These little, painful bumps are the most annoying and some of them….goddamn stubborn. The worst thing about it……age really doesn’t matter when it comes to acne. A common misconception is that only teenagers or people in their early 20s suffer from it. That is so not the case. And the scars they leave behind ☹. ….
The thing is I didn’t know for quite sometime that acne is actually a skin condition. And the aftereffects are the scars. I tried a lot of treatments. But then there were other side effects to the treatments. A disappointed me decided to try some natural remedies. Again, so many ingredients to choose from; but I had one consolation, no side effects. Well for some people who are allergic to natural ingredients…..choose carefully.
So, I started with the most obvious choice (no points for guessing) …. turmeric. But that alone wasn’t enough to combat these stubborn boils. After a lot of trials, I was satisfied with few ingredients like Cinnamon (does sting a bit), Witch Hazel, Oatmeal, Honey, Tea Tree (that is again a popular choice) and Baking Soda.
Cinnamon and Honey mixed together make a great face pack. The properties of Cinnamon help to restore blood circulation to the face and fights the acne causing bacteria while Honey hydrates and soothes the skin. This combination is also great for getting rid of the acne scars as cinnamon is also known to have skin lightening properties.
Witch Hazel: A powerful herb that takes care of the inflammation and reduces skin irritation. It is also an astringent, which means it can sop up the oil from the skin. However, too much can lead to skin dryness. I added a few drops of Witch Hazel oil to water and used it as a toner (an excellent tackle but for a short term).
Baking Soda mixed with water was my go-to for spot treatment. Quick and effective. Sometimes I add Oatmeal to this and turn it into a face pack, which makes the skin also look clean and brighter.
Tea Tree oil diluted in water can be dabbed on the acne or acne scars.
All of the above did wonders for me. I know there are a lot more, but through this blog I only wanted to let you guys know what worked the most for me. I am obviously planning to write more about the other options that my friends and family tried. It was a long dual…. but now thankfully the number of breakouts has significantly reduced to something like one breakout in say 4 months…. fingers crossed. XOXO
PS: Will share few recipes in another post. Do let me know if you like them…
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