contributor to The National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs. Since 2004, Dr. White has been on faculty at Metropolitan State, Denver, in the Integrative Therapeutic Practices Program in the Health Professions Department.
National Geographic editor and award-winning feature writer Barbara H. Seeber is a 30-year veteran of the publishing world. As an editor for National Geographic Books, she helped launch a number of titles in National Geographic’s line of health books.
Barbara Brownell Grogan, former editor in chief at National Geographic Books, is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, in New York City. At National Geographic she grew the health line of publications, including Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine, Body: The Complete Human, Brainworks, and Guide to Medicinal Herbs, and has worked with health and well-being experts including Joe and Terry Graedon, of The People’s Pharmacy, among others.