I have sensitive skin and have struggled with acne on and off ever since I turned 13. I have tried almost everything to prevent and treat acne – both natural and commercial products.
Over the years, I have found that natural acne treatments work best on my skin. Here is what I’ve found to work the best:
Step 1: Reset the Skin
For years, I washed my skin two or three times a day with harsh acne cleansers in hopes that I could scrub my acne away. The biggest improvement I saw in my skin happened when I stopped doing anything to my skin.
Anything you place on your skin changes its natural balance. If you have sensitive skin like I do, the more you put on your face the worse it reacts. If you feel like you have tried everything to treat acne, I recommend trying this strategy.
- Use as little product on your face as possible.
- Clean your skin with water only.
- Wear as little to no makeup.
- Let your skin breathe.
After a month or two of doing just this, my skin looked better than it had in years. Redness was reduced, pimples were less noticeable, and breakouts cleared faster than they had in the past. I was quite amazed at the difference.
A side benefit of this method is that after I stopped treating my skin as something to fix, I felt much more confident in my natural appearance even though I still had a few pimples.
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Other Natural Acne Treatments to Try
Although my skin is much better now, I still get breakouts.
Usually, I get breakouts from normal hormonal changes and during times of stress. When these breakouts occur, I also implement the following steps to boost my skin’s natural acne-fighting ability:
Studies show that acne is caused by an abundance of a certain bacteria on the face. This bacteria is linked to the presence of the same bacteria in the intestines.
A study from 2011 published in the journal Gut Pathology examined the link between bacteria and acne. In addition to many study participants having a gut bacterial imbalance, studies dating back as far as the 1930s have found that supplementing with a probiotic or adding fermented foods to the diet can naturally work to improve acne symptoms in up to 80 percent of study participants.
When I have a higher number of breakouts than usual, I apply coconut oil to my face. Coconut oil is a natural bacteria-fighter and can help prevent pimples from getting infected. Numerous studies have shown that coconut oil can be beneficial against acne- most recently; a study from 2013 was published in the Journal of Dermatological Science indicating that lauric acid (one of the acids in coconut oil) is highly effective at treating acne.
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Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Several studies indicate that omega 3 supplements are highly effective in treating acne. A study from 2014 published in the journal Acta Dermato-Venereologica found that study participants with mild to moderate acne showed significant improvement after supplementing with omega 3 for 10 weeks.
Natural Treatments for Acne that Work
I’ve found that these four methods work to keep my acne in check. Most days, I hardly notice any red marks on my face!
What are your favorite natural treatments for acne?
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